iPod U2 Special Edition

The only differences between the iPod U2 Special Edition and the standard 30GB iPod video are the extras, the price, and the design – which is in some ways actually superior to the design of the standard iPod video.  

Who is it good for?

U2 fans.

  • If you’re interested in a limited edition iPod.
  • If you’re after something that looks very different from the standard iPod.

The Design:

As the iPod U2 Special Edition is really the same device as the 30GB iPod video (you can check out our review of its 60GB counterpart), the emphasis here is on the design and whether this design is worth the price.  The front of the iPod U2 Special Edition is black with a red Click Wheel. When the Fourth-Generation iPod U2 Special Edition was released, having a black iPod was something of a novelty. Now that the iPod video is available in black, this is much less of a drawcard. The red Click Wheel is very prominent and despite the fact that the color combination sounds garish, it actually looks quite striking.The hold switch – which is located on the top of the iPod U2 Special Edition alongside the headphones jack – is also black. When you move the switch to the hold position, the color is the same color red as the Click Wheel. As usual, the Dock Connector is on the bottom of the iPod.The back of the iPod is really the best part. Although fans will probably get a kick out of the band member autographs, the focus is really on the darker-than-usual metal casing. This not only looks better than the standard lighter metal casing, but it also shows up less dirt and fingerprints. What is kind of a let down, but not unsurprising, is that the accessories that come with the iPod U2 Special Edition aren’t customized for the device. While the white earbud headphones and the white Dock Connector cable go pretty well with the black and red, it would have been better if they were black or red themselves.

Using the iPod U2 Special Edition

It’s important to note that the battery duration of the iPod U2 Special Edition – and the same goes for the standard 30GB iPod video – could stand to be a little longer. The 2 hours of video playback time is incredibly short. For a detailed look at using the iPod video, check out our 60GB iPod video review.

Special Edition Extras:

The iPod U2 Special Edition comes with a video coupon – featuring band interviews and music – that is redeemable via the iTunes Music Store in the country where the iPod was purchased.


The iPod U2 Special Edition is priced at $329 USD compared to $299 USD for the standard 30GB iPod video. Given the quality of the design – and taking into account the inclusion of the video coupon and the fact that this is a limited edition iPod – this is a fairly reasonable price, although I would have preferred customized accessories to be included.

Final View

The iPod U2 Special Edition will probably appeal most to U2 fans, but its design makes it interesting enough in itself.

What’s in the box?

  • The iPod U2 Special Edition.
  • White earbud headphones.
  • Black earpads.
  • USB Dock Connector cable.
  • Dock Adapter – a little piece of plastic to make the iPod nano work with some third-party Docks and speaker systems.
  • A black pouch.
  • U2 video coupon for use in the iTunes Music Store.
  • Quick Start Guide and Features Guide.
  • iTunes and iPod software for Mac and Windows.

Source: Apple

System Requirements

PC Requirements:

  • PC with USB port or card (USB 2.0 recommended).
  • Windows 2000 with Service Pack 4 or later or Windows XP Home or Professional with Service Pack 2 or later.

Mac Requirements:

  • Mac with USB port (USB 2.0 recommended).
  • Mac OS X 10.3.9 and later.

Source: Apple

Technical Specifications

Size: 30 GB
Dimensions: 4.1 x 2.4 x 0.43 inches
Weight: 4.8 ounces
Song capacity: 7,500 songs
Photo capacity: 25,000 photos
Video capacity: 75 hours
Battery duration: 14 hours (music), 3 hours (music + slideshows), 2 hours (video)
Battery charge time: 4 hours
Screen: 2.5-inch color LCD with LED backlight
Ports: Dock Connector, stereo minijack (headphones jack), composite video and audio via minijack
Connectivity: USB Dock Connector, composite video (with AV cable, sold separately) and audio via headphones jack or line out on the iPod Universal Dock (sold separately)
Audio: AAC (16 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (iTunes Music Store), MP3 (16 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3 and 4), Apple Lossless, WAV, AIFF
Photos: JPEG, BMP, GIF, TIFF, PSD (Mac only) and PNG
Videos: H.264 video: up to 768 Kbps, 320 x 240, 30 frames per sec., Baseline Profile up to Level 1.3 with AAC-LC up to 160 Kbps, 48 Khz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4 and .mov
MPEG-4 video: up to 2.5 mbps, 480 x 480, 30 frames per sec., Simple Profile with AAC-LC up to 160 Kbps, 48 Khz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4 and .mov
Colors: Black and red
Warranty: One-year limited warranty, 90-day telephone support for one incident
RRP: $329 USD

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