The Good The Apple iPod Classic offers a solid, understated design with an easy-to-use interface and unbelievably generous capacity.
The Bad 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 Bottom Line 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.
The iPod that holds it all
The iPod Classic is Apple's iconic hard-drive-based MP3 player, with design roots that date back to 2001's original iPod model. If you can resist the fashion appeal and gee-whiz features of Apple's slimmer iPods, such as the iPod Nano and iPod Touch, the 160GB iPod Classic ($249) still delivers the most bang for the buck when it comes to taking your (entire) music collection on the go.
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 also one of only two iPods left that still use the 30-pin universal connection port. If you're shopping for a replacement iPod that can make use of the pre- dock connection found on older accessories and speaker docks, the iPod Classic is a great choice.
An anodized aluminum faceplate covers the front of the Classic in either black or silver, while the back of the iPod is covered in the same scratch-showing, smudge-loving chromed steel found on iPods for generations. Inside its 2.4-inch-by-4.1-inch-by-0.41-inch enclosure you'll find a whopping 160GB hard drive capable of holding over 40,000 songs. The 2.5-inch screen found above the click wheel is unfortunately still covered with plastic, making it the only remaining iPod that hasn't yet switched to a scratch-resistant glass screen.
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