Visit our Business Solutions website >>

Apple iPod classic (2nd Gen)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 852 reviews of Apple iPod classic (2nd Gen). The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 3.9/5 for other MP3 Players for all reviews. Comments about the sound and portability are overall positive. The performance and design are also appreciated, but the connectivity and price get less positive opinions. Reviews are divided on the reliability.

usability, design, performance, portability, sound

price, connectivity

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other MP3 Players the Apple iPod classic (2nd Gen) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 852 reviews)

Expert Reviews  

User Reviews  

Showing 786 review(s)

Expert Reviews User Reviews


Below is a list of reviews for this or similar products. If you think this grouping is wrong please click here to flag.
Read more on our FAQ’s page.
Showing 1 - 696 of 786 Show Reviews: in English | in other languages (66)

Consumer review ( review summary for Apple iPod classic (2nd Gen)


alaTest has collected and analyzed 54 user reviews of Apple iPod classic (2nd Gen) from The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other MP3 Players on Reviewers really like the portability and sound. The performance and usability also get good feedback, but the durability and headphones get negative comments.

design, usability, performance, sound, portability

price, headphones, durability

83% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Apple iPod 20GB for PC - 2nd Generation [M8741B/A]Apple iPod 20GB for PC - 2nd Generation [M8741B/A]

May, 2018

Consumer review ( review summary for Apple iPod classic (2nd Gen)


alaTest has collected and analyzed 632 user reviews of Apple iPod classic (2nd Gen) from The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other MP3 Players on Reviewers really like the portability and price. The performance and design also get good comments, but many are critical about the connectivity. Views about the size and reliability are different.

usability, design, performance, price, portability


78% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Apple iPod 20 GB White M8741LL/A (2nd Generation) OLD MODELApple iPod 20 GB White M8741LL/A (2nd Generation) OLD MODEL

May, 2018

Expert review by : Donald Bell (

Apple iPod Classic second generation review


Editors' note, August 18, 2009: Rumors strongly suggest that a new line of iPods will be unveiled early in September of this year. For those considering the purchase of an iPod, we recommend holding off until these new models become available. Check...

The second-generation iPod Classic adds a new Genius playlist feature to its time-tested combination of music, video, podcast, audiobook, and photo playback.

EQ control is limited; some older iPod video accessories may not be compatible; the plastic screen is susceptible to scratching; users are required to use the latest version of iTunes, which may not work on some older computer systems.

The iPod Classic refines the formula that put the iPod on the map. Few can match its combination of storage capacity, battery life, and intuitive user interface.

Oct, 2008

Expert review by : Dan Frakes (

Apple 20GB iPod (Color, Late 2005)


Crisp, bright, color screen and photo features for same price as previous monochrome version ; Excellent sound quality ; Works with existing accessories ; Good battery life

No bundled AV or FireWire cables ; Requires syncing with iTunes to “project” photos (to a TV) that have been uploaded via camera adapters

Jul, 2005

Expert review by : Troy Dreier (

The iPod People

Nov, 2002

Expert review by : Troy Dreier (

Blasphemy! Apple Does Windows

Sep, 2002

Expert review by : Michael Gowan (

Apple IPod (10GB Hard Drive, Firewire) (Apple-M8709LLA) Review - PCWorld


MP3 player with a great look

High Price

Apple has produced an MP3 player with a great look, an intuitive interface, easy-to-use controls, and fast transfers. At the moment, its high price and lack of Windows support will put off those who don't like the idea of having to run extra software...

Jul, 2002

Expert review by : Michael Gowan (



Form and function in a consumer electronics device? What a novel concept. In the IPod, Apple delivers an MP3 player that's not only sleek and trim but also has an intuitive interface and easy-to-use, wheel-based controls. The IPod can double as a...

MP3 player with a great look Intuitive interface

High Price Lack of Windows support

If you want to use an IPod with Windows, we suggest you wait: The new IPods will ship with Windows-compatible software, a FireWire cable, and a FireWire adapter, all of which should make using an IPod as easy for a PC owner as it has been for Mac...

Jul, 2002

Expert review by : Sean Captain, (

Apple IPod: Coming to a PC Near You


The impressive IPod MP3 player will become even more appealing with the help of new third-party Windows software.

Feb, 2002

Expert review by : Christopher Breen (

Review: second-generation iPod classic


In nearly every respect, the new iPod classic is the same device introduced last year. It has a few new features, such as support for Genius playlists, and current iPod classic owners may not feel compelled to upgrade. But the iPod classic remains the...

That’s not to say that the iPod classic is a bad iPod. In fact, it’s a perfectly wonderful iPod if you want to take a large collection of your media library with you. It’s just that compared to the iPod touch and 4G iPod nano, its utility isn't very sexy

Sep, 2008

Expert review by : Asim Zaidi (

Apple iPod+ HP 20GB


It's sexy, slick, pleasurable to use and it looks so damn good! I am talking about no other than the Apple iPod. Today, we have the opportunity of taking the co-branded version, the Apple iPod+ HP, for a spin. Equipped with a 20GB hard drive, the iPod...

Wow! It feels amazing to use and to carry around'but in my opinion, and as you read in Emad's opinion, we both feel that the audio quality is lacking.

Feb, 2005

Expert review by : Simon Jary (

iPod 20GB


The 20GB model costs only $100 more than the 5GB iPod did when it was first announced, so it's a bargain by comparison, especially given the cool extras that come with it.

Smart, compact design ; fast sync speed ; smooth solid-state scroll wheel ; convenient wired remote control ; tons of storage

Slightly thicker than the 10GB model

Huge-Capacity Music Player Adds Cool Extras, Design Improvements

Nov, 2002

Product Specifications

The iPod U2 Special Edition is back for an encore. Distinctive colors, laser-engraved signatures, and exclusive video make it uniquely U2. And space for 30GB of songs, photos, and videos make it completely iPod. Exclusive bonus available only to owners of the iPod U2 Special Edition: 30 minutes of video produced by the band itself. Use the included certificate to download the video at the iTunes Music Store. Attention, U2 fans - your iPod is here. Jet black, it bears a prominent red Apple Click Wheel and, on the flip side, the autographs of each U2 band member on striking black metal. And with support for up to 7,500 songs and up to 40 hours of video, iPod gives you the ultimate music experience - sight and sound. With its new, brighter 320 x 240-pixel QVGA color display, iPod lets you watch your exclusive U2 video wherever you go. Enjoy up to 14 hours of music or 3-1/2 hours of video between charges. The battery can be charged up to 80 percent capacity in 2 hours; a full charge takes 4 hours.


Built-in speaker(s):N
Built-in speakers: No
Frequency range:20 - 20000

Audio Input

Type: None

Audio Output

Headphones Form Factor:Ear-bud

Audio System

Digital Photo Playback: Yes
Digital Player Functions:Photo playback
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)/12hour(s)


Frame rate:30

Cassette System

Type: None

CD System

Type: None


Battery full indication: Yes
Battery low indication: Yes
Color of product:Black / Silver
Housing material:Metal

Digital Player (Recorder)

iPod Generation:2G/4G
Supported Digital Audio Standards:AAC / AIFF / Apple Lossless / Audible / MP3 / WAV/AIFF / MP3 / WAV/MP3 / WAV

Digital Storage


Digital Storage Media

Type:Hard disk drive

Dimensions & Weight



Backlight: Yes
Display Diagonal:2.5
Display Resolution:320 x 240

Energy Management

Battery recharge time:4
Continuous audio playback time:36
Continuous video playback time:6
Rechargeable: Yes


Equalizer: Yes
Equalizer Type:Digital graphic

File formats

Audio formats supported:AAC, AIFF, MP3, WAV
Image formats supported:BMP, GIF, PNG, PSD
Video compression format:H.264
Video formats supported:H.264


Compatibility:Mac/Mac / PC/PC
Country Kits:Austria / France / Germany / Switzerland/United States
Localization:English/French / German
Model:From HP mp7002
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Apple iPod


Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm

MD System

Type: None



Operational Conditions

Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 35
Operating temperature range (T-T):0 - 35
Storage temperature (T-T):-20 - 45
Storage temperature range (T-T):-20 - 45

Other Features

Additional accessories:Y
Bit rate:16 - 320
Channels quantity:2
Compatible operating systems:Mac OS X v10.4.11\nWindows Vista, XP SP-3
Connectivity Technology:Wired
Dimensions (WxDxH):4.07 x 2.43 x 0.413
Media types supported:.m4v, .mp4, .mov
Music memory capacity, MP3:30000 s.
USB cable:USB
Wireless technologies:Wired

Packaging Content

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
FM Transmitter: No
User guide: Yes

Ports & interfaces

USB 2.0 ports quantity:1


Battery recharge time:4
Continuous audio playback time:36
Continuous video playback time:6


FM radio: No

Record Modes

Built-in Microphone: No
Voice recording: No

Remote Control

Type:None/Player remote control

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty


Player media type:HDD

Weight & Dimensions