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Apple iPod 30 GB 5th Generation (Black) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

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  • Stores up to 7,500 songs, 20,000 photos, or 75 hours of video playback
  • 2.5-inch (diagonal) color LCD with LED backlight
  • Up to 14 hours of music playback , up to 3 hours of slideshows with music , up to 2 hours of video playback.
  • Comes with earbud headphones and USB cable
  • Compatible with Mac OS X v10.3.9 or later, Windows 2000 with Service Pack 4 or later, or Windows XP Home or Professional with Service Pack 2 or later
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Product Information

Technical Details
Brand NameApple
Item Weight4.8 ounces
Product Dimensions5.4 x 5.2 x 1.3 inches
Item model numberMA146LL/A
Power Source TypeAC & Battery
Operating SystemMicrosoft Windows 2000 SP4 or later; Apple MacOS X 10.3.9 or later; Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP2 or later; Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition SP2 or late
Number of Items1
Remote Control DescriptionNone
  
Additional Information
ASINB000A3WS84
Shipping Weight7.2 ounces
ShippingCurrently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
Date First AvailableOctober 2, 2001
  
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Technical Details

  • 30 day warranty on service
  • includes any generation or make of iPod

Product Description

Product Description

Witness the evolution of the revolution. First it played songs. Then photos. Then podcasts. Now iPod plays video, changing the way you experience your music and more. Again.The Apple Click Wheel gives you access to your entire music, photo and video library from one thumb. Control volume and browse using the touch-sensitive surface. Play. Pause. Rewind and fast-forward. Rate your favorites. Create playlists on the go. Launch photo slideshows. The Click Wheel puts everything at your fingertips, so you can keep your eyes and ears on the music.

From the Manufacturer

Note: For the latest version of this item, see the Apple 30 GB iPod with Video Playback, Black (5.5 Generation).

Witness the evolution of the revolution. First it played songs. Then photos. Then podcasts. Now iPod plays video, changing the way you experience your music and more. Again.

Better Yet
Time for the world's best music player to take the stage for another encore. In 30 GB and 60 GB* models that hold up to 15,000** songs, full-color album art and up to 25,000 photos***, the new iPod makes the most of your music and more. Yeah, you've heard that tune before. Only now, you can watch it, too. With support for up to 150 hours**** of video and a 2.5-inch color display, the new iPod lets you take music videos and TV shows on the road.

More and Less
The new iPod boasts up to 20 hours of battery life*****, five hours more than before. Plus, you get a bigger display and one more iPod color--sleek black. But here's the kicker: At under half an inch thin, the new 30 GB iPod takes up about 45 percent less room than the original iPod. Even the new 60 GB model is 10 percent thinner than the fourth-generation 20 GB iPod. More features in less space? Sounds like iPod.



The new iPod is thinner than ever before.
Hold Everything
Now you can put all your music in your pocket and still have room for, well, practically everything else. Catch up on your reading with audiobooks. Browse your memories with photo slideshows, complete with music. Watch video podcasts, music videos and your favorite TV shows. Consult your calendar or look up an email address. Even check the time in another city or time your fastest lap. The new iPod keeps it all close at hand.

Spin Some Tunes
The Apple Click Wheel gives you access to your entire music, photo and video library--from one thumb. Control volume and browse using the touch-sensitive surface. Play. Pause. Rewind and fast-forward. Rate your favorites. Create playlists on the go. Launch photo slideshows. The Click Wheel puts everything at your fingertips, so you can keep your eyes and ears on the music.

Sync, Look, and Listen
Playing your iPod is only half the fun. Try filling it with downloads from the iTunes Music Store. Choose from over 2 million songs, 20,000 podcasts, 2,000 music videos or your favorite ABC and Disney television shows, download them to your Mac or PC and sync them to your iPod. Add an optional audio cable to play music from the iPod to your home stereo or use an optional S-video cable with iPod to play VJ on your TV. You can perform the same big-screen feat with iPod photo slideshows. Oh, and you can do it all from across the room using the optional Universal Dock and handy new Apple remote.

* 1 GB = 1 billion bytes; actual formatted capacity less.
** Song capacity is based on four minutes per song and 128-Kbps AAC encoding.
***Photo capacity is based on iPod-viewable photos transferred from iTunes.
****Video capacity is based on 4 minutes per H.264 750-Kbps video combined with 128-Kbps audio.
*****Rechargeable batteries have a limited number of charge cycles and may eventually need to be replaced. Battery life and the number of charge cycles vary by use and settings. See www.apple.com/batteries for more information.

Customer Reviews

The screen is very nice, 2.5 inches is great for watching the videos.
dan
When he did get the unit charged the battery life was less than 2 hours and noises inside the unit indicated it's hard past.
LB10258
My only complaint is the screen and the front side of the ipod does get scratched up easily VERY!
dark twain

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

1,438 of 1,497 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Stein on October 19, 2005
As of this writing, no reviews are from someone who actually HAS one of the new iPods (10/19). That is about to change....

My 40GB iPod's hard disk had been deteriorating for a while, until it stopped working altogether. That happened to be the day before the iPod video announcement (last Tuesday).

On to what you really want to know, and what you can't get from Apple's website, or reviews regurgitating technical specifications:

1) Can you actually enjoy watching video on a screen that small? What about the video quality?

In short, if you're holding the iPod as close to your face as you would hold an older iPod to really read what song is playing, the video quality is actually quite nice. The screen is noticeably bigger (the height is about the size of the old iPod width). If you're wondering how the quality comes out on an iPod screen (which is normally fairly pixelated), when you load a video it toggles into a mode much akin to when a computer plays a graphics intensive video game. It takes about 10 seconds for a feature-length film to load (i.e., between clicking play, and when it starts playing).

With regard to movies, the iPod doesn't support chapters. My guess is that people will eventually want movies distributed as folders, witch chapters being the individual files. This will allow chapter skipping. That said, once a movie loads, fast forwarding works very well.

I loaded a fairly graphics-intensive movie on there, at about the highest quality the iPod would allow. The actions scenes come out fine...about what you would expect for an MPGE4.

2) What the heck does this thing actually look like in your hand?

It is about the size of older iPods.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By bixodoido on May 10, 2006
This is the first iPod I've ever owned, having never really given the new technology a chance to replace my affection for CDs. When I finally relented and bought this product, I immediately began to wonder how I ever lived without it. I have over 400 CDs, and took the time (and it did take a lot of time) to put the stuff I wanted from each of them. The result is that I have my entire music collection at my fingertips at all times, and have not used even 20% of the memory.

The obvious great feature (in terms of music, at least) of the 30 GB iPod is the ease at which you can listen to any or all of your favorite music. One very nice, sometimes overlooked, aspect of the iPod is the shuffle feature. With over 1500 songs on my iPod, I can hit the shuffle button and I instantly have the equivalent of my own radio station, with the added advantages of having NO songs I don't like and having zero commercials. The shuffle does not seem to be completely random (I tend to get several songs from the same artists in a relatively short period of time), but that is a minor problem.

Given the iPod's thin design and portability, you can take it wherever you go. I've got a car adapter for it, a home speaker system, and of course the headphones. Because of that it's literally replaced every other sound system (radios, CD players, etc) I own. As a huge fan of music I've been amazed at how much my music experience has been enriched by this product.

Of course I've only highlighted a small part of the iPod. I plan on loading pictures onto it soon, and you can download video as well. It's even got a few games. In short, this is quite possibly the best entertainment investment I've made in quite a while.
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63 of 72 people found the following review helpful By kalyson on June 5, 2006
We bought an ipod video 30gb and the creative touch (40 gb) (recently). Also purchased the muvo and the toshiba gigabeat. The gigabeat died within a few days. The muvo is great for a flash player. But the ipod has some real problems.

The creative is better than the ipod for us because of file sharing and file backups. The ipod will attach to ONE COMPUTER ONLY and it KNOWS if you try to get it to work with another. This caused us a lot of grief when we switched computers. Then the new computer we attached it to died and getting the music back off of the ipod was a real pain. If you are able to even get the files back off the ipod (it doesn't like to go that direction, apparently) it still will lose a lot of the tag info in the music library. (Wanna type all that in by hand?) Plus, since Apple's music file format is proprietary, we can't share files from the ipod to other players. (Does not play well with others! :-)

The creative players do not have any of these problems. They will work on ANY new computer and accept imports of a variety of file formats. You can make as many backups of your music library on as many hard drives on as many computers as you like.

Another difference is the sound quality and volume output. Creative players drive headphones with higher impedances and also have superior sound. Also, creative players have EQ settings that actually work! They sound very different, but the ipod EQ settings pretty much all sound the same. Furthermore, the creative players have custom EQ settings available if you don't like the presets that come with the player.

The ipod is more attractive and a bit smaller than the creative, but such things don't concern me since I'm looking for the highest quality sound I can get.
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