iPod (1G)

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The first Apple iPod
The first Apple iPod

In 2001, Apple released the first generation iPod. The iPod was a hard disk drive (HDD) based digital music player created on the idea that Macintosh computer users wished to take their music library wherever they went. The first iPod sported a 5GB hard disk drive; a 2-inch, 160 x 128 pixel monochrome display, and a navigation device dubbed the Scroll Wheel. Unlike the current generation iPod (which uses a navigation device dubbed the Click Wheel), the Scroll Wheel was not touch-sensitive, but was rather based on a jogwheel—the device was mechanical, and moved physically.

The iPod's unique features included its small size (relative to other similar capacity MP3 players on the market at the time), its unique connection method (IEEE 1394/ FireWire 400) and its easy-to-use navigation system. This iPod was only compatible with Macs.


5GB iPod 10GB iPod
Price (USD)$399$499
Date ReleasedNovember 10, 2001March 21, 2002
Capacity (approx.)1000 songs2000 songs

Both models included:

  • White earbud-style headphones
  • CD with iTunes 2 and iPod Updater software
  • White FireWire 400 cable
  • FireWire A/C Power Adapter


The first generation iPod stands at 4.02 inches tall, 2.43 inches wide, and is 0.78 inches in thickness. It weighed just 6.5 oz (184g).

The iPod's casing was a two-piece design. The front piece was a polycarbonate plastic face. The back was a sheet of stainless steel. In terms of design, the iPod was heralded by many to be elegant, aesthetically pleasing, and clean. The edges were like current models, and not rounded like the third and fourth generation iPods.

The four buttons located around the scroll wheel were raised slightly. This is the only iPod to feature a physically moving wheel and not a touchpad style wheel. This has made these early iPods popular among people who wear gloves (skiers, etc) because the scroll wheel is far more receptive to motion than the touchpad controlled iPods.


To reset, one should hold down the menu and play/pause buttons. This will force a hard reset and cause the iPod to reboot. On early firmware versions, this would also cause the date and time to reset. No data will be lost.

To enter "debug mode" press Menu-Select-Pause/Play (3 buttons in a vertical row), then when Apple logo appears, press Reverse-Select-Forward (3 buttons horizontally). A reverse Apple logo shows, then debug menu.

Other iPod models

iPod (1G) | iPod (2G) | iPod (3G) | iPod (4G Monochrome) | iPod (4G Color) | iPod (5G) | iPod classic
iPod U2 Edition | Harry Potter Collector's iPod | HP iPod
iPod mini | iPod nano (1G) | iPod nano (2G) | iPod nano (3G) | iPod nano (4G) | iPod nano (5G)
iPod shuffle (1G) | iPod shuffle (2G) | iPod shuffle (3G)
iPod touch | iPhone | iPhone 3G | iPhone 3GS