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December 06, 2008

iPod Classic 120 GB Review

Just got me my first ever iPod. I have been using a Creative Zen Micro for years, but it's starting to show its age. So, the obvious choice was to get an iPod.

I decided to go with an iPod Classic 120 GB, mostly because of the storage capacity. I have more music than I can fit on a 16 GB iPod Nano, so the Classic 120 GB was a natural choice. Finally, I can have all my music in one place and bring it along where ever I go.

My iPod Classic is the black one. It looks really nice, and the size is a bit bigger than my Creative Zen Micro. It has a good screen on it, and perhaps I'll get some more videos on it in time. Definitely want to add some cool guitar pics and family photos to show off to friends! On this screen, it will look great.

I took it along for a jog today, and it fit snug into my running jacket's breast pocket. It's not very heavy, even though it is not a small unit.

iTunes and iPod goes hand in pocket. The integration between the two is very slick. Of course, iTunes has a lot of great music, and it is so easy to find it, which also means it's VERY easy to buy music! I have to be careful so I don't go overboard with buying music on iTunes. Once you go on a search and find some gems, you can't help yourself and those Buy buttons are like magnets...

There are of course games to be bought on iTunes too, but I doubt I'll be doing much of that.

I also like the coverflow feature, the calendar, alarms, and watching photo slideshows. You can even hook up the iPod to a TV! That's pretty slick. The stopwatch I'll definitely use sometime, since I'm an avid runner and running coach.

I am very happy with this iPod so far. It is easy to use it, and it both sounds and looks great. What more is needed? I guess FM radio would have been nice, and voice recording too (oops - it has that already). The metal back got scratched easily, although I don't really care much about that. But overall, I highly recommend the iPod Classic if you want to store, listen and bring along lots of music with minimal hassle.

Technical Details

  • Brand name: Apple iPod Classic 120GB
  • Generation: 7th
  • Storage capacity: 120 GB
  • Color: Black
  • Drive type: Hard drive
  • Compatibility: Mac/Windows
  • Width: 2.4 inches (61.8 mm)
  • Depth: 0.41 inch (10.5 mm)
  • Height: 4.1 inches (103.5 mm)
  • Weight: 4.9 ounces (140 grams)
  • Audio controls: Hold switch, click wheel
  • Supported audio formats: AAC (16 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), MP3 (16 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, and 4), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV
  • Song storage capacity: Up to 30,000 songs
  • Display size: 2.5 inches diagonal
  • Display type: Color LCD with LED backlight
  • Display resolution: 320-by-240-pixel resolution at 163 pixels per inch
  • Supported video formats: H.264 video, up to 1.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Low-Complexity version of the H.264 Baseline Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; H.264 video, up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Baseline Profile up to Level 3.0 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG-4 video, up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats
  • Video storage capacity: Up to 150 hours of video
  • Supported image file types: Syncs iPod-viewable photos in JPEG, BMP, GIF, TIFF, PSD (Mac only), and PNG formats
  • Image storage capacity: Holds up to 25,000 iPod-viewable photos
  • Battery: Built-in rechargeable lithium ion battery
  • Battery life: Music playback time: Up to 36 hours when fully charged; Video playback time: Up to 6 hours when fully charged
  • Battery charge time: Fast-charge time: about 2 hours (charges up to 80percent of battery capacity); Full-charge time: about 4 hours
  • Headphones: Earphones
  • Headphones Frequency Response: 20Hz to 20,000Hz
  • Headphones Impedance: 32 ohms
  • Input: Dock connector
  • Output: 3.5-mm stereo headphone jack
  • Mac system requirements: Mac computer with USB 2.0 port; Mac OS X v10.4.11 or later; iTunes 8 or later
  • Windows system requirements: PC with USB 2.0 port; Windows Vista or Windows XP Home or Professional with Service Pack 3; iTunes 8 or later
  • Operating temperature: 32 degrees to 95 degrees F (0 degrees to 35 degrees C)
  • Nonoperating temperature: -4 degrees to 113 degrees F (-20 degrees to 45 degrees C)
  • Relative humidity: 5percent to 95percent noncondensing
  • Maximum operating altitude: 10,000 feet (3000 m)
  • What's in the box: Apple iPod classic 120 GB Black, Earphones, USB 2.0 cable, Dock adapter, Quick Start guide

By Robert Renman - www.dolphinstreet.com

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Posted by Robert Renman on December 06, 2008

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