is not going to have the same battery life as the larger capacity iPods, even after updates. The 60/80 GB models are thicker than the 30 GB due to larger battery. I've owned both 5th and 5.5 gen 30 GB and there is little difference in battery life between the two.
So, if you must have that kind of battery life, go for the 80 GB. Even if you don't need the capacity, you could use the extra as file storage.
Sorry for the double-post, I realized that more people may read the "mp3 players" forum than the "mp3 insiders" forum.
I was looking into buying an iPod video, specifically a 5.5 generation 80gb model. The reason I chose the 80 gb model is mostly for the 6.5 hours of video battery life, but also for the seamless playback, overlay of the letter while scrolling, and brightness adjustment. The search feature seems like it would be more tedious than useful.
After some research, I read on a forum that the older 5.0 generation video iPod had received these same features via a firmware update. I have also read that the update may increase battery life. Have there been any official tests on a 60gb 5.0 gen iPod video battery life AFTER the update? Has anyone tested the battery life of a 5.0 gen before and after the update (preferably the 60gb)?
I have no need to store 80gb of media, and the 5.5 gen is also a bit more than I was hoping to spend. Should I shell out the extra money for the 80gb 5.5 gen? Or will a refurb/new 5.0 generation iPod be just as good after the update?