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The 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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|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.
Also see: All iPhone models introduced in 2004.
|Processor Speed:||80 MHz (x2)||Processor Type:||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.|
|Onboard RAM:||32 MB||Storage Capacity:||20 GB|
|Details:||32 MB of SDRAM provides skip protection.|
|Song Capacity:||5000||Photo Capacity:||None|
|Details:||The iPod U2 Special Edition (4th Gen) can hold approximately 5000 songs in "128-Kbps AAC format".|
|USB Support:||Sync & Charge||Firewire Support:||Sync & Charge|
|Details:||All iPod 4th Gen models are capable of charging and syncing by USB and Firewire via the dock connector.|
|Connectivity:||Firewire & USB||Ports:||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."
|Case Type:||Handheld||Form Factor:||iPod 4th Gen U2|
|Details:||Available in a two-tone housing with a gloss black front and a chromed stainless steel back. The "Clickwheel" is red.|
|Built-in Display:||2" Grayscale||Display Resolution:||160x128|
|Details:||The iPod 4th Gen models have a "2-inch (diagonal) grayscale LCD with blue-white LED backlight". 0.24-mm dot pitch.
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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):||12 Hours|
|Details:||Apple reports that all iPod 4th Gen models provide "up to" 12 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):||N/A||Battery Life (Video):||N/A|
|Details:||No support for photos or video.|
|Full-Charge Time:||"About 4 Hours"||Apple Order No:||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.
|Apple Subfamily:||iPod (ClickWheel)||Apple Model No:||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.
|Dimensions:||4.1 x 2.4 x 0.57||Avg. Weight:||5.6 oz.|
|Details:||In inches - height by width by depth.|
|Mac Support:||MacOS X 10.1.5||Windows Support:||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".
|Audio Support:||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."|
|Incl. Accessories:||Shipped with "earbud headphones, AC adapter, Firewire cable, [and a] USB 2.0 cable".|
|Original Price:||US$349||Est. Current Retail:||US$40-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).
Photo Credit: Apple Computer.
Global original prices for the iPod U2 Edition (4th Gen) in 24 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 America
Original Prices - Europe
Original Prices - Asia
|China:||RMB 3,490||Hong Kong:||N/A|
Original Prices - Australia & New Zealand
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