Retro revisit: use of Apple’s iPod mini in 2020

Brief presentati of iPod mini

Appledebued the iPod mini in 2004 in respse to the litany of new flash media players that hit the market. Flash-based media players were small and shipped with perhaps 256 MB of storage. The iPod mini, meanwhile, came in a tiny new design but with 4 GB of storage thanks to its compact internal hard drive. It could ctain up to a thousand sgs.

At $ 249, the iPod mini was more expensive than flash drives, but not much, and had much more storage space. “You get 940 more sgs for $ 50,” said Steve Jobs. At the time, the regular iPod sold in versis from $ 299 to $ 9.

The iPod mini had an extruded aluminum body that was available in blue, green, silver, gold and pink. The bottom housed the 30-pin cnector used for synchrizati with your Mac or PC, as well as for playback via various third-party docking statis or Apple’s own dock. At the top was a hold switch to prevent it from inadvertently turning and the headphe jack with an additial cnector for multimedia ctrols.

A year later, Apple released the secd generati model that included an 8GB storage variant and dropped the gold opti. Barely a year later, the iPod mini was completely abanded and replaced by the iPod nano.

While the iPod mini ly lasted a very short time, it was in demand almost all the time. It was always in high demand and it was always difficult for stores to keep stock. Persally, the iPod mini was my first Apple product.

I remember very well going to my local CompUSA to buy e where they were sold entirely except for e silver model and e green model. I opted for green and I remember how hard it was to wait patiently until I was home to get in. This iPod mini ale is respsible for countless subsequent Apple purchases for me and many others.

Use iPod mini in 2020

Using an iPod mini in 2020 is easier said than de. To get started, a legacy 30-pin cable is needed to charge and sync the device. Since they were abanded many years ago, they are difficult to find.

ITunes was then interrupted, making synchrizati unknown, but not difficult. Previously, at the time, you used a 30-pin USB cable, cnecting it to your Mac, and then launching iTunes. Today, this cable may require a USB-C adapter, if you have a newer Mac, but when cnected, iPod mini will now appear in Finder. It is listed next to all of your other drives and locatis. Then you can synchrize as usual.

However, we even struggled to find compatible headphes. All of our Apple earphes lying around are using the Lightning cnector and it took us a bit of digging to find our old 3.5mm Apple earphes.

This fight was just a reminder of the evoluti of our devices and the speed with which we take their new features for granted.

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