iPod classic (7th generation)

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iPod (Seventh Generation)
iPod Classic 7th Generation
Release dateSeptember 9, 2009
Units sold----
CPUSamsung ARM Processor
Storage160GB 4200RPM 1.8" Toshiba ZIF Hard Drive
ARBL36 hours music playback, 6 hours video playback

The iPod Seventh Generation, marketed and sold as the "iPod Classic", was released in September 2009, and did not have any visible differences compared to the previous version. It simply replaced the previous 120GB iPod Classic 6.5 with a thin 160GB version. It also unlocked the storage limit within the stock OS, up to 2TB, compared to the 6 and 6.5 generation iPods only supporting up to 128GB. These models also has a volume limit exclusively in European markets, where the volume would be locked past a certain level with no way to increase it past this, compared to other iPods. This would not be fixed until the 7.5 revision.


  • Release Date: September 5th, 2007
  • Processor: Samsung ARM processor (Specifics Unknown)
  • RAM: 64MB
  • Storage: 1.8" 4200RPM Toshiba ZIF hard drive
  • Battery: 650mAh
  • ARBL: 36 hours of music playback, 6 hours of video playback
  • Interface: 30 pin dock connector (USB ONLY)
Release date September 9th, 2009
Processor Apple-branded Samsung ARMv7 processor @ 100 MHz
RAM 225 bytes (64 MiB)
Capacity 160GB (Thin)
Maximum capacity (after upgrade) 241 bytes (2 TiB) or approx. 50,000 songs
MSRP $249
Discontinued September 9th, 2014

A layout to all of the buttons on the iPod Classic (6th/7th generation)

7.5 Revision

There was also another revision of the 7th generation, adding nothing apart from a new firmware revision (2.0.5 compared to 2.0.4 of most 7th gens) with the only known difference being an unrestricted volume limit in European markets.

This firmware update did not come to other 7th gen iPods, which means any 7th gen iPods with this volume restriction have no way to remove this (other than using a different operating system)