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Good: HUGE storage, Menus
Comment: This is my favourite bit of tech that I own. Over my phone, computer- everything. It take pretty much every song you've ever heard and fit it in your pocket. Sounds great, looks great preforms great. I have 7500 songs and over 24 hours of video on mine and I've just passed 50% capacity. Awesome
Good: Memory size, physical robustness
Bad: Slow and unreliable firmware (v1.0.2)
Comment: I bought my iPod classic in mid-October and started converting my collection of ~40000 MP3's to AAC@128 . While doing it for a couple of weeks the iPod worked just fine - if perhaps a bit slow when load playing lists and other UI features. Alas, when nearly all of my collection was converted, my iPod froze during sync so badly that even Apple service could not revive it and replaced it with a new one. So I synced that one, it froze, too, and was exchanged. And so on... I'm now at my fourth unit, and after reducing the number of my iTunes play lists (from ca. 75 to ca. 60) it sort-of works. It still reboots spontaneously in random places related to playlists, searching, shuffling, and loading lengthy lists of e.g. artists, but it can be used when it works and exchanged when it locks up next time.
Anyway, I'll continue experimenting (and also awaiting a better firmware update) as long as Apple is willing to replace frozen units at no cost to me. I really wish they'de get the FW right, since it is the only player on the market having the size (160B) large enough to contain all of my music collection.
FWIW, I run Windows Vista in a genuine Intel laptop no older than three months.
Good: The menus are great but the Storage is incredible
Bad: Slightly slow loading on the coverflow
Comment: Apple have very nearly perfected the Ipod now. I recently got an 80Gb Classic and have been blown away by new menus and its interface with my computer. It took me about 10 minutes to load 2000 songs onto it and about 5 minutes to load 14 hours of video. The menus have been designed around the old 5th generation Ipods but have been revamped and modernized and have your cover art floating around in the background which is a nice aesthetic touch. The one thing everyone seems to be raving about with this new Ipod is the coverflow feature. This does look good but means you have to go through your whole library getting the correct art. This gets even more complicated if you have lots of compilations or older albums that don't have the cover art necessary. On the Ipod this feature takes a while to load and if you have lots of albums, when you flick through there is a lot of generic grey before it loads. Despite this the Ipod classic is a quality piece of kit and I would recommend it to anyone who has more than 1000 tracks in there library. If you have less than that then I would recommend the new nano or an equivalent as you will never get near filling this beast.
Good: Looks, Easiness to use
Bad: Have to use iTunes, no WMA support
Comment: The iPod Classic is by far the best iPod that has been out in terms for value for money and looks. The only thing which keeps it from getting ten is that you have to use everything Apple such as iTunes software and no other music store which use WMA.
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