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4.0 out of 5 stars One Pod To Rule Them All, 10 Oct. 2008
This review is from: Apple iPod classic 120GB - Black (Electronics)
"Apple vs. all other vendors" banter aside... this is a brilliant piece of kit.

I was on the lookout for a jukebox player seeing as I made the transition from casual listening to complete and utter audiophilia. Consequently, I began to rip mp3s at a high bit rate 320kbps; enjoying the greater sound quality of the music (couldn't believe what I had been missing)... Sounds amazing through my system. This led to my library size increasing almost four-fold. So my little 8GB Creative ZEN (the credit card sized unit) was no longer of favour (that even couldn't fit everything I had in my library, albeit at smaller file sizes/bit rates as well!).

And then there's this little beauty.
It accomodates to my huge library. Plays music flawlessly. The album artwork/cover flow functions are gloriously displayed on a nice wide screen (however, instead of arranging covers by album, the iPod arranges them by artist... which, if there are quite a few tracks that you have which feature additional artists, this equals A LOT of the same cover). The screen also serves purpose for comfortable video/movie playback.

Of course there is that much documented problem about music "not sounding as good as" previous models, but to be quite honest - I notice little to no reduction in quality. EU Legislation dictates that volume limiters are now applied to protect you, the consumer, from doing damage to your beloved ear drums. So yes... it might not be as "loud" as a previous model, but be rest assured that there is definitely no reduction in "quality".
Your ears will thank you someday.

As it is a hard-drive based player... if you tend to delete a lot of music off and load a lot on frequently you can notice a reduction in menu speed; it's because the file system gets a tincy wincy bit cluttered - but that's just extra jargon.
To counteract this, you can restore the iPod to it's original state when purchased... or... defragment the iPod like you would your normal PC hard drive.
This keeps performance tip-top.

So overall... a great player... and in support of the other review stated here... the player is indeed NOT BLACK like the previous generation... it is like a CHARCOAL/OBSIDIAN TONE with a metallic sheen; nonetheless, it retains it's huge aesthetic appeal. Very pleasing to look at, hold, drool over etc. etc.

So all in all, I'd recommend this to anyone with a steadily increasing library, choc-full of high bitrate or lossless music.
Oh, and if you do decide to purchase it... for the love of whoever... don't drop the thing. It's pretty much 'game over' if you do (hard drive fragility and all that).

Downsides:-
- no FLAC support, again...
- hard drive vunerability.
- cover flow bloat (can be fixed with iTunes, but time-consuming).
- earphones, although outputting at the 2Hz -> 20,000Hz range STILL don't sound as good, recommended to replace them with an alternative.
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Initial post: 10 Oct 2008 10:24:42 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 11 Oct 2008 13:27:27 BDT
fredbear says:
i ve had 2 creatives zen 30gb ,,, great for a year then a rather expensive paper weight !
A few more good reviews of this 120gb model will clinch a purchase of this ....going against my original waryness of the ipod !!

Posted on 29 Nov 2008 19:40:52 GMT
Chris Ray says:
until you said "don't drop the thing. It's pretty much 'game over' if you do (hard drive fragility and all that). " I was going to buy it... now though, I'll continue looking.... I've looked at the present Cowon players for flac support but they are only limited storage capacity and mighty expensive.

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Nov 2008 00:39:48 GMT
L. Wyatt says:
just brought a ipod classic...not a big fan of itunes but getting used to it...but I needed more space as zen had got filled to max and no point going for the zen 32GB as that will fill just as soon...see how the classic goes...better value for money I feel in comparison to the zens...just dont like itunes much!!

dropped my creative zen couple of times and its survived very well, not as nice looking as ipod classic but sounds more sturdy...nervous of dropping ipod now :(

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Dec 2008 11:17:21 GMT
Use Mediamonkey instead of iTunes.
Makes your life easier.

T

Posted on 8 Dec 2008 14:16:08 GMT
Use vbr instead of 320kbps.

Posted on 9 Dec 2008 22:22:15 GMT
xxln3 says:
(however, instead of arranging covers by album, the iPod arranges them by artist... which, if there are quite a few tracks that you have which feature additional artists, this equals A LOT of the same cover)

Select all songs from the album and in "part of the compilation" select "yes", it will solve your problem.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Dec 2008 17:16:42 GMT
Spuddy Spud says:
...and use AAC/m4a instead of mp3, if you're ripping your own CDs.

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Dec 2008 14:17:07 GMT
GeeJayBee says:
Unless things have changed between models, I have dropped my 80GB IPod Classic more times than I would have liked and on surfaces hard enough to dent the bottom edge. It has survived with no ill effects to the drive or screen.

Posted on 15 Jan 2009 22:55:36 GMT
Tc says:
Ripping CD's at 192kbps AAC is still a superb sound and you can get more tracks on!
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