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

Brief presentation of iPod mini

Appledebued the iPod mini in 2004 in response 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 contain up to a thousand songs.

At $ 249, the iPod mini was more expensive than flash drives, but not much, and had much more storage space. “You get 940 more songs for $ 50,” said Steve Jobs. At the time, the regular iPod sold in versions 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 connector used for synchronization with your Mac or PC, as well as for playback via various third-party docking stations or Apple’s own dock. At the top was a hold switch to prevent it from inadvertently turning on and the headphone jack with an additional connector for multimedia controls.

A year later, Apple released the second generation model that included an 8GB storage variant and dropped the gold option. Barely a year later, the iPod mini was completely abandoned and replaced by the iPod nano.

While the iPod mini only 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. Personally, the iPod mini was my first Apple product.

I remember very well going to my local CompUSA to buy one where they were sold entirely except for one silver model and one 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 alone is responsible 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 done. To get started, a legacy 30-pin cable is needed to charge and sync the device. Since they were abandoned many years ago, they are difficult to find.

ITunes was then interrupted, making synchronization unknown, but not difficult. Previously, at the time, you used a 30-pin USB cable, connecting 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 connected, iPod mini will now appear in Finder. It is listed next to all of your other drives and locations. Then you can synchronize as usual.

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

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

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