Throwback Tech: iPod Classic 5th generation


Over the years, I’ve collected a lot of different tech gadgets and accessories and I’m sure many of you have as well. If you’re like me, you find it hard to part with some of these old gadgets. I’ve never been able to pinpoint why I’m such a hoarder when it comes to gadgets, but it may be due in part to the fact that I’m a self-confessed tech nerd.

One of my first Apple products was the 30GB iPod Classic 5th generation (late 2006 model) in black.  I got it in black, seeing as I thought the white would get dirty and would show up scratches easily. It was the first iPod to be able to play videos and came with a 2.5-inch 320×240 QVGA display.


This particular model was put on shelves and in consumer’s hands in late 2006 and it wasn’t until 2009 that Apple stopped making them.  The storage options at the time were either 30GB or 80GB and it only came in black and white, black being added alongside the signature white model. It also marked the second major redesign of the iPod Classic. This iPod model did not run on any version of iOS and you had to navigate it by using a click wheel.


The only way to distinguish the late 2006 iPod Classic model from the original iPod Classic model is by the last three digits of the serial number. Other than that, they are essentially the same despite some minor changes.

This model is my favorite iPod model that I’ve owned. I think the reason I like it best is for its simplicity. It does what it’s supposed to: plays music, movies, TV shows, etc. I’ve never had any major problems with running its software. The only real complaint I have is its battery life, but the battery life of devices today is not any better. Overall, it has been a great device – probably the best I’ve owned.

Let me know which iPod models you’ve had in the past and if you still have them or not in the comments section down below. Also, be sure to give me a shout on Twitter – @malloriedeaton.

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  • gettysburg11s

    Mallorie, that’s definitely very cool. I have a 3rd generation iPod (15 GB). If you remember, this is the iPod with the red, touch sensitive buttons. Some people didn’t like them, but this was my favorite iPod model. Even though I don’t use it anymore, I can’t part with it, and it still works just fine.

  • Totally agree with you. I have the same model except with the 80GB storage capacity, and I still use it on a regular basis!