So if you've read my about me page, then you know that I'm super into iPods and I want to own a full-on collection one day. Honestly, iPods are just uber cool! If you don't know what they are, they're a line of music players that Apple produced from 2001 to 2022. They produced the iPod/iPod classic from 2001-2014, the iPod mini from 2004-2005, the iPod nano from 2005-2017, the iPod shuffle from 2005-2017, and the iPod touch from 2007 to 2022. (RIP iPod line!)
iPods I Own
The first iPod that I own is the iPod nano 5th generation, which was released in 2009. I own two of these. The first one I got as a gift for my birthday in May 2020, and it was my daily iPod until March 2022, when the screen crapped out. It was a purple 8GB model, and my first non-touch iPod ever. I got a replacement a couple of weeks after, which, like the first one, is a purple model that came with a new battery and screen, but unlike the first one, has 16 gigabytes of storage. This is my main iPod, and as of August 8, 2022, it has 1,671 songs on it, as well as some TV episodes, other videos, podcast episodes and all that jazz. (pun not intended)
The second one that I own is the 5th generation iPod touch, which was released in 2012. I received it as a gift in 2015 for my birthday, and used it for almost five years before it had to be retired, as it was stuck on iOS 9 with an A5, so it was very slow, and the battery was very degraded due to age. It has an Otterbox case on it, and a cheap popsocket I got at the mall when those were first trending. It's a 64GB model in a sort of salmony pinkish colour. These days it's sitting in its final resting place (a cabinet that's part of my desk where I keep boxes, old tech and random crap), though I take it out every once in a while to look at all the old stuff on it.
iPods I want
My most wanted iPod is probably the final iPod classic in silver. This model was sold from 2007 to 2014. It started out with 80 and 160 GB, then was revamped in 2008 to be thinner with 120 GB as the only option, then finally, the 120GB was upgraded to 160GB in 2009. It was the last "big" or "classic" iPod, with the closest form factor to the original iPod. This is probably one of the most popular iPods, and I've seen them go for rather large prices on eBay (around $100 USD at minimum, compared to the $50-75 USD I've seen most nanos except the 7th gen go for), but given that they were produced for so long, there seems to be a reasonable supply. There are also ones you can buy online modded to have flash storage, better batteries, different colours, and stuff like that.
My second most wanted iPod, close behind the classic, is the 7th gen nano in purple. It came out at the same time as the 5th generation touch that I have, and in the same colours as the 5th gen touch, as well as a really pretty mint green and a really pretty lavender, which is the one that I want (pictured below). They sold these colours from 2012 to 2015, when they refreshed the colours of the iPod nano and shuffle to match the 6th generation iPod touch after its release.
My third most wanted iPod is the 3rd generation nano. It was released in 2007 at the same time as the final iPod classic, and it's basically like that iPod's baby pictures came to life. While the iPod classic had been able to play video since the 5th generation in 2005, the 3rd gen nano was the first nano to play video. It came in five colours at launch (mint green, sky blue, silver, dark grey and a reddish colour), and a sixth colour, pink (pictured below), was added for Valentine's Day 2008, which is the one that I want. It was available in 4 GB and 8 GB, but the 4 GB model was only available in silver, leaving the rest of the colours to the 8GB tier. The interface was mostly the same as the 2007 classic, much like the 1st and 2nd gen nanos had a very similar interface to the 5th gen classic, something which the 4th gen nano would change. This was originally the iPod I wanted most before I decided that I'd rather have a 5th gen nano, which I ended up getting.
My final most wanted iPod is the 4th generation iPod Shuffle. I think the purple and green on the 2012 refresh of this (same as the original colours of the 7th gen nano, both of which were sold from 2012-2015) are so pretty, as well as the slate that was sold from 2012-2013. I also like the hot pink (pictured below) and the dark-ish blue of the refresh which was sold from 2015-2017, and I'd rather like one of each, though I don't know what I'd do with all of those iPod Shuffles. Perhaps I could switch them out to match my outfits. Luckily, Shuffles don't seem to be going for that much money nowadays, so even I could afford them! I'd probably just use them to take to school, because I'm petrified that I'd lose my nano in my backpack or something.