iPod classic 120 GB Explained

Source: theverge.com – iPod classic

The Apple iPod classic 120 GB (7th Generation) stands as a hallmark within the realm of portable MP3 players. A creation of Apple Inc., it graced the market from 2008 to 2014, holding its ground firmly within the esteemed iPod series. Debuting on September 9, 2008, its initial price point was set at $249.

This device boasted Apple’s innovative “Genius” playlist feature, revolutionizing the creation of on-the-go playlists with seamless automation. While Apple progressively directed its marketing efforts towards flash-based iPod models, the iPod classic maintained its relevance by bridging the capacity gap between flash and hard disks.

Key attributes of the iPod classic include a 2.5-inch color QVGA white LED-backlit LCD Screen, the iconic Click Wheel, Video playback capabilities, an impressive battery life extending up to 36 hours, a robust 120 GB hard drive, a Dock Connector facilitating charging and syncing, and a standard 3.5-mm headphone jack.

iPod classic
Source: apple.com – iPod classic

Regrettably, the reign of the iPod classic came to a close on September 9, 2014, marking the end of an era. As of today, the iPod classic 120 GB celebrates its 15-year anniversary, a testament to its enduring legacy in the realm of portable music technology.

iPod classic
Source: apple.com – iPod classic

iPod classic 120 GB Details

Introduced September 9, 2008 – 15 years ago
Discontinued September 9, 2014 – 9 years ago
Time on the Market 6 years
Model Number A1238
EMC 2173
Order Number MB562LL/A (Silver)
MB565LL/A (Black)
Original Price $249
Colors White
Weight 4.9 oz. – 138 Grams
Dimensions 4.1” H x 2.4” W x 0.41″ D
10.41 cm H x 6.09 cm W x 1.04 cm D

iPod classic Tech Specs


Processor Samsung ARM-based chip
Processor Speed Unknown
Architecture Unknown
Number of Cores 1
Cache Unknown


Storage 120 GB


Built-in Display 2.5″ 260,000-color QVGA LCD Display with white LED-backlit
Resolutions 320 x 240 pixels
Pixel Density 163 ppi


Audio Formats AAC (16 to 320 Kbps)
Protected AAC (from iTunes Store)
MP3 (16 to 320 Kbps)
Audible (formats 2, 3, and 4)
Apple Lossless
Photo Formats JPEG
PSD (Mac only)
Video Formats H.264 video, up to 1.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per sec.,
Baseline Low-Complexity Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48 kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; H.264 video, up to 768 Kbps, 320 by 240 pixels, 30 frames per sec.,
Baseline Profile up to Level 1.3 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48 kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG-4 video, up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per sec.,
Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48 kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats


Ports 1 – 30-pin Dock Connector
1 – 3.5-mm stereo jack, composite video, and audio through minijack
Camera None


Controls Play/Pause
Next title
Previous title
Click wheel


Maximum OS 2.0.5
iTunes iTunes 8 or later
System Requirements Mac OS X 10.4.11 or later
Windows XP Home or Professional with Service Pack 3 or later
Windows Vista or later


Accessories Earbud headphones
USB cable
Dock Adapter


Battery Built-in rechargeable Lithium-Ion
Battery Capacity Unknown
Battery Life Up to 36 hours of music
Up to 6 hours of video
Charge Time Up to 4 hours
2 hours to 80% capacity
Power Charging via USB 2.0 or power adapter

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Further Reading and References

  • iPod classic (120 GB): Technical Specifications – Apple Support
  • Identify your iPod model – Apple Support
  • iPod Classic – Wikipedia
  • iPod classic (120 GB) – Apple History
  • Review: second-generation iPod classic (120GB) – MacWorld

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