52 of 53 people found the following review helpful
just as expected: lots of show, lots of go.,
This review is from: Apple iPod Classic 160GB - Black (discontinued by manufacturer) (Electronics)
I record all my cds in Apple lossless format: you really can tell the difference! So, no downloading from i-tunes, just a permanent, can't-tell-the-difference on my expensive stereo, backup of all my CDs. Now I can get my whole collection onto one player, that's now 3500 songs, 87GB, give or take, and loads of room for more. I won't need more space for another few years: top stuff.
Sound quality is great. Sometimes a little bright through headphones, but with loads of deep bass and nice subtleties, often picking out detail in the high notes that the cd player doesn't translate. it is quieter than the older players, as noted elsewhere. decent headphones fix this (I use etymotic er6-i which are tuned for lower oomph devices, and cut out background noise really well) and this will still play uncomfortably loud (just: I must be getting old!) at full volume
It looks and feels good. the back scratches easily: I don't know why the high gloss chrome is chosen as it is so transient a finish. the display is nice, and doesn't scratch. I wonder if the full colour backlit screen is a bit unnecessary given that a monochrome, text based, display works so well, and efficiently. maybe if you wanted to select at-a-glance as you spin through songs and albums then it would be good, however, see my (and others') comment about lag and cover art. The different options as to how music is selected seem well sorted, better than in earlier generations. the controls are quite sluggish at times, which gets annoying, and I echo the cover-flow reservations expressed elsewhere: it can slow right down and then become less than useful. sometimes the delay is great enough to activate a surprise song. overall however, it's no big deal.
sync'ing appears noticably quicker and more straightforward than with my older ipod. probably all in my mind, but this is a sure sign of how smooth this is to use with PC.
battery life is as awesome as suggested, really nice compared to previous models.
the other bundled (non-music) stuff doesn't interest me, so no comments there. Overall, heartily recommended, at last an Ipod for audiophiles-lite