"It's average."3.0 starson by ithomas94
Pros: The click wheel.
User interface is simple, great for first timers.
Great battery life.
The fact that many third-party accessories are out for the ipod.
Cons: The click wheel.
The small screen, which contradicts Apple's statements about it being a 'true' video player.
The scratch-prone back.
The scratch-prone screen.
Laggy graphics-heavy interface.
So-so audio quality.
Summary: I've had my iPod Classic for a year now (the first generation) and my bottom line is that its just average.
It's very disappointing to find that Apple has stopped doing anything on the iPod model that was considered before to be its flagship product.
Cover Flow and the UI are both laggy, and the click wheel, after a year of use, is sometimes laggy and nonresponsive.
My iPod's back is also very scratched up, and the screen has some scratches as well.
And just as a test, I attempted to scratch the iPod's chrome back. With my FINGERNAIL. and it did scratch. How sad.
All in all, it seems that the Classic is just going to die, as the Zune is (IMO) a much better option in the huge storage line of mp3 players.
Unless Apple does something incredible with the next generation of the iPod Classic line, the Classic will stop selling as much as it used to.
Also, the included earphones are shoddy and they don't have a full range; there's near to no bass, and the earphones break way too easily.
Conclusion: The iPod Classic is an average mp3 player, which is very sad, seeing as the Classic line is just a shadow of what it used to be. The audio quality and the lack of other features is a putdown as well, seeing as so much work obviously went into the interface, but near to no thinking time was spared for the features. I was very disappointed with the iTunes 8 update; I was hoping for an overhauled UI, at the very least, and I just got a feature that should have been there from the get-go.