Because of formatting dificulties, this post will not contain images of the iPods. If you wish to see the iPods mentioned in this post, there is an excellent image gallery over at IGN.

Picking up where we left off in Part 1.

2005 – In January of 2005 Apple released the first generation iPod shuffle. The iPod shuffle was small, had no screen,

and came in 512 MB and 1 GB models (flash memory this time) that were $99 and $149 respectively. This was a big draw to people who wanted a music player, but couldn’t afford one of the pricier iPods.

Also introduced in 2005 was the iPod Mini second generation. The main changes in this was improved battery life and more vibrant case colors. A 6 GB model was also introduced, which cost $249 to go along with the 4 GB model, which cost $199

In June, Apple got rid of the black and white display that was in the original iPod and gave it a color display. It came in 20 GB ($299) and 60 GB ($399) models.

In September, just months after the release of the second generation iPod Mini, Apple replaced it with the iPod Nano. The Nano came in 1, 2, and 4 GB models which were priced $149, $199, and $249 dollars. The iPod nano featured a color screen (which the iPod mini didn’t have) and a flash drive. The only exterior color options were black and white, which disappointed some..

In October Apple debuted the 5th generation iPod. It contained a color screen and the long awaited video playback support. It was smaller then the previous generation and came in 30 ($299) and 60 ($399) GB models.  This model also dropped support for Firewire connection, which had once been the only connection option, in favor of USB 2.0

2006 – In September, Apple released generation “5.5” of the original iPod. As suggested by the name, the new iPod did not contain anything hugely different from the previous version. The main differences was the replacing of the 60 GB model with a 80 GB model. The prices also dropped to $249 for the 30 GB and $349 for the 80 GB model.

Also, on the same day, the 2nd Generation iPod Nano was released. It came in 2, 4, and 8 GB models which were $149, $199, and $249. It came in more colors then the first generation Nano and featured a stronger aluminum body. It also had an incredibly long battery life (for the time) with up to 24 hours of audio playback.

On that day Apple also released the iPod Shuffle 2nd Generation. It was a major redesign, ditching the flash drive look in favor of a wider, flatter design.. It had a clip that made it popular with joggers and the like. It had a 12 hour battery life and had 1 GB of storage capacity. Although originally it came only in silver, Apple soon released other colors of the model.

2007 – Apple released the 6th generation iPod, whose name was officially changed to iPod Classic. It had a huge ammount of storage with 80 and 160 GB models which cost $249 and $349 dollars respectively. It had improved battery life, with 30-40 hours of audio playback and 5-7 hours of video playback.

Also released that year was the iPod Nano 3rd Generation. This model had a a redesigned body that was was more of a square then the thin rectangle of previous models. It had a smaller click wheel and added video playback. It came in 4 GB ($149) and 8 GB ($199) models.

But the biggest announcement of the year was the release of the original iPod Touch. The iPod touch was for people who wanted the functionality of the iPhone, but didn’t want to have to pay for cell service and a data contract. The iPod touch had a touch screen interface (getting rid of the scroll wheel), support for applications (apps) from Apples app store, wifi connectivity, and video playback. It had a battery life of 22 hours for audio and  5 hours for video. It came in 8 GB, 16 GB and 32 GB models which cost $299, $399, and $499 respectively.

This is part 2 of my series on the history of the iPod, you can read part 1 here and part 3 here!

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