Comparing All the Recent iPod Models

A simple guide to comparing iPod models

5th Generation iPod touch
5th Generation iPod touch. image copyright Apple Inc.

It can be hard to figure out what iPod model is best for you. Should you get a touch with its big screen and advanced features? But at its lower cost, is better to get a nano? How is a nano different than a Shuffle? And if you've got a huge music library, is a Classic your best bet?

All of those questions can't be answered here (look here for answers to some), but you can start narrowing down which iPod is best for you by comparing models.

This chart stacks up the features, benefits, and specifications of the latest model in each of Apple's iPod lines. While most of these iPod models have been cancelled by Apple — only the iPod touch is still being made by the company — it's pretty easy to track down the older models at a good price. This list of models and features, presented in an easy to read and compare format, will help point you towards the right purchase.

To learn more about each iPod, read these reviews:

 

Current iPod Model Comparison Chart

 iPod Classic
160GB
iPod nano
16GB
iPod touch
32GB
iPod touch
128GB
iPod Shuffle
2GB
Songs Held*40,0004,0007,00028,000500
Plays Video?YesYesYesYesNo
Records Video?NoNo1080p HD1080p HDNo
Screen Size**2.52.544None
Screen Resolution320x240240x2401136x6401136x640N/A
CameraNoNo8 megapixel/
1.2 megapixel
8 megapixel/
1.2 megapixel
No
Weight4.9 ounces1.1 ounces3.10 ounces3.10 ounces0.44 ounces
Size**4.1
x 2.4
x .41
3.01
x 1.56
x .21
4.86
x 2.31
x .24
4.86
x 2.31
x .24
1.14
x 1.24
x .34
Battery Life***Up to 36 hoursUp to 30 hoursUp to 40 hoursUp to 40 hoursUp to 15 hours
Colors27667
Wi-FiNoNoYesYesNo
App Store SupportNoNoYesYesNo
SiriNoNoYesYesNo
BluetoothNoYesYesYesNo
PriceUS$249US$199US$199US$299US$49

*songs encoded at 128 Kbps AAC, with an average length of 4 minutes
** in inches
*** for music playback

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