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I had this ipod for about two years before it very sadly went missing from the place I worked. Now I'm at the stage where I'm ready to replace the one I replaced this with so my friend let me borrow hers to see if it was as good as I remembered.
This is a lot chunkier and heavier than the iPod touch that I have got used to. It's more durable than the touch as well .The one I had got dropped more and further than the touch and I never broke it.
It is slightly more annoying to use at the gym etc due to weight but you can get arm bands that it fits in.
The screen doesn't serve much of a purpose other than showing the album covers.I wouldn't use it to play videos all though it does have this function.
Storage wise this is a great device if you have loads of music and don't want to pick just your favourite songs to put on a smaller device.
I would recommend this to people who have a smartphone and don't need their ipod to have loads of fancy features or really any.
Another thing I've just thought of is you can't listen to music out loud on this, you need to have your headphones in
I have owned my Apple iPod (5G) 60 GB for 2½ years now and have nothing to complain about. Admittedly with development of the iTouch and the iPhone the technology, even after this relatively short amount of time, is a little dated, but it does the job that I bought it for.
Design: As explained above the design is dated and the screen is too small to watch videos comfortably on. I actually bought myself a docking station with a larger screen on to get the most out of it (£80). The iPod Touch is a better option for video. I have heard some people say that there is still a problem with the screen getting easily scratched - but I have not had this problem! This version of the ipod is great for using at home or on the train/bus, but is a little bulky to use at the gym or when out for jog. The other versions of the ipod such as the nano and the shuffle are much more suited to this.
Reliabilty: If you are looking for an iPod to store a large collection of music and podcasts on and just listen to on the go then this is a great option for you. The storage is much greater than the newer models available and I can vouch for the durability.
Overall: When buying an iPod think carefully about what you are going to be using it for. If you have a LARGE catalogue of music and are not worried about the video or the weight then this is the iPod for you. Due to the storage this a great choice if you plan to dock your ipod for the majority of the playback!
I have always been an ipod fan but I doubt why now to be honest. The ipod is clearly a revolutionary MP3 player, stylish and functional but it is still very flawed and I have experienced this first hand.
I have been through a fair few ipods, not because I want the latest one, but just because the break all the time! This is for me the major downfall of the ipod, and what makes it now more of a fashion accessory than the best choice to listen to your music on.
Yes, Ok the 60gb is excellent if you have a lot of music, but many people will never even fill this I guess, so only buy this version if you have ALOT of music! This ipod plays video, and (I think) was the first to do so and I must give credit where credit is due, its a great idea,apart from the zapping drain it has on the battery life...but hey.
I now realise that I am more tied to the ipod because of itunes rather than personal satisfaction of the good, as it seems too much hassle to swap over, well done Apple-you are very, very clever.
I hope the newest generation has straightened out all of these flaws, and that they do not break as easily as the older generations.
I got my current iPod quite a while ago after owning an original iPod Mini for a while but wanting something with more capacity and a few more features. I've always bought into the "i" brand as I've found them easy to use and I like the iTunes software. I've compared my iPod to friends other non-apple alternatives and I've always thought iPods are the best and wondered why anyone would buy anything else.
The 60 gig version has stacks of space and took my entire music collection pretty easily with room for some photos, a couple of films and some TV episodes to boot. It's easy to navigate, easy use and while it is quite chunky, a decent size considering what I've got on it.
The on-the-go playlist function is a good feature which comes in handy if you want to make a quick compilation away from your PC, and the smart playlist and other customisable functions in iTunes are also good.
The only real problem I've had is when iTunes threw a wobbler and deleted every file in the Library, pretty chronic I know but was rescued. You can also pick up the 60 gig Classic reasonably cheap these days which makes it more of an attractive prospect as iPods are always priced at a premium which may put some people off.
Apple Ipods are the only MP3 players I've ever used; and I wouldn't dream of changing them. Installing Itunes and setting it up could not be easier ; and the ability to shuffle through songs, set them to repeat, or play your own specifical playlists is perfect. Would have to applaud also, the ability to create an 'on the go' list so that if you're listening while out, and want to set up a list suddenly - for a party, or while jogging, or listening to music in the car with friends, you can do so [just one list at a time.]
Could not recommend this item more; now with the ability to store videos, you can download and keep up with the latest episodes of your favourite programes, or even entire films. Forget portable dvd players and lugging around loads of dvds; grab your Ipod and off you go!
It's an ipod, ultimately its selling point is the style. You're buying into the ipod brand that Apple has succesfully built over the last 5 or so years. Remember you are paying a premium for it though!
Obviously its a large capacity ipod which should store most peoples entire music collection without too much trouble, with room for a couple of films, plenty of photos, and some other video clips.
The sound quality is good, but equally dependent on the quality of the headphones, as with any audio player. The standard headphones that come with the ipod arent good enough so upgrade them.
The quality of video and the screen is surprisingly good, the screen is bright and highly detailed, and the battery does last long enough to watch a film on a journey.
battery life is good, i dont think mine has ever run out on me, as long as you use it sensibly, having the screen backlight on all the time drains the battery, as does watching lots of video. looking at photos uses a surprising ammount of battery, presumably due to lots of disk access. Using an EQ uses more battery life, as does using random shuffle
Surprisingly durable, i've had two ipods which have survived small drops, and considering they contain fragile hard disks i have been impressed with this aspect. on the downside the exterior is made from material that is easily scratched so i'd recommend keeping it in some sort of case.
Simplicity of use is one of apples strong points and the ipod is easy to use, intuative and uncomplicated. possibly by consequence the ipod isn't feature packed, there's no built in radio, and you cant edit notes or calendar appointments.
all in all, you wouldnt be seen listening to music on anything else!
This is the same review I have posted on ciao.co.uk posted under the same name.
Slim, slick, stylish..all words I would use to describe the black ipod video (60gb). Which is basically a portable device which has feedback of audio, image and video.
Some of the key specifications of the ipod are:
-5.5 ounces (Very light!)
-2.5 inch colour display.
-Can store up to 15,000 songs or 25,000 pictures or 150 hours of video!!
The design of the ipod is great, I think that the black version looked more stylish..though it was annoying how easily your fingerprints show up on the sides. The design of the headphones (which are included) is well suited to the product, but can be a nuisance as it signals out to passer-bys that you are carrying around an ipod. Therefore I might advise that you buy new headphones, to hide the fact you are carrying an ipod to potential muggers. Though, the playback the ipod has in the headphones is AMAZING, as they split the sound into the 2 headphones, to give the idea of surround sound.
Another hint to try and reduce the chance of your ipod being stolen, you could have it engraved at the back, like mine is engraved with my name and post code. Hasn't been stolen yet :)
The thing that annoyed me about the ipod, was that in the package, the charger was not included. To avoid having to constantly use your computer to charge your battery, I would suggest purchasing a plug-in-charger, at a price of around £20. Though I was lucky, as I used the charger I had from mini-ipod. The charging time to charge it 100% is 4 hours, which is quite long, though compared to it's music playback of 20 hours, this is acceptable.
The software you need to use for the ipod is iTunes, a very professional, reliable and free package, where your ipod can update music and videos. There should be a cd to set-up iTunes, but also you can go on the iTunes website for a free download. From this service, you can also purchase music for a relatively cheap price, though I choose not to.
Another problem I had with the ipod was that video was hard to put onto the ipod, as it is set to only accept videos with a certain type of format, so instead I downloaded some videos already in the right format off download services.
If you're thinking, 'I may as well stick with a mini-ipod,' then you are welcome to, but think about what you'll be missing out on. Perfect quality video playback, photos and the new addition of podcasts! Podcasts allow you to hear some of your favourite radio shows, including Russell Brand.
The controls on the ipod are fairly simple to use, using it's touch pad, which also looks pretty stylish and suits the design of the ipod. The ipod's easy use is enhanced by the guidebook which gives you clear instructions.
Overall, this product has widely impressed me as being the leading music player, with a professional design, brilliant ideas and very useful. At around £200 this product is well worth while, especially if you need something to keep you entertained on long journeys!
PREVIOUSLY ON THE APPLE EXPERIENCE
I eventually decided to buy another iPod after having two 4th generation models fail on me within the space of 18 months. It wasn't a decision taken lightly, but as I had used my iPod on a daily basis, I felt that I needed some kind of replacement. Doing my research on the internet, I came across a few messageboards where it was indicated that the 4th generation models were fairly unreliable compared to others.
This seemed to be backed up by the many gripes posted on these boards, most of which were related to 4th generation models. My main reason for purchasing an Apple again was that, at the time (August 2006), the 60GB iPod was the only storage solution that made sense. I was already running around with approximately 25GB of music and most of the mp3 players current on the market were 30GB at best, which didn't leave me much room for expansion.
Disappointingly, when I first opened the (small) box of my 5th Gen model, I noticed the lack of some accessories, namely the charger, the dock connector and the Firewire cable. For anyone who hasn't owned an iPod before, these aren't going to be great losses, but for those of you that bought a top of the range iPod a few years ago, you might be disappointed that these are no longer included as standard in what was, at the time, the top-of-the-line package. I know I was! Luckily, the dock station from my 4th generation model also fitted my new iPod.
It wasn't long before the lack of Firewire cable was explained; iPod 5th generation (iPod Video) no longer supports Firewire. I had tried plugging the iPod, but got an onscreen message saying that Firewire wasn't supported. Aaaaargh! USB support is good, but Firewire is much faster at transferring data, which is obviously a huge bonus when setting up your iPod for the first time or restoring it from scratch. I believe it's something to do with the controller chip for Firewire taking up too much space inside the iPod and the desire to release a thinner iPod.
So, it's literally only out of the box and I have to say my first impressions of the 5th generation model are not half as good as that of the earlier model I'd owned before.
The SETUP experience
However, there's more to the iPod than simply what is in the box. Ideally, if you're new to the iPod scene, my advice is to have the most recent version of iTunes downloaded and installed onto your computer. With the most recent version of iTunes, all your iPod software is contained within, so your iPod can be kept up-to-date when software is released by Apple. It's also advisable to have as much of your music imported into your iTunes library too as this means that you have less to do once you have your iPod. iTunes supports a wide range of music formats, but I just use mp3 for handiness sake.
Once you have iTunes installed, the set up of iPod is extremely easy. The USB connection is standard and plugs directly into your computer. iTunes will inform you if your iPod software requires updating. If this is the case, let it update as this can add extra features and improve functionality.
The AUDIO experience
Having charged the iPod and made sure my music collection was up to date, it was time to take the iPod for a spin around the block. As with all mp3 players, sound quality can also be affected by the quality of the mp3s. My music collection is currently mostly encoded with a bitrate of at least 192 kbps. I found that the music reproduction was excellent. The stuff encoded at a higher bitrate did sound better than that coded at lesser bitrates.
The volume is largely excellent with the iPod providing enough power to let you hear what you want even in the noisiest environments. For those of you that like to tweak your sound, there's an EQ function, but I tend to leave mine set to 'off' as I prefer the sound that way.
Originally, I thought that Apple's bog standard earphones were simply OK, and that the sound quality can still be decent enough. However, shortly afterward getting the iPod, I replaced the standard Apple earbuds with a set of Sony MDR-EX71SLW noise reducing earphones. I was amazed by the increase in sound quality. It was astounding! Even using the same songs, the sound clarity was excellent, the bass was more obvious and satisfying and the sound was less 'tinny'. The overall sound was much fuller than I had previously experienced. I'd seriously advise anyone to invest in a set of better headphones. I spent £22 on mine and they're more than worth the investment.
The VIDEO and PICTURE experience
New to me with the Video iPod was the fantastic colour screen. The screen size itself is about 2.5 inches (approx. 6.5 cm) which seems rather small, but is actually big enough to be put to good use. I thought it was a huge improvement over the 4th generation black and white LCD screen I'd been using before.
Videos (in podcast form, film trailers or your own movies) are clear, run smoothly and the resolution of the screen is surprisingly high. Text is clearly visible, especially with the backlight on. When the backlight's off, visibility will depend on your surroundings.
The same applies to pictures. These are scaled down to fit onto your iPod, but the quality of these is still very high. I carry a few snapshots around of various friends and family and people are always surprised at how clear the photos are when I'm showing off the latest picture of my nephew.
The OTHER experience
What other experiences can you possibly be offered by an mp3 player? Well, as the iPod and iTunes are very much a symbiotic relationship, I've really found that I'm getting more into podcasting. These are like little radio or television programmes on a wide variety of topics that you can download, usually for free. iTunes lets you subscribe to podcasts and will automatically download new episodes are they're released for synchronisation. I tend to veer towards the technology, film and sport podcasts, but there's a huge variety of stuff out there for you to find and subscribe.
As stated above, because of the new bigger, more colourful screen, I've started carrying around the odd snapshot of family and friends. These scan be synchronised easily with the iPod and I've found it handy at time to be able to show these to other people rather than use my mobile phone, for example. I also carry around my Outlook contacts and these are extremely easy to read, even though the font is quite small.
There are a great many tools out there for importing various videos into your iPod including some for DVD conversion. I'm unsure how effective these tools are, but my own experience of converting video through iTunes for storage and display on my iPod is poor as the video itself was converted without any problems, but the audio part wasn't, so I was left with a mute video clip.
Battery life is an improvement over the 4th generation models and I can still get a good ten or twelve hours out of my iPod, but if I'm using the shuffle feature or watching any kind of video, then this is really reduced. For taking into work to listen to podcasts and music during the day, there's certainly plenty of battery power and there's enough space on my 60GB model to hold probably in excess of 8500 songs.
The USABILITY experience
iPods are renowned for being simple and easy to use. The 5th generation model is no different. Updates to the firmware have meant that finding your required song in a huge playlist is much easier while staying with the recognised iPod navigation system. The software seems better overall as the screens are less prone to 'sticking' as I had experienced with my older model. I've also noticed that the iPod no longer performs random skips to the next track as used to happen with my older models.
The scroll wheel method of accessing the iPod is still an incredibly natural and simple way of using the iPod and it's hard to envisage anything being a huge step forward.
I have an issue with how the video podcasts are stored or, more accurately, played. There seems to be two ways to access a video podcast. You can do so through the 'Podcasts' option in the main menu or you can get to them through Videos > Video Podcasts. However, if you access the video podcast through the Podcast option in the main menu, you only get the audio. If I have a video iPod, I don't understand why the video won't simply play if selected, no matter where I access the podcast.
The OVERALL experience
Despite paying around £225 for my iPod, I still think it's wise to budget something extra. A carrying case is a must as the iPod is prone to scratching and a set of better earphones is a must, having experienced better quality sound from my own. My own experiences would suggest budgeting an extra £40 on top of the price of the iPod which should be enough to get a decent case and a set of headphones.
So far, the iPod is everything my old one was and more, certainly from a functional perspective. Of course, I'm still extremely wary about how robust it is and I am interested to see if it's going to last longer than my previous models, with all the care lavished upon it. Despite initially scoffing at an iPod with a colour screen when they were first released, I've found that it does make a huge difference to how I use my iPod (I use a lot more of the extra features than I ever though I would).
On the basis of around six months use of my 5th generation model, I'd recommend the iPod, though the tales of woe regarding my 4th generation models would indicate that some caution is necessary when purchasing.
Well, i own an ipod video and i came to the conclusion id be better of waiting for something new to be released, the quality of the Ipod is amazing, the fact i can watch a movie on it is too cool, btu its the first in a long line. Its like when you think of mobile telephones, you have the nokia 3210 (looks like a brick) and with the ''evolution'' of phones you have cameras, mp3 and everything on them. The ipod video is rediculously high priced in comparrison to some rivals. And if you want tobe carefull with your cash look at reviews such as these.One thing i cant stand with Ipod is the conversion of songs, i have two sets of every song on my pc, and it drives me crazy whearas with an Iriver it wouldnt, also the time i have spent converting 60GB worth of media is too time consuming. Id say if you have an ipod buy a Apple Mac. I think this is more of a fashion item if anything.
8 out of 10 product.
i pods are the best mp3 players out there thats what i think cause first their headphones have nice clear sound and pretty loud too..and this ipod here has 60 gig harddrive thats huge for an mp3 player and plus u xan watch movies and videos on it...that rock ....u kan store up to 5000 thusand song easaly
so how i said ipods are the way too go cause they are reliable light and dont brake easy..
i had an ipod and i hated it, i had to of used the software on every single computer i plugged it into and if i did not sync it the right way each time i would lose the songs, i changed it for a creative zen, easy! no software needed!
Yes ipods are popular and they are good looking but the software lets it down.
Itunes is apples version of the media player which works with the website to purchase songs. But i prefer windows media player to rip the songs from the disk and send to the mp3 player. apples software is too bulky, if they had a skin which made it smaller like a quater of the screen instead of that full screen view i would be more inclined to use it.
I have owned the iPod Mini, the previous generation iPod and now the iPod video! The iPod Video is a huge improvement on its predecessor, the battery life had been dramatically improved, the screen is amazingly clear for scrolling through songs and also to watch videos. You must be careful however to convert videos to a very 'high' bitrate, otherwise the sound quality and picture quality are not good at all and with the screen being the size it is this means it needs to be good quality. There are various pieces of software that can be downloaded and bought online for a fraction of what Apple will try to charge you for the 'official' software. It is all the same thing, they just decode the file you want and encode in the correct format!
The iPod still comes with poor earphones. In my opinion you need to buy a new pair straight away because anything with bass just goes crackly in them. iTunes also isn't 100% on Windows Operating Systems as well yet. I get odd times when after updating the iPod my computer just restarts itself.
However, Apple have made an excellent job of this iPod it is still sleak, stylish and is also a LOT thinner than it used to be, it is nice to hold and you will probably want to buy a skin for it to protect it from getting scratched, this will help its re-sale value a lot should you ever want to sell it. You can display album art for every song, put Podcasts on and also view picture slideshows. The iPod has many in-built Equalisor settings that are excellent and the clicker wheel has improved in sensitivity.
All in all the iPod video is worth the buy, they are some inconveniances but that is all they are, nothing major. However, remember to search for a good deal on one, they are a rip-off in certain shops, try places like eBay and Amazon for lower prices, i got mine for £180.
After using my old Ipod mini for a couple of years, when the battery died i decided to buy a new MP3 player. Naturally, i stuck with Ipod's, as they are, without a doubt, the most common MP3 player on the market. I bought the Ipod for £318 from Comet, this also came with a pair of Logitech folding speakers.
The Ipod itself
The Ipod itself, as with all the other versions, is incredibly small considering what it is and what it can do. It's size is approximately 10.4x6.1cm and 1.5 cm thick. It can be easily fitted into pockets and is also extrremely lightweight, so you won't feel a thing! The Ipod comes in either black or white, i went for the white option, simply because i think it looks better! The Ipod can hold 15,000 songs, 25,000 photos and 140 hours of video, which is an incredible amount to be had in something as small as a calculator! The battery (claims) to last 20 hours for playing music and 5 hours for watching movies. I have found that, with the backlight off i can realisticly expect to get 15 hours constant use of music, and about 4 hours movie playback. However, this has never really bothered me as i will charge it as soon as i get home. The ipod is extremely to use, and navigated by using a scroll wheel. I'm sure many of you will be familiar with the old Ipod clicwheel, and the new Ipod hasn't really changed. You still get the scroll wheel with a play/pause, menu, next & previous song buttons. You also get a hold button at the top to prevent accidental changes.
As well as playing music, the Ipod has other features. There is the option to write notes, although i have never used this as have never had the need. There is also a stopwatch (again, have never used it). The Ipod also has numerous games that can be played. There are 4 games: Brick, Solitaire, Music Quiz & Parachute. To be honest, these games (in my opinion) aren't enjoyable, and i have never really played them on any of the Ipod's i have had. They also drain the battery, especially is used with the backlight on, another reason why i don't play the games.
Ok, so the standard package comes with Ipod, stand, USB port connecting to computer, a case, an ITunes CD and Instruction booklet.
I have no use for the stand, and to be perfectly honest it looks cheap compared to the Ipod, and does not compliment it in the slightest. ITunes is the program that is used to sort the songs & movies onto before downloading them onto the Ipod. As before, ITunes syncs perfectly with your Ipod, and requires no adjusting or setting up, you simply plug in your Ipod and let ITunes do the rest. The instruction booklet lays out everything that you would need to know about the Ipod, however, having had previous Ipod's i had no need to use it, and it has remained untouched!
After using my Pod for a couple of days, i was getting very annoyed by the marks and finger prints on the screen, so i went out and bought a nice leather cover for the Ipod, which not only prevents the Pod from finger prints, but also prevents it from annoying little scratches you get from carrying it around in your pockets. I would recommend getting a nice case, as in the long run it will protect your Ipod from scratches and marks.
Overall, the Ipod video is another incredible product from Apple. It has everything that has made previous Ipod's successful, and more! I really find it hard to criticise this product, i have never had a problem with any of my 4 (i have gone through too many in the last few years!) Ipod's, and this one is no different.
The sound quality is excellent, and using the equilizer, you can adjust the sound to specific genres e.g. rock, blues, bass..... The picture quality is also excellent, it is crisp, sharp and excellent quality. The quality is just as good as pocket TV's, and (in my opinion) better than any mobile phone quality out there!
As for memory size, 60 GB really is more than enough for me. My current hard drive on the PC is only 60GB, and i have not even filled this, so having 60GB in my pocket is more than enough space for all my music and videos. Obviously, this may not be the case for you, but i am sure that 60GB is sufficient for most users.
The Ipod really is a fantastic product, and i would highly recommend it to anyone who is considering a new MP3 player. OK, it may be expensive, but when you have the ability to watch movies in your back pocket, the price isn't really an issue!
I bought one of these for my husband as a Christmas present as it was `the in thing'. I thought it was just another gadget that would be put in the cupboard after a few weeks of novelty but as of yet it is still being used daily.
What's in the box?
Apple Ipod 60gb;
USB 2.0 cable;
Dock adaptor for use with universal dock;
Quick start guide;
CD with itunes for Mac and Windows and features guide;
The Apple Ipod Video 60Gb is more than an mp3 player. This is an excellent item that is aesthetically pleasing in black or white. Music, photographs, text and movies etc. can be transferred easily via a computer. Initial setup is straightforward and clear onscreen instructions guide you through the process. Easy to use itunes personal library is used to update your ipod. The large memory allows the user to store enough to keep you watching and listening for months. Although the screen looks small the picture and sound quality is excellent and clear.
The click wheel allows for easy navigation of the features so that you can find what you are looking for quickly.
Some of the features
Holds up to 15,000 songs
Up to 20 hours of battery life (Note up to although depending on what you are doing - videos seem to drain the battery much quicker)
Holds up to 25,000 photos
Holds up to 150 hours of video
Plays video or photo slideshows on TV via the optional Dock
Apple Click Wheel
Accessory-compatible Dock connector
Dock works with the new Apple Remote
Charges and syncs via USB
Works with Mac OS X or Windows 2000/XP
Syncs contacts, calendars and to-do lists
In my husbands search to fill his ipod with music and videos, which is not easy, he has found lots of extras to enhance the ipod even more for example games, street guides, utilities to produce presentations etc. You can also personalise the ipod with accessories although these are not essential.
4.1 x 2.4 x 0.55 inches
2.5 inch, 320 x 240 pixel TFT display
This is a complete media centre that is novice friendly and also excellent for the expert. Regular updates install automatically via the internet via the apple website.
£299.00 from the apple store but shop around and you can find it cheaper
Unfortunately we did have to contact Apple due to a battery fault but there was no quibble and they sent out a new one under the 1 year warranty.
Highly recommended product with lots of potential. Best gadget I have bought with lots of potential.
Well, it's been a while since I last wrote a review on dooyoo, so here I am writing about this beautiful product, the 60GB iPod Video. This is a replacement for my 4G 20GB iPod, and they have come quite a long way in just over a year.
The iPod itself
There's no doubt that the iPod is beautiful to look at. I have the white version, which apparently doesn't show up scratches as much as the black one. I also chose the white one because I think it is the classic colour of an iPod, and the black one just isn't right!
The iPod comes in a surprisingly tiny box considering the price of it, but it just seems to fit in with the minimalistic Apple approach of doing things. In the box comes the iPod unit itself, the white iPod headphones (which I have not even opened), the USB cable for syncing and charging via USB, a slip case which is very simple and basic but seems to do the job (the old iPods didn't even come with any case so I think this is quite good of Apple) and the installation CD and manual. The problem with the new iPods is that they don't come with a wall charger, something that I would not be able to live without. This means that to charge your iPod (which can take about 5 hours), you need to have your computer on all the time. This may not be a problem for most people, but Im sure some don't like to keep the computer on just to charge the iPod. I am lucky as I still have my wall charger from my old iPod. The do cost quite a lot of money to buy so consider this when you're considering buying the iPod.
As most of you will know, the iPod works with software called iTunes. iTunes used to really frustrate me in the way it likes to do everything by itself, but once you get the hang of it and get used to it, you actually start to enjoy using iTunes. It organises your music well, and is very easy to use. Syncing your music with the iPod is also very easy. It is basically just a case of plugging in your iPod by USB to your computer and starting iTunes. Then iTunes will automatically update your music, videos, photos and contacts etc to your iPod. Of course, if you don't like it to be all automatic and you control what music you put on your iPod yourself, you can choose this in the iPod options in iTunes. iTunes is also a very good legal music download store. It seems to have most popular music available and is very easy to use. The only problem is that basically only iTunes and iPod can play these files.
It is very easy to use an iPod and for those who have never used one, it will literally take you two minutes to get used to it. The scroll wheel is excellent, easy to scroll through your entire music collection and select things and the menus are laid out in a way which is very easy to follow. The battery life of the 60GB model has improved greatly from the earlier models - being quoted as 20 hours from a single charge by Apple. In real life circumstances, I have been able to get around 18 hours of playback, so these figures seem to be quite accurate. I even skip tracks quite often and have the volume quite high, all decreasing battery life, so this really isnt a big issue.
Playback and video playback
Playback of music seems also to have improved from the older models. Selecting tracks seems to be faster - but only with the latest version of the iPod software, version 1.1. This version does have its problems though - it creates playback issues for videos that you have converted yourself with 3rd party software. It is only a problem when the file is above a certain length. For example, a music video encoded at a decent bit rate will playback fine, but an episode of a TV show for instance will not playback correctly. The actual problem is that after a few seconds of playback, the video will freeze, then continuing to play without sound. This can be very irritating. The only way to solve this is to downgrade the iPod software to version 1.0. The problem with this is that the iPod runs much slower and that it cannot be used with the radio remote, an accessory which I paid £35 for. The old in line remotes for the iPod do not work with the video as the port is not there; therefore I was forced to buy the new radio remote. So at the moment the videos on my iPod cannot be watched without the freezing problem. Apple I think are also aware of this issue, but it doesn't seem to affect the 30GB model. So feel like I have paid more for a product which doesn't function as well as the cheaper model.
The video playback format is MPEG-4, which looks fine when viewed on the iPod screen. However, when enlarged onto a television by using a cable, the quality is very poor. The other problem is also that MPEG-4 files are not small. The longer the video, the bigger and bigger the file size gets. For example, a film which can be compressed by xVID or DiVX to around 700MB, a MPEG-4 film will be around 800MB and the quality will be much poorer than the xVID or DiVX. If you are quite serious about video playback, seriously consider buying the new Creative Vision instead, as it is able to play all popular formats.
The iPod is a very nice machine but the sound quality is still not up to standard compared to others such as Sony. Video playback is also quite poor, but a simple music video on the iPod's screen can sometimes be quite enjoyable. Overall, I am quite pleased with this purchase, but I am disappointed with Apple about the whole Version 1.1 video playback issue and the radio remote.
Apple have now released a new software for iPod, version 1.1.1. This has resolved the video playback issue and has added a few minor additions such as a volume limiter.