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Apple iPod 20 GB White (4th Generation) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
- 20 GB model holds up to 5,000 songs; supports AAC (16 to 320 Kbps), MP3 (32 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible, AIFF, Apple Lossless and WAV
- Up to 12 hours battery life when fully charged (typically 4 hours); fast-charge in as little as 2 hours
- Mac OS X or Windows 2000 and XP compatible; FireWire and USB 2.0 interface for fastest digital transfer available
- Feature upgrades from previous version include new Click Wheel, slimmer case, and easier navigation
- Comes with earbud headphones, AC adapter, FireWire cable, and USB 2.0 cable (dock not included)
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Incorporating the fabulous Apple Click Wheel that was first introduced on iPod mini. Offering up to 12 hours of battery life. Weighing in at just 5.3 ounces. And getting slightly thinner with each new generation. iPod continues to define the perfect digital music player for Mac and Windows. A musical dream come true, the fourth-generation iPod offers huge capacity, letting you easily slip up to 5,000 songs into your pocket. And enjoy it wherever you go. In the car. On the treadmill. At the office. Around the house.
Legal DisclaimerThis is an older model iPod. Please verify this is what you want before ordering, it does not have all the features of a brand new iPod.
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The iPod is very sturdy. I put a case on it to provide extra protection because I drop devices. I've dropped the iPod a lot and also leave it in my backpack where it gets jumbled around with everything else, and never had any problems.
The wall outlet, charging cable, and headphones were good quality and have held up well.
My only regret is that I bought the 20GB model, which is way too big for what I really need: I would have been better off with a smaller model of lower capacity. Perhaps over time I will fill it up, but with almost 250 songs on my iPod now and less than 1GB used, I have a long way to go. That's the only advice I would give to someone considering an iPod purchase: you really may not really need 20GB or 40GB. The iPod does come with other nifty software accoutrements, but honestly I haven't used them much as I use the iPod to listen to music while I run or on a plane. The battery holds a charge for a very long time (maybe 15 or so hours of use) so realistically there are no real range or endurance issues associated with iPod use.
My only complaint (really more of an observation) is that the outside finish of the iPod is rather delicate, so I am going to get a case for mine so it doesn't get all scratched up. (It sure does look nice, though!)
I recommend this to any music lover anywhere: the quality of the audio is excellent, the controls and indicators rapidly become intuitive, and the storage capacity and battery life are huge!
AND - if you don't want to keep 20GB of music stored on your hard drive, then don't bother with an Ipod that has so much memory. Once you delete any music out of your hard drive's I-tunes memory, then reconnect your Ipod at a later time, any and all music you deleted from your hard drive is lost from your Ipod, as well.
So basically, I have 60gb of storage on my laptop.. I deleted some songs from Itunes after loading them onto the Ipod.. (after all, no instructions steered me away from doing so. The whole point of having an Ipod w/ so much memory is to save the space on my hard drive!! ) Anyway, when I reconnected my Ipod later, I lost about 600 songs. It had taken me HOURS to load that many up. Now I have to do it again.
If you're reading between the lines, that means the ONLY place you can load music onto your Ipod is YOUR personal machine. And you'd better plan on hanging onto all of that music.
LAME, Apple!! You can do better!!
I recommend getting a 4gb or 6gb, and just loading up the music you want to play each time you use it.
1. It takes so long to put all the songs on the iPOD, but I used an external harddrive to house the songs so if something happens to my iPOD I do not need to re-insert all my songs a second time.
2. It is definitely a Mac product in that I need to transfer all my songs from the external harddrive to my C drive, then unplug my external harddrive and insert the iPOD. It requires that it be the only USB large storage device available on a Windows system.
Other than those two problems I have worked out it is nice that I have not had any problems with it, and hope to have it for a very long time.