What's this? Overall score is within types, in performance order. For music players, this score is based primarily on ease of use, headphone quality, audio playback time, and damage resistance. For media players, video and picture quality is also rated and included in the overall score. The displayed score is out of a total of 100 points. Tests were carried out by International Consumer Research and Testing, a worldwide group that includes Consumer Reports.
$22.99 - $291.99
Summary:A 160 GB hard-disk MP3 player that includes photo and video playback, equalizer, and volume limiter to protect hearing.
The Apple iPod Classic (160 GB) is part of the MP3 player
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, MP3 player
models like the iPod Classic (160 GB) are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.
Ease of use:
Ease of use mainly covers player characteristics that aid in convenience, versatility, and portability. These primarily include navigation and scrolling features; the accessibility and readability of the controls; and the readability and breadth of the information in the display (such as music-track data and battery-life indicator); size and weight; and ease of use while walking or jogging. Some features and capabilities considered include the presence of an FM radio, built-in microphone, upgradeable firmware, equalizer, data storage, software assessment, and the player's ability to be recognized as a hard drive by the computer without the installation of additional drivers.
Headphone quality reflects judgments from a listening panel comparing the player and its supplied headphone to a test audio CD and a high-fidelity headphone. All uncompressed (audio CD or WAV) test music sources were ripped (encoded) to MP3 format (128, 192, and 256 kbps CBR rate) using a high-quality encoder.
Audio playback time (hr.):
Audio playback time (hours) reflects lab measurements of continuous playback time to the nearest hour, using a selection of music tracks encoded to MP3 format at a 128 kbps constant bit rate (CBR); fully charged rechargeable batteries; backlight at the minimum setting; with included headphone; and volume set at a reasonable level. For players that can use standard batteries such as alkaline, expect a bit longer playback time. Our measurements should not be compared with those stated by the manufacturer, which may use different testing methods and criteria.
About This Brand
Apple commands more than 60 percent of the digital music-player market since the introduction of the iPod in 2001. There are four iPod lines: The iPod Classic hard-disk player, the Nano flash players, and the Touch flash players with a large touch screen, full Web browser, and the ability to download content wirelessly over its Wi-Fi connection. Its postage-stamp-size Shuffle player lacks a display.
Features & Specs - Apple iPod Classic (160 GB)
Audio playback format The most common audio format(s) the player will recognize and be able to play.These include: Audible (AA): Audio Book. Allows audible spoken-word content playback from Web services such as Audible or iTunes, where you can download digital audiobooks, radio programs, audio magazines, and newspapers, for instance. Apple Lossless: Apple (Mac) format for an uncompressed sound file AAC: Advanced Audio Coding FLAC: Free Lossless Audio Codec MPEG: Moving Picture Experts Grou, OGG: Short for Ogg Vorbis, a free, open source music format WAV: Uncompressed Windows standard for waveform audio files WMA: Windows Media Audio
Audio playback format
MP3, AAC (iTunes+ file), APPLE lossless, WAV, AUDIBLE, GAPLESS
Mac compatible All players work with a Windows PC, but that's not always the case with a Macintosh computer. Check the ratings or the manufacturers' Web site to make sure the player you're considering will work with your computer.
Color display This is typically a backlit liquid crystal display (LCD). Some displays instead use organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs). Virtually allAll players with a color display, except one- or two-color OLED models, can show pictures taken with your digital camera.
Video playback Some players support MPEG-4-based video formats such as DIVX, XVID, and WMV. Some players may also handle copy-protected videos.
Slideshow capability Allows pictures to be displayed in slideshow fashion, complete with fade-outs and other transitions. Some allow you to adjust how long each picture is displayed.
FM radio Adds FM-radio functionality.
Built-in microphone Useful for recording interviews, lectures, from a radio, etc. See also Voice Recording.
Volume limiter A player control designed to protect hearing by preventing the volume from exceeding a safe level, either preset by the manufacturer or programmed by the user. Some players allow the setting to be pass-code protected, such as by a parent, to prevent users from bypassing the limiter.
The iTunes format for syncing is still the most user friendly I've seen. Combine that with the gigantic 160 GB of storage on this device and most people will be able to carry their entire music library, plenty of podcasts, audibooks, and films with room to spare.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
from Melbourne, Australia
(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
6 replacements in 12 months
Lots of Storage
Constant Device Failure
Gym / Working Out
honestly, I've owned about 20-30 iPod Classics since they were first launched and while they are brilliant when they work, the constant rate of device failure is driving me nuts. Six replacements in the last 12 months alone (and pretty much EVERY unit I've owned has failed - most within or just outside of 12 months).<br /><br />I pretty much use the entire 160GB capacity (just for music) and I'm convinced that these devices are simply not capable of functioning the way they are advertised to. I treat them with extreme care and keep them in a solid case so it's not a case of user negligence. The last 3 failures have occurred within the last 10 weeks - they just stop dead after playing a track and the dreaded red X appears. Apple have been fine with replacing them (within warranty) but they simply will not admit that there is an issue with these devices not being able to cope with random playback whilst at high capacity.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
By Love to listen
from Wichita, KS
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
This is my 2nd classic
Easy To Set Up
Long Battery Life
Lots of Storage
As someone who listens to multiple music genres and takes numerous road trips, having the large storage capacity is spectacular. It's one failure is it's freezing up during periods of high usage.