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The Apple iPod photo*, as the name implies, added photo storage and viewing capabilities to the iPod series. It uses a 40 GB or 60 GB 4200 RPM ATA-66 hard drive, capable of supporting "up to" 10,000 songs or "up to" 15,000 songs in "128-Kbps AAC format", respectively, as well as many as 25,000 photographs in iPod viewable format.
Although Apple considers this model to be a member of the iPod (4th Gen) series -- and it shares the "ClickWheel" for navigation and the same basic case design (with an "iBook white" front and a chromed stainless steel back) -- it offers many improvements, perhaps most notably color (a two inch diagonal 65,536 color LCD with an LED backlight).
Major software improvements include color in all interface elements and applications, a new font called "Myriad", and support for viewing photographs, optionally with synchronized music, on the internal display and on a television or projector using the included AV cable via the custom headphone jack that is capable of video output (line out and S-video provided by the dock, which along with the AV cable, was sold separately after February 23, 2005).
The battery life also is improved compared to the iPod (4G), offering up to 15 hours of music playback and 5 hours of slideshows with music, although the skip protection is reduced from 25 minutes to 17 minutes.
On models shipped before February 23, 2005, it is worth noting that either an iPod-compatible media reader or computer are required to transfer photographs to the iPod photo, and only photos transferred through iTunes 4.7 or higher -- which converts photos into a "thumbnail" format -- immediately can be viewed on the iPod photo itself. After February 23, 2005, the iPod photo (M9830LL/A) was capable of immediately viewing many types of images transferred through the optional iPod Camera Connector (US$29).
*For those truly interested in minutia, this model was introduced on October 26, 2004 as the iPod Photo (capitalized), and on November 16, 2004, Apple changed it to iPod photo (lowercase).
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|Introduction Date:||October 26, 2004||Discontinued Date:||June 28, 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.
*The 40 GB model was discontinued on February 23, 2005.
Also see: All iPhone models introduced in 2004.
|Processor Speed:||80 MHz (x2)||Processor Type:||PP5020|
|Details:||The iPod photo uses a PortalPlayer PP5020 "system on a chip" with dual embedded variable speed 80 MHz ARM 7TDMI processors.|
|Onboard RAM:||32 MB||Storage Capacity:||40 GB, 60 GB|
|Details:||32 MB of SDRAM provides skip protection.|
|Song Capacity:||10,000 or 15,000||Photo Capacity:||25,000|
|Details:||Apple reports that the 40 GB model can hold "up to" 10,000 songs and the 60 GB model "up to" 15,000 songs in "128-Kbps AAC format". Either model can hold "up to" 25,000 photos.|
|USB Support:||Sync & Charge||Firewire Support:||Sync & Charge|
|Details:||The iPod photo models are capable of charging and syncing by USB or Firewire "400" via the dock connector.|
|Connectivity:||USB, FW, AV*||Ports:||Dock, Headphone**|
|Details:||*Apple reports that this model provides "Firewire 400 and USB 2.0 through dock connector, composite video and audio through headphone jack or line out on the iPod photo dock."
**Ports include the "dock connector, remote connector, stereo headphone jack, composite video and audio through headphone jack."
|Case Type:||Handheld||Form Factor:||iPod photo|
|Details:||Available in a two-tone housing with an "iBook white" front and a chromed stainless steel back.|
|Built-in Display:||2" LCD||Display Resolution:||220x176|
|Details:||The iPod photo models have a two inch diagonal 65,536 color LCD with an LED backlight.
In the US, site sponsor Mission Repair offers free diagnosis of hardware problems and 24-hour repairs for cracked displays as well as dead batteries, broken buttons, and more for this iPod.
For those interested in do-it-yourself repair, Mission Repair sells quality upgrade kits and parts for this iPod worldwide.
|Battery Type:||Lithium Ion||Battery Life (Music):||15 Hours|
|Details:||Provides "up to" 15 hours of music playback.
Site sponsor Other World Computing has replacement batteries that are higher capacity than the stock models as well as cases, headphones, speakers, and other accessories.
|Battery Life (Photos):||5 Hours||Battery Life (Video):||N/A|
|Details:||Provides "up to" 5 hours of photo slideshows with music.|
|Full-Charge Time:||"About 5 Hours"||Apple Order No:||M9585LL/A*|
|Details:||Apple reports that the iPod photo models charge completely in "about 5 hours" and also will "fast charge" in 3 hours to 80% capacity.
*The M9585LL/A order number is for the 40 GB configuration, the 60 GB configuration was M9586LL/A prior to February 23, 2005 and M9830LL/A afterwards.
|Apple Subfamily:||iPod photo||Apple Model No:||A1099 (EMC 2022)|
|Details:||Please note that these identifiers refer to more than one model.
Also see: All iPods with the A1099 Model Number and the 2022 EMC Number.
|Dimensions:||4.1 x 2.4 x 0.75||Avg. Weight:||6.4 oz. (182g)|
|Details:||In inches - height by width by depth.|
|Mac Support:||MacOS X 10.2.8||Windows Support:||Windows 2000/XP|
|Details:||Apple reports that this iPod is compatible with a "Macintosh computer with built-in Firewire or USB 2.0 [and] MacOS X 10.2.8 (MacOS X 10.3.4 or later recommended)."
It is compatible with a "PC with support for Firewire or USB 2.0 [running] Windows 2000 with Service Pack 4 [or later] or Windows XP Home or Professional with Service Pack 2 [or later]".
|Audio Support:||Apple reports that the iPod photo models support "AAC (16 to 320 Kbps), MP3 (32 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Apple Lossless, WAV, AIFF, [and] Audible." After February 23, 2005, it also supports "Protected AAC (from iTunes Music Store)" [and] "Audible (formats 2, 3, and 4)."|
|Photo Support:||Apport reports that the iPod photo models sync iPod-viewable photos in "JPEG, BMP, GIF, TIFF, and PNG formats". After February 23, 2005, it also supports PSD (Mac only).|
|Incl. Accessories:||Shipped with "iPod photo dock, earbud headphones, carrying case, AC adapter, Firewire cable, USB cable, [and] AV cable" prior to February 23, 2005. After February 23, 2005, the iPod photo models no longer shipped with the dock, carrying case, Firewire cable, or AV cable.|
|Original Price:||US$499, US$599||Est. Current Retail:||US$60-US$90|
|Details:||The 40 GB iPod photo (M9585LL/A) was US$499 and the 60 GB model (M9586LL/A) was US$599. The 40 GB model was discontinued on February 23, 2005, and the price and accessories were reduced on the 60 GB model to US$449.
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).
Photo Credit: Apple Computer.
Global original prices for the iPod photo (40/60) in 24 different countries and territories follow; organized alphabetically by region. Please note that prices with an asterisk (*) are bound by carrier contractual obligations.
For global original prices for all iPod, iPhone, and iPad models in one particular country on a single page, please refer to Everyi.com's Global Original Prices section.
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Original Prices - North America
|Canada:||C$679, C$799||United States:||US$499, US$599|
Original Prices - Europe
|United Kingdom:||£359, £429|
Original Prices - Asia
|China:||RMB 4,990, RMB 5,990||Hong Kong:||N/A|
Original Prices - Australia & New Zealand
|Australia:||N/A||New Zealand:||NZ$956, NZ$1136|
Ten of the most popular Q&As about the iPod line follow.