Apple iPod Classic

The word ‘classic' may make one think of sports cars, the classical musician Mozart and Ancient Greek mythology. But what happens when the word ‘classic' is associated with a gadget that became a world-wide phenomenon only a few years ago?

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Apple iPod Classic
By  Jason Saundalkar Published  January 3, 2009

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Key Specs

Battery life: 36 hours
Bluetooth: N
Connections: USB
Display: 2.5-inch
Headphones: Y

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The word ‘classic' may make one think of sports cars, the classical musician Mozart and Ancient Greek mythology. But what happens when the word ‘classic' is associated with a gadget that became a world-wide phenomenon only a few years ago?

Well, the iPod Classic is exactly that, a classical masterpiece that extends the simplicity and beauty of what is now a household brand. The 120Gbyte hard drive means more space for your songs, images, games and audio books; the bigger screen (2.5-inches) means an easier way to navigate through your media and view your media.

The 120Gbyte storage capacity is good for up to 30,000 songs, 150 hours of video and 25,000 photos. When it comes to music in particular, it has an audio playback time of 36 hours and a video playback time of six hours.

The iPod Classic also still features the famous Click Wheel that allows you to browse by album art with Cover Flow or navigate your songs and videos by playlist, artist, album and genre. However, considering this iPod is called the iPod Classic, if one had to compare this iPod to its very first ancestor, this Click Wheel is nowhere near as responsive as the first generation iPod. It can, at times, be difficult to navigate to a particular section within the iPod interface as it forces you to literally hold down the wheel and scroll. The touch sensitivity is not that great as compared to the very first iPods. Nevertheless, that is most probably the only downside the phone has, as many other improvements have been made, such as the iPod Classic's look.

Available in silver or black, the iPod classic catches your eye with its metal enclosure composed of anodised aluminium and polished stainless steel.

The iPod classic comes with three games - Vortex, iQuiz, and Klondike - and you can purchase games such as Monopoly from the iTunes Store. All iPod games are designed specifically for the iPod interface and playing other games such as Spore Origins and The Sims DJ is quite cool on the large 2.5-inch screen.

One of the new features that the iPod Classic introduces is known as ‘Genius'. The way Genius works is as follows: if you find a song that you really like, the Genius feature finds other songs that match that song in style. Genius then puts these songs into a playlist.

The iPod is, as it has always been, easy to setup with iTunes and easy to load all kinds of media. The iPod Classic even uses iTunes to sync the photos you have in iPhoto on a Mac or Adobe Photoshop Elements and Adobe Photoshop Album on a PC. You can view photo slideshows complete with music and transitions on the iPod Classic. Alternatively, you can play the slideshows on a TV using an optional Apple component or composite AV cable.

For: Large storage capacity, as easy-to-use as ever, great build quality and feel, LCD screen is good for videos and photos.

Against: Premium price, Click wheel isn't very responsive to use.
Verdict: A classic tribute to what has become a tech gadget of classic proportions.

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