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Apple iPod - 30GB - Black [video playback] MA146B/A

by Apple
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (155 customer reviews)

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  • Holds up to 7,500 songs and full-colour album art
  • 10.4 x 6.1 x 1.1 cm
  • Bright 6.35-cm (2.5-inch), 320 x 240 pixel TFT display
  • Up to 14 hours of music playback
  • Up to 3 hours of slideshows with music
  • Up to 2 hours of video playback
  • Holds up to 12,500 photos
  • Holds up to 75 hours of video
  • Plays video or photo slideshows on TV via the optional Dock
  • Apple Click Wheel
  • Accessory-compatible Dock connector
  • Dock works with the new Apple Remote
  • Charges and syncs via USB
  • Works with Mac OS X or Windows 2000/XP
  • Syncs contacts, calendars and to-do lists
  • Browse, buy and sync video to your iPod with iTunes 6
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Apple iPod classic 160GB - Black - 6th Generation Apple iPod classic 160GB - Black - 6th Generation 4.3 out of 5 stars (536)
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Product details

  • Boxed-product Weight: 454 g
  • Item model number: MA146B/A
  • ASIN: B000BAFN6K
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 1 Jan 2005
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (155 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,662 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description


The best now comes with video playback. December 2005 -- T3 Gold

Product Description

Now you can put all your music in your pocket and still have room for, well, practically everything else. Catch up on your reading with audiobooks. Browse your memories with photo slideshows, complete with music. Watch video podcasts, music videos and your favourite TV shows. Consult your calendar or look up an email address. Even check the time in another city or time your fastest lap. The new iPod keeps it all close at hand. The Apple Click Wheel gives you access to your entire music, photo and video libr...

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars hope this helps. 15 Sep 2006
By N. Farr
I really want to try and help you if your thinking of buying this, so here goes. I spent ages and ages debating wether or not to buy this model, this brand etc etc, and looked at so many sites and designs i think i've seen them all. The problem was i really couldnt tell if it would be worth the money. I thought that instantly there would be unremovable fingerprints everywhere, a 5 minute battery life, a massive selection of cracks and HUGE scratches. I was sceptical. But when it arrived, and i plugged it in, and after the initial WOW its so beautiful and small and sleek, i really have to say i was happy.

I've had it for about a month now, and the music qualitly is amazing. The battery life is a bit on the short side, and i would really prefer not to pay for a seperate charger. These things i really can live with though. It's me being exceptionally picky. The set up is easy. It takes little more that common sense. Seriously, i'm NOT good with computers and i managed perfectly.

The iPod is something that really should come with warnings about getting to attached to technology. I'm glad i shopped around, and checked out the competition,but i want to save you the time and energy. This really is a amazing piece of plastic.
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Slick, sleek and shiny. 13 Aug 2006
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I've had a Creative Zen Extra 40gb for about 3 years, but it's become a bit clunky looking and, shallow person that I am, I fancied something that looked a bit trendier. The ipod certainly scores on this front, but the big difference I've found is not really in the machine but in the itunes software which knocks the Creative stuff into touch (although Creative have probably improved it if they read the feedback on various forums!) It's really easy to organise your music and to find interesting music and podcasts in their store, and within ten minutes I'd found loads of suggested compilations and playlists from Apple that I'd like to buy.

Like the Creative, the ipod benefits from the addition of a good pair of headphones - I use Sony Fontopia - and it sounds great through my car system too, although I'm lucky enough to have an aux input to plug it into.

I haven't used the video function yet and still think this suffers from the "ashtray on a motorbike" syndrome. I can't believe that many people are using this except for "You've been Framed" style clips and, ofcourse, porn. Hopefully I'll find some soon.

I have deducted a star because I feel that Apple haven't addressed the fragility and durability of the shiny casing - you can tell it will be scratched and scraped if you even look at it the wrong way. The black shell also becomes very greasy as you fiddle with the tracking wheel.

Apart from that, it's great. I originally avoided buying an Apple ipod as I thought they were for posers who were considerably richer than me. But it's a lovely piece of kit and I'm well pleased now to be posing with mine.
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127 of 132 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good device but not perfect! 23 Feb 2006
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I had been putting off buying an ipod for many years for two main reasons: the battery was reputedly poor compared with Creative products and the ipod is so ubiquitous that I wanted something a little different. With the release of the 5G 30Gb Video ipod I could no longer continue to ignore the fact that my Creative Zen Touch was looking more and more brick-like. Also, all of Creative's recent offerings have compromised on battery life in favour of form factor so they are losing their competitive advantage in terms of battery performance. After much research and deliberation I succumbed and bought the ipod.

First impressions? The box that it came in was much smaller than I expected but given that no AC adaptor is included it should be small (a tenner extra for a generic charger by the way). The ipod looks truly stunning when taken out of the box but with minimal handling it starts to get really smudgy which is very obvious on the black surface. For that reason alone I would go for the white version instead. Is the back surface as prone to scratching as reported? Definitely! Even in the supplied case mine was getting marked. Speaking of which, the "case" that Apple supply is a complete joke so you will have to fork out and get something better (I got an iSkin evo3 - another 20 quid). I have a set of Sony Fontopias so didn't even open the supplied earbuds so can't comment on those.
My main concern about the ipod was the battery life so I decided to stress test the battery. Some people are reporting less than 4 hours playback on a full charge in reviews and forums. With the backlight off I was getting in excess of 12 hours easily. Beware though, the backlight really eats up the battery so for maximum battery life set the backlight either to "off"or 2 seconds.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 5 Sep 2006
By Andy
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I have been promising myself one of these for a long time, but felt that as I don't travel a lot I couldn't justify it. It has turned out to be a real winner at work where I have the world's most tedious job. I hated the earphones so I bought some Sennheiser CX300s also from Amazon. In-ear head phones are so much better. My only regret is that I didn't buy the 60gb one. Make sure you get a case. The Agent 18 one was my choice.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good product
I ordered the product the first week of December, arrived quicker than what I was expected.
The product was in excellent condition. However the Ipod was not totally reset. Read more
Published 5 months ago by delphine
1.0 out of 5 stars it doesn't even work!
I was over the moon when my ipod arrived but since getting this product I have constant messages of my laptop not recognising the ipod. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Nicole Dixon
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good
This was a good buy, looked nice and there weren't any problems with it. Still works a treat. However it had quite a few scratches on the back.
Published 12 months ago by Hannah
5.0 out of 5 stars techno product
what you see is what you get ...great product ...put it on a good quality docking station ...hey ...great sound !!
Published 18 months ago by anthony griffin
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely impressed!!
Regarding the selling and delivery of this product, I am extremely happy. The seller was helpful to answer my queries abruptly, and the item arrived days before it was said. Read more
Published 23 months ago by HGold3n
2.0 out of 5 stars Awful battery life, don't waste your money.
The only positive is the sound quality - when it works!

The battery on this ipod is awful at best. Read more
Published on 16 April 2012 by JUE
4.0 out of 5 stars Cheap but bulky
If you listen to a lot of music, and need an mp3 player to put it all on the iPod video may be for you. Read more
Published on 16 Jun 2011 by Sean
5.0 out of 5 stars well pleased.com
I ordered this item for my son ;who was shortly moving to Austrlia to work.He loved his old mp3 and i wanted to get an updated version for the trip but he wanted the old model... Read more
Published on 8 Feb 2011 by flyingfox
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the best
Whether you "Love 'em or hate 'em " iPods are here to stay!!
Personally " I LOVE 'EM!! ".
This latest creation does it all & feels so perfect in your hand ,pocket
or... Read more
Published on 29 April 2010 by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars A definite do not buy!!!
At just over a year old my iPods battery life has suddenly decreased to around an hour of play, this is of no use to me whatsoever after having an iPod adaptor fitted in my car. Read more
Published on 18 Nov 2009 by A. Blakeley
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