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Apple iPod classic (3rd Gen)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 13459 reviews of Apple iPod classic (3rd Gen). The average rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average rating of 3.9/5 for other MP3 Players for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the portability and performance. The design and price also get good feedback. The battery and reliability get negative reviews, while views are divided on the connectivity.

usability, price, design, performance, portability

reliability, battery

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 87/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Apple iPod classic (3rd Gen)


alaTest has collected and analyzed 587 user reviews of Apple iPod classic (3rd Gen) from The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other MP3 Players on Comments about the size and performance are on the whole positive. The portability and design also get good reviews, but some have doubts about the connectivity and battery. There are mixed reviews on the reliability and price.

usability, design, portability, performance, size

battery, connectivity

84% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Apple iPod 20GB - 3rd Generation [M9244B/A]Apple iPod 20GB - 3rd Generation [M9244B/A]

Apr, 2018

Consumer review ( review summary for Apple iPod classic (3rd Gen)


alaTest has collected and analyzed 12130 user reviews of Apple iPod classic (3rd Gen) from The average user rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other MP3 Players on Views about the portability and performance are generally positive. The design and price also get good opinions. There are some critical views about the reliability, while there are some mixed views about the connectivity and battery.

usability, price, design, performance, portability


73% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: iPhone 4 / 4S Diamond Finishing Screen Protector - 3 PackiPhone 4 / 4S Diamond Finishing Screen Protector - 3 Pack

Apr, 2018

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


Design Left virtually unchanged for years, the iPod Classic has truly become a distant relative to Apple's current lineup of predominantly touch-screen-based iPod media players. It's the only iPod left that bears the iconic click-wheel interface. It's...

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.

Dec, 2012

Expert review by : Alexandra Krasne (

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


Photograph: Rick Rizner

Oct, 2003

Expert review by : Alexandra Krasne (

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,...

Oct, 2003

Expert review by : Troy Dreier (

The Ultimate Listening Experience

May, 2003

Expert review by : Jonathan Rougeot (

Apple iPod Classic (Third Generation, 160GB) Review and Ratings


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

Nov, 2009

Expert review by : Vikram Chand (

Apple iPod 3rd Gen. 15 GB MP3 Player


The Best of The Best!

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


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

Jun, 2005

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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


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

Jun, 2005

Expert review by : AVguide Web Review (

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...

Apr, 2004

Expert review by : Prateek Sharma (

iPod 40GB Review


This third generation is easily the best looking one yet; unfortunately beauty comes at an expense. In order to make the iPod's as slim as they are, s...

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Mar, 2004

Expert review by : David Stellmack (

Third Evolution: The 15 GB Apple iPod


What does Apple do for an encore following the wild success of its first and second-generation iPods? Almost a year following our review of the Apple iPod, we look at the new, 15 GB third generation iPod. What improvements can Apple possibly make to...

Sep, 2003

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.


Built-in speaker(s):N
Built-in speakers: No
Equalizer: Yes
Frequency range:20 - 20000
RMS rated power:0.15

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


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

Cassette System

Type: None

CD System

Type: None


Color of product:White

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


Digital Storage Media

Type:Hard disk drive

Dimensions & Weight



Display Diagonal:2

Energy Management

Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Continuous audio playback time:15 / 8
Continuous video playback time:5


Equalizer: Yes
Equalizer Type:Digital graphic

File formats

Audio formats supported:AAC, AIFF, MP3, WAV / mp3, wav


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

MD System

Type: None



Operational Conditions

Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 35
Operating temperature range (T-T):0 - 35

Other Features

Battery Type:Built-In
Bit rate:AAC (16 to 320 Kbps), (16 to 320 Kbps)
Dimensions (WxDxH):0.409 x 0.24 x 0.0630 / 2.4 x 0.618 x 4.09 / 4.07 x 2.43 x 0.618
File type:AAC, Protected AAC, MP3, MP3 VBR, Audible, WAV, AIFF
I/O ports:USB 2.0, FireWire 400 / • Dock connector \n• 3.5-mm stereo headphone jack \n• Wired remote connector
Media types supported:BMP, GIF, TIFF, PSD (Mac),PNG
Minimum hard disk space:20000
Power Requirements:USB 2.0, FireWire
Standard interfaces:FireWire 400, USB 2.0

Packaging Content

Bundled software:iTunes for Mac, iTunes for Windows / iTunes Mac & Windows


Sleep Timer: Yes

Ports & interfaces

Line-out: Yes


Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Continuous audio playback time:15 / 8
Continuous video playback time:5


FM radio: No

Record Modes

Built-in Microphone: No
Voice recording:No / Yes

Remote Control

Type:None/Player remote control/Remote control

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty /3 months warranty


Player media type:HDD
Total Storage Capacity:15 / 20

System Requirements

Minimum system requirements:Macintosh computer with built-in FireWire port; Mac OS X v10.1.5 or later (Mac OS X 10.2.8 or later recommended)\nPC with FireWire or USB 2.0, or FireWire or USB 2.0 card; Windows 2000 with Service Pack 4 or Windows XP Home or Professional

Weight & Dimensions

Weight:5.57 / 5.89