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Apple iPod 20GB with Click Wheel - 4th Generation [M9282B/A] (discontinued by manufacturer)

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  • Keep up to 5,000 songs in 128Kbps AAC format in your pocket
  • Use it with Mac OS X or Windows 2000/XP
  • Take it everywhere--it's only 158g (5.6 oz)
  • Find songs fast with the Apple Click Wheel
  • Listen longer with up to 12 hours battery life
  • Shuffle songs in the main menu
  • Play MP3, AAC and Apple Lossless
  • Jog without fear--25 minutes of skip protection
  • Save multiple On-The-Go Playlists
  • Adjust speed for Audiobooks
  • Sync and charge via included FireWire or USB 2.0 cables
  • Use as a portable hard drive--take your files with you
  • Accessories not included: dock, remote, carry case

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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 50.8 x 50.8 x 401.3 cm ; 159 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 599 g
  • Item model number: New20gbipod
  • ASIN: B0002OXOZC
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 25 July 2004
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 37,832 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Manufacturer's Description

Incorporating the fabulous Apple Click Wheel that was first introduced on iPod mini and offering up to 12 hours of battery life, the iPod continues to define the perfect digital music player for Mac and Windows. Weighing in at just 158 g (5.6 ounces) and getting slightly thinner with each new generation, this fourth-generation iPod offers huge capacity, letting you easily slip up to 5,000 (1) songs into your pocket.

In fact, the new fourth-generation iPod includes features that make it even easier to access -- and have fun with -- your music. Take, for example, the Apple Click Wheel. With the Click Wheel, you can select playlists, scroll through a long list of albums or artists and choose just the song you want to hear without ever lifting your thumb from the wheel. Feel like mixing things up? Now you can choose "Shuffle Songs" right from the main iPod menu. We think you'll also enjoy iPod's long battery life -- up to 12 hours. And with the 25 minutes of skip protection iPod provides, you can jump for joy and the music will keep playing.

A Click in the Right Direction
Though ease of use has always been the hallmark of iPod, we believe in constantly moving perfection forward. So iPod now incorporates the same touch-sensitive Apple Click Wheel that debuted on iPod mini. Without lifting that trusty thumb of yours from the wheel, you can easily select playlists, scroll through thousands of songs, and start the music playing. Want that song to play from the beginning again? A single click will do the trick.

Do the iPod Shuffle
You can put the Apple Click Wheel to use the next time you want to set your music to shuffle. Right there on the main menu - where it's very easy to find - you'll find a new option - Shuffle Songs. Everyone's favourite option for mixing things up, Shuffle Songs randomly plays songs in a selected playlist or your entire music collection. You'll never guess what's coming up next, so you're always surprised by startling juxtapositions - like a melodic Coldplay song setting up an aria by Caballé.

Play Your Music for Hours... and Hours
And you can shuffle your way through a lot of songs now that iPod lets you play your music for up to 12 hours on a single battery charge (2). Just imagine: you could fly from New York to Paris and still have hours of listening time left over as you stroll the Champs Elysées. While you're on the move, iPod keeps you aware of its charge level, and when it's time, iPod's quick to recharge. Plug it into your computer or a handy wall socket (via the included power adaptor), and you can fast-charge iPod in as little as 2 hours.

Music and More
But, guess what -- iPod lets you do more than listen to music. Much more. iPod provides you with up to 20 GB of storage. True, you're likely to use a good portion of that storage capacity for your music and audio books, but you're bound to have a little space left over. You can use the FireWire or USB 2.0 cable that comes with iPod to connect the iPod to your computer and copy files. Word documents. Keynote presentations. Excel spreadsheets. Photoshop files. You name it.

Apple's fourth-generation iPod features song shuffling from the main menu, as well as Calendar, Games, and Alarm functionality.

Where am I at 2 p.m. Tuesday?
If you've ever forgotten a dental appointment, you'll be pleased to hear that iPod also lets you take your calendar with you. Many applications -- iCal, Microsoft Entourage and Palm Desktop, to name a few -- export calendar files in vCalendar or iCalender formats, both of which iPod supports.

Sorry, Wrong Number
Little black address books are so last millennium. Thanks to its support for industry-standard vCard files, iPod lets you store and access all your important contact information -- names, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses -- with the spin of a Click Wheel.

Play Games
You know what they say about all work and no play. Navigate to Extras and you'll find Games: Music Quiz, Solitaire, Brick and Parachute, four popular games you can play anywhere (like when you're waiting for the movie to start at the multiplex).

Store Text Notes
You've got playlists. You've got To-do Lists. And you can carry both with you on iPod. iPod's Notes Reader lets you take text-based information such as news downloaded off the web, stock tips, your workout regimen, restaurant reviews, directions, your shopping list with you on your travels. Just transfer it via FireWire or USB 2.0 to iPod from your computer (Mac or PC).

A Music Store at Your Fingertips
The perfect companion to iPod, iTunes lets you easily build and manage your digital music collection. Since the iTunes Music Store is built right in, you can browse through hundreds of thousands of songs and audiobooks until you find just what you're looking for. Jazz, Reggae, Pop, Electronica, Hip Hop - the iTunes Music Store has it all. And it's open 24/7. All year long. In the US, UK, France and Germany. On both the Mac and Windows PCs.

As for all of those CDs you already own, iTunes makes it easy to quickly transfer your favourite songs and albums. Just pop a CD into your Mac or PC, and click the Import button. You can import music in a variety of formats (such as MP3 or AAC) and at whatever quality level you'd prefer. You can even choose the new Apple Lossless encoder. Music encoded with that option offers sound quality indistinguishable from the original CDs at about half the file size of the original. And with FireWire and USB 2.0 support, you can transfer the music from an entire CD to iPod in just 5 seconds or less.

1. Based on using 128Kbps AAC format.
2. Rechargeable batteries have a limited number of charge cycles and may eventually need to be replaced. Battery life and the number of charge cycles vary by use and settings.

Box Contains

  • 20GB iPod
  • Earbud headphones
  • AC adaptor
  • FireWire cable
  • USB 2.0 cable
  • iTunes for Mac
  • iTunes for Windows
  • Instructions
  • Accessories not included: Dock, remote, carry case

  • Customer Questions & Answers

    Customer Reviews

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    19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Matt Horton on 15 Dec 2004
    First of all, I'd like to say that I have experience with other MP3 players and as such what I'm saying in this review is pretty much as-it-is - it's not opinion.
    When I received my iPod and started using it I was very glad I'd chosen it over the Creative Zen or iRiver alternatives. These competing products, that although do have some features that the iPod does not have, such as an FM tuner, don't really compete with the iPod in turns of usability and style.
    The iPod is sleek, thin, light and you have a great user experience with it. The controls are spot on, and even my friends who aren't technically minded have figured out how to use it without any help. The other side of the user experience is the software side of things. The iTunes software (which is free and included with the iPod) is so easy to use. You pop a CD automatically finds the names of the tracks and starts importing the songs onto your computer. Plug an iPod in and it starts transferring songs - you don't even need to press a button! Also, by default, iTunes imports songs in the AAC format, which is better quality than MP3 files and takes up less space, so you can store more songs on the iPod! The final good point of iTunes is that it's also a music shop, which allows you to legally download songs at a price of 79p (I think) per song.
    A friend of mine has a Creative Zen, and I was using it when making my decision about which music player to play. The Creative Zen is just bulkier than the iPod and just isn't as easy to use. The only real advantage of the Creative Zen is that it was considerably cheaper than the iPod, but in its 4th Generation Apple have slashed the iPod prices which brings this price gap down considerably.
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    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 July 2005
    I have to say, ipod is not only a work of divine art, but a magnificently, intricately crafted piece of hardware. It has an incredibly lucious and sleek design, so its no wonder it sets the fashion trend in today' competitive society. 20GB is an ample storage space for the majority of music fans, but the possibilties for storage are endless; I have once used mine as a phone directory that carries all of the addresses of my friends (although I wouldn't advise this because if your ipod is unfortunately stolen, the crooks will gain this information.
    The quality of sound is extrememly high and crisp, so far, in all of my 1000 songs stored on my ipod, I have yet to hear a single glitch or fuzz in the song. The loading times are rapid, and the ingenious idea of the scroll wheel, that quickly scrolls through your music library within seconds makes choosing your music just a little more satisfying. And although other reviewers have commented that the battery life is variable, mine has lasted up to a maximum of 13 hours, higher than that originally stated by the apple company.
    Also, my ipod has prolonged 5 months of hard abuse such as dropping onto concrete floors several times. It is still intact, and working perfectly fine, although I would advise spending some extra cash on a case, to protect the metallic back cover of your ipod since it is easily prone to scratches.
    On the whole, ipod is a spectacular piece of equipment, and well worth the pay cheque of £200; no other mp3 player can match it. Well done to apple for producing this brilliant product!
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    97 of 103 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 25 Jan 2005
    There seems to be an awful amount of misinformation concerning the Apple iPod (and rival products) posted here, so this is my quick attempt to sort myth from fact.
    * iTunes will NOT corrupt your Windows installation or damage your PC in any way. How these rumours start beggars belief. It isn't the greatest software package in the world, but it works as advertised and as you'd expect, integrates very nicely with Apples iTunes Music Store (iTMS). I doubt anyone that has used WMP10, etc. will want to use iTunes as their main player, but for iPod access, playlist creation, etc. it is fine. You may get a problem if you already have an up-to-date version of iTunes installed on your PC and you attempt to install the version that ships with your iPod, but a simple uninstall fixes this.
    * Battery life. I have a new 20GB iPod and have performed a number of battery tests with different format music. If you only play very high-quality MP3s (320Kbps) then you'll be lucky to get more than 6 hours out of your battery. However, if you play smaller files (which means less disk access) then you will greatly improve on this. I performed a test with a playlist of 128Kbps MP3 files and got 13 hours out of my iPod. You can expect similar results with music bought from iTMS. Using the backlight or constantly skipping tracks, etc. will eat into your battery life, but you can create "smart" playlists in iTunes to help out. Check out [...] for more information and the definitive iPod battery FAQ. I am more than happy with the performance of my iPod battery.
    * Sound quality - yes, the supplied headphones are not fantastic - the iPod isn't alone in this respect - but for most people, they are perfectly adequate.
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