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Apple iPod U2 Edition (4th Gen) 20 GB Specs

Identifiers: iPod (ClickWheel) - M9787LL/A - A1059 - 1995

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Apple iPod U2 SEThe Apple iPod U2 Special Edition (4th Generation) is internally the same as the 20 GB configuration of the iPod (4th Generation), but uses a case with a black front, a red "Clickwheel", and laser-etched signatures of the U2 band members on the stainless steel back. It shipped with an "exclusive" U2 poster, a US$50-off coupon for "The Complete U2" downloadable "box set", and interestingly, the standard white iPod earbuds. It cost US$50 more than the standard white iPod (4th Generation).

Like the standard 20 GB configuration of the iPod (4th Generation), it is capable of supporting "up to" 5,000 songs encoded in "128-Kbps AAC format", has 25 minutes of skip protection, and provides "up to" 12 hours of battery life for continuous music playback.

Also see: What are the differences between the U2 Special Edition iPod models and the standard iPod models? What are the differences between U2 Special Edition iPods?

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October 26, 2004 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.

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80 MHz (x2) PP5020
Details: All iPod 4th Gen models use a PortalPlayer PP5020 "system on a chip" with dual embedded variable speed 80 MHz ARM 7TDMI processors.
32 MB 20 GB
Details: 32 MB of SDRAM provides skip protection.
5000 None
Details: The iPod U2 Special Edition (4th Gen) can hold approximately 5000 songs in "128-Kbps AAC format".
Sync & Charge Sync & Charge
Details: All iPod 4th Gen models are capable of charging and syncing by USB and Firewire via the dock connector.
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, and stereo minijack."
Handheld iPod 4th Gen U2
Details: N/A
Black "ClickWheel"
Details: Available in a two-tone housing with a gloss black front and a chromed stainless steel back. The "Clickwheel" is red.
2" Grayscale 160x128
Details: The iPod 4th Gen models have a "2-inch (diagonal) grayscale LCD with blue-white LED backlight". 0.24-mm dot pitch.
Lithium Ion 12 Hours
Details: Apple reports that all iPod 4th Gen models provide "up to" 12 hours of music playback.

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Details: No support for photos or video.
"About 4 Hours" M9787LL/A
Details: Apple reports that all iPod (4th Gen) models charge completely in "about 4 hours" and also will "fast charge" in 2 hours to 80% capacity.

The Apple order number should be unique to this device.
iPod (ClickWheel) A1059 (EMC 1995)
Details: Please note that these identifiers refer to more than one model.

Also see: All iPods with the A1059 Model Number and the 1995 EMC Number.
4.1 x 2.4 x 0.57 5.6 oz.
Details: In inches - height by width by depth.
MacOS X 10.1.5 Windows 2000/XP
Details: Apple reports that this iPod is compatible with a "Macintosh computer with Firewire port, MacOS X 10.1.5 or later (MacOS X 10.3 or later recommended); USB 2.0 requires MacOS X 10.3.4."

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".
Apple reports that the iPod 4th Gen supports "AAC (16 to 320 Kbps), MP3 (32 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible, AIFF, Apple Lossless, and WAV."
Shipped with "earbud headphones, AC adapter, Firewire cable, [and a] USB 2.0 cable".

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US$349 US$50-US$50
Details: 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 U2 Edition (4th 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$499 N/A
N/A US$349

Original Prices - Europe

€369 N/A
N/A £249

Original Prices - Asia

RMB 3,490 N/A
¥40,740 N/A

Original Prices - Australia & New Zealand


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