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      04.07.2012 19:44

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      I found this product to be extremely easy to use, very user friendly and easy to navigate around. I have previously owned ipod's before and they have had a limited shelf life as in something went wrong with each of them along the way. So far I have not had any issues such as the device locking, getting stuck or any unexplained issues whatsoever. I would advise to purchase separate ear phones as the ones I received with the ipod broke after a month (although this does appear to be a common problem.Other than the aforementioned I think its a very good product.

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      25.06.2012 13:06
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      iPod Classic

      This was my first ever iPod and was bought for me for my birthday in 2007 so a good five years ago now! I still use this device as my main music player and it has never reached full capacity as there is just so much space on it!

      --What you get--
      A fantastic mp4/mp3 player from the infamous Apple. Extra features include a clock, a few games and an alarm. There is also a photo gallery section to add pics to your iPod via your computer, though I have never really used this. The hold button at the top is a great feature for locking the screen so you don't change the track by accident! You also get a little mirror on the back (handy for a quick make up/face check!)

      --Value for money--
      At full price, this cost around £200 and for how long it's lasted it has definitely been value for money (think £40 a year) and I have really enjoyed using it, it's distractions have entertained me for years of train journeys, car journeys, commutes and long walks.

      --What size to go for--
      It definitely depends on the size of your music library or how likely you are to be updating frequently. I have found that the 30GB model has been more than ample for my music library and I currently have around 3000 songs on there. The newer models come in 32GB and 64GB and the 32GB is more than enough. Bear in mind that the 64GB ones are slightly chunkier.

      --My opinion--
      This device has lasted me for many years and is one of the best birthday presents I've ever had. Still going strong 5 years later, albeit with a limited battery life, this iPod is one to get! The more recent versions include slightly flashier screens, a matte finish and a longer battery life.
      --Negatives--
      The main disadvantage for me of my iPod classic is the battery life. It lasts no longer than a few hours if I turn the screen on and off. Tips to increase the battery life include reducing the backlight or changing tracks more infrequently.


      In a nutshell, if you are looking for the perfect mp3 player, this is the cream of the bunch. Easy to use, intuitive interface and enough memory to last forever! The only negative is that the battery life declines considerably over time and the screen will get scratched unless you protect it with a cover. My iPod has been a durable little music player and is solid enough so that you won't damage it when you drop it (it has been dropped many times!)

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      14.02.2012 17:20

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      The Top of the MP3 Player!

      Had this ipod for sometime now and eventhough i have often contimplated buying a new one i could not part from it. There truley is nothing better than the apple ipod whatever generation and they really dominate the market. The ipod is a real 'look what i've got' device and beats any other MP3 player hands down, my ipod is perfect for any environment, it's been on every holiday and even though the colour being black the sun does not heat it up too quickly, to some extent i could leave it out all day and it would still work. There are also a wide range of accessories that go with the ipod itself, many of which are cheap and sometimes even given out for free! The headphones that came with the ipod were not the best and didn't take too long to fall apart, i would defintly recommend purchasing a different pair!

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      23.12.2011 16:01
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      Understated simplicity

      Having owned my ipod for about 5 years, I feel well placed to write a decent enough review about it. Over the years, my ipod has suffered from numerous accidents (dropped mainly), has been misplaced more times than i care to remember and yet has consistently shown itself to be highly durable. I have only ever owned Ipod's and so for the purposes of this review I can't comment on other Mp3 players.

      Design

      The thing that has always attracted me to apple products is the simplicity used in their design (even the Apple Logo is cool), the 30GB Ipod Classic is no exception. In my opinion the Ipod Classic is well designed (simple to use - controlled using click wheel, practical - long battery life and as previously mentioned rugged). I feel that this simplicity of design makes it universally appealing (anybody from 10 upwards would feel comfortable using it) and a style classic (6 years on it still doesn't look out of place). Similarly, the menus on the Ipod are well designed, black text on a white background (doesn't get much simpler than that!), with highlighted options in blue (text scrolled over). In the same way, although it seems like nothing now, the Ipod Classic 5g was the first of the Ipods to be able to play videos, a big leap forward at that stage.

      Practicality

      Although the 30GB Ipod Classic doesn't do as much as the later Ipod Touch (use off apps, no internet connection etc), I feel it is far better made, as it doesn't seem to be as delicate (you wouldn't believe the amount of cracked Ipod Touch screens I have seen!). Similarly, although Apple still insists on retailing the Ipod Classic for nearly £200, I have seen second hand versions go for £80 (a bargain compared to the Ipod Touch, which I have rarely seen go for less than £100) which makes it handy for those on a budget. Although battery life is relatively good (mine tends to last for at least 14 hours, there or therabouts), I do have a complaint about the battery status bar which never seems to be accurate (one minute it's in the red and then it's back into the green). Although the ipod Classic is relatively small in size, it seems hardly worth mentioning, as most Ipod's are similar, or indeed smaller (such as the Nano). In terms of sound quality, I feel the Iopd classic is fairly poor (although this may be more to do with the age of mine rather than the model as a whole), as often I have to turn the volume up far louder to hear my music and even then the quality still isn't perfect.

      In conclusion, I feel that although the 30GB Apple Ipod Classic (5th generation) is 5 years old now, it still hold's up well when compared to newer, later Ipod's (such as the Ipod Touch, Nano etc). Indeed, I feel that the Ipod Classic is far more robust than its later counterparts (which if you're as clumsy as me is a godsend), retains its style (due to the simplicity of its design) and although it has its faults (such as the aforementioned problem with measuring battery life and quality of sound) offers good value for money (30GB of memory for under £100) and would still be acceptable to anyone as a gift . As such, therefore, the Ipod classic 30GB is an Mp3 Player that I would definately recommend to a friend.

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        24.11.2011 13:25
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        A now much cheaper iPod product, that does exactly what you need from it

        I purchased my iPod in the summer of 2006, and it still serves me well to this day. I bought it before a family holiday to Portugal, which then unfortunately did not go ahead, but don't regret my purchase one bit.

        The History of the iPod

        The original iPod was launched in 2001, by Apple CEO Steve Jobs and his team. The name for the invention came from the film 2001: A Space Odyssey, and was proposed by freelance copywriter Vinnie Chieco.
        Before this particular model, there were four other generations released. The first model was controlled by a mechanical scroll wheel, connected by FireWire and came in 5 and 10gb capacities. The second had a touch-sensitive wheel, again connected via FireWire, had a revised hold switch and came in 10 and 20gb capacities. The third version saw the first complete redesign of the iPod, with an all-touch interface, dock connector and a slimmer case, and it also came in 10, 15, 20, 30 and 40gb capacities. The forth generation came in both a black and white and photo version, inheriting the click wheel from the iPod mini, and coming in capacities of 20 30, 40 and 60gb for black and white, and in 20 and 60gb capacities for photo.

        The Fifth Generation iPod

        The fifth generation saw the second full redesign of the iPod. It had a slimmer case, larger screen and video playback, and this time the iPod was offered in black or white. It came in 30 and 60gb capacities.
        On 12 September 2006, the 60gb model was then updated to 80, a brighter screen was added, as was gapless playback and 3-D photo transitions.

        My Experience of the Fifth Generation iPod

        As you may have already worked out, I purchased my iPod before the second released of the fifth generation iPod, but I was still extremely satisfied with my purchase. I ordered the black version in 30gb capacity, and at that time, it cost me approximately £170.

        Having had other, less impressive mp3 players before, I noted a considerable increase in quality in the iPod's performance in comparison, and was impressed with all its features. I was able to store huge numbers of songs - I had over 5000 at one point, videos and photos. I was able to use the click wheel with ease to find the artist I wanted to hear, or to start a slideshow of all my photographs. I could also choose to shuffle songs if I did not want to listen purely to one album or one artist. It also had a few games including a music quiz that kept my occupied for some time. It also had an impressive battery life, going on for hours whilst being constantly used. Since then the battery life has reduced somewhat, but is still at an impressive level.

        I was so impressed with my iPod, I went on to buy the iSymphony stereo system, which I have reviewed on Ciao. I have also purchased many accessories and add-ons for my iPod to keep it from getting damaged, and to play it through my car stereo. I also bought travel speakers from Tescos to take with me on my next family holiday.

        Conclusion

        In conclusion, in it's day the 5th generation iPod was at the top of it's game, and was all you could ever hope for. Now in the wake of the iPod touch and the other new additions to the Apple iPod family, you could get far more features from a newer model. However, if you don't want to spend a huge amount on an iPod, I would definitely recommend this model as it still has a great range of features, and is better than any other make of mp3 player in my opinion.

        Also published on Ciao.

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          05.06.2011 20:01
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          Good!

          This is another very good ipod however it is one of the older models so if you are looking for the best specification this ipod isn't for you - but since the price of this model is quite low these days it is still worth a purchase. Be warned though; as most versions of this ipod being sold are used, it may not last as long as one of the current ipods and so you may want to opt for something else. When I first got the ipod, quite a few years ago, it was very good and it did last a long time. However at the end of its life some of the pixels on the screen died and when I got a replacement, the entire ipod broke. This may just be isolated cases but I would be careful when buying a used model. If you can get it new though, it's the perfect purchase and will last you a good few years!

          The design of the ipod classic, is, as titled, rather classic and timeless so despite its old age (in the world of technology) it still looks good. The ipod comes in both white and black which is a shame when other ipods come in such a variety of colours. However if you want a white ipod, this is the only one that offers the colour! You can also personalise your ipod with your own engraved message which is a really nice feature. Unfortunately the silver back of the ipod scratches very easily, and although these aren't major scratches it does ruin the look of it. The front is also quite easy to scratch but it isn't too noticeable on the white model, though it could be seen to ruin the look of the black version. It is quite bulky, but then again I never really noticed the bulkiness until I switched to the nano and the ipod's size was never a problem. The screen is quite large which makes it perfect for playing the videos of which this is the first ipod to be capable of doing.

          The actual interface is the same to all previous and current ipods, with the exclusion of the ipod touch and is one of the easiest to use of any mp3 player I have tried. There are a good few games that come with the ipod however I have hardly found myself to be using them. The music quiz is good though, but much better in later ipods where you can play the music out loud without headphones in order to let friends join in the game.

          The sound quality is excellent however I have experienced better on other mp3s. That being said, since I have been introduced to ipods I have found that the other features and the overall design and ease of use makes up for this. Alongside the itunes store which is second to none, this ipod coupled with high quality headphones makes for a much better experience than that which another mp3 can offer you. If you have tried other ipods the sound quality is relatively the same, and I haven't noticed a difference. There are lots of different settings you can choose from so you can listen to your music at its best as well, so you can make sure that the playback settings are perfect for the song you're listening to. These settings are easy to use and you can choose generic total settings for types of music such as "Rock" and "Jazz" or tailor your own settings by using the bass/treble boosters and reducers.

          Although I never used the full 30GB of memory, I never really put videos on the ipod and so if you are going to put videos on this will definitely prove useful. You could quite easily fit at least 7000 songs on here and about 30 hours of video, if not more!

          In my opinion, at release this ipod was perfect but these days since technology has advanced you can get better but the price difference could be a winning factor. However if you aren't bothered about memory and could cope with 16GB or less a nano may be a better option!

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          17.05.2010 21:56
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          Great for everyone that is big on music

          Recently, I bought an Apple Ipod Video (5th Generation) with 30GB in capacity.
          And, to be honest, I cannot fault it!. 30gb suits me down to the ground, and believe me, I buy a lot of music - possibly too much.

          The high quality screen is a credit to the movies/videos that you may wish to watch on the device - which, by the way, are easily fast forward, rewind, pause etc etc.

          It uses the extremely user friendly standard interface that us Ipod lovers are used to.

          The body work is very sleek, strong and comes with a nice glossy finish that adds a touch of elegance to an already fashionable design.

          I suppose the weight is worth mentioning, well there's not much to say rather than it's a surprise that it doesn't weigh that much at all - just right I would say, like goldy locks' porridge.

          The Battery Life? - Fantastic! Obviously the viewing of movies and videos plays a part in sucking that little bar down to red, but in general, you get a lot of life out of this device.

          So, a Media Player that allows you to watch movies, view photos, listen to your favourite tunes and gives you lots of room for them - What more could you want ? Seriously?

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            16.04.2010 17:13
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            Good product

            I got this ipod a while ago and I have been very pleased with it. It is a durable and reliable product. When I first got it I used it constantly and I have never had major problems with it. The battery life lasted longer at first and has gradually decreased with time but it is still fully functioning. The major functions include playing music, storing pictures and videos. My ipod includes a small selection of games which are brick, a music quiz, parachute and solitaire. To use this device you need to download itunes from the apple website but it is a very easy procedure and you can follow the instructions given on the website. The ipod I have holds 30GB of memory but it can be purchased with different memory sizes. If you are a music lover and want to keep a large collection of songs and albums in one place that you can access at any time than this product is great and worth spending the money on. The only negative comment I would have on this product is that with time you do feel it get weaker and less affective although all the functions still work the battery life gets shorter with time. I still like the product and use mine regularly and will use it until it doesn't work anymore.

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            14.04.2010 16:03
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            Excellent; stylish and enjoyable

            I have had my ipod video for nearly three years now and it has been (and hopefully continues to be) a tremendous servant to my portable music needs.

            The ipod video is a portable mp3 music player with the capability of also playing converted videos (video converter included). It is extremely lightweight and small enough to fit in your pocket whilst maintaining a screen size that is easy to watch videos on.

            Smart and fashionably designed by Apple, the ipod video is incredibly easy to use with a touch sensitive spin wheel on the front allowing you to browse through the ipod's menus, using the middle button to select your chosen song, album, play list, video or one of the ipod's other offerings. In addition to playing songs and videos the ipod you can also play a number of basic games, including an enjoyable music quiz which plays a clip of one of your songs and asks you to guess which song it is (good when you have a huge itunes library).

            Music and videos are easily transferred to the ipod through your home computer and the use of itunes - the ipod's own music player/converter/organiser (included). Through itunes you can import your CD collection onto your ipod with the help of the provided USB wire, organise play lists, delete unwanted tracks (or simply ask itunes to not play them for now) and even more. It is all very easy to use with you being able to organise your music library by artist, album, and genre or even play count! Two small problems I've had with itunes however are that you cannot select a group of songs through clicking and dragging the mouse (like you can with cells on Microsoft Excel for example) and also the frequent updates. It seems nearly every fortnight there is a new itunes I should download and update to; yet noticeable changes are extremely rare.

            Overall the ipod is a fantastic and stylish invention and now with a video watching capability it has just got even better. Small problems such as the aforementioned itunes updates in addition to apple charging extra for a charger (although the USB does charge the ipod, as do many ipod speakers) and the ipod earphones getting damaged quite easily (although they are excellent in their sound quality) are easily overlooked when you look at the quality of the product and the fun you'll have with it. 5/5

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            20.01.2010 13:05
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            The iPod that blew the competition away

            Ahhh the good old iPod. If you havent owned at least one of the wide range og iPods then frankly you have not lived. This was my very first of many iPods and i still use it today.

            First off i picked the lovely, sexy black one. I was too worried about getting the white one dirty so went safe with the black one. Now back in the day this set me off at about £180. This was quite abit of money, but i was a good boy, saved up and went striaght into the shop and bought it.

            --Packaging--
            It came in a nice small black box, when opened it had my shiny new gadget sealed and ready to use. It had all the usual stuff, the headphones, the usb cable and the manuals. It also came with earbuds too but i didnt bother with them.

            --Set Up--
            With iPods set up is probably the easiest thing to do. All i needed to do was plug in the iPod, name it and i was off. I changed most the settings on it so i can manually add my songs and not have it sync all the time i plug into iTunes. Obviously before you do all this you wil need to instal iTunes which is provided for you in the box. I will now go on to each of the main features of the product.

            --Photo--
            Now that the ipod had a lovely new colour screen you can upload your pictures, which was really cool but i didnt really understand why you would do that. Anyway being me i thought i'd give it a go. Uploading was a little tricky as i couldnt pick a picture from one folder and then another from another. It just seemed to want to upload the whole album. Anyway i got the hang of it, uploading was really quick. I then went through the iPod menu, which was even more simple as it had photos already on the menu. A few clicks later i was looking at my pictures. The picture quality was crystal clear, perfect. not a spec out of place and the colours were very rich. All you need to do when you want to see the next picture is move the click wheel. Well done iPod.

            --Music--
            This is where the iPod gains its reputation and again in never fails. As i manually add my songs, all i needed to do was plug my iPod in my laptop, wait for iTunes to recognise it and then drag my music onto it. Simple. Again accessing your music from the actual iPod is very simple. Simply go to music, the you can choose it you want to listen to your music according to artist, genre, album or songs. If you have a made a playlist, you can also pick to play it from there. all this is done by using the click wheel. The sound quality again is top notch, very clear and crisp. You can also adjust the equaliser (make it more bassy, less bassy) via genre of music which is a nice effect but due to me having a mixture of genres and having my ipod on shuffle i just keep it on normal.

            --Video--
            This is one of the main reasons why i wanted to get an iPod. You can watch movies!!!!!! Films on the go, no more cunky portable DVD player. This however provided me with my first proper problem. Being an apple product, it was only compatible with the mov. file format and because most of my movies where of avi. format i could not upload them. I then had to search for a converter which was very simple (google it) and found a software videora ipod converter. Try it people, very easy and good. After i finally managed to convert them, they uploaded on to iTunes and then all i did was drag it to my iPod. Done. Again the iPod comes top with the picture quality. I guess it helps having a small 2.5 which too my suprise wasnt actually that small. I was easily watching a film with my girlfriend on a trip to birmingham. However the only problem is when there is sunlight. It doesnt have an anti glare screen, so went in sunlight you can hardly see the image but i think they have sorted that out since.

            --Podcasts--
            This was all the rage at one stage, even the PM doing one but this really didnt interest me so i didnt really give this a go.

            --Other bits--
            With all techy stuff, the iPod has the usual settings option where you can change the brightness of the screen, whether you want to backlight on, time display and even a security code so no one can access your iPod. It also has a set of games. The classic brick, parachute and all the music quiz. This is where the iPod will find a track and play it for about 20 seconds and you have to pick out which song it is. It will display 4 songs but the longer you take the songs will slowly disapear until you find the correct one. You gain more points for quick responses and it then lowers the longer you take.

            --To Conclude--
            Overall this is a top top piece of kit, i have all my music on it, a few movies and still got loads of storage left. I sometimes even use it as an external hard drive. This was probably the best investment i have made in years. Although past its time, it works perfectly fine, the battery on it is pretty good still. I have however somehow broke a piece of the audio pins so i need to repair that but all in all a great item and i'll probably be using this for many more years.

            --Price--
            By the looks of it you could pick one up for about £85 from amazon which is great if you just want to listen to your music or even the odd movie.

            --Top Tip--
            I read in one of the comments on someones review regarding getting your music from your ipod to your pc. I had the same trouble but then figured out a way of doing it. this is for PC only, NOT MACS.

            Step 1: go to your folder options and allow your hidden files to be seen.
            Step 2: Plug it your ipod, it should then pop up on your computer page, close itunes.
            Step 3: Click on your ipod and you will see a fairly faint folder called ipod control, click that.
            Step 4: I then believe you will then see a whole load of numbered folders. In each folder will contain a number of your tracks. All you do then is select all and drag them out. Simples. Message me if you need help.

            Thanks and enjoy! Can also be found on Ciao.

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            15.01.2010 22:08

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            good for music lovers

            This 30GB ipod is a great music system - I no longer have a CD player in my house - I just upload my CDs and MP3s to my ipod and play it through a speaker system.
            The ipod is very easy to use and the menu system is very logical. You can choose to play songs by title, artist or album. You can also set up custom playlists using itunes on your computer and transfer them to the ipod. This makes it very easy to find songs which suit the situation or your particular mood.
            The battery life seems to be okay, but I have not used it outside of the docking system very often.
            The videos you can put on it are of a reasonable quality - they made a long train journey a bit more bearable. I can't imagine watching a whole film on such a small screen however.
            If you are going to carry it around with you, a case is essential to keep it looking good because it does scratch very easily.
            There are two things I am not so keen on about this ipod:
            1. the headphones are not brilliant and I bought a different pair which felt more comfortable in my ears.
            2. the option to listen to the radio would have been great.

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            28.12.2009 18:37
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            5/5

            I had never owned an Apple product until a few years ago when I decided that I wanted an iPod for Christmas. I looked around the internet and several different stores to look for the best iPod for me and the best price for me. I eventually ordered the 30GB 5G iPod from play.com, and received it a day later.

            As soon as I opened the package I was very impressed with the presentation of the actual product as it was made to look very professional. I took the product out of the box to have a look at it and make sure I liked the way it feels to use. I found that the iPod is actually very easy to use and has many different features which are not found on some of the other companies' mp3 players. My iPod had a good selection of games to play, a nice and easy to use calendar, alarm clock, world clock and allowed me to store videos and images to the hard drive of the product.

            After several hours of playing around with the iPod, I put some of my favourite music on to have a listen to. I was very impressed with the quality of the sound as it sounded really good.

            After looking around on the internet to find out how I can import videos to my iPod, I found a nice little program to help me do so, I decided to transfer some music videos and some episodes of my favourite TV shows to my iPod. This didn't take too long which surprised me. After this had been completed, I gave it a watch and again I was very impressed with the quality, but this time I wasn't just impressed with the sound. The video quality was top-notch and looked like you was watching a dvd.

            Everything about the iPod impressed me. I was genuinely a satisfied customer. The only thing that put me off was iTunes. I wasn't a fan of this product and have always prefered different software to listen to music through.

            Overall, I would recommend the Apple iPod to anyone, as they are probably the best piece of equipment to be made. I give this a 5/5 due to the size of the hard drive and all of it's quality. I have now had my iPod for a number of years and have never been let down by it. It's very reliable which is good for all music fans.

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            04.12.2009 17:37
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            Buy Buy Buy Buy. THE best music player on the market, An iPod, any sort will do.

            I'll be straight, I cannot go anywhere without this thing, its absolutely fantastic. 30GB is alot of music, trust me. I have happily owned this iPod for 2 years now, and I am constantly adding to it. Add to the music the videos and photos and I still am unable to fill the thing. Now, specifically if you want an iPod what one you buy varies on many things, the amount of music you own, portability, video playback perhaps? This is the iPod that does it all, while being less technological than the new iPod touch or iPhone, and slightly outdated by the new iPod classics, it remains a firm favourite for me personally. It fits snuggly in my pocket, transports everything I need about and honestly is my life. If you have ever owned an iPod before you know there brilliant, those people who tell you they are not obviously have never owned one. It's easy to use and with the USB cable plugs straight into your computer to either automatically sync or manually sync all your music, photos and videos to your iPod. They are also very robust, not that I recommend doing so but it will survive a fall and continue to work especially if you have it in a case of some sort. Mine has recently fallen down 5 steps onto a wooden floor and though scratched, works as it did beforehand. Again I must stress, don't purposely try and see what it can survive becuase they are not made for that. If you don't own one go buy one, you won't be disappointed. Trust me.

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            17.11.2009 02:32

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            Recommened this iPod to everyone.

            I've had this iPod for about 3 or 4 years and it's never failed me. Very clear display in colour with an immense amount of space. Right now I have 2280 songs, 285 (short) videos, 547 podcasts and about 650 photos and I still have 7gb to spare! It's also a good size to slip into your pocket at it's very slim and light. Viewing pictures and video is very quick and clear and navigating around the iPod is very easy. You are also able to make playlists of your music. Transferring music from iTunes is simple, with the added bonus of being able to buy your music off iTunes too. It comes in two colours - white and silver or black and silver and the earphones, usb cable and manual come with it, usually with an Apple guarantee for up to a year. It's a great buy and I'd recommend it to everyone.

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            08.11.2009 01:57

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            Easy to use, lots of features but a tad expensive

            The apple ipod 5g is an epic mp3 player in all proportions. I got mine as a present and had wanted for ages. They are the must have music player. I really cant fault it. It has enough capacity to hold your entire music collection in mp3 or aac ( I tunes format). With the 5g so many more features have been added, you can store photos and videos on it and view them on the stunning 2.5" display. Another new feature is being able to listen to podcast, which will automatically download onto your pc so when you sync your ipod, your next podcast is there ready and waiting to be listened to. It can also double up to be a portable hard drive so you can store vast amounts of any kind of data on it to transport between diffrent computers. All in all a heavy feature packed mp3 player that is at the top of the league in sound quality, usability and asthetics.

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        • Product Details

          Witness the evolution of the revolution. First it played songs. Then photos. Then podcasts. Now iPod plays video, changing the way you experience your music and more. Again. In lighter, thinner model the new iPod is music to your eyes.

          Time for the world's best music player to take the stage for another encore. Now you can put all your music in your pocket and still have room for, well, practically everything else. Catch up on your reading with audiobooks. Browse your memories with photo slideshows, complete with music. Watch video podcasts, music videos and your favorite TV shows. Consult your calendar or look up an email address. Even check the time in another city or time your fastest lap. The new iPod keeps it all close at hand.