Feb 22


The best ever iPod (for sound quality) was the 5th generation ‘Enhanced’ version. But it has the same Apple model number as the 5th generation (A1136) . Here’s how to tell a 5th Gen ‘Enhanced’ iPod apart from a standard 5th generation iPod.

Everymac is a great source of information on different mac models. According to Everymac the only way to tell the 5th gen ‘Enhanced’ apart from the 5th gen is that it has a ‘Search’ option in the software.  The exception is that all the U2 iPods were ‘Enhanced’ so if you have a Black and Red ‘U2’ 5th gen iPod it is enhanced!

Click on ‘Music’  and look right down the bottom under ‘Audiobooks.’

The ‘Enhanced’ 5th Gen iPod has a ‘Search’ function at the bottom of the music menu.

This identifies it as the best ever iPod!

It will look like this:

The 'Enhanced' 5th Gen iPod has a 'Search' function at the bottom of the music menu.

The ‘Enhanced’ 5th Gen iPod has a ‘Search’ function at the bottom of the music menu. Some of the later model A1136 iPods were ‘Enhanced’.


All the 'U2' iPods were 'Enhanced'

All the ‘U2’ 5th gen iPods were ‘Enhanced’


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4 Responses to “How to distinguish a 5.5th generation ‘Enhanced’ iPod”

  1. Gauri Arora says:

    I need a help. i have also this ipod but as i start it. It shows a url apple.com/Support/Apple. plz help, how can i start my ipod

  2. Fearafter says:

    How can an article about “The best iPod ever” not even talk one word in regards to sound quality or audio characteristics? The iPod is legend for ONE thing and ONE thing only, and that is being a revolutionary dedicated digital MUSIC player. It’s not legendary based on the pure fact that it has a 5.5thGen (OMG the 5.5th U2 edition Enhanced with the search!!! omg, so cray!!) Why is it better? Or had you never thought about it like that before?

    • Wayne says:

      If you follow the link ‘best ever iPod’ you can read the article you are after – it’s all about the sound quality and why the 5.5th Gen is the best.

  3. voxish says:

    I’ve modded quite a few 5.5gen videos with SSDs (now that SSDs have come down to a reasonable price) but recently I’ve found that Kingspec/Zheino SSDs just go into a recovery mode/restore loop on installation. It could be down to motherboard compatiblity as they work fine in the Classic 6th and 7th gen (and after a bit of persuasion in the ordinary Video 5th gen). But is there any tech who knows why this should be?

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