iPod “First and a Half” Generation

140216- 19iPod First Generation Second Revision

5 GB Scroll wheel: M8513LL/A
10 GB Scroll wheel: M8709LL/A

The artist boxes had the new Myriad font without serifs. There were also the hard drive size printed on the outside sleeve.

The inside was exactly the same as the first generation. The word “iPod” was printed on the right paper flap with the old typeface. The paperwork inside the gray envelope was however printed with the new font. The CD with iTunes was also different from the first generation. The envelope below is not complete.

What is the deal with 1.5 generation iPod? Well, the purist collector like myself, think that this is not the original iPod. The first version of the 5 GB iPod is exactly the same as the first version 1.5 revision of the 5 GB iPod. All except from the serial. The cellophane around the iPod differs and the sleeve around the box. That’s it. Not much but still. If you want to own a “real” first generation iPod the serial number should show it was produced before week 11 2002.

I also want to make something clear. The boxes with the different artists is NOT “special edition” iPods. They are exactly the same as the regular ones, only with different sleeves. You can find them att auction sites offered as “Special edition iPods” which is not true. I have pictures of the Hendrix, Holiday, Marley and Morissette editions. These are not my pictures, but they can be found online. I have never ever seen the Davis version.

iPod Specifications


  • 5GB 1.8 inch Toshiba hard disk drive
    -Holds up to 1,000 songs in 160-Kbps MP3 format
    -Stores data in FireWire disk mode
  • 10GB 1.8 inch Toshiba hard disk drive
    -Holds up to 2,000 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: 0.78 inch (19.9 mm)
  • Weight: 6.5 ounces (185 g)

Input and output

  • FireWire (IEEE 1394a) port
  • 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