Lots of space for lossless music.
This is my second 160GB iPod Classic, and after 4 years, the first one is still going strong. Although the Classic is the largest ipod in the Apple line-up, and the only one with a hard drive (not SSD), the Classic also has the huge GB capacity to hold my uncompressed, lossless recordings (uncompressed file size is 128kbps, vs. 1000kbps+ for lossless). Simply put, lossless takes up a lot more room, which means less music capacity. With lossless, I get about 37-50 individual songs @ 4 minutes per GB. Uncompressed gets about 250 songs @ 4 minutes for each GB. I'll get 5000+ songs vs. 40,000, but I can always save the overflow on iTunes, and pick which songs to load on the Classic.
If you want audiophile quality in a MP3 player, the 160GB Classic is the one to get (and get a really nice pair of headphones).
Battery life: definitely not 36 hours, closer to 24.
Features: mobile version of itunes.
Design: intuitively Apple (simple, easy to use.
Overall value: Good if you want lots of space.Read full review