Apple iPod Classic Third Generation Review – iPod With Better Battery Life
2 December 2009
Excerpt: Sleek, thin, easy to use interface, huge storage space, genius play list feature, better battery life. EQ presets are bad, you need a latest version iTunes and it may not be compatible on your old computer, no scratch resistant glass screen. Included accessories – Docking station adapter, Cable included USB cable – External.
Excerpt: This is the 6th generation of the venerable hard drive-based iPod that Apple never fails to include. Although a generation old as we speak, (since the new iPod Classic is already available but not for review at this moment), this series offers unmatched storage. Although the Classic is a decent video player it is aimed at the audiophile who wants to carry his entire collection of music with him.
Excerpt: The 3rd generation ipod fits a massive 160GB hard disk. The screen is molded out of plastic, making it the only iPod that hasn't used the scratch-resistant glass screen yet. It also is the only one to use the split screen menu, with the menu function on the left and an image matching to the selection to the right.
Excerpt: Thumbs up: A sleek, elegant and simple design; user-friendly interface; and nice podcast support; superb video-playback and brilliant battery-life. Thumbs Down: The Equalizer has many settings but most are indistinguishable; older video accessories may not be compatible; older computers may not support the latest itunes version.
Summary: It’s like Apple’s shoved the iPod from six years ago in a cryogenic chamber, gutted its innards, and shoved in a whopping great 120GB hard drive. Fantastic for people afraid of change or who have more songs than sense.
Conclusion: As its name suggests, not much has changed on the iPod classic—it looks a little different on the outside, and there's a useful, but not radical, interface update. The big news is the massive capacity upgrade.
Summary: Apple has done very little to improve the iPod classic with this iteration - that's not necessarily a bad thing. It remains the iPod to own if you want to carry a lot of media with you. The Genius feature is a nice addition as is the ability to quickly browse albums and artists based on the currently playing track, but those additions will convince very few people to trade in their old reliable (and perhaps, higher-capacity) iPod classic for this year's model.
Summary: My hands-on time with the new iPod classic left me with a largely positive impression. It's less exciting than the nano in terms of its new appearance and fewer major feature upgrades. However, two of those improvements - considerably better battery life and a major boost in storage capacity - are welcome changes and should make the classic especially attractive to those who want to listen to large music libraries on the go and away from outlets.