Conclusion: Still the player to beat despite a premium price and minimal features. The fourth generation of the Apple iPod doesn't sound any better than the third, but it doesn't need to—as long as you don't use the EQ settings.
Pros: Charges via USB cable. Nice firmware improvements. Control wheel adopted from iPod mini. Improved battery life.
Excerpt: The chic chrome-and-ivory chassis found on the latest Apple iPod is lighter and thinner than the other hard drive players here, and it has a smaller footprint than any other hard drive unit we tested.
Excerpt: Apple Computer Inc., www.apple.com $460 street 6.1 ounces; 40GB; Tested Battery Life: 7:02. Slim, attractive player. Excellent ergonomics. Wired remote. Solid audio performance. No FM or recording. Expensive.
New Consumer Electronics and Informational Technologies Articles
10 February 2005
Excerpt: Apple has recently dropped the price on its award winning iPod Mp3 player and added several new features, as well as releasing a 20-gigabyte model capable of holding 4,000 songs to go along with the existing 5 and 10 GB models.
Excerpt: Breakthrough audio products don’t just change how you listen to music, they change how you live. One of the first breakthrough portable audio products was Sony’s Walkman. Putting cassette playback into such a compact size for the first time, it made 1979 the year you could take music with you...
Excerpt: While the original iPod was a superb product that stood high above its competitors,
Apple has gone an extra step with their newer models to improve upon small flaws
and quirks with a facelift for this generation iPod.
Excerpt: Just a bit larger then a pack of cigarettes, and weighing in at a mere 6.5 ounces it is easy to carry around; I just slipped it into the front pocket of my jeans. Since then I have kept it with me at all times. The iPod has an 8th inch jack so it can plug into anything.
Excerpt: During MacWorld 2002 in NYC, Apple introduced new versions of the iPod that not only had larger storage capacities but also added some features that solidied the iPod as the MP3 player to beat.