Average review score based on 600 user reviews
of customers recommend this product
- It can hold a lot of music
- Simple, effective design
- Audio quality impressive with decent headphones
- Feels like it's built to last*
- It actually came with an AC charger
- The last of the original iPods (before the battery consuming graphical ones came about (OLED would definitely be useful in this department))
- A nice shockproof case would be useful to keep the hard drive working longer (a decent Solid State Disk drive would make iPod virtually indestructible)
- When playing a DJ mix, it should be a smooth transition like on a CD, not a horrendous sounding skip to next track (maybe I didn't find this feature)
- *Unfortunately it doesn't last too long (hard drive failure most common)
- Very difficult, time consuming, and risky to attempt to open it for self-servicing (when $99-$200 doesn't sound reasonable for repairs)
- Two year Apple Care only covers you for one iPod replacement
- Battery life could be much better
- Battery should definitely be much easier to replace (user-replaceable?)(and not cost $99 for a professional replacement, not that it happened to me but it has happened to my friends)
- iPod should be allowed to work as a fully functional hard drive by default (write to iPod and write from iPod to computer)
- Overall, I wish they would simply last a little longer since it is an expensive product
what you're getting in this 4g ipod classic is 20gb of music and not much else. in comparison to other mp3 players that arent apple products, this will be your best bet in a simple music player.
cons: it is fat, black and white color, it is known to freeze easily
pros: from my experience, the battery life is not bad, it's pretty durable too
This version of the iPod is a great buy used if you just want an iTunes compatable hi-capacity digital music player. For less than what a 2GB Nano will cost you you can get 10X the storage space but you have to deal with a black and white screen, larger unit, and slow recharg times. The battery life on this iPod is decent about 5 hours, but it can take about two hours for a full recharge (the 30GB iPod Video only takes about 45 minutes). I also keep it around as a "utility" pod. I use it when cutting the grass, working in the yard or tool shed and going to the track, basicly I use it in places where my iPod Video would be more likely to be damaged.
I've never been too fond of ipods. They have too many problems and only seem to last about a year before you have to purchase another one. They are very quick and have a nice storage capacity buts thats it. No amazing features, too big for my taste.
One thing that is very anoying which I'm sure there is a workaround for is the sync between the ipod and the computer. If you put 1,000 songs on your ipod with one computer and then plug the ipod into lets say your laptop. It has to make a new partnership and it erases all of the previous songs. You can contact apple and eventually they will reimburse you for all of the lost songs (1,000 songs at $.99 is a lot).
The last thing that needs to be changed is the non user accessible battery. This is just another ploy for apple to make money. I believe it costs around $60 for apple to replace the battery.
My suggestion is to look at other mp3 players.
i bought an ipod cheap on ebay, and found out it is a contract between me and apple computers to buy copies of songs from them to play on my computer or the portable music player, the actual ipod. i can't get music for it from anywhere else, as far as i know. if you pass it on to someone else, they have to erase
your music to listen to what they buy on their computer.
also, it works on either macs, or windows pcs, but have to be re-programmed
at each switch. the cables are different for older models.
your best luck, ebayer, is to get one that already has your type of music on it, and skip synching with itunes (apple's store).
an older model will probably need a battery. best buy's cables will cost you as much as the ipod you buy on ebay.
in summary,cool but costly.
This is my second used ipod, don't buy new!! Ipod's are a great device, but in my opinion not worth the new asking price when used is a fraction.
I have a 5th gen video 30gb and picked up this 40gb 4th gen. The 5th gen is certainly a nicer machine, much thinner, however both produce decent sound and otherwise work the same. Could be me, but it seems like the 4th gen sync's slower. I do prefer the color/larger screen of the 5th, but seriously, forget about watching movies on it, so for that reason, if you can pick up 40gb of 4th gen for 1/2 a 30gb 5th gen, do it!
In both cases though, I have an older Samsung YH-999 Yepp that has a screen twice the size, has far better color then the 5th gen, has better sound then either and displays its menu, _including_ album art, on my TV screen, neither Ipod can do that. Ipods on the other hand have endless add-on's available and iTunes is actually pretty decent compared to Windows Media (which the Samsung uses).
I've spent a little over $150 for both ipods, a couple of excellent Griffin docks, a Pioneer adapter cable and a Monster FM cable, hell of a pile of good stuff for that kind of coin.
The big plus for the Apple Ipod is that there are many companies manufacturing gadgets specifically for it. Ie FM Tuners, Cases, various Docking stations (Speaker systems from Bose, JBL, etc), as well as Clock Radio's etc.
The transfer mechanism (Itunes) is pretty bad. Other devices (Creative Labs, IRiver, Toshiba etc) use Windows Media Player to sychronize play lists.
The User Interface leaves a lot to be disired. Other players let you click on an Artist, Album, or a song and que it up to follow the last song selected. With the Ipod if you click on an Artist, Album or song you just changed what you are listening to.
In short for functionality, synchronization and user friendlyness all other devices win hands down. But if you want to connect to a home, auto or other device the Ipod wins (ONLY because of all of the gadgets that support Ipod)
This iPod is a good little iPod for what I paid. I just don't think buying used iPods on ebay is a good idea. I bought this for my daughter as a Christmas present. It arrived looking beautiful and worked fine for about a month. Now the hard drive is making clicking noises and the back heats up like it is over heating. I just paid $70 to have it sent back to Apple to try and get it fixed. You get what you pay for I guess and next time I'll just go out and buy new, that way I know exactly what I'm getting and how well it will work!
I jumped on the bandwagon and bought this and have since often wondered if some of the others might have been a better buy. Yes, there are more accessories for this one, it has a cool look when it is new, the click wheel is cool, and more people are familiar with it. However, it has its drawbacks.
The iTunes interface isn't very flexible for personal preferences. My files previously were stored in folders by genre, then sub-folders by artist, etc. I could then play all music of an artist, genre, etc, and shuffle the songs within those choices. The only way you can shuffle with iPod is shuffle all the songs on the iPod. You may get some 80s heavy metal song, then follow that with some bubble-gum pop song you still aren't sure why you ever saved. The only way to change this is by going through a very tedious task of creating playlists.
One other big problem is that the iPod is very prone to scratches. The screen scratched the first day when I put it in the inside pocket in my jacket, which has a soft liner and shouldn't scratch anything. The chrome back is also cool looking, but also very prone to scratches.
I would also like to see them add some equalizer type functionality to the iPod for listening preferences.
The thing plays music just fine and hasn't had a functional problem yet, but I would suggest considering other options before purchasing this item.
I have recently purchased sveral of the ipod 20gig and I like them. I bought one for me and then one for my girlfriend. I then bought one for several of my friends. They all like them. I have no major problems with the Ipod funtionality other than one of mine doesn't start up right all the time. It will go to the apple logo as if you rebooted it. But it comes up fine. I wish the itunes would except more different kinds of programs. I have alot of music videos that will only play the movie and no sound. I have alot of fun with my ipod and think everyone should have one. If you are a music lover as i am you should have an ipod. I recently upgraded to a 30 gig video pod. Good product.