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Created: 12/24/05

Store your life stories and more!

Apple's iPod Video has outstanding technologies: 30 GB or 60 GB (!!) storage, photo-quality display, the gret click-wheel interface. My favorite: the multimedia capability.

It literally is now possible to store your family's life stories _in your pocket_, to take with you or keep in a safe place. Pictures, voice recordings of grandma, old and new home videos (yes, up to 150 hours' worth), perhaps a favorite tv show, commercial, or movie you'll want to view later--or maybe pass around the family. Oh, and that ton of songs, maybe every family member's top ten (top hundred, etc.)? Living memories, time capsule, treasured family history; you can have all of these things, in one small, tough, easy-to-access package.

Music: Not much more needs to be said about the music capability; the iPod started the movement, and still leads the way.

Photos: Ditto; and the images are museum-sharp. IMMENSE storage capability; no need to carry tens of rolls of film on vacation, or a ton of memory cards either. Get the right cable, and download your camera on-the-go. Sort and view either on the iPod or on a larger laptop, desktop, or tv display easily.

Videos: While the availability of content grows by the week (we love LOST on it, the Pixar movies, the classic Hitchcok tv series!), the right software can transfer any video source to MP4 format for loading onto your iPod. Edit on your computer, format into MP4, and drag onto your iPod as you would a song. Use the optional cable and record directly from your camcorder. For playback, the $19.95 A/V cable lets you play on any tv. You might think you'd lose resolution moving from the 2.5 inch display to, at our house, a 53 inch rear-projection tb, but the image was terrific, at least for the Pixar products and the best show on tv, LOST. Imagine flying around the world several times, and having fresh, non-repeating movies and other shows to watch the whole time. In your pocket.

Cons: Wow; I'm going to have to get picky here. Sure, 20 hours of battery life for music, maybe 4-6 hours for video (I actually got around 8), could be kicked up. However, options such as in-car chargers or lightweight external battery packs probably add the kinds of flexibility you'd need to overcome any power concerns you might have. Display size: Sure, ARCHOS and EPSON have larger displays, and they look good; part of the trade-off there is the power consumption of these larger screens, their greater vulnerability to scratching. Solve a few problems, and we might want to ask Apple about those displays (or maybe a larger screen that clips onto the back of iPod, self-powered?). That's about it; but no one really has anything better, just different and not in as convenient a package. Reminds me of my wife---the best there is out there!

Buy and enjoy. This is not a daunting gadget. Bring it along as a trusted companion, one who can record and replay life's experiences for you and yours.

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Created: 02/18/11

A Real Entertainment In the Palm of My Hands.

When I first had an IPod it was the 2007 classic, I wasn't really getting adjusted to the product because it was too new and upgraded to a low standard. But when I gotten the Apple iPod 5th Generation version, this was what I had been waiting for in a long time. To have a real long lasting iPod that can charge very easy and keeps the battery in the right position and doesn't run out quickly was a real gift to me. Not only was I very happy to receive the product but I enjoyed the features it came with, I can now add my podcast audio and video files, I can store many music I want of my genre's even though I like all kinds of music, I can watch my favorite television shows and movies with no rush or imagination. The iPod 5h Generation is like a real entertainment in the palm of my hands. And I will enjoy every minute of it guaranteed.

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Created: 04/18/10

Rockin' everywhere with it!

The iPod with video playback was introduced on October 13, 2005. However, one should not necessarily consider this player a video player, but a great iPod music player, with video capabilities as a fantastic bonus. Nevertheless, the iPod with video playback is the most capable and feature-rich iPod ever produced by Apple.

Video Playback - The iPod plays back H264 and MPEG4 encoded video. The iPod's new display is larger than ever at 2.5 inches, giving it a resolution of 320x240. What video content can you play on your iPod? This area is limited, at least currently. You can buy music videos on iTunes at $1.99 per song, which will play beautifully on the iPod. Furthermore, Apple has made available select television shows, for download on iTunes. They cost $1.99 per episode, for titles including ABC's hits Lost and Desperate Housewives. You can also watch the episodes you purchase on your computer. If you want to put some of your own video, onto your iPod, you will need to use an application such as QuickTime Pro to convert the video to the specific requirements to play on the iPod. You can also find video podcasts, which will play on the new iPod. Even if you do not plan to view video on the new iPod, its primary purpose is to be used as the world's best music player. You can still benefit from the beautiful new display, for it will help you find your favorite music faster, and you can view the album art that accompanies your music.

Size of new iPod - Does the picture of the new iPod make it appear larger to you? Well, it did to me. The iPod looked wider, in the photos I saw. However, it is not. The height and width of the iPod are identical to the previous generation iPod with click wheel. The only change in dimensions is the depth. The new iPod is actually thinner than what came before it! Yes, this 30 gig iPod is thinner than the previous 20 gig photo model by 30 percent. What does all this mean? The iPod continues get smaller, making it even easier to carry.

Capacity - This 30 gig iPod has room, for a lot of entertainment. With storage, for up to 7,500 songs, 12,000 photos, or 75 hours of video. The great thing I love about my iPod is that my music, photos, and video only take up about 15 gigabytes. However, I use the additional space to backup data, from my computer. This is incredibly helpful, and could be a real saver, if something happened to your computer. See, the iPod functions as an external hard drive, so you can backup all sorts of data. The 60 gig version is available, for $100 more, so if you want to use it for lots of video, or you have an enormous music collection, you may want to consider that larger version, which also sports longer battery life.

New Software Features - Apple has added features, to the new iPod besides video support. First, they have a clock feature, which quickly allows you to view the time, in up to four different time zones simultaneously. Furthermore, there is a stop watch, and a screen lock, which you can enable to keep people from snooping on your calendar and/or contacts.

Battery - The battery life is one of the most important specifications that you, as an iPod user, are going to care about. This 30 gigabyte iPod sports a battery that will last up to 14 hours, when playing only music.

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Created: 02/11/06

Apple's foray into the PMP market is a winner.

Sight unseen (in person anyway), I purchased the iPod from the Apple Store in December 2005. It arrived promptly, and the first day I put all my MP3's on it. I did not yet put any videos on it, because I hadn't found a conversion solution to my liking. Accordingly, I will first discuss my first experiences, which were with music and the interface.

Aesthetically speaking, the iPod, especially the black model, looks amazing. The sheen of the material, and the smoothness to the touch offer an extremely stunning appearance that makes the product that much more enjoyable to use. The screen is 2.5 inches diagonal, but has a much greater size in terms of perception. This illusion is caused by the stunning level of brightness on the screen.

The famous Apple click-wheel design is no longer a mechanical part like in previous generations, but rather a touchpad designed by Synaptics, a company world famous for laptop touchpads. The style is unchanged though. It is still operated by making circular motions, and instead of a mechanical click, the sound is supplied a small speaker in the iPod, and through the earbuds.

As far as sound quality is concerned, this is largely variable, depending on several factors. On the iPod end of things, sound processing is handled by the central ARM7 and ARM9 processors. However, the iPod is not solely responsible for sound quality. Another large factor is the quality level of the encoding on a given song. The songs I tested were 128kbps AAC (Apple format, equivalent to 192kbps MP3), and 300kbps MP3. Naturally, the 300kbps MP3's sounded noticably better, as one would expect. However AAC produced acceptable sound quality as well.

If one is not satisfied with the sound quality, one of the approximately 20 different equalizer presets in the iPod can be useful. Be advised however, that equalizers require the iPod to process and change song attributes in real-time, which significantly decreases charge life on the battery.

The aforementioned iPod battery is an in-built lithium ion battery, not removable or serviceable by the end user. It is stated by Apple to last about 15 hours on music playback, and 3 hours on video. Both estimates are on the proviso that one is not using any equalizer.

Next I will discuss the video capability. The iPod can play videos that are encoded in the QuickTime H.264 codec, with the suggested quality profile of 320x240 resolution, with 128kbps stereo audio. The most prominent place to acquire iPod compatible videos is the iTunes Music Store, which offers TV shows, music videos, and other videos available for download, preformatted for iPod. If one wishes to convert their own videos, this is possible via QuickTime Pro, or a smattering of other applications.

Video on the iPod is extremely good quality, with good brightness and overall clarity. The LCD screen leaves some more contrast to be desired (as do all LCDs), but the backlighting seems to be perfectly even, which is a relief. Given the 4:3 (standard television) aspect ratio, and low resolution of the 2.5 inch screen, this is not a device that would make for a cinematic experience. However, such material isn't intended for this use anyway. The core material for iPod video is music videos and television, both of which are a pleasure to view on the iPod.

Overall, Apple's video-enabled iPod makes a superb portable media device which will provide endless enjoyment for the mobile music and video lover.

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Created: 08/25/06

An Ipod: The Guide

Ah, the Ipod. A marvel in it's own right. It can play music and videos, read text documents, and it even has a few games on there too. Better yet, you can acsessorize it! The Ipod 30 gig Video seems like the perfect gift to just about anyone, including yourself, right? Well, in my own opinion, I think it is. It's pretty user-friendly, certainly not too many buttons, and it works on both windows and macs. All you really need is the usb plug and you're ready to go. Apple has a website that covers just about everything you need to know about it, how to use it, what different symbols mean, etc. A couple of the only bad things I can think of about it would firstly be the battery life for videos. It's only about 2.5 hours (for only music, it's more like 14). Depending on what movie you watch, that may not be enough juice to get by, but luckily, there's an accessory for that! One of the other down falls, but really only a minor one, is that the bodys scratches and shows dirt and fingerprints easily. An easy way to this is to just buy a case for it for no more than $30, usually less.
Now that all that's covered, how well does it work? The sound quality i have found to be excellent. I'm not too partial to the little white earphones Apple gives you with the Ipod, but that's only because they hurt my ears. The video quality is stunning. The first time I saw a movie on my Ipod, I was awestruck. In fact, the quality is so good that you can buy a cable that lets you play movies/music from your Ipod through your TV (radioshack, $15). Yes, your TV. Granted, it will be a little pixelated, but I watched V for Vendetta from my ipod that i burnt from a dvd, and on the TV, the quality was about that of VHS. I think I'd rather carry around my Ipod and a cable than my VHS player and all my videos. In summary, a high quality machine. And it doesn't take long at all to charge. Something like 2 hours for 80% (from it being completely empty) and an extra 2-3 for the full 100%.
And what's more, there tons of stuff online that works nicely with the 30 gig Ipod video, such as Handbrakelite, which lets you save and play dvds (in proper format) on your Ipod. wow. There are various programs out there that let you boost the max volume of your ipod to your liking. And one of my personal favorites, Yamipod let's you take music OFF your ipod, which apple generally doesn't let you do. For example, you go over to your friend's house, and after asking to check out your new, totally cool sleek black (or white) Ipod video, your friend notices a song or video that he likes and doesn't have. All you have to do is plug your ipod up to his computer, open yamipod and copy the song over to his computer. bam. oh, podcasts, there are also podcasts.
In conclusion, I love the apple ipod video. It has become an obsession for me, and I hope it does for all of you potential ipoders. Good luck doing whatever your ipod related activity maybe, and happy biddings!

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Created: 07/12/06

It lives up to the hype

I used to be 'what is so special about the ipod?'. Well, with the purchase of my white, 30GB video ipod, I now know the answer. I'm more than thrilled with my ipod. First, it's great looking. Simple, elegant, timeless. Size for me is perfect. Not to big, but big enough to hold easily. It's got a good weight to it. The screen is a nice size with great viewing angles and colors. Easy to use-before buying, I was looking at the Creative Zen Vision M. I went to Best Buy to test them both out. I was able to figure out the ipod with no problem. The ZVM wasn't as easy. The user interface on the ipod is darn easy to use and understand. And now for features. Holy smokes. I'm doing things with my ipod I didn't think I would. I'll list them.
1. Music-yes, it's the obvious use of the ipod. But my entire collection of songs and other MP3 files (close to 2000) fit on here. No more redoing what's on my MP3 or burning CD's. I've got it all in one device!
2. Photos-I have 9800 digital pictures. And every single one of them are now stored in my ipod! I can now take my vacation pictures everywhere and show everyone! Plus, the color screen makes them look great, and the slideshow with it's fun transitions is cool.
3. Notes-I'm always jotting notes onto the 'notepad' feature on my PC. And now, I can take those .txt files from the notepad and put them on my ipod for viewing! Recipes, directions, list, reminders, etc. It's super nice to be able to keep such documents handy.
4. Podcasts-Now, these aren't exclusive to the ipod, but having video makes my world of podcast open. I can watch Tiki TV or the latest Edmund's New Car Test Drive. And most podcasts are free!
5. Video-As mentioned above, video for the podcasts is great. But I can also download popular tv shows. It sounds like overkill, but how about those waits on the bus, at the airport, in the doctor's office, etc. Or how about being able to watch a show in bed and never wake the other half up? The quality is great, even on a little screen.
6. Calendar-I can sync up my Outlook calendar so that I'll have my schedule with me at all times. How awesome is that? Plus you can set reminder alarms. All entrys happen on the computer, but I synch up everyday, so not a problem.
7. Contacts-You can also synch up your contacts list. So now I'll have my whole email and telephone list at my disposal.
8. Other fun stuff-4 games, world clocks, alarms, sleep timer, stopwatch.
9. iTunes-Now you don't have to have an ipod to use itunes. And I guess you don't need iTunes to use your ipod. But it will make life soooo much easier! Auto synching, buy, listen and manage everything within iTunes!

Overall, I overcame the anti-ipod feelings and I'm so glad I did. This really is a great little device that does more than you'll ever expect it to.

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Created: 04/24/06

a million cultists can't be wrong

it took me a LONG LONG time to consider buying this thing...and i was a devout sony flash player user for a couple of years before i fell in love with itunes. here is what pretty much sums up the ipod for me.
1. high capacity hard drive. im told its durable but i baby my ipod so i never had the chance to find that out.
2. amazingly high resolution display with colors that kicks the tubes out of my magnavox or computer monitor.
3. the controls are very intuitive. the paper-like texture of scroll wheel provides great feel for when im selecting songs or controlling volume without looking.
4. itunes is one of the best interface programs out there. i still use the sonicstage software since i also have an MD player and a sony flash drive player but itunes is vastly superior..especially the one click song purchase..sigh..sublime.
5. unlike the lower capacity versions or the previous generation ipods the new 60 GB has a fantastic 20 hours till you need the next charge (however this varies with usage...i stretch the battery life by keeping the backlight off when im just listening to music...and the internal memory is a way to conserve power, but when you do lots of song selections you make the harddrive spin more often and that can lower your battery's running time) but its a good few hours more than the 30 GB.
6. it plays videos..need i say more?
7. in "enable disk" mode it doubles as an external harddrive for your computer. i intend to fill this thing up with lots of adobe images so 60 GB is the way to go.
1. the acryllic faceplace of the ipod is super susceptible to scratches...even certain holders and cases scratch the surface of it. my new 60GB doesnt have a scratch on it(yet) but my 30 GB has lots of little scratches here and there with more noticably larger ones RIGHT OVER the display..provided your ipod is white thats hard to see....but its when the light refracts through the facets of the scratches over the display itself you begin to notice.
2. this may happen once or twice, but when it does its very frustrating. ipods have been known to freeze. this happened to me before..but not with the 60GB. the ipod didnt suffer any software corruption or anything...but i found that on occasion very quick song selections while playing other songs can make your ipod halt completely..the display will show what you selected and you cant get out of that function. the only thing you can do is let the display eat away at the battery until it shuts down completely then you can restart it by plugging it in. afterwards it should run just fine. its just a memory problem thats easily avoided.
3. i mentioned the battery before and how its great..but when compared to the likes of sony then you see the shortcoming. albeit the vast majority are flash drives so the lack of moving parts are the core of its longevity, but the shuffle has a meager 12-14 hours, the nano and 30GB the same, and the 60 has 20....now 20 is good...but remember this is an estimate and the ipod with very energy conscious usage will probably only get you about 5-6 hours of actual constant running time. perhaps the lithium ion battery doesnt hold a torch to the venerable nickel metal hydrides. =/this doesnt normally matter if you only use it from point A-B close to home...but i travel alot, so it makes a difference.
4. its pricey, but you get a full year of coverage by apples fantastic warranty. if youre willing to shell 60 bucks you get 2 more years. excellent =)

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Created: 03/19/07

The quality and ease of use of the iPod video excel

I didn't really understand the iPod craze, until I got a video iPod. With little effort I can create multiple playlists, create a playlist on the fly, listen to audiobooks and podcasts, and watch my favorite movies, tv shows, and video podcasts. I can even play games and look at my pictures. Sound complicated? It isn't--that's the beauty of iPod!

What's the difference between 5.5 Generation and Generation 6 video iPod? Not a whole lot... improved battery life, brighter screen, and additional search feature. My advice save your money and get generation 5.5. You can watch several hours of video at bright screen setting and listen to several hours of music between charges. FYI at the time this review was written the cost difference between the two was $50 to $ 70.

There are no upgrade items for memory, which means if you buy the 30gb model, then you will be limited to 30gb. If you don't understand what 30gb means it refers to storage capacity and 30gb can hold a double digit number of movies, tv shows, and video podcasts; while still keeping a tripple digit number of audio content. Also, make sure you buy insurance or an extended warranty--historically these unit hard drives crash after 1.5 to 2 years.

To manage content (i.e., put things on and take things off your Ipod) you will likely want to use Itunes, which is free software for both the Mac and PC. Itunes makes it easy to add content to your Ipod. Simply purchase through the Itunes store, insert an audio cd that will automatically be ripped to place the audio content in your Itunes library, or add your existing Mp3 collection to Itunes and connect your iPod to your mac or PC through the included usb 2.0 cable and all content including playlists will automatically be transferred to your iPod.

Although you can connect your Video iPod to your tv it will require an additional craddle/adapater available on eBay for less than $20 shipped.

Bottomline, this is the king of MP3 and video players. Although Microsoft Zune is a new craze iPod offers a trusted name that is associated with reliability, ease, and cross platform compatability.

FYI: If you are trying to use your Video iPod for extra storage space you can quite easily; however, Windows format will not allow you to store files greater than 2 gb; however, this limitation does not exist for Mac formatted video iPod.

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Created: 02/24/10

iPod 5th Generation Black 30 GB As Is

As this item was an As-is basis, it come very handy as few of our dpartment can use the Apple harddrive to an analyse lab.

Also, if the hard drive was damaged, you could always repair and it come as a normal. The 5G iPod, which is available in white or Nano black and comes in 30GB and 60GB capacities for $299 and $399, respectively, is the best one we've used to date. Yet because it has added a major extra feature--video playback--to its solid, audio centric foundation, there's room for improvement.

The good: Incredibly thin and intuitive design; beautiful LCD; supports photo and video playback; seamless integration with iTunes, which boasts the world's biggest music catalog and a new video store; smooth video; lots of extra features, such as a world clock, a stopwatch, and PIM applications; a galaxy of accessories designed for the iPod; great overall value.

The bad: No extras included, such as a dock, A/V cables, or a power adapter; poor battery life for video; slight delay when playing video; no guarantee that your non-iTunes Music Store video will play on an iPod, even after using converted third-party software.

The bottom line: Get the affordable, sleek, and sexy 5G Apple iPod for its audio virtues. Although video looks great, poor video battery life and a relatively small screen hamper its appeal to video heads.

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Created: 02/12/08

Apple Video Review

The design of the IPod looks similar to that of previous products, but it has a finer and slimmer build. In a way, the design was not a surprise, but well why change a success story for something unsure. Its dimensions are just great. Imaging those old hard disks you had in your desktops, bulky and heavy. The Apple IPod is in fact a hard disk with extended features. It is quite astonishing that Apple is able to create a device with such ultra small dimensions and up to 60GB capacity. It is about 10 percent thinner than the 4th generation 20GB IPod. The new IPod version features a larger format LCD display of 2.5-inch format with a QVGA resolution. Viewing a video in more than 65,000 colors is just great. Ok it would be even better to view them on a 3-inch + display, but we settle for this one. Of course you want to activate the Apple IPod as soon as you hold it in your hands. Read an instruction manual? No way, just try it out immediately. I have to say, being confronted with the first IPod in my hands, the control of it is pretty straightforward. Even the touch-sensitive wheel on the front of the IPod offers real intuitive navigation. This kind of control is really easy and for straightforward for everyone. Just slide your finger easily up or down in a half-circle and watch the screen. Another way of controlling the IPod from Apple is via the optional Apple Remote accessory. Connect the IPod to your television set via the universal dock (necessary in combination with the remote control), and view the slide show of pictures with your family and friends. It is striking how well thought-out the whole concept is. Of course the key feature of the IPod is the capability of playing video. The new Apple IPod supports a broad range of video formats. First of all H.264 video, file formats m4v, mp4 and mov up to 768 Kbps in a resolution of 320x240 pixels with 30 frames per second. The baseline profile up to level 1.3. Looking for MPEG-4 video? Then you got support from m4v, mp4 and mov and video up to 2.5 Mbps in a resolution of 480x480 pixels with 30 frames per second. The video clips or movies on the IPod run smoothly, perfect! Plug the A/V cables in the Universal dock and connect it to a television. That's when a negative point shows up. Due to its limited resolution of 320x240 pixels, although perfect for the integrated colour LCD monitor, the full screen video doesn't look good enough on your television. Its resolution is too low. So what we have here, is a perfect portable viewer capable of casting the latest video and audio content, but it doesn't like to be integrated in your multimedia home set. Well I can live with that. The Apple IPod video is also capable of storing your digital images. When using the optional Apple IPod camera connector you can easily connect your camera directly to the IPod and upload your images to the IPod. Personally I find the IPod the ideal package. During my short holiday it gave me the joy of carrying all my favourite music with me and now even video belongs to the possibilities, but it also enabled me to empty my flash card so I was able to continue my shooting. What can I say? I love the IPod. And although there are a lot of competitors in the game that are more or less providing the 'perfect' solution, I admire the way Apple evolved the IPod with the video feature and the finishing touch of the design. Although a larger screen would be more convenient, the playback looks perfectly sharp. Way to go.

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