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Apple iPod Classic 160GB - Black (discontinued by manufacturer)
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- 160GB hard drive
- Holds up to 40,000 songs in 128-Kbps AAC format
- Holds up to 25,000 iPod-viewable photos
- Holds up to 200 hours of video
- 2.5-inch (diagonal) color LCD with LED backlight
- 320-by-240-pixel resolution at 163 pixels per inch
- Support for display of multiple languages and characters simultaneously
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This item Apple iPod Classic 160GB - Black (discontinued by manufacturer)
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|Digital Storage Capacity||120 GB||64 GB||2 TB||8 GB||16 GB||8 GB|
|Included Components||—||1 x Earpods and USB Cable||1 x USB Cable||1x MP3 Player 1x Earphones 1x USB Cable 1x User Manual||1 x Battery, 1 x Earpods and USB Cable||—|
|Item Dimensions||6.2 x 1.3 x 10.3 cm||5.86 x 0.61 x 12.34 cm||5.5 x 1.8 x 9.8 cm||0.9 x 3.8 x 8.8 cm||3.96 x 0.54 x 7.65 cm||4.06 x 1.6 x 6.6 cm|
|Item Weight||162 grams||88 grams||110 grams||80 grams||31 grams||23 grams|
|Radio Bands Supported||FM||—||—||FM||FM||FM|
|Special Feature||—||Camera; Video||Bluetooth||8GB metal MP3, Speaker, Recorder, FM, 1.8' OLED screen, Resume playback||Bluetooth||Radio|
|Supported Audio Format||—||AAC, MP3, Audible and WAV||MP3, WAV, WMA, AAC and FLAC||—||AAC, MP3, Audible and WAV||MP3, WMA, AAC and Audible|
Decisions, decisions. Who needs em? Why should you have to choose what to put on your iPod? With up to 160GB of storage, iPod classic lets you carry everything in your collection up to 40,000 songs or up to 200 hours of video everywhere you go. In a completely new, even thinner, all-metal design, this iPod is a modern classic.
With 80GB or 160GB of storage(1), iPod classic gives your music and video room to move. It also has plenty of energy (up to 40 hours of audio playback 2), good looks (a sleek, all-metal design), and a great personality (a brand-new interface with Cover Flow). In other words, iPod classic makes an ideal companion. Why not get to know it better?
If a picture says a thousand words, think of what all the album art in your collection might say. With Cover Flow on iPod classic, you can flip through your music to find the album you want to hear. Use the Click Wheel to browse music by album cover, then select an album to flip it over and see the track list.
Use the Click Wheel to adjust volume, navigate songs, browse in Cover Flow, or explore the Music menu by playlist, artist, album, song, genre, composer, and more. Want to mix things up? Click Shuffle Songs. iPod classic makes your music look as good as it sounds, thanks to its big, bright, colour display.
Buy movies from the iTunes Store and you can sync them to your iPod classic to watch anywhere, anytime. The gorgeous 2.5-inch display makes your movies pop. And iPod classic keeps you entertained for up to 7 hours. Long flight or darkened room? Adjust the brightness for even more video playback time.
Theres always something good on iPod classic. Browse thousands of episodes of your favorite TV shows on the iTunes Store then sync them to iPod classic. Watch last nights episodes this morning, or buy a whole TV series and play a pocket-size marathon.
The iTunes Store features thousands of free video and audio podcasts, including indie favorites and offerings from such big names as ABC News, Comedy Central, ESPN, PBS, NPR, and many more. Browse and subscribe to podcasts, then sync them to your iPod classic. You can even play video podcasts on TV using an optional Apple component or composite AV cable.
The digital shelves of the iTunes Store are stocked with thousands of audiobooks including exclusives like the entire Harry Potter series so you can catch up on your reading wherever iPod classic takes you. iPod classic recognizes where you left off and bookmarks your place. You can even adjust the reading speed to suit you.
Put hours of fun at your fingertips. iPod classic comes with three games Vortex, iQuiz, and Klondike and you can download more from the iTunes. All iPod games are designed specifically for the iPod interface. And all of them look great on the 2.5-inch colour display.
iPod classic holds up to 25,000 photos you can sync from your Mac or PC via iTunes. Use the Click Wheel to scroll through photo thumbnails the same way you scroll through song titles. To see a photo full screen, click the center button. You can even view photo slideshows complete with music and transitions on iPod classic or on a TV using an optional Apple component or composite AV cable.
With up to 40,000 songs1 on your iPod classic, you need an easy way to search your collection. A built-in search function lets you use the Click Wheel to type out the name of the song, artist, album, audiobook, or podcast youre looking for. iPod classic returns results instantly as you select letters.
Calendars, contacts, and a clock appear in the Extras menu, along with a few more handy items. Take the screen lock, for example. Spin the Click Wheel to choose a four-digit combination and protect your iPod classic from prying eyes. If you forget your combination, just reset when you sync. Or use the built-in stopwatch to log your best times.
1. 1GB = 1 billion bytes; actual formatted capacity less.
2. Testing conducted by Apple in August 2007 using preproduction hardware and software. 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.
- iPod classic
- USB 2.0 cable
- Dock adapter
- Quick Start guide
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The warnings from previous reviewers that nearly put me off buying this were the ones about the sound volume. Thankfully I ignored them - on the basis that the sound couldn't really be thaht different to the 40GB version - and am glad i did. In fact, I have applied my own sound limit (as on the 40GB model) as the maximum is painfully high! Like some other reviewers, i do listen to the player through in-ear earphones - these are a must for comfort and sound, the ones suppliedas standard by ALL mp3 player manufacturers are useless (I use Creative Labs ones, currently on half-price offer - I use my ipod daily and hgey do give up the ghost after about three months because of flex problems but I suspect all earphones are subject to that aspect of "wear and tear").
Functionally, I am extremely pleased with the 160GB player - it is everything that I hoped from it - and for a fantastically competitive price of just over £200 it is brilliant value for money!!
First, the hardware; the interface has been changed cosmetically but isn't any better than that of the 5th generation. In fact, until some modifications to the device's firmware were issued there were a number of reports that it ran jerkily and slowly. Mine runs acceptably but I can't say the innovations, such as cover flow, are of any great appeal. More importantly, there have been a number of complaints about the sound the device produces. Sound is a notoriously subjective matter but playing the earlier 5g model alongside the new one on similar settings is revealing. I find the sound of the latter is boosted in the bass and treble regions with a thinner middle. I don't like it compared to the sound produced by the earlier model, which is more "natural" and "rounded" to my ears. So, whilst it works reasonably well, generally this new model feels like Apple has taken a couple of steps backward with it. That's disappointing.
Secondly, those of you who use iTunes to manage your iPod will probably be quite content with the Classic. However, there are many who regard Apple's iPod Manager-cum-music store as an unnecessary and inconvenient piece of "bloatware". I'm one of them. Therefore, I'm more than merely irritated by Apple's decision to encrypt the firmware on the Classic model. This has rendered useful pieces of software, like Anapod Explorer (the best iPod manager I've used, even if it's indifferently supported) and euPod (a volume boosting utility) inoperative. There are other software interfaces that do work (MediaMonkey is a good example) but Apple's continuing attempt to coerce its customers into using its software is frustrating.
To sum up, it seems that the trade off for getting more disk space is a model shows little or no improvement over the preceding one and in some aspects -- importantly, the sound -- seems inferior. When you add in the inconvenience of not being able to use certain well-established pieces of software either as a replacement for iTunes or to overcome some of that program's limitations then the question of whether a different mp3 player would be a better choice has to arise. Given the opportunity I'm not sure I'd plump for an iPod Classic again.
My only real gripes are:
a) The limited volume output. If I want to deafen myself, that's my business. There is a user defined volume limit option, so what's the problem?
b) The earbuds are a very poor quality accessory to what is a great piece of kit. Also, why are they white? My iPod is black. Come to that, why are the USB cable and dock adaptor also white?.
Moaning aside, I am really glad I took the plunge.
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