Apple’s iPods through the ages

Apple have recently announced that they will be discontinuing the iPod nano and shuffle, meaning it’s the end

Apple have recently announced that they will be discontinuing the iPod nano and shuffle, meaning it’s the end of an era for physical buttons. If you don’t quite remember the iPod developments, well keep on reading because we are taking you through the ages of the iPod – right to the very beginning.

iPod – 2001

Now if you don’t remember the first iPod here’s a little picture for you…


Looks so medieval compared to what they’re like now! It was sold at £300 back in 2001 and could hold up to 1,000 songs. It originally started as a scrolling wheel that allowed you to go up and down and a select button in the middle.

iPod 2nd Generation – 2002

Apple kept up with it’s development time scale by releasing the second generation just a year later. The developments were only minor, but still never failed to impress! (variety of memory storage and a touch sensitive scrolling wheel).

It was retailed at £399 for 20GB, £329 for 10GB and £259 for 5GB. At the end of 2002, Apple had successfully sold 600,000 iPods.

iPod 3rd Generation – 2003

Not even 12 months later the third generation was released by Apple. In April 2003 they introduced a 30GB which was retailed at £399 and the ability to hold up to 7,500 songs. Around this time, Apple had launched iTunes which is more popular than ever, starting with 200,000 to purchase.

At the end of 2003, it was record that two million iPods were sold throughout the year.

iPod mini – 2004

People loved to listen on the go with the iPod, so Apple released the mini and to put their own spin on it, they released it in five different colours. It was the first iPod to have a click wheel which stayed until 2007.


It was retailed at £199 for 4GB memory storage.

iPod 4th Generation – 2004

The same year Apple released their 4th Generation of the iPod which also featured the click wheel like the mini. The GB storage increased to 40 and was sold at £299.

Special US edition – 2004

For some reason, Apple decided to release a black and red version of the iPod and we’re not quite sure why we never saw this version! It was retailed at £249.

At the end of 2004, 10,000,000 iPods had been sold.

iPod Shuffle – 2005

This one was quite a shock to people because it’s like we were expecting something like a bigger screen or added features. But Apple had other ideas…


That’s right they took away the screen! All you needed to do was press play and use the navigation buttons to choose a different song. It had no docking station capability but at the end of the day it was £69 and has 512MB. Not so bad if you didn’t want to pay for the full models.

iPod nano – 2005

And the screen is back. The nano was a replacement for the mini. It was released in either block or white, taking the colour feature away from the mini. It was sold with either a 2GB or 4GB memory and was the first iPod to use flash memory.

iPod shuffle 2nd Generation – 2006

When Apple released this version it was like they put the original in a shrink machine and thought there we go, that’s the second generation. When the second generation was released, it kind of came as a shock in a way because obviously everyone didn’t know what to expect.

It came with 1GB memory storage at a cost of £50. It was the best product for those who like to get out and go for a run as it’s smaller and lighter to manage whilst on the go.

The 3rd Generation of the nano was also launched and the nano was released in a red colour for the Global Fund for Aids, Malaria and Tuberculosis.

iPod touch – 2007

It’s goodbye to the scrolling wheel and hello to touch screen! In January 2007 Apple released its first iPhone so they thought why not release the touch screen iPod the same year?! It came with built in wireless networking and allowed users to watch videos with a 32GB memory storage.


We could go on forever with the iPods, but unfortunately we don’t want to ramble on! Here are some extra details for you to have a look at during your lunch time break.