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As part of its announcements Wednesday, Apple renamed its flagship video iPod the "iPod classic" and introduced new models featuring 80GB or 160GB of storage, respectively.

The iPod classic holds your entire collection of music, photos, video, podcasts and games-up to 40,000 songs or 200 hours of video, the company said. Now in its sixth generation, the players deliver all the features customers love about their iPods, plus an enhanced user interface featuring Cover Flow and a new all-metal enclosure.

"The first iPod put 1,000 songs in your pocket-this new iPod classic can put 40,000 songs in your pocket," said Apple chief executive Steve Jobs. "With a thinner, all-metal enclosure and an enhanced user interface, the iPod classic is ideal for people who want to hold everything on their iPod."

The new iPod classic holds up to 160GB of storage in an all-metal anodized aluminum and polished stainless steel enclosure. It interfaces seamlessly with iTunes so you can import, manage and then easily sync your favorite content. You can also buy music, video and games for your iPod classic from the iTunes Store with more than six million songs available for preview and one-click purchase.

The new iPod classic features up to 40 hours of music playback and seven hours of video playback in the 160GB model, and up to 30 hours of music playback and five hours of video playback in the 80GB model on a single charge. iPod classic is priced at just $249 for the 80GB model and $349 for the 160GB model.



Like the new iPod nano also introduced Wednesday, the new iPod classic is ideal for playing iPod games and comes pre-loaded with iQuiz, the entertainment trivia game; Vortex, a fast-paced 360 degree brick-bashing game; and Klondike, the popular solitaire card game.

Apple says additional games will be available for purchase for the new iPod classic later this month from the iTunes Store, including Sudoku and Tetris from Electronic Arts and Ms. PAC-MAN from NAMCO.



Pricing & Availability

Both iPod classic models are available immediately worldwide in silver and black. The 80GB iPod classic model is $249 (US) and the 160GB iPod classic is $349 (US).

iPod classic requires a Mac with a USB 2.0 port, Mac OS X v10.4.8 or later and iTunes 7.4; or a Windows PC with a USB 2.0 port and Windows Vista or Windows XP Home or Professional (Service Pack 2) or later and iTunes 7.4.
post #2 of 33
One question to Apple: how do we choose which iPod to buy?
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Just what I've been after to replace my broken 2g iPod. Now all i've got to do is fork out for OSX Tiger and figure out how to get around not having Usb2.0 on my G4.
Anyone know if there's such a thing as a Firewire to USB2 adaptor?
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Very clever. Now you just HAVE to buy two iPods.
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There's one thing I really like about the touch-based iPod interface -- quick and easy access to turning shuffle play on and off. (I don't like that feature so much, however, that I'm going to give up 64-144 GB of storage to get it. I have an iPhone too, but it never gets used as an iPod because the capacity is too small, it doesn't work with my car adapter, and I never carry the ear buds with me. My car is my primary iPod listening enviroment.)

I seldom want to shuffle play my whole collection. I certainly don't want to shuffle play individual albums. I have a playlist I've created specifically for shuffle play, and that's all I really want to shuffle 99% of the time.

With my current iPod turning shuffle mode on and off is deep in the menu structure, a bit of a nuisance to deal with when I decide to go back and forth between playing a specific new album or playing my "Big Shuffle" playlist.

I'll start playing an album, hear that it's starting on track 4 or whatever -- pause the music, and then, 7 or 8 or 10 or 12 click and scroll moves later, I'll have turned shuffle off and be back at track 1 where I wanted to be.

Or I'll start playing my Big Shuffle playlist, and the familiar first song in that list will start playing, and then it'll be several clicks and scrolls later until I'm shuffling as I'd originally intended.

All I ask of the new non-touch iPod interface is this: let shuffle play be an attribute of individual playlists, not a global setting, OR make access to the shuffle mode nearly as easy as it is via the touch interface. If Apple's done either of those things, I'll probably grab a new iPod Classic right away. If not, I'll just wait with what I've got until the touch screen comes to a hard drive model, or until flash capacity dramatically improves at a reasonable price.
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post #6 of 33
I suprisingly like the new all Aluminum iPod Classic... The design is something refreshing, yet it still gives hints at the old and quite familiar iPod.
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the white iPod classic really white or some cyan color? does not look that great, but Black iPod classic looks cool.

need to look personally, all in all iPod classic Rules!

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The black looks great and 160gb is friggin' amazing but I'd rather the touch. Any hardcore music enthusiasts win with this one though.
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The new iPod classic

Should I get an extra-large Nano to go with that?
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finally I'll be able to get every single song I own and every single photo too onto one ipod - getting one on Friday if they're in stock.
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Should I get an extra-large Nano to go with that?

The 2nd generation iPod Nano was 6.5 mm x 40 mm x 90 mm = roughly 23400 mm^3
The "Phat" iPod Nano is 6.5 mm x 52.3 mm x 69.8 mm = roughly 23728.51 mm^3.

So I guess an additional 328.5 mm^3 qualifies as "extra large" now?
post #12 of 33
The 80GB Classic iPod is cheap as hell. My 60GB HP iPod Photo cost me like ~370$ and now the 160GB is even cheaper than that.
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is it Grey/Silver/White?

i saw one photo at cnet photo gallery it looks stunning (i said already black color looks stunning)

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finally I'll be able to get every single song I own and every single photo too onto one ipod - getting one on Friday if they're in stock.

That's exactly how I feel, I can finally fit all my lossless music on there. This 160GB model is everything I'd been hoping for from the new iPods but is even cheaper than I had expected. I ordered one from the online store and they're estimating 1-3 days. I'm very happy and impressed at the new models overall.
post #15 of 33
The new battery life = holy cow.

I'll have to pick up a classic next year to replace my dead 4g. But until then...I ordered an iPod touch.
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The 2nd generation iPod Nano was 6.5 mm x 40 mm x 90 mm = roughly 23400 mm^3
The "Phat" iPod Nano is 6.5 mm x 52.3 mm x 69.8 mm = roughly 23728.51 mm^3.

So I guess an additional 328.5 mm^3 qualifies as "extra large" now?

Never mind, but please tell the waitress to bring my jumbo shrimp.
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The 2nd generation iPod Nano was 6.5 mm x 40 mm x 90 mm = roughly 23400 mm^3
The "Phat" iPod Nano is 6.5 mm x 52.3 mm x 69.8 mm = roughly 23728.51 mm^3.

So I guess an additional 328.5 mm^3 qualifies as "extra large" now?

You can apply the same math comparing the mass of someone tall and skinny and someone short and fat. It could add up the same yet look quite different.

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You can apply the same math comparing the mass of someone tall and skinny and someone short and fat. It could add up the same yet look quite different.

that is NOT funny

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Just what I've been after to replace my broken 2g iPod. Now all i've got to do is fork out for OSX Tiger and figure out how to get around not having Usb2.0 on my G4.
Anyone know if there's such a thing as a Firewire to USB2 adaptor?

If it's a power mac g4 you can get a pci card with usb 2.0 ports. If it's an imac I think your screwed because a usb to usb 2.0 adapter probably wouldn't supply enough power and I don't know if I firewire one exists.
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If it's a power mac g4 you can get a pci card with usb 2.0 ports. If it's an imac I think your screwed because a usb to usb 2.0 adapter probably wouldn't supply enough power and I don't know if I firewire one exists.

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Thanks for the advice.

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Or you can just buy an iPod Firewire to dock connector cable from Amazon and save yourself the trouble.
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Or you can just buy an iPod Firewire to dock connector cable from Amazon and save yourself the trouble.

My day just keeps on getting better!
post #24 of 33
They changed the case design again.

That means I have to wait for the likes of Belkin, DLO and Speck to come out with new cases that properly fit the shape of the new iPod classic models, unless you go with soft case.
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The new iPod classic is grey or black.

No more white.

White iPods are no more.

This is the first time since they were introduced that Apple doesn't sell a white iPod.

Sniffle. Tear.
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post #26 of 33
so do you think there is any hardware limitations preventing this really nice looking user interface on the new iPod Classic to be put on an 5G iPod Video?

i know apple won't do it, they want people to by new iPods, but it'd be very cool to just put the new UI on my iPod video.
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I Just purchased an 80gig black Classic! An upgrade to my 15gig 3g I've had for about... 6 years, that I also lost somewhere around my parents house/van.

YAY
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Apparently God wants me to buy this because today, I left my 40 GB 4th gen on the bus, never to be seen again.

I was initially torn because I wanted a widescreen AND at least 80 GB storage, so I didn't know if I should get the Touch or the Classic. But then I realized I'm going to be buying an iPhone once my T-Mobile contract is up next year, by which time there will surely be a 16 GB iPhone. And having a 16 GB Touch and a 16 GB iPhone at the same time is the height of redundance and stupidity.

So since it looks like the Touch's capacity isn't going north of 40 GB anytime soon (and the fact that I am now currently iPodless, aside from my lowly Shuffle), it looks like the Classic is for me. Only question is do I get the huge one or the OMFG160GB!!!11! model.
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Apparently God wants me to buy this because today, I left my 40 GB 4th gen on the bus, never to be seen again.

Could also have been Freud's -- Fehlleistung (Freudian Slip/parapraxis) -- instead of God. Subconsciously you wanted the new iPod, so you left the old one on the bus.

Or, it could have been that weaselly kid sitting next to you who swiped it when you were getting off.

God? Freud? Weaselly kid? Dog ate it? The excellent reasons for getting one of the new iPods are endless. (Mine, by the way, is -- "That's cool! Ooops, my car ran over it.")
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Apparently God wants me to buy this because today, I left my 40 GB 4th gen on the bus, never to be seen again.

I noticed you omitted the word "accidentally."

Sorry, dude.
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I noticed you omitted the word "accidentally."

Sorry, dude.

When I picked up my iPod today to take it with me, I actually thought to myself, "sorry buddy, your days are numbered." Was I, subconsciously, perhaps a little less protective of it than I'd normally be? Honestly, yeah. I'm still trying to get it back though, on the hope a kind soul reported it to the bus driver, who then reported it to lost and found.

I mean, I was getting a new iPod regardless, but wasn't going to buy it now (trying to be fiscally responsible and save for things). So now I'm looking at at least two months without a big iPod. But I'll live, thanks to my Shuffle and books.
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Or you can just buy an iPod Firewire to dock connector cable from Amazon and save yourself the trouble.

Those can be used to charge but not sync if I remember correctly.
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I Just purchased an 80gig black Classic! An upgrade to my 15gig 3g I've had for about... 6 years, that I also lost somewhere around my parents house/van.

YAY

That couldn't be six years old yet, but I'll lie with you....you need a new one!
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