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Ipod Classic 80gb
Apple iPod classic 80 GB
Member Name: cath_del
Apple iPod classic 80 GB
Advantages: Not too bulky, a lot of features, good storage space
Disadvantages: Can freeze (rarely though!)
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.
Summary: Great product for any music lover
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