First Look: Apple iPod Classic
CNET Senior Editor Donald Bell gives his take on the new Apple iPod Classic.
Again, the video here tells most of the story for this new sixth-generation version of the iPod, now called the
The iPod Classic is now the only iPod Apple makes with a storage capacity over 16GB. In fact, the
Also worth noting, unlike the
The two most striking aspects of the iPod Classic's design are the matte, anodized-aluminum faceplate (instead of the highly scratchable plastic on the fifth generation) and the thinner size (the 80GB feels as thin as a
Graphic user interface
One of the most important updates to the sixth-generation iPod, beyond the metal faceplate, thinner body, and increased storage, is the overhauled GUI. Identical to the GUI found on the new
The two versions of the iPod Classic claim to have the longest battery life of any iPod to date. The 80GB model is rated for 30 hours of audio and five hours of video, while the 160GB model claims to be capable of 40 hours of audio and seven hours of video. We'll have to wait and see if these claims hold true.
One feature that I believe Apple has sneaked out of both the new iPod Nano and iPod Classic is the ability to use the headphone jack as a composite video output jack for playing photos and videos directly to your television without the aid of a third-party interface. Honestly, most iPod users I encounter don't even know this feature exists on their fifth-generation iPods, so I can understand Apple's motivation for cutting out this cool, but undervalued feature.