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Apple iPod classic 3rd Generation (15 GB)

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Product description
  • 2.0-inch LED backlit color display
  • Stores up to 3,700 songs
  • Plays up to 8 hours of music
  • Features four games - Music Quiz, Solitaire, Brick and Parachute
  • Use Scroll Wheel to browse and navigate

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Fill each moment with music from the iPod Classic 3rd Generation (15GB) media player. With a 160 x 128 two-inch monochrome LCD, this Apple media player shows you track and artist information, and the ultra-portable design lets you take it with you wherever you go. You can store up to 3,700 songs on the 15GB hard drive of this easy-to-connect 15GB MP3 player which comes with a wired remote connector. The touch wheel on this Apple media player along with the center and auxiliary buttons makes for easy navigation. This 15GB MP3 player boasts an eight-hour battery life, USB-connectivity, a dock-connector port (for easy docking and charging), and the ability to sync with your both MAC and Windows (iTunes and Musicmatch). Let the sleek and portable iPod Classic 3rd Generation (15GB) drive away your blues.

Product Identifiers
BrandApple
ModeliPod classic 3rd Generation
MPN M8946LL/A, M9460LL/A
UPC718908472088

Key Features
Storage Capacity15 GB
Audio Supported FormatsAAC, AIFF, Audible, MP3, MP3 VBR, WAV
Battery Run TimeUp to 8 Hours

Audio / Video Capabilities
MP3 Bit-Rate32 kbps - 320 kbps
Screen Size2 Inch

Dimensions
Width2.4 Inch
Depth0.62 Inch
Height4.1 Inch
Weight5.6 Oz

connectivity
InterfacesFirewire, USB 2.0

Miscellaneous
Additional FeaturesGames, Sleep Timer, Voice Recorder
Supported Power SupplyAC/DC Adapter, Internal Battery, Rechargeable via FireWire cable, Rechargeable via USB cable
Battery TypeRechargeable Lithium Battery
Storage TypeHard Drive
Number Of Songs3700
Frequency Response20-20000 Hz

eBay Product ID: EPID48120289

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Created: 09/22/05

My Favorite iPod available - nearly perfect

The Third Generation Apple iPod is my favorite in the line of full-size iPods and the 20GB version is my preferred model because it maintains its small size / frame while still being able to hold a huge library of music. While the 40GB iPod is appealing for the additional storage, I still prefer the 20GBs slimmer body which is still small enough to workout with (though clearly not as portable as any flash player).

The Third Generation iPod has two major differences between itself and the 4th generation:

1) Button Placement. The 3rd generation iPod has the back, forward, menu and play/pause buttons above the click wheel. The 4th generation iPod has those button integrated into the click wheel - its completely a personal preference, but I like the button sitting above the wheel because, to me, it provides faster scrolling and more direct response. That said, I know several people who prefer the 4th generation. Up to you!

2) Battery Life. The biggest advantage of the 4th generation is its improved battery life - that said, I get far more than the suggested 8hour battery life. My iPod will generally last nearly two full work days with about 12 hours of use.

I do prefer the 3rd generation iPod to the 4th generation and, on eBay, it's a rather substantial price difference that gives the 3rd generation iPod the edge in my opinion. Either way though, you can't go wrong.

iPod Specifics:
Size of Display 2 inch
Digital Storage Media 20 GB (Hard Drive)
PC Interface Supported Firewire, USB 2.0
Battery Run Time 8 hrs.
Battery Type AC/DC Adapter, Internal Battery
Dimensions (W X D X H) 2.4 in. x .62 in. x 4.1 in.
Weight 5.6 oz.

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Created: 09/22/05

I Prefer the 3rd Gen iPod - but the 20 GB is better

Review For: Apple iPod classic 3rd Generation (15 GB)

The Third Generation Apple iPod is my favorite in the line of full-size iPods and the 20GB version is my preferred model because it maintains its small size / frame while still being able to hold a huge library of music. While the 40GB iPod is appealing for the additional storage, I still prefer the 10-20GBs slimmer body which is still small enough to workout with (though clearly not as portable as any flash player). The 10 & 15GB iPods share the same size and body as the 20GB and, consequently, I prefer the 20GB iPod as it holds more music without sacrificing size.

The Third Generation iPod has two major differences between itself and the 4th generation:

1) Button Placement. The 3rd generation iPod has the back, forward, menu and play/pause buttons above the click wheel. The 4th generation iPod has those button integrated into the click wheel - its completely a personal preference, but I like the button sitting above the wheel because, to me, it provides faster scrolling and more direct response. That said, I know several people who prefer the 4th generation. Up to you!

2) Battery Life. The biggest advantage of the 4th generation is its improved battery life - that said, I get far more than the suggested 8hour battery life. My iPod will generally last nearly two full work days with about 12 hours of use.

I do prefer the 3rd generation iPod to the 4th generation and, on eBay, it's a rather substantial price difference that gives the 3rd generation iPod the edge in my opinion. Either way though, you can't go wrong.

iPod Specifics:
Size of Display 2 inch
Digital Storage Media 20 GB (Hard Drive)
PC Interface Supported Firewire, USB 2.0
Battery Run Time 8 hrs.
Battery Type AC/DC Adapter, Internal Battery
Dimensions (W X D X H) 2.4 in. x .62 in. x 4.1 in.
Weight 5.6 oz.

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Created: 08/29/06

Pros and cons of buying the 3rd generation iPod.

Review For: Apple iPod classic 3rd Generation (15 GB)

The iPod itself is perfect as far as ease of use goes. The buttons off the click wheel is just the way I like it. 3rd generation iPods come in 10, 20, 30 and 40GB so there is the right size for everyone.

Here is the downside and is very important information before you purchase a 3rd generation iPod... Practically all of them that we ever got from customers on returns and that being hundreds of these, all have a battery problem. In my opinion there should be an official recall on batteries for these 3rd generation iPods and Apple should simply replace all the 3rd generation batteries, but they do not.

You can still purchase the brand new battery for under $10 shipping included, right here on eBay, but beware, if you buy one and want to use it immediatelyy, most likely you will not be able to, because the battery will not hold any kind of charge. The detailed specs are below:

Configuration: Mac/Windows
Generation 3rd Generation (3G)
Manufacturer: Apple
Additional Features: Equalizer, Calendar, Contact List, Games, On-the-Fly Playlists
Anti-Shock Memory: 25 minute(s)
Audio Output Connectors: Audio - Headphone Out (1/8" Mini)
Average Playback Time: 8 hour(s)
Batteries Included: Yes
Built-in Memory: 15 GB
CD Ripping/Encoding Formats Supported: AAC, MP3, WAV
Format Supported: AAC, AIFF, MP3, WAV
General Features: LCD Display
Maximum Compression Rate Supported: 320 Kbps
Other Connectors: FireWire - IEEE 1394
Playback Features: Repeat Mode, Resume Play, Shuffle Play Mode, Custom Playlists
Power Source: Rechargeable Battery
Storage Media Supported: Internal Hard Drive System
Connectivity: FireWire, USB 2.0
Hard Drive Capacity: 15 GB
Dimensions: 4.0" x 2.4" x 0.62"
Weight: 5.6 oz

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Created: 02/06/08

Good for the iPod fanatic, OK for the casual user...

Review For: Apple iPod classic 3rd Generation (15 GB)

I bought this 3rd generation iPod for the first time about three years ago. Although it only lasted a few months after I bought it (it broke), I decided to get another one in the past month or so after having a couple of Nanos.

Anyways, I like the simple black-and-white screen (I often found color models to be quite daunting at times, and the real purpose behind them of being able to watch videos and view photos never reached me.) The 15 GB size is fair enough to hold my moderate sized music collection, although some might prefer the extra few gigs for their videos.

The buttons are relatively easy to use, although I tend to lock the buttons because all are touch sensitive and sticking your hand in your pocket where the iPod is often will shut it off or suddenly change the volume, so some may think that the button layout makes it too sensitive to use.

Battery life is fair enough (most of these iPods of this generation have poor battery life anyways; the one I purchased had a replacement battery, and it is a plus with this generation of iPod.

Another thing is the lag time between when you choose the song and it begins playing. Anyone graduating from a flash-based player such as the Nano, Touch, or Shuffle may find it annoying that you have to wait 2 seconds for a song to play (although it is not a bad thing in my personal opinion.)

I really think for the price range (~$75-$100) it is worth the purchase price, especially for those who have a music collection of average size (~2000 songs). The menus are no harder to navigate than a larger-storage iPod, and you won't be able to find a better iPod price with the features that this model has.

Finally, the options available. Most of the cases and add-ons available have been sold out, so it might be a bit hard if you are looking for things such as a case or skin for this generation. On the iPod, only a simple shuffle is at the front; otherwise you have to navigate through the menus to turn it on.

Overall, although this is an older model iPod and doesn't possess a lot of the glitz and glamour that today's Nano and Touch possess, I still like it because of its simple and friendly approach, and even though it has a monochrome screen, I still find it more than adequate for my purposes. If you like the original iPod and its nostalgic value, then this is for you. Otherwise, aim for a newer generation iPod.

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Created: 09/02/06

The Most Functional, Stylish iPod of Them All

Everyone is making a big deal over the newest generations of music players. Does it have a color display? Does it have video playback? Will it do my homework for me? Can it tell me the meaning of life? But only a few years back, what we cared about when shopping for a music player was the way in which it delivered MUSIC.

The iPods 1G and 2G seemed almost like a training exercise for the creation of the 3G. It just feels like this one got almost everything right.

To start with, this was the "ultraslim" iPod... it was much thinner than iPods past, which resembled chrome and white bricks. Beyond that, the control scheme was the best Apple had ever come up with: tactile touchbuttons that were so sensitive that you could barely brush your finger near them and they would probably pick it up. This felt--and feels--much more futuristic and stylish than the newer "clickwheel" that Apple is building into their iPods now. To me and a lot of other people, moving from touch-sensitive controls to a clicking interface seemed like a great big step backwards.

The display on this device does not play video. It is not in color. It is not in high-resolution. But still, it works well. Not only that, but it works often times better than the navigation on the newer iPods which have so much going on at once that they have to chug along slowly, thinking hard about every little thing. You can rapidly tap the select button on the 3G and get wherever that takes you by the time you lift your thumb back up. Trying that on one of the new video iPods is likely to just lock the whole thing up. Another high point in comparison is that not only is the plastic on the 3G more scratch-resistant than on the new iPods, it is not in color so if it does get scratched, you won't get rainbow stripes across the face that make it impossible to read what's on the screen.

The only drawback to this iPod... the one and only drawback in my mind, something worthy of dropping it from a 5/5 to a 4/5, is the battery life. Apple iPods are notorious for their battery life, and this one is no different. The factory battery will get about 8 hours at best, right out of the box. This is okay for the subway ride to work or for jogging, but if you plan to take it on a plane trip overseas, this will become a big problem. Available from different companies though, are replacement batteries that can raise that number up to 12 hours with a bit of home-installation (or, for a fee, some will let you mail them your iPod and will install it for you).

If you don't mind the battery issue, or plan to do something about it like I did (12 hours of greatness, baby!) then this is the best iPod around. It only goes up to 40GB (the new ones go up to 60) but that's still a great number of songs.

So, in summation:

Buy. This. iPod.

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