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Apple iPod (5G) 30 GB
Member Name: suavilous
Apple iPod (5G) 30 GB
Date: 20/01/10, updated on 11/08/10 (51 review reads)
Advantages: Pretty much everything
Disadvantages: Pretty much nothing
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Summary: The iPod that blew the competition away
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