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					Models
Generation
Image
Capacity
Colors
Connection
Original release date
Minimum OS to sync
Rated battery life (hours)
first
4 GB
Silver
Blue
Green
Pink
Gold
USB or FireWire
January 6, 2004
Mac: 10.1.5
Windows: 2000
audio: 8
New smaller model, available in 5 colors. Introduced the "Click Wheel".
second
4 GB
Silver
Blue
Green
Pink
USB or FireWire
February 23, 2005
Mac: 10.2.8
Windows: 2000
audio: 18
6 GB
Brighter color variants with longer battery life. Click Wheel lettering matched body
color. Gold color discontinued. Later replaced by Nano.
  Details
Both generations of iPod Mini were almost identical in their external features; their
differences lay in their storage and battery capacities. Both versions are
3.6x2.0x0.5 inches (91x51x13 mm) and weigh 3.6 ounces
(102 grams). The case consists of anodized aluminium. First generation iPod
Minis were available in five colors: silver, gold, pink, blue, and green. The gold
model was dropped from the second generation range, likely due to its unpopularity.
The pink, blue, and green models had brighter hues in the second generation; the
silver model remained unchanged. The first generation Mini had grey button labels;
the second generation had button labels matching the case's color, and also had the
capacity engraved on the back of the casing.
The iPod Mini uses Microdrive hard drives (CompactFlash II) made by Hitachi and
Seagate. First generation models were available in a 4 GB size, while second
generation models were available in both 4 GB and 6 GB versions
(capable of storing roughly 1,000 and 1,500 songs, respectively) and eventually the
second generation had the capacity laser etched into the aluminum case.
The iPod Mini's Microdrive (4 GB Hitachi model)
The battery life of the first generation of iPod Mini was about 8 hours (similar
to the 3G iPod that was available when the Mini was released), which some criticised
for its short duration. Apple addressed this problem in the second generation models,
which had a nominal battery life of about 18 hours. However, the 2nd generation iPod
Minis no longer came with a FireWire cable or an AC power adapter, which were left
out to reduce the selling prices of the new iPod Minis. iPod Mini batteries, like many
Lithium Ion batteries, run down to 80% capacity after 400 full charge cycles. A
proprietary dock connector was provided on the bottom of the device for a connection
to a computer's USB or FireWire port. The unit's battery could be charged during
connection. Along the top it had a hold switch, a headphone jack, and a remote
connector for accessories.
Like the iPod Nano, the iPod Mini supported MP3, AAC/M4A, WAV, AIFF, and
Apple Lossless audio formats. It also retained the iPod's integration with iTunes and
the iTunes Store, allowing for syncing between the software application and the iPod
Mini.
  Modification
See also: Hardware hacking
Soon after the release of the iPod Mini third party replacement batteries have been
made available because its capacity decreases over time. There are various manuals
for battery replacement on the internet and many outlets selling compatible
Lithium-ion batteries for those who wish to avoid the expensive charge for sending
the iPod back to Apple. Many such batteries are of higher capacity than the original
some are up to 2000mAh while the stock battery is around 400mAh.[citation needed]
The iPod Mini can be flashed to run iPodLinux or Rockbox firmware which has
support for extra codecs, games and various other plugins and allows music placed
directly on the iPod to be played without using iTunes. Recently several users have
replaced the 4 or 6 GB Microdrive with high capacity 8, 16, 32 and even
64 GB CompactFlash cards. Aside from increased capacity, this has the
advantage of increasing battery life and making the Mini more durable since
CompactFlash cards are solid-state with no moving parts.
  iPod Nano
Main article: iPod Nano
On September 7, 2005, Apple released the first generation iPod Nano. The Nano used
flash memory to accomplish an even thinner casing, and featured a color screen. The
headphone jack was moved to the bottom of the device, the dock connector shifted-off
center, and the 4-pin remote connector was removed, among other changes.
Timeline of compact iPod models
See also: Timeline of full-sized iPod models and Timeline of iPod models
Sources: Apple press release library, Mactracker Apple Inc. model database
Wikimedia Commons has media related to: iPod mini
  References
^ Apple iPod Mini (4GB, Silver, 1st generation) MP3 player reviews CNET Reviews
^ Apple Canada Batteries iPod
^ turn your iPod mini into a flash based iPod :: projects :: geek
technique
^ Apple Inc., Apple press release library, Retrieved September 19, 2007.
^ Mactracker (mactracker.ca), Apple Inc. model database, version as of 26 July 2007.
  External links
iPod Mini specifications, both generations
iPod Mini taken apart and fitted with CF card
iPod Cables
Video of Jobs launching the iPod Mini at Macworld 2004
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Apple hardware since 1998
Consumer computers
eMac  iMac (G3: Tray, Slot; G4; G5; Core; Core 2: Polycarbonate,
Aluminum)  Mac mini (G4; Core; Core 2: Server)
Professional computers
Mac Pro  Power Mac (G3: Outrigger, Minitower, AIO, B&W, Server; G4:
Graphite, Quicksilver, MDD, Server, Cube; G5)  Xserve (G4, CN; G5, CN;
Intel)
Notebook computers
iBook (G3: Clamshell, Dual USB; G4)  MacBook (Core; Core 2:
Polycarbonate (Discrete, Unibody), Aluminum)  MacBook Air 
MacBook Pro (Core; Core 2: Discrete, Unibody)  PowerBook (2400c, G3:
Wallstreet, Lombard, Pismo; G4: Titanium, Aluminum)
Consumer electronics
Apple TV  Displays (Cinema, Studio)  iPad  iPhone (Original,
3G, 3GS)  iPod (Classic: 1G, 2G, 3G, 4G, Photo, 5G, 6G; Mini: 1G, 2G;
iPod+HP; Shuffle: 1G, 2G, 3G; Nano: 1G, 2G, 3G, 4G, 5G; Touch: 1G, 2G, 3G) 
Newton (MessagePad: 2000, 2100; eMate 300)
Accessories
AirPort (Card: B, G, N; Base Station: Graphite, Snow, Extreme G, N, Express G,
N)  iPod (Click Wheel, Dock Connector, Camera Connector, iPod Hi-Fi,
Nike+iPod)  iSight  Keyboard (Pro, Wireless)  Mouse (USB, Pro,
Wireless, Mighty, Magic)  Remote  SuperDrive  Time
Capsule  USB Modem  Xserve RAID
Italics indicate discontinued products, bold italics indicate announced but not yet
released products. See also: Apple hardware before 1998.
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iPod
Models
Classic (Photo  iPod+HP)  Mini  Shuffle  Nano 
Touch
Accessories
Earbuds  iPod Hi-Fi  iTrip  Nike+iPod
Software
Comparison of iPod managers  iPhone OS (Store)  iPod game 
iTunes (Store, version history)
Other
Advertising  Click wheel  Dock Connector
Italics indicate discontinued products. See also: iPhone OS-based products.
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