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Apple iPod 20GB - 3rd Generation [M9244B/A]

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  • Replacement model: New Apple iPod 20GB with Click Wheel - 4th Generation [M9282B/A]
  • 20 GB model holds up to 5,000 songs
  • Supports MP3, AAC, WAV, MP3 VBR, Audible, and AIFF format
  • Mac and Windows compatible
  • FireWire and USB 2.0 interface for fastest digital transfer available
  • Included docking station makes charging and synching easy
  • More than 8 hour battery life on a 3 hour charge (1-hour fast charge to 80% capacity
  • Features redesigned and backlit navigation for speed and ease of use
  • Up to 25 minutes of skip protection
  • Includes dock, wired remote control, earbud headphones, carrying case, and AC adapter

Product details

Manual Product Manual [2.17mb PDF]
  • Boxed-product Weight: 522 g
  • Item model number: M9244B/A
  • ASIN: B0000DETK2
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 18 Sep 2003
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (135 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 133,859 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Product Description

The super-slim iPod once again redefines what a digital music player should be. At 158 grams it's lighter than two CDs, can hold up to 5,000 songs, and downloads music at blazing speeds. Now you can take your entire music collection with you wherever you go. Smaller than ever (just 0.62 inches thick), this iPod fits comfortably in the palm of your hand and slips easily into your pocket. And yet the iPod gives you a huge 20 GB hard drive--that's space enough to store two weeks of music played continuously, 24/7--or one new song a day for well over 13 years.

Once again, Apple turns the portable digital music player market on its ear with hassle-free functionality and stunning, well-considered design that place iPod far ahead of the curve and the competition. The new iPod has been re-engineered with an all-touch interface for enhanced durability and sensitivity. With an LCD screen and buttons that feature a backlight for clear visibility in low-light conditions, iPod is designed for easy one-handed operation. So the best way to take an entire music collection anywhere is now even better.

The 20 GB iPod model comes with a dock that makes charging and syncing easier than ever--no more reaching around, looking for the right port. An elegant, convenient home base for iPod on a desk or connected to a home stereo system, the dock provides syncing via FireWire or USB 2.0 (Syncing with USB 2.0 (Windows-only) requires optional USB 2.0 + FireWire), charging via FireWire and audio line out for connecting to powered speakers or a stereo system.

Designed to give you the best portable digital music experience ever, the iPod delivers the highest sound quality from input to output. iPod supports the most popular audio formats, including MP3 (up to 320 kbps), MP3 Variable Bit Rate (VBR) and WAV, giving you access to a wide range of audio file types. And iPod is the only portable digital music player that supports the AAC format (Mac-only), which features CD-quality audio in smaller file sizes than MP3, so that even more songs fit on your iPod.

The iPod now lets you do a whole lot more in addition to maintaining your contacts, calendar and to-do lists. iPod now includes Solitaire, Brick and Parachute, three great games you can play anywhere (a feature you're sure to appreciate the next time you're standing in a queue or waiting for someone). You can even use your own music as the soundtrack to a game.

iPod also includes a notes reader that lets you download text-based information and read it on the screen. This way you can have the information you need, on everything from restaurant reviews to nightlife guides, and from news articles to exercise routines, at your fingertips.

The iPod features a sleep timer, so you can fall asleep to your music. And with the iPod's new alarm clock, you can choose either an alarm tone or your favourite music to wake you up.

The new iPod was designed for listening to digital music away from your computer, whether it's a Mac or Windows PC. One simple connection does it all. A handy new dock connector on the bottom of the iPod enables the device to link to a computer and sync files via FireWire 400 (Mac or Windows) or USB 2.0 (Windows only). The result? Blazingly fast transfer speeds that let you load an album in as little as 10 seconds.

For Mac users, iPod comes with iTunes 4. iTunes 4 supports ripping music into the new AAC format which combines pristine CD-quality sound with smaller files sizes, compared to MP3s. And iTunes 4 lets you share and stream playlists from your personal music library to up to three other Macintosh computers for personal use. Mac requirements are: Apple computer with built-in FireWire port; Mac OS X v10.1.5 or later (Mac OS X 10.2 or later recommended); CD includes iTunes(7) for Mac OS X.

For Windows users, iPod includes the award-winning PC media player MUSICMATCH Jukebox Plus. As you add new songs or rearrange your playlists in MUSICMATCH Jukebox, the music will automatically update on iPod the next time it's connected to your PC. Windows requirements are: PC with built-in FireWire or USB 2.04, or Windows-certified FireWire or USB 2.0 card; Windows Me, Windows 2000 or Windows XP Home or Professional; CD includes MUSICMATCH Jukebox Plus 7.5 software.

The 20 GB model comes with a wired remote control that lets you fast-forward or rewind a track, play, pause and adjust volume, using just one hand. Additionally, it includes an elegant carrying case with belt clip that protects your iPod from the elements. Clip it to your belt, purse or backpack for hands-free operation.

The iPod's earbud-style headphones offer a strong 20 Hz to 20,000 Hz frequency response range for high-quality sound with minimal distortion. Thanks to their Neodymium drivers, these headphones are five times more powerful than digital music player headphones that use aluminium, cobalt or ceramic drivers.

Manufacturer's Description

The super-slim iPod once again redefines what a digital music player should be. At 158 grams it's lighter than two CDs, can hold up to 5,000 songs, and downloads music at blazing speeds. Now you can take your entire music collection with you wherever you go. Smaller than ever (just 0.62 inches thick), this iPod fits comfortably in the palm of your hand and slips easily into your pocket. And yet the iPod gives you a huge 20 GB hard drive--that's space enough to store two weeks of music played continuously, 24/7--or one new song a day for well over 13 years.

Once again, Apple turns the portable digital music player market on its ear with hassle-free functionality and stunning, well-considered design that place iPod far ahead of the curve and the competition. The new iPod has been re-engineered with an all-touch interface for enhanced durability and sensitivity. With an LCD screen and buttons that feature a backlight for clear visibility in low-light conditions, iPod is designed for easy one-handed operation. So the best way to take an entire music collection anywhere is now even better.

The 20 GB iPod model comes with a dock that makes charging and syncing easier than ever--no more reaching around, looking for the right port. An elegant, convenient home base for iPod on a desk or connected to a home stereo system, the dock provides syncing via FireWire or USB 2.0 (Syncing with USB 2.0 (Windows-only) requires optional USB 2.0 + FireWire), charging via FireWire and audio line out for connecting to powered speakers or a stereo system.

Designed to give you the best portable digital music experience ever, the iPod delivers the highest sound quality from input to output. iPod supports the most popular audio formats, including MP3 (up to 320 kbps), MP3 Variable Bit Rate (VBR) and WAV, giving you access to a wide range of audio file types. And iPod is the only portable digital music player that supports the AAC format (Mac-only), which features CD-quality audio in smaller file sizes than MP3, so that even more songs fit on your iPod.

The iPod now lets you do a whole lot more in addition to maintaining your contacts, calendar and to-do lists. iPod now includes Solitaire, Brick and Parachute, three great games you can play anywhere (a feature you're sure to appreciate the next time you're standing in a queue or waiting for someone). You can even use your own music as the soundtrack to a game.

iPod also includes a notes reader that lets you download text-based information and read it on the screen. This way you can have the information you need, on everything from restaurant reviews to nightlife guides, and from news articles to exercise routines, at your fingertips.

The iPod features a sleep timer, so you can fall asleep to your music. And with the iPod's new alarm clock, you can choose either an alarm tone or your favourite music to wake you up.

The new iPod was designed for listening to digital music away from your computer, whether it's a Mac or Windows PC. One simple connection does it all. A handy new dock connector on the bottom of the iPod enables the device to link to a computer and sync files via FireWire 400 (Mac or Windows) or USB 2.0 (Windows only). The result? Blazingly fast transfer speeds that let you load an album in as little as 10 seconds.

For Mac users, iPod comes with iTunes 4. iTunes 4 supports ripping music into the new AAC format which combines pristine CD-quality sound with smaller files sizes, compared to MP3s. And iTunes 4 lets you share and stream playlists from your personal music library to up to three other Macintosh computers for personal use. Mac requirements are: Apple computer with built-in FireWire port; Mac OS X v10.1.5 or later (Mac OS X 10.2 or later recommended); CD includes iTunes(7) for Mac OS X.

For Windows users, iPod includes the award-winning PC media player MUSICMATCH Jukebox Plus. As you add new songs or rearrange your playlists in MUSICMATCH Jukebox, the music will automatically update on iPod the next time it's connected to your PC. Windows requirements are: PC with built-in FireWire or USB 2.04, or Windows-certified FireWire or USB 2.0 card; Windows 2000 or Windows XP Home or Professional; CD includes MUSICMATCH Jukebox Plus 7.5 software.

The 20 GB model comes with a wired remote control that lets you fast-forward or rewind a track, play, pause and adjust volume, using just one hand. Additionally, it includes an elegant carrying case with belt clip that protects your iPod from the elements. Clip it to your belt, purse or backpack for hands-free operation.

The iPod's earbud-style headphones offer a strong 20 Hz to 20,000 Hz frequency response range for high-quality sound with minimal distortion. Thanks to their Neodymium drivers, these headphones are five times more powerful than digital music player headphones that use aluminium, cobalt or ceramic drivers.


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Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5 stars

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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Richard on 23 May 2004
Let me start by saying I love my iPod, it is simply the best portable player I have ever had without exception and I can't imagine being without it now. I have to admit though to being a little disapointed when I first recieved it as my expectations were a little higher than the little box was able to deliver.
First off, the battery life - I thinks it's about 4 hours not the advertised 8 and not even 6 that most of my mates seem to estimate - and as the battery is installed within there's only one choice which means lots of recharging just to make sure it doesn't fail me when I need it. The other dissapointment is the difficulty in downloading legal music for it with iTunes not being available here yet - I also travel internationaly a lot so having a longer battery life for those long flights and be able to download tunes on the road would be a real bonus!
Those aspects aside this is still a great buy - it's easy to use, seems to work whatever I do (especially out jogging) and I maanged to import about 2,000 songs from my CD's within a couple of days of owning it as the software is dead easy to use. Probably the best feature is the ease at which you can build play-lists, I have them made up for different types of activities (like the gym) which is just fantastic!!
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68 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Slider66 on 29 Jun 2004
I have to admit I was a little sceptical - 200GBP plus for a MP3-type music player? But once you get this thing working it is just so cool: a thing of beauty. After 2 months using with a laptop PC (not Mac) it has absolutely lived up to all expectations. My experiences/advice:
1. I bought the 20GB because you get the 'dock' (cradle) and cover/carrycase included - worth the little extra. The case is worth it since some complain of the iPod scratching. The dock also has a 'line out' so you can connect it to your full size stereo if you want to!
2. Buy a USB cable at the same time (see later). Transfer speeds are fast enough, and whose laptop PC has a Firewire port? Not mine.
3. 20GB actually has 18.5GB storage for songs (the rest must be the driver software or something) - but this is still loads of space so no worries! To date the iPod contains 63 albums = 1000 songs = 3.4GB so you'll get 300+ CDs or 5000+ songs on a 20GB unit.
3. Windows software supplied on the CD with the iPod didn't work correctly when first installed - but since I was connected to the net at the time of setting up, I was prompted to download updated version (4.2) of iTunes. Once this was installed, it worked fine. The songs are stored in Apple's AAC format even on the Windows PC (i.e. not MP3). I haven't compared directly to MP3 but the sound quality is very impressive.

4. Easy to use and relatively quick (compared to a previous MP3 player I had) - after initial software installation I transferred my first 6 CDs to PC and then onto iPod, all of this taking just under an hour.
5. Transfer speeds: songs transfer from CD to PC at 10x playing speed (i.e. a 1 hour CD takes 6 mins) and then transfer from PC to iPod takes about 5 secs per song using USB cable.
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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Christian Hunter on 18 May 2004
I've been listening to MP3's on portable players since the Diamond 32MB. I'm an absolute music junkie and use these players to get me to (and keep me in) the gym everyday. The iPod (of which I've owned 2 previous models) is hands down the best portable on the market.
What should be of concern to those in the market for this player are two things:
1. Price to Value: This is a 20GB player, your average song size is somewhere near 3MB at 128kbps playback quality (very good for headphones), that means this little guy can hold somewhere near 7,000 songs!!!! If you have even half that many tracks I'll bet the RIAA is staking your house out right now (look for snipers on your neighbors roof). I have the 10GB player (but i've bought a 20GB and a 40GB for friends) and it's way more than enough for my songs. Also, keep in mind that although the difference isn't huge, there is a noticable weight increase as you go up in GB size.
2. Battery life: You may not be aware of this, but there is some consumer litigation going on between iPod users and Apple. They claim that the battery on the iPod is engineered to die within 1.5 years (and they don't replace). The battery on my 5GB player died before 1 year. When that happened, I took it back to my computer retailer and they gave me full credit towards the purchase of an upgrade. Well, when I went in to buy another player as a gift, turns out that program has been discontinued. I'll bet it's because these things were coming back so much for that reason. There is an interesting article on Popular Science that shows you how to change the battery (not for engineering neophytes or anyone that doesn't want to void the warranty), and even a reference in that article of a service that'll do it for you.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Philipp on 2 Jan 2004
Let me first say that I love this unit. It is everything the numerous articles in computer, gadget and men magazines said. Therefore I won't mention all those nice little things everybody already knows (design, size, capacity, etc.) but concentrate on issues that have not been so clearly mentioned. First I will focus on the iPod itself and then on its use with a Windows XP PC.
The unit:
The earplugs have a long cable which is good. However, if you use the earplugs together with the supplied remote you may as well leave the unit at home while going out as the combined cable length stretches over kilometres. Only a minor complaint.
The supplied case / belt-clip is a bit of a joke really. It does cost 30 quid or so separately. I reckon 5 pounds would have been enough. It seems secure but does not feel like it as there is no top flap to entirely secure the iPod in this case. You just slide the unit in this case and hope the elastics will hold it in place. Also you can't operate the player once tucked away. The unit is small enough to fit into almost any pocket though.
The cradle itself is minimal. This is nice but the iPod does not sit entirely firmly on it. Operating the iPod while in the cradle requires sensitive fingers as not to push it too hard. It feels like the connector could easily break and a cradle similar to Palm's handhelds (with support at the back of the unit) may have been a better choice.
Some of the additional features are slightly useless. The games supplied are not really worth having in the first place. The alarm clock may be useful but is neither loud nor long enough. But this is a MP3 player and not an organiser. And as such these issues do not really matter that much.
The manual is rather short and basic.
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