IPOD Classic Brief History?

There are several models for the IPOD Classics and Mini, all of them uses the popular gen-1Wolfson DAC. The Wolfson Chip is very popular amongst music enthusiasts.

IPOD Classic Generation 1 (2001)

  • Comes in 5GB and 10GB
  • Uses Firewire Connection
  • Mechanical Scrollwheel
  • Model M8541
  • Wolfson Audio WM8721

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IPOD Classic Generation 2 (2002)

  • Comes in 5GB, 10GB and 20GB
  • Uses Firewire Connection
  • Touch Sensitive Wheel
  • Firewire port has cover
  • Revised hold switch
  • Model A1019
  • Wolfson Audio WM8721

IPOD Classic Generation 3 (2003)ipod-3rd-gen

  • Comes in 10GB, 15GB, 20GB, 30GB and 40 GB
  • Uses Firewire for Charging and USB for syncing data
  • All touch interface
  • 4 lighted buttons (only ipod model with this feature)
  • Model A1040
  • Wolfson Audio WM8721

IPOD Classic Generation 4 (2004)

  • There’s 3 varia4thgentions of Gen 4, Non-Color, Photo, With Color
  • Non-Color (20GB and 40GB)
  • Photo (40GB, 60Gb and 30GB)
  • With Color (20GB)
  • Uses the Click Wheel from the IPOD Mini
  • Model A1059 and A1099
  • Wolfson Audio WM8975

Limited Edition includes the famous U2 version (My Fave!)


IPOD Classic Generation 5 (2005)fifthgenipodblack

  • There’s the 5th Generation and the Enhanced Version (AKA Gen 5.5)
  • 5th Gen and Gen 5.5 both came in Black or White colors
  • Both came in 30GB, 60GB or 80GB versions
  • Both uses Colored Screen and Wolfson Audio WM8758
  • Gen 5.5 came with an additional search feature (so does 6th Gen)
  • Gen 5.5 is the last model that uses an Wolfson DAC
  • Gen 5.5 is very collectible (even more for U2 5.5 version)
  • Model A1136

Limited Edition includes the famous U2 version (My Fave!)


IPOD Classic Generation 6 (2007)

  • Uses Cirrus Logic Audio Codec Chipb000jlkiha-7-lg
  • Comes in 80gb and 160gb (Thick)
  • Silver or black anodized aluminum front
  • Model A1238

IPOD Classic Generation 6 (2008)

  • Some collectors refer these as the Gen 7 or Gen 6.5
  • Comes in 120gb and 160gb (Thin)
  • Silver or black anodized aluminum front
  • Uses Cirrus Logic Audio Codec Chip
  • Model A1238