Apple iPod mini 019-0497 user manual - (2023)

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iPod mini
User’s Guide

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Contents 3 Quick Start 5 What You Need to Get Started 8 Four Steps to Playing Music on iPod mini 12 Using iPod mini 12 Using iPod mini Controls 18 Connecting and Disconnecting iPod mini 22 Organizing and Transferring Your Music 32 Adjusting iPod mini Settings 36 Using the Extra Features of Your iPod mini 42 Charging the iPod mini Battery 45 iPod mini Accessories 49 Tips and Troubleshooting 56 Learning More, Service, and Support 58 Safety and Cleaning 2

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1 Quick Start Congratulations on purchasing your iPod mini. Read this section to get started using iPod mini quickly. iPod mini works with the iTunes music software included on the iPod CD. Use iTunes to import songs from your CD or digital music collection to your computer, or use the iTunes Music Store (available in some countries only) to purchase songs and download them to your computer. Then organize the songs and transfer them to iPod mini. 3

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Learning to Use iPod mini Read this chapter to set up iPod mini and get started playing music quickly. To learn more about playing music on iPod mini and using some of its other features, see “Using iPod mini” on page 12. iPod Tutorial For an interactive tutorial on transferring music to and playing music on iPod (available in some countries only), go to iPod mini Features iPod mini is a music player and much more. With iPod mini, you c

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What You Need to Get Started To use iPod mini with a Macintosh, you must have: • A Macintosh with: • Built-in high-power USB 2.0 • Or built in FireWire and the optional iPod Dock Connector to FireWire Cable High-power USB 2.0 port 6-pin FireWire 400 port Note: The iPod Dock Connector to FireWire Cable is available for purchase at • Mac OS X v10.2.8, or Mac OS X v10.3.4 or later • iTunes 4.7 or later (included on the iPod CD) To be sure you have the latest

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To use iPod mini with a Windows PC, you must have: • A Windows PC with: • Built-in high-power USB 2.0 (or a high-power USB 2.0 card installed) • Or built-in FireWire (or a FireWire card installed) and the optional iPod Dock Connector to FireWire Cable High-power USB 2.0 port 6-pin FireWire 400 port (IEEE 1394) For more information about compatible FireWire and USB cards, go to Note: The iPod Dock Connector to FireWire Cable is available for purchase at w

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Your iPod mini includes the following components: iPod mini Belt Clip Apple Earphones iPod Dock Connector to USB 2.0 Cable Quick Start 7

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Four Steps to Playing Music on iPod mini To set up iPod mini, you install software from the iPod CD, and import songs from your music CD collection or purchase songs from the iTunes Music Store (available in some countries only). Then you transfer the songs to iPod mini as the battery charges, then start listening to music. Step 1: Install the Software Insert the iPod CD into your computer and install iTunes and the iPod mini software. Step 2: Import Music to Your Compute

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Step 3: Connect iPod mini to Charge the Battery and Transfer Music Connect iPod mini to a high-power USB 2.0 port on your computer using the included iPod Dock Connector to USB 2.0 Cable. If you are connecting to a high-power USB 2.0 port, use the iPod Dock Connector to USB 2.0 Cable. If you are connecting to a FireWire 400 port, use an iPod Dock Connector to FireWire Cable (available separately). When you connect iPod mini to your computer, iTunes opens. Follow the simple onscreen ins

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Important: Be sure to connect iPod mini to a high-power USB 2.0 port directly on your computer, or to a powered USB 2.0 hub that’s connected to your computer. iPod mini won’t work if it’s connected to a low-power USB 2.0 port, such as those sometimes found on keyboards or other peripherals. If the battery icon in the upper-right corner of the iPod mini screen shows a lightning bolt, iPod mini is connected to a high-power USB 2.0 port and the battery is charging (see page 42 for

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Step 4: Play Music When the song transfer is complete and you’re ready to disconnect iPod mini, squeeze both sides of the Dock connector to disconnect the cable from iPod mini. Then use the Click Wheel and Select button (in the center of iPod mini) to browse for a song. Press the Play or Select button and enjoy! To Learn More Read the next chapter to learn more about using the Click Wheel and the other iPod mini controls, transferring music to and managing music on iPod mini, using ot

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1 Using iPod mini Read this section to learn about using iPod mini controls, transferring music, charging the battery, and using the extra features of your iPod mini. Using iPod mini Controls Press any button to turn on iPod mini. The main menu appears. Use the Click Wheel and Select button to navigate through onscreen menus, play songs, change settings, and view information. Move your thumb lightly around the Click Wheel to highlight a menu item. Press the Select button to select the

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Hold switch iPod Remote port Headphones port Menu button Select button Previous/Rewind Next/Fast-forward button button Click Wheel Play/Pause button Apple Earphones Dock connector port Using iPod mini 13

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iPod mini Controls Reset iPod mini Toggle the Hold switch (set it to Hold, then turn (For use during troubleshooting) it off again). Then press the Menu and Select buttons simultaneously for about 6 seconds, until the Apple logo appears. Turn on iPod mini Press any button. Turn off iPod mini Press and hold Play/Pause. Turn the backlight on or off Press and hold Menu or select Backlight from the main menu. Select a menu item Scroll to the item and press the Select

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iPod mini Controls Play songs in random order From the main menu, select Shuffle Songs. Skip to any point in a song From the Now Playing screen, press the Select button to show the scrubber bar. Then scroll to any point in the song. Skip to the next song Press Next/Fast-forward. Start a song over Press Previous/Rewind. Play the previous song Press Previous/Rewind twice. Fast-forward Press and hold Next/Fast-forward. Rewind Press and hold Previous/Rewind. Add a song to the

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Disabling iPod mini Buttons Using the Hold Switch If you’re carrying iPod mini in your pocket and you don’t want to press the buttons or turn it on accidentally, you can make the buttons inactive. n Set the Hold switch to Hold. Slide the switch toward the center (so you can see the orange stripe) to disable the controls. 16 Using iPod mini

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Making Playlists on iPod mini You can set iPod mini to play the songs you want in the order you want. When you create a list of songs on your iPod mini, the songs appear in an On-The-Go playlist. To create an On-The-Go playlist: 1 Highlight a song and press and hold the Select button until the song title flashes. 2 Repeat step 1 for other songs you want to add. 3 Select Music > Playlists > On-The-Go to view your list of songs. You can also queue entire lists of songs at o

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To transfer On-The-Go playlists to your computer: n If iPod mini is set to transfer songs automatically (see page 26), and you create an On-The-Go playlist, the playlist automatically transfers to iTunes when you connect iPod mini. You see the new On-The-Go playlist in the iTunes Source list. Rating Songs You can assign a rating to a song (from 1 to 5 stars) to indicate how much you like it. You can use song ratings to help you create playlists automatically in iTunes (se

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Note: If your computer doesn’t have a USB 2.0 port but has a FireWire 400 (IEEE 1394) port, you can use an iPod Dock Connector to FireWire Cable (available for purchase at By default, iPod mini imports songs automatically when you connect it to your computer. When this automatic transfer is done, you can disconnect iPod mini. If you connect iPod mini to a different computer and it is set to transfer songs automatically, iTunes prompts you before transferring any

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To eject iPod mini: n Select iPod mini in the iTunes Source list and click the Eject button. Eject button If you’re using a Mac, you can also eject iPod mini by dragging the iPod mini icon on the desktop to the Trash. If you’re using a Windows PC, you can eject iPod mini by clicking the Safely Remove Hardware icon in the Windows system tray and selecting your iPod mini. To disconnect iPod mini: • If iPod mini is connected to an iPod cable, squeeze both sides of the Dock conn


Will my iPod mini still work? ›

While Apple has discontinued the iPod, you can still use your other Apple devices to listen to music. Download your favourite streaming app and get access to more than 1,000 songs in your pocket. Or, if you're old school, you can still sync music to your iPhone.

How do I get my iPod mini to work? ›

Connect iPod mini to a high-power USB 2.0 port on your computer using the included iPod Dock Connector to USB 2.0 Cable. When you connect iPod mini to your computer, iTunes opens. Follow the simple onscreen instructions to transfer songs and playlists to iPod mini.

What can I do with my old iPod mini? ›

For free recycling of your old device, a prepaid shipping label, and instructions, see the Apple Trade In website. The symbol above means that according to local laws and regulations your product and/or its battery shall be disposed of separately from household waste.

What can I do with an old iPod that doesn't work? ›

Apple Recycling Program

Apple runs a refurbishing and recycling program for unwanted iPods and other Apple products. Mail in your iPod to be recycled, or bring it into an Apple retail location. Find out more.

How do I completely reset my old iPod? ›

Wipe all content and settings from iPod touch
  1. Go to Settings > General > Transfer or Reset iPod touch. ...
  2. Tap Erase All Content and Settings.

How to do a hard reset on old iPad mini? ›

Force restart iPad
  1. Press and quickly release the volume button nearest to the top button.
  2. Press and quickly release the volume button farthest from the top button.
  3. Press and hold the top button.
  4. When the Apple logo appears, release the top button.

Is an old iPod mini worth anything? ›

The iPod Classic ranges in value from $30 to $1,000, depending on the generation. The Mini ranges from $20 to $150, the Nano ranges from $20 to $350, the Shuffle ranges from $10 to $160, and the Touch ranges from $20 to $600.

How do I restore my iPod mini without iTunes? ›

How to Factory Reset iPod Touch without iTunes via Find My iPhone. If you do not have access to your iPod Touch or you do not want to use the Settings app to reset your iPod Touch, you can use the iCloud service to remotely wipe off all the data on your device and reset it to the factory settings.

Can a older iPod be repaired? ›

The most common repairs for iPod Classics are a battery or hard drive replacement. These are the components that usually die first, but often they are the only pieces that need to be replaced to get an old iPod working like new. Most of the models are not too difficult to open except the 6th generation.

How do you soft reset an iPod mini? ›

Perform a Soft Reset on Your iPod Touch
  1. Press and hold the Sleep/Wake and Home buttons at the same time.
  2. Hold the buttons for about 10 seconds. ...
  3. Release the buttons when the Apple logo appears.
  4. The iPod Touch operating system reboots, and the Slide to Unlock message displays after a short while.
Jun 29, 2022

Can you replace the battery in an old iPod mini? ›

We can replace your iPod battery for a service fee. Our warranty doesn't cover batteries that wear down from normal use. Your product is eligible for a battery replacement at no additional cost if you have AppleCare+ and your product's battery holds less than 80% of its original capacity.

Is there a market for old iPods? ›

Although items don't always sell for their listing price on eBay, many vintage iPods have sold on the platform for thousands of dollars in the past — and sellers aren't only making huge profits on Apple's original 2001 model.

Is there any reason to keep old iPods? ›

Use as a Portable Hard Drive

At its core, the iPod is essentially a hard drive that has been specialized to play music files (as well as show photos and videos in later models). That means that even if you're not using it for music anymore, it still makes for a useful portable hard drive.

Does iTunes still support iPod Mini? ›

To use an iPod mini in 2020 is easier said than done. For starters, a legacy 30-pin cable is necessary to charge and sync the device. As they were discontinued many years ago, they are hard to come by. Then iTunes has now been discontinued, which makes syncing unfamiliar, but not difficult.

Can you sell old ipods back to Apple? ›

Apple will only recycle it for nothing in return. Most retail stores that buy your used iPod will give you store credits that you can only use in their store. Some only offer a few options where you can put your store credit to use.

Does a factory reset delete everything on iPod? ›

See Erase iPod touch. Reset All Settings: All settings—including network settings, the keyboard dictionary, location settings, and privacy settings—are removed or reset to their defaults. No data or media are deleted.

Can you factory reset an iPod without password? ›

If you can't remember your passcode when you try again, you need to use a computer to put your iPod touch in recovery mode. This process deletes your data and settings, including your passcode, giving you access to set up your iPod touch again.

What happens when you factory reset your iPod? ›

A factory restore erases the information and settings on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod and installs the latest version of iOS, iPadOS, or iPod software.

How do I factory reset my iPad MINI without the code? ›

Locate your iPad in the Finder or in iTunes on the computer that it's connected to. (Learn how to find your connected iPad.) Choose Restore when you see the option to Restore or Update. Your computer downloads software for your iPad and begins the restore process.

Can you factory reset a locked iPad MINI? ›

Factory reset an iPad mini via Apple ID

If you forgot your passcode, you can use your Apple ID and password to erase and reset your iPad mini. Only if you have updated your iPad to iPadOS 15.2 or later, you can reset your iPad to directly.

How much did the original iPod mini cost? ›

It came in white and black, both with stainless steels back. A 4 GB model cost $249, as the original iPod mini did. Apple also sold a 2 GB player for $199.

How much were iPod minis? ›

The function buttons were moved onto the actual scroll wheel. The mini was at the time the smallest portable music player ever to hold up to 1,000 CD-quality songs, and it sold for $249. The iPod photo, also known as iPod with color display, was released in October.

Are old iPods obsolete? ›

Not entirely. iPod's purpose has changed since its iconic introduction. Since then, they have become obsolete in terms of a music player, but the devices themselves are far from obsolete.

What is the oldest iPod that is still supported? ›

On May 10, 2022, Apple discontinued the iPod Touch, the last remaining product in the iPod line. iOS 15 was the last iOS release the 7th generation iPod touch received, as future versions from iOS 16 onward will no longer support the device.

How many years do iPod batteries last? ›

The lifespan of iPod Classic battery is about 400 recharge cycles, so if you have been charging it twice a day, it may not last 1 year. If it is still under warranty bring it in to the Apple store for replacement, if it is not , they may charge you US$59.

How much does it cost to replace an iPod battery? ›

iPhone & iPod Battery Replacement Prices

For the iPod, prices range from $39 for an iPod Shuffle to $79 for an iPod touch to $149 for an iPod Classic. For iPods, Apple only services the battery on more recent models. If you've got an iPod that's a couple of generations old, you may have to find other repair options.

How do I know if my iPod battery needs to be replaced? ›

The battery is likely dead if it doesn't hold the charge for any significant period of time after being on charge for 24 hours.

When did they stop making iPod mini? ›

The iPod Mini was discontinued on September 7, 2005 after 1 year of being made, and was replaced by the iPod Nano. Apple Inc. The iPod Mini used the touch-sensitive scroll wheel of the third generation iPod.

Can you still download music to an iPod mini? ›

The iPod Classic, iPod Mini, iPod Nano, and iPod Shuffle don't have an internet connection of their own. When you want to put media on them, you use the iTunes program on your desktop or laptop computer to download songs to the iPod, using a process called syncing, not iCloud.

Which iPods are still supported? ›

These are the iPhone and iPod touch models compatible with iOS 15
  • iPhone 6s and 6s Plus.
  • iPhone SE (1st gen)
  • iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.
  • iPhone 8 and 8 Plus.
  • iPhone X.
  • iPhone XS and XS Max.
  • iPhone 11.
  • iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max.
Sep 20, 2021

Will I still be able to use my iPod touch? ›

The iPod touch is officially discontinued, but which iPod models are obsolete? Good for you for keeping your iPod alive this long. All products featured here are independently selected by our editors and writers. If you buy something through links on our site, Mashable may earn an affiliate commission.

How do I get iTunes to recognize my old iPod? ›

What to do if iTunes doesn't recognize iPhone, iPod or iPad
  1. If your iPhone, iPod or iPad shows a prompt asking if you would like to Trust this computer, simply tap Trust (you may need to enter your device's passcode).
  2. Ensure your system is up to date. ...
  3. Check the USB port on your computer. ...
  4. Restart your devices.
Dec 20, 2022

How do I transfer music from my iPod Mini to my computer? ›

Transfer a file from your iPod touch to your computer: Select the file you want to transfer in the list on the right, click “Save to,” select where you want to save the file, then click Save To. Transfer a file from your computer to your iPod touch: Click Add, select the file you want to transfer, then click Add.

What replaced the iPod Mini? ›

The iPod mini line was officially discontinued on September 7, 2005, when it was replaced by the iPod nano.

How do I transfer music from my old iPod to my phone? ›

Log in to your Apple account to connect with your iCloud backup data. You have to enter the username and password for an error-free login process. Check in the desired data which requires the transfer process and import it from the iCloud backup to access the selected data in your Android gadget.

Why can't you buy iPods anymore? ›

The declining sales of the iPod touch and the rising popularity of other Apple products probably pushed the company to pull the plug on the iPod.

Why is the iPod being discontinued? ›

The increased functionalities on smartphones subjected the iPod to the diminishing utility principle. In addition, the advent of fast, cheap internet, alongside music streaming services like Spotify, iTunes, Prime Music, etc meant substantially narrowing use for the iPod.

Do iPods still exist 2023? ›

Apple no longer sells them but they do still work. The iPod touch still have updates in 2023 ? Unfortunately the iPod touch 1,2,3,4 and 5 will not have updates in 2023 normally.

What is replacing iPod? ›

Apple is clear about what replaces the iPod, saying in the press release announcing the demise of the iPod: “iPhone is the best device for streaming Apple Music or storing an entire music library on the go.”

How many years should iPod last? ›

There is no standard. Some make it a year some make it four or five years +. There is no way to guess. We have a 2+ year old iphone a new iphone, a 1.5 year old ipod touch, a 4 year old ipod ,and a 3 year old ipod.


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