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What Kind of iPod Do I Have?

Many people do not know the exact iPod model they have. But you need to know this before you can select the right iPod battery solution, as the size and capacity of an iPod battery varies greatly from model to model. Forget about iPod model numbers or iPod serial numbers – there are so many variations, and no hard and fast rules, so it is impossible to list them all here. Instead, just grab your iPod, pull it out of its’ protective case (if any), and let’s get started:

The following iPod models are sorted by most popular first (not by their date of appearance in the marketplace):

The 5th Generation iPod Video

This iPod has a white or black front with a silver metallic backing. The version with the white front has a grey ScrollWheel with a white center button. The version with the black front has a flat black center button. The navigation buttons (e.g. menu, play/pause, etc.) are on the ScrollWheel. The hard drive on this model only comes in 30GB, 60GB, or 80GB sizes. The Fifth Generation iPod Video has the ability to play music, display color photographs, and play full-motion video. The battery that goes inside the 30GB version is thinner than the battery that goes inside the 60GB and 80GB version, and these two batteries are not interchangeable between versions. And do not confuse the 5th Gen iPod Video with the new iPod classic that recently came out and has 80GB and 160GB hard drives. The 5th Generation iPod Video can be distinguished from the iPod classic by the serial number. The last part of the serial number on the iPod clasic will be either Y5N, YMU, YMV, or YMX. Click here for Fifth Generation iPod Video batteries or here for 5th Generation iPod Video repairs.

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The iPod nano

This iPod has been released in four different versions, so please hang in here as we describe the differences! All versions of the iPod nano can play music as well as display color photographs on their tiny color displays.

The 1st Generation iPod nano has either a black front or white front with a silver metallic backing and comes in 1GB, 2GB, and 4GB capacities. Click here for First Generation iPod nano battery replacement services or here for 1st Generation iPod nano repair services.

The 2nd Generation iPod nano is a slimmer version of the iPod mini, so do not confuse the two. This second version of the iPod nano comes in several colors: silver, pink, black, green, blue and special edition red and has a white end cap at the top and bottom of the unit. Capacities for the 2nd Gen iPod nano are 2GB, 4GB, and 8GB. Click here for Second Generation iPod nano battery replacement services or here for 2nd Generation iPod nano repair services.

The 3rd Generation iPod nano is more square than rectangular and has a silver, pink, pale blue, red, or pale green front and metallic silver back, or has a black front and metallic silver back and comes in 4GB or 8GB capacities. Click here for Third Generation iPod nano battery replacement services or here for 3rd Generation iPod nano repair services.

The 4th Generation iPod nano comes in purple, blue, green, yellow, orange, red, or pink and has a curved outer case. This model came out recently and if you are looking for a battery or repair for this guy right now, you might want to check your warranty since you are probably still covered. Click here for Fourth Generation iPod nano battery replacement services or here for 4th Generation iPod nano repair services.

The battery inside every generation of the iPod nano is soldered to the motherboard, and it not as simple for the general public to replace like the other iPod models. However, you can still purchase the battery only and do the replacement yourself if you are familiar with soldering. Most people select us to replace the battery in their iPod nano for them – just click here for iPod nano battery replacement services or here for iPod nano repair services.

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The Sixth Generation iPod classic

This iPod has a silver or black metal front with a shiny silver metallic backing. The version with the silver front has a white ScrollWheel with a silver center button. The version with the black front has a flat black center button. The navigation buttons (e.g. menu, play/pause, etc.) are on the ScrollWheel. The hard drive on this model comes in 80GB, 120GB, and 160GB sizes. The iPod classic has the ability to play music, display color photographs, and play full-motion video. The battery that goes inside the 80GB and 120GB versions is thinner than the battery that goes inside the 160GB version, and these two batteries are not interchangeable between versions. And do not confuse the iPod classic with the older iPod Video that has a black or white plastic front and comes with a 30GB, 60GB, or 80GB hard drive. The 5th Generation iPod Video can be distinguished from the iPod classic by the serial number. The last part of the serial number on the iPod classic will be either Y5N, YMU, YMV, or YMX. Click here for Sixth Generation iPod classic batteries here for 6th Generation iPod classic repairs.

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The iPod touch

The First and Second Generation iPod touch has the look and many of the functions of the iPhone but does not work as a cell phone. The Second Generation iPod touch has an external volume control, while the First Generation model does not. Click here for iPod touch batteries or here for iPod touch repairs.

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The iPod mini

The iPod mini is not white or black, but comes in a variety of colors: silver, pink, blue, green, and gold. The iPod mini is all one solid color from front to back, and don’t confuse it with the slimmer 2nd Generation iPod nano. There are white end caps at the top and bottom of the player. Technically, there is a 1st Generation iPod mini and a 2nd Generation iPod mini, but the batteries that each version uses are exactly the same. The hard drive on this model only comes in 4GB and 6GB sizes. This is arguably one of the most popular iPods every made to this day, since it is relative small compared to the larger models, durable with its’ all-metal body, and still holds a lot of music. Click here for iPod mini batteries or here for iPod mini repairs.

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The iPod Photo

This is the cousin of the 4th Generation iPod and can do everything that model can do plus display color photographs. This model cannot display full-motion video and the hard drive comes in 20GB, 30GB, 40GB, and 60GB sizes. Click here for iPod Photo batteries or here for iPod Photo repairs.

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The 4th Generation iPod

This iPod has a white front and a metal silver back. The ScrollWheel is grey and has a white center button. Navigation buttons like play/pause, menu, etc. are on the ScrollWheel. The hard drive inside the fourth generation iPod comes in 20GB and 40GB sizes. This model can play music only and does not display color photographs (although some version can show color album art) and cannot play full-motion video. Whether you have an Apple or HP-branded model, click here for Fourth Generation iPod batteries or here for 4th Generation iPod repairs.

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The 3rd Generation iPod

This iPod also has a white front and silver backing, but the ScrollWheel is all-white. The navigation buttons (e.g. menu, play/pause, etc.) appear as four buttons all in a row and is placed between the LCD and the ScrollWheel. This model plays music only and is perhaps one of the easiest iPods to replace the battery in. The hard drive inside the third generation iPod comes in 10GB, 15GB, 20GB, 30GB, and 40GB sizes. Many iPod fans feel that, with it’s slim profile, this model is one of the best iPod models invented. Click here for Third Generation iPod batteries or here for 3rd Generation iPod repairs.

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The U2 iPod

You have to be careful with this model, as there were actually two releases of this version. The first release of the U2 iPod is basically a 4th Generation iPod with a 20GB hard drive and the second release of the U2 iPod is essentially a 5th Generation iPod Video with a 30GB hard drive. Both versions have a black front and red ScrollWheel with a black center button. The metallic silver back has all the signatures of the band U2. Click here for U2 iPod batteries or here for U2 iPod repairs.

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The 1st Generation iPod/The 2nd Generation iPod

This iPod was the first iPod that came out, and also has a white front and a metal silver back. The navigation buttons (menu, play/pause, etc.) surround the outer edge of the all-white ScrollWheel. This iPod can only charge up via FireWire port at the top of the unit – if your iPod charges up at the bottom, you do not have a 1st or 2nd Generation iPod. Many people mistakenly call their 3rd Generation iPod a 2nd Generation iPod, so be careful! The hard drive inside the first and second generation iPod comes in 5GB, 10GB, and 20GB sizes. It’s amazing how many people still have this model and want to keep it running with a battery that plays hours and hours longer than the original stock battery that it came with. Click here for First and Second Generation iPod batteries or here for 1st and 2nd Generation iPod repairs.

If you are still unsure what kind of iPod you have after reading the descriptions above, try this video. If you still do not know, feel free to contact us and we will help you figure it out:

Another great resource from Apple about identifying iPod models can be found here.

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