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I have used 3 ipod videos and considering how much cheaper you can get those and how amazingly cheap their accessories have dropped to I say dont make the same mistake I did, GET A VIDEO!
The classic is fine except the fact that it still has some bugs to be worked out by apple, for one thing, whenever the ipod goes to sleep, your backlight timer setting will always go back to 10 seconds which may seem minor, but it is annoying! The cover flow works good with the current update, but it would be nice if you could select whole bands off it so you could play everything from a band rather than just individual albums.
The worst thing about the ipod, is not really the unit itself, but the way apple has decided to go about the accessories for the ipod...the video out feature will no longer work on any of your old docks with this thing, apple decided to suck as much money as they can out of their loyal ipod users by making the new ipod require a cord with a chip from apple in it so they could charge you $50 for the video feature...and that is just as a cable! You still can have to buy far more overpriced items to have the feature in a nice speaker dock of some sort. I luckily have bought all my previous accessories for my video ipods at really low deals so I have not sunk more than maybe $100 into accessories, but I feel very sorry for those who have spent money on the very expensive accessories just to have to buy new ones for your modern ipod!
I will say that the new ipods have a nice style to them, but still if the new ipods style in design and layout on the ipods firmware was a 10/10 that would still only leave the old video ipods at a 8/10 because it IS NOT A HUGE IMPROVEMENT! not worth having to pay 100's of extra dollars on the ipod, accessories and games (yes the games from video no longer work on the new ipods even though they have the same screen resolution)
Get a video, or a zune! That is all!
The iPod classic is a decent video player in it's own respect, but the sound quality is pretty bad for a player of it's size and prestige. I would expect more from apple in that, but since I'm only using this for the snowboarding season, it'll pass.
Many features were left out that really make it a more interesting product, such as radio, voice recorder, speaker, etc. and although many add-ons fix this, they require a lot of space and make the ipod very unwieldy. Another thing I don't really enjoy is the back cover. While it makes it very pretty when you first get it new, it very quickly becomes scratched. I now have a case, but within 2 days it already looks like I've had it for months.
On the other side, It does look very cool with a fluid interface (if stolen from creative). The click wheel is alright, although with a large music collection selecting a certain song can be difficult. There are many accessories (like stated) and cases that can make the mp3 player very customizable. It has a huge support community, and most (if not all) problems have an answer online, and a complete guide to go with it.
Over all: While I don't regret buying it for it's purpose, the iPod classic is more of a fashion statement with mediocre performance than a real Portable Media Player or. For the teenager who cares more abut looks than anything, a good buy.
Ipod is great, but my biggest issue is the fact that I have the toughest time trying to get it to sync to my computer. the majority of the time, whenever I add new songs to it, I need to restore it back to its factory setting because, for whatever reason, it won't sync completely. Outside of that, there is really nothing wrong with it outside of a few scratches, which I could honestly care less about. Plenty of space for my library to fit on there and, ultimately, got a great price for it.
I am not convinced that the ipod is the greates invention since the wheel, as many people are inclined to think. It is true that it is nce being able to download all of your, your sister's, your parent's, and your next door neighbor's cd collections onto one device that can be transported anywhere in the world. However, there is one thing that is lacking from the little jukebox wonder, an fm or am receiver. Why couldn't the geniuses at apple figure this out? EVERY other mp3 player has one. Is that why apple didn't? I can't imagine why this would be the reason. If you are a mac user, the process of downloading songs with itunes is easier than breathing.
HOWEVER, if you are a pc user (as a majority of the world is), one finds that simple functions like having a disk store itself as a single disk, and acquiring the correct cover artwork for the cd, can be stressful and irritating with all of the clicking, pointing, and dragging.
Once it is downloaded, and ready to use, you still have to set up the menus, and settings. this is difficult, because there is no included manual, and the quick guide is lacking for those not gifted with the "techno geek gene". However, if you have friends with ipods, it is possible to muddle through this excercise, because they were frustrated once. Suprise suprise.
On a lighter note, the headphones are nice, and the color monitor is suprisingly clear and defined.
I would overall recommend getting an ipod if you have friends who have developed a map to negotiate the land of ipod, and can guide you at 11pm when you can't figure out why the cover art for your Creedence Clearwater Revival art is not on song 3 only. Good luck then...
A few things I like about the 6th gen. classic is design, storage, and coverflow. What I don't like is the fact that once the hard drive begins to act up, it's nearly impossible to sync anything to it, unless you buy a whole new hard drive. Great idea, poor construction.
I like how much memory it contains. I don't understand why the ipod classic doesn't have bluetooth by now? This is the 6th generation, meaning thay have had ample time to work in a bluetooth system.
I bought a refurbished iPod Classic for two reasons: They don't make this model any more, as the new ones have lots more memory and cost a LOT more; to save money. The current Classic has 160GB and will hold over 40,000 songs, which I don't need. This refurbished Classic has 80GB and is supposed to hold 20,000 songs. Since my entire library is about 7,700 songs, it should be more than sufficient.
The iPod looked new. That's to the good. Unfortunately, nothing I tried could get it to sync with my iTunes library. I finally gave up and returned it for exchange. They company was very prompt in replacing it, much to its credit.
The replacement iPod Classic also looked new--still good. However, I still couldn't get it to sync properly. The sync would slow down around 4,200 songs and then my iTunes locked up. Froze. Nothing. I had to turn off my computer to get it restarted.
Finally, I decided to download/sync only a portion of my library. I chose the artists and selections that came to about 3,200. They downloaded without difficulty and seem to play appropriately.
I don't know why it doesn't work properly but it doesn't. Still, for the money, I can't complain too loudly. It's only half the cost of a new iPod Classic and it does work, although the storage appears to be far less than advertised.
The Apple iPod 6th Generation was exactly has the seller indicated it would be. However, when attempting to load music, it did not recognize iTunes and we had to call tech support.
Overall, it was a good experience.
It's an iPod, so of course it's got great features, and it's generally pretty dependable. It continues to be a source of irritation that it's impossible to replace the battery with an after market battery, and without swapping it out for a whole new unit. I also discovered that if you drop it in water, there is no way to shut it off to prevent short circuits. Unlike most electronics, which have a removable battery, or at least an on/off switch that doesn't depend on a functioning operating system (what a concept!), the thing is pretty much guaranteed to fry if it gets wet. I'm sure that's by design, which of course is bad business. The iPod is the only product I will buy from Apple, and I only have the iPod because I just don't feel like there's any real alternative.
The first two weeks or so, this product was great. Not long after buying it, however, the iPod started to not communicate with my computer properly. After I did some research, it turns out apple had problems between iPod classics and windows as well as with the 9th (currently most recent) version of iTunes. The 9th version of iTunes often corrupts classics, and I had this very problem. After about 3 days of restoring my iPod about 10 times and trying to sync iTunes and my iPod without luck, I gave up on iTunes. My computer still says my iPod is corrupt but I can use it with another iPod compatible media player (Winamp, highly suggest) if I manually put the song on there. I can not sync my iPod at all, and I can't even manually put music on my iPod through iTunes as if completely freezing my computer and I have to manually shut my computer off. I have been pretty displeased and I don't think anyone should have to go through this much trouble just to get their iPod to work.