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Topic: How do I know what generation is an ipod?

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Old 01-14-2011, 05:52 PM
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How do I know what generation is an ipod?

Hi guys
Newbie here...
well, i found a used ipod 160gb but the seller doesn't know what generation it is. how can i figure it out? from manual maybe?
thanks!
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The serial number on the back of the iPod will inform you which generation it is (you can Google search the serial number). Just know that Apple stopped sing the generation numbers to describe iPods with hard drives back in 2007. Instead, they just went with the "iPod classic" naming scheme. There were two 160GB iPod classic models released: one in 2007 and one in 2009 (those are the ONLY two iPods to ever have the 160GB capacity). The one from 2007 is pretty bad as the firmware (the software the iPod itself runs, not iTunes) was (and still is) buggy, the hard drive is incredibly slow, and the whole experience is just slow. Apple has improved things with firmware updates over time but the 160GB iPod classic released in 2009 is a much, much, much, much better experience.



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Thanks for your reply kornchild2002...but i'm still confused. From the moment that there is no serial number how can i know if the ipod is from '07 or '09?
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Thanks for your reply kornchild2002...but i'm still confused. From the moment that there is no serial number how can i know if the ipod is from '07 or '09?
First of all it is a 6th generation no matter what. If you want to know what year it is, look at it. If the headphone jack is flat on top, it's '07. If the headphone jack is curved toward the back (thinner iPod) it's '09. If the aluminum anodization is a graphite black, '09. If it is as dark as the wheel, '07. You have to have them side by side to really visualize what I'm talking about but the simplest explanation I can give is that the '09 one is thinner. (there is a dual platter hard drive in the '07 model because the technology then in 1.8 inch hard drives was not sufficient to cram 160gb onto one platter.). See if you can find images.
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Not to be technical but there are not 6th generation iPods. As I said, Apple did away with that whole generation numbering setup for hard drive powered iPods when they introduced the iPod classic. It is known as the iPod classic, period. No 6G iPod classic, no 7G iPod classic, nothing. Just the iPod classic. Further identification is done by stating the capacity and year it was released. That doesn't stop a bunch of sites and people from calling the 2007 iPod classic the 6G iPod and the 2008/2009 iPod classic the 7G iPod.

The year of release for a 160GB iPod classic can also be determined by the software it is running. You will essentially have to tell the person selling it to give you the firmware release number (this will tell you what version the firmware is), have them look up the serial number (EVERY iPod has a serial number that can be found on the back of the iPod and in the system information through the firmware), or having them send you a series of pictures of the iPod with a ruler showing just how thick it is.



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Thanks guys...
Well, the last 3 digits are YMU...is this the older version, the 2007 model?
from a brief search i think it's the older one...can you help?
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According to Apple (and 5 other sources), that is an iPod classic from 2007 (ie the older one). Unless you are getting that for a really, really, really, really good price, I would stay far away from it.



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According to Apple (and 5 other sources), that is an iPod classic from 2007 (ie the older one). Unless you are getting that for a really, really, really, really good price, I would stay far away from it.
thanks kornchild2002
i'll stay away from it, as i prefer the newer model
thanks again guys...

on another note while i'm looking for the newest model what last 3 digits i have to look for?
after a search i ended with something like 9ZU, 9ZS
are they some others also?

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