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If you need a fancy video or gaming device, this is definitely not the gadget for you. But as an avid listener of podcasts and music, this is the perfect device for me.
+ Excellent podcasting support on iTunes and on the iPod itself
+ Audiobooks work excellently; the chapter markers and "bookmarks" have never failed me
+ Very sturdy hardware. I'm clumsy with my iPod, but it has never broken on me. I had to take the 5G iPod to Apple to be fixed six times in my two years of owning it. This one is a vast improvement
+ Handles video quite well, although I only use it for video podcasts and TV shows.
+ Folders for playlists. If you make playlists obsessively like me, the classic now allows you to organize your playlists in folders, unlike the previous iPods.
+ Seemless synchronization of ratings and on-the-go playlists with iTunes..
+ A wide variety of speakers are available for the iPod, and many of them are excellent.
- Cover Flow is buggy and slow.
- Audiobooks are only shown in one list; there is no organization capabilities available. For example, if I have twelve speeches and three books, they'll all appear in the same list; I cannot separate them into albums/folders called "speeches" and "books" as I would want to.
- The back is scratched very easily, and the screen is not impenetrable either. I recommend buying an invisible shield and installing it on the iPod as soon as you take it out of the box.
I have had my ipod classic for years now and it has never failed me, it is incredibly reliable and tough, suffering many knocks at the hands of me and family who have borrowed it.
The main perk of this bit of kit being that I have not once had to remove songs to make space for new music, the space (80gb) is incredibly large and will hold enough for even the most music savvy.
It is a very simple and elegant design that will suit almost any ones tastes. the user interface is very slick but simple, making it suitable for anyone. My nan even knows how to use it!
Unfortunately the mp3 is fairly old now so will not be able to accommodate any news apps or what not. For the job it is meant however, which is playing music and videos it is the perfect piece of kit.
I owned this device for around a year and in that time really enjoyed it.
If you have had a Ipod before you will be familiar on how to get around this beautiful device, If not I will go into a little detail now.
To start it has a 2.5 (diagonal) LED backlit screen which is suits this device perfectly, It comes in two colours either silver or black. The back of the device is a nice feeling metal which makes it feel more expensive, although does scratch easy.
It comes with a non removable battery, with this you can enjoy 30 hours of music playback or 5 hours of video playback.
It takes on average 3-4 hours to fully charge and has to be charged by the apple usb cable provided.
The device supports playing video and supports mp4 playback.
It comes with a standard pair of apple headphones which are okay for everyday life, sound quality is clear but obviously nothing high end.
To add music to device you will have to download the Itunes software from the apple website.
Adding music to the device is pretty straight forward if your pretty knowledgeable of computers, anyone who isn't computer literate may need a bit of help, It is pretty easy to pick up you do get the option of Itunes adding any new songs you may have added to your library, when you connect your ipod to the computer.
The menu on the Ipod is well laid out, Music, Photos, Videos and other options are laid out in a column on the left hand side. To get around the menu you have to run your finger around the function circle on the device. You go round it clockwise to go down and anti clockwise to go up the menu.
I have owned an 80GB model iPod Classic since 2007. And for the most part it's been great. First off, I received it as a gift so I can't comment on value for money. Besides: Apple and value in the same sentence? Not a chance.
What stands the iPod classic apart from most other mp3 players - new and old - is its seemingly incredible amount of storage space. I have 2000 songs and only 15% of the total space is taken up. And that's on an 80GB version, Apple have since made an 160GB model too.
This iPod has a spinning hard drive, rather than more commonly seen flash memory. This should mean three things as far as I can see:
1. More storage, more songs. Check, definitely.
2. A shorter battery life. Spinning up a hard drive to load a song requires a heap of energy. Err... Nope. The battery still seems to last ages. I get days and days out of mine with the brightness turned all the way down.
3. It'll break when you drop it. Hard drives are notorious for breaking easily if subject to impacts. All I can say is, I've dropped mine down the stairs - by accident of course - and nothing visibly dire happened. In fact, nothing dire at all happened. I have got a case though.
Whether you want it or not, as with all Apple products, when you buy an iPod classic you get a whole lot more than an mp3 player. You get a really, really stylish mp3 player. I have the silver, stainless steel one (I think there's a matte black option too) and it looks great. It's very minimalist having only the quintessential Apple click-wheel and hold button marring its perfect lines. You can even use the shiny back as a mirror if you so choose.
I've never noticed a problem with sound quality (not good at noticing these things) and the volume goes high enough even to clearly be audible on the loudest of planes or trains.
Operation is very straightforward. Scroll round the wheel to scroll through songs. Left and right to skip songs. Centre button to make selections and the play/pause button to, well, play and pause. Anyone, even a complete technophobe could work out this device.
It's not just music either. You can watch films on it, but it's a bit of a headache-inducing experience what with the very small screen. It also came preloaded with a couple of games: A card game and a (hideously difficult) quiz which seems to ask you questions based on the sort of music you have on the iPod. This isn't good if you share it and you keep getting asked questions on types of music you don't like.
There are various extra features like an alarm, calendar, clock and stopwatch. Nothing especially special, but they've all done the job when I have needed them. It's a strange association to make I think: "I need a stopwatch..... Ahh, good thing I have my mp3 player!"
Another handy thing is you can use it as a portable hard drive provided you have the USB cable. It's really small, handy and seems to me to be better as a hard drive than most exclusively-hard-drive-hard-drives.
Occasionally, when you skip to the next song it struggles to load and freezes for several seconds. I'm not really one to skip songs, so this has never bothered me.
What does bother me though is syncing. There's some sort of software bug, either on my PC or on the iPod itself, that every so often causes iPod to wipe itself and the PC to crash. Each time this happens I have to go through a massive faff of rebooting, restoring and trying to make it work again. This can take quite a while. I've taken to only syncing the iPod when I have a LOT of new music to put on it. Otherwise it's not worth the risk.
In short: when it works well it's really good, but the synchronisation issues are incredibly frustrating. I haven't really seen this mentioned elsewhere on the web so - like the deodorant-induced underarm itching mentioned in another of my reviews - it's probably just me.
Also published on Ciao under same username.
I have also today written a review on the iPod classic 160gb which I bought to replace my 80gb when it died. This is my review of the 80gb.
I bought this iPod at the beginning of 2009 off eBay for £60 which at that time was an absolute bargain
These days you can still pick them up for around £60-70 new on eBay or from CEX
The iPod comes in black white or silver and I went for the black one. The front and the clicker wheel are both black and the back is silver metal
The storage if 80gb is massive and I would imagine it would do more than adequately for most people. Apparently a 80gb memory can hold 30,000 songs so that's almost 3,000 CDs!
Using the iPod is nice and simple. You plug it in to your iTunes on your laptop or pc, load your CDs, create playlists and whatever you want to do, and then hit the "sync" button which in effect copies your iTunes library onto your iPod.
There is also quite a nice feature of being able to create an on the go playlist when you are out and about by scanning to the tracks you want to add to the playlist and pushing and holding the home button
After about 4 years of very very heavy use, the jack in my iPod broke and the thing only started to play out of one side, hence me upgrading to the 160gb. However, after the amount I used it, I cannot fault it for this!
I got this for Christmas many years ago when I was new to the world of iTunes. I was in secondary school at the time and everybody in class seemed to have an MP3 Player but the most popular MP3s out there was this iPod classic. Having an iPod was a fashion statement and Apple products are still popular to this day. You can store plenty of songs, videos and photos on this, possibly more than you can imagine. At one point I had over 10,000 songs on my iPod. I also have an iPod touch that I had for my 18th birthday and I think these are big improvement. I've owned my iPod classic for a long time and in it's prime time it's been amazing.
Sadly it is no longer the case. My iTunes keeps saying it is corrupted and gives me an endless list of errors. It also makes my iTunes freeze and become unable to use. I've tried restoring the iPod and trying again but it's a vicious circle. So nowadays it's an 80GB iPod that only a fraction is being used up. It's just so much hassle trying to add and take away music from this device nowadays because of how faulty it's become. I've tried looking it up and pretty much tried as much. I have a feeling the hard-drive might have died on me. iTunes has given me no real issues with my iPod Touch so I feel certain there's a problem with the device. Since it's an older model it doesn't really get any support from Apple anymore.
One of the best things about iPod Classic is it's huge storage of over 80GB. It gives you the opportunity to have control over your music. I like the bulky design to it as well the wheel, although it does take a while to adjust to it it's quite easy once you get the hang of it. Even though syncing no longer workers properly, the songs that do play often have a good quality. At least they did until I started hearing the device having loud and squeaky sounds.
If I were to review this product three years ago, I would have given it five stars easily, but because of the time and trouble I've had nowadays it gives me no choice but to give it a one star because it lacks reliability in it's later years. The iPod classic is starting to become worthless to me and there are no solutions to my hardrive problems.
On the other hand I've had good times with the iPod. It is portable and it's very useful to have so much on one device. It's been great for holidays and add great atmosphere to my trips and leisure time. When you buy an iPod classic you can also engrave a message on it for free and it also comes with headphones. These headphones are mass-produced and are therefore you will be lucky if they last a week.
My iPod has my name engraved on it. In it's prime time I found the iPod useful to have because it was easy to find and listen to songs and albums that I wanted to listen to. I felt as if I was in control but the problems that came up about two years ago have made this product quite frustrating to use. I have an old MP3 that someone bought me for a fiver when I was in Secondary School and it still works perfectly. Sure it's hard to clean and it is a bit dirty but it still works wonderfully. I will probably review my old MP3 player soon.
As you can tell I used to love this device because it was quality but it's sadly lost all of it's great quirks over the years and it's technical problems destroys it's nostalgic values for me. I hope I don't get like that any of my other consoles. My iPod can still charge properly and can still play the songs once it's synced but what used to be an exciting concept for me has now become a drag.
The reason I'm comparing this iPod so much to other products is because some people need to know this. Just because something is so expensive doesn't mean that it's quality is going to last forever. This product is very outdated most of iTunes products are not suitable for this device. And sadly I would no longer recommend it and suggest you have a look at some of the other products out there. You might be able to save more money and also buy a music player that's cheaper and lasts for longer.
Even as an outdated product this is still expensive. I think this was about £199.99 and on Amazon it's slightly over £180. There's no such thing as a cheap iPod. Now this review isn't a dig at Apple. I actually still enjoy my iPod touch and I enjoyed the iPads, but the lack of long-term support shows that this product wasn't really worth it in the long run.
I have had my iPod Classic for a number of years and it has never let me down. The playback quality on tracks is fantastic and layout is so easy to use that even my technophobe parents can use it with no problems.
I took it on a camping trip over the summer where I had no access to a plug or charger for it. Despite this, the battery life was immense. It took 2 weeks (unfortunately it wasn't not constantly on, that would be too amazing) for the iPod to run out of battery.
Songs are really easy to upload onto it (the iPod is Synced with iTunes on the computer) and really easy to access in (created) playlists.
Many a dull hour has been passed by playing on Klondike and iPod Quiz, which are great fun to play (if you can't access the internet at home!)
I also think I could store a billion songs on this thing. I wouldn't know, the memory is woefully underused on mine. It is a lot of songs anyway. More than most people have listened to.
The only issue i would have with the iPod is the headphones. They break. Simply put. They are so vulnerable to any for of pocket or surface that I found myself buying a new pair of generic earphones within a couple of months of purchase.
Hope this helps. Upvotes? ;)
I have used ipod classic's since apple started using the scroll wheel on their models, this is the last model i purchased but i will be picking up a 160GB model soon as i love them so much.
If your a music fan than this gadget is definitely for you. Operation is simple, simply put the songs onto your PC through itunes and sync your ipod..done! You can choose from a mass of media formats aswell as the ipod classic plays just about every music format available, from MP3 to WAV or even apples own AAC.
With such a large amount of storage for your music, why bother with compressing at all and simply upload the songs in full CD quality. If you worry about space on your computer you can simply delete the files once uploaded to your ipod and leave the names on your itunes, this way you free up your computer space but syncing your ipod does not delete the track. Alternatively you can place itunes on a separate HDD or even an external drive.
The ipod classic is also capable of playing videos, however with the screen being as small as it is i dont use it often. Itunes will convert most saved videos into a format your ipod will play for you by right clicking the file and selecting "create ipod friendly version".
You can also select photo albums to sync to the ipod to show to your friends on the move and there are even a few basic games installed. None of these games are great but they can certainly pass a few hours should you be without a magazine or games device on the move.
The most important thing for such a gadget is the sound, and i can delightfully say that the sound is great. How apple how crammed such amazing preamps into such a small space is beyond me and it will even power the larger headphone drivers however this is at a slight cost to your battery life.
This being said battery life is amazing! I use my ipod around 3 hours a day and it lasts for just over a week with audio playback and can last almost all day using video playback.
The ipod itself looks and feels like a very expensive product, which you would hope so because its not exactly cheap. The scroll wheel is sensitive but takes some getting used to and the screen is crisp.
My only negative point about this gadget is that being hard drive based it should theoretically be fragile, however i have dropped this device many times many times and there has been no playback interruption or damage but i would not rely on it being a robust device.
Black iPod Classic 5th Generation 80GB
Updated 5th Generation
2.5" 320x240 QVGA screen and a click wheel
Battery life 20 hours
Size - 6.1cm wide, 10.4cm high, 1.4cm deep
Weight - 155g
Connections - 1 x composite, headphone jack, 1 x S-Video
Features - Games, Sleep Timer, World Clock
This is the updated 5th generation iPod classic with 80MB of storage. The 5th gen iPod was updated in 2006. This update includes a brighter screen, longer video playback time, newly designed earphones and a search feature. An iTunes CD is not included with this update meaning you have to download it from the iTunes website.
This version is supposed to be able to hold 20,000 songs and I have no doubt in this. For probably 99% of people this will be more than enough. I have put on about 200 CD albums which are stored comfortably and does not affect the speed of the iPod. It also means if I wanted to use it to store videos and photos I would have plenty of room for this as well.
You sync your iPod with iTunes on your computer and this is done very easily. However, you need to be careful when syncing as there is a possibly of deleting songs either from your iPod or from your computer. For more information it is best to visit the Apple website. You can also manage your music and files manually by ticking a selection on your iTunes. I find this the easiest way as it means I am in control of what moves where. Through iTunes you can easily purchase new songs or videos and download them straight to your iPod.
You control the iPod by the click wheel, turning it to scroll through menus or songs and to select functions or skip tracks. This is very easy to use and quick to get used to. The design is very Apple. A black front with curved corners and a shiny rounded silver back creates a very sleek look. It is not the smallest iPod you can buy but it still fits easily in your pocket. Used with an additional case that straps to the top of your arm or simply in your pocket this is great for going for a run or to the gym (comes with earphones). If you value the look of your iPod I would recommend buying a case to protect the screen and back. I haven't found any faults with is so far, 6 months, and it hasn't failed on me yet.
I have found the battery to last nearly as long as Apple say it should, doesn't normally happen with electrical goods, but when it does need charging it charges up very quickly. This takes only a couple of hours and can be done either through plugging into a socket or when plugged into your computer.
This is a good looking mp3 player that will store as many songs or videos as you could probably wish for. It is easy to set up and manage through iTunes and is very durable, especially when placed in a case.
I got an iPod classic second hand as it was cheaper than buying a new one. I think they have good and bad points which sort of level other out and how good the iPod is depends on what you're looking for.
The classic only comes in black or white, I think the black is best but I would prefer more colour choices as I find these a bit boring and the silver on the bakc get scratched very easily. I also prefer the presentation of the cover art on the iPod nanos too as it completely fills the screen. For me the thing that puts me off most from the classic is how big it isI always thought I would like this but it doesn't feel comfortable to use my hands as they are quite small! :( it doesn't stop you from using the iPod, I just personally find the Nanos easier to use.
Otherwise the iPod is great, it's mostly the same as other iPods but the larger screen means you can watch music videos and films, although I don't use this feature as I have glasses and this strains my eyes. The other best feature is that this iPod comes with the largest GB up to 160! This is perfect for people with a huge iTunes library or someone who constantly buys new music so they won't run out of room and of course for films.
I would definately recommend this iPod to anyone as it is great quality but mainly to those with a huge amount of music because the large GB is why the price is so high but it's definately worth it. (I sold mine on because of my hands being too small and I don't need the extra space!)
I have owned many different iPods over the years, they have all been amazing. The iPod classic was where my love affair with apple iPods started. My iPod classic still is used today and is my favourite ipod for many reasons. I just can't get rid of old iPods, I believe I now have 5 different iPods. I will now go into more detail on this classic piece of kit.
I have no idea how much these sell for now, but when I purchased this brand new about 4 years ago it set me back around £175. I remember saving up for it myself and being so happy with it! It cost me a fortune, but at the time it was cool to have one of these.
This iPod supported video playback, this meant that I used to watch movies and music videos on this, it was perfect for the long bus journey for college. You can also store photos on it and play sideshows of your photos. The iPod came with a couple of basic games, at the time these were brilliant, these days they would be considered poor due to the availability of modern apps. This iPod was great for images and I love how it displays the album artwork on screen. I purchased the 80gb model but never even used half of it, I have around 2,000 songs and a few movies and this hardly touched the memory, i wish my current iPhone had this much memory. This iPod has all the usual features of an iPod such as shuffle, podcasts and playlists. The select things you use the scroll pad which is easy to use and much different from the iPod touch way of selecting songs. I am so used to my iPhone, that when I use this it feels so strange.
I believe this to be the best looking iPod so far. It is a large size and rather heavy to hold, it had the fantastic scroll menu with the skip and play button. I had the black version and it looks stunning. My iPod still works today, I do not use it as much. But when I go abroad I take this because I am paranoid about losing my beloved iPhone :)
I believe this to be the best looking iPod so far, it is solid and works well. It is reliable and is a genuine iPod, it's the best non touch iPod to date. When it played videos this was cutting edge. I would recommend this to anyone who loves iPods. The screen quality when watching videos is excellent and the sound quality produced when you have headphones in is great. You can get these fairly cheap now on eBay and I think that would be a good place to get one :)
This gets 5 stars from me. It really is a classic, can't fault it. Thanks for reading :) josh
I much prefer ipod classic than ipod shuffle or nano because it is of a reasonable size which allows me to watch videos nicely in car journeys or where ever. I love the size of iplod classic, it is just about right for me to have a good grib of it. 80GB is a reasonable storage size for someone like myself because I have more music than videos, so I can actually store up to about 2500 songs which are definitely enough to get me going.
The plus is that Apple claims that this ipod classic can play up to 30 hours of continuous music and five hours of video. I put the ipod through a non-stop music test, in which it exceeded expectations. The player reached 32.5 hours, which is really good! Also, another advantage is that it is really easy to use and manage, and also when syncing music from my itunes into the ipod. I also love how the layout of the ipod classic, it is clear and userfriendly.
However, I don't really like how display dims to preserve battery power, it is often unreadable except in conditions with good lighting. The ipod does not just lower brightness; it changes to a monochrome display of time, play status, and battery life.
Overall, it is definitely a good buy and it is intended for people who want all their music and videos in one convenient device. There is nothing on the market that can match the storage size and ease of use!
I bought one of these iPods because in my opinion they are the most practical for just simply putting all my music onto. I have a lot of songs and a lot of different albums so I decided that I would like to have them all on one device as well as having them in CD form and on my laptop. It's very easy if I am going out because I can just plug in my headphones and listen to music. It also holds lots of songs so I don't eat too much into the memory space
The battery life is surprisingly amazing and can last a couple of days listening to music off of charge.
You can adjust the screen brightness and volume of music, it also plays video which was very useful for a plane journey I took where I could watch a TV show I downloaded from iTunes. I found this very convenient because I didn't have to take my DVD player with me.
I would highly recommend it :)
I bought my first iPod when I was 17, when MP3 players became a 'must have' in my school and my old Creative Zen just wasn't cutting the fashion chic any more. Back then, I started with one of the old school bigger, brick like iPod classics, and when it died on me two years later (scroll bar went) I replaced it with this model.
First, the good points. The memory space available on these is massive; I've never managed to get past about 50% full and I have a lot of music. Clearly not as much as some people though as I have friends who have filled countless maximum memory iPods and have to constantly reupdate them with new CDs and stuff. I couldn't do that myself, it'd do my head in! Size wise, the iPod classic fits pretty nicely into your hand and is easy to hold and to use. It has a circular scroll bar that can take some getting used to but once you have it, everything is quickly accessible through it. Music can be organised and played by a variety of categories such as 'artist' and 'album'. Generally I keep mine on artist as I find it easier to find the music I want this way. There's also a shuffle songs function and a 'genius' function. I have no idea what the latter does as it doesn't work on my ipod or my itunes. I think you need to have all your songs categorised for it to work properly.
iPod classics also have the ability to put photos, videos, podcasts and documents on them. I've been able in the past to put photos and podcasts on it (took them all off eventually though as they weren't doing much for me) but I have never been able to get it to work as a video player or document storage device. I have (well, had, see the next paragraph) videos that are in the correct format and play in iTunes but don't even show up on my iPod when it's been synced. This has been the case with both this ipod and the original one I bought; and I remember being bitterly disappointed when my friends could get their videos to play but I couldn't. Now it's not much of a problem but it is annoying not to be able to use the thing to it's full capabilities. Another disappointment for me has been that it seems after 2 years the scroll circle goes - I'm not heavy handed with my iPod and I take care with it but this has happened on both of them now.
All iPods, iPads, iPhones work off the Apple software 'iTunes'. Now, this is fine if you like the software... but I don't. I find it hard to navigate and every new update seems to bring something else useless into the mix. This brings me to my biggest bug bear with anything Apple related and why I will probably not replace my iPod when it dies with another Apple product. If you have, say, 2500 songs in your iTunes, and your hard drive wipes and breaks, then you can never update your iPod again. Just after christmas my laptop decided to have a dicky fit and completely wiped itself; I have about 50% of my music backed up on an external hard drive but not all of it and some of it I don't own any more (I always buy music CDs but generally sell them again when I've ripped them to my laptop to get some cash back). I know that largely this was my mistake but I now have an iPod I can't update because the second I plug it into my computer the memory will be wiped and I'll lose some great songs that I really like listening to. It's bad enough that I don't have the music on my computer any more! I was considering getting an iPhone when my blackberry contract runs out but I don't think I want to anymore.
The retail price of an iPod classic is about £150 - £210 depending on the size you want, and whether or not it's brand new, has engraving etc. Every Apple product comes with headphones that will break in about two weeks and a little manual on how to use it. To me this is massively expensive and it's just a cash in on what's popular when there are lots of cheaper, easier to use and more accessible MP3 players out there that aren't related to Apple.
Next time I buy an MP3 player, it'll be one that can be updated without reformatting or wiping the previous data - you can get players that you simply drag and drop files into without having to remove the previous files, like a big memory stick. And they're a damn sight cheaper too!
After having quite a large iTunes library after purchasing my first iPod Nano, I decided to purchase a larger and more sturdier iPod which led me to the iPod Classic. I had seen it in the Apple store when I had previously visited, and thought that it looked the strongest out of all the iPods available and looked like it'd be great to throw in my bag, carry in my pocket or just listen to in my room. Using it for exercising was certainly out of the question as even though it was great for storing loads of music tracks it was just too large, and the iPod shuffle I already owned was much better for just clipping on to my clothes and running with.
I bought it a while ago so I cannot remember the exact price, but it was around the £100 mark, and it was definitely worth spending that much money on it, as I have never had any problems with it and the design/features are amazing for such a small device. Setting it up was really easy as all you had to do was plug it in and select a few preference and you were ready to go (although if you have never had an Apple product before you will need to download iTunes)
The overall design of the iPod, while quite bulky is also strong. I have dropped it or had things smash into it in my bag, and it has never broken or had any problems with it (although this might just be luck!) It fits into the palm of my hand and into the pocket of my jeans well, so it is not oversized or too bulky, even though next to the other forms of iPod it might look it.
There is not too many keys and inputs to this iPod, as it still maintains the classic look of one, with the lock key, headphone input, USB input and the keypad. Each of them never really break down, with all the features working well. However, at times the keypad can sometimes over perform, such as when you just want to up the volume a teensy bit, it will super increase the volume.
The display is great for such a tiny device, as it is always clear and displays everything well. It has a pretty big screen and everything displayed on it is easy to see. Pictures from albums displayed are really clear and although tiny in many cases you can still see all the details included in them. The font used is always clear and well sized, and displays all the song titles, album titles and type of music really clearly. Even when the brightness has been turned down the most, I have been able to clearly see the names of the music.
Another great bonus is the storage size, with a huge iTunes library I was in need of having something that could hold most of my music. This iPod proved to help me with that, as it holds a huge amount of songs about 7,000 of them (however it probably holds more as many of my songs are quite long - most around 7 minutes long).
When the music is stored within the iPod, there is a great ability of being able to view your music in different categories such as Artists, Songs, Albums, Genres and Composers. This is great if you are like me and can only ever remember the Artist or the Song, and never the two together. What's better is you can easily create playlists, whether you are at your computer or on the go. This is handy if you have different styles of music, as you can create a playlist of a certain type, and whenever you are in the mood to listen to them you can just put on the playlist and go.
Aside from carrying thosuands of songs around, you can also carry photos and videos. This was really helpful to me, as if I ever wanted to show my family member things, I would be able to do so without having to do connect to the Internet or be close to my home computer. They're displayed as clearly as anything else on the iPad, and are always clear on the screen.
There are a couple of extras that the iPod has, although I don't use them often can be quite handy. There is the Clock feature which shows you the time in various different cities and countries, so for anyone who is travelling a lot this would be a great feature. There is also a section for games, which has about 3 come free with the iPod itself, although if you are into gaming using an Apple product, I would suggest getting the iPod touch as these are much more suitable for that feature.
You can customise your iPod to suit your preferences to using the Settings features. This allows you to make the screen as bright as you want, so if you want your iPod to have a longer battery life I would strongly reccomend turning this down to the lower settings. It's also handy they have a Volume limit, where you can stop your iPod from turning up past a particular point.
I haven't had any problems with this iPod so far, as the software has never maulfunctioned. The only problem that sometimes happens is the iPod can freeze, and you have to "reset" the iPod (although this never clears off any of the music held in it"), but it starts up in about a minute or so after you do this anyway.
Overall, this is a great product for any music lover and I would reccomend it to anyone, as I have had hardly any problems with it in the years that I've had it and it has remained at the quality that I first bought it at.