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Various views of a 1st-generation iPod

The original iPod, retroactively referred to as the 1st-generation iPod or iPod 1G, was announced on October 23, 2001 and began shipping on November 10. It was still available on the market until April 2003. The iPod 1G existed in 5 and 10 GB variants.


An original iPod in use

When first introduced, the iPod 1G only existed in a 5 GB version. The 10 GB version was added in March 2002.

The iPod 1G is the only iPod ever to have a physically-movable scroll wheel. Apart from this, other unique features of the iPod 1G include:

  • All 5GB models are iPod 1Gs
  • There was no cap to protect the FireWire port

The last version of the iPod Software that can be applied on 1st-generation iPods is version 1.5. Support for all 15 languages (standard with Mac OS X) was included with version 1.0.4 (although version 1.0.3 included it first, despite a compatibility problem with blue-and-white Power Macintosh G3s).

The 1st-generation iPod sold for US$399. There was also a 10 GB version of the 1st-generation iPod.

Alternative uses

Early iPods were acquired by the production crew of The Lord of the Rings film series due to its ability to be used as an external FireWire drive to store digital video. When the iPod became a fad item, a crew member once had to run to escape thieves in London while delivering one to director Peter Jackson.[1]


  • M8513 and M8541: original scroll wheel, 5 GB for Mac
  • M8709: original scroll wheel, 10 GB for Mac
  • M8709: new scroll wheel, 5 GB for PC[2]

Versions of supported iPod Software

  • iPod Software 1.0
  • iPod Software 1.0.1
  • iPod Software 1.0.2
  • iPod Software 1.0.3
  • iPod Software 1.0.4
  • ...
  • iPod Software 1.4
  • iPod Software 1.5


  1. The Frodo Franchise: The Lord of the Rings and Modern Hollywood by Kristin Thompson, . 2007-08-27.
  2. FAQs : iPod General, iPodlounge. Archived 2003-10-17.

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