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A Simple clean design. A classic iPod.
Before colour screens were a must-have, and video playback was all the rage, simplicity was key - and this model is certainly simple, but effective.
I believe i'm correct in saying that this particular model (the first iPod I owned) is classed as being part of the third generation of the original design.
Housing only a 10gb hard drive, I sadly had to upgrade to a newer model with a larger storage capacity.
The interface is really easy to use; the thumbwheel working incredibly effectively to scroll through songs, albums and options in general, whilst the four main buttons allowed the access of the play functions and also the menu key.
The buttons illuminate with an orange glow, making night time operation easy and beautiful.
The battery performs well, although after owning this product for three years, the time it took to run down after a full charge was only
around an hour. Having said that, Apple do offer a battery replacement service for the majority of their iPod models.
Sound quality is magnificent - I think this is one thing which is shared with all the iPod models. As with the newer versions, this model came with the traditional white earphones included.
Other features which this iPod offers include the Address book - which can be synched with Mac and PC apps, and a selection of games - the music quiz being the most entertaining.
I enjoyed owning this classic piece of mp3 player history, and if you're a collector of Apple's designer range, then this product is a must.
You can still obtain this product from eBay, and you should be looking to pay under £60.
I wanted a personal music player that could hold vast amounts of tracks that I could carry around in a compact device. After researching different players, i.e., cd walkmans that can play Mp3 tracks off disk and portable Mp3 players, some of which could only stores as little as 30 tracks at a time. I eventually came across Apple?s iPod. An innovation in music technology if there ever was one. The first things that caught my eye when I saw the iPod was it?s size, which is little bigger than a cigarette box and the fact that with it?s LCD display, scroll wheel for browsing the menu and it?s shiny metal back. This thing looked a very sexy gadget indeed! I bought my iPod 10Gb verson for windows (Apple Mac version also available) in Feb 2003 and since then it has been updated to the current version available, which has changed a little in how it looks but maintains that classy appearance. One of the main differences between this product and other Mp3 players it that the iPod contains a hard disk just like the one that you would have on a computer, although small enough to enable the ipod to be so compact. This is what allows it store so much music. I have loaded my entire CD collection onto it and it?s still only ¼ full so it would take some going to fill the thing to it?s capacity. Apple claim that the 10GB version can store 2000 near-CD quality songs but it should be able to store more than this if your using lesser quality tracks. After deciding that I wanted one (and that didn?t take too long!) I set about finding places that sell them. PcWorld did stock them but had sold out and I tried John Lewis which had the 5Gb version available but had sold out of the 10Gb and 20GB versions. So I finally bought mine through the Apple website (see below). Ordering through them was a very pain-less and simple process and I received my new iPod very quickly. You are also able to track the order through various stages of dispatch. When it arrived what struc
k me was how cool and attractive the packaging was and reinforced to me that this was a quality product. It comes in a small cube box that opens out into two halves. On one side is the iPod and the other the accessories. It just appeared that Apple had gone that extra mile to add some class to what could have been dull packaging. The contents the box was as follows: The iPod Installation and software disk User guide and ?At a glance? leaflet Apple warranty information Black plastic protective holder with belt clip Firewire cable and adapter plug Plug adapter for charging Earphones with spare set of foam ear-piece covers Remote control (not standard for the 5Gb version and now only standard for the newer 20GB & 40GB formats) Grey fabric pouch for carrying the iPod First of all I had to charge up the iPod which takes about 4 hours to charge fully, although Apple claims that it is 90% charged in an hour. Charging is carried out by one of two methods. Either just plug it into your standard wall socket with the supplied plug adapter or plug it into your computer through a lead (also supplied) that attaches to your computer?s firewire card. Not all computers come with firewire cards as standards. I had to purchase one for my computer especially to use the iPod but it?s an essential piece of equipment to be able to use the iPod as you?ll see later. I picked mine up from PCWorld for approx. £30.00. I have found that charging it through via a wall socket is quicker although I don?t know why this is the case. After charging I was ready to rock and roll and get some tunes onto it. At this point I needed to load the installation disk that came with it onto my computer. This was a pretty straight forward task. The disk also contains a program called ?MusicMatch? which is the software for uploading and downloading songs onto the iPod. However prior to buying the iPod I had discovered from other users that this was not
the most easiest software to use with it and others were recommending the use of a program called ?EphPod? which is freely available to download. Just search for it on ?Google? and you?ll find it. This is the program that I use and it?s dead simple and straightforward. To enable the uploading and downloading of songs you need to connect the iPod to your computer via the firewire card. The card allows lightning fast transfer of songs between the two devices and you?ll be able to transfer the equivalent of a standard CD in about 14 seconds. The iPod itself is very simple to navigate. The buttons are comfortable to use but do take a while to remember which buttons take you where around the screen. The touch sensitive scroll wheel is a great addition making it very quick to scroll through list of songs, however it is very sensitive and sometimes you can go past the song you want to play. The LCD screen is ample big enough to easily see what your doing and it?s of excellent quality. It even has a back-lit facility so you can see it in the dark if you need to. When arranging your tracks you?ll be able to groups songs into any kind of order you like i.e., by genre, artist, album, alphabetically. You can choose to name folders and you can compile playlists, which might, for example contain your most favourite songs of the moment. All this is achieved through the software and then you just transfer it to the iPod. I have been very impressed with the iPod in terms of my expectations, it?s ease of use and it?s functionality. However that?s not to say I haven?t got negative things to say about it. Firstly I have been very frustrated that when not in use for some time it doesn?t seem to retain it?s power and there have been many times where I have gone to use it only to find the battery flat. Secondly on several occasions it has stopped working and ?frozen? with none of the buttons working. Plugging it into the wall socket for re-charging didn?t make a
ny difference and the only way I could get it working again was to plug it into the computer which seemed to free it up again, not very convenient if your away from your compuer. This has happened quite frequently and I had thought that it was a fault, but having had a look at Apple?s online help pages it would appear that this is a recognised problem that can occur and it does give you a solution to this which is a combination of button pushing. It might also be worth mentioning that it is widely known that the metal back to the iPod is extremely susceptible to scratching, so you need to take good care of it. All things considered I am glad that I bought the iPod. It?s a great device, it looks cool and it does it?s job. It was expensive at £330 I agree, but you get what you pay for! Here is a list of specifications as described by Apple: Holds over 2000 songs at near-CD quality on 10GB hard drive Up to 10 hours of continuous playback with lithium polymer battery Super portable at 6.5 ounces and only 0.72 inch thick, 2.4 inches wide and 4.0 inches tall Unique tough wheel for simple, one-handed navigation Plays MP3, WAV and AIFF formats Skip Protection for up to 20 minutes High-resolution backlit LCD display Requirements: PC with Firewire Port Windows ME, Windows 2000, or Windows XP Home or Professional (Windows model only). As mentioned earlier, Apple have released a newer version of the iPod which can be viewed at their website (store.apple.com/Apple/WebObjects/ukstore). It?s slightly smaller and the buttons on the front have changed appearance. It?s available in 10Mb, 20Mb or a whopping 40Mb format. Made for use with both Macintosh and Windows Pc?s. A new addition is the ?iPod Dock? which is a docking station in which you stand the iPod in for charging. This is included in only the 20MB & 40 MB models. There are also a variety of accessories to purchase separately.
WOW!!! - Advantages: Sound quality and equalizers, Brilliant for data storage (no more CDs or DVDs to carry around!), Good price (similar to 512mb mp3 players) - Disadvantages: Overpriced accessories, Doesn't support WMAs (however iTunes can convert them for you), You'll want to protect it from minor scratches all the time!
The spectacle that is the Apple Ipod. This new design and model completely reinvents and destroys all previous mp3 players. It is in simplicity the only thing you ever need to concern yourself with in regards to mp3. First of all my reasoning for buying such a device. Well for months now I have been the proud owner of a Rio 600 mp3 player (and have reviewed it) but recently found that the player itself was just not functioning as well as I had previously expected although still in fine working order, I wanted more, I needed more - Enter the Ipod. It is not a secret that the Ipod is easily one of the more superior mp3 players but was not until recently when I picked up a copy of my monthly magazine - Stuff - and realised that it was voted top gadget, that I took it into consideration. Although the price had been a serious blockage in the past decided, that you can't put a price on pure quality and ordered myself one of these players. When it arrived I couldn't be happier, I ripped off the packaging and immediately began to set about getting songs onto the player. And let me just say in brief, that despite my high expectations, I was not disappointed. And here?s why. MP3 Explanation For those of you who do not fully understand the full concepts of mp3s, in simple terms it?s just a smaller version of the same song (compressed). These mp3s are often downloaded from such programs as Kazaa or Audio Galaxy, although I would not promote music piracy of course. Appearance The previous version of the Ipod featured a slightly bulkier case and less user-friendly layout of buttons, however this version improves upon all these original faults and more. It is slim, sleek and stylish. It is designed to be just slightly larger then a small pack of playing cards making the whole system operational using just one hand. The small white case is just 0.62 inches thick by 2.4 wide and 4inch tall and made out of a tough but light metal. T
he edges are curved slightly, to give it that more appealing look. It features a large backlit LCD screen which displays track info, play lists, functions etc. The previous button layout has also been tweaked slightly although the basic touch wheel idea has been kept in tack but now also features a slightly more ergonomic layout, making the ease of use even better. The new button layout consist of a central button for confirming options, a scroll ring for selection and more buttons on this ring for such features as menu, play/pause, and skipping backwards and forwards through tracks. This is by far the sexiest gadget out there. Capacity This is where the Ipod really shines. The Ipod comes in 3 different sizes; the 10GB model contains a hard drive capable of holding near 2000 cd quality tracks (big step up from my 12 track Rio). Once more mp3s and lesser quality music files can be stored in greater amounts averaging at about 2500. I've only got round to putting a few cds worth onto this player but am sure that I wouldn't be to fill it anytime in the immediate future. If you have a lot of cds and want to use this for prolonged amount of times, don?t even consider another mp3 player this is for you. Software and Transferring Files With the Ipod came an installation disk and a fire wire cable and adapter plug. I did not experience any problems when installing and the "At a glance - User Guide" helped me to get to grips with the program straight away. The transferring of songs was not a difficult or tedious task, it was a simple case of plug it into your PC via firewire/USB socket, open the program (named MusicMatch) and insert the cd you wish to transfer across, then it is simply a case of click, select and upload. The speed of transfer is also something, which must me dearly noted; I am now able to upload entire albums in between 10-15 seconds. Essential for fast paced on the go lifestyles. Audio Details T
he player supports a variety of audio formats such as MP3, WMA and VBR, allowing you to access a wider range of audio selections anywhere. Functions The Ipod features many essential basic functions but also adds its own little quirks to give it that little bit extra, For example songs can be arranged in play lists (orders depending on genre, length, band or just the order you want them to play) thus saving you time having to flick through searching for the song you desire. It also features a few none music related items such as games, calendars, alarm clock, sleep timer, contact book and even a basic notepad, allowing you to view text files. The Ipod also features the ability to be connected up to your normal stereo system and have tracks played via that (great with the better speakers). Battery Despite being so close to perfection this is where the Ipod, as many other mp3 players, fails to achieve its full potential. The battery can be charged either via a normal wall socket or via your computer, either way is meant to take approximately 4 hours to achieve a 10-hour battery life. I do manage to get the occasional 9 or so hour run out of this device but have never seen its full potential. For a device containing thousands of music tracks I would have appreciated a slightly longer lasting battery allowing me to experience these tracks for longer periods of times. However this isn't a major flaw as I am very rarely in the position in which I would desire to be listening to music for a 10 hour long period. Price The Apple Ipod is one of the more expensive Mp3 players on the market at the minute but with good reason. The ones you see advertised for under £100 have on average 64Mb - 128Mb memories, nothing compared to the huge 10GB hard drive of the Ipod. It usually goes for between £230-£250, I bought mine for £239.99 on Amazon.co.uk. Although this is expensive just keep reminding yourself of how man songs it can hold and how i
t is the only thing you?ll ever need with regard to MP3. Believe me it is worth shelling out the extra cash for this, you'll regret it if you don't. Accessories The box in which the Ipod comes in contains Installation disks, user guides/help manuals, protective holder, plug adapter, firewire cable plus adapter, small pouch for carrying and a set of good quality headphones. This overall is a great player. The quality is superb. Has a great design small and sexy. Long enough battery life. Is easy to use. Can transfer racks at lightning speed. And most importantly it holds thousands of high cd quality songs. If you are looking to experience music on the go, save up for a while and buy this, you wont regret it. Five Star Product ***** Hope You Have Enjoyed Reading My Review and Hope It Helped You! - Kris
If you've got as far as this review, you can't have failed to notice the phenomenal hype surrounding Apple Computers' latest must-have gizmo, the iPod. Okay, there was a previous version of the iPod, which had slightly bulkier casing and a less user-friendly layout of its buttons. If you're familiar with that model, the new generation of 'Pods has sleeker, more refined styling, a more advanced operating system, and the beginnings of an excellent PDA/organizing system. Much of the attraction of this new model is down to the improved design. Simply put, this is the sexiest portable music hard drive you're ever likely to hold - bar, in all probability, Apple's 4th or 6th generation iPod/PDA/phone-come-scooter, or whatever they've got up their sleeves. Though there's a PC-compatible model on the way, this machine looks best (and dammit that counts! we're talking gizmos here!) tied up to a Mac-centric suite. (Not sure that it'll drive up sales of iBooks or iMacs on its own, but you never know.) Connecting to your Mac via a specialized Firewire cable (slimmer at the iPod end), the 'Pod tranfers audio files at phenomenal speeds. AIFFs go by in seconds, MP3 and AAC formats in less than the blink of an eye. Now the 10Gb model is the lowest capacity of the 3 currently available, but even for a serious music lover such as myself, the ability to carry around 2,500 rock songs, dance anthems, classical movements and jazz noodlings, and all in the palm of your hand, is frankly awesome! We're talking days' and days' worth of music. It's unsurprisingly easy, therefore, to go weeks without remembering all the new tracks you've uploaded to your iPod. It offers far more powerful listening tools than your CD deck's simple shuffle function. Countless playlists can be programmed on your computer and transferred to the 'Pod, catering for every listening experience - a Mo
rning playlist, a Running playlist, a Best Songs Ever Playlist... The user can browse songs by Artist, Album, Genre - a particularly satisying method is to pitch up at some random point in the entire Songs list, and then play through in order or randomly, juxtaposing bands and composers and styles and subgenres in ways you would never have imagined. It's also a great way to rediscover the sheer depth of your Library. One drawback which isn't entirely clear from the marketing is that transferring songs to your iPod is meant to be a one-way process. Obviously, this stops the unscrupulous user from stuffing an iPod to the gills, and forwarding it to other users for them to download. On the other hand, when you've just deleted the ENTIRE LIBRARY from your G4 laptop to make way fo some digital video editing space, it can be upsetting, to say the least... However, help is at hand. Though the files are not readily accessible from iTunes, numerous utilities are now available on the web that can find the hidden mp3 files on your iPod's hard drive, and make them available for transfer BACK to your Mac. The fact that only a certain number of Macs can be registered to an iPod (3, i believe) means that we won't be seeing iPods lent out left right and centre, with the entire nation sharing one original copy of each album. Being a sensitive piece of equipment, the iPod is sensitive to high temperatures - during the recent heatwave, my 'Pod crashed a couple of times when kept in the pocket of my jeans. Tip: the aluminium back of the 'Pod is there to conduct the heat out, so make sure the back isn't pressed against your body in the warmer months. Battery life is acceptable, though not lengthy. If your computer is at home or work, leave the charger in the other location to power up the 'Pod - the Firewire connection from your computer will also charge the 'Pod when you're transferring music. This
generation of iPods also comes equipped with basic PDA software. Obviously there is no input while using the iPod, but if you do keep your contacts & calendar info on your computer, it can be synched easily (especially using Mac's sublime OS X operating system). Very handy, I've found, for checking addresses, times of meetings, and especially birthdays. Plus there are some basic games, but if you're that bored, you should have loaded up more interesting music, or a talking book or something. The 10Gb lacks the extras of the 15Gb or 30Gb models, but given that we're talking about a stand and a black leather carrying case, it's no biggie. However - and this is the kicker - if you're shelling out £250 for the 10Gb, why not go the extra £50 and get half as much storage again? (This wasn't a question for your reviewer, as his was a leaving present from his last job... hey! i was there a long time, okay!) As it is, it is beyond my power to find any faults with this machine. As near to perfect as anything I've reviewed, except maybe Patrick Vieira.