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What can I say - there is no mistaking quality,
This review is from: Apple iPod 40GB - 3rd Generation [M9245B/A] (Electronics)What can I say indeed - this piece of kit is just wonderful. One or two hiccups (see below), but on the whole just great.
Firstly, unpacking the thing is an experience - the kit is wonderfully put together, looks classy and solid.
Windows installation is "fun" to say the least. Not only is it slow, but first time around, the machine managed to hang (and I'm using XP!!), corrupt the registry, and knock out my CD drive and DVD.
Second time went ok, but do be careful.
Now running fine, have over 2000 tracks (and counting fast!) sent across, and it sounds wonderful. Note! - dont bother with musicmatch as comes on the CD - use iTunes from Apple website - designed specifically for iPod. Try to use a firewire card if you can, as it will not only provide fastest transfer rate (couple of thousand songs in under 20 mins), but will also charge the pod. iTunes makes it a breeze to rip your CD to your PC for transfer, and picks up all the tags you need for the file (artist, name, genre, year etc). Will also play standard MP3's you may have downloaded, but of course you wouldnt want to be stealing that music would you. Incidentally, Apple get around the legality of MP3's in an interesting way. Any files you put onto the machine from your collection cannot be uploaded onto another PC. In other words, your collection is for your PC and your ipod only. Dont get ideas about trading!
Can hook the dock up to my amp on the hi fi if I want to (with a 3.5mm jack line out) , or use the enclosed phones with integral remote.
Expensive? Yes, but this is a design classic. Honestly, go to a shop (if you can find one), and see if they will open a box for you. The minute you pick it up, you will reach for your credit card. Its shiny, its solid (no moving parts), wonderful backlight and screen and sexy red lights behind buttons. The touch sensetive pad is super sensetive, but I find it works ok.
Few games on there too, that I doubt I will play, together with calendar, clock, notepad and contacts list (again wont use). I applied the latest Apple firmware update to it too (ver 2.1) and interestingly added a new game "music quiz" - which plays extracts from songs, and, against the clock, you must pick from a multiple choice as to what it is. Great fun!
Can even use it as firewire hard drive - Ive got my digital photo archive stored on it.
Some people said battery life is too short, but I think they miss point. I charge mine when I get in at night (and while charging can play through hi fi if i want), take it off charger in morning, take it to work and repeat. Never runs out of power. If you are away for a few days, take the charger with you. If you are without access to a plug point (or car point), for more than 8 hours (and you want to play it for 8 hours solid), then dont buy an iPod!
Why buy this model. Well both the 20Gb and the 40Gb come with the case and docking station - which I think are both worthy additions. To get the 10Gb and buy a dock and case would bring price up close to the 20Gb anyway. I got the 40Gb for two reasons. 1. Apples supply chain is rotten, and I went to several stores who told me they are like Gold Dust. the 40 (because of price) is easier to find.
2. Future proofing. I dont have 40Gb of songs to put on. If I rip all my CD's I will probably hit 20gb. Had I bought the 20, what then? Also, i am using spare space as a PC backup hard drive. Got about 5Gb of photos and system data stored on it (no you cant view them!)
All in all, I can only give this top marks. An absolute joy.