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      17.10.2013 05:57
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      A great device that has been wittled away by time, But it still has some practical uses

      According to the (slightly smug looking) employee at an Apple Store. This piece of tech belongs in a museum. Although I admit that it has been surpassed by many new iPods. This one still deserves to have some relevance even now

      Appearance and Build Quality

      Aesthetically to be the device is gorgeous to look at, The shell is made from one sheet of steel meaning the curves gives the device an elegance that most MP3 players seem to lack. Although the monochrome screen is now primitive it still does what it needs to do and there is a backlight available to use if you wish to change track or album in a dark area. However this will drain the battery faster
      The click-wheel for me is great it's simple with easy to understand icons and for the most part it is responsive when you take control of it making menu navigation simple

      Also when I analyse the device the shell is sealed well with no holes or gaps appearing when there shouldn't be any. Cheap and nasty MP3 players such as the ones developed by Ikazu seem to neglect this aspect in the devices design.

      The lock switch still does its job with great effiency, the earphone input still works after all these years which is incredible as friends of mine with much more up to date iPods often complain that the earphone output is often the first part of the device to get damaged which then restricts you to one ear phone


      Battery Life

      At the time of launch the battery life of these first generation iPod Mini hovered around the four hour mark which at the time was seen a huge flaw in an otherwise great device. If you were to pick up this model iPod now you might be able to get two hours of continuous play from a full charge. Time has definitely taken its affect. For the tech savvy, you could possibly look in to getting a replacement lithium ion battery but I do not know that for sure


      Usability and Storage

      The click wheel is easy to use and the menus are easy to navigate. 4GB of storage for me personally is not enough, It may of been suitable before but not anymore. Anyone who considered themselves to enjoy a wide array of music will be disappointed. I mean I love my death metal, black metal, trance, chip tune and anime theme tunes but 4GB cannot store all of what I want.

      Overall

      Flaws of this device are often a product of age and general wear and tear. However it still a functioning device that would serve as a trusty back up if you can buy one cheaply or find it hidden in your bedside table

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        05.12.2012 13:20
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        Could be a good eBay bargain if your young kids want iPods, just make sure the battery is replaced.

        Back in 2005, this was the first iPod I got. At the time it was amazing, I thought I'd never fill it with the claimed 1000 song capacity, so got this rather than the full sized iPod.
        Compared to the big iPod of the time, it was much smaller, but these days it's thicker than the original iPad, and dwarfs an iPhone. So it takes up a lot of pocket space, but humans of 2005 didn't worry about that.
        The Apple headphones at the time were the best I'd ever owned, but again, looking back they were awful. Of course, sound quality depended on the source file. Stuff ripped from CDs was good, poor quality mp3s from various websites, not so good.
        4GB was touted by Apple as 1000 songs back then. I thought I would never find that many songs to fill it with, but I was wrong. Plus I actually filled it with just 500 songs; this was around the time I got into classic rock, and 9 minute or longer songs was the norm. I guess that's why Apple no longer show how many songs a product can hold in anything other than the small print, where it's all approximate.
        The one major advantage of the iPod has always been how easy it is to use. I use this phrase quite a lot, but I'll do it again; even my nan could use it without any assistance, and she still has a CRT TV in her living room in 2012, so as you can imagine, is not technologically minded. But this simple yet effective interface is why the iPod has become the most popular music player in the world.
        It was beautifully made, like all Apple products, but nowadays it feels too chunky in the hand, and the screen scratched too easily. It had a "my first iPod" feel about it, but by no means was that a bad thing.
        I remember it taking a long time to transfer music across, but that was probably more down to the computer than the iPod.
        There was one major flaw with the iPod mini, and that was the battery life. God only knows what they made them from, but after a few months I'd gone from the hours and hours of battery life claimed, to only just surviving a flight to Malaga, and by the end of it's life, I was getting half an hour maximum. Thankfully, battery tech has moved on in the last 7 years.
        All in all then, not a bad effort, just a shame the batteries weren't made to last.

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          24.10.2011 03:54

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          A good bargain if you want a retro mp3 player,

          My iPod, my first, nearly my last.

          My favourite?

          Not quite but for the time this thing was the best.

          A thousand songs in my pocket? Unheard of, for an affordable price? From apple? What on earth ...

          But thats what was being offered here, this was the same iPod as the higher end versions, just slightly cut down and with a very cool - in my opinion - silver shell.

          4 Gig of storage nowadays sounds pretty terrible for a stand alone player but back then, man it was great - I could fit a good portion of my music collection on it and the stuff that I couldn't get on there, I could just cycle on later on with the fantastic I tunes integration. It really was a marvel back then.

          However, is it worth it today ? Well if you can get one that still works - and a battery that isn't totally dead hell yes it is, it's somewhat coming back into fashion, it's a little bit different than the other iPods all taking on the iPhone 4 look. In my opinion- they just don't look as good.

          The only thing that's holding you back is the slightly tinny sound, which can easily be remedied with a decent set of headphones.

          So go on, pick it up for a tenner on ebay - it's much cheaper than todays players, and it's stylings are just old enough to be retro.

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          12.10.2011 14:34
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          A neat little classic Ipod that still has a market for nostalgia....

          When I wanted to replace my Ipod Shuffle a few months back for reasons explained in my review of said product, I began looking for something that would do a better job but was reasonably cheap. Seeing these going for a right bargain on Ebay, I decided to snap one up ~ both because the Mini's shape and style is somewhat iconic to the whole Ipod brand and because I wanted something that looked quite classic and retro at the same time. The Mini fulfills all of those criteria.

          Like all Ipods the Mini is quite simple to use. Plug it into your computer and you can download, manage or edit your song list whilst it is charging as is pretty standard with all generic Ipods/ MP3's. It has a screen, not in colour, which allows you to see what is playing at any one time on your Ipod and all the main functions are controlled by a Pin-Wheel dial which you rotate to highlight the option you want to use. At 4 GB, this Ipod can hold a fair number of songs and has a volume control activated by the Pin-Wheel which turns the sound up or down as you require. Also available is the option to change the Graphic Equaliser settings depending on what music you are listening to.

          I really like this Ipod and find it small, compact and extremely light-weight to carry. It is obviously larger than my old Shuffle but that is more than compensated by the amount of control you are given over what music you want to listen to and how loud or quiet you want it!

          Okay so there are better Ipods out there, my wife has a Touch and simply raves about it, but this Mini has a style all of its own and an individual identity instead of just looking like an IPhone but with less whistles and bells.

          It is perhaps not the greatest or best of the extensive Ipod range but I believe it has much to recommend it and, in an age when it is still all about retro and nostalgia, there is still a lot of demand for something this sleek and stylish and does everything I would wish of it with no exceptions!

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            29.08.2011 14:48
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            A fairly good iPod but rather outdated now

            This was one of the first iPods I ever had and it was pretty good, although back then, considering the features it did have, it wasn't that reliable and sometimes messed up as it got older. The iPods today tend to run a lot more smoothly. This was the mini version of the original iPod and it had a screen, although not in colour, it coud light up. The iPod mini is available in many colours such as pink, green, silver, red and blue.

            The battery on this iPod was actually pretty good - it'd last for a good few days quite easily of fair use. The iPod Mini is even heavier than the iPod Touch today but it's small compared to the classic size. However this has an effect on it's memory as it can only hold 4GB of songs, which is around 1000. This isn't too bad but you cannot carry any photos or videos on the iPod - purely music. The iPod does have a few games on it including the classic brick game and a parachute and cards game. There is also a music game, which is played with your own music where clips are played and you must select the song as quickly as possible from the list.

            The iPod mini is pretty easy to use. It has the classic scroll wheel design - you scroll the menus by moving your finger along the outer wheel, on which there are 4 buttons as controls. In the middle of the wheel is one last button, which is used to select titles on the menus. The screen isn't large compared to the size of the iPod but it's useful having it - in a way, you are getting a good size storage and a screen for a cheaper price than you would pay for the latest iPod Shuffle, which lacks both of these really. The main problem with this iPod nowadays is the weight.

            It was fairly reliable to start. Songs upload onto it very quickly, taking around 5 seconds each, which I found amazing at first. However it started to mess up as it got older - skipping songs when I would press 'forward' through them and sometimes freezing before spontaneously un-freezing again. It did this for a while but was still working alright so I sold it on at the time to upgrade my iPod. Nowadays it can be bought for around £10, which is great really. I'd still recommend it as an iPod to be taken out, but not as a more portable one or for things such as the gym/exercise as it's a bit too heavy and ironically large for this.

            Thanks for reading

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            29.11.2010 02:46
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            great to start of from but you can find far better nowadays!

            Everyone went crazy over the portable MP3 player when it was first released. It is hard to believe that only five years ago, no-one could believe you could hold thousand songs on a device not much bigger than a cigarette packet.

            The iPod mini meant being able to take your hundreds of Cd's gathering dust on a shelf and taking them with you wherever you go. It came in a huge range of colours and was good value- which is why the world went crazy for them.

            When I first purchased the iPod mini (in pink) I immediately downloaded itunes, ripped my cd's and synced up the ipod. It took quite a while but I had absolutely no problems with it.

            The playback quality was great and although the quality of the earphones was not great, I found them to be satisfactory given that they were free!

            Although the ipod mini's interface was simple, it did have a few good features. The ability to make playlists, for example, was great because you could separate your music into different moods, genres etc. I also used the "on the go" playlist frequently, which meant you could make playlists even when away from the computer. There was also games on the ipod, my favourite being where you were played a brief clip of a song and were given points based on how long it took you to come up with the right answer.

            The battery life of the iPod mini was fine, but nothing compared to today's standards. I found myself having to charge it every other day. The poorer battery life also meant the screen wasn't very bright but as the screen was monochrome, it was not hugely relevant.

            The iPod mini revolutionised music. I will always have fond memories of it and, although basic, it did exactly what it set out to do- give you thousands of songs at your fingertips wherever you are.

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            16.08.2010 22:00
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            A good classic iPod!

            This was the first iPod I ever had and back in the day it was superb. Everyone was buying one of these as they were smaller than the originals and came in loads of bright colours including blue, green, red, silver and pink. I got the silver one myself for my birthday with an inscription on it, so it was a special gift at the time!

            It was excellent as it was the first MP3 player I had and literally found it amazing at the time as to how fast my songs would upload onto the iPod. Each song took around 5 seconds on average, which was totally new for me. The iPod nowadays is seen as more of a classic and the only ones being sold are second hand, which can be bought for £15-25 depending on condition - you can search for them on eBay.

            The iPod isn't small compared to the nano for instance today but it was considerably smaller back when it was released than the classic. It has a slightly shiny paint on it compared to a boring matt colour so it looks great and modern. The classic scroll wheel is on the bottom half with the play/pause button at the bottom of the outer wheel, the menu button on top of the wheel and 'skip' buttons to either side. The button in the centre is 'select' and these are all white. The whole scroll wheel and button did tend to get a bit dirty through use, which wasn't great.

            The scroll wheel is touch sensitive and you can scroll through the menus smoothly. The screen has a backlight, which you can turn on and off. This is pretty good for use in the dark. You can play music on this iPod as well as a few games including the music game, where you guess the song being played out of the choices displayed, a parachute game and solitaire too. It's nothing compared to the latest iPod Touch where you can download 1000s of Apps!

            The iPod is very easy to use and yo can sync all your music from your computer via iTunes, which is easiest. It takes around 5 seconds a song and this iPod being 4GB can hold just under 1000 songs on average. I'd like to think it's quite cool to still have and be using one of these nowadays as it's quite 'old school' but I'm sure a lot of people revert to phones and newer iPods and MP3 players today. It originally comes with a slightly older pair of the official Apple earphones, which weren't great but you can buy other ones nowadays such as the Sennheiser CX 300 ii's, which are excellent for their great price of under £20 online.

            Thanks for reading!

            :)

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              04.08.2010 15:02
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              Great way to listen to music on the go

              The sound quality on the ipod mini is, as ever with ipods, crystal clear. The ipod mini's features are standard but good nonetheless - I would recommend you avoid playing the included Solitaire game though, as I think it may actually be impossible to win. In terms of design, this is one of the best ipods I've ever owned, including the new generation versions. The ipod mini is lightweight and (as suggested by its name) absolutely tiny, meaning you can take it for a jog with you and not even feel its weight. The touch system and on-screen format is also even easier - and certainly less fiddly - to use than newer editions of the ipod. There is only one major niggle for me - there were times when my ipod would turn itself on at random without me realising, instantly wearing the battery down. This would become very annoying when I was heading on a long journey somewhere, set out, and lo and behold, the ipod is out, trapped with nothing but boredom for a few hours... However, this happened rarely and may just be a personal problem (I doubt it happens to all copies of this model) and there are no other real issues to be had with the device, albeit I did have to send the first ipod mini I received to be replaced, although that was simply a one-off, faulty model. Obviously with a 4GB model low storage space is a factor - if you're a big music fan with a vast collection of tunes then opt for something with a much higher GB rate. But if you're just a casual listener instead - as I am - then this may be the ipod for you.

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              03.06.2010 00:46

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              great long lasting ipod, will last for longer i'm sure!

              I have owned many different mp3 players over the years and my iPod Mini has outlasted most of them! It is well built, with good menu's and it is very intuitive and easy to use! It came with a real proper charger which is unusual in these days of USB charging! It integrates well with my itunes on the computer, and has fairly good sound quality, and I have dropped it countless times, and it is still going strong...! It feels very big now compared to my ipod nano, but at the time was cutting edge in terms of size and capability! It has however been prone to scratches, as it is encased in metal and would be better protected being put into a silicone case of some sort. I love Apples click wheel design, and it is put to good use in the ipod mini, a great mp3 player.

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              15.12.2009 10:32
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              My little pink music box

              ~ It's Kind of Magic ~ Short review!!

              I have had my Apple Mini Ipod for nearly five years now and I think they are brilliant. My ex boyfriend brought me this back in 2005 for my birthday and I am very happy with it. I don't use it as much as I use to now as I have a car but I do use it in there sometimes. I remember wanting one because my sister had got one a few months before and I thought they looked really good. They weren't the newest Ipod's out but it just sounded what I needed at the time. When I first got the Ipod until the last year I would listen to it every day to and from college.
              In the four and three quarter years I have had the machine it has given me no problems what so ever. I have known some peoples to crash and have problems with the battery, mine has decreased over the time but it is not really bad. I am amazed really that even though it is quite old now compared to the newest gadgets, it still plays all my songs and has a good battery life.


              ~ MINI IPOD ~
              The Apple Ipod Mini was released in 2004 and became popular straight away. MP3 players were the new craze as cd players went out of fashion. The public choose the MP3 player because they were lighter and more convenient to carry around. I remember having a old CD player on the bus to school, all those CD's you had to bring with you and then you would have to change it if you got bored.

              It uses a touch sensitive wheel that you use to scroll quickly through songs and options. The click wheel is now used on other Ipod's due to it's success on the mini. There were two versions of the Ipod mini brought out but both pretty much had identical features. The only difference was that the first has 4GB storage while the second version had 6GB. The mini was brought out in all different colours, pink, blue, silver and green were the favourites. When released Apple wanted to storm the shops with this new music player but after the first year sales dropped as they made a new successor.
              The Ipod Mini even though should have a payable time of 8 hours before the battery runs out, the batteries doe decrease over time. Many started to go wrong and there were a lot of Ipods that crashed or froze. The Ipod nano was released in September 2005 and the mini fizzled out.


              ~ INFO ~
              Size- Width 5.1cm, Depth 1.3cm, height 9.1cm, Weight 103g.

              Colours- All Colours but mine was pink.
              Power- Lithium-ion Battery

              Connectivity- USB 2.0, Dock Connector, Firewire.
              Media- 4GB (1,000 - 1,500 songs ) or 6GB.


              ~ DESIGN ~
              I really like the way the mini looks and think it is classy and straightforward. The touch sensitive wheel is located in the centre and is surrounded by the four buttons of play/pause, fast forward, rewind and the menu button. The buttons in the centre are white making the pink brighter. On the back of the Ipod is the Apple logo and serial number in small writing at the bottom. The rest of it is just colour and more colours.

              At the top there is a hold button like the CD players had, to stop it jumping or skipping while on the move. The connective slot can be found on the bottom and the headphones socket at the top next to the hold button. The menu is easy to use and the backlight is helpful for finding what you want when it is dark.

              ~ USE ~

              As mentioned already the Ipod Mini is really easy to use. There are not a lot of different options to make it complicated and everything is explained with the instruction manual. The menu button allows you to scroll through the options which I think is a quick and efficient way. Scrolling it clockwise will go forward and backward to go back. The menu lets you select songs by artist, song or album and also choose the shuffle songs option.

              ~ THOUGHTS ~
              I really like my Ipod mini and think I would not change it for anything newer. It is very durable and easy to carry around as you get a white holder to clip on your waist.
              For me it had enough memory on it to store my music and I think I would not want any more than that, as I got bored of the same stuff and just updated it now and then. I brought a protective case with a tiger print on it to help protect it from scratches and damage which it did brilliantly. You could buy all different funky cases to make your Ipod more personal to you and the cases could be picked up very cheap.

              It is a real shame that Apply decided to discontinue this product as they are really good and reliable. I will be sad when my Ipod does finally crack with old age as I would not be sure if I would want a nano or newer Ipod. The Ipod mini is simple to use and has a classic look. Even though it is not the smallest machine in the world it was hard to loose and the screen was a nice display size. The Ipod was quite heavy and bulky but I would prefer it that way to the small nano as I would easily loose it.
              The only one nig negative I have now while using my Ipod is that I cannot update it anymore. My laptop with all my songs crashed a while ago and had to be wiped and started again. Even though I can download itunes again and load it up, all the songs on my Ipod will be wiped. It would take me a while to get it back to normal and add more newest songs on there. One thing I also hate is the connective USB leads. I always used to loose mine and it was annoying to have to plug it in every time it needed charging. Now it is good as it can charge while playing in my car.


              Website- www.apple.com/uk/ipodmini/

              Thanks for reading- also on Ciao x x

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                06.09.2009 17:13
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                Durable and Reliable.

                I've had my iPod mini since '05 and it's still going strong. Since buying my mini I've "upgraded" twice to other ipods (both video models) which have both broken. I therefore find myself walking to work everyday listening to my mini, even though I do own two more advanced models.

                There are, however, a couple of issues that I feel I must raise. Firstly, I've had connectivity issues in the past, that is to say that I've plugged the iPod into the PC and it hasn't been recognised by iTunes. These have almost always been mysterious yet easy to solve by updating the iPod software.

                Secondly, I've noticed that the battery life isn't what it used to be, I think that I'm probably getting about 3-4 hours out of it whereas when it was new I was getting more like 5-6 hours. Still, this is to be expected with a rechargeable battery over time.

                For me, the best thing about this product is its durability, I've dropped it alot, got it wet and used it in extremely cold weather and had no problems with it's operation.

                If my mini stopped working tomorrow I would probably choose to buy another mini over a more expensive, higher capacity iPod simply because I know that it wont let me down.

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                  01.08.2009 14:26
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                  If all you need is a basic mp3 player, than this will suit you fine.

                  I've had my mini for at least 2005 and is a 2nd generation model. This excellent device has served me well since bought and I have had no troubles with it at all. It has all the basic functions you would expect. It plays music, has a calendar, and even has a few basic games.

                  Whilst the screen is only a basic LCD with no colour, the back light is strong enough so you will always know what's on screen. I have even used it as a search light one or twice.

                  The famous ipod click wheel is still as reliable as the day it was bought. All the buttons you need for a music player are easily located and large enough so you don't press the wrong one by accident. The wheel only seems to be responsive to skin as when I have used it with a glove on, no response was gained and I had to take my gloves off to use it.

                  The mini has a battery life of 12 + hours of play depending on how often you use it which is perfect for long journeys or just for a weekend away without a recharge. The battery can be recharged easily via any USB port. I sometimes charge mine via my Xbox 360. You can listen to music whilst it charges which is a very useful feature.

                  4GB of HDD space is more than enough to house all of my music needs with plenty of space left over to store regular files. The extra space can be used to back up your music library should it be small enough.

                  The mini still works as well as ever with iTunes even with all the new iPod versions released and new versions of iTunes.

                  The mini comes with a USB cable and a handy clip on which is useful for sports activities. However, the headphones are not the best and broke quite easily.

                  Overall I can say that I hope my mini never brakes as it is perfect for my music needs.

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                    16.07.2009 19:14

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                    If you only want to play music then this is for you!

                    I got my iPod Mini when they first came out for £115. I got a 4GB, silver mini.
                    They looked very nice when i first got it and it still does look good, apart from its thickness. I have got a case for mine so there are no scratches on it. I have dropped the ipod once or twice but due to the size it does not really get damaged.
                    The iPod holds about 75 hours worth of music which is enough becasue you are not really going to listen to 75 hours worth of music at any one time. It is simple to use and the scroll wheel is pretty cool.
                    The iPod is pretty outdated now and doesn't support video, only music. You can add contacts to it and there is an alarm clock. 3 games come with the iPod, including the parachute and brick game.
                    One feature i do like is the On The Go playlist creation. You can easily make playlists whilst on the go by just holding down the centre button. You can then save the playlist for future use as well.
                    Overall i would give the iPod Mini an 8/10. It has served me very well but it is a little outdated now!

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                    18.06.2009 19:20

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                    very reliable and durable music player

                    I managed to get hold of an ipod mini off one of my friends for a very cheap price of £40 at the time, this was when the ipod mini was in its prime, its not soo many anymore buts still a great item to have if my other ipod was to pack in one day. I can't believe the longetivity of the battery life, i have had it for over 4 years now and the battery is still going, although i hardly use it anymore, i used it for a solid 2 years on most days.
                    The ipod in size is not acutally that mini but its very durable and may weight quite a bit more than many new versions which have now been released. The sound quality is very good and the ipod holds about 1000 songs based on the size and length of the mp3 file you are putting on it.
                    will be available very cheap now, could be worth a buy.

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                    12.02.2009 14:54
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                    A good iPod but rather old nowdays and lacks many newer features

                    The Apple iPod mini is one of the oldest versions of the iPod. After the original iPod, the iPod mini was released in a variety of colours and soon became very popular. You can buy them in silver, pink, blue, red or green. They are pretty old now so you would only be able to buy them second-hand as newer ones are produced instead nowdays. You can buy them used and new on amazon from around 40 pounds, which is quite expensive.

                    The iPod mini is pretty small and the 4GB version will hold up to around 1000 songs. You can also store files and notes on your iPod mini. Your music is synced from iTunes straight to your iPod when you connect it go iTunes. The iPod has a small colourless screen (black and white) with a backlight that can be chosen to stay on constantly or only for a certain amount of time after using it. This enables you to use your iPod efficiently in the dark.

                    The iPod has a touch-sensitive wheel, which you slide your finger round to adjust the volume and scroll through the menus, There is a menu, play/pause and two buttons for skipping songs on the wheel, which must be pressed to be activated. In the centre of this wheel is a round button, which is pressed to 'select'. This makes the iPod very easy and quick to use. There is also a lock button on the top to prevent the iPod from skipping songs etc if it is in your pocket and buttons are pressed by accident.

                    Thanks for reading

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                  Everything you love about iPod just got tinier. iPod mini lets you bring along enough music for a three-day weekend getaway in a package so small you'll forget you're carrying it. Until people ask you about it, that is.