In the subway, in the gym, while you study: you never miss the opportunity to listen music with your iPhone, but unfortunately this habit of yours makes itself felt, and a lot, in the autonomy of the phone. So you were thinking of taking an outside player, a iPod to be precise and listen to music with it. But you are tremendously undecided about the model to buy.

What iPod to buy ? The ultracompact without a screen or the one with a touch screen that also allows you to watch videos? Is the 16GB or 32GB variant better? What if the old iPod Classic was worth buying in the end? In fact, there are so many variables involved and making a decision is not easy. What do you say, then, if we try to clarify our ideas together?

We try to analyze the technical characteristics, prices and characteristics of all the iPod models currently on the market and we try to find the one that best suits your needs. I assure you that it will not be difficult, also because the differences between the different iPod models are really marked. At the end of the reading, you will surely be able to discover which player, among those produced by Apple, best suits your listening habits and your multimedia viewing habits.

How to choose an iPod

As already mentioned, there are so many variables at play and many features to consider before buying an iPod - let's see which are the most important together.

Size and weight

One of the first evaluations you should do is related to dimensions and weight of the iPod you want to buy. All iPods are very light and compact, but they can have different form factors that affect their comfort in certain situations. For example, there are the iPod Touch which are almost like him iPhone 4 ″ And are therefore quite bulky during sports activities. Non-existent problem with iPod Shuffle However, since they do not have any type of screen, they are very small and therefore ideal for use during sports activities.

Storage capacity

As you may already know, Apple iPods do not offer the possibility to expand internal memory. This means that your storage capacity for Songs (and other multimedia files) is limited by the amount of memory they include in them. Keep this in mind if you want to avoid the risk of purchasing an iPod that is not large enough for your needs.


In addition to listening to music, would you like to use your iPod to view photos and videos? In this case, you need an iPod model equipped with display. If, on the other hand, you need a "pure" music player, you can look at the screenless iPod models that are more compact and cheaper.


Each iPod model has a battery which guarantees a degree of autonomy different: it goes from a minimum of 15 hours to a maximum of 40 hours. But be careful, in the models with a screen the autonomy varies greatly according to the type of use you make of the device: if you use very heavy applications or play videos, the battery life is greatly shortened.

Operating system and application

IPods also differ by operating system with which they are equipped and application that support the iPod Shuffle and me IPod Classic They use a dedicated operating system that, in addition to the functions to manage and play multimedia files, offers very little. the iPod Nano use a "light" version of iOS which includes a limited number of apps, including sports (Nike +), listening to the radio, playing music and video, and managing podcasts. Finally there are the iPod Touch They are equipped with iOS and are therefore compatible with all iPhone applications (including Spotify and other music streaming services, for example).


If you intend to use your iPod with headphones Bluetooth, you must buy a model compatible with that technologyAs iPod Nano o iPod Touch. iPod Shuffle and iPod Classic do not allow you to connect Bluetooth headphones or speakers.

Regarding connectivity to Internet, the only iPod capable of connecting to the network Wi-Fi (but not for 3G / 4G, be careful) is the iPod Touch.

Control system

Depending on their form factor, iPods offer different control systems for music playback. IPod Classic and iPod Shuffle use the icon click wheel, that's the wheel with the keys to control media playback and adjust the volume, while the iPod Nano and me iPod Touch They work through the touch screen just like iPhones.

Supported file formats

All iPods support songs in MP3, AAC (also DRM protected from iTunes Store), audible, Lossless apple, AIFF y WAV, but there are file formats that are only compatible with certain models of the Apple player.

For example tracks in format HE-AAC le photo (JPEG, BMP, GIF, TIFF, PSD and PNG) and me video files They are only compatible with iPods with displays such as iPod Touch and iPod Nano.

Headphones supplied

Depending on the iPod model purchased, you can also change the type of headphones supplied with the player. To go into more detail, the old Apple headphones model is supplied with the iPod Classic and the iPod Shuffle, while the new Apple headphones model (EarPods) is supplied with the iPod Touch and iPod Nano, which should guarantee greater ergonomics and stability in the ear.

Which iPod to choose

At this point, I would say that we can get to the heart of the matter. So take five minutes of free time and find out what iPod to buy based on your needs

iPod Touch (6th generation)

The iPod Touch is iPod to buy for those who want the best, without compromise (also because it is the only model that Apple still officially sells). We can easily define it as an iPhone without the phone part, in fact it is equipped with a large 4 ″ touch screen multi-retina display that does not compromise its manageability (measures 123.4 × 58.6 × 6.1 mm for a weight of 88 grams) . It is animated by the iOS operating system, this means that it can run all major applications available for the iPhone (including those for streaming music) and has a non-expandable internal memory of 32 or 128 GB. It also has a couple of HD cameras, plays music, photos, videos, and supports internet connection via Wi-Fi. Its battery guarantees 40 hours of music playback and recharges in 4 hours. In the sales package are the Apple EarPods and the Lightning / USB cable. It's available in various colors.


Apple iPod touch (32GB) - light blue

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iPod Shuffle (XNUMXth generation)

If you are looking for an essential player, which is compact and cheap in the first place, you can only choose the iPod Shuffle It measures just 29.0 x 31.6 x 8.7mm for 12.5 grams of weight and has no display. It only serves to listen to the music. It comes with a handy clip to hold it so you can always carry it with you without risking losing it, and is controlled by the buttons on the click wheel. Its only real flaw, if we want to call it that, is the small storage space available for music - just 2GB (not expandable). Its battery has an autonomy of 15 hours of music playback and is fully charged in 3 hours. The sales package also includes the USB cable and traditional Apple headphones.


Apple Ipod Shuffle 5th Generation 2GB Blue 4th Mp3 Player

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iPod Nano (7th generation)

If iPod Shuffle seems too essential or at least 2GB of storage is scarce, you can go for the iPod Nano which is the perfect middle ground between cheaper and higher-end Apple gamers. It has a 16GB memory (not expandable), measures 76.5 x 39.6 x 5.4 mm for a weight of 31 grams and has a convenient 2.5 ″ multi-touch screen with which to control music playback. It supports all major audio file formats, but also photos and videos, also includes FM radio functions, Walking + Running workouts, and is compatible with the Nike + system. It mounts a battery that guarantees 30 hours of music playback and fully charges in 3 hours, while the sales package includes the Lightning / USB cable to connect the player to the PC and the latest generation Apple EarPods.


Apple iPod Nano 7. 7G generation WHITE SILVER WHITE 7th SILVER 16GB

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IPod Classic

If you are nostalgic or, much more pragmatically, you want buy an ipod It has so much space to store music, you can go to the good old man IPod Classic It is no longer officially present in stores, but can still be found on the used market, albeit often at collectible prices. It measures 103.5 × 61.8 × 10.5 mm for a weight of 140 grams, has an internal memory of 160GB and a 2.5 ″ non-touch color screen. Its battery guarantees up to 36 hours of battery life. It also plays photos and videos.

Apple iPod Classic 160GB, 7th generation - MC297LL / A music player ...

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Other mp3 players

Do any of the iPods currently on the market seem to meet your expectations? Well, but iPods are not the only MP3 or MP4 players on the market - there are so many other products in this category worth considering, I told you in my Purchase guide dedicated to MP3 players.