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Apple iPod Classic


$249.00 Released September, 2009

Product Shot 1 The Pros:Huge amount of storage - great for massive music collections or lossless lovers. Large screen. Enormous pool of accessories available.

The Cons:Battery still not user-replaceable. No ogg/flac support. No bluetooth A2DP.

It all started with the wheel and compact design. Since the introduction of the first iPods the line has undergone many changes and additions, but the main iPod always remained undergoing constant feature improvements and capacity upgrades.

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Product Shot 2 Now the iPod undergoes a name change to the iPod Classic making room for the iPod Touch. The Classic is the direct sucessor to what was previously known as the iPod Video. Again, the main differences are new features and increased capacity.

The body is made entirely metallic with an anodized look. From a software perspective the interface is improved with what Apple calls their "Enhanced UI" which is also found on the new iPod Nanos. When browsing music and photos album covers and thumbnails randomly fade in and out of the screen. While listing to a particular song the album's cover and song information are displayed at the same time. Cover Flow is Apple's fancy method for selecting a particular album that lets you flip between album covers using the touch wheel. At 320x240 the 2.5 inch screen's resolution remains unchanged.

No changes have been made to the audio, video, and photo compatibility. Audio formats are limited to AAC, MP3, AIFF and WAV, but no new formats such as Ogg Vorbis are supported. Similarly with video compatibility remains solely with the iPod specific reduced H.264 format.

The iPod event in September 2009 has proven to mean very little for the classic. A mere bump in capacity, the remaining technical specs and features have remained unchanged.

iPod Classic Versions

September 09 Version - 160GB (current) - $249

  • battery life: 36 hour audio playback, 6 hours video
  • Height: 4.1 inches (103.5 mm)
  • Width: 2.4 inches (61.8 mm)
  • Depth: 0.41 inch (10.5 mm)
  • Weight: 4.9 ounces (140 grams)

September 08 Version - 120GB (discontinued) - $249

  • battery life: 36 hour audio playback, 6 hours video
  • Height: 4.1 inches (103.5 mm)
  • Width: 2.4 inches (61.8 mm)
  • Depth: 0.41 inch (10.5 mm)
  • Weight: 4.9 ounces (140 grams)

User Reviews (13)

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Pros
  • 8

    huge amount of storage - great for massive music collections or lossless lovers

  • 3

    large screen

  • 3

    Enormous pool of accessories available

  • 3

    Seamless integration with iTunes for easy music management

  • 3

    Can be used for USB storage.

  • 2

    slightly better battery life than the original classic

  • 0

    affordable price

  • 0

    only one size - easier for the consumer

  • 0

    Hackable, can run Rockbox and therefore support .flac.

Cons
  • 3

    Battery still not user-replaceable

  • 2

    No ogg/flac support

  • 1

    No bluetooth A2DP

  • 0

    not much of an update from the original classic

  • -1

    no WiFi or appstore compatibility

  • -1

    Strictly for people who like paying far too much. Very very overpriced for what it does.

  • -3

    only one size - downgrade from the older 160gb model

  • -4

    no touchscreen

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