Apple has always been an innovator when it comes to consumer computer products. The 15GB iPod is Apple's latest contribution to their personal digital music player devices. With its huge song capacity (in 128-Kbps AAC format,) 8 plus hours battery, 5.6 ounce weight and industry leading skip protection iPod significantly improves the quality of the digital lifestyle.
It is the first MP3 player to be able to store 3,700 songs in a 5.6 ounce package that can literally be taken everywhere. By including a 32MB memory cache (no mechanical or moving parts) and continually pre-loading music into this cache, Apple has achieved up to a huge 25 minutes of skip protection. Additionally, iPod has the ability to sync with iTunes 4 software, Apple's application for playing, and play-list management of music files. Whenever connected via FireWire to the computer, the unit will sense any new updates made to the user's play-lists and automatically upload their contents.
At the heart of the iPod is an ultra slim 15-gigabyte FireWire drive, which also allows the unit to double as a portable storage device for files and applications. The FireWire protocol allows for fast transfer rates of both music and data files, and battery recharging can be achieved in as little as one hour (for 80% capacity) and three hours for a full charge. Additionally, the unit is continually being recharged while connected to the computer using the FireWire connection.
The iPod supports English, Japanese, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Danish, Norwegian, Portuguese, Finnish, Swedish, Korean, Simplified and Traditional Chinese. Additionally, the iPod supports display of multiple languages and characters simultaneously
|- ||128Kbps ACC Compression Rate|
The new AAC format combines sound quality that rivals CDs, with smaller files sizes (compared to MP3s). So not only do songs take up less space on the hard disk, they can be downloaded faster
|- ||Pocket-Sized and Ultralight|
For true portability
|- ||Easy on the Eyes|
The iPod has a large, high-quality liquid crystal display (LCD) for viewing up to six lines of text. And the LCD features a white light-emitting diode (LED) backlight for clear visibility in low-light situations - indoors or outdoors
|- ||High-Output (60-mW) Amplifier|
Provides CD-quality sound with a wide dynamic range
|- ||Headphones with Neodymium Transducer Magnets|
Engineered for enhanced 20 to 20kHz frequency response
|- ||Scroll Wheel|
Touch sensitive scroll wheel and buttons for easier navigation
|- ||Quick Download|
Downloads an entire CD in less than 10 seconds, or 1,000 songs in under 10 minutes
|- ||Charge Efficiency|
iPod automatically charges using the FireWire cable while connected and transferring music from a Mac. Additionally, it can be recharged using the included AC adapter while on the go
|- ||Automatic Synchronization|
Keeps the iPod music and iTunes play-lists up to date. Whenever new music is added or play-lists are modified in iTunes, simply plugging the iPod back into the computer will automatically updated the changes in seconds
|- ||Ultra Slim 15GB Hard Drive|
Doubles as a FireWire disc for files and applications.