iPod Classic Review

The iPod’s flagship is the Classic, the 2007 release being an 80 GB or 160 GB portable media center. Essentially the iPod Classic is a high-capacity version of the 3rd generation iPod nano. the weight of the 80 GB iPod is only 5.5 oz (157 g) and has a depth of 0.55 inches (1.4 cm), making it very compact and handy. the Click Wheel is now larger making it much easier to use. the usual extras include a clock, calendar, notes, contacts and a stopwatch.

The 80 GB iPod has enough memory for storing your CD collection and the larger video files. As an example, 12 GB can store over 2500 music tracks and these can be shuffled in any order. there is plenty of memory for photo files as well. Storing your photos at a lower resolution is more than adequate for viewing them on the iPod’s screen and at the lower resolution about 600 photos would take up approximately 500 Mb.

The iPod comes with a USB cable for connecting to your computer. Remember to press the buttons on the USB connector when you connect to the iPod itself. Also included in the package is a set of earphones, but some may prefer to use better quality earphones as you really need to press the iPod earphones against your ears to hear the full bass. Don’t worry too much about the earphones though. Apple has a good number of portable speakers to choose from and, alternatively, there is an AV connection kit which enables connection of the iPod to a hi-fi system.

The iPod’s battery life is adequate as long as you don’t keep playing with the controls. To save battery life, one can reduce the backlight timer and the screen brightness. using the 80 GB iPod and playing music continuously, the battery lasted for just over 40 hours. the EQ and Sound Check were turned off and both the volume and screen brightness settings were in the middle positions.

The 160 GB iPod can store up to 40,000 songs and supports MP3, AIFF, AAC, WAV, Apple Lossless and Audible audio files. beside its expansive capacity, the 160 GB iPod has an excellent battery life and good quality screen.

The new iPod Classic comes with three games, namely Vortex, iQuiz and Klondike.

Be aware that older iPod games are not compatible with these newer iPods and you may need to buy new ones or download unlimited games from a dedicated download site.

iPod Classic Review

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