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Apple iPod classic (4th Gen)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 5853 reviews of Apple iPod classic (4th Gen). The average rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average rating of 3.9/5 for other MP3 Players for all reviews. People really like the portability and sound. The performance and design are also mentioned favorably, whereas many are critical about the reliability. The durability and battery get mixed comments.

usability, design, performance, sound, portability


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other MP3 Players the Apple iPod classic (4th Gen) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 466 user reviews of Apple iPod classic (4th 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 size. The sound and design also get good comments. Some have doubts about the reliability, while the durability and price get mixed comments.

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87% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Apple iPod 20GB [MA079B/A]Apple iPod 20GB [MA079B/A]

Oct, 2016

Consumer review by: ( review summary for Apple iPod classic (4th Gen)


alaTest has collected and analyzed 3888 user reviews of Apple iPod classic (4th Gen) from The average user rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other MP3 Players on People really like the portability and performance. The price and design also get good feedback. Comments are divided on the durability, while some have doubts about the reliability.

usability, design, price, performance, portability


76% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Apple iPod 20 GB White M9282LL/A (4th Generation) OLD MODELApple iPod 20 GB White M9282LL/A (4th Generation) OLD MODEL

Oct, 2016

Expert review by: Hubert Nguyen (

Apple iPod Photo 60GB Review


Jody Farr has done a review of the 60GB iPod Photo published by the gadgeteer. “So there you have it. [...]

Nov, 2004

Expert review by: Dan Frakes (

Apple 30GB 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 than previous 5G iPod

Search feature kludgy ; Games drain battery life rapidly ; Power adapter not included ; 30GB can fill up quickly if you store lots of video ; Requires Internet connection to download necessary software

Sep, 2006

Editor's Choice!

Expert review by: Mike Kobrin (

Apple iPod (20GB)


Whenever Apple releases a new iPodor anything, these daysthere's quite a bit of buzz in the air. The recent release of the "new" 20GB color iPod, however, doesn't give much reason for a big commotion, as it represents merely a slight shifting of...

Color screen is standard. Music sounds excellent. Supports podcasts. Excellent photo file format support

No longer comes with dock or AV cable. Still can't pan and zoom photos

While we are disappointed that Apple simply combined the fourth-generation iPod and iPod photo without adding anything significant like recording, video, or an FM tuner, the iPod still represents the best combination of features, aesthetics, and ease...

Aug, 2005

Expert review by: Eric Dahl (

iPod 20GB Mp3 Player


Editor's note: Since this article was published, Apple has discontinued the 40GB model. The 20GB player in our most recent Top 10 Audio Players chart is identical to the model reviewed here except for its capacity and price ($280).]

The IPod's thoughtful design and features make it an excellent MP3 player. But for picky buyers who are holding out for the ideal portable music device, the wait continues

Apr, 2005

CNET Editors' Choice

Expert review by: James Kim (

Apple iPod Photo review: Apple iPod Photo


Intro Thanks to a much lower price and a new, photographer-friendly feature, the latest version of the iPod Photo (now officially called simply the iPod ) should get more than its share of looks. Offering a full-color, 16-bit screen as well as 30GB and...

Intuitive photo viewing; displays album art; adds color to your iPod experience; mammoth 30GB or 60GB hard drive; lets you view photos and listen to music simultaneously; speedy performance; latest firmware update along with optional Camera Connector...

Package doesn't include iPhoto 4. x, FireWire cable, A/V cable, or dock; slightly heavier and thicker than fourth-generation iPod.

The iPod Photo is a beautiful and versatile device with a new, affordable price. The 30GB version is a particularly good value at only $50 more than the audio-only 20GB version.

Mar, 2005

Expert review by: Christopher Breen (

Apple iPod photo (2005)


Good play time, beautiful bright screen, more-attractive price that previous model, 30GB model fits in older accessories

No bundled FireWire cable, AV cable, or dock

Mar, 2005

Expert review by: Christopher Breen (

Apple iPod Photo 40GB


Enhanced playtime ; Color screen is crisp

Display too dark for some indoor lighting conditions when backlight is off ; No bundled S-Video cable ; Expensive

Feb, 2005

Editor's Choice!

Expert review by: Stewart Wolpin (

iPod Photo


A small but gorgeous color screen and smart photo synchronizing add up to the best iPod yet.

Easy photo storage and organization Bright color 65,000-color screen• Musical slideshow capability• Longer battery life

Expensive No video playback • Same screen size as previous iPods

Dec, 2004

Expert review by: Christopher Breen (

Apple IPod Photo 60GB MP3 Player (60GB Internal Hard Drive)


Enhanced playtime ; Color screen is crisp ; Massive music and picture storage

Display too dark for some indoor lighting conditions when backlight is off ; No bundled S-Video cable ; Expensive

Dec, 2004

Expert review by: Bill Machrone (

Apple iPod Photo


Player Type: Hard Disk MP3 Player, Radio: No, Recording, Voice: No, Recording, Line In: No, Screen Size: 160 X 128 ...

Color screen, photo album display, and TV output give the iPod a vibrant visual side. Navigation through albums and photos is quick and easy. TV output is excellent. Can synchronize and load new pictures automatically. Music features remain the same

Cannot view JPEGs uploaded directly from a camera, only those loaded from a PC. Only one computer can update the photo database. Cannot zoom in or pan on photos. Album thumbnails are very small.

Apple retains the iPod's famous ease of use and applies it well to digital photos, but with some odd limitations. If you want primarily a music player with the added ability to see and show photos, too, you'll be thrilled. But digital photographers will w

Nov, 2004

Product Specifications

The original iPod changed the way you listen to music by putting thousands of songs in your pocket. Now it changes the way you see your music, with a crisp color screen. Browse playlists via vivid menus, thumb through album cover art, even play games and view calendars in color. Or sync photos and view them in color, anywhere. Your personal, portable entertainment library, iPod looks as good as it sounds. iPod incorporates the same touch-sensitive Apple Click Wheel that debuted on iPod mini. Use it to navigate your music on the iPod's 65,536-color, 220x176-pixel display. Spin the wheel to scroll effortlessly through dozens of playlists, hundreds of albums or thousands of songs and podcasts. Or highlight photos. iPod displays 25 full-color thumbnails at a time, and you can scroll through them the same way you scroll through song titles. When you see a photo you'd like displayed all by its lonesome, just click the center button and voila. No one will have to say "cheese" as long as you have iPod around. Whether you're listening to tunes or checking out photos, you're sure to be all smiles. iPod lets you play your music for up to 15 hours on a single battery charge. Imagine: you could fly from New York to Paris and still have hours of listening time left as you stroll the Champs Elysees. While you're on the move, iPod keeps you aware of its charge level, and when it's time, iPod's quick to recharge. Plug it into your computer or a handy wall socket (via the included power adapter) and you can fast-charge iPod in as little as two hours. The perfect companion to iPod, iTunes lets you easily build and manage your digital audio collection. Browse the built-in iTunes Music Store for more than 1 million songs, 11,000 audiobooks and 3,000 podcasts. Jazz, Pop or Hip Hop. Mystery, memoir or thriller. Comedy, news or politics. From reading to radio, the iTunes Music Store has it all. Download what you want, then sync everything - including full-color album, audiobook and podcast art - to your iPod using the included USB 2.0 or optional FireWire cable. Even your photos come along for the ride, either via iTunes or the iPod Camera Connector. Once you sync, everything appears on your iPod, so you can look or listen anytime, anywhere. As for the CDs you already own, iTunes makes it easy to transfer your favorite songs and albums. Just pop a CD into your Mac or PC and click the Import button. You can import music in a variety of formats, such as MP3 or AAC, and at whatever quality level you'd prefer. Choose the Apple Lossless encoder for sound quality indistinguishable from a CD at about half the original file size. And with USB 2.0 and FireWire support, you can transfer the music from an entire CD to iPod in just 5 seconds or less.

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)/15hour(s)/8hour(s)

Cassette System

Type: None

CD System

Type: None


Built-In Microphone: No
Built-In Radio: No
Digital Audio Broadcast (DAB): No
Direct Radio Recording: No
Radio Function: No


Bluetooth: No
Type of Memory Stick Interface : No
Type of SD Card Interface : No
W-LAN Connection: No
WiFi Connectivity: No

Digital Player (Recorder)

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

Digital Storage


Digital Storage Media

Type:Hard disk drive

Dimensions & Weight



Display Technology:LED Display / OLED Display / TFT Display
Touchscreen: No


Equalizer: Yes
Equalizer Type:Digital graphic

General Features

Memory Card Slot: No
Operating System:Proprietary
Product Type:Audio Player
Storage Medium:Hard Disc Drive
Type:Audio Player
Video Playback: No


Compatibility:Mac/Mac / PC/Mac / PC
Country Kits:Europe/United Kingdom/United States
Model:Harry Potter/U2 Special Edition
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Apple iPod

MD System

Type: None


Color:Red / Black/White

Playback / Recording

AAC Playback: No
DivX Playback: No
H.264 Playback: No
MP3 Playback: Yes
MPEG 4 Playback: No
MPEG2 Playback: No
MPEG4 Playback: No
OGG Playback: No
WAV Playback: Yes
WMA Playback: No

Power Supply

Replaceable Battery: No

Remote Control

Type:None/Player remote control

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty