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MP3 players

Apple iPod Classic (160 GB)
 
Approximate retail price:
$250
Summary: A 160 GB hard-disk MP3 player that includes photo and video playback, equalizer, and volume limiter to protect hearing.
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Type: 5-inch screen and less media players
About - Apple iPod Classic (160 GB)

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:
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)
info Audio playback format MP3, AAC (iTunes+ file), APPLE lossless, WAV, AUDIBLE, GAPLESS
info Mac compatible Yes
info Color display Yes
info Video playback Yes
info Slideshow capability Yes
info FM radio No
info Built-in microphone No
info Volume limiter Yes
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User Reviews - Apple iPod Classic (160 GB)
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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
 
5.0
What more can you ask for?
7/19/2014
Pros
Easy To Set Up
Great Sound
Long Battery Life
Lots of Storage
Reliable Performance
Simple Controls
Sleek/Compact
Cons
Best Uses
At Work
Commuting
Travel
Comment:
Take this unit to our cottage on an island and hook up video/audio to TV/Stereo. Beats lugging DVDS/CD on plane, car and boat!
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
 
4.0
Love the 160GB
8/4/2013
Pros
Easy To Set Up
Lots of Storage
Reliable Performance
Simple Controls
Sleek/Compact
Cons
Best Uses
Anywhere
At Work
Commuting
Gym / Working Out
Travel
Comment:
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
Bottom Line
(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
 
1.0
6 replacements in 12 months
7/11/2013
Pros
Great Sound
Lots of Storage
Simple Controls
Sleek/Compact
Cons
Constant Device Failure
Best Uses
Anywhere
Commuting
Gym / Working Out
Travel
Comment:
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
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
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