Pros 160GB (closer to 150GB)
Cons audio quality
Summary I bought the 160GB only for its storage capacity. I had recently re-ripped all of my music at lossless quality so I could stream music at home at a respectable quality.
I am an audio snob, and the problem I have with the iPod is that the quality of their iPod hasn't improved. My zune playing a 160kbps MP3 sounds as good if not better than this iPod playing the same track at AAC lossless quality - in both cases through either Shure or Grado headphones. It's great that the iPod supports lossless formats (which the zune doesn't), but it seems pointless if Apple isn't willing to spend a few more dollars to build with better quality components.
The video review notes that the device is pretty slim, but please realize that slim is only true on the 80GB version. The 160GB version is definitely not slim. It is almost as thick as my zune.
If I had never used anything other than the iPod over the past 5 years, I'm sure I would tell you that the menu system is genius, but that's not the case. I'm sure it is just user preference, but I think that the twist navigation on gigabeats, zunes, etc. is significantly better. The menu on the iPod is also pretty sluggish. I certainly would not call it responsive.
On a positive note, I can now listen to the 1 audiobook and 2 songs that I've downloaded from iTunes.
Before anyone comments that I'm just giving an average - good review because it is apple, please note that I have a mac at home and this is my third iPod. One of these days I'm hoping that they build some better quality into their iPods. Unfortunately, Apple can't release any updates to the player I just bought that could make up for its sub-standard DAC.
Ultimately I'm neither happy nor unhappy with the purchase.
Pros nice interface, holds all my mp3s, alot of my DVDs, and some photos with space to spare.
Cons a little bit pricey
Summary just make sure you power cycle this ipod once in a while and you'll be alright. i loved it when i first saw it. still lovin it.
Pros Much space, beautiful screen, great for audio books, simple navigation
Cons Can be a bit slow moving from screen to screen
Summary I've had this iPod for about 1 month and I'm very pleased with the performance. I had the iPod touch and honestly like the picture on the classic better than the touch. Also, the fact that it has 160gb of storage is fantastic. The only problem is that it can be a bit slow in swithing songs or going through the menus.
Pros nice screen image, compact size, polite tech support team
Cons software bugs, iTunes sync protocol is impractical
Summary My husband and I ordered two engraved 160GB Black iPod Classics through the Apple website the day after it's release, and they arrived this morning (7/13/07). I immediately uploaded almost 4,000 photos while my husband left his laptop supposedly synching his songs in his iTunes program to his iPod. His songs won't upload...we'll have to investigate that when he gets home from work. My problem is that when I click on a thumbnail I get a black screen...only a very few photos actually would show up full screen (3 or 4). BUT...if I let it play a slide show of the photos, they will all show up fullscreen, which means the images are on the iPod, they're just not being accessed correctly in the normal viewing mode. I spent over 1.5 hours on the phone with tech support trying many things, including re-installing the iPod software, deleting all the photos and re-uploading only 8 as test photos...nothing resolved this issue.
They're supposed to get back with me within 3 business days in hopes of having a solution. I haven't tried to upload songs or movies yet...that'll be next...but I've spent all morning frustrated over what should've been a very simple process.
In regards to the iTunes program, you cannot just drag-and-drop photos to add or delete. It syncs every folder you checkmark on your computer...so, if you forget to checkmark something on your computer, it deletes it from the iPod when it syncs. To delete one photo from the iPod, you have to remove it from the folder on your computer, then sync, again, remembering to check every folder of photos you want to keep on the iPod. Not very user friendly for me!
I have a 2nd generation iPod which has worked marvelously for me...I wasn't expecting to have any problems with the Classic model. I hope it's fixed soon...I can't wait for a de-bugged, completely usable unit!!!
"A good MP3 Player"on by Shaman_89
Pros Good Audio/Video Quality
Cons Closed Environment
Summary Well my take on the iPod is very brief, it's a good MP3 player that delivers good audio and video quality. It does what it's said to do nicely. Bit pricey, and well the only reason I bought it is because of my move to OSX.