With the seventh generation Apple iPod 160 GB Classic, the firm has ironed out all of its earlier problems and has delivered a $229 device that meets customer expectations. For example, some earlier generation Apple Classics had problems with the Clickwheel user interface. In some uncommon instances, it didn’t work or worked intermittently. The latest Apple iPod Classic has this problem covered so the Clickwheel works. The Clickwheel allows you to scroll through playlists or videos or acts as the game interfact.
Be aware that the latest iPod Classic still relies on a hard disk drive that, while it is sturdy, is still mechanical. Any mechanical device can fail if is abused. Most users will likely know the limitations this already imposes on the iPod Classic, so it is not an issue. The 160 GB hard drive stores up to 40,000 songs, 25,000 images or up to 200 hours of video. You still have to download the content from Apple’s iTunes store and load it through an Apple PC.
Apple has anticipated this by providing a USB 2.0 port as well as special syncing cable and software. Apple also offers a special audio/visual cable that allows you to interface the iPod classic with a television set. The iPod will easily sync to your Mac, if you have any video slideshows to share. If not, you can download your music, imagery or video from the iTunes store and it will sync up.
The iPod Classic offers two features that one will find a great help. The first, Music Genius, is an intelligent piece of software that will automatically build a playlist based on the music to which you are currently listening. Cover Flow allows you to work through the covers of potential additions to your library and build playlists based covers. The iPod Classic is also equipped with three standard games, Vortex, iQuiz and Klondike and the iTunes store offers other games that work with the Clickwheel. The iPod Classic also recognizes the following standards AAC, protected AAC, MP3, MP3 VBR, Audible, Apple Lossless, AIFF and WAV formats, representing a wide variety of source material.
Here are a few items of which you should be aware. A fully charged iPod Classic delivers 36 hours of audio playback, but video playback cuts the time to six hours. The 2.5-inch screen is bright and presents excellent image and video rendition. It is still primarily a take-along device that relies on Apple’s earbuds and not speakers, although there is a built-in interface for a console in the base. This is Apple’s latest generation Classic 160 iPod that simply works as advertised. It is a fine value.