iPod mini

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iPod mini 1st generation
iPod mini 1st generation
iPod mini 2nd generation
iPod mini 2nd generation

The iPod mini, released in January 2004, was Apple's attempt to steal away market share from the flash-based or budget end of the MP3 player market. The mini was originally released in five colors (blue, silver, pink, green and gold) and had a 4GB microdrive hard disk for storage. Apple updated the model in February 2005 by dropping the gold color and adding a 6GB version of the remaining colors.

The iPod mini was discontinued on the 7th September 2005, when Apple introduced the iPod nano.



1st Generation ($249)

  • Available in blue, silver, pink, green or gold.
  • 4GB hard disk.

2nd Generation (4GB $199, 6GB $249)

  • Available in blue, silver, pink or green. Colors became deeper and were reflected in the symbols on the Click Wheel.
  • 4GB or 6GB hard disk.

New Features

  • At the time of its release, the iPod mini was Apple's smallest iPod.
  • Was the first iPod to use a click wheel with built in buttons. This was carried over to the main iPod line with the release of the 4th Generation iPod.
  • Anodized aluminum casing. Scratch and smudge resistant.

Technical & Notes of Interest

  • Measurements: 3.6 x 2.0 x 0.5
  • Screen: 138 x 110 pixel monochrome LCD
  • Battery performance: 1st gen up to 8 hours, 2nd gen up to 18 hours.
  • The iPod mini used an IBM/Hitachi Microdrive internally for storage. It is possible to replace this drive with a CompactFlash card to turn the Mini into a solid-state iPod.

Box Contents

  • iPod (Came with plastic cellophane wrap, which some used as a temporary case before purchasing a hard cover.)
  • Instruction and CD pack. Included iTunes for Mac/PC and Windows drivers.
  • Belt clip
  • Standard Apple Earphones and two sets of foam covers
  • USB cable used to transfer music from computer to iPod and charge its battery. 1st generation minis also included a FireWire cable.
  • 1st generation minis included a FireWire AC charger. 2nd generation units did not.


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.


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