Apple iPod Classic 160GB sixth generation - Black, Silver

We will always never forget to give prominence to the Classic models as they will never be on the way out. The Apple iPod Classic 160GB sixth generation is currently the most popular one in the market. The reason for its popularity may be its metal sleek design, other interesting features and battery life. The iPod classic sixth generation is very much similar to that of the fifth generation except that it is slimmer and has a richer GUI. In short, this product of apple can be said as a high - capacity version of the third generation iPod Nano.

The 80GB fifth generation of Apple iPod classic has reduced dramatically in its cost and now, you can get the iPod with double the capacity and similar features which is available in both black and silver. The nano and this model of classic has a lot of features in common such as, thumbnail artwork of the albums, podcasts in list views, the extensive information provided while viewing the list of songs and albums, cover flow view, the games such as Vortex, Klondike, and iQuiz and a number of other miscellaneous features.

Design changes:

Body:
The apple iPod Classic is redesigned in a beautiful manner featuring a sleek and an all new metal enclosure. The glossy and the all-plastic facade that was seen in the previous versions of Apple iPods is replaced by the anodized aluminium faceplate. The 2.5 inch LCD colour display is big and bright. This screen can be set to the brightness mode when you are in a dark room. However, the screen is again made out of the scratch prone plastic unlike the screen of the iPhone and Touch and the chrome back still begging smudges.

The size of this iPod is 2.4 x 4.1 x 4.1 inches which is just a fraction thinner than the 30GB version of the iPod Nano. The larger click wheel that is designed in this product makes it extremely simple to operate it, particularly if you want to operate it single handedly. The click wheel is very handy as, with the help of the wheel alone, you can adjust the volume, choose songs with playlist, artist, album, song, genere and composer. The controls seem to be sluggish and unresponsive at times.

Menu:
The most impressive design improvement in this Ipod Classic 160 gb is that of the menu system. It has a split screen main menu that displays the selections on the right half of the screen and a picture related to the selection in the left half of the screen. The result is quite beautiful.

Memory:

As we all know, the Classic is not of the flash memory type. The hard drive memory type does not deliver the data as fast as the flash memory does. This is the reason why Nano responds faster to your commands as it is of the flash memory type.

Features:

With 6th generation 160gb iPod Classic, you can put your entire music and video collection with whooping 160GB of storage. The videos can be bought from iTunes online store or import them into iTunes which can be converted for playback. Many of the video features that we look forward in the portable video players can be got with iPod classic sixth generation. It also offers you a dependable feature of resuming playback at the point at which you last left off. The closed caption subtitles can now be switched on or off for the videos which support them.

With such interesting features, it is very easy for us to miss some of the subtle but cute change made to Classic. For instance, when it comes to the shuffle feature, Apple has now made it very simple to engage and disengage this function on the fly with just a few clicks on the click wheel’s center button.

If you love reading books, then you are going to love this set too as the iTunes store is stocked with thousands of audio books along with the bookmark function.

Classic has an enhanced interface that offers a new way to browse and view your music video. The cover flow technology allows you to use the patented click wheel in order to flip through the music by album cover.

Supported formats:

The support for audio and video playback, photos, podcasts and video games remain virtually unchanged. It supports playback H.264 or MPEG-4 in MOV, MP4 or M4V file formats. These are played with a maximum resolution of 640×480 pixels at 30fps. The audio file formats supported remains the same. It supports Protected AAC, Audible 3, WAV, MP3 VBR, Audible 2, AIFF, MP3, AAC, Apple Lossless and Audible 4 formats.

The manual adding and deleting of audio and video files is possible without the hassles of playlist syncing. You also have options to view your photos. They can also be viewed as slideshows with background music which would make your photo viewing an enjoyable experience.

Some of the other useful extras of Apple iPod Classic 160gb Black, Silver include calendars, contacts and clocks.

The left out features:

Since Apple iPod classic is a top tier product, we would have appreciated some additional features like the ability to use the headphone jack as a composite video output that the photos and videos to be played in TV without the help of any third party interface. This also includes the long neglected list of apple such as FM, SD memory expansion, native support for WMA etc.

Performance:

Though the interface improvements are pleasing, the audio performance does not give you the same result. The sound quality can be said as just an average one. You get to choose from over 20 equalization presets. As a contrast to the audio quality, the video quality of iPod classic sixth generation is excellent. It is capable of playing files at 640×480 and by purchasing an additional component AV cable, you can get outputs of resolutions of up to 480p to a TV.

Battery life, accessories and warranty:

Apart from the increased capacity and improved interface, Apple 16gb 6th Gen iPod Classic’s battery life stands as one of the strong reasons on why you should be investing on it. It promises 40 hours of audio and 7 hours of video.

The most worrying fact is that it is incompatible with most of the existing dock-connector accessories and the previously purchased games cannot be used. The items included in the box are, earbuds, dock connector cable, dock adapter, quick start guide and the Apple stickers that come with each of apple’s products.

Apple iPod Classic 160GB sixth generation(Sivler, Black Colour) comes with a warranty of one year.

Verdict:
It is one of the rich looking high capacity MP3 player in the market and if capacity is your prime concern, you will surely not find a better product in the market. The production of apple is avowed all over the world. Though it does not produce the novelty of iPod touch or nano, this version of iPod Classic is certainly worth buying.

Apple iPod Classic 160GB (6th Gen) - Technical Specifications, Features

Manufacturer Apple
Model Name Apple ipod classic 160GB (Sixth Generation)
iPod Type iPod Classic
Media Player Type Hard drive based digital player
Dimension (H X W X D) in cm 10.4 x 6.2 x 1.4
Weight 162 grams
Body Enclosure material Aluminium
Display LCD colour
Resolution 320 x 240 pixels
Diagonal size 2.5 inches
Colours available Silver, Black
Storage media Built-in hard disk drive
Capacity 160GB ( can hold up to 200 hrs of video )
Supported photo standards BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG, TIFF, PSD (Mac only)
Supported audio standards WAV, AAC, AIFF, Audible, MP3, Apple Lossless
Supported video standards MOV, MPEG-4, H.264
Audio output Headphones - binaural
Connectivity Docking connector
Headphones
Component vide
Composite video
itunes itunes 7.6 or later versions
Additional features Battery level indication
hold button
volume limiter
playback speed control
date display
phone book
calendar
upgradeable firmware
built-in games
notes
photo wallet
USB 2.0 compatibility
Cover flow
Supporting OS Windows vista
Windows XP Home or Professional with Service pack 2 or later
Battery Rechargeable Lithium ion battery
Battery life Audio playback: 40hrs
Video playback: 7hrs
In the box iPod classic
Earphones
USB 2.0 cable
Dock adaptor
Quick Start guide
Warranty 1 Year