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Old 12-14-06, 10:47 AM
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Ipod 4th vs 5th gen...differences

Is there any significant difference between the 4th Gen vs. 5th gen IPOD in terms of specifications? I couldn't find the specs on the 4th gen on apple.com, but I read somewhere that the battery life is longer on the 4th gen. Is this true?

Besides the brighter screen on the 5th gen...is it also thinner and smaller?

I also thought the 4th Gen has video playback and the 5th gen does too, but it says that it is "enhanced"?

The 60GB Ipod (4th gen) is going for about $288 final cost vs the 30GB Ipod (5th Gen) which is selling at $249 before taxes.

I'm having a hard time choosing which to get.
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Old 12-14-06, 11:10 AM
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wikipedia had some info on the 5G:

Slimmer design, introduced in white and black variants. Larger screen with video player and lyrics support. No AC adapter, Universal Dock, or A/V cables included.

The September 2006 revision (often called generation 5.5) featured a brighter display, longer video battery life, and a music search function.
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Old 12-14-06, 02:51 PM
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There are 5 generations of standard iPods:
1G: The first iPod, 5 or 10 gig
2G: Scroll-wheel replaced with touch-sensative wheel, 10 and 20 gig
3G: Docking port, row of buttons instead of around wheel, 10, 15, 20, 30, 40 gig
4G: Later versions in color, introduced current "click" wheel", 20, 30, 40, 60 gig
5G: Video iPod. Slimmer, longer battery, slightly redesigned case, bigger and brighter screen. The later versions, released in Sep '06, include an even brighter screen and a search function, supposedly better battery life

SO, 4G does not do video. 5G are more or less all the same. I got an original 60 gig 5G, the later versions increased the disk size a bit but the other enhancements aren't a huge deal. Even if you don't want video playback, the 5G's battery life is way better than the 4G.
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Old 12-20-06, 08:38 PM
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so how would one know if you have a 5G 5.5 version? I just picked my wife up an 80gig today and I have no idea what to look for here.
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Old 12-20-06, 08:58 PM
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so how would one know if you have a 5G 5.5 version? I just picked my wife up an 80gig today and I have no idea what to look for here.
I think the newest iPods have Pirates of the Caribbean on the packaging.
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Old 12-20-06, 11:12 PM
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The only 80 gig iPods, so far, are the top-of-the-line 5.5G. The 5G maxed out at 60 GB.
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cool. thanks for the replies. atleast I got her the most recent one which was I hoping to do.
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Old 12-22-06, 09:50 AM
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Are there also 5 generations of nano Ipods or just the hdd based ones?
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Just two. The original, which came in black or white, and the current version, which comes in many colors and resembles an iPod Mini.
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