"Beautiful and Buggy"on by ichor
Pros graphics updated, menu logic makes good sense
Cons laggy dial, hard drive skips(?!), same sound quality
Summary I'm sending my silver 80gb ipod classic back to Apple and here's why. I'm comparing this to my 3g 60gb ipod. The improvements in the ipod classic come at an unacceptable cost in terms of speed. At first, I thought the touchdial was broken because of its uneven response to my input. Then I realized that the software was just catching up to the sensory input. The nice graphics in the classic are enough of a drain on the dynamic memory that scrolling becomes way laggy. I find myself concentrating really hard to make sure the song I want to select is the one that actually gets selected. Graphics are nice and surprisingly crisp. The lag is surprisingly annoying. They may fix this in an update, but I'm not risking $250 on that. The calibration of the touchdial is really not great either. I find that I have to press and drag for a relatively long time to scroll up just one song.
Oh, and the sound quality out of the earbuds still really really stinks compared to other players out there. The player has millisecond breaks within songs for no reason. My 3G had those qualities too, so I don't mark the classic down too much for those issues.
Pros 80GB storage capacity, attractive design, good video resolution, long battery life, good sound quality
Cons Slight delay on occassion with scroll-wheel. Included earbuds lack any bass.
Summary Current Update Version: 1.0.3 Mac
After reading several negative reviews on this site, I was nervous about having just purchased the 80GB iPod Classic. The rantings of the frustrated users who encountered serious software and hardware issues scared the bejeezus out of me. Although I can't speak for their experiences, I can honestly say that I haven't encountered any problems with my iPod, and it's been running non-stop for the last couple weeks.
I did, however, decide to take the advice of the users here and basically disable any features that have to do with cover art or cover flow. I think it's helped to ensure that the interface runs as smoothly as possible.
I currently have an eMac running OS 10.4.11. I've encountered no problems or issues with iTunes 7 and Syncing audio or video.
DVDs transferred to the iPod look great with no noticeable skips or flaws. Using iTunes and Safari in conjunction with iSquint to download and convert Flash Videos works well.
I hope my experiences with my iPod remain positive ones. If anything goes awry, I will be sure to post it here.
Pros all the stuff that makes the iPods good. nice sound and video quality, easy to add content to, headphones included, looks sleek and nice etc
Cons it broke after 3 hours and tech support could be a lot better. seems to lag easy, bogs down mid range computers, earbuds still suck, scratches easy
Summary it seems to have the potential to be a good product, but Apple really needs to work on making sure that they ship quality products. There is over 10% defection rate among new iPods. Mine broke within hours, and tech support is very hesitant to send me a box to get it shipped in to get fixed. Apple stores are not all that common, so it is an inconvenient to get it replaced. The new iTunes, which is what apple tells you to use to manage the content on this iPod, uses quite alot of system resources and crashes often. plugging in the iPod will bog your computer down much further, you may have to wait a few minutes for the iPod to be recognized and then further to sync. The iPod itself seems to lag pretty easy, and the click wheel isnt very sensitive. if you have a large music library with many different artists, you may become frustrated going from the top to the bottom as the click wheel doesnt seem to register everywhere so you can't quickly scroll. the good part is that it looks very good (but you really need to get a protective case or it will get scratched very very quickly), it has nice sound and video quality, and its fairly simple to reset (click hold on then off, then hold the central button and menu for 6-10 seconds)
Pros Definately storage, looks nice, size
Cons Seems slow when browsing menus, confirmed skipping
Summary New to the Ipod scene, thought maybe it might be time to give in and get one. Went to the apple store and looked at about 15 to 20 80gig models.
After listening to the first one I noticed that when listening to music and menu'ing back to cover flow it seemed a bit sluggish. Once in coverflow, when browsing through albums the music begins to skip and makes a loud screeching noise. Obviously thought that was odd tried again and sure enough, same thing. So I moved on to the next 80gig and the same thing happened. Moved to the next and the next and the next and the next.....they all did it. Incredibly annoying, especially when it has to do with a feature that is so heavily marketed(a bread and butter feature of the new marketing campaign). I suppose alot of people will be able to overlook this.
But I mean c'mon apple.............really? Your better than that.
"Really love it except for one flaw that really upsets me...otherwise I would've rated it a 10!"on by Roo-Dee
Pros Thinner, lighter and has a bigger capacity at a cheaper price.
Cons Major con...No video coming out of the headphone jack!
Summary I bought an 30gb video iPod prior to the September 5th annoucement. A friend of mine informed me of the upcoming announcement and I returned it to the Apple Store. I already bought speakers, a case, an armband case and the video/ audio jacks. I kept these items hoping it will fit the next generation of iPods.
After the announcement of new iPods, I decided to get the iPod Classic 80gb since it was the same price as the 30 gb I returned. I fell in love with the graphical interface, especially the cover flow feature. I spent hours updating my music so that the album covers could be displayed. I also like the fact that it is thinner and lighter. And with more space, I can put more videos on it. I was fortunate enough that all my accessories still works except for the video/audio cable I bought so I could hook it up to my DVD player in my car. I'm really upset with this because now I have to buy another cable which hooks up to the docking port. This cable costs about $50 (yikes). Fortunately, my speakers have a video out so I can use this to link up to my television. Why did Apple take out the video function from the headphone jack? This was one of the reasons why I sold my Sansa, so I could have library of videos without needing any discs.
Sorry Apple, I would have given you guys a perfect 10 if you just left the good features alone!