iPod classic 160 GB Explained

Source: theverge.com – iPod classic

The Apple iPod classic 160 GB (7th Generation) is a portable MP3 player designed, manufactured, and sold by Apple from 2009 to 2014 as part of the iPod series. The iPod was introduced on September 9, 2009, and its price started at $249.

The new iPod classic features a 2.5-inch color QVGA LCD screen with white LED-backlit, Click Wheel, Video playback, up to 36 hours of battery life, 160 GB hard drive, Dock Connector for charging and syncing, and a standard 3.5-mm headphone jack.

This iPod has been discontinued on September 9, 2014. Today iPod classic 160 GB is 14 years old!

iPod classic 160 GB Details

Introduced September 9, 2009 – 14 years ago
Discontinued September 9, 2014 – 9 years ago
Time on the Market 5 years
Model Number A1238
EMC 2173
Order Number MC293LL/A (Silver)
MC297LL/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 160 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 9 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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