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Apple iPod Mini (2nd Gen)

Apple iPod Mini (2nd Gen)
alaScore 84

2436 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 2436 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the portability and design. The sound and battery are also mentioned favorably. Reviews are divided on the value for money.

usability, battery, sound, design, portability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other MP3 Players the Apple iPod Mini (2nd Gen) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 2436 reviews)

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Expert review by: - Apple IPod Mini 6GB


With its streamlined, colorful design and easy-to-use click wheel, Apple's original IPod Mini established itself as a head turner. ...

Editor's Choice!

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Apple iPod Mini (4GB, Silver, 2nd generation)


At 3.6 by 2.0 by 0.5 inches, the oblong iPod Mini is longer than the comparatively squat Creative Zen Micro, but it's still one of the thinnest players in the category (only the Rio Carbon is thinner but just at its tapered bottom edge). With a weight...

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

No FM radio or recording capabilities; battery not user-replaceable; FireWire cable and AC adapter not included

In the iPod Mini redux, Apple offers two capacity options and a more competitive pricing scheme--welcome improvements in an already fantastic player.

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Apple iPod mini 6GB review by PC Magazine


The 6GB model is a timely upgrade for the iPod mini, with 50 percent more storage, over twice the battery life, and improved audio quality. ...


Editor's Choice!

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Apple iPod mini 6GB


We liked the original iPod mini for its superior ergonomics, easily readable screen, jazzy colors, and good music performance. Audiophiles have complained, however, that the mini just doesn't have a whole lot of kick at the low end, and our subsequent...

Improved features. Slick design. Good overall audio performance

No FM radio and voice-recording functions

The 6GB model is a timely upgrade for the iPod mini, with 50 percent more storage, over twice the battery life, and improved audio quality. The vibrant new colors are fun, too.

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Apple iPod mini (4GB Second Generation)


Outstanding battery life ; Cool colors ; Price drop

Does not include FireWire cable and power adapter

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Apple iPod mini (First Generation)


Attractive colors ; Clickable scroll wheel ; Extremely small and light

Two-line Now Playing screen, incompatible with media-reading and voice-recording add-ons ; No remote control included


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Apple iPod Mini 4GB


A thousand songs in your pocket”, smaller, lighter, more colorful, and with loads of extra features, the iPod mini easily outdoes all other portable audio players on the market in terms of style and quality. It is too hot to handle, too easy to play...

Solid build quality ; excellent sound quality ; intuitive interface

Ear buds are not very comfortable ; does not include docking station ; premium price

the iPod mini easily outdoes all other portable audio players on the market in terms of style and quality.

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Colorful Mid-Size iPod Offers Improved Battery, Lacks Accessories


Impressive improvements to this mid-size iPod's battery life make this updated music player-now available in 4GB and 6GB sizes-a winner.

Cool colors ; outstanding battery life ; new, larger capacity

Does not include FireWire cable and power adapter

While the new colors and greater storage capacity of the 6GB model are the new minis' marquee features, the most impressive thing about these iPods is their play time. The original mini's play time is rated at eight hours, and that rating is pretty...

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Apple iPod mini 4GB/6GB (Second-Generation)


Apple Computer's first-generation, four-Gigabyte iPod mini (iLounge rating: B+) proved more popular in 2004 than even Apple could have anticipated, rapidly selling out in stores all over the world. Even almost a year after its introduction, the mini...

Attractive and sleek iPods with enough storage capacity to entice and satisfy many mainstream users, smaller bodies than full-sized iPods, and multiple colors. Best battery life of all current iPod models

Fairly high price-to-storage capacity ratio, doesn't include standalone power charger, and requires powered USB 2.0 computer port to charge battery

Apple also says the new mini won't work OR charge using USB 1. I bought one Wednesday and although slower than on USB 2, it works just fine==and charges too

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Apple iPod Mini portable music player


Apple iPod Mini is one of the most popular hard disk-equipped portable music players at the moment. The iPod Mini is available in four bright colors (sorry, the Mini doesn't wear white), and in two storage capacities: 4GB and 6GB. The renowned touch...

Value for money: With iPod Mini you get a real iPod without spending too much in storage capacity you may never need. Style, ease of use and audio quality are the strengths of iPod Mini. If you want features like FM radio, possibility to record music,...

Product Specifications

Weighing in at just 3.6 ounces and smaller than many cell phones, 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. 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. The iPod mini Click Wheel - featuring color-coordinated icons - gives you the enhanced durability and sensitivity of the iPod Touch Wheel, with buttons underneath. The Click Wheel takes best advantage of miniscule space and lets you scroll single-handedly through up to 1, 500 songs from your iTunes music collection.

Audio Input

Type: None

Audio Output

Headphones Form Factor:Ear-bud

Audio System

Digital Player Type:Hard drive based
Functions (KB):Digital player
Sound Output Mode:Stereo
Subcategory (KB):MP3 players (flash, CD, HDD)
Type:Digital player


Run Time (Up To):18hour(s)/8hour(s)

Cassette System

Type: None

CD System

Type: None

Digital Player (Recorder)

iPod Generation:1G/2G
Supported Digital Audio Standards:AAC / AIFF / Apple Lossless / Audible / MP3 / WAV/AAC / AIFF / Audible / MP3 / WAV

Digital Storage


Digital Storage Media

Type:Hard disk drive

Dimensions & Weight



Equalizer: Yes


Compatibility:Mac / PC/PC
Model:From HP mp5002
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Apple iPod mini

MD System

Type: None



Remote Control

Type: None

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty