iPod photo

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iPod (4th generation Photo)
4th Generation iPod photo
Release dateOctober 26th, 2004
Units sold----
CPUDual PP5020 @ 80 MHz
Storage20/30/40/60 GB 4200RPM 1.8" Toshiba IDE Hard Drive
ARBL15 hours of music playback

The iPod photo, also sold as the iPod with color display later in it's lifespan, is the first iPod sold with a color screen. Based off the iPod (4th generation). also known as the iPod (Click Wheel), it introduced the ability to display 16-bit color on a 2-inch, 220x176 display, as well as the ability to sync photos and the ability to display album art.

Three revisions of the iPod photo exist. The first revision came in 40 GB and 60 GB models, retailing for $499 and $599, sitting above the iPod (4th generation), which continued to be sold in 20 GB and 40 GB models for $299 and $399 respectively. The second revision, in spring 2005, bumped the price of the 60 GB model down to $449, and introduced a new 30 GB model for $349. Alongside this revision, a new software update added support for the iPod Camera Connector. A final revision, in June 2005, introduced the iPod with color display branding, lowered the price of the 60 GB model to $399, discontinued the 30 GB model, and introduced a 20 GB model for $299, replacing the monochrome iPod entirely. The iPod photo was subsequently discontinued on September 7th, 2005.

Detailed Information

  • Release Date: October 26th, 2004
  • Processor: Dual PP5020 @ 80mhz
  • RAM: 32mb
  • Storage: 1.8" 4200RPM Toshiba IDE hard drive
  • Battery: Soon™
  • ARBL: 15 Hours of Playback
  • Interface: 30-pin Dock Connector (FireWire or USB for Syncing and Charging)
Capacity 20GB 30GB 40GB 60GB
MSRP $299 $349 $499 $599 (originally)
$449 (2nd revision)
$399 (3rd revision)

Special Editions

The Harry Potter iPod is a special edition iPod photo with an engraving of the Hogwarts crest and Harry Potter AudioBooks was sold for a limited time in September 2005. This iPod could only be acquired alongside the purchase of all the Harry Potter audiobooks (249.99 USD) in addition to the price of a 20gb iPod Photo.

A U2 iPod Photo was sold alongside the monochrome version—but for 329 USD, and only in 20gb sizes, the same as the monochrome U2 special edition.