iPod Third Generation

130808- 1iPod Third Generation

10 GB Touch wheel: M8976LL/A
15 GB Touch wheel: M8946LL/A
20 GB Touch wheel: M9244LL/A
30 GB Touch wheel: M8948LL/A
40 GB Touch wheel: M9245LL/A

The box was a total remake from the three previous versions. It was slightly larger and the sleeve was white and black. The clamshell box was also white and black. Inside it was written on the right flap “Designed by Apple in California” in Myriad font in a subtile gray color. The white styrofoam inserts were back again. But it was three pieces now, not two. The envelope with documents and the CD was white.

iPod Specifications


  • 10, 15, 20, 40GB 1.8 inch Toshiba hard disk drive
    Holds up to 1,000 songs in 160-Kbps MP3 format
    -Stores data in FireWire disk mode

Size and weight

  • Height: 4.02 inches (102 mm)
  • Width: 2.43 inches (61.8 mm)
  • Depth: 0.6 inch (15.8 mm), 30GB and 40GB 0.73 inch (18.5 mm)
  • Weight: 5.6 ounces (158.7 g), 40GB 6.2 ounces (175.7 g)

Input and output

  • 30-pin dock connector (FireWire 400 and USB 2.0)
  • 3.5-mm stereo headphone jack

Power and battery

  • Built-in rechargeable lithium polymer battery (1200 mAh)
  • Playtime: 10 hours when fully charged
  • Charges via FireWire connector to Mac system or power adapter
    —  Fast-charge time: up to 1 hour (charges to 80% of battery capacity)
    —  Full-charge time: up to 3 hours
  • Up to 20 minutes of skip protection
  • Maximum output power: 60 mW rms (30 mW per channel)
  • Frequency response: 20 to 20,000 Hz
  • Audio formats supported: MP3 (up to 320 Kbps), MP3 Variable Bit Rate ( VBR), WAV, AIFF
  • Upgradable firmware enables support for future audio formats

Customizable settings

  • Shuffle
  • Repeat one or all
  • Backlight timer
  • Display contrast
  • Clicker
  • Sleep timer
  • Startup volume
  • Languages: English, French, German, Japanese


  • Earbud-style headphones with 18-mm drivers using Neodymium transducer magnets
  • Frequency response: 20 to 20,000 Hz
  • Impedance: 32 ohms
  • Sensitivity: 104-dB sound pressure level at 1 mW


  • 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

Environmental requirements

  • Operating temperature: 32° to 113° F (0° to 45° C)
  • Nonoperating temperature: –4° to 158° F (–20° to 70° C)
  • Relative humidity: 5% to 95% noncondensing
  • Maximum operating altitude: 10,000 feet (3000 m)

Power adapter

  • 6-pin FireWire connector
  • AC input: 100V to 240V at 0.4 amp maximum
  • Frequency: 50 to 60 Hz
  • DC output: 12V at 1 amp maximum

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