This is the updated 160GB version of the original iPod – now dubbed the iPod Classic, and is a close resemblence to its predecessor. The classic is reasonably easy to use and has a great battery life.
The new interface allows you to scroll through your library of music by album cover, using the click wheel. This brings the satisfying feeling of ownership back to albums that many feel has been lost in the digital age. It also looks more pleasing than a list of music and makes the selection process a more enjoyable task.The major development in the updated classic is the huge increase in memory size.
The new classic comes in two sizes: 80GB and 160GB. The 160GB classic is big enough to store around 36,000 songs! Apple claims that the 160GB classic delivers 40 hours of battery for audio playback and 7 hours of video, which puts it at the top of its class. Transferring tracks and videos to the classic is considerably quicker than on the nano or the touch, but while the classic is good for viewing pictures, watching videos is only satisfactory.
Compared to most other MP3 players on the market, it seems quite large and very heavy, and the touchpad is a little too sensitive, making it quite easy to select the wrong track. As with most iPods, sound can be improved with the use of better headphones, but the in-ear headphones supplied are pretty good. The classic has also ditched the iconic white cover for a black or silver metallic finish. It comes loaded with three games, and additional ones can be purchased from the iTunes Store.
So to conclude, the iPod Classic has good sound, great storage and battery life, but is rather bulky and lacks a radio.