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Apple iPod Shuffle 1st Generation

Apple iPod Shuffle 1st Generation
Brand: Apple
Category: iPod
  • Camera No
  • Display NA
  • OS NA
  • Battery NA
  • Storage 512MB or 1GB
iPod Shuffle 1st Generation
Apple iPod Shuffle 1st Generation Technical Specifications

Product Brand: Apple

Editor's Rating:


  • Small and compact design
  • Affordable pricing
  • Simple and easy to use interface
  • Decent battery life


  • Limited storage capacity
  • No display screen for browsing through music
  • Limited control options, only basic play/pause, skip, and shuffle
  • No support for video playback or photos

Apple iPod Shuffle 1st Generation Review and Features

Released on January 11, 2005, during the Macworld expo, the first-generation iPod Shuffle weighed 0.78 ounces (22 g), resembled a pack of chewing gum sticks, and was designed to be easily loaded with a selection of songs and to play them in sequential or random order.

It used the SigmaTel STMP35xx system on a chip (SOC) and its software development kit (SDK) v2.6, a flash memory IC, and a USB rechargeable lithium cell.

It lacks a display, the trademark click wheel, playlist management features, and the games, address book, calendar, alarm, and notes capability of larger iPods. Due to the codec not being ported, it is incapable of playing Apple Lossless and AIFF audio files. The iPod Shuffle series also lacks a real-time clock and does not, therefore, update the “Last Played” value in iTunes.

The 1 GB model was advertised as capable of holding up to 240 songs (based on Apple’s estimate of four minutes per song and 128 kbit/s AAC encoding).

To cater to the limited capacity and intended usage scenario, two new features were added to iTunes: AutoFill, which selects songs at random from a user’s music library (or from a specific playlist) and copies as many as would fit into the iPod Shuffle’s storage – available as a supplement or replacement to manual selection; and an option to automatically transcode audio files of higher specifications to 128 kbps AAC-LC while transferring them (which would remain exclusive to the iPod Shuffle series until iTunes 9.1).

Furthermore, older versions of iTunes allowed an iPod Shuffle playlist to be viewed and changed while the unit is not connected; changes would be synchronized the next time the unit is connected. However, this functionality was removed in iTunes 7.

Due to superior audio technology in the SigmaTel STMP35xx SOC and SDK, the first generation had a better bass response than a fourth-generation iPod.

Full Technical Specifications

General Technical Specifications

Device Type Portable Media Player
Released 11 January, 2005
Status Discontinued
Predecessor iPod Mini
Successor iPod Touch
Generation 1st
Colors White
System Requirements Mac system requirements

Macintosh computer with USB port
Mac OS X v10.2.8 or Mac OS X 10.3.4 and later (Mac OS X 10.3.6 or later recommended for use with low-power USB ports)

Windows system requirements

PC with USB port
Windows 2000 with Service Pack 4 or later or Windows XP Home or Professional with Service Pack 2 or later
Input and Output USB connector
3.5-mm stereo headphone minijack
iPod's Processor Type D-Major SMTP 3550
iPod's Processor Speed 75 MHz
iPod's Internal Memory 512MB or 1GB USB flash drive
Holds 120 or 240 songs in 128-Kbps AAC format
Stores data via USB flash drive
Connectivity USB 1.1, USB 2.0
FM Radio Support No
Audio Technology Features Audio
Skip-free playback
Frequency response: 20Hz to 20,000Hz
MP3 (8 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, AAC (8 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Music Store, M4A, M4B, M4P), Audible (formats 2, 3 and 4) and WAV

Earbud-style headphones with 18-mm drivers using Neodymium transducer magnets
Frequency response: 20Hz to 20,000Hz
Impedance: 32 ohms
Headphone Type 3.5mm Audio jack
Dimensions Height: 3.3 in.
Width: .98 in.
Depth: 0.33 in.
Weight 0.78 oz (22 g)
Camera No
SIM SIM (Subscriber Identity Module) is a small card that contains mobile network subscriber's account information. This allows the phone using the card to attach to a mobile network. The SIM card is most commonly associated with GSM and UMTS mobile networks. Moving a SIM card from one phone to another allows a subscriber to switch mobile phones without having to contact their mobile network carrier. SIM cards can also be used by a phone to store limited amounts of data, such as phone numbers and text messages. No SIM
Battery Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery
Playtime: Up to 12 hours when fully charged
Standby time: 1 month when fully charged

Charging via USB to computer system or power adapter
Full-charge time: about 4 hours
Navigation Four buttons on the front to navigate the playlist.

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