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Apple iPod mini (2nd Gen) 4 GB, 6 GB Specs

Identifiers: iPod mini 2nd Gen - M9800LL/A* - A1051 - 2044

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Apple iPod mini (2G)The Apple iPod mini (Second Generation), is similar to the original iPod mini, but the second generation models use richer, deeper shades of four of the original colors -- silver, blue, green, and pink (with gold no longer available), the pressure sensitive "ClickWheel" navigation buttons are color-matched to the housing (these were gray on the original iPod mini regardless of housing color), boost battery life to 18 hours (up from an impressive, at the time of introduction, 8 hours for the original), provided the option of a larger capacity hard drive (6 GB), no longer shipped with a Firewire cable or an AC adapter, and started at a lower price (US$199).

Like the original iPod mini, the second generation models use a compact 3.6 by 2.0 by 0.5 inch lightweight anodized aluminum case with a 1.67 inch (diagonal) grayscale LCD display with LED backlight and navigation is performed with a "ClickWheel". Apple advertised that the 4 GB configurations are capable of holding approximately 1,000 songs encoded in "128-Kbps AAC format", and the 6 GB configurations, 1,500 songs in the same encoding.

Battery life is estimated at 18 hours of music playback and it provides 25 minutes of skip protection.

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February 23, 2005 September 7, 2005
Details: The "Introduction Date" refers to the date a model was introduced via press release. The "Discontinued Date" refers to the date a model either was replaced by a subsequent system or production otherwise ended.

Also see: All iPhone models introduced in 2005.
80 MHz (x2) PP5020
Details: All iPod mini models uses a PortalPlayer PP5020 "system on a chip" with dual embedded variable speed 80 MHz ARM 7TDMI processors.
32 MB 4 GB, 6 GB
Details: 32 MB of SDRAM provides skip protection.
1000, 1500 None
Details: Apple reports that the 4 GB iPod mini (2G) can hold approximately 1000 songs in "128-Kbps AAC format" and the 6 GB configuration 1500 songs in the same encoding.
Sync & Charge Sync & Charge
Details: The iPod mini models are capable of charging and syncing by USB and Firewire via the dock connector (Firewire cable not included, but was available at additional cost).
Firewire & USB Dock, Headphone*
Details: Apple reports that this model provides "Firewire 400 and USB 2.0 through dock connector."

*Ports include the "dock connector, remote connector, ahd stereo minijack."
Handheld iPod mini
Details: N/A
Colors* "ClickWheel"
Details: Aluminum cases -- available in silver, green, blue, and pink.
1.67" Grayscale 138x110
Details: The iPod mini (2G) models have a "1.67-inch (diagonal) grayscale LCD with LED backlight". 0.22-mm dot pitch.
Lithium Ion 18 Hours
Details: Apple reports that the iPod mini provides "up to" 18 hours of music playback.

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In Australia, site sponsor Macfixit sells replacement batteries -- as well as glass covers, displays, and other parts and repair tools -- for this iPod.
Details: No support for photos or video.
"About 4 Hours" M9800LL/A*
Details: Apple reports that the second generation iPod mini models charge completely in "about 4 hours" and also will "fast charge" in 2 hours to 80% capacity.

*The M9800LL/A order number is for the 4 GB iPod mini (2G) in silver. 4 GB models include blue (M9802LL/A), pink (M9804LL/A), and green (M9806LL/A). 6 GB models include -- silver (M9801LL/A), blue (M9803LL/A), pink (M9805LL/A), and green (M9807LL/A).
iPod mini 2nd Gen A1051 (EMC 2044)
Details: Please note that these identifiers refer to more than one model.

Also see: All iPods with the A1051 Model Number and the 2044 EMC Number.
3.6 x 2.0 x 0.5 3.6 oz.
Details: In inches - height by width by depth.
MacOS X 10.2.8 Windows 2000/XP
Details: Apple reports that this iPod is compatible with a "Macintosh computer with USB 2.0 or Firewire port [running] MacOS X 10.2.8 or 10.3.4 or later."

It is compatible with a "PC with a Firewire or USB 2.0 port or Firewire or USB 2.0 card [running] Windows 2000 with Service Pack 4 or Windows XP Home or Professional with Service Pack 2."
Apple reports that the iPod mini (2G) supports "AAC (16 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Music Store), MP3 (32 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2,3, and 4), Apple Lossless, WAV, [and] AIFF."
Shipped with "earbud headphones, belt clip, [and a] USB 2.0 cable."

In the US (and many other countries), site sponsor Other World Computing sells accessories like cases, stands, keyboards, speakers and more for this iPod.

In Australia, site sponsor Macfixit sells cases, stands, chargers, docks and even parts for this iPod.
US$199, US$249 US$20-US$50
Details: 4 GB models cost US$199, 6 GB models US$249 at the time of introduction.

Please note that on average the estimated current retail pricing of used systems is updated twice a year (please refer to the date on the bottom of the page for the date last updated).

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Global original prices for the iPod mini (2nd Gen) in 34 different countries and territories follow; organized alphabetically by region. Please note that prices with an asterisk (*) are bound by carrier contractual obligations.

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Original Prices - North & South America

C$249, C$319 N/A
N/A US$199, US$249

Original Prices - Europe

N/A €209, €249
N/A €199, €249
N/A €209, €259
N/A €199, €249
€199, €249 N/A
N/A £139, £169

Original Prices - Asia

RMB 1,900, RMB 2,400 N/A
¥21,800, ¥27,800 N/A

Original Prices - Australia & New Zealand

A$299, A$359 NZ$349, NZ$419

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