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MP3 players seem to becoming less and less popular these days, perhaps because many people just listen to music using their phone. I''m not one of these people though: I much prefer a specialist dedicated music player. A couple of years ago, I got one for Christmas. I eschewed the most up-to-date touchscreen iPods in favour of the Classic edition, which seems practically retro!
This is the 6th generation iPod Classic. It comes in black and silver; I have the silver, made with durable anodised aluminium and polished stainless steel. It has 160GB; is able to store up to 40,000 songs or 25,000 photos; and can store up to 200 hours of films and TV shows.
Though the iPod classic was already a few years old when I got it, I was easily able to obtain accessories for it, including a protective skin, faux leather sleeve and compatible music player (the iGhost).
The main reason I wanted this iPod was as a place to store, and be able to listen to, all my music without exception. It easily does that: it can store up to 40,000 songs so I very much doubt I will ever fill it! You need to have iTunes on your computer to be able to sync your music. After initial confusion and trouble, I''ve got used to iTunes and I actually find it very easy to manage and navigate.
The iPod holds up to 25,000 photos. As there is so much space, I have set mine to automatically sync every single photo on my computer. This is very handy and makes using it hassle-free. It is possible to connect your iPod to a TV and look at your photos this way, however I have never done this.
*Using the iPod*
I find the iPod very easy to use and I like the click wheel function. When I want to listen to a particular album, I tend to navigate using the Cover Flow function which helps me recognise albums easily. Otherwise, I can navigate to a particular artist or album, as well as a genre. It is also possible to save playlists. I like the Shuffle function as it adds an element of surprise to my music listening.
The battery life is pretty good, not the 36 hours that is claimed, but since when did any electronic device ever live up to the promised battery life? I can use it for a week on and off (not constantly of course!) without needing to recharge.
Despite a few minor issues ? such as the lack of a plug charger ? I really like my iPod. It might seem a bit ?old skool'' now but it works for me and it''s been going for a couple of years with no sign of breaking. For sheer space it can''t be bettered, and overall it''s a great device.
This is an amazing bit of kit, the pure memory size alone makes this the best MP3/4 player in the business. With the easy spin button curser and 4 prong clickers you can be where you want in a matter of a few seconds. The memory is capable of storing 160GB but you actually only get about 140GB of usable storage. with its size you know you have it on you. it could be made lighter or smaller. to appeal to a more practical market. but all in all this is a great well known product, with good sound output and makes for a good present. there are games on it wich are all fun. and you can upload photos and videos to it. so enjoy
I don't really think Apple products need much of an introduction as everyone in the world seems to know their image and their products.
The look of the Ipod classic is just that, classic. It looks quite stylish and immediately everyone knows you are looking at an Apple product. The screen is just over 2 inches wide which gives you enough space to see exactly what you want. I still like the idea of the touch wheel which is so simple to use and looks very good. I like the back of the Ipod, its smooth and shiny and just looks simple. That would be my overall opinion of the look of the iPod, simple but it works.
Everyone in the world knows exactly what an iPod is. The iPod is an item that you can use to listen to your music that you can very easily download onto itunes on your computer. Using the touch wheel on the iPod you can choose what music you would like to listen to. I especially like the shuffle function as sometimes I'm not sure what I'd like to listen to. It can also get videos and photos on which is pretty cool.
Ease of use.
Very easy, even my three year old nephew can use this. Sometimes I do think the wheel can be annoying and go further than I wanted but overall it is good. The classic is slightly heavy which makes it a tough item to go running with which is what I like. The nano would be a better option for this along with for children.
The iPod classic is good, I have dropped it twice and it still works absolutely fine. My only issue is that without a good cover, it can be easily scratched so what out!
I remember when these first came out they were hundreds! Now you can get one for about £100 online and even cheaper if you get them second hand on eBay. I would recommend, however for children the nano might be a better option.
I have owned mine for a few years now, everything about it is great apart from the battery. I just cant use it on the move now because the battery will run flat in next to no time. I can only use it at home plugged into the mains. Apart from that this product has remained the industry leader for a reason. the link with iTunes has proved to be the killer app and for me it has proved to be so. It is so easy to use as like most of apples products and I have no complaints about the sound quality. The ability to store photos is a bonus and the 120GB storage is more than enough for my music collection. I am surprised how well it has held its value in the second hand market. They have held their value really well not that I will be selling mine any time soon.
I had an having an ipod classic then started using another MP3 player but it has never been as good as the original classic! Its easy to use and the organisation is still better than other devices. It is easily portable and I take it with me most places. It isn't touch screen so no need to worry about having to spend time over choosing songs or having to constantly lock it to make sure it is not accidently changing.
The huge memory takes away the annoyance of having to choose which of your favourite songs or videos to delete to replace with new stuff. The only draw back is that you have to use iTunes itself which I never find particularly easy and I dislike the constant autosyncing. This syncing system also makes it difficult to transfer music from the ipod to the computer and between friends. It can also be automatically wiped on occasions unintentionally. As it is classic, it also doesn't connect to the internet so you need to connect it to the computer each time to load and remove music. This can become something of a task which takes time but it is still worth it!
I love music. I have bought countless albums over the years. I love the excitement of listening to a new release for the first time, and I love to go back and revisit old classics.
I love learning. That's never been easier than the 21st century, when lectures are available at the touch of a button.
I love books. My ever growing collection of audiobooks is practical when picking up a book is not.
I take my iPod Classic with me everywhere. It's my companion on the train, it plays on the speakers on my car, it accompanies my ears as I drift to sleep at night.
In the morning I may want to listen to a groundbreaking release from the 70s. In the afternoon I may want to listen to a classic novel. At night I may want to relax with an episode of a favourite sitcom.
One thing I don't love is hassle. If I want to watch or listen to something, I want to do it NOW! I don't want the trouble of connecting my iPod, removing something I don't want to listen to just now, and replacing it with something else. Yet sadly with many MP3 players, this is a regular event.
The iPod Classic takes away that hassle. It's 120GB hard drive is big enough even for my library. I can carry every album, lecture and audiobook I own and I can listen to any one at the drop of a hat. This model makes listening hassle free.
That's not all - like any iPod it has a lovely, simple interface. It's full of small touches that put it head and shoulders above its rivals.
It's not without its faults though. I found that to my cost as I changed computer and operating system several years ago. There is no option to rip music from the iPod to a computer, which would have been useful. It is possible, though awkward to get the music off though.
If you're thinking of switching between a Mac and a PC, beware that your iPod will probably need wiped and reformatted, which is a major inconvenience when you have a big library.
The iPod classic lacks some of the bells and whistles of other Apple products. It comes with a calendar, contacts and games, but lacks the apps that are so popular on the iPod touch. To be honest, having an iPhone I have no need to use the calendar or contacts section of the iPod. The games aren't a najor selling point, although the music quiz can be quite fun - and can spur you on to listen to a band you haven't heard for a while.
It also has no WiFi or 3G connectivity, so it must be connected to a computer every time you want to add music or update it. That can be a pain, as iTunes doesn't always work in the way you would like.
That aside, this is an excellent, durable product and is ideal for those who love music and hate the thought of deleting old stuff just so they can listen to something new.
Firstly - I am not an Apple person, the Ipod is the only Apple product I own!
This is a great product, has only once locked up on me, and it is 2 years old! I used to have an Ipod Nano 16gb but found it filled up and I had to decide what to take off and what to put on. Result? I never updated it, and therefore never used it.
I am in the process of importing all my CD's onto the Ipod at the moment, I have over 200 albums on there now and I have used about 50gb of space.
It must be mentioned that the battery life on the classic is fantastic, I listen for a couple of hours a day (some of this using a FM transmitter in the car) and battery lasts me for around a week. Far better than the nano!
ITunes is the biggest bugbear - I find it highly irritating, it seems to randomly assign some tracks to the wrong albumns, even though all I am doing is importing one cd at a time!
The Ipod Classic is heavier than the nano - I like this as it feels solid in my hand.
The operating system of the Classic does mean that it will not work above a certain altitude when you are flying - if you fly a lot and want to listen to your ipod on the plane then it might be worth looking at a different ipod.
I love my iPod classic.
I started off with a Nano a few years ago but I have been collecting music since I was about 12 so let's just say I need an external hard drive for all of my songs! The thing that frustrated me with the Nano was that I had to keep making decisions about which tracks to put on and which to take off. So, I took the plunge and splashed out on one of these!
I can honestly say that I have never looked back. It is designed to have a nice weight to it and is solid. It doesn't feel as though it is going to break and it doesn't make you want to wrap it in cotton wool.
It goes everywhere with me. I currently have about 9000 songs on it and it is not anywhere near half-full. The battery life is also great, I go days on end without having to charge it. It charges quickly when needed to as well.
It is also useful in that you can store photos on it if you feel the need.
The best thing I have ever bought by far, and if it ever did go wrong and die on me, I would be straight to the shop to buy an identical replacement.
I bought this Ipod for its great storage capacity i wanted one that could hold all my songs and movies.
This is an unbelievable music device, it has a great memory capacity, currently i have 4 movies, 200 pictures, 1021 songs and 7 TV episodes and still there is space.
It is heavy in terms of other music devices out there, but it is still small enough to fit in the pocket and be carried around without much hassle. Music quality is always good and with a good pair of headphones will produce great sound.
The screen is small, if you are used to watching shows and movies on your phone you will find it very small, this device is more for music and then the odd movie than a heavy film watcher.
You can use this device as a memory stick if you plug it into your computer and go into my computer you can then drag documents in and transfer them to another computer, just another added bonus for this device.
On the downside, this is a basic set up, there are no options for apps to be downloaded or for access to the internet, there are a few basic games to play but this is just a work horse. It will play music and a lot of it!!
If you are worried about whether it will last a while, i will tell you this, mine is 7 years old been dropped in the toilet, dropped countless times on the floor. Even fell through the engine of a golf buggy the casing looks a little worse for ware but the music still plays loud and clear!!
Would recommend to anyone who is looking for a solid mp3 player.
The iPod revolutionized the entire world of MP3 players, but does the classic hold up to the more recent, more advanced installments in the iPod series, namely the touch? If you're asking me, oh yes it does, in a rather surprising fashion, considering the relatively untouched style of the classic iPods.
When purchasing an iPod Classic, you need to realise that you are buying an MP3 player, you are not buying a smartphone, or a handheld gaming device, or even an on-the-go social networking device. The iPod is an MP3 player and that's exactly what it says on the tin. If you have a substantial music library that you'd love to take on the go, you're definitely going to be needing an iPod Classic.
Storage capacity. 64GB? That's nothing, actually, it's the maximum capacity of an iPhone, and it certainly won't be enough to contain some of the mammoth music libraries that are out there! How about almost doubling it to 120GB? That sounds more like it. Over the years I've owned various iPod Classics, and over that time I've never once filled an entire one. These devices are all about the capacity, and even if you do find yourself filling up a full 120GB, there's even a larger 160GB model available that I can't see anyone filling. Basically, if you invest in an iPod classic you won't be worrying about running out of space any time soon.
Build quality. That's another thing to be noted about the iPod Classic, you can't fault the build quality. I've seen them dropped from all manner of places, in ways I never thought possible, and I'm yet to see one break from falling damage. This is definitely a plus if you're a bit of a clutz, or even find yourself dropping your devices every so often.
Sound quality. The sound quality is excellent, it's not quite the best I've heard from an MP3 player, second only to the Zune, but it certainly sounds wonderful!
Overall, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the iPod Classic to anyone! It is an excellent product and does exactly what it says on the tin; it plays music!
I adore this IPOD. I have had my Ipod classic for 5 years nearly and it is just like my best friend. I don't go anywhere without it. There are so many great features to it.
Massive memory so it hold 1000s of songs, which like any Ipod sorts by genre and style.
You can build playlists which are great- you can have a morning playlist, a work playlist, a gym playlist or a party one! (I have my Saturday night playlists!!).
The battery life is fantastic, you can play hours of music before needing to charge it (at least 10 before its low).
It has games if you enjoy playing as you listen to your music.
The Ipod Classic is light and durable, mine has been all over the world backpacking with me and I have never had a problem with it.
I would say the only downside to this ipod is that it is not WiFi enabled so it wont automatically add songs you download from the Itunes store, but if you don't mind occasionally plugging it in then thats not a problem for such a good product.
Apple software is good, and therefore the Ipod Classic is a great buy. It might not be as fancy or techy as some of the newer touch screen Ipods, but if you have a big music collection and you just want to enjoy your music then it is the perfect Ipod choice for anyone!
You aren't going to get another product from apple that can withstand what this device can go through. With it's hard aluminium and chrome exterior you're never going to have to worry about this device breaking.
The memory in itself is enough to make this a buyable product. 120GB means you can throw anything on there and not have to worry about remaining memory. I have my entire iTunes library in there and it barely makes a dent, I think I've managed to take up 17GB now, and I've had this beast for 5 years.
That's right, I got my iPod Classic 5 years ago, people, that's how determined this thing is.
If you want something purely to store all your media, from pictures and music to films and podcasts this is the way to go. Why bother with the flimsy iPod touches and iPads with their vulnerable screens? When you can have this monster of a device that'll happily take all you can throw at it
In the box.
With it you get instructions, earphones, charging cable, all that good stuff you'd expect to accompany it. Apple are always pretty good in giving you what you need and directing you towards what you might want. Cases are available for the Classic but personally I went without, the chrome back was too shiny to hide away, and personally once it builds up scratches I think it actually looks better.
Like I said, I've had this thing for 5 years and it hasn't smashed, I would put money on it lasting another 5 years. It takes scratches almost immediately though, the chrome covering the back is so easy to scratch you might as well just accept once it comes out of the box it's going to get scratched like there's no tomorrow. Like I said I think it adds character, a completely spotless Classic makes it look it's never been used.
While it still in proper working condition, 5 years on the battery on it isn't as amazing as it used to be. I could get days out of it in the first two years but after that it just starts to dwindle. In saying that, though, I can still get a decent day's worth of music out of it.
Obviously in this day and age there are countless apps and smart devices out there that can do a billion and one things, this device is mainly for the music. Films and stuff work too but the screen is a tad on the small side for long use. So I'm saying that perhaps the small range of stuff that it does is a bad thing, but if you're going to buy this you buy it for the memory, not the apps.
This was my first ever iPod and I purchased second hand. I've now had it myself for around 5 years and it has not crashed or frozen on me once.
I still haven't managed to fill this iPod despite having thousands of songs on it - there's still plenty more room left. I bought this iPod with the large memory thinking that I would fill it up straight away but I was wrong - it has surprised me and I'm still far from filling it up!
The iPod has been through the wars with me, I've dropped it many a time and still works perfectly and the screen survived! The only signs of damage are a few scratches on the body of the iPod.
The controls are easy to use and not over sensitive like some other MP3 players. The battery life is fairly good as well and I can get a good 5 or 6 hours of listening after a full charge. It doesn't take too long to charge either - maybe an hour maximum from dead to full charge.
I'd recommend this particular iPod to anyone - it has a good battery life, good-sized memory and good sound quality, which is all you, need from an MP3 player.
I myself love music, I cannot live without it. I use to go through countless Ipods, mp3 players and what annoyed me more than anything was that it only had 16GB at the most. For me this was nowhere near enough, every time I got close to the full capacity I had to go through my music list and pick and choose what songs I would like to keep, it was time consuming and very annoying as I would have liked to keep them all (I added them for a reason!). Then a friend recommended the IPod Classic 120GB to me and honestly I can say it has been a godsend. It is amazing that I have had this IPod for years (so you know it lasts) and honestly I have barely dented the storage capacity, so all you music lovers out there this honestly is the MP3 player for you. As you know Apple has expanded their market with the amazing IPod Touch which I do think are fantastic but I am not into the app's and videos as much, for me it was really all about the music, so if you are like me you will not be let down with the Classic.
I myself had the silver IPod Classic and over the years I have taken it everywhere with me, there is not a day that goes by that I have not used my IPod and it has lasted so well and is still going strong. It has honestly been the best purchase I have ever made and without a doubt when my IPod finally gives up on me I will be going out and getting a brand new one without a second thought.
I got one of these a couple of years ago and still occasionally use it just due to the sheer amount of space this thing offers, 120gb that is massive.
The product comes in either black or silver, I myself owning the black one.
So the iPod classic is nothing fancy, it is what it is really but as always from Apple... Amazing build quality. I've had mine around 4 years now and it's still going strong, you can purchase covers for them which I'd recommend as the back is a mirror like surface so does tend to get scratched.
The iPod is sleek and not too big, which I was worried about when I was first looking into getting one. It fits nicely in your hand and has a really nice solid feel to it, the reflective mirror at the back is handy if you need to quickly fix your hair or check yourself out but like I said, do be careful because it's very easy to scratch so I'd recommend putting it in a pocket without keys etc because it will scratch!
So the iPod itself has a massive 120gb of memory which is a HUGE amount, I have thousands of songs on my iPod and it's barely even half full, I don't think you could fill this even if you tried. You can also upload videos onto the device although I did find it tricky at first but I think once you get used to it its a breeze. Comes with Apple headphones, if you're looking for a more richer sound I'd recommend buying some premium headphones which are actually decent in producing excellent audio. Don't get me wrong there's nothing wrong with the Apple headphones provided but if you're an audiophile then you'll definitely want to invest in some new headphones.
If you're looking for a music player which can hold masses of songs, the classic is your best bet and reasonable pricing too!