Product Type: Apple MP3 players
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It goes everywhere with me
Apple iPod classic 120 GB
Member Name: helenc72
Apple iPod classic 120 GB
Advantages: Easy to use, so much storage, look good, hardwearing, longlasting battery
Disadvantages: Can't easily be repaired
I first bought an ipod classic 120 GB model in early 2009 to celebrate getting a promotion. After using it heavily for over two and a half years it broke and when I brought it the Genius Bar at the Apple Store they said it could not be repaired. They offered me the option of buying a new ipod in the exact same model for half price. I decided to do this and have had my current ipod classic for 5 or 6 months.
=== Appearance ===
The ipod classic comes in silver or black. I have the silver version. It has a slightly matte finish on the front, like brushed silver rather than overly shiny silver. The screen is large and takes up around one third of the front of the ipod, with the wheel underneath for navigation. The back is shiny silver and seems to scratch quite easily and shows up finger prints and smears. I don't tend to use a case to carry my ipod and I just throw it in my bag or pocket as it is, so it takes quite a battering. Despite the light scratching on the back, the ipod casing is quite resilient and the front has barely any marks despite my rough handling of it.
The look is minimal and stylish, as you would expect from Apple.
=== Capacity ===
My ipod has a capacity of 120 GB. When I bought it I checked the capacity of other mp3 players before deciding on the ipod and there was nothing out there which could rival the storage space in this price bracket. The ipod classics really do enable you to take pretty much your whole music collection with you everywhere. I would be surprised if there are many people out there who would need much more than 120 GB.
Unfortunately when I broke my last ipod I lost all the music on it and I am still in the slow process of copying my CDs onto my computer and getting them on the ipod, but I currently have 40 GB on there, which is 7325 songs and would apparently play for 19.4 days solid. That is a lot of music and the ipod is only one third full!
You can also use the ipod to store videos and photos. There is enough space to not really have to worry about videos taking up a lot of memory. Personally I only use the ipod to listen to music, but I do also have all the album artwork on there.
=== Adding music to the ipod ===
This is done by itunes, which can be downloaded free online for Windows computers as well as Macs. The itunes player is quite self explanatory.
Itunes gives you the option of managing your ipod automatically or manually. If you choose the automatic option, then whenever you delete a song from your itunes library on your computer it will automatically be removed from your ipod. If you add new music to your itunes library on the computer, it will automatically be "synced" onto your ipod next time you connect it. This does not suit me as I sometimes want to delete things from my computer yet keep it on the ipod so I choose manual, where nothing gets deleted from my ipod unless I specificially choose to do it. This seems the safer option for me! However, it does mean you have to add new music manually too. It can be added to the ipod by simply dragging and dropping the songs from the main playlist onto the ipod on the side bar. I have never had any difficulties with this and I think it would be manageable for anyone who has even the most basic computer skills.
=== Controls ===
The controls are very simple. There is a play, fast forward/next and rewind/last button on the wheel as well as a menu button. To select, you press the centre of the wheel. Using the controls becomes second nature after playing around with the ipod for a couple of minutes.
The menu is easy to navigate. It has music, videos, photos, podcasts, extras, settings and shuffle songs. I usually just go straight to music, where you can sort your collection by artist, album, songs, genres or playlists. You can create playlists either on itunes or directly from your ipod by adding them to the "On the Go" playlist. You can then edit the On the Go playlists on itunes later if you want. I like the On the Go playlist function as I often like to make a new playlist while travelling.
It is also possible to search for a particular song by entering the name but this is slightly laborious as you have to scroll the wheel to select each letter. I never really do this, but it is useful if you want a particular song and have forgotten which artist it is by!
One important control is the hold button on the top left of the casing. You push this across to lock the wheel, so that you can't press or scroll accidentally e.g. when the ipod is in your pocket or bag. This stops the ipod turning on and playing, using up its battery when you are not even using it. It also stops annoying things like accidentally skipping the track while you are listening.
=== Extras ===
There are a few little extras on the ipod classic, such as clocks, calendars, notes, stopwatch. I don't really use these at all but I suppose they are handy to have.
There are also a few games which I have played on occasion. The novelty has worn off now but I did like to play them when I first got the ipod. One game is the ipod quiz which asks you quiz questions about your own music, such as identifying the year of an album's release, getting you to identify which artists did which songs etc. This can be harder than you would think if you have a very large music collection! It is a fairly fun game considering it is just an added extra. The other game I liked to play was Vortex, which is a kind of bat and ball game where you have to try and smash the bricks. It is mindless entertainment ideal to pass a few minutes on a train journey or when waiting for someone.
The headphones which come with the ipod are okay but not brilliant. Mine did not last long and I have got through lots of different pairs of headphones on my ipod over the years.
=== Power ===
The ipod can be charged via a USB cable plugged into the computer or you can get a mains adapter to plug it into a socket. Supposedly it takes 4 hours to fully charge, but I often connect it for less than this and still get hours of use out of it afterwards.
I have never really monitored exactly how many hours of play I get from my ipod before I have to recharge it, but I do use it quite heavily and only have to charge every few days. It is certainly not an mp3 player where I worry that I will suddenly be left with no battery and no music, as was the case with some of my previous cheaper mp3 players.
=== Technical Difficulties ===
As I mentioned above, my old ipod did end up breaking after two and a half years. The "problem" with these ipod classics, as I was informed by someone from the Apple store, is that they have physical hard drives and they can end up getting dislodged. Mine got disturbed by me jamming it onto a cheap ipod dock at what must have been an unfortunate angle, and it ended up with a horrible whirring noise from inside. The ipods cannot be opened up and repaired, so when this happens, all you can do is replace it. This is gutting if you have not got your music backed up anywhere!
Prior to my last ipod completely breaking it did occasionally have spells when it stopped responding and froze, but this was rare. It seems you can fix this by pressing the middle button and the menu button at the same time and holding until the Apple logo appears on the screen. This reboots the ipod and brings it back to life. I was taught this trick by a friend and it has so far worked every time I have needed it (which has only been a handful of times over the last 3-ish years).
=== Overall ===
Despite my old ipod breaking, I really love these ipod classics. The amount of space on them cannot be beaten, they are simple to use, last for hours, look great and can withstand the odd bash. The music quality from them is great - this obviously also depends on the headphones but I find the sound is perfect and not tinny at all.
Summary: I never leave the house without it!
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