- Item Weight: 227 g
- Boxed-product Weight: 907 g
- Item model number: M9801B/A
- ASIN: B0007A5HNS
- Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 23 Feb 2005
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
From Runway to Subway
Weighing in at just 3.6 ounces and showing off in four striking shades, iPod mini fits your lifestyle and your bag, whether it be cocktail purse or messenger duffle. The chic, matte anodized aluminium case resists stains and scratches, all the while protecting your iPod mini from, say, the jostle of overzealous paparazzi. Recessed in the case to keep its surface pristine, the 1.67-inch (diagonal) backlit screen displays full song and album titles, artists' names and more. And iPod mini lasts up to 18 hours on a single charge(1): enough for a transatlantic flight, the limo ride to your hotel and a few solid hours of boutique shopping. Of course, iPod mini works just as well for your everyday pursuits. With up to 25 minutes of skip protection, you can even walk the dog in style.
Music is the New Black
Set your iPod mini to stun with more vibrant colour choices to fit every mood (or outfit). Whether you prefer Pretty in Pink or Yer Blues, iPod mini turns heads with every tune you play. Find the hue that suits you. Love The Clash but hate to clash? Not to worry. Now even the Click Wheel control icons match your iPod mini.
Put on Some Tunes
So light and colourful, iPod mini yearns for the limelight. Indulge in a little scene-stealing yourself when you wear your music on your sleeve...or around your neck. With optional accessories, including a stylish lanyard and mix-and-match armbands, your iPod mini becomes an ensemble essential. Wear it running a trail or walking the red carpet. iPod mini complements any look, from track suit to tiara.
Under Your Thumb
Always striving for perfection, Apple engineers moved the iPod's buttons under the wheel. The iPod mini Click Wheel complete with colour-coordinated icons takes best advantage of miniscule space and lets you scroll single-handedly through up to 1,500 songs from your iTunes music collection. You'll find such thoughtful construction only from Apple. Because, try as they might, the competition can't touch this.
One-Stop Song Shop
Build a collection of music on your iPod mini with songs downloaded from the iTunes Music Store. Choose from more than one million songs and more than 9,000 audiobooks, any of which you can preview and buy with just one click. The iTunes Music Store stays open 24/7 right on your Mac or Windows PC. Within a minute of finding a song you like, you can own it. Make unlimited playlists, burn individual songs to CD as many times as you'd like and take all your music with you wherever you and your iPod mini rove.
Sync to Fit
With iTunes 4.7.1 you can easily organize your music on your Mac or Windows PC and automatically transfer it to iPod mini. Whether you've imported your CD collection in MP3 format, bought music from the iTunes Music Store or created your own original compositions with GarageBand, you can take it all with you. Your iPod mini includes a USB 2.0 cable for high-speed transfer from your Mac or PC. In fact, you can move an entire album from your computer to your iPod mini in seconds flat. With the industry's only true Auto-Sync, your iPod mini is always up to date, mirroring the latest changes you've made in iTunes. And if the collection on your computer is bigger than iPod mini, you can let iTunes automatically choose a selection of songs to fill it up.
1. Rechargeable batteries have a limited number of charge cycles and may eventually need to be replaced. Battery life and number of charge cycles vary by use and settings.
I was ready to buy the iRiver H10 (at £190), when I saw this new iPod mini.
I has 1GB more storage, 6hrs more battery power (supposedly), and is £20 cheaper. This, coupled with the fact that all my music is already in iTunes changed my mind instantly.
I recieved my iPod mini 6GB this morning. Installation was simple, and iTunes went about loading all my music (about 3GB) onto the device. This took about 15 to 20 minutes. All this time it is charging (it does this over USB 2.0). Please bear in mind that unless you buy the seperate power adapter, you are limited to charging over USB 2.0.
Experiances with friend's iPods meant that I wasn't expecting awesome sound quality. I wasn't disappointed. My Creative MuVo NX sounds better. What does improve the sound somewhat is GETTING RID OF THE IPOD HEADPHONES. It sounds much better through my £18 Sonys, and I would imagine better still through the £25 Sonys I intend to buy soon.
Obviously as I only recieved my iPod mini this morning, I cannot comment on the battery life, although I can quote an online review that said that when they set it on 'shuffle' mode and just clicked 'play', it ran for 26 hours straight. This figure will decrease with backlight usage, etc, but it leads me to believe that 18 hours is a realistic figure.
To sum up:
It is a great design that is easy to use, simple to set up and is very small. Sound quality is mediocre, but can be improved with better headphones. The price is competative and the features are very good. Also, there is a plethora of accessories, so don't feel limited to what's in the box.
As I said, I original got into MP3's some 8 years ago, back in the day when we had to write our own ID3 tags to ensure the tracks came up with the right titles on WINAMP. Thankfully these days are over and we have programmes such as iTunes to do this for us but it is important to know where we came from in this world. I actually bought an MP3 player in the backend of the 90's, it was 32mb. Yes I really said 32mb, enough for around 8 songs. I mean my phone has more than that and this iPod can hold around 1,500. Granted the units were about the same size but you get the picture.
My iPod is loaded with all the CD's I have in my collection, alongside what I have downloaded from iTunes. It is impossible to review an iPod without looking at iTunes as the two are so intrinsically involved. The iTunes software allows you to manage your music collection through uploading your own CD's and converting them to MP3, or allowing you to purchase music through the iTunes store.
Firstly the uploading process.
With iTunes it is very slick, just put a CD into your drive and if iTunes isn't already running it will open up and ask you to upload it, or if it is it will allow you to enter it to your collection. It takes around 6-7 minutes per CD (dependent on CD drive speed and CD length) so can take a while when you are first firing up but isn't too bad once you are going. The iTunes store also offers quick download but I would offer a word of warning if you don't have broadband. Its gonna take a while...Read more ›
1) sound quality, sound quality and again sound quality.compared to my old iriver it pales in comparison, but its not terrible, just a lot less than i was expecting.
2) built in equalizers are useless and do more harm than good. to be avoided at all costs.
3)cant copy music off the ipod( you can actually, but you have to do a bit of research and downloading of 3rd party software to do this.)
3) it doesnt like bit rates lower than 160kbps, which i know is a minium nowdays, but i have a lot of 128 kbps from years ago that sound way better in the iriver than the ipod.
4)no wall charger included. you have to charge via powered usb, which meant i had to buy a powered usb hub as my laptop has no powered usb port.this is a bad way to cut costs.also means your pc will have to be on when charging and this is bad if you charge at nite, when your pc is off.
5) easily scratched and you will need a case to keep it looking good.
thats a short list of pros and cons. id definately recommend it but you really need to buy new headphones to make the most of it.
It may not have 20GB of space compared to a lot of players in this price range, but the menu... Read more