Comparing All the Recent iPod Models

A simple guide to comparing iPod models

5th Generation iPod touch

 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, 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 all of these iPod models have been canceled by Apple, 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:

Current iPod Model Comparison Chart

  iPod Classic
160GB
iPod nano
16GB
iPod touch
32GB
iPod touch
128GB
iPod Shuffle
2GB
Songs Held* 40,000 4,000 7,000 28,000 500
Plays Video? Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Records Video? No No 1080p HD 1080p HD No
Screen Size** 2.5 2.5 4 4 None
Screen Resolution 320x240 240x240 1136x640 1136x640 N/A
Camera No No 8 megapixel/
1.2 megapixel
8 megapixel/
1.2 megapixel
No
Weight 4.9 ounces 1.1 ounces 3.10 ounces 3.10 ounces 0.44 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 hours Up to 30 hours Up to 40 hours Up to 40 hours Up to 15 hours
Colors 2 7 6 6 7
Wi-Fi No No Yes Yes No
App Store Support No No Yes Yes No
Siri No No Yes Yes No
Bluetooth No Yes Yes Yes No
Price (in 2014) US$249 US$199 US$199 US$299 US$49

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

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