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Apple iPod 20 GB Photo White MA079LL/A (4th Generation) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
- Stores up to 5,000 songs or 20,000 photos; supports AAC Protected AAC, MP3, MP3 VBR, Audible, Apple Lossless, WAV, and AIFF audio formats; and podcast ready
- 2-inch (diagonal) 65,536-color LCD with LED backlight
- Up to 15 hours of music playback; up to 5 hours of slideshows with music
- Comes earbud headphones, AC adapter, and USB 2.0 cable
- Compatible with Mac OS X v10.2.8 or v10.3.4 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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Accessories: Earbud earphones, AC adapter, Rechargeable Battery, USB 2.0 connect cable, iTunes for Mac and Windows, Electronic documentation and Getting Started guide The classic design and controls of the iPod are still here but, in addition to storing music, this iPod can also store and display photos. This iPod incorporates the same touch-sensitive Apple Click Wheel that debuted on iPod mini for extremely convenient and easy control. Spin the wheel to scroll effortlessly through dozens of playlists, hundreds of albums or thousands of songs and podcasts. Use iTunes software (for Macintosh and Windows PC) to download a wide range of music and audio (at a reasonable charge). As for the CDs you already own, iTunes makes it easy to transfer your favorite songs and albums. Just pop a CD into your Mac or PC and click the Import button. You can import music in a variety of formats, such as MP3 or AAC, and at whatever quality level you'd prefer. With a dual-volt power supply (USA adapter provided), this iPod is your companion around the world. Make this one yours. Supported photo display formats - Syncs iPod-viewable photos in JPEG, BMP, GIF, TIFF, PSD (Mac only) and PNG formats
From the Manufacturer
Welcome to the best of both worlds. Now that iPod and iPod photo are one and the same, every white iPod boasts a full-color display--ideal for viewing album artwork and playing slideshows. Choose from 20 GB or 60 GB models and carry up to 15,000 songs or as many as 25,000 photos in your pocket. For Mac or PC.
Everything Sounds Better in Color
The original iPod changed the way you listen to music by putting thousands of songs in your pocket. Now it changes the way you see your music, with a crisp color screen. Browse playlists via vivid menus, thumb through album cover art, even play games and view calendars in color. Or sync photos and view them in color, anywhere. Your personal, portable entertainment library, iPod looks as good as it sounds.
Take It for a Spin
iPod incorporates the same touch-sensitive Apple Click Wheel that debuted on iPod mini. Use it to navigate your music on the iPod's 65,536-color, 220x176-pixel display. Spin the wheel to scroll effortlessly through dozens of playlists, hundreds of albums or thousands of songs and podcasts.
Or highlight photos. iPod displays 25 full-color thumbnails at a time, and you can scroll through them the same way you scroll through song titles. When you see a photo you'd like displayed all by its lonesome, just click the center button and voila. No one will have to say "cheese" as long as you have iPod around. Whether you're listening to tunes or checking out photos, you're sure to be all smiles.
Join the All-Day Hit Parade
iPod lets you play your music for up to 15 hours on a single battery charge*. Imagine: You could fly from New York to Paris and still have hours of listening time left as you stroll the Champs Elysées. While you're on the move, iPod keeps you aware of its charge level, and when it's time, iPod's quick to recharge. Plug it into your computer or a handy wall socket (via the included power adapter) and you can fast-charge iPod in as little as two hours.
Sync, Look, and Listen
The perfect companion to iPod, iTunes lets you easily build and manage your digital audio collection. Browse the built-in iTunes Music Store for more than 1 million songs, 11,000 audiobooks and 3,000 podcasts. Jazz, Pop or Hip Hop. Mystery, memoir, or thriller. Comedy, news, or politics. From reading to radio, the iTunes Music Store has it all. Download what you want, then sync everything -- including full-color album, audiobook and podcast art -- to your iPod using the included USB 2.0 or optional FireWire cable. Even your photos come along for the ride, either via iTunes or the iPod Camera Connector. Once you sync, everything appears on your iPod, so you can look or listen anytime, anywhere.
As for the CDs you already own, iTunes makes it easy to transfer your favorite songs and albums. Just pop a CD into your Mac or PC and click the Import button. You can import music in a variety of formats, such as MP3 or AAC, and at whatever quality level you'd prefer. Choose the Apple Lossless encoder for sound quality indistinguishable from a CD at about half the original file size. And with USB 2.0 and FireWire support, you can transfer the music from an entire CD to iPod in just 5 seconds or less.
* 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.
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Now I'm a PC person and was originally afraid of compatability. I use the new iTunes 6. Apple seems to constantly update the program with new features (like improved Podcasts support) Old version is in the box on a disc, download the latest when you install your player.
At first I thought hey I want to use Real Player or Window's Media player with my ipod. But I find it helpful to keep what's on your ipod and what's on your PC in separate programs because once the tunes are on your ipod you can erase them from your PC to save space. And iTunes 6 has many functions that customize your ipod player that just arent' available in other PC based mp3 players. Then you can set it up to automatically rip CDs as soon as you put it in the drive. The ACC encoding available in iTunes and Real player sounds better with smaller files than WMAs.
I consider myself a golden ear and while no player will match a Home Theater/ Audiophile experience, I found it difficult to distinguish WAV files from the Apple codecs ACC and apple lossless using the included Ear Buds. Using my $100 earphones did sound better than the earbuds but I can't be isolated at work. The iPOD is capable of sounding better with pricier earbods. Just remember with isolation earbuds you can't hear the phone or people yelling at you!
Why buy an Ipod Photo for $250instead of Apple 30 GB iPod with Video Playback Black for $300?
The Ipod Photo is a 4th generation player, the video model is the 5th. I would go with the new Video if you focus on photos since the screen is slightly bigger. Also if you have more than 30 GB of songs on your hard drive and need to carry about 30 GB than pay the extra $50. But using mixed waves, MP3, and ACC, I have 1000 songs and its still not half filled.
I would not buy the nano because if you like music, 4GB will not be enough storage for you.
Now why buy an Ipod instead of a Zen, Iriver or Sandisk?
In my opinion the hardware feel and software quality of the iPOD is superior to these makes, but try them out yourself at a store. They are not significantly cheaper for identical features either.
If you use Napster, and Rhapsody to GO (fill up your player for a monthly fee) you can't use the iPOD at present.
Rhapsody claims you can still buy $0.99 songs for iPOD but Apple's itunes store includes the CD art to display on the color screen.
Yes the iPOD can drag and drop album art in itunes using ACC (best new codec), that are displayed in full color on the screen from right here on Amazon.
But I don't think old MP3s can display the album art which is why some people say it doesn't work.
So I am very happy with the iPOD...
I originally bought the Dell DJ-30 because it was cheaper and had 10GB more storage. However, I change my mind too much, and have yet to really use more than 13GB. Plus, this has a color display and it is soooo much easier to use than the Dell.
I thought I didn't want to get into the monopoly of iTunes, because I usually buy Musicmatch, Walmart, and Buy.com music files, but iTunes has all you need and more. They have pre-release singles, and Podcasts are truely a cool thing.
I recommend it.
The color screen is very clear and works pretty well for showing pictures even if it is fairly small. The click wheel makes volume changes and menu navigation a snap and is very intuitive for volume adjustments.
Synchronizing the iPod to a PC is painless. By default it just launched iTunes if it wasn't already open and started synchronizing the iPod to what was on the computer. Accessing the iPod like a drive on your computer does require the changing of a setting in iTunes, but this is easily done.
There *are* a few problems with them that Apple really should address with the iPod though...
1. The click wheel works great for most functions, but for moving through your photo thumbnails it is *way* too sensitive pretty much forcing you to use the |<< and >>| buttons instead to move through your pictures.
2) Turning it on is all too easy and keeping it turned off is cumbersome. I've completely drained my battery twice now by accident because I forgot to use the use the hold switch to disable the click wheel buttons after holding the play/pause button down to turn it off. A simple, recessed on/off button would be a lot quicker and easier.
3) Most importantly though, these things scratch far too easily for such an expensive product that is designed to be carried around. The underside is shiny and immediately begins accumulating fingerprints, and the screen seems to scratch just from looking at it. If you're interested in keeping your iPod looking new, plan on a screen protector and/or case of some sort.
That aside, I'm very happy with my iPod. I suppose the new Nano would have been handy since it's more portable but the standard iPod with its larger storage capacities is still pretty small and can better serve as a backup drive which makes it a great value in my opinion. If it weren't for the durability issues this definitely would have been a 5-star product in my book.