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Apple iPod classic(3rd Gen)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 13555 reviews from magazines and websites. Comments about the sound and performance are overall positive. The design and usability are also appreciated. Many are less positive about the reliability and battery.

value for money, usability, design, performance, sound

battery, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other MP3 Players the Apple iPod classic(3rd Gen) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

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Apple iPod Classic (third generation, 160GB, silver)

 

The iPod Classic is Apple's iconic hard-drive-based MP3 player, with design roots that date back to 2001's original iPod model . If you can resist the fashion appeal and gee-whiz features of Apple's slimmer iPods , such as the iPod Nano and iPod Touch...

The Apple iPod Classic offers a solid, understated design with an easy-to-use interface and unbelievably generous capacity.

EQ control is limited; the plastic screen is susceptible to scratching; and the only way to move media on and off the device is through iTunes.

The iPod Classic refines the formula that put the iPod on the map. None can match its combination of storage capacity, battery life, and intuitive user interface.

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Apple iPod - 3rd Gen. 20 GB MP3 Player (Apple-M9244LLA)

 

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iPod - 3RD Gen. 20 GB Mp3 Player

 

The latest generation of Apple's sleek, white IPod has a slimmer body and a brighter display than the previous iteration. The $400 ($20 per gigabyte) 20GB version I tested is considerably pricier than the other hard-drive players I reviewed. For...

I tested the Windows version, which includes Musicmatch PC software for organizing your music and loading it onto the player; you can also use Musicmatch to rip songs from CDs. Musicmatch is easy to install, but it adds icons to your taskbar, desktop,...

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Apple iPod (20GB; third generation)

 

This is simply the best-designed MP3 player we've seen to date. The latest generation comes in 10GB , 20GB, and 40GB versions. They're currently the smallest and lightest high-capacity hard drive-based players in the world, measuring 4.1 by 2.4 by 0.62...

Best-of-breed design and interface; excellent playlist features; clean, configurable sound; smooth syncing with both Windows PCs and Macs via iTunes; organizes contacts; includes games; functions as an external drive; optional voice-recording and...

No FM or line-in recording; voice recording enabled with accessory; battery life compromised somewhat by small size; battery not user-replaceable.

We love almost everything about this beautifully designed player, but the battery life could be longer.

Editor's Choice!

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30 GB iPod MP3 Player

 

The iPod's playback features are all accessible and programmable from the main menu. You can browse by song, artist, album, genre, playlist, or composer. And the On The Go function--our favorite addition--enables you to create a new playlist even when...

Best-of-breed design and interface; excellent playlist features; clean, configurable sound; smooth syncing with both Windows PCs and Macs via iTunes; organizes contacts; includes games; functions as an external drive; optional voice-recording and...

No FM or line-in recording; voice recording enabled with accessory; battery life compromised somewhat by small size; battery not user-replaceable; remote, cradle, and case come separately.

We love almost everything about this beautifully designed player, but the battery life could be longer.

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The Ultimate Listening Experience

 

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Apple iPod Classic (Third Generation, 160GB)

 

It lacks the beauty and deep features of the iPod Touch, but the Classic sports huge capacity and great battery life for those with big media collections.

Massive storage capacity; long battery life; supports video and photos

Small screen for viewing photos, video; not a significant upgrade from previous version; screen, backing metal not scratch-proof

As digital-music players go, though, the iPod Classic is still a major player in the game. Its 160GB hard drive simply can't be beat, and the battery life is admirable. If you don't need all the advanced functionality and apps of the iPod Touch, the...

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Apple iPod 3rd Gen 15GB Player

 

I bought my own iPod about 2 years ago and I am still in love with it. I am thinking about paying the $100 for battery replacement program from Apple, but not now since I have a car charger.

Small, light weight, and huge storage space

Expensive

Great music player, huge storage space, and all that for a huge price too.

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Apple iPod 3rd Gen. 15 GB MP3 Player

 

The Best of The Best!

  Small, light weight, and huge storage space...

  Expensive!

  Great music player, huge storage space, and all that for a huge price too.

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Complete Systems: Minis, Portables, & Handhelds: Apple Computer, Inc. iPod M9244LL/A

 

At just over half an inch thick, the iPod fits comfortably in the palm of your hand and slips easily into your pocket; it weighs merely 5.6 ounces. This iPod gives you a huge 20GB hard drive - big enough to hold 10,000 songs.This review includes a...

Product Specifications

Witness the evolution of the revolution. First it played songs. Then photos. Then podcasts. Now iPod plays video, changing the way you experience your music and more. Time for the world's best music player to take the stage for another encore. In 30GB and 60GB models that hold up to 15, 000 songs, full-color album art and up to 25, 000 photos, the new iPod makes the most of your music and more. Yeah, you've heard that tune before. Only now, you can watch it, too. With support for up to 150 hours of video and a 2.5-inch color display, the new iPod lets you take music videos and TV shows on the road. The new iPod boasts up to 20 hours of battery life(5), five hours more than before. Plus, you get a bigger display and one more iPod color - sleek black. But here's the kicker: At under half an inch thin, the new 30GB iPod takes up about 45 percent less room than the original iPod. Even the new 60GB model is 10 percent thinner than the fourth-generation 20GB iPod. More features in less space? Sounds like iPod. Now you can put all your music in your pocket and still have room for, well, practically everything else. Catch up on your reading with audiobooks. Browse your memories with photo slideshows, complete with music. Watch video podcasts, music videos and your favorite TV shows. Consult your calendar or look up an email address. Even check the time in another city or time your fastest lap. The new iPod keeps it all close at hand. The Apple Click Wheel gives you access to your entire music, photo and video library - from one thumb. Control volume and browse using the touch-sensitive surface. Play. Pause. Rewind and fast-forward. Rate your favorites. Create playlists on the go. Launch photo slideshows. The Click Wheel puts everything at your fingertips, so you can keep your eyes and ears on the music. Playing your iPod is only half the fun. Try filling it with downloads from the iTunes Music Store. Choose from over 2 million songs, 20, 000 podcasts, 2, 000 music videos or your favorite ABC and Disney television shows, download them to your Mac or PC and sync them to your iPod. Add an optional audio cable to play music from the iPod to your home stereo or use an optional S-video cable with iPod to play VJ on your TV. You can perform the same big-screen feat with iPod photo slideshows. Oh, and you can do it all from across the room using the optional Universal Dock and handy new Apple remote. Personalize your own or the perfect gift for friends, family, or business! The iPods can be personalized with one or two lines of laser-engraved text.

Audio Input

Type: None

Audio Output

Headphones Form Factor:Ear-bud

Audio System

Digital Photo Playback: Yes
Digital Player Functions:Photo playback/Photo playback / Video playback
Digital Player Type:Hard drive based
Digital Video Playback: Yes
Functions (KB):Digital player
Sound Output Mode:Stereo
Subcategory (KB):MP3 players (flash, CD, HDD)
Type:Digital player

Battery

Run Time (Up To):10hour(s)/12hour(s)/14hour(s)/20hour(s)/8hour(s)

Cassette System

Type: None

CD System

Type: None

Digital Player (Recorder)

iPod Generation:1G/2G/3G/4G/5G
Supported Digital Audio Standards:AAC / AIFF / Audible / MP3 / WAV/AAC / AIFF / MP3 / WAV/AIFF / MP3 / WAV/Apple Lossless / MP3 / Audible / AIFF / AAC / WAV/MP3 / AIFF / AAC / WAV/MP3 / Audible / AIFF / AAC / WAV/MP3 / WAV

Digital Storage

Capacity:10GB/15GB/20GB/30GB/40GB/60GB/80GB

Digital Storage Media

Capacity:10GB/15GB/20GB/30GB/40GB/60GB/80GB
Type:Hard disk drive

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:0.4in/0.6in/0.7in/0.8in
Height:4.1in/4in
Weight:4.8oz/5.5oz/5.6oz/6.2oz/6.4oz/6.5oz
Width:2.4in

Equalizer

Equalizer: Yes
Equalizer Type:Digital graphic

Header

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

MD System

Type: None

Miscellaneous

Color:Black/White

Remote Control

Type:None/Player remote control/Remote control

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty /3 months warranty