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The Fourth Generation Ipod 20GB is an MP3 player made by Apple. The Ipod 20GB looks pretty nice even though it is the best part of 6 years old at this point, the case is made from a shiny white plastic and the back is made from a reflective chrome. The face of the unit is very uncluttered with only the screen and scroll wheel. Compared with newer models it does have quite a chunky look but for a 6 year old gadget, I'd say it looks pretty good. The Ipod interface is one of the most easy to use, you simply rotate your finger around the scroll wheel and this will go through the menu you can navigate your songs by artist, album, genre and so on. There is also a nice backlight included so you can view the screen in the dark or poor lighting conditions. Unfortunately there is no colour screen though they added it later with the Ipod Photo. The Ipod 20GB has around 18.5GB of space for you to actually use though this has always been enough for me, I have just over 6GB of music and that's around 1400 songs. To fill up the extra room you can use the Ipod as an external hard drive though read and write speeds are pretty slow. In addition to music playback there are a few extra features you can look at a clock, store your contacts on it, view a calendar, view your notes and play games. The games included are brick which is a breakout clone, parachute a game where you shoot down helicopters, solitaire and music quiz where it will play a song at random and you have to correctly identify it. Dissapointingly it hasn't aged well and my Ipod has developed alot of flaws during its past years, for a start the battery life has been poor averaging around 6 hours of music playback on a full charge, secondly it doesn't like the gapless playlists that the new Itunes software uses and will stutter while playing pack some of my songs and thirdly it will never turn on unless I hold the power and menu buttons which are used to reset the machine! The Fourth Generation Ipod 20GB was a great MP3 player when it worked correctly but it simply has to many problems and a poor battery life to be worth using now.
The original iPod changed the way you listen to music by putting thousands of songs in your pocket. Now it changes the way you see your music, with a crisp color screen. Browse playlists via vivid menus, thumb through album cover art, even play games and view calendars in color. Or sync photos and view them in color, anywhere. Your personal, portable entertainment library, iPod looks as good as it sounds.
iPod incorporates the same touch-sensitive Apple Click Wheel that debuted on iPod mini. Use it to navigate your music on the iPod's 65,536-color, 220x176-pixel display. Spin the wheel to scroll effortlessly through dozens of playlists, hundreds of albums or thousands of songs and podcasts.
Or highlight photos. iPod displays 25 full-color thumbnails at a time, and you can scroll through them the same way you scroll through song titles. When you see a photo you'd like displayed all by its lonesome, just click the center button and voila. No one will have to say "cheese" as long as you have iPod around. Whether you're listening to tunes or checking out photos, you're sure to be all smiles.
iPod lets you play your music for up to 15 hours on a single battery charge. Imagine: you could fly from New York to Paris and still have hours of listening time left as you stroll the Champs Elysees. While you're on the move, iPod keeps you aware of its charge level, and when it's time, iPod's quick to recharge. Plug it into your computer or a handy wall socket (via the included power adapter) and you can fast-charge iPod in as little as two hours.
The perfect companion to iPod, iTunes lets you easily build and manage your digital audio collection. Browse the built-in iTunes Music Store for more than 1 million songs, 11,000 audiobooks and 3,000 podcasts. Jazz, Pop or Hip Hop. Mystery, memoir or thriller. Comedy, news or politics. From reading to radio, the iTunes Music Store has it all. Download what you want, then sync everything - including full-color album, audiobook and podcast art - to your iPod using the included USB 2.0 or optional FireWire cable. Even your photos come along for the ride, either via iTunes or the iPod Camera Connector. Once you sync, everything appears on your iPod, so you can look or listen anytime, anywhere.
As for the CDs you already own, iTunes makes it easy to transfer your favorite songs and albums. Just pop a CD into your Mac or PC and click the Import button. You can import music in a variety of formats, such as MP3 or AAC, and at whatever quality level you'd prefer. Choose the Apple Lossless encoder for sound quality indistinguishable from a CD at about half the original file size. And with USB 2.0 and FireWire support, you can transfer the music from an entire CD to iPod in just 5 seconds or less.