iPod Comparison Chart

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 each iPod model currently being sold in an easy to read and compare format to help point you towards the right purchase.

To learn more about each iPod, read these reviews:


iPod Comparison Chart

 iPod Classic
iPod nano
iPod touch
iPod touch
iPod touch
iPod Shuffle
Songs Held*40,0004,0003,5007,00014,000500
Plays Video?YesYesYesYesYesNo
Records Video?NoNo720p HD1080p HD1080p HDNo
Screen Size**2.52.5444None
Screen Resolution320x240240x2401136x6401136x6401136x640N/A
CameraNoNo1.2 megapixel5 megapixel/
1.2 megapixel
5 megapixel/
1.2 megapixel
Weight4.9 ounces1.1 ounces3.04 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
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 40 hoursUp to 15 hours
App Store SupportNoNoYesYesYesNo

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

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