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CNET First Look
Apple iPod Classic (second generation)The second-generation Apple iPod Classic is a slight improvement over the original model and remains an excellent value for users with large music and video collections.
[ Music ] >>I'm Donald Bell, Senior Editor for digital audio and MP3 and today we're going to take a first look at Apple's second generation iPod Classic. Not much has changed at the iPod Classic since the original version we reviewed in 2007, which isn't surprising given the product's name. The big change is that the Classic is now being offered in just one capacity, a whopping 120 gigabytes instead of the 80 gigabytes and 160 gigabyte models that were offered last year. You still only get two colors, black and this silver model here but the price is an awesome value at $249 which is the same price as the previous 80 gigabyte Classic. It's also the same thickness as last year's 80 gigabyte model despite the dramatic bump in storage. Much thinner than the 160 gigabyte Classic I'm holding here. Every other aspect of the Classic design is unchanged. You still have a headphone jack and a hold switch up top and iPod dot connection on the bottom. The face of the iPod includes a large scroll wheel, anodized aluminum faceplate and 2.5 inch screen still covered in a scratchable plastic despite the fact that Apple's iPhone, iPod Touch and iPod now have all adopted more resilient glass screens. The iPod Classic's interface is the same as the original with an attractive split screen menu. The features are practically identical too with music, video podcast and audio book playback as well as extras such as games, calendars and more. The only new feature on the iPod Classic is the edition of Genius Playlist which lets you create instant 25 song playlists of similar songs in your collection. Wanna hear more songs in your collection like White Stripes, Death Letter? You can just press and hold the center button and create a Genius Playlist which you can save in your iPod and also sink back to iTunes. You will have to upgrade to iTunes 8 in order to use the Genius Playlist feature but no other iPod deserves the feature more since you can store a stupefying amount of music with 120 gigabytes of space. One other thing worth mentioning is the fact that Apple has updated a second generation iPod Classic with support for an integrative voice recording feature although you'll have to spend another $30 bucks to buy a compatible headset to enable the feature. Overall the Classic is still one of the best MP3 player values you can buy if you want to take a large collection of music or videos on the go. [Background music] It's compatible to tons of accessories and speakers and has outstanding battery life. I'm Donald Bell and that was a first look at the Apple iPod Classic second generation. [ Music ]