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iHistory: A Look Back at the Second Generation iPod Classic (Video)

iHistory: A Look Back at the Second Generation iPod Classic (Video)

I’m not sure about you, but I consider the second generation iPod to be a device of pure beauty. The second generation iPod was released on July 17, 2002, which was just 9 months after the first ever iPod debuted.

The hardware was limited back in 2002, but it still got the job done. This iPod came in 10 and 20 GB models with a firewire connection for syncing. The battery could last for 10 hours with continuos music playback. The first generation iPod had a mechanical click wheel, but the second generation was upgraded to a touch-sensitive wheel. The second generation also had a revised hold switch and the firewire port had a cover.

The iPod Classic lineup was and still is mainly used for listening to music. The main interface came with four options in a list form: Music, Extras, Shuffle Songs, and Backlight. When you used the center button to click on Music, you were greeted with a list of other options like playlists. The Extras menu is where you found the goodies like the Clock, Contacts, Calendar, and a Game. The game was called Brick and was actually invented by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. Later on, Apple did bring four new games to the next generations of iPods: Parachute, Solitaire, and Music Quiz.

It is important to note, however, that the name “classic” was not added on to the iPod lineup until the sixth generation was released in 2007. The second generation iPod was updated every year through 2007, with the exception of 2006. In recent rumors, it seems that Apple is phasing out production of the Classic, which is really a shame.

The fact that this iPod still works over a decade later is simply amazing. It paved the way for the iPods we know today.

This video was provided by Nate Chiger of HalfPeeled and was originally posted on HalfPeeledApple.com. You can follow Nate on Twitter here, and subscribe to his YouTube channel here.