"Easy to love, all around great player"4.5 starson by notkennyg
Pros: The iPod classic is just that; great for music, podcasts and videos. It has a great battery life which is perfect for long, cross country plane rides. I thought the screen size would be too small, but it was really, very fine.
Cons: Sometimes navigating the click wheel can become clumsy, e.g. if you're on a treadmill or walking - you have stop what you're doing to navigate but it's only a minor infraction. iPod buds don't fit my ears and don't sound all that good.
Summary: I bought an iPod Classic to replace a Creative Zen M player, which I thought was pretty nifty as well. However, navigating the Classic is much easier even without the jump-to buttons and shortcuts the Creative player features. I was also a bit leary of being held hostage to iTunes but the sync process with the iPod is so easy unlike the Creative player which sometimes was clunky. The iPod also features a really easy to read screen that includes album artwork that only sometimes worked with the Creative unit.
I love the space that's available in such a small player. I can now load up my CD collection, as well as download podcasts and videos without worrying about running out of space.
True - the unit is easily scratched particularly the slick, silver back. I purchased a neoprene cover at the Apple store and it includes a lens to cover the sreen and clickwheel. Problem solved!
The out-of-the box ear buds don't sound all that great. It should also include adaptors for people like me with slightly mismatched ear sizes. The music is oustanding when I use my Audio Techica noise canceling headphones. However, while appropriate for a plane ride or kicking back at home; they are too big for working out. Definitely invest in a nicer pair than what comes in the box.
Get the iPod Classic for your essential music needs and if you don't really need the sexy look and applications on the iPod Touch.