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      19.07.2010 19:56
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      If you want lots of storage and want to save a few pennies the ipod 80GB video is worth buying

      The Apple ipod video is now a few years out of date. I bought my 80GB using money I got for my A-Level results; I've just finished my 3rd year at university. I've never really needed the whole 80GB but back then this ipod was the best available on the market and appropriately was the same amount as the money I received. 3 years on it is a shadow of its former self where the ipod touch and iphone are way more advanced. Its even got to the point where the rich/up to date people look down upon my ipod because it's so out of date (Not kidding). On with the review


      The 80GB video is not to be confused with the 80GB classic ipod. There's very little difference between the two but the classic is slightly more modern and up to date. The most obvious is the on screen menus. The menu for the classic takes up half of the screen where the other half is taken up by a picture/image (Almost like a changing background for a computer). This isn't the case for the video ipod where the whole screen is taken up by the menu.


      The ipod comes packaged with the appropriate cable to hook it up to your laptop as well as the standard apple ipod earphones. The regular earphones are good but not great. They will last about 6 months before slowly beginning to fall apart. The small metal grating often falls off along with the plastic rim that goes around them. The sound quality also deteriorates slowly over time. However up until this point the headphones are generally of a good quality. Hooking your ipod up to the computer is nice and easy. It should sync within a minute or so and automatically start transferring your songs/videos/photos across. The menu options (On your laptop) can be a little fiddly at first however after a quick inspection they are easy to understand so you should be able to transport exactly what you want across in no time


      The ipod itself despite being an outdated version still looks cool and slick. I have a white front and silver back which is much nicer looking than the standard black one you see. It also very reliable and will last a long time unless you take a hammer to it. I've dropped mine countless times and it hasn't harmed it so far. There's a few scratch marks on the back but with this being a silver back they aren't as bad as they might sound. The screen itself is much tougher than an itouch/iphone. I've heard so many people having problems with screens cracking by accident. This is very unlikely to happen here and will can take a real beating before affecting it's quality (And this is only in the case of videos).


      The screen is only 2.5 inches which doesn't sound like much but I've watched tens and tens of films on mine and the screen does it job fine. The LCD screen isn't best for high paced actions films (Tranformers is not a great watch on this!) but for animations, comedies and dramas the ipod holds up fine. It's perfect for watching a quick episode of the simpsons, family guy or futurama etc.


      Navigation is quick and easy using the wheel pad. It's responsive, quick and firm. After 3 years of constant use (and abuse) it's never failed me. I know the wheel pad isn't everyone's favorite choice of searching method but the one here is superb. I had a 4GB mini before this 80GB ipod and the difference in wheel quality is very noticeable. It's much better here


      At 80GB this video ipod is mainly suited to the music boffins. I've never filled more than 30GB so realistically this ipod isn't suited for me however as I've previously said I had a 4GB mini before this which wasn't enough. It's nice knowing I never have to worry about filling it and fiddling about with what I want on it at a particular time. I often have 15-20 films on it at once and it easily handles this. I've never had any problems with slowdown, glitches or anything along those lines.


      So there's nothing really wrong with this ipod so should you invest in one? Depends on who you are. They're difficult to get hold of brand new now as the classic has replaced this model. You can get 2nd hand ones off amazon for under £100 (And some under £90) which is a very good buy assuming it's in good condition. If you wanted an ipod touch of similar capacity (64GB) it would set you back over £270. So if you are the type with tones of music who doesn't care about flashy touch screens and fancy apps then there is still a place for the 80GB (Or even 120/160 GB) video. A 80GB classic will cost you anything in the region of £130 to £170. So for a slightly out of date model (Which at a core level is exactly the same) you can save at least £30-£40.

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        11.07.2010 12:35
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        Does what it says on the tin, and does it well

        I bought my ipod second hand from a friend at school over three years ago, and he had had it from launch week, so it is getting on to 4 years old now and still going strong(ish).

        Usability: I'm going to assume you've all seen and used one for a bit, so I'll focus on day to day use. It is light enough to carry anywhere in a front or jacket pocket, and isn't so fragile you need to worry about it constantly, mine has taken a fair few knocks and drops and is going on strong. The firmware is easy to navigate and synching with itunes is effortless. Slight problems occur when you have a very large music library, as it can take a while to scroll through every song and artist so bear that in mind and make lots of playlists!

        Battery life: Fantastic. Will easily meet it's claim of 20 hours on one charge, I'm convinced it lasts longer than that

        Audio: Definitely upgrade the included earbuds, go for a set of in-ear sound isolating ones (Sennheisser CX300 are a good shout for a cheap pear), also play around with the equalizer on the settings menu as it does make a big difference when the sound is adjusted right. Maximum volume is easily high enough.

        Video: Not as useful as you'd think, cable to output to TV is hard to come by and expensive, and the screen is too small to watch much without hurting your eyes. Quite fun for music videos though.

        Durabilility/Build Quality: Good, takes a few knocks and drops, feels solid, but as it has a hard drive and these are fragile I would still treat it carefully.

        At this point in time you would only really be considering buying one of these second hand, and I would definitely advise it, they have a long shelf life, will easily hold all your music and there is very little difference between the classic and this one.

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        26.05.2010 14:31

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        Brilliant mp3 player with various functions and even games!

        I was wary of buying an iPod a few years ago having only owned Sony mp3 players however for my gap year I was persuaded to buy this one as it had a pretty big capacity and I put loads of films and series on there to watch on long journeys around South America. It's simply never faltered. The screen is big enough to watch films on at two (at a push) but I have done this. The sound is really good even with the apple headphones only. I've still got 20gb free and I have all my music, films, series and photos on there. I've had it for 3 years now and traveled 2 continents sometimes at very high altitudes and it's been fine. I think unless you're a crazy film/music buff with over 60gb of music only, 80gb is plenty. It's also light considering its capacity and pretty much unbreakable having dropped it so many times! A definite buy especially seeing as it's half the price it was that when I first bought t!

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        19.03.2010 19:06
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        Fantastic portable media device

        When ipods first came out I had an ipod shuffle and loved it because of it's capacity for audio books but really I wanted a video ipod and after saving for a while I bought this one and I was not at all disapointed!

        Any worried I had that it would be difficult to operate went away the first time I connected it to the computer and realised that even my grandmoter would be able to load music and videos on to it, and that is saying something! I do have to, shamefully, admit that it took me a while to work out how the dial on it worked - for ages I thought I had a broken one when pressing the circle didnt make the volume go up but I soon worked out how to do it and now I find the ipod very simple to operate and to find exactly what I need.

        Having the ipod video suddently brought me a whole world of media on the move through both the itunes store and through podcasts. Most of the contents of my ipod is made up of these wonderful free videos that I have downloaded and I would now be lost without them. Video is clear, the screen is easy to watch and a decent size and the audio is obviously excellent. As someone who is hearing impaired I did worry about playback on the videos matching the audio as I usually lipread but I didnt have to be concerned at all - quality was just as good as watching TV and audio and picture match perfectly making lipreading possible in applicable programmes.

        The 80gb capacity is never going to be enough if you love podcasts and buying videos from itunes but it is a huge amount (Mine will never be filled as our computer only has 72gb of memory but that is a different review! lol) and enables you to carry a large amount of music, video, podcasts and audio books.

        This really is a brilliant portable music player and I can honestly say I would be lost without it and I use it every day. The only way I would buy a replacement would be if this one was to wear out but I can't see that happening so I guess (and hope) I will have this ipod for years to come

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        24.02.2010 23:27
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        This is essential for any music lover.

        Ths the daddy of all MP3 players. I've owned this version for nearly 4 years now, running on the same stock battery which came with the iPod, with at least a few hours of play every day and it still hasn't run out. It's amazing, really.

        If you get yourself a good MP4 video converter, then you can watch your favourite films on the go, and download clips off Youtube and convert them, which is what I frequently do. It's one of the easiest products to use, very user friendly, you have more space than you know what to do with, and it's a sleek product too.

        Ripping all my CDs via iTunes is baby simple, your parents would have little trouble should they get a version for themselves. The iTunes store is packed full of talent, and I use it a lot for finding rare bands to get a sample of their albums to see if they're worth buying or not.

        This is almost essential for those train journeys I endure a few times a week going to and from Uni, this is the definitive place to start for your first MP3 player.

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        30.05.2009 18:00
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        This is one to consider if you don;t want the newer classic

        I got this for Christmas. I have to admit, I do love the iPod, the design, the looks, the size is fantastic. The choices of models and the software thats used on the PC to link it together amazing.

        I use iTunes software, and I must admit I think it one of the best music management software packages out there, and I will review it at somepoint soon.

        The iPod itself is a nice sleek Black deisng which makes it look stylish (white is nice, but just so the norm) It has 80GB capacity, which is plenty of storage for 20000 songs which is over 1000 cd's.
        The back is a shiny metalic silver/steel, however this does give 1 problem of scratches, smudges, finger prints, etc all over the back of the iPod, which is naturally where you hold it.

        There is a hold switch on the top of the iPod that allows you to make sure that if you press any buttons on the iPod nothing will happen, afterall you don;t want it in your pocket or in a case, randomly changeing track/album etc unless of cause you set it to shuffle.
        The only two other connectors are the 3.5mm Stereo jack socket for headphones/speakers and the iPod Connector for charging and USB control.

        The control over the iPod is done with 5 buttons. You have the central selection button which allows you to choose the option from the colour screen.
        On this iPod we can play music, photos and videos. All of these are synced to the iPod through iTunes.

        To access the music you then have a choice of pre-defined playlists (to be honest this is the best method, use a play list to identify what music you want to listen to in certain environments). This is because unfortunately you can either browse by artists, which means compilations will be completely seperated, etc, or by Album which means you need to know the album title and when you have 10 "Greatest Hits" you have to go into each in order to be able to see which Artist they are the greatest hits of.
        You can also view your music via Genre which means you can play soundtracks, rock music, etc.

        This iPod is pretty good, although the new version, the Classic is slight more advanced with better features with coverflow, etc.

        I use my iPod in my Vauxhall Insignia as it has an iPod connector and on screen control, which means I can control the iPod from the car dashboard.

        Overall this is a great iPod, obviously the replacement is the classic, which too is a great iPod (a bit thinner). This range is well worth getting if you want to carry a good selection of music with you. For instance when I am in my car I have 1000 CD's of music with my in my arm rest to choose from, the same on holiday and its a small rectangular box about the size of a 2.5" hard drive. Plus I can also take movies with me on it to watch too (About 300MB in size for a 2 hour movie on iPod)

        Fantastic! The only thing I wish was better was the control, or a view where i could see Album and Artist at the same time just like i view it in iTunes.

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        23.01.2009 13:14
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        It has great functions, easy to use by all, huge storage capacity and just a triumph all around

        The Apple iPod plays a large part in the music downloading craze that swept the 90's and continues to sweep the world as people now have access to thousands of songs all within this little gadget.

        --- Design ---

        The black iPod 80gb is the one shown in the product image and is the one i am reviewing, though it is also available in white (same functions etc just a different colour).

        The iPod design itself is slick and stylish. In beautiful semi-glossy black finish on top (with white buttons for the selection wheel) the rest of the iPod (including the back) is silver and works great as a mirror (for those needing music and a mirror on the go!).

        I advise getting a case as the back gets scratched very easily and can be seen easily due to the mirror effect.

        The classic apple symbol is also etched into the back with the word 'iPod' below it and room at the top for custom engraving (mine says simply, 'Dan')

        --- Ease Of Use ---

        Click the menu button and voila the iPod loads in just a few seconds. The rotation wheel is used to scroll up and down the menu selections (rotate right to move down, left for up) and simply clicking the centre button will confirm an action, very easy to use.

        At the top is a 'hold' button which will lock the iPod so that when walking along with it in your pocket it wont change songs or switch off.

        --- Lifespan ---

        My iPod is now probably around 2 years old and has had to go into be repaired once (the logic board had died) and the 'hold' button now doesn't work properly.

        This should be the point i should be annoyed? well not really since i use it daily when driving along and so it has a lot of wear (if used every day for 2 years, 730 days, say 2 hours at a time that's 1,460 hours of solid use.

        --- Capacity ---

        80gb iPod will hold...

        'It holds up to 20,000 songs, up to 25,000 photos, and up to 100 hours of video -- or any combination of each' - source Amazon

        which depends though on the size of the items loaded, i.e. a very high quality music file may reduce the actual amount but still, that's a huge amount of music!! (i've half filled it and have around 12 DAYS worth of solid music playback on there)

        Alternatively you can use any spare space an external backup device for files etc.

        --- Functions ---

        Down to the nitty gritty the iPod primarily functions as a music player which has a colour display to show off video or good quality album artwork for your music.

        So how does the music sound then? personally i think it sounds fantastic, the trouble being that the quality is dependent on two factors, headphone/speaker output quality and the quality of the songs added. I have noticed a huge difference when playing a purchased perfect quality iTunes song to one that i have ripped off a CD i own. The fact is, if you want a quality digital music selection you are going to have to buy it digitally off the iTunes store, but for me the small quality loss is not an issue really and still sounds great to me (though i'm no sound expert).

        The main menu links to Music, Photos, Videos, Extras, Settings and can be customised via Settings to include other favorite options so they are easy to access.

        Music - divided into Playlists (can be made 'on the go' on the iPod or via iTunes), Artists, Albums, Songs, Podcasts, Genres, Composers, Audiobooks and even a predictive Search facility.

        Video - much the same way with Video Playlists, Movies, Music Videos, Video Podcasts and Video Settings options (you can even output to a TV!)

        Photos - Slideshow Settings, and thumbnails/albums when present.

        Extras - Games (loads available to download from iTunes), Contacts, Calendars (can be synched to iCal for Mac users), Notes, Stopwatch and Screen Lock

        Settings - includes things such as an Equaliser, Brightness, Shuffle Modes, Volume Limit (to help not damage your ears) and Clicker on/off (noise emitted when selecting via the selection wheel)

        --- Battery Life ---

        Claim is 20 hours roughly, never really tested this as my iPod charges when connected in the car but on a car journey in my dads car (no charging) of 5 hours it still had over half battery left

        --- Headphones ---

        Classic Apple headphones are included which to some are a bit tinny but i found them to be very comfortable and have a good sound. The only down side is that they have become very recognisable to thieves and so some toned down ones may be a good investmant.

        --- Connectivity ---

        Great connection via the USB cable provided and can be set to sync with iTunes so that any new music/photos/videos etc on your computer will be added to the iPod as soon as its connected. Great feature but be wary as an deleted will also delete from the iPod too!

        --- Cost ---

        You could probably get one somewhere in the region £150 (VERY reasonable for all that space) (according to CeX.co.uk) for an 'as new' one, although finding a new one may be tough now as the new version 'classic' is out)

        --- Summary ---

        Overall the Apple iPod is a fantastic piece of kit. It gives access to millions of songs via iTunes which can be put on it and heard any time of day anywhere you are which still astounds me. The video function is great for train journeys for movies (not good too long though as its a small screen and could cause eye strain). The games downloadable from iTunes are good and include classics like The Sims. This is my first iPod and wont be my last, when this breaks i'll be getting another as despite the fact that expensive items should last forever, they simply don't and if i can squeeze 3 years out of this i'll look at it as a good length of time really due to solid use in that time.

        Apologies if this review has gone on a bit but a piece of technology this advanced needs a lot of explaining and looking at.

        It has great functions, easy to use by all, huge storage capacity and just a triumph all around.

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          12.01.2009 19:37
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          I love mine!

          As far as ipods go, this is getting old. I've had mine for a good year and a half but in all that time i had never had the desire to go out and replace it with a newer model.

          The main, important features are all in this ipod: It plays videos, it play music, it has a good sized screen etc, the only differences between this and the similar 'ipod classic' are small and unimportant updates to the UI which are nice but not at all neccessary and not worth spending an extra £50 on.

          I'm not going to try and agrue that this is better than an ipod touch or iphone because i assume that if you are reading this review you are already leaning towards buying a normal ipod rather than an ipod touch.

          This is truely a great mp3/4 player and with 80gb it is likely to fit all of your music on it and as many mp4's as you can be bothered to convert.

          One disadvantage i have found about this ipod is that it is thick and bulky and so if you are carrying it in your pocket it creates quite a bulge, its not a huge problem but it's worth mentioning since this is (i believe) the thickest of the modern ipods and may put some people off.

          I'd be lieing if i told you it has never frozen but the few times it has done so, the problem has been easily solved with the reset feature (holdig the middle and top button together for 5 seconds or so)

          Another problem i found instantly was the terrible ipod earphones it came with, i bought some £10 sony ones pretty quickly which i much prefered.

          I bought a silicone case for it but later discovered that it did very little to protect the ipod and took it off soon after, so i wouldnt reccomend buying one of those.

          In conclusion, if you are just looking for a decent Mp3 player, this one may be old, but it certainly isnt out dated.

          I give this a 4*, only because of its bulky size.

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          09.01.2009 22:58
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          A quality media product

          I've had my 80GB Apple iPod for just over a year now, and have very few complaints to make about what is otherwise and extremely stylish, attractive and efficient product. Despite originally refusing to buy into the iGeneration cult and avoiding the iPod, I eventually found that there are just not that many comparable products on the market that can offer the same level of beautiful design and enviable space at a reasonable price.

          The picture and video quality is very good considering the size of the screen, although brightness can be slightly low when watching very dark footage, making images difficult to see. The menu and click wheel is easy to understand and quick to operate. The lock function at the top of the player enables you to make sure that your tracks don't skip or your player doesn't stop if it gets knocked when it's in your bag or similar.

          If anything, I prefer the 5th gen iPod to the most recent model, both in terms of design, and also upon discovering that the subsequent classic models have locked the player's capability to connect the iPod to a television and play video through a TV. While the 5th gen still enables you to connect the player if you acquire the necessary cables that are relatively cheap to procure, the later models are locked so that it is necessary for you to buy a specifically designed iPod dock for the privilege, at a much higher cost. In that sense, the older model is far superior.

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          27.10.2008 15:55
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          I like it

          I've had my 80gb 5th generation ipod for around 2 years now, and this little piece of kit has never failed me.

          Boasting a battery life of up to 20 hours, it contains easily enough juice to keep anybody entertained on even the longest of journeys, and I can't imagine how 80gb could not be big enough for anybody. Some may boast that they have more music than that, but I doubt that they really need it all on there, as it would take around 2 weeks to play that many songs. as I mentioned before, the battery life is only 20 hours.

          My main concern when I first purchased this, was that I would somehow gauge a chunk out of the screen, or damage the scroll wheel. How wrong I was!
          The build quality on this machine is superb. Even when I use it without the protective sleeve, there is not a mark on it!

          It's full of usefull things too. like a calendar, video player, photo browser, clock, address book, and a stopwatch.

          The only thing I can mark this product down for is the quality of headphones. They seem to be made well, but the bass response is terrible. It's as if all of your music is being played through a tin can.

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          30.09.2008 11:55
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          GET ONE!

          I've had this ipod for 2 years now and I can honestly say that I have never wanted anything more from my mp3 player. I've been using it as a portable drive as well and it's so easy to use it's unbelievable!! Obviously it's slightly chunkier than the new version of the ipod, and it doesn't have all the fancy display features but I still think it's absolutely brilliant. I'd recommend getting a cover for yours, as mine has scratched quite badly from not having one and being thrown about in my bag!

          I occasionally have issues where I've plugged it into the computer and it freezes but holding down the reset button soon sorts this out... and no, it doesn't wipe the ipod! The only time I've had that happen to me was back at the beginning when I wasn't manually managing my music, it caused a bit of a shock when the whole thing was wiped but that was my error!

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          Great but needs to go on a diet.

          Thanks again Apple, for making our wallet lighter and our pockets heavier with another of your stunning (and expensive) devices. This one even holds its charge well - about a day worth of battery when fully charged. The Ipod 5th generation 80GB is the 8th wonder of the world. I mean seriously, how do they fit all that memory into a thing the size of a passport (a little thicker granted). Great storage capacities, but who needs all the space? I have one of these babies, i have almost 2 thousand songs on it, videos, photos, contact details and extra games - yet i've only used up 4GB. I found myself screaming. Apart from the unnecessary amount of space, this thing is a little chunky. If you only want about a thousand songs, go for a cheap, thin and pretty Ipod nano. If you want a morbidly obese, chunky thing to hold about a million songs, here you are. I'm never disappointed with Apple's capabilities at producing gadgets everyone will want, but do you really want to walk around with a lump of lead in your pocket? I think not.

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          A fantastic looking ipod with extremely good sound quality, just don't go mad and spend too much!

          If you're looking for an mp3 player then this is the one to get. Watch vidoes, browse through photos, listen to music and play games! I recently upgraded my 60gb photo ipod to this 80gb video one. The sound quality remains fantastic and the extra 20gb gives me enough space to add some music videos as well as video pod casts such as Ricky Gervais or 8 out of 10 cats to name but a few.

          As you may have seen, it looks fantastic - it is smart, sexy and very clean looking. With only the 2 circular buttons on the face you can stop, play, skip, fast forward and rewind your tracks. At the top there is also a hold button which allows you to disable all of the buttons so that if you accidentally press one of them, nothing happens. Very handy for jogging, or simply walking down the street. The screen on this model is slightly larger than the previous models and gives a very good picture even with quite low quality videos. This ipod comes in two main colours - black and white. There are also some novelty special edition video ipods sold in some shops, such as the red and black U2 ipod or the red black and yellow Ferrari ipod. These will set you back a little bit more than the standard, so not really worth it in my opinion.

          As I said before, the sound quality is excellent – to the untrained ear anyway. I feel that one the whole the sound is a lot better than any CD, MD or mp3 player I have owned in the past. To gain a little extra sound quality, Apple have introduced some earphones which slot into the ear to eradicate any outside noise polluting the sound quality – a bit dangerous for when crossing the road, but hey they do sound great!

          The ipod is very easy to use as the options are clearly set out. The interface when turned on allows you access to music, photos, videos, extras, settings and also gives you the option to shuffle songs or go back to what is currently playing. To scroll through the selections you simply glide your finger round the larger circular pad, which highlights the option you have selected. When you have highlighted your choice, you then press the centre button and a new options list will open up. This gives you the option of choosing a song by artist, album or you can also search by track name. Once the song you wish to play has been highlighted, you simply press the centre button once more and away you go – easy!! Once you are playing a song, if you scroll up and down, the volume will change. If you press the centre button once, the ipod will allow you to change the position of the song. If the centre button is pressed again (twice) the album artwork will be shown, press the centre button once more (thrice) and you can choose a star rating out of five for that particular song. This option in particular is extremely when trying to find your favourite tracks.

          There is a great little way of creating a playlist, as you scroll through various songs you can hold the centre button for a few seconds and the song will automatically be transferred into a playlist. Within the playlists option, back in the music interface there are another seven options to choose from. The playlist that you have just chosen will be called On-The-Go, however the ipod is very clever and gives you the option to play 90’s music, music videos, the highest rated songs, recently added songs, recently played songs, and the top 25 most played! I particularly like the top 25 most played songs. The same applies to creating a video playlist.

          There is a new option, which I did not have on my 60gb photo ipod: if you cannot find a particular song there is a way you can search for it by typing in the letters. It takes a little time typing in the letters as you have to scroll down and select each letter in turn but it makes searching through thousands of tracks a little easier!

          There are hundreds of options on this ipod, and I couldn’t go through each one – there just isn’t enough time in the day, and I’m really not going to be able to cover all aspects. The best way to find out is to buy one and play with it for a day or two, because like me you’ll eventually how you ever coped without one! Believe me, you will not be let down by it. Also I feel it would be a shame for me to go though every single detail, each ipod is customisable and all of the interface options can be moved or changed to suit the owner. All in all I feel that no-one is complete without there very own ipod!

          Now here comes the downside – When you receive you brand-spanking new ipod, it doesn’t come with a charger! The only things in the box are the ipod itself, some headphones and a wire to connect it to the computer. The ipod can be charged from the PC but do Apple not realise we might/need to travel once in a while. Is it sensible taking your computer with you to Italy say?! I think not. This, I feel, is extremely cheeky of them! So ipods have a huge range of accessories to plug in, strap on and squeeze your ipod into. Whether it is a nano, shuffle or original, there are hundreds of gismo’s and trinkets for you to play with. These, as well as the ipod itself, are costly so be aware that you may need to spend more than you first assumed.

          On the whole I would advise anyone to buy an ipod, especially this model as it will be well worth your money.

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            17.09.2007 12:03
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            People with apple systems, go for it, but if you use Microsoft, stay away from it.

            The Apple Ipod, When it first came out, everyone wanted it. It was not just a marvelous piece of Musical technology, it was a style icon. So like every on else, i went and bought myself, an Apple iPod for $600.

            At first glance, the iPod looked awesome, and from what i had heard, the sound quality was amazing. I got it home, and installation was fast and simple. and soon i downloaded, 1500 songs into my ipod, and this took around 15 mins. (very fast). Once i had downloaded it, i tried it out, the sound quality was everything i had hoped and more, the music was clear, unlike anything before. I mean i had heard the same song trough huge speakers, and various other headsets, but nothing came close to the clarity of the music that the ipod delivered. I was super happy. As time went by, i soon started seeing the bad sides of the iPod. Firstly, the iPod does not come with a AC charger, which means everytime i need to charge my iPod, i had to connect it to a PC, and not just any PC, my PC, or else all the songs in the iPod would be erased. (happened a couple of time). As i travel alot, this is a great disadvantage.

            Then, came the next hurdle, when i connected it to my PC, all of a sudden, i got some firmware error message, and all of a sudden my iPod was not working. I got the ipod replaced by a new one (warranty for an year). The new one had the same problem,and the samething happened. I was very frustrated and finally got it fixed.
            The other thing that also later on hit me was that the ipod has only about 500 recharges available in each battery, and after that, the battery has to be changed, and this costs more than a new ipod itself. as a whole, the iPod is a great music machine u can say, but has numerous drawbacks. If you have an apple system then i strongly recommend this product, but for a Microsoft user, i really think, this is not the way to go... not worth the money then..... Hope the info helps....
            tc <>

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              16.09.2007 16:01

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              If you have the dosh get it

              For anyone who looooves music! Yeah there is the 20Gb or perhaps the 30Gb for those with a longer list of songs but for those hardcore listeners of tunes there is only one option.

              The 80Gb ipod will allow you to listen to music or watch films for days, literally. You fill this baby up which is a pretty hard task and you will have weeks worth of media all contained in a single little chic player.

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            Now that you can buy movies from the iTunes Store and sync them to your iPod, the whole world is your theater. With a 30GB or 80GB iPod in hand, those movies fit comfortably next to TV shows, new iPod games, podcasts, audiobooks, photo albums, and, of course, an entire library of music - up to 20,000 songs, in fact.

            How much can your pocket hold? That's up to you and your iPod. It holds up to 20,000 songs, up to 25,000 photos, and up to 100 hours of video - or any combination of each. So you can browse movies on the iTunes Store, download the ones you want (Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, perhaps?), and then sync it to your iPod. Same goes for TV episodes, new iPod games, 99¢ songs, best-selling audiobooks, and an entire universe of free podcasts. Go ahead. Fill 'er up.

            With all that music at your fingertips, you may never want to stop listening. Lucky thing your iPod plays audio for up to 20 hours. Or, if you'd rather watch, you can feast your eyes on movies and TV shows for up to six-and-a-half hours.

            It might be a miracle. Otherwise, it's hard to explain exactly how 30GB of storage can fit into an iPod that's over 30% thinner than the previous fourth generation. Or how an 80GB iPod can be the same size as the 60GB model before it. However it happened, it means you can carry your entire music collection - plus a nice selection of video - absolutely everywhere you go. And a 60% brighter, more vibrant display gives your album art, photos, and video extra oomph.

            Finding what you want to hear among 20,000 songs could be quite a chore - unless you have an iPod. A new interface lets you search your iPod using the patented Click Wheel. And if you're a fan of live albums, classical works, or anything that sounds best when it's continuous, iPod supports gapless playback that seamlessly transitions from one song to another.