I am interested to know if a newer generation iPod classic uses a standard hard drive or flash memory. Do you know what type of memory an iPod classic uses?

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    Edited the question to make it marginally quicker to type than to visit Apple.com/ipod and click Classic then Specs.
    – stuffe
    Mar 26, 2012 at 16:25

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The specs page for the iPod Classic says "hard drive". That's a mechanical drive with a set of spinning platters and read/write heads.

And here's a replacement part for the drive in the unit. The compatibility list on that page lists:

  • iPod 6th Gen 160GB
  • iPod 7th Gen 160GB

And here's a video that gives some details on the Samsung drive in the unit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9mB3xjIIKcU

  • You are far too kind ;)
    – stuffe
    Mar 26, 2012 at 16:22
  • Go big or go home, I say. :)
    – Ian C.
    Mar 26, 2012 at 16:24
  • No, really far too kind
    – stuffe
    Mar 26, 2012 at 16:27

All generations of the iPod classic use a hard-drive for storage. That's what the Apple's tech specs specify, as well as Wikipedia.


The iPod Classic Models use 'mechanical' hard drive platters. That is the round disk that also hard disk drives have. You notice this by the noise they make.



160GB hard drive*

*1GB = 1 billion bytes; actual formatted capacity less.


It uses an old hard drive with magnetic discs.

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