"Very Nice mp3 player -- but you have to use itunes"3.5 starson by sma_LA
Pros: Huge drive, nice interface, nice weight and size
Cons: Currently, you must use Itunes. Nothing else works
Summary: I've never been able to find a portable mp3 player that would suffice for my needs. Thus, I've always played out of my laptop into a stereo system... so, this is actually my first (portable) MP3 player. My needs were simple - a huge drive and good battery life. I could care less about video abilities - that's strictly a novelty, in m opinion.
I went with the Ipod Classic 160 GB because dollar for dollar - it can't be beat at this time.
You get all the advantages of Ipod (accessories, ubiquity, etc) without the usual exorbitant fees of an Apple user.
The ipod classic is a fine piece of technology and you won't go wrong buying it. Lag time is really not bad, and with 80 gigs of music on it, I have yet to have any stutters or problems while scanning through cover art, etc.
The big negative for the moment is: Itunes.
For the moment, it is the only software which will work with the Ipod Classic. No Winamp, No Media Monkey, etc. I sure hope (and expect) that will be solved very soon as this is the biggest downside to the ipod classic.
Itunes is junk, if that's a news flash for anyone. Version 7.4.1 is still lacking and a real downgrade from plenty of other software - including Windows Media Player 11.
Sonically, the Ipod classic is fine. It's an mp3 player, you know? If you want flawless sound, don't play mp3's; and don't ever expect lossless files played through DACs that are tiny enough to put in a portable mp3 player to do the job as well as a true hi fi system.
btw - I'm a PC user and not a member of the cult of Mac. However, I know a good product when I see it, and the Ipod Classic is such a product. Once someone figures out how to make it work with WMP11, MM or WINAMP, it will rock.