iPod (5G)

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Apple released the 5th generation (5G) iPod on October 12th, 2005. This version sported a new 2.5" color screen and provided the first support for video playback. Despite its wider appearance, the 5G iPod had the same overall width and height as the older models. The larger screen, however, took up a greater portion of the case. With this iPod, Apple dropped FireWire support from all iPods.

On September 12, 2006, Apple released a minor revision to the iPod 5G boasting a higher maximum capacity, a brighter screen, new earphones and gapless playback at new lower price points.


Configurations and Price Points

Low-end iPod High-end iPod
Original Model Revised Model Original ModelRevised Model
Price (USD)$299$249$399$349
Date ReleasedOctober 12, 2005September 12, 2006October 12, 2005September 12, 2006
Capacity (GB)30 GB60 GB80 GB

New Features

  • 2.5-inch, 320x240, colour LCD screen.
  • Video playback (MPEG4, H.264)
  • Includes screen lock and stop watch software.
  • Allows Address Book contacts' images to be displayed on the iPod. (10.4.3 and later)
  • Available in black or white
  • Slimmer
  • Earphone and dock connectors only. No longer has a remote control connector (often used for 3rd party accessories)
  • Voice recording settings now available as Low (22.05 KHz, mono) and High (44.1 KHz, stereo)

Key Technical Information

  • CPU Type: Portal player 5021C-TDF (audio decoding)
  • CPU Speed: 2 x 80 MHz
  • CPU Type: Broadcom VideoCore BCM2722 (video decoding, audio encoding, LCD & TV out)
  • ROM: 32 MB / 64 MB
  • RAM: 32 MB / 64 MB
  • Display: 2.5" Backlit LCD
  • Resolution: 16 bit color at 320x240 pixels
  • Video Out: Composite (audio port) & S-video (Dock Connector)
  • Hard Drive: 30/60 GB 4200 RPM (ATA-66)
  • Connectivity: USB via Dock Connector
  • Dimensions: 30 GB: 4.1" H x 2.4" W x 0.43" D. 60 GB/80 GB: 4.1" H x 2.4" W x 0.55" D.
  • Weight: 30 GB: 4.8 ounces. 60 GB/80 GB: 5.5 ounces.

Box Contents

  • iPod (with plastic cellophane wrap. Some people use this as a temporary case before purchasing a hard cover.)
  • Instruction and CD pack. Includes iTunes 6.0 for Mac and PC and Windows drivers.
  • A thin, black sleeve. Provides basic scratch protection but does not have a belt clip.
  • Dock adapter. Allows it to be used with the Apple Universal Dock for iPods.
  • Standard Apple Earphones.
  • USB cable. Used to transfer music from computer to iPod and charge its battery.
  • This iPod does NOT come with a USB Power Adapter.


Leaked iPod on CNN
Leaked iPod on CNN
  • A prototype photo of the 5G iPod appeared on the internet hours before the official release of the 5th Generation iPod. With the added media attention that Apple has gained with the success of the iPod as well as the legitimization of rumor sites due to Apple's lawsuit, the mainstream press rebroadcast these leaked images.
  • Many Apple and technology blogs have noted that Apple are advising retailers to offer a 'non conditional' replacement for this iPod should it develop a fault - even if it appears that the iPod may have been abused or misused. This would appear to be an attempt to neutralize the negative press about iPods scratching easily. This notice only sent to retailers in Europe, Latin America and Asia-Pacific. See this AppleInsider article for more details.


As with all clickwheel iPods, you can reset this iPod by first toggling the hold switch on and off and then simultaneously pressing the select (center) and menu buttons for approximately 5-10 seconds. This is a common fix should your iPod behave unexpectedly or lock up. Once reset, the iPod should display an Apple logo for a few seconds before showing the main menu. This procedure is similar to rebooting a computer and damages none of your music or data.



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Other iPod models

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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