iPod Second Generation

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5 GB Scroll wheel Mac: M8513LL/B
5 GB Scroll wheel Win: M8697LL/A
10 GB Touch wheel Mac: M8737LL/A
10 GB Touch wheel Win: M8740LL/A
20 GB Touch wheel Mac: M8738LL/A
20 GB Touch wheel Win: M8741LL/A

The sleeve around the box to the second generation iPod was very different from the first version. The font was changed to sans-serif Apple Myriad. The front side of the sleeve had a gray field and an orange field. In the orange field you could see the hard drive size and if the iPod was a windows or mac configuration. The inner clam shell box wasn’t silver any more, but light gray instead.

A torned sticker on the box masking the serial number always makes me a little suspicious. My guess is that the iPod doesn’t belong to the box. Someone had a nice box and someone else had a nice iPod. An iPod isn’t worth that much, and an iPod box isn’t worth much either, but together they are worth plenty. Or it could be a case of bad luck and a retailer putting an ugly sticker in the wrong spot. Any way I try to stay away from boxes like that.

The interior was made up by rigid transparent plastic. The wired remote was placed under the iPod to the right. I’m not sure if the earbuds were to the left or right in the box.


Earbuds and Remote

Carry Case and Soft Pouch

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
  • 20GB 1.8 inch Toshiba hard disk drive
    -Holds up to 4,000 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), 10GB and 20GB 0.72 inch (18.3 mm)
  • Weight: 6.5 ounces (185 g), 20GB 7.2 ounces (204 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

Earbuds generation 1-3

Apple ships their iPods with ordinary in-ear headphones called “Earbuds”. They became the classical telltale sign that someone used an iPod. Even more so when Apple launched their iconic “dancing silhouettes” campaign in late 2003.

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The earbuds from the different generations are slightly different. The first generation iPod was shipped with earbuds with one set of foam pieces. The color was light gray, but I’ve seen first generation earbuds with black foam coverpieces. And I’ve seen second generation earbuds with two sets of light gray foam pieces. I have even seen white (!) foam pieces shipped from factory with third generation earbuds. The metal part in the earpiece wasn’t mesh, but rather a perforated metal disc.

The second generation iPod was shipped with the second generation earbuds which was packed in a silver envelope with two sets of foam covers. The standard color was black on those cover pieces. The perforated disc was replaced by a thin metal mesh. Also the material in the pieces where the cable connected to the hardware was changed from a soft to a more rigid plastic. One of the reasons was to stop it from discoloring due to sun light.

The third generation earbud was shipped with the third generation iPod. It was slightly smaller in diameter, but had a longer body than the previous models. It also had a smal plastic piece that could slide on the cables to the earpieces to lock the cables under the chin. It was also delivered with two black foam pieces.

Below you see a comparison between the three first generations of earbuds. The first generation is to the right, the second generation is in the middle and the third generation to the left. It clearly shows the discoloring on the first generation. It should be as gray as the other two.

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Different Foam Cover Pieces