Pros Siae, weight and looks
Cons Poor sound quality
Summary I have been using a Zen Micro 4Gb for about a year. I though I needed more storage space. I bought the iPod from COSTCO as soon as it was available.
I transferred about 10 different albums of various types. I connected my Shure earphones and I thought the quality of playback was a little off.
I connected the iPod to some decent HifI equipment and the sound was really poor no matter the equalizer settings.
I connected my old Zen Micro and played the same music. There was almost no difference between the original CD and the Zen.
If you are into sound quality, don't waste your money on the iPod.
"iPod Sucks"on by vijayms23
Pros Itunes not offering to convert DVDs & other formats, poor performance
Cons Design, looks
Summary Its just 3 weeks old I bought & it's sitting at the apple service center, dont ever go for Ipod, when enquired at Apple service center, they say after your warranty period, nobody is resp, which unfortunately is just 90 days and no repair can be done instead u go for a new one again..so thnk before u invest on a 80GB...
And also the most important is the life of 80 GB is only 1.5 yrs as told by Apple
Pros Price, 6+ Hr video battery life, Ease of Use, Good Games, Bright Screen, Very slim for 80GB device
Cons No removable battery, fingerprints, no Power Unit included only USB
Summary I got this unit a week ago as an upgrade from my 30GB iPod Photo and am very glad I did. I did a one time batch conversion of all my FREE downloaded tv shows and movies, and now have 6,000 songs, 26 full length movies (were DIVX and converted easily for free), 8 Gigs of photos, and tons of free video podcasts on it.
Had never gotten into the whole podcast thing but found a ton of great free video podcasts on iTunes and are great to have new ones to watch every day.
I also decided to lay down about $50 to get all the new games offered on iTunes and am glad I did. Thought they'd be bad but have enjoyed them a lot, especially Mahjongg and Zuma (haven't played the others a ton though yet so they could be bad).
I can understand that there are some devices that offer more features or bigger screens in the same price range, but the fanboyism and name calling is pretty rediculous. I'm not a sheep or lemming because I like this device. I've owned many mp3 and video players. The iTunes/iPod combination is easy to use for me and does everything that I want it to do without a ton of tweaking, managing, wires, setup, etc. It just works and works very well.
Also, I don't care at all about lack of in-line recording as I do it all on my computer and have no use for FM radio. The reason I use my iPod so much is because I can't stand FM radio, its commercials, and playlists of only 20 songs. Would like to have AM but nobody offers that. Sure many people use iPods as an image thing to look cool, and they're the popular thing to have. That fact does not mean that they aren't great, useful devices.
Pros Very bright screen, smooth interface, sleek design, video always good
Cons Everything inside has a very good chance to be broken from the get-go.
Summary After my 1 year run and complete disgust with my 30GB ipod which spent as much being repaired as it did playing music I decided to give Apple one more try to redeem itself. I was still skeptical when I first started up hearing already of the horror stories.
Week 1 and 2 passed without a hitch, and all was well in iPod land. Finally week 3 came and I wake up and unplug my ipod from charging for about 4 hours and nothing happens when I hit the buttons. No light. No icon. Even when I hold the buttons to reset it. I take it back to the store and they tell me it's a manufacturing defect, and "That it's pretty common with the new video iPods." And with that I politely requested my money back.
Maybe some people somewhere in the world have an amazing iPod that works consistantly, and they should by all means stick with it. But Apple seems to just want to pump these things into as many people's hands as fast as possible while compromising their overall quality.
I've had my Toshiba gigabeat S for almost 7 monthes now and have not had a single problem with it. It works today just like it did the day I opened it and I couldn't be happier.
Bottomline: If you don't mind very possibly and very frequent breakdowns and irritations iPods are fine. But there are mp3 players out there which are much better IMO both price and quality wise. Being first doesn't make you the best.
Pros Simple, outstanding controls, slim and very sexy, seamless integration with itunes, excellent battery life (this time around), cheap for what you get, very high capacity.
Cons No removable battery, scratches easily, limited codec support, no accessories, no features, mediocre screen, protection on files is ridiculous.
Summary Over all it's a very simple and easy MP3 player which I think is part of it's appeal. It looks gorgeous, but it falls short when it comes to capabilities. Virtually no features most other MP3 players have. Not very far along on the MP3 player evolutionary scale. But I will say the price for an 80 gig player is amazing.