I work for a national retailer of electronics and I'll share some buying tips with you concerning Ipods. The 5th gen Ipods are here and I've noticed people have a hard time deciding which one to get. You have the 3 genres:
Ipod with Video (30 and 60 gig) with respective prices of $299 and $399
Ipod Nano (1, 2 and 4 gig) with respective prices of $149, $199 and $249
Ipod Shuffle (512mb and 1 gb) with respecitive prices of $69 and $99
60 gb - will hold 15,000 songs @ $399.99 = $6.67 / per gig (Hard-drive) *Best Value as far as dollars.
30 gb - 7,500 songs @ $299.99 = $10.00 / per gig (Hard-drive) *Decent Value
4 gb - 1,000 songs @ $249.99 = $62.50 / per gig (solid-state memory) *Big jump in price!
2 gb - 500 songs @ $199.99 = $100.00 / per gig (solid-state memory) *Not such a good value
1 gb- 250 songs @ $149.99 = $150.00 / per gig (solid-state memory) *Other Mp3 players for less.
Shop smart. Yes the 60 and 30 gig models are expensive, but they are a
better value for your dollar. On the other hand, as you'll read below,
the Nano's contain solid state memory. Solid state memory will probably
hold up better against shock (for example, in cases of jogging and
Notes about each iPod that you should know!
The Ipod Video will not take just any video file. You must download
Quicktime 7.03 pro or buy off of itunes or a 3rd party site. Just FYI.
The battery on the Ipod video gets drained super fast. So look here, on
Ebay, for a cheap AC charger and buy a car charger as well. The iPod
videos contain a harddrive similiar to a laptop, which may be senstive
to jarring or shock. I would recommend a speck tough case which is made
of rubber to protect it from dropping it.
The shuffles don't have a display. Plan on your music
playing in random order without knowing what is coming up next. You can
create playlist though, so it is not a lemon or a rip-off. They
are expensive as well, more expensive than the other models (if you
crunch the value of dollars vs. the storage amount you are getting)..
were people scratch their heads. The shuffles are the biggest rip-off
if you are a fanatic about counting your dollars versus the amount of
There is no hard-drive inside of them, which is advantagous if you are
a jogger or into athletic activities. You are paying $100 for 1gb of
solid state memory though, which is outrageous compared to other mp3
players. You're getting even less for your
money paying $70 for 512mb (again, if you are a dollar versus storage
person). For example, you could by a 1GB SanDisk Sansa for around $100
and it has a display. That is my biggest complaint about the shuffle,
no display. I may be too picky though. I do still love the Apple
Same thing with the Nano, except you get a color display. Alot of
people don't know this (including my boss which shocked me) that the
NANO DOES NOT PLAY VIDEO. Again, you're paying $100 a gb, which is
outrageous. You wouldn't buy a computer harddrive for that price would
you? The thing to keep in mind though is that the Nano is not a
harddrive like the IPOD videos. But Imagine how expensive computers
would be if 1 gig was $100. The
4gb for $249 is a slightly better deal but at that point why wouldn't
you just get the 30 gb with video for $299. You're then paying $10 a gb
which is much better as far as value added merchandise goes. The NANO
lcd displays crack very easily too! All iPod displays (like cellphones)
are sensitive to heat, cold and bending. The NANO's displays are extra
senstive due to the thinness.
Check out my new iPod FM Transmitter Guide! I tested and reviewed some of the major name brand transmitters, so you can pick the right one!
Video Cable (for 30 and 60 gb iPod models)
Did you know that you
can use a camcorder cable from Radio Shack instead of
Apple's Video cable and save some money? Apple switches the yellow
(video cable) and the red (audio cable). So in essence, the red is now
the video cable and the yellow is the audio. By buying the camcorder
cable at RS, you will save a lot of $$! Beware though, not all
camcorder cables are wired like this. I bought a bunch off of ebay
here, and they did not work. Radio Shack's only camcorder replacement
cable does. It must be wired for a specific camcorder that is similiar
to an iPod.
Please note I am working on an updated guide for the new Nanos and 80 gb Ipod Video. Check back soon.
I hope this helps you.