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Apple iPod classic (5th Gen)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 11996 reviews of Apple iPod classic (5th Gen). The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, 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 price and design also get good comments. There are some mixed opinions about the durability. Many are less positive about the connectivity and reliability.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other MP3 Players the Apple iPod classic (5th Gen) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Apple iPod classic (5th Gen)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1134 user reviews of Apple iPod classic (5th Gen) from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other MP3 Players on Amazon.co.uk. Reviews about the portability and sound are generally positive. The price and design are also appreciated. There are some critical reviews about the reliability, and there are some mixed opinions about the connectivity.

usability, design, price, sound, portability

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86% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Apple iPod - 30GB - White [video playback] MA002FB/AApple iPod - 30GB - White [video playback] MA002FB/A

Nov, 2017

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Apple iPod classic (5th Gen)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 8760 user reviews of Apple iPod classic (5th Gen) from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other MP3 Players on Amazon.com. Comments about the portability and performance are generally positive. The price and design are also mentioned favorably. There are mixed opinions on the connectivity and durability. There are some critical views about the reliability.

usability, design, price, performance, portability

reliability

86% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Apple 30 GB iPod AAC/MP3 Video Player Black (5.5 Generation)Apple 30 GB iPod AAC/MP3 Video Player Black (5.5 Generation)

Nov, 2017

Expert review by: Christopher Breen (pcworld.com)

Apple 80GB iPod classic (6G, late 2007)

 

Sound as good as previous full-sized iPod ; Attractively priced with good price per gigabyte ; Bright, clear screen ; Improved user interface ; Good battery life ; Includes three new games

Interface slower than 5G iPod ; Can't use previously purchased games ; Cover Flow not terribly helpful ; Incompatible with many existing dock-connector accessories

Sep, 2007

Expert review by: Christopher Breen (pcworld.com)

Apple 80GB iPod classic (3G, Late 2007)

 

Sound as good as previous full-sized iPod ; Attractively priced with good price per gigabyte ; Excellent battery life ; Bright, clear screen ; Improved user interface ; Includes three new games

Sluggish interface and unresponsive to controls ; Can't use previously purchased games ; Cover Flow not terribly helpful ; Incompatible with many existing dock-connector accessories

Sep, 2007

Expert review by: Dan Frakes (pcworld.com)

Apple Fifth Generation iPod (Late 2006) 30GB

 
Sep, 2006

Editor's Choice

Expert review by: Mike Kobrin (pcmag.com)

Apple iPod (80GB)

 

The new iPod comes in a whopping 80GB capacity, a good thing now that the iTunes Music Store now offers TV shows, movies, and games.

Bright screen. Excellent interface. Seamless integration with iTunes. You can transfer purchased music from iPod back to PCs. Very good sound quality. Long video battery life. Supports lossless and Audible formats, as well as gapless playback. Supports...

Audio battery life could be longer. FM tuner and recording capabilities require optional accessories. Video-format support could be broader.

gapless playback is an excellent addition to the ipod's playback capabilities, especially for listeners of classical music and live albums, as well as studio albums that have tracks that are meant to be played one after another seamlessly. the gapless...

Sep, 2006

Expert review by: Dan Frakes (pcworld.com)

Apple 80GB iPod (5G, Late 2006)

 

Improved video-related battery life ; All the features of the original 5G models ; Brighter screen ; Quick Scroll and search features ; New game support ; Slightly better headphones ; Gapless playback ; Lower price and 33 percent more storage than...

Search feature kludgy ; Games drain battery life rapidly ; Power adapter not included ; Requires Internet connection to download necessary software

Sep, 2006

Expert review by: Eric Dahl (pcworld.com)

Apple Fifth Generation iPod (Late 2006) 80GB

 

Photograph: Chris MannersRefinement: That's what you get out of Apple's latest iPod. For this latest generation of players, Apple hasn't made any huge changes, but it has introduced a brighter screen and an extra 20GB of capacity on the high-end model....

Lots of storage space ; Sharp video playback on 2.5-inch LCD

High price

Apple's latest iPod costs a lot, but it boasts a great screen and tons of storage, in addition to a easy-to-use interface.

Sep, 2006

Expert review by: Richard Baguley (pcworld.com)

Apple Fifth Generation iPod 30GB Review - PCWorld

 

Given the brouhaha surrounding Apple's latest player, one might assume its name is the Video iPod. But it is simply an iPod, the fifth generation. I tested a 30GB model ($299 as of 7/21/06; Apple also offers a 60GB version for $399.). The big story is...

High audio qualityHigh audio quality

iTunes doesn't convert video for iPod

Apple's latest iPod boasts a great screen and tons of storage, in addition to an easy-to-use interface.

Aug, 2006

Expert review by: Jamie Lendino (laptopmag.com)

Apple iPod (30GB)

 

Grab this portable and watch your favorite shows anytime, anywhere.

Aug, 2006

Expert review by: (pcworld.com)

Apple iPod (MA002LL/A)

 

Has a great-looking screen for watching video, but it's a bit too small for extended viewing.

High audio quality High audio quality, Screen is bright and sharp

iTunes doesn't convert video for iPod

Jul, 2006

Expert review by: CNET staff (cnet.com)

Apple iPod U2 Special Edition (30GB) review

 

Late last year, amid much hype--and after Steve Jobs repeatedly belittled portable video devices--Apple announced its fifth-generation iPod, dubbed by many as the iPod video. Seven months later, the U2 iPod has caught up to the pack. Originally...

Incredibly thin and intuitive design; beautiful LCD; supports photo and video playback; seamless integration with iTunes, which boasts the world's biggest music catalog and a fledgling video store; lots of extra features, such as a world clock, a...

U2 edition costs $30 more than standard iPod; no extras included, such as a dock, A/V cables, or a power adapter; poor battery life for video; slight delay when playing video; no guarantee that your non-iTunes Music Store video will play on an iPod,...

The iPod U2 certainly isn't for everyone, but its target audience (namely, U2 fans) will love it, and will pay the extra $30 for it.

Jul, 2006

Product Specifications

Audio

Built-in speaker(s):N
Built-in speakers: No
Equalizer: Yes
Equalizer bands quantity:20
Frequency range:20 - 20000
Impedance:32

Camera

Frame rate:30

Design

Color of product:Black / Pink / White
Housing material:Metal

Display

Backlight: Yes
Display:LCD
Display Diagonal:2 / 2.5
Display Resolution:176 x 220 / 240 x 320 / 320 x 240

Energy Management

Battery recharge time:4
Battery Technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo) / Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Continuous audio playback time:12 / 14 / 20 / 30
Continuous video playback time:2 / 3 / 3.5 / 4 / 5 / 6.5
Rechargeable: Yes

File formats

Audio formats supported:AAC, AIFF, MP3, WAV / AAC, MP3, WAV / AIFF, WAV
Image formats supported:BMP, GIF, JPEG XR, PNG, PSD, TIF / BMP, GIF, PNG
Video compression format:H.264 / H.264, MOV, MP4 / M4V
Video formats supported:H.264 / H.264,MOV,MP4 / M4V

Headphones

Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm

Networking

Bluetooth: No

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

Battery Type:Built-In
Bit rate:16 - 320 Kbps / 16-320
Compatible operating systems:-Mac OS X v10.3.9;\n-Windows 2000(SP4), Windows XP Home/Professional(SP2); / Mac OS X v10.3.4\nWindows 2000 SP4, XP SP2.\n / Mac OS X v10.3.9,Windows 2000 SP4, Windows XP Home, Professional SP2. / Mac OS X v10.4.8, Windows Vista, Windows XP Home, Professional Service Pack 2. / Windows 2000 w Service Pack 4/ Windows XP Home/ Professional w Service Pack 2\nMac OS X v10.3.9 / Windows Vista, Windows XP Home, Professional SP2 +, Mac OS X v10.4.10 +
Connectivity Technology:Wired
Dimensions (WxDxH):2.43 x 0.413 x 4.07 / 2.43 x 0.433 x 4.07 / 2.43 x 0.551 x 4.07 / 4.07 x 2.43 x 0.433 / 4.07 x 2.43 x 0.551 / 4.09 x 2.4 x 0.551
File type:AAC, AIFF, Apple Lossless, Audible, MP3, WAV
Headphone outputs:1
I/O ports:- Dock connector\n- 3.5-mm headphone jack / -Dock connector; \n-3.5-mm; / 3.5-mm / Dock, stereo minijack, composite video&audio minijack
Slide show: Yes
USB powered: Yes
Wireless technologies:Wired

Packaging Content

Bundled software:Instalation CD
Cables included:USB

Ports & interfaces

Line-in: No
Line-out: No
Line-out connectivity:3.5
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1

Power

Battery recharge time:4
Battery Technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo) / Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Continuous audio playback time:12 / 14 / 20 / 30
Continuous video playback time:2 / 3 / 3.5 / 4 / 5 / 6.5
Rechargeable:Y

Radio

FM radio:No / Yes

Record Modes

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

Storage

Compatible memory cards: No
Player media type:Flash-media / HDD
Total Storage Capacity:1 / 30 / 60 / 80

System Requirements

Minimum system requirements:iTunes 7 / iTunes 7.4 / Mac OS X v10.3.4 / Windows 2000 SP4, XP SP2. / Mac:\nUSB 2.0 port,\nMac OS X v10.3.9,\niTunes 7.\nPC:\nUSB 2.0 port,\nWindows 2000 SP4, Windows XP Home, Professional SP2,\niTunes 7. / USB
USB required: Yes

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:0.413 / 0.433 / 2.43
Height:0.413 / 1.07 / 4.06 / 4.09
Weight:0.55 / 4.8 / 4.94 / 5.54 / 5.57
Width:1.62 / 2.4 / 2.43 / 4.06