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Various views of a 2nd-generation iPod

The 2nd generation iPod, also known as the iPod 2G or iPod (Touch Wheel), was released by Apple Computer on July 17, 2002.


2nd generation iPod with remote

The new iPod had a few hardware improvements such as a redesigned hold switch, a cover for the FireWire port and slightly more rounded body. The main improvement was replacing the mechanical scroll wheel with a capacitive-sensing Touch Wheel, which would be adopted by subsequent models. It also offered larger hard-drive capacity options, in 10 and 20 GB models that also included an iPod Remote control.[1]

This was the first iPod with Windows support through the use of Musicmatch Jukebox, a third-party bundled application as iTunes had not yet been released for Windows yet. Apple continued to sell 5 GB versions of the 1st-generation iPod into this product's lifespan.


The minimum operating systems required to sync to the iPod 2G are Mac OS 9.2.2 or Mac OS X 10.1.4, or Windows Me or 2000. A FireWire connection is required.[2]


  1. FAQs : iPod General, iPodlounge. Archived 2003-10-17.
  2. iPod - Technical Specifications, Apple Computer. Archived 2002-08-02.

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