IPod – The Combination of Design & Technology With Working Experience

What is an iPod?

Apple introduced an iPod in 2001. It is a versatile device that can be used as a portable jukebox, video or audio player, digital photo album, and a hand-held game console. You can store up to 160 GB of any type of file. An MP3 player stores about 5 gigabytes. What’s more, its a user-friendly companion program, making it one of the easiest digital players.

Although it is an apple product yet it works with both microphones as well as Windows machines. Generally, it is available with 80GB and 16GB capacity and has a colored LCD screen. In addition to the iPod classics, there are several other devices in the current generation of these music players.


How IPods are Classified?

  • iPod Shuffle:

The shuffled iPod can play only songs and has no display with it. This MP3 Player supports up to 1-GB of capacity.

IPod Shuffle
  • iPod Touch:

Touch screen based iPods were introduced in September 2007, with a capacity of about 8GB-16GB. The touch screen based iPod looks similar to an iPhone.

IPod Touch
  • iPod  Nano:

A nano iPod can play digital audio, displays digital photos. It also supports 4-8 GB memory and has a 2-inch LCD screen.

IPod Nano

9 Features Offered by IPod’s:



The 80 – GB version holds up to 100 hours of videos and the 160- GB version holds video up to 200 hours. It coverts user-friendly video which supports H.264 and MPEG-4 files as well as MOV files through iTunes softwares.

We can play video songs, TV shows, and movies on Mp3 Player. In addition to that, we can also play it on our own DVDs and home videos that are encoded using quick time pro and download it from iTunes software.

1. Photos:

The iPod music player also stores images in it and store pictures up to 25000. It also consists of a file that is used to convert the images to formats like JPEG, BMP, GIF, etc. You can also connect your iPod to home screen TV to see the photos slideshow or videos on a large screen.

2. Calendars or contact syncing:

We can download calendars as well as contacts automatically from the iPod. These features are already inbuilt in it. This data is added automatically to the Mac-ical or Microsoft outlook.

3. Listening to your iPod in the car:

You can play songs the way we want. You will enjoy the music everywhere even when you are in driving. You can integrate an iPod in cars also for listening to music.

4. Audio:

The 160GB music player stores up to 40,000 songs in it, the 80GB model for 20,000 songs. You can also search for respective song names, artist albums, and playlist by typing in a keyword.  You can use a click wheel to locate that particular song on the hardware of the iPod.

 It supports Mp3, WAC, and AAC, AIFF apple lossless, and audible audio files. You can listen to the audiobooks at various speeds without seriously distorting the sound. Now if you want to connect your iPod to a home stereo, you can connect it through a mini to RCA jack. You can download the latest songs from the iTunes store and also copy them from CDs into the iTunes software. You need to go through the iTunes software for downloading any new songs.

IPod audio feature
Audio feature

5. Games:

Games are pre-loaded onto the iPod. You can also download some latest games on our iPod from the iTunes software store.

IPod Games feature
Games feature

6. Wi-Fi:

You can connect your music player to the Internet via Wi-Fi networks wherever available. Users can then browse the web, download apps, and more on iPod music player.

7. IOS:

The mobile operating system can be automatically loaded on to the iPod Touch with several inbuilt apps. It along with I-OS features is designed with multi-touch technology, security, and long battery life. The software gets updated automatically with the versions.

8. External hard drive:

It can also function on the hard disk, which will carry all the files types in between the PC. By choosing the “enable disk” usage from the iTunes store, you can load it on its portable hard disk.

The iPod video’s functionality deals with seven primary components:

  • Click Wheel – navigation via the touch-sensitive wheel and mechanical buttons is required for functionality
  • Rechargeable battery
  • Display of this kind of music players screen should be of  2.5-inch TFT LCD
  • Video chip – Broadcom BCM2722
  • Audio chip – Wolfson Microelectronics WM8758 codec
  • Hard drive – 30-GB Toshiba 1.8-inch hard drive
IPod External drive
External drive

5 Reasons Why IPods are Popular?

  • It has different features and applications that make entertainment, communication, education, and productivity more enjoyable and more accessible to users.
  •  It is user friendly which can be fit easily into the user pocket. You can make the iPod more like a PC than MP3 players.
  •  Many people buy iPods for listening to music with good quality and iPod headphones have different designs which attract people more.
IPod headphones
  • Another major advantage of this kind of audio music player is that it has a high storage capacity. We can store several songs, videos, photos, games, etc.
  • One of the great advantages is that we can watch the video, play games, and also capture photos through the iPod. It is used for multipurpose.

3 Drawbacks:

  • It does not have any means of communication. In other words, it is very difficult to move files between two iPods.
  • Cost is one of the factors which prove to be a major constraint with iPods. The cost is also comparatively high.
  • Some of these can only be charged with the USB port of the PC. It is quite difficult to switch on the PC every time for charging it.

So I guess you have acquired enough knowledge about iPods. Some of you must be already using iPods and some might love to have an iPod after reading this article. So here is a simple question for you. What makes this different from other digital media player. if you have any queries on this topic or the electrical and electronic projects Do post your answer in the comment section below.

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