5 Replies Latest reply: Jan 14, 2009 1:24 PM by sprl
macyyyyyyy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I need to make a decision today.

Tell me why i should buy one.
My only worry is that the Classic has a hard drive, and we all know hard drives can crash.
Are there any problems that are common i should know about??

Thankyou for your help

Macbook, Leopard, 2GHZ, 2GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.5.1)
  • userksky007 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    You shouldn't. Read on this forum about problems other have with Classic 160, 80 and 120GB: fully compliant mp3 files played incompletely, random pauses during playback, VERY low maximum sound level (to name just a few). Those problems are not fixed for more than a year now and there's little hope they will ever be. If I were you I'd stay away.
  • GLNHP Level 3 Level 3 (850 points)
    You need to keep things in perspective. People who post here do so because they have problems (it is a user support board, after all). That is not the same as saying that these problems are pervasive. There have been millions of iPods sold, and I am sure at least hundreds of thousands of iPod Classics. I purchased my 160GB when it was first released in 2007. Though there are a few annoyances, any real bugs were fixed a long time ago.

    Yes there are some problems that are more common than others but, if there were issues affecting the majority of the units, they just would not sell. As Apple releases new firmware for the new 120GB Classics, additional issues will be addressed.

    In answer to your question - if you are considering a Classic vs something like the Touch or the Nano, the real question is, how much music do you want to copy to your device? If you can live with 32GB, then spend the money on the Touch (if you're willing to drop that much $$$ on a MP3 player). If you can live with less than that, you can choose between the Touch or the Nano. But, if you have a lot of music, the Classic (or a non-Apple branded hard drive MP3 player) would be the way to go. Yes, hard drives can crash if jostled enough - I would not go jogging with a Classic. However, I think I've read more posts about people dropping their iPods in water than I have from people whose hard drives have just died.
  • userksky007 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I try to keep things in perspective. However I cannot forget my experience and that modifies my notion of perspective.


    I lost the whole content of my iPod countless times (that is fixed now but I cannot simply forget the horrendous experience).
    My iPod while declared perfectly healthy by Apple, pauses from time to time for few seconds (this thing completely ruins the whole atmosphere that is happening while listening to music).
    I use good headphones with higher than normal acoustic pressure (AKG412P) and still hardly hear music whith iPod set at maximum level while walking next to roads with moderate traffic.

    Perspective may be nice when you luck at the nice box but the whole experience was a very frustrating one. I wouldn't have bought an iPod if I had some hints from honest real users to what the problems may be. I trusted "happy users" for which everything white enough is perfect. The deception was quite expensive actually (I bought it in 2007 and in my country it was exactly 400Euro at that time!). I thought that for this price is not reasonable to expect anything remotely as bad as I got.

    I am sorry to be that inconveniently clear in my evaluation. The question asked for a subjective answer. That was mine (and it was completely honest).
  • GLNHP Level 3 Level 3 (850 points)
    I am sorry to hear that your experience has been so bad with your iPod. As I said, there are some annoyances - some people may be more bothered by them than others. And of course, losing ones music (more than once) is a major deal.

    One note concerning one of your complaints - the low volume. Since you mentioned you paid Euros, I would have to guess that it was purchased in the EU. Apple was sued over the maximum volume several years ago by the French government which ultimately resulted in the EU regulating maximum volume in all MP3 players. Units purchased in the US do not suffer from this issue (as my ringing ears can attest to on more than one occasion). And I actually reduce the gain on all of my albums to reduce the distortion that current record producers introduce into the music with over-compression.

    The one issue I wholeheartedly agree with you on is the pausing. Though to me it is nothing more than an annoyance (and it happens only rarely), I can see how it would REALLY bother someone. As far as other players are concerned, I've had issues with those as well - a SanDisk device that suddenly decided to show duplicates of all of my songs. Of course, the SanDisk did not cost nearly as much as my iPod.

    Are iPods either the best or the worst of the MP3 players on the market. I can't say as I have not done the research. I agree though, that there is plenty of room for improvement.
  • sprl Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
    I've had an 80 gig classic for over a year and no problems. I like it and the fact i can put video, play games, sinks calender and contacts, audiobooks, podcast. It just has lots of grate features. Through my experience I would recommend it. As for the hard drive, I would say just don't exercise with it -like running.