iPod photo

Introduced: October 2004
Terminated: June 2005


The iPod photo was the first iPod to feature a color screen.  It had a two inch backlight LCD that could display 65,536 colors.  It combined its abilities as an MP3 player with the ability to store and display images in a variety of formats.  The two original configurations were a 40Gb model and a 60Gb model.


Initially introduced as a higher-end iPod, the iPod photo brought a bright color screen to the iPod line.  Apart from the new screen, the iPod photo was almost exactly the same as the fourth-generation click wheel iPods introduced earlier in the year.

One of the most noteworthy features of the iPod photo was that it was the first iPod able to boast a battery life of up to 15 playing hours.


iPod photo


Capacity: 30, 40, or 60 GB hard drive
Input/Output: Dock and Remote connectors, 3.5-mm headphone jack
Connectivity: FireWire 400 and USB 2.0 through dock connector
Controls: play/pause, next title, previous title, menu, hold, click wheel
Display: 2-inch (diagonal) 65,536-color LCD with LED backlight
Colors: White
Accessories: Earbud headphones, iPod USB Power Adapter, Dock Connector to USB 2.0 cable
Weight and Dimensions (US): 6.4 ounces, 4.1” H x 2.4” W x 0.75” D (40/60 GB) 5.9 ounces, 4.1” W x 2.4” H x 0.63” D (30 GB)
Weight and Dimensions (Metric): 181 g, 10.4 cm H x 6.1 cm W x 1.91 cm D (40/60 GB) 167 g, 10.4 cm H x 6.1 cm W x 1.6 cm D (30 GB)
Current Software: 1.2.1
Audio Formats: AAC, MP3, MP3 VBR, Audible, Apple Lossless, AIFF, WAV
Photo Formats: JPEG, BMP, GIF, TIFF and PNG
Video Formats: None
iPod Games: None
Battery: Built-in rechargeable lithium ion battery
Charge Time: Up to 5 hours (up to 3-hour fast charge to 80% capacity)
Power: Charging via FireWire, USB 2 (high power) or power adapter
Playtime: Up to 15 hours of music; up to 5 hours of slideshows with music
Operating Temperature: 32 to 113 deg. F (0 to 45 deg. C)
Storage Temperature: -4 to 158 deg. F (-20 to 70 deg. C)
Relative Humidity: 5% to 95% noncondensing
Altitude (US): 10,000 feet
Altitude (Metric): 3,000 m


Introduced in October 2004, the 40Gb model was discontinued in February 2005 in favor of a lower priced 30Gb configuration.  The price on the 60Gb configuration was also dropped.  The iPod photo was merged with the regular iPod line in June 2005.



  • What i love this iPod the battery last up to 15 playing hours and you can upload a huge amount of music. -Yochanan Berkowitz

    YochananBerkowitz had this to say on Aug 19, 2011 Posts: 10
  • I didn’t manage to buy an Ipod until today. I heard that it has some incompatibilities with the dll file extension and since I’m a Microsoft Windows fan, well, I just didn’t choose to buy an Ipod. The future isn’t looking bright for Apple as long as they don’t offer more compatibility with other manufacturers.

    annekingsy had this to say on Oct 07, 2011 Posts: 22
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