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Apple iPod classic (1st Gen)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 681 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the battery and portability. The sound and design also get good comments. There are some mixed opinions about the build quality, while many are critical about the value for money.

usability, design, sound, portability, battery

value for money

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other MP3 Players the Apple iPod classic (1st Gen) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 77/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review by: review summary for Apple iPod classic (1st Gen)


alaTest has collected and analysed 41 user reviews of Apple iPod classic (1st Gen) from The average user rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other MP3 & Media Players on

usability, design, value for money, sound, performance

build quality, battery

93% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Apple iPod 5GB for Mac – 1st Generation [M8513B/A]Apple iPod 5GB for Mac – 1st Generation [M8513B/A]Apple iPod 5GB for Mac – 1st Generation [M8513B/A]

Consumer review by: review summary for Apple iPod classic (1st Gen)


alaTest has collected and analyzed 343 user reviews of Apple iPod classic (1st Gen) from The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other MP3 Players on

usability, sound, design, performance, portability

build quality

93% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Apple iPod 5 GB M8513LLA White (1st Generation) OLD MODELApple iPod 5 GB M8513LLA White (1st Generation) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)Apple iPod 10 GB White M8709LL/A (1st Generation)


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Apple iPod 5GB


Just a bit larger then a pack of cigarettes, and weighing in at a mere 6.5 ounces it is easy to carry around; I just slipped it into the front pocket of my jeans. Since then I have kept it with me at all times. The iPod has an 8th inch jack so it can...

Easy navigation

Hgh price ; uncomfortable earbuds

It is your choice whether you want to use it as a portable MP3 player or just another portable hard drive.


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An Even Better iPod


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Apple iPod


The Apple iPod sounds like a dream come true-and for anyone with a love of music and a Mac that has a FireWire port, it is one. Although $399 places the iPod at the high end of the portable music player market, that investment buys you a stylish,...

High capacity ; small size ; fast ; FireWire interface siginificantly speeds syncing ; iTunes integration ; unique design ; works as a portable hard drive. cons

Compact MP3 Player Provides Good Mix of Features and Performance

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Apple iPod (10GB Scroll Wheel)


Introduction The first thing I noticed about the Apple iPod when I cracked open the box was a sticker right on the screen saying, "Do not steal music!" It dawned on me that this may be the best use of reverse psychology I have ever witnessed. The Apple...

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Apple iPod 5GB


This little gizmo if you will has its ups my 40gb suites all my needs including holding audio books and notes, to do lists and more. However the screen scratches easily so i suggest a case w/screen protector.

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Apple iPod 5GB


The battery issue makes this player a bad business…

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Great little product...for a year


Great storage for many songs.

NON REPLACEABLE battery wears out after a year or so.

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iPod - respectable


Looks the part. nifty interface. great sound!

friends get angry when the unit is produced.

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Apple at its best!


No cd changing,Windows Compatible,lots accessories

Pricy, the back of Ipod holds too many fingerprints

Product Specifications

Smaller than ever (just 0.62 inches thick), the new iPod fits comfortably in the palm of your hand and slips easily into your pocket - and your life. At 5.6 ounces, it weighs less than 2 compact discs, and even many mobile phones. And yet the iPod gives you a huge hard drive. Do the maths: that's enough space to store three weeks of music - played continuously, 24/7 - or one new song a day for the next 20 years. Once again, Apple turns the portable digital music player market on its ear with hassle-free functionality and stunning, well-considered design that place iPod far ahead of the curve and the competition. Building on the success of the touch wheel (which made scrolling through an entire music collection quick and easy), the new iPod has been re-engineered with an all-touch interface for enhanced durability and sensitivity. With an LCD screen and buttons that feature a backlight for clear visibility in low-light conditions, iPod is designed for easy one-handed operation. So the best way to take an entire music collection anywhere is now even better. The 15GB and 30GB iPod models come with a dock that makes charging and syncing easier than ever - no more reaching around, looking for the right port. An elegant, convenient home base for iPod on a desk or connected to a home stereo system, the dock provides syncing via FireWire or USB 2.0, charging via FireWire and audio line out for connecting to powered speakers or a stereo system. Designed to give you the best portable digital music experience ever, the iPod delivers the highest sound quality from input to output. iPod supports the most popular audio formats - including MP3 (up to 320 kbps), MP3 Variable Bit Rate (VBR) and WAV - giving you access to a wide range of audio file types. And iPod is the only portable digital music player that supports the AAC format (Mac-only), which features CD-quality audio in smaller file sizes than MP3, so that even more songs fit on your iPod. The iPod now lets you do a whole lot more in addition to maintaining your contacts, calendar and to-do lists. iPod now includes Solitaire, Brick and Parachute, three great games you can play anywhere (a feature you're sure to appreciate the next time you're standing in a queue or waiting for someone). You can even use your own music as the soundtrack to a game. iPod also includes a notes reader that lets you download text-based information and read it on the screen. This way you can have the information you need - on everything from restaurant reviews to nightlife guides, and from news articles to exercise routines - at your fingertips. The iPod features a sleep timer, so you can fall asleep to your music. And with the iPod's new alarm clock, you can choose either an alarm tone or your favorite music to wake you up.

Audio Input

Type: None

Audio Output

Headphones Form Factor:Ear-bud

Audio System

Digital Player Type:Hard drive based
Functions (KB):Digital player
Sound Output Mode:Stereo
Subcategory (KB):MP3 players (flash, CD, HDD)
Type:Digital player


Run Time (Up To):10hour(s)/8hour(s)

Cassette System

Type: None

CD System

Type: None

Digital Player (Recorder)

iPod Generation:1G/3G
Supported Digital Audio Standards:AAC / AIFF / MP3 / WAV/AIFF / MP3 / WAV/MP3 / WAV

Digital Storage


Digital Storage Media

Type:Hard disk drive

Dimensions & Weight



Equalizer: Yes


Compatibility:Mac/Mac / PC/PC
Country Kits:Austria / France / Germany / Switzerland/France/Ireland / United Kingdom/United States
Localization:English/English / French / German / Japanese/French/French / German
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Apple iPod

MD System

Type: None



Remote Control

Type: None

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty /3 months warranty