Apple iPod Mini (4GB, Silver, 2nd generation)
Manufacturer: Apple Part number: M9800LL/A
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CNET editors' review
price range: $508.77
- Reviewed by: Jasmine France and Eliot Van Buskirk
- Edited by: James Kim
- Reviewed on: 03/17/2005
- Released on: 02/23/2005
The good: Best-of-breed design and interface; comes in four colors; excellent playlist features; clean sound; smooth syncing with iTunes; organizes contacts; includes games; functions as an external drive; large third-party support; improved battery life.
The bad: No FM radio or recording capabilities; battery not user-replaceable; FireWire cable and AC adapter not included.
The bottom line: In the iPod Mini redux, Apple offers two capacity options and a more competitive pricing scheme--welcome improvements in an already fantastic player.
The IPod Mini is a tricky one!!!
by skye3245 on July 6, 2006
Pros: Awesome sound, unbelievable design
Cons: poor battery quality, loss of interactive activity
Summary: I purchased my Ipod Mini almost a year ago, when i got it, it was awesome. The quality is great and it transfer all types of files thru conversion. I ...
Summary: I purchased my Ipod Mini almost a year ago, when i got it, it was awesome. The quality is great and it transfer all types of files thru conversion. I even purchased a FM transmitter so i could play my tunes in my car.
Now my man problem is my battery, i'm guessing the Mini was a product created to tied us over until the Nano came out. Months after being purchased it barely held a charge. I charged it at one point for almost 8 hours but it only held its charge for one. Frequently having these problems make no sense. More than likely this is just like the other issue with faulty product creation, once the product hits the warrnaty point it breaks down. From what i hear the Ipod Video and Nano are great. But Apple should know better than to create a product that is, excuse my french, half assed. This product has wavered my confidence in the company. I think that they should stick to what they know, and maybe give a partial refund to those who purchaed the Mini and having problems. Be careful people the IPod Mini is a tricky one.
Korea was alarmed by the success, so...
by dfichtner on June 28, 2006
Pros: Looks. Not much else.
Cons: Broken down. Girlfriend told me not to buy a macbook because of this.
Summary: Broke down within 5 months. The girlfriend didn't even bother to fix it. Why? Because the obsessive market-controlling practices of the Korean business machine became alarmed at the success ...
Summary: Broke down within 5 months. The girlfriend didn't even bother to fix it. Why? Because the obsessive market-controlling practices of the Korean business machine became alarmed at the success of Apple products against local Korean-made video players. So what did they do? Create ultra-cheap music download services in a new format that cannot be played by Apple products. You can download the songs for less than a dollar here -- as long as you do it in a format other than Apple.
Korea is the most protectionist society anywhere. The same people who control all of the money (the Chaebols) control the government from nearly every aspect.
iPod Mini is a great product
by technofrk!93 on May 13, 2006
Pros: Small, stylish, and affordable
Cons: The battery
Summary: The mini is a great product.its small stylish and affordable.but the battery isnt good. ive had my mini for almst a year now and the batter has been ...
Summary: The mini is a great product.its small stylish and affordable.but the battery isnt good. ive had my mini for almst a year now and the batter has been fine.and when it starts not to work ill got out get the nano or video and convert my songs from my mini to them. battery issue solved
Skipping Worse Every Day - Battery Life Dying Fast
by bhigerd on May 6, 2006
Pros: My first MP3 player, worked well for a time
Cons: The skipping is horrible, and the battery life is getting shorter and shorter
Summary: Battery life is probably less than half what it was originally (1 year ago), and the skipping is driving me nuts (sometimes it's in a song, sometimes it sends ...
Summary: Battery life is probably less than half what it was originally (1 year ago), and the skipping is driving me nuts (sometimes it's in a song, sometimes it sends me to a new song). I use the same MP3's in a Soundworks 740 clock radio, and they never skip on it. I'm going to use it as long as it lasts, but it's a made-in-China standard. I suspect it's garbage bound sometime this year.
All You Need!
by vigilantviewer on May 3, 2006
Pros: Everything except the prices of accesories
Cons: Battery life
Summary: Apple needs to re-release the Mini, but this time with headphones that don't bust so easily. Who would pay $200 for a Nano. It has 2GB less. Sure it ...
Summary: Apple needs to re-release the Mini, but this time with headphones that don't bust so easily. Who would pay $200 for a Nano. It has 2GB less. Sure it holds pictures, but the screen is too small. What's the use. Mini all the way.
MP3 player for the masses.
by sergioquiros on April 15, 2006
Pros: Ease of use, intuitive OS, touch-sensitive scroll wheel, transparent integration with iTunes.
Cons: Metal finish, while sturdier than plastic, is a bit slippery on the fingers. No extra features found on other MP3 players like voice recorder. Hard drive will seldom skip.
Summary: I'll start with my biggest complaint: body material. The iPod Mini's metal finish, while attractive and sturdier than plastic, is quite slippery to your fingers; and the player ...
Summary: I'll start with my biggest complaint: body material. The iPod Mini's metal finish, while attractive and sturdier than plastic, is quite slippery to your fingers; and the player having the characteristic fabulous-looking round edges rather than square, makes it much easier to lose your grip on it and drop the iPod. That's how I've dropped mine a few times and have dented the neat sharp finish on the corners. The most affordable solution: get a good case for the Mini. You'll completely stop enjoying its looks but it'll be protected.
Second complaint, which I'm not sure it's particular to my player or to a significant number of them: I'm listening to a song and while it's playing I hit fast-forward to the next song. Most of the time the player goes silent for a fraction of a second until it starts playing the next song. But I've seldom experienced this annoying situation where during that moving from one song to another the Mini will skip onto some part of the song and then come back to the beginning of the next one. You could picture it as a "hiccup".
Third complaint: It has also happened to me on very few occasions that I plug the remote control to my Mini, I hit the hold lock ON THE PLAYER, slip it in my pocket and take off. Then suddenly the player goes dead. It simply turns itself off, and I'm sure the lock button is activated on the player and no buttons on the remote control are being pressed. I end up having to take the Mini out of my pocket, unlocking it, unplugging the remote control, turning it on again (it's even given me the reset Apple logo a few times), and do the whole thing again. Why does it happen, I have no clue.
Besides these complaints, I have to say I like everything else about the Mini. It's small and it feels great in your hand - solid and sturdy. The OS (typical Apple) is easy to use and intuitive. Sound quality is great and the Mini comes with a good-quality set of headphones. The touch-sensitive scroll wheel is one of the best features to Apple's line of MP3 players. It makes going through the menus and through a song easy and quick.
Another great feature (of course) is its transparent integration with iTunes and the iTunes Music Store. Not that you can use any other music store to download music for your iPod, but at least Apple made sure they'd lock you to the best built online music store. Me? I don't care about only being able to use iTunes. I'm totally satisfied with them.
Respectable MP3 Player
by Scott Simontis on January 2, 2006
Pros: Holds a fair ammount of music, works most of the time
Cons: Poor battery life as time goes on, not very durable
Summary: First off, I should note that I got this for free, and I would not have purchased it if I had the chance, I would have gone for something larger. ...
Summary: First off, I should note that I got this for free, and I would not have purchased it if I had the chance, I would have gone for something larger. Still, the mini gets the job done.
The unit is not very durable. A drop from about three feet will take it out of action, as I learned. My first mini failed without reason about a year after getting it. If you get an iPod, buy the extended warranty. It's worth it.
As time goes on, battery life begins to suffer considerably. It got to the point where I was only getting four hours of battery life before my first iPod failed, but mileage may vary.
Still, I believe that the mini is much better than the iPod nano. It may be bigger, but if you can find a six gig mini, it should be more economical than the nano. If you are a big audiophile, don't even bother with the mini, buy something bigger and cheaper. The iPod isn't the cheapest player, but it still is respectable.
Perfect combination of size and substance
by LouCap on December 10, 2005
Pros: Small, great sound, easy to use, steel case
Cons: None that I know of...
Summary: The iPod Mini is THE iPod to get, if you can still find them. Unlike the new nano, the Mini has an all brushed metal case that feels substantial in ...
Summary: The iPod Mini is THE iPod to get, if you can still find them. Unlike the new nano, the Mini has an all brushed metal case that feels substantial in your hands. It's not heavy, but it doesn't feel like a cheap piece of plastic. The controls are your typical iPod setup and the sound is just what you'd expect from Apple.
decent for the light user; research more if you want to use it a lot
by iconform on November 25, 2005
Pros: pretty, easy to navigate, fairly small for its capacity in its time
Cons: short battery life, not very durable
Summary: They say it has a long battery life - it doesn't. After a few months, mine was lucky if it could last my going to class, going between classes, ...
Summary: They say it has a long battery life - it doesn't. After a few months, mine was lucky if it could last my going to class, going between classes, maybe an hour or two in lab, and returning from class.
I dropped mine twice from pretty low elevations - it seemed OK at first. A few months later, it started skipping, then it'd work sometimes and not othertimes, and then it just utterly stopped working. To this day, I'm not sure if the dropping it killed it or if it was just always going to die like that - it hadn't even been a year. Apple declared that the damage was not covered under the warrantly, and now I have quite a pretty, expensive paperweight.
Still, if you're lucky and very careful with your's, and not very obsessive about getting your playlists just so, the mini's easy update and use. Plus, it makes a great gift. If you want quality though, I suggest checking out some other brands - I later replaced my iPod with a Creative Zen, and love it a lot more than the iPod.
The best MP3 Player ever!
by schumi914 on November 25, 2005
Pros: Lightweight, great battery life, small, easy to use, great sound quality, cheap, many accesories, an iPod, good amount of memory
Cons: might fail after a couple of years
Summary: This is the best MP3 player i have ever had. It is easy to use and is compatible with tons of 3rd party accessories. This is a must have for ...
Summary: This is the best MP3 player i have ever had. It is easy to use and is compatible with tons of 3rd party accessories. This is a must have for everyone who has the money to buy one and wants it!Updated
I am sorry for saying that the iPod might fail after a couple of years. I couldn't put the word none so I had to fill it in with something. Sorry again
- Manufacturer: Apple
- Part number: M9800LL/A
- Description: Everything you love about iPod just got tinier. iPod mini lets you bring along enough music for a three-day weekend getaway in a package so small you'll forget you're carrying it. Until people ask you about it, that is. Weighing in at just 3.6 ounces and showing off in three new shades, iPod mini fits your lifestyle and your bag, whether it be cocktail purse or messenger duffle. The chic, matte anodized aluminum case resists stains and scratches, all the while protecting your iPod mini - from, say, the jostle of overzealous paparazzi. Recessed in the case to keep its surface pristine, the 1.67-inch (diagonal) backlit screen displays full song and album titles, artists' names and more. And iPod mini lasts up to 18 hours on a single charge: enough for a transatlantic flight, the limo ride to your hotel and a few solid hours of boutique shopping. Of course, iPod mini works just as well for your everyday pursuits. With up to 25 minutes of skip protection, you can even walk the dog in style. Always striving for perfection, Apple engineers moved the iPod's buttons under the wheel. The iPod mini Click Wheel - complete with color-coordinated icons - takes best advantage of miniscule space and lets you scroll single-handedly through up to 1,500 songs from your iTunes music collection. You'll find such thoughtful construction only from Apple. Because, try as they might, the competition can't touch this.
- Product type Microdrive
- PC interface(s) supported Hi-Speed USB,
- Digital storage Built-in 4 GB Hard disk drive
- Weight 3.6 oz
- Dimensions (W x D x H) 2 in x 0.5 in x 3.6 in
- Color Silver
- Included accessories Belt clip,
- Software type Apple iTunes for Mac,
Apple iTunes for Windows
- iPod Generation 2G
- Case type None
Digital Player / Recorder
- Supported digital audio standards Apple Lossless ,
- Playback modes Random play / shuffle,
All tracks repeat,
One track repeat,
- Response bandwidth 20 - 20000 Hz
- Supported bit rate 32 - 320 Kbps
- Shockproof memory 1500 seconds
- ID3 tags support Yes
- External hard drive function Yes
- Additional features Variable bit-rate compatible
- Audio system built-in display LCD
- Diagonal size 1.67 in
- Resolution 138 x 110
- Backlight display Yes
- Display illumination color Blue,
- Display menu language Danish,
- Features Adjustable contrast
- Sound output mode Stereo
- Timer Sleep
- Built-in clock Digital clock
- Alarm wake-up modes Beep,
- Addtional features Hold button,
Battery level indication,
Built-in games ,
USB 2.0 compatibility,
- Equalizer factory preset qty 20
- Remote control None
- Headphones type Binaural Ear-bud
- Sound output mode Stereo
- Response bandwidth 20 - 20000 Hz
- Impedance 32 Ohm
- Connectivity technology Wired
- Cable(s) included USB cable -
- Connector type 1 x Docking station,
1 x Headphones / remote control Mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm
Battery / Power
- Battery Lithium ion Rechargeable Player batteryIntegrated
- Mfr estimated battery life 18 hour(s)
- Recharge time 4 hour(s)
- Operating system Microsoft Windows 2000 SP4,
Apple MacOS X 10.3.4 or later,
Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP2,
Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition SP2,
Apple MacOS X 10.2.8
1 year warranty,
Specs: 4 GB,
Player battery - Rechargeable - Lithium ion,