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I finally took the plunge to purchase an iPod Classic 160GB model after years of putting it off. I've had a good deal of mp3 players (especially grey market or international models) so there were features I had grown accustomed to that had me hesitating. I wanted large capacity. I like to have all my music (or most of it) wherever I go. I wanted a simple interface. Decent sound is important but the music I listen to isn't "designed" for the most pleasant of auditory experiences. The iPod has all of these features. It's exactly what I need. Not exactly what I want but that's life. What could make it better? For one, it should act exactly like a hard drive. 160GB in my pocket should be more useful than just a music player which also digresses into another possible feature: the ability to upgrade the drive itself. I knew this ahead of time when I purchased the player but it's a point that needs to be made. Proprietary formats/designs only hinder customers. Apple, for all that it has done to make computing 'easier' for mass market consumers, continues to try and control the way they use their products. Another point on that, music organization on the iPod and in iTunes is definitely not as flexible as I'd like. I'm a nerd when it comes to my mp3s. I want them organized in such a manner that there is a minimal amount of folders with the maximum amount of organization. Creating a folder for every single artist (regardless of how many songs of theirs I have) only makes for lengthy searches through the menu. I'm happy with the way the iPod performs according to Apple's design. There's nothing here that says poor manufacturing or hurried design. I just know that it could be better.
I love that the 120GB iPod can fit oodles of songs. I have a large CD collection and thought that I'd have to select which songs to download onto the iPod. Not so. This particular model with 120GB can probably store up to 2000 CDs worth of songs. That's HUGE! The iPod is easy to use and the more I use it the more adept I become at operating it. I get frustrated at times trying to dial in a specific artist from the long list of artists I have uploaded, but with such a simple operating wheel, it is a minor drawback compared to the simplicity of the user interface. The iPod has good quality of sound. I hook it up to my home stereo and as long as the volume is not 100%, I cannot detect any distortion. The distortion comes from any sub par recordings.
Downfalls: the only way to charge the battery is to be connected to the computer. This is irritating having to use an active computer to charge it, though the battery is good for maybe 20+ hours of life. Maybe other sold-separately devices like iHome can charge the battery--dunno, I don't have one. Next, the owner is tied to iTunes and Apple software. The operator will have to download 100 megs worth of iPod operating system in order to even activate the iPod for the first time. The good thing is you do not have to pay for iTunes unless you wish to buy music off of them. Any music works--I use Rhapsody and Wal-Mart downloaded music (mpeg) and these songs work perfectly on it.
As long as you have a computer and love music, this device is worth having. I use it for home use as well as in my car and at work. It only needs a cable to connect to other devices (Radio Shack can help--or an eBay auction for a iPod cable). I never thought about owning one of these gadgets but with the reasonable price offered by eBay, I thought, "what the hey." Now I'm addicted. It just will take days to load all of my CDs onto this handy little device. Needless to say this takes a lot of time to do. But once the music is on the iPod, you're set.
I've had this for a couple weeks now and I really do love it. The Genius feature is fantastic and fun and gives me new stuff to listen to from my library just by picking a song I'm in the mood to listen to. Just make sure you connect your ipod to your computer because you have to turn Genius on through iTunes for your ipod before you can use it.
The only downside to this ipod is the sound quality is noticeably flatter than any other mp3 player I have ever had. I'm not saying the sound quality is bad, it's just as full and rich as my old Zune or Zen were. It's a little disappointing and I'm hoping they do something to fix it. I've tried using the equalizer but it doesn't really help much. This heard both through my headphones and my car stereo so I know it's not just a problem with my listening device.
Overall it's a great player and the storage capacity alone is a great reason to buy it. Just be forewarned that the music quality may not be up to par.
This ipod is a monster both in size and memory. Classic can mean outdated, but I prefer to look at this ipod as a terrifc photo/music/movie organizer. With nearly 120 gid HD in memory, the ability to view movies, listen to many songs, and other features makes this 'classic' a keeper.
The iPod is a great little device to always have your MP3 library on the go with you.
Strongly recommend you upgrade the standard earbuds to perhaps a full earcup style headphones like the Sennnheiser HD202 model which can be found online for around $20.
Fantastic sound at a great price.
Using iTunes with the iPod can be frustrating at times with all the limitations and restrictions imposed by Apple, Inc.
The new iPod classic is noticeably less responsive to touch commands than earlier generation iPod models.
The vast amount of storage space in the 120GB model is worth the investment if it costs you less than $200, such as did mine.
The video capability is nice but it can become uncomfortable viewing video on such a small screen after a short while.
Even if you do not own much digital music, there is plenty of free podcasts online and in iTunes, both video and audio podcasts, to keep you occupied and entertained for quite a while.
The ability to create and save a new playlist on the go is a nice feature.
The iPod is here to stay!
I am the type of person who listens to all types of music so I needed an MP3 player that has lots of memory. I didn't want to buy into all the Apple I POD frenzy but it seems that its the only MP3 with mass storage and a user friendly interface so I bought one. Now I didnt want to spend large amounts of money so I decided to buy a used one or refurbished one. I have nothing against someone having enjoyed my I POD and now I get to use it as well. It has been working fine so far and I love the fact that I can pump it with any song that pops into my head. It also has video so I can put tons of movies or music videos and still have room for my crazy mash of songs. I do not use the other applications as much like the games, calendar, alarms, photos. I have other electronics that do that and are more convienient thank you! But I guess it is nice to know you have the option to carry all your notes and pictures around? As far for what its meant to do, play music, its doing a wonderful job. My bike rides to work are more pleasant, my workout at the gym is less painful, and falling asleep has never been easier!
When Apple launched it's iPod series, I doubt that even they had any idea how far and how widely accepted the iPod would become. This goes to show that if you truly develop an exceptional product, people will want it. [If you build it, they will come]. Based on a HDD, the iPod Classic remains stiff competition. Although there are newer, lighter, more appealing models of the iPod, there is just something about owning an iPod classic. You are part of history. Sure the new Classic is much improved to the 1st generation models, with its smaller form factor, sleeker design, and inclusion of Video. If you are looking for storage space for your HUGE music library, this model is the way to go. It's nice to have flash based players, but you will never get the storage space of a HDD based device. 120gb is AMPLE space for my library, with room for more. The Classic also can double as an external drive, which is excellent to move files around for the always-on-the-go traveler. The sound from the included ear buds is satisfactory, and if left in for long periods, it may be a little uncomfortable. That is the only reason I didn't give it an "Excellent" rating.
The iPod Classic fits in your pocket, which makes it great to take with you on the go. There are a slew of accessories available which is scary for your wallet.
All in all, a great product! Highly recommended.
My experience is relative to buying used. The product was bought to use in the car. I like the ease of starting it up, having random set to play the tunes that I have included and I want. Having to go through I Tunes is a bit of a pain vs just being able to copy my music directly to the Ipod when hooked up to the computer(like I can with my Dare telephone). So I have to download and learn a music manager.
Once I got into the I TUNES manager I have loved the ease of adding CD's and then doing a SYNC.
So, happy ebaying.
I like this item because it has massive storage. The drawback is that it doesn't function properly with my new flatscreen TV with ipod dock. My Nano 5th generation and 4th generation both work fine, but this ipod does not. The songs cut out and jump around. The video stall in the middle of a song. It must be the processor speed.
This MP3 player is one of the best on the market, easy to use and sounds superb. I chose this brand due to the great quality of sound that it produces. A person can go on-line and receive the help and service required to run the product. In my opinion, a person cannot go wrong buying the Apple Ipod.
I bought the Apple for my boyfriend and after I listened to it, I decided that I wanted to keep it for myself. Now we both own our own Apple and listen to our own music..