iPod U2 Edition

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The first U2 iPod was based on the 4th Generation iPod.
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The first U2 iPod was based on the 4th Generation iPod.
June 2005 update brought color capabilities.
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June 2005 update brought color capabilities.
The most recent 5G U2 iPod is based on the original 5th Generation iPod.
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The most recent 5G U2 iPod is based on the original 5th Generation iPod.

The iPod U2 Special Edition is a distinctive iPod in black with a red scroll wheel and the autographs of U2 band members engraved on the back.

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U2 iPod models

4th Generation

The U2 iPod was initially released as a 20 GB iPod (4G Monochrome) in October 2004, retailing at $349 ($50 more than regular 4G iPods at the time) with a $50 discount towards an iTunes exclusive U2 digital box set "The Complete U2" and an exclusive U2 poster.

In June 2005, Apple updated the U2 iPod by adding a color screen so it was on par with the 20GB iPod (4G Color). In October 2005, the U2 iPod was temporarily discontinued when Apple released the 5G iPod.


Key Technical Information (color model):

  • CPU Type: ARM7TDMI
  • CPU Speed: 2 x 80 MHz
  • ROM: 32 MB
  • RAM: 32 MB
  • Display: 2" Backlit LCD
  • Resolution: 16-bit color at 220x176 pixels
  • Video Out: Composite (audio port) & S-video (Dock Connector)
  • Hard Drive: 20 GB 4200 RPM (ATA-66)
  • Connectivity: USB & Firewire supported via Dock Connector
  • Dimensions: 4.1" H x 2.4" W x 0.63" D
  • Weight: 0.37 lbs.


5th Generation

In June 2006, Apple reintroduced a 30 GB U2 iPod and added a black stainless steel back. Initially costing $329, the price has since been dropped to $279. It currently comes with a 30 minute U2 video exclusive to the iTunes Store. There are no indications at present that Apple will upgrade this iPod with the brighter screens and updated features of the latest 5th generation iPod (often termed 5.5 generation).


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
  • RAM: 32 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 GB 4200 RPM (ATA-66)
  • Connectivity: USB via Dock Connector
  • Dimensions: 4.1" H x 2.4" W x 0.43" D.
  • Weight: 4.8 ounces


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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