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a portable mp3 player - the 21st century's answer to Sony Walkman(and Discman)
"I hope my girl gets me an i-pod for Christmas."
by eman November 10, 2003
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The iPod is a brand of portable media players designed and marketed by Apple Computer. Devices in the iPod family provide a simple user interface designed around a central scroll wheel (with the exception of the iPod shuffle). The standard iPod model stores media on a built-in hard drive, while the smaller iPod shuffle and iPod nano use flash memory. Like most digital audio players, an iPod can serve as an external data storage device when connected to a computer.
Discontinued versions of the iPod include two generations of the popular iPod mini and four generations of the full-sized iPod, all of which had monochrome screens except for the 4th generation iPod with color screen (previously sold as iPod photo before it replaced the monochrome iPod in the main line). As of June 2006, the lineup consists of the 5th generation iPod, which has video playback capabilities; the iPod nano, which has a color screen; and the iPod shuffle; all three models were released in 2005. The iPod is currently the world's best-selling digital audio player. The bundled software used for uploading music, photos, and videos to the iPod is called iTunes. A music jukebox application, iTunes stores a comprehensive library of the user's music on their computer, and can play, burn, and rip music from a CD. The most recent incarnations of iPod and iTunes have video playing and organization features.
The iPod's mainstream use and popularity worldwide in the MP3 player market has led to iPod becoming one of the world's most popular brands of MP3 player. Apple's proprietary actions regarding iPods and iTunes, however, have led to criticism as well as legal battles.

Version History:

1st Generation - 5GB/10GB - monochromatic screen - scroll wheel (buttons surrounding)

2nd Generation - 10GB/20GB - monochromatic screen - touch wheel (buttons surrounding)

3rd Generation (dock connector)- 10GB/15GB/20GB/30GB/40GB - monochromatic screen - touch wheel (buttons above)

4th Generation (regular) - 20GB/40GB - monochromatic screen - click wheel

4th Generation (photo) - 40GB/60GB - 16 bit color screen - click wheel

5th Generation (video) - 30GB/60GB - 16 bti color TFT screen - click wheel

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The iPod has brought MP3 players and digital music in to the mainstream

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by Graham C June 15, 2006
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Trust me,im a proud suburban loser/geek,and have no plans to be "popular" and i must say a 30 gig ipod is very much underrated for its value for the money. Most 299 dollars players lack video capability (with the exception of iRivers new flash players,which are very nice too and cheaper then ipod,but hold much less,but those are nano fighters) All mp3 players break and get scratched up,but the batteries really do suck with ipods. Sound quality is also very good,as long as you dont use apples lousy stock earbuds,which is the status symbol of the ipod generation. Thats why i use etymotics,not stock. when it comes to sound quality,ease of use, and overall value,the ipod is a good player that gets a bad name by the stock earbud wearing posers who make the less image concerned immediately look over the ipod. While iriver,creative,archos,etc etc happen to make very good mp3 players, the ipod is just as good as any of these,and at 299 for a 30 gig player with video capability(you can get freeware to rip dvds straight on to the device),the ipod is actually a good overall value ruined by its MTV image.
If apple would just add an FM tuner and a built in voice recorder to thier ipod,they would actually have the perfect player.
by unbiased definer December 19, 2005
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A portable MP3 player made by Apple.What stupid people call all MP3 players.A complete piece of shite. Original versions had a battery that was impossible to remove without reworking the PCB. The damn thing is the worst example of the Marlboro Lights culture in that it comes in minimalist stylings. Do yourselves a favour and get something made by Creative instead.
The iPod is a piece of shite.
by Snake September 11, 2005
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Also iPoo. A less advanced and more expensive version of the Creative Labs Nomad Zen Xtra that features a non-removeable battery and less disk space.
Whoa, my iPod battery is dead, man.
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IPods are a brand of mp3 players that uses flash memory to store music, and documents. The iPods that come equipped with an LCD screen also have the ability to store photos, and (in more advanced models) video files. I recently purchased a 3rd generation iPod nano, and I can store all of my school documents, and Power Point documents onto it. However, the best part is I can use it for cheating on my exams. To do this, (although I´m not sure it works on other models, but it´s worth a shot), simply type out all of your notes out on to a regular Word document, and then save it to your iPod. (Its works just like a Flash Drive, so it´s quite simple). Then select the document to be able to view it on the screen. Pretty sweet, huh? (IPod nanos are the best to do this with because they´re easier to hide from the teacher).
Friend: Dude, what´d you get on your test?

Me:A 100! I used my iPod. (Shows friend notes on iPod screen).

Friend: Sweet, that pwns!
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A reliable music/storage device with an annoying ".AAC" song file format. If you hate Apple, you hate IPod. An "MP3" player that actually makes an attempt at enforcing copyright laws. Anyone with half a brain can work around it, but bravo to Apple for the effort.

I've owned an iPod Mini for 2 years and have beat it to all hell and never have had it fail on me. Notice the newest iPod nanos have switched to the "mini" style of design which is by far the MOST reliable.

People take cracks at the status symbol of wearing the notorious white earbuds, but in actuality ANYONE who uses ANY type of generic cheap ($75 or less) earbuds to listen to their music is a douche. PLEASE buy a quality set of earbuds so you can at least begin to appreciate what music was meant to sound like, and as an added bonus you'll add mileage to your ears by being able to hear more at a lower volume. Shure makes a $99 pair of E2C earbuds which deliver substantial sound quality for the price.
Joe Bob wasn't worried about being categorized by his music player of choice, so he made a smart decision and bought an iPod mini. His friends poked fun at him, but after he let them listen to his iPod with his aftermarket earbuds he convinced them the better sound was because of the iPod. The next day all his friends went out and sold their Creative mp3 players on eBay and bought iPods instead.... the poor mindless douche bags were fooled by the lowly iPod owner.
by nathan a. April 17, 2007
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