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      06.02.2014 11:13
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      My 'phone, keys, wallet' routine before I leave the house has now become 'phone, keys, wallet, iPod'

      As with a lot of people, I have >60GB music on my laptop and at 17" it's barely a portable device! I used to alternate 5GB worth of music on my phone which would take ages to sync, slow my phone down and meant I never had what I wanted to listen to at the time I wanted to listen to it! After a couple of years of this frustration, I started looking for a dedicated mp3 player and after a couple of months of research, the Ipod Classic 160GB was the winner.

      Why was it the winner? It won for a number of reasons but the factor that drew me most strongly to it was the sheer size of the hard drive. Granted, there is approximately 9GB of unusable hard drive space but that still leaves you with 150GB - more than enough, for now. Aside from the superb amount of storage space, it won because it was a dedicated mp3 player. I looked at the iPod touch, iPod Nano and a couple of cheaper mp3 players. Not only was their storage space too small, they had lots of gimmicks that detracted from the overall experience. I like the Classic because it is so simple to use, has exactly what is needed but nothing more. For example, there is no app store. I play around with apps on my phone, why would I need that on an mp3 player? For me, the Ipod Classic is solely about delivering a lot of music in an easy to use, no thrills format - exactly what I was after.

      When it comes to syncing the music to your iPod, it's a breeze. I already had all my music neatly stored on iTunes so once I'd got my iPod, all that was left to do was plug it in and let it sync! The syncing process is simple, easy and pretty quick too. If you don't have iTunes, you may have to download it and rehouse your music - I'm not sure.

      The day to day use of my iPod is great. The scroll wheel is effective and after 2 years use I wouldn't say that it has become any less effective. One downside is that it's difficult to create playlists while on the go. On the iPod touch, for example, you can drag and drop songs into a playlist but with the Classic you have to individually add each song to 'On The Go'. This isn't really a problem for me as I have already made ~30 playlists on my PC but for anyone who loves making spur of the moment playlists, think again.

      Overall, I'm delighted I took the plunge and went for the iPod Classic. At ~£180 it's not cheap but if you have a large collection of music then I am sure you will not regret the purchase.

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      12.10.2013 11:31
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      A great great ipod

      I was due to upgrade my iPod and, having a fear of ever running out of storage capacity and having to choose what music to have on my iPod and what not, I decided to go for the iPod with the biggest memory I could find. The iPod classic 160gb

      I went for the black one but it also comes in white or silver. The front is a kind of black metal with a very slight subtle grain through it, the traditional flat black plastic clicker wheel and a shiny silver back plate boasting of the 160gb memory.

      I bought my iPod from a CEX store in town and it cost me £190. It was brand new in the box and came with the lead and the headphones wrapped in cellophane so it was a brand new one :)

      I would recommend checking out CEX stores as you can pick up a bargain!

      Music wise this storage is HUGE. I cannot see that I will ever need to worry about running out of room.

      I currently have 7100 tracks although 200 of these are hour long podcasts though so the remaining 6900 equates to about 700 CDs!!

      By my calculations that's about 900 hours of content and..... I still have 113gb free!!!! It's ridiculous!!!

      This iPod is also very very easy to use. Simply plugin to iTunes, put your cd in the drive and it asks you if you want to import the cd. Say yes, yes you do. And voila!

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        12.09.2013 18:20

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        A brilliant bit of kit, something every music lover needs!

        Like a lot of people, I have a lot of music. About 60gb in total. Meaning that my music will not fit onto a conventional mp3 player. So I decided to look at the iPod Classic. There aren't really that many products that will cater for this much music, as most mp3 players are 8 or 16gb, with some of the more expensive ones being 32gb. Even then, I'd have to leave half my music collection at home, and that's before I load on any videos, pictures etc. The iPod classic's vast memory allows you to bring ALL your music with you.

        The iPod classic currently retails for about £170ish. For this you get an mp4 player that will hold up to 40,000 songs, over 200 hours of music or 25,000 photos, meaning you never have to choose your favorite tunes as you can have all of them.

        The iPod classic is very asthetically pleasing, with an anodized aluminium and stainless steel outer case, and available in either silver or black.
        It has a 2.5 inch LCD colour screen and a scroll wheel. This is a large doughnut shaped control on the front. You slide your thumb around it clockwise to scroll down in a menu, and slide it anti-clockwise to scroll up. There is an "OK" button in the centre of the doughnut, and you can press the doughnut in the 3, 6, 9 and 12 o'clock positions for the standard play/pause, skip track etc. Although it sounds weird and it certainly feels strange the first time you ever use it, it quickly becomes a very natural and easy product to use.
        At 4.1 x 2.4 inches, it is a similar sort of size to most smartphones (albeit slightly thicker), however at 140 grams it can feel slightly heavy, especially as my blackberry only weighs 99 grams.
        The battery life will last for up to 36 hours when playing music, which is absolutely amazing. It charges in just 4 hours too. I never take the charger on holiday, as if it's fully charged before I know it'll last, which is a definite bonus!

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        24.07.2013 13:11

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        Flawless device, a timeless classic.

        Due to my classic iPod Classic being stolen (that's another story!) I was faced with a dilema, do I get a new MP3 player or do I purchase another iPod. This took me literally 3 seconds to decide and I was off to purchase my new iPod classic.

        +++ Price +++
        I paid £179.99 for it from PC World and haven't looked back since. It may be a much higher price than other MP3 players, but you pay for what you get. For an MP3 player that in my opinion is flawless, this is a small price to pay!

        +++ Why the 160GB model? +++
        I chose to purchase the 160GB model to ensure that I can add however much music as I want and never worry about running out. With the 80GB model, I may end up filling it one day, with 160GB I never will especially with the garbage that is "new music".

        +++Design+++
        Perfection. The iPod classic is a similar design to previous models, which is something that I love. It is simple, clean and looks how it plays music, perfect.

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        Again the functionality is flawless, you can group your music by different criteria (artists, albums etc) and it only needs the scroll wheel to function. Less is definitely more in this case!

        +++Battery Life+++
        Also, one of the best features of the iPod classic is the battery life. I very rarely charge mine, just another one of the great features.

        +++Conclusion+++
        The iPod classic isn't flashy, it does exactly what it needs to. It stores your music and plays it, perfectly. I have never had a problem with either of my iPod classics and for however long it works, is however long i'll own it for. It is a timeless classic.

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        18.06.2013 20:07

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        By far the best MP3 player for those who want to carry their entire music library with them

        I've been an iPod classic user now for the past 5 years and I personally now never leave the house without it. With 160GB of storage within such a small device its means I can carry my entire music collection with me where ever I go. The iPod classic comes in Black and Silver in the UK and has a rear chrome back panel. Songs are extremely easy to find and there are a variety of ways in which you can search for songs. There are menu options for Artists and Songs and also Playlists that you can create using iTunes. You can also create an "on the go" playlist whilst using your iPod out and about. Your iPod can be used to watch videos and also play a few games that come included with the device. Syncing the iPod with iTunes is easy all you have to do is plug the iPod into your PC or Mac with the supplied USB cable. There are a range of syncing option such as "Sync All" and also "Sync Selected Songs" which mean that you don't have to sync your entire music library if you don't want to. In conclusion the iPod classic is an extremely useful device if you want to have a choice of your entire music library whilst away from your computer.

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        10.05.2013 05:17

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        love it!

        I have owned two iPod classics now - I love them so much! When you don't want fancy apps and you'd like a nice big hard drive that is attached to a nice big screen, the classic is the way to go!

        I have a LOT of music, and have never even scared this thing with the threat of filling it to capacity - which is great because I personally like having the choice of listening to absolutely anything I want on the move - which I can with the classic.

        My previous one died a death after about 4 years after I sat on the screen, but don't let that put you off cause they're really very hardy, they seem to be drop-proof even on the hardest floors, which is a lovely change after the run of very fragile screened gadgets the industry is now tending towards.

        I am definitely a loyal fan of the classic!

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        07.05.2013 15:02
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        long battery life and masses of room

        The perfect ipod for those who just can't stop listening to music and need to have more of it. At 160gb it feels like this ipod will never be filled and that it's ridiculous to have such a huge amount of storage, but with the alternatives sitting at 30gb and under, its definitely worth the money since you'll never have to decide which albums to delete when putting new ones onto your itunes (a problem that I had to contend with a lot with my old ipod nano).

        Yes, you could buy the 80gb one but the 160gb just gives you that feeling of endless space, and the challenge of trying to fill it up! As an avid CD collector it is a personal challenge of mine to do so! If you don't want to just have music on it, the massive storage space also lets you store films and music videos without having to worry about sacrificing albums or bands. The screen is smaller than that of an ipod touch but it is still perfectly fine for watching videos on. What it lacks in screen size it definitely makes up for in the fact that it could store the amount of CDs in an average HMV and still have room enough for more!

        I have the black one, which I feel is very stylish and classy looking. I would say that a case is a good idea for this ipod since the finish on it can get scratched, and that if so, it would look somewhat less beautiful. Also, make sure that the back of the ipod, with its mirror finish, is cleaned often; it looks much less pretty with finger prints and smudges! The battery life is also a plus, since it lasts for about 20 hours of music playing without charging, perfect for longer journeys. If you're an avid music collector, buy this ipod!

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          02.09.2012 20:01
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          Awesome!

          I have had my ipod for only a few months and am ever so slowly filling it up, which does take its time with its massive 160gb memory. Do be aware though that you only get around 148GB of useable space due to the formatting and OS on the device, but that is still a massive capacity. Personally I think these are much better value for money in terms of memory than the iPod Touch, especially if you have a smart phone that can do everything the ipod touch can do. I have had no problems with my ipod thus far, although i am frightened about the wheel stopping working. But so far so good. The screen is really clear and it is partly customisable, and the volume is really good. I have put a film on but never really watched it as the screen is a little small, but this is only me, others may be able to watch films on there.

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          22.08.2012 16:51

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          You must buy this device.

          I upgraded to this lovely device just before Christmas of 2011 after my old 8GB Nano was clinging on for dear life after years and years of abuse, and I am thoroughly happy with the outcome.

          I remember first getting my Nano and being shocked at the amount of songs an 8GB ipod could hold, so you can imagine my amazement after uploading over 4000 songs and around 10 movies to my new ipod classic and seeing I barely made a dint in the memory and there was still plenty of room for more, more room than necessary in my opinion! ... But why complain.

          One of the only negative things I have to say about the ipod classic is the battery life when it comes to watching movies. I am aware other people don't seem to have the same problem, but I find my battery tends to drop quite fast after watching an hour and a half worth of movie, but this, when in comparison to other devices I have used, isn't much of a fault and is quickly made up for when you see the long lasting life in terms of music. I never find myself stranded with no battery.

          I have also bought a cover for mine as the mirror back easily scratches when taking in and out of your pocket. I didn't want my new ipod to suffer the scratched fate of my Nano.

          Overall I am in love with this device, my day never feels the same if I forget to bring it with me. I highly recommend it to everyone.

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          21.08.2012 21:59

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          Everyone should own one

          The Apple iPod Classic 160Gb is wonderful, I actually cannot live without mine.

          The product is a portable music player designed by Apple, it can store more songs than anyone can actually own. It also has the capacity for video play back and comes pre loaded with a number of extra features, like an alarm clock and some mini games.

          The main use of the iPod is to listen to music. Over 10000 songs can be stored on this wonderful little machine. The sound output is, as expected from an Apple product, superb. One of the main advantages of this item is the battery life. I have owned my iPod for around 2 years and the battery still lasts around a week with 3 or 4 hours of playback a day.

          The video quality is also good, although the screen is small, video's are easily watched.

          The system software on the iPod is so easy to use, music, videos and other applications are easy to find and use. Also your music and videos are so easy to find. Another great feature is the ability to create playlists quickly and easily.

          The iPod comes with standard Apple headphones which are great. They help with the sound quality output from the device and are iconic for this generation.

          There is no downside to this item. Apple also has a great warranty deal and will fix or replace items which are faulty, usually over the counter. Fortunately though I've not had to deal with them for this item which is so reliable, even though it has been dropped a number of times it works perfectly well still after 2 years.

          Overall the iPod classic 160Gb is amazing. The battery life is phenomenal and you can store thousands of songs on it. The audio and video playback is superb and I cannot rate this piece of kit highly enough.

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          24.07.2012 23:38

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          I recently bought a ipod classic 160GB and i just could not live without it, this ipod is really easy to use and a lot less complicated than other ipods such as ipod touch. The ipod classic 160GB has a huge amount of storage space for all those music lovers, and comes with a much cheaper price than the ipod touch 32GB. The only negitive views i could have about this ipod is that it does not have a touchscreen and that it does not support apps overall i would highly recommend this product.

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          29.06.2012 09:54
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          A great mp3 player that I would recommend!

          I have had my mp3 player - apple ipod 160gb classic for many years now and would recommend it. It retails around £170 - £200 depending on the store. Although this is quite a large amount of money for an mp3, I think it is worth it due to the quality and long life of the item.

          I've had a lot of use out of it and it has lasted significantly longer than previous mp3 players I have had. This to me is a bonus in itself, I was forever having to load music onto a new mp3 everytime one broke which got tiresome.

          The design of the ipod is rather simple, with the classic menu circle on the lower front and the 2.5 inch screen at the top. The back of the ipod is plain. Unfortunately the back seems to scratch rather easily, so unless you use a case, then the item goes from looking smart to looking a bit more rough.

          The menu circle is pretty easy to use once you get the hang of it and enables one to use the variety of functions on offer. On this ipod you can not only store up to 40,000 songs, but also upload videos and pictures should you wish to.

          I personally only use this for music and have yet to fill it. 40,000 songs is quite a lot, and possibly not needed for the majority of users. The songs are sorted in numerous ways, such as via artist, genre and it is possible to create playlists should you wish. I tend to listen to my songs on shuffle, which is a useful feature, however I do find that the songs selected tend to be those I've recently listened to rather than a random selection from my library.

          Another reason I love the ipod is that the battery lasts for a very long time, up to 36 hours.

          Overall I would definitely recommend the ipod classic, it's solid, easy to use, multi functional.

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          10.06.2012 15:36
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          large storage capacity but thats all

          I am not a massive fan of Apple Ipods, but I have owned one of these twice in my life (both times bought for me by someone else). Both times I have had countless problems with them and they have broken and completely givn up just outside the years guaruntee.

          This particular ipod retails for around £190 - £200 depending on where you buy it from and comes in two colours - black or silver. It comes complete with a set of apple headphones and a charger/link cable. It doesnt come with a mains plus but then again you dont really need one as it charges through your pc or laptop.

          You are really only paying for the storage space on this one, which is huge at 160gb and I dont know anyone who's ever actually managed to fill one up. The screen itself is nothing to shout about, it isnt a touch screen and you navigate through the menus using the touch wheel on the front of the ipod. It is very simple to use and to navigate yourself around.

          The one thing I did like about this mp3 player was being able to have all my music on it all the time, without having to rotate albums depending on what I want to listen to that day - however this was the only positive point for me.

          The ipod iself is quite large and for me I thought it was quite chunky. The in ear headphones that you get with it are the standard very poor quality apple ones, so I advise if you purchase to ipod to get some different headphones. The sound quality of the ipod classic isnt great - the same as all the other apple mp3 players, but If you purchase some decent headphones you can slightly improve this. As I said earlier I have owned one of these twice now and had countless problems with them. I have found them to be very unreliable but if you are looking for an MP3 player that can hold your entire music collection then this is really the only choice.

          Who knows, perhaps I have just been very unlucky in the ipod classics that I have owned, or maybe Ipods just hate me. I know alot of people who own one of these and havent had a problem with it. But from my personal experience I wouldnt go near one again.

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          22.05.2012 22:02
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          Excellent multi media player for pretty much everyone.

          Before I had this, I had an Ipod nano 3rd gen (i think) and I absolutely loved it. It had a big storage capacity, good sound quality and excellent battery life. Then this came along, and it was a relevation. 10 times more memory, very high sound quality, and the ability to play videos and movies as well.

          It is easy to operate and navigate around, and the wheel provides a perfectly suitable tool for this.

          The memory storage is huge, capable of storing more songs than you are probably ever going to need, or if you prefer, a hell of a lot of of films or tv programmes, or both. OR, to be honest, a suitable amount of all three together.

          One of the best things about this is the battery life. Even after about a year, I'm finding the battery life is still upwards of a week or depending how much you use it. If it is mostly for commutes or quiet time like mine, it will only need charging at weekends. It also charges up very fast, which is very suitable for an mp3 player.

          In summary, this is an excellent device for both music and video, and they are pretty good value for money if you can get your hands on an older model.

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          09.05.2012 21:40
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          Great music storage device

          I have recently used the bulk of the past few months Dooyoo earnings to buy a brand new 160gb ipod classic, the plan being to over haul the stereo system in the house with the ipod providing the storage and then a docking system and speakers to provide the volume which will free up some space cuirrently occiupied by a large and almost antique stack system,

          You buy the classic for the amount of music it can hold, we have over the past couple of weeks transferred pretty much our entire cd and download library across to it and we have not even used a third of the available memory, that is over 500 full or partial albums according to the info on itunes and there is plenty space for more music to be added. You can also upload audio books, video and podcasts through your itunes account, I cannot see us adding an video content as the main drawback of the classic is the relatively small screen compared with other apple products like the touch or more importantly the ipad which is where I watch video content. For us I can see that I will download audio books however I have never got into the whole podcast thing.

          There are two colour versions, classic white or black, I opted for the black front and both come with a steel back, it is advisable to get a protective cover otherwise it will show the scratches. In the box you also get a set of basic headphones and a pc lead so don't get suckered into buying one of these even if Amazon will bundle it up as part of a package, you will just be buying a spare. The lead once connected to your pc and ipod will begin charging and also will automatically synch with your itunes account so set up is very easy, that is unless you do not have automatic synch set up on itunes and have opted for the manual option.

          Navigation around the ipod is through the wheel and while at first I found it rather retro after the joys of touch screen technology it is very easy and you can zip through your albums and playlists with ease. Charge wise it is pretty quick and the joys of a fresh battery means other than when synching it has not needed recharging yet after about four gym sessions and a train journey so it is pretty good with regards to battery life.

          Sound wise it is pretty good although there are limitatioons as the bud earphones are not as good as the full headphones I tend to use for longer periods of listening. It also comes with a couple of pre loaded games but these hold no interest for me.

          This ipod rightly deserves the name classic and the memory capacity is very impressive, you can store 40k songs apparently and that represents a pretty good record collection in my opinion. Highly recommended. Expect to pay between £180-190 on Amazon with free p&p.

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          Decisions, decisions. Who needs 'em? Why should you have to choose what to put on your iPod? With a large storage capacity, iPod classic lets you carry everything in your collection everywhere you go. In completely new, even thinner, all-metal design, this iPod is a modern classic.

          The iPod classic gives your music and video room to move. It also has plenty of energy, 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?