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Apple iPod Classic 3rd Gen Technical Specifications

Apple iPod Classic 3rd Gen Technical Specifications
Brand: Apple
Category: Apple iPod
  • Camera No
  • Display 2-inch (diagonal) liquid crystal display with white LED backlight
  • OS iPod Software 2.3
  • Battery 1200 mAh
  • Storage 10GB 15GB 20GB 30GB 40GB

Estimated reading time: 3 minutes

Apple iPod Classic 3rd Gen Review and Features

Apple iPod Classic 3rd Gen also known as iPod with a dock connector was announced on April 29, 2003, by Apple as a completely redesigned third-generation iPod. Thinner than the previous models, the third-generation models replaced the FireWire port with a new proprietary 30-pin Dock Connector and introduced the Touch Wheel, a completely non-mechanical interface with the four auxiliary buttons located in a row between the screen and the touch wheel.

The four buttons are now backlit and are located in a row above the touch wheel (the previous models had buttons placed around the wheel). Software improvements include games, an alarm clock, the possibility to record voice and updated customization options.

The front plate had rounded edges, and the rear casing was slightly rounded. A new wired remote connector was introduced. Whereas first and second-generation iPods had an auxiliary ring around the headphone port for the remote, the third-generation iPods had a 4-pin jack adjacent to the headphone port.

The 10 GB model was sold for US$299, the 15 GB model for US$399, and the 30 GB model for US$499. All iPods were now compatible with Mac and Windows out of the box, requiring Windows users to reformat the iPod before use on a PC.

Both iTunes and Musicmatch Jukebox were bundled with all iPods. On the other hand, battery life has been estimated at eight hours, two hours less than the iPod classic 1st and the iPod classic 2nd generations. This was partially due to a smaller lithium-ion battery than a lithium polymer battery.

A 20 GB model replaced the 15 GB model, and the 30 GB model was upgraded to 40 GB on September 8, 2003. The Windows-based Musicmatch Jukebox software was made obsolete and replaced by iTunes 4.1, the first version of Microsoft Windows.

The iPod Classic (stylized and marketed as iPod classic and formerly iPod Video or just iPod) is a discontinued portable media player created and formerly marketed by Apple Inc.

Six generations of the iPod Classic and a spin-off (the iPod Photo) were later re-integrated into the main iPod line. All generations used a 1.8-inch (46 mm) hard drive for storage. The “classic” suffix was formally introduced with the rollout of the sixth-generation iPod on September 5, 2007.

Before this, all iPod Classic models were simply referred to as iPods; the first iPod released in 2001 was part of this line called “Classic”. It was available in silver or black from 2007 onwards, replacing the “signature iPod white”.

On September 9, 2014, Apple discontinued the iPod Classic. The sixth-generation 160 GB iPod Classic was the last Apple product to use the original 30-pin dock connector and the distinctive click wheel.

Operating system and firmware

The iPod’s operating system is stored on its dedicated storage medium. An additional NOR flash ROM chip (either 1 MB or 512 KB) contains a bootloader program that tells the device to load its OS from the storage medium.

Each iPod has 32 MB of RAM, although the 60 GB and 80 GB fifth-generation and sixth-generation models have 64 MB. A portion of the RAM is used to hold the iPod OS loaded from firmware, but most of it serves to cache songs from the storage medium.

For example, an iPod could spin its hard disk up once and copy approximately 30 MB of upcoming songs into RAM, thus saving power by not requiring the drive to spin up for each song.

Custom firmware has also been developed, such as Rockbox (up to 1G – 6G requires emCORE) and iPodLinux (up to 5G, 6G has an encrypted firmware.), which offer open-source alternatives to the standard firmware and operating system.

Full Technical Specifications

General Technical Specifications

Device Type Portable Media Player
Initial Price US $299 for the 10 GB model.
US $399 for the 15 GB model.
US $499 for a 30 GB.
Models M8976LL/A 10 GB
M8946LL/A & M9460LL/A 15 GB
M9244LL/A 20 GB
M8948LL/A 30 GB
M9245LL/A 40 GB
Released 28 April, 2003
Status Discontinued
Successor iPod Touch
External Buttons and Connectors Dock connector, remote connector, stereo minijack
Generation 3rd
Colors White
System Requirements Mac Requirements and Software

Apple computer with built-in FireWire port; Mac OS X v10.1.5 or later (Mac OS X 10.2 or later recommended); CD includes iTunes for Mac OS X

Windows Requirements and Software

PC with built-in FireWire or USB 2.0, or Windows-certified FireWire or USB 2.0 card; Windows Me, Windows 2000 or Windows XP Home or Professional; CD includes MUSICMATCH Jukebox Plus 7.5 software
Customizable Settings Shuffle songs or albums
Repeat one or all
Soundcheck on or off
Equalizer on or off
Backlight timer
Display contrast
Alarms on, off, or silent
Sleep timer
Date and Time
Contacts sort and display by first or last names
Clicker on or off
Languages: English, French, German, Japanese, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Danish, Norwegian, Portuguese, Finnish, Swedish, Korean, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese
Power Adapter 6-pin FireWire connector
AC input: 100V to 240V at 0.4 amp maximum
Frequency: 50Hz to 60Hz
DC output: 12V at 1 amp maximum
Input and Output Dock connector
3.5-mm stereo headphone jack
Wired remote connector
iPod's Processor Type ARM 7TDMI-derived CPUs (PP5002)
iPod's Processor Speed 90 MHz (x2)
RAM 32 Megabytes
iPod's Internal Memory 10GB, 15GB, 20GB, 30GB, or 40GB hard disk drive

Holds over 2500, 3700, 5000, 7500, or 10000 songs in 128-Kbps AAC format
Stores data in FireWire or USB 2.0 disk mode

1.8” hard drive
Connectivity FireWire port
FM Radio Support Mac 10.1
Operating System <strong>OS => </strong> Every computer system run on a base software called Operating System (OS). Operating System controls all basic operations of the computer (such as smartphone, PDAs, tablet computers and other handheld devices). The Operating System allows the user to install and run third party applications (apps), apps are used to add new functionality to the device. Operating system for mobile devices based on Pixo OS 2.1. Possibility to work with Windows 2000. Musicmatch support was changed for iTunes 4.1 for Windows.
Audio Technology Features Up to 25 minutes of skip protection
Maximum output power: 60 mW RMS (30 mW per channel)
Frequency response: 20 Hz to 20,000 Hz

Audio formats supported:
Mac: AAC (up to 320 Kbps), MP3 (up to 320 Kbps), MP3 Variable Bit Rate (VBR), WAV, AIFF, Audible (Mac only)
Windows: MP3 (up to 320 Kbps), MP3 Variable Bit Rate (VBR), WAV

Earbud-style headphones with 18-mm drivers using Neodymium transducer magnets
Frequency response: 20Hz to 20,000Hz
Impedance: 32 ohms

A high output amplifier (60-mW). The third generation iPods had a 4-pin jack adjacent to the headphone port
Headphone Type 3.5mm Audio jack
Display Info 2-inch (diagonal) liquid crystal display with white LED backlight
160-by-128-pixel resolution, 0.24-mm dot pitch
Support for display of multiple languages and characters simultaneously
Dimensions Size (10GB model)
Height: 4.1 in
Width: 2.4 in
Depth: 0.62 in

Size (15GB model)
Height: 4.1 in
Width: 2.4 in
Depth: 0.62 in

Size (20GB model)
Height: 4.1 in
Width: 2.4 in
Depth: 0.62 in

Size (30GB model)
Height: 4.1 in
Width: 2.4 in
Depth: 0.73 in

Size (40GB model)
Height: 4.1 in
Width: 2.4 in
Depth: 0.73 in
Weight 10 GB - Weight: 5.6 oz (158 g) 15 GB - Weight: 5.6 oz (158 g) 20 GB - Weight: 5.6 oz (158 g) 30 GB - Weight: 6.2 oz (176 g) 40 GB - Weight: 6.2 oz (176 g)
Camera No
SIM <strong>SIM</strong> (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 (630 mAh)
Playtime: 8 hours when fully charged
Standby time: 2 weeks when fully charged
Charging via FireWire connector to computer system or power adapter
Fast-charge time: 1 hour (charges up to 80% of battery capacity)
Full-charge time: 3 hours
Navigation Touch-sensitive scroll wheel which assured easy one-handed navigation. Four buttons are located between the touch-wheel and the screen.

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