Comparing All the Recent iPod Models

A simple guide to comparing iPod models

7th Generation iPod touch


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

All of those questions can't be answered here, but you can start narrowing down which model is best for you by comparing iPods. This iPod comparison 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 canceled by Apple (only the touch is still being made), it's pretty easy to track down most of the 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:

Chart Comparing Current iPod Models

  iPod Classic
iPod nano
iPod touch
iPod Shuffle
Generation 6th 7th 7th 4th
Songs Held* 40,000 4,000 8,000
Plays Video? Yes Yes Yes No
Records Video? No No 1080p HD No
Screen Size** 2.5 2.5 4 None
Screen Resolution 320x240 240x432 1136x640 N/A
Camera No No 8 megapixel/
1.2 megapixel
Weight 4.9 ounces 1.1 ounces 3.10 ounces 0.44 ounces
Size** 4.1
x 2.4
x .41
x 1.56
x .21
x 2.31
x .24
x 1.24
x .34
Battery Life*** Up to 36 hours Up to 30 hours Up to 40 hours Up to 15 hours
Colors 2 12 6 7
Wi-Fi No No Yes No
App Store Support No No Yes No
Siri No No Yes No
Bluetooth No Yes Yes No

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

All iPod Models Require

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