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

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

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(109 reviews)
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(80 reviews)
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  • Reviews around buy (4.80 of 5)

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

    • but you dont want to buy this one because a) ill never fill the damn thing!b
    • As of today, the iRiver H10 model has the best buy per GB.
    • It would be wise for you to buythis ipod at Best Buy and get the Performance Service plan for aextra $50 dollars
    • Best Buy gives you a better bang foryour buck for service plans
    • I've seen the black one at Best Buy and it is all scratched up and because it's black and everything shows.
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  • Reviews around feature (4.46 of 5)

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

    • So if you like the idea of owning an Ipod buy it, if you like the design buy it, if you like the features buy it, I have to say that I didnt experience major problems with
    • It has amazing features and the sound quality is very nice
    • The iPod 5G is an excellent music player, though still missing some important features
    • M is better than the Ipod Video,Better screen, more features, and better value make it glow
    • On the iPod Video, it has a bright colored screen, wonderful design, awesome features, and a great working Click-Wheel
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  • Reviews around player (4.39 of 5)

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

    • ok, the ipod video is hands down the best mp3/video player on the market now
    • This player is limited to only mp3's and wavs, and can hold about 7,500 songs
    • He then went on to explain that it is a hard drive player and if it is jostled around too much, it eventually fails
    • It is still the best music player out there, hands down
    • He then pointed out a tiny little scratch it had received on the bottom back and said "this player took a fall
    • Read remaining 99 reviews for player
  • Reviews around device (4.31 of 5)

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

    • The problem is one known by apple where an electrical short develops that prevents the ipod from playing sound except when the device or the surrounding air is very cold
    • The iPod (video) is a great device, allows me to get any of my music, watch video podcasts, and even with some of my own tweaking (such as using Videora
    • The ipod is a great little device that plays back music and now plays back video
    • I expected a poor looking device that wouldn't hold a charge
    • All of these things make the ipod an ideal portable media device
    • Read remaining 47 reviews for device
  • Reviews around sound (4.28 of 5)

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

    • First off, it plays the music wonderfully- great sound and its got the nice headphones
    • Works very well; great sound and easy to install my music.
    • Works very well; great sound and easy to install my music.
    • The sound from the factory headphones is lacking but that can be easily rectified by getting after-market headphones (Etymotic Research, Shure or Sennheiser).
    • And the headphones included with the iPod tend to falter when listening to loud music, producing a painful static sound
    • Read remaining 41 reviews for sound
  • Reviews around product (4.12 of 5)

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

    • This is a great product though the battery doesn't like to stay charged to long.
    • It is more than marketing - this is a great product as well.
    • I really recommend this product to every one of all ages
    • So fear not, there are many more and better products than the over advertised, product placed Ipod..
    • great product despite the scratches, a problem easily resolved (get a case
    • Read remaining 116 reviews for product
  • Reviews around quality (4.12 of 5)

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

    • I'm looking for non-proprietary file formats and good sound quality
    • But other than that the sound quality is great, clarity on the video is great
    • Give me an excuse that "the sound quality is just not good enough" or "ill never use it" and Ill accept that
    • And worse, they have driven the industry standard sound quality on a cheap pair of headphones down
    • I didn't like the quality of sound provided by the FM radio transmitters on the market (and I tried a bunch of models and brands).
    • Read remaining 104 reviews for quality
  • Reviews around music (3.95 of 5)

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

    • In regards to loading up your video ipod, I had no trouble loading all my music on the ipod
    • I now buy an iPod Video in January and it is the best music player
    • To work around this glitch, I have to burn all my purchased music onto a CD, then transfer the songs from the CD BACK to my iPod, and then they'll play without any problems
    • This would be a great backup hard drive and a great music player
    • Although you can burn the music onto CD and then rip it again, that is a rather annoying and time-consuming barrier
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  • Reviews around video (3.84 of 5)

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

    • i love my ipod video and the video capability is the best you can get right now
    • Logitech seems to be trying to alleviate that, but their headphones are currently riddled with manufacturer defects and don't even support the Video
    • Video, however, saps the battery life like nothing else.
    • You can convert your own videos and DVDs to iPod compatible video
    • i got this after my ipod shuffle was stollen and i didnt think the video would be good
    • Read remaining 109 reviews for video
  • Reviews around condition (3.73 of 5)

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

    • This arrived in great condition and is exactly what I want.
    • I first received an i-pod that didn't work properly, but the vendor quickly replaced it for
    • The iPod came in great with everything promised and in great condition
    • This one works but the outer shell is in rough condition
    • This iPod was in great condition, it looked brand new & works great
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  • Reviews around screen (3.04 of 5)

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

    • Another criticism for the iPod is that the screen can be scratched very easily
    • The screenI have to say, the bigger screen is nice in and of itself
    • My only complaint is the screen and the front side of the ipod does get scratched up easily VERY
    • The iPod is beautiful, but the back's chrome finish is prone to scratches, and the screen can become scratched as well
    • The screenI have to say, the bigger screen is nice in and of itself
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  • Reviews around thing (3.03 of 5)

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

    • The only other negative thing I have to say about the ipod is that they should have included the outlet charger and not just the USB charger, but I guess they were trying to keep the product costs down or something
    • The only thing negative I would have to say is that Apple should come out with a FREE software that will transfer my DVD collections into the right format for the IPOD, they have Quicktime Pro, but I really don't want to pay for it.
    • The only thing bad for it if that you can not see all the videos you have in your computer
    • What the heck does this thing actually look like in your hand?It is about the size of older iPods
    • The bad thing about the 1 year warranty is that if you have had the iPod for more than 6 months you pay $30 for shipping.
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  • Reviews around warranty (2.54 of 5)

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

    • Maybe if I were watching a movie on the bus home it might die as I've read that watching video is very hard on the battery, but who the heck wants to sit and stare at this screen for more than 20 mins?
    • Maybe if I were watching a movie on the bus home it might die as I've read that watching video is very hard on the battery, but who the heck wants to sit and stare at this screen for more than 20 mins?
    • However, the iPod video...well, it didn't sound nearly as good as the photo, even after jacking with the EQ's and upgrading my firmware to the latest version (the latest when I received it, anyway).
    • This ipod plays video, as well as having an excessive storage for songs and pictures
    • Or for a fee of like fifty dollars or so you can get the battery replaced after the warranty expires
    • Read remaining 18 reviews for warranty
  • Reviews around bite (2.46 of 5)

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

    • Although the screen is much larger than prior iPods, it's still a bit uncomfortable to watch a movie on it
    • but you dont want to buy this one because a) ill never fill the damn thing!b
    • Keep in mind that this is my opinion and you know as well as I if you were thinking about getting one of these (or not
    • At first I was a bit reluctant to buy an iPod Video, but with my 3G 10GB iPod battery life deteriorating fast, I took the plunge
    • I first received an i-pod that didn't work properly, but the vendor quickly replaced it for
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  • Reviews around file (2.30 of 5)

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

    • I'm looking for non-proprietary file formats and good sound quality
    • That's good because buying music from iTunes is (in my opinion) not practical because the file has a thousand restrictions on it.
    • Keep in mind that this is my opinion and you know as well as I if you were thinking about getting one of these (or not
    • so I didn't know that they had a difficult file system in place to make it harder for people to put music on the iPod and take it off and to encourage you to make all your music aiff and to use iTunes so that if you needed a new player, you'd have to convert it all if it wasn't an iPod
    • you know as well as I thats a stupid reason not to get one of these
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  • Reviews around life (2.28 of 5)

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

    • Video, however, saps the battery life like nothing else.
    • Keep in mind that this is my opinion and you know as well as I if you were thinking about getting one of these (or not
    • If this was the very first iPod or even the second, the rating would be higher, but this is the 5th generation and it's the "same" iPod; but with video and a laughable video playback battery life.
    • I suggest buying it if you're not afraid of a little weak battery life during video playback
    • This iPod may also not have the best battery life, but at least I can watch videos such as Spongebob, Lost, etc
    • Read remaining 27 reviews for life
  • Reviews around battery (2.20 of 5)

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

    • This iPod may also not have the best battery life, but at least I can watch videos such as Spongebob, Lost, etc
    • If you don't charge it like you should, your battery is gonna suck
    • The quality is reasonably good and the battery life sufficient to watch a movie.
    • The primary function of my video iPod is a music player, so I knew it wasn't sucking up battery due to video playback.
    • If you don't charge it like you should, your battery is gonna suck.
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  • Reviews around housewives (2.18 of 5)

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

    • It's a great platform for catching with Lost -- or Desperate Housewives
    • I'm on a sports team, and we often have to take rides of over an hours on a school bus, so it helps to have my Desperate Housewives during that time
    • Even at at mere 2.5 inches, it is still enjoyable to watch last night's episode of Lost or Desperate Housewives
    • Trust me on this one i hav a black i pod and its awesome
    • First the positives--I have the 30GB version and have found the transfer time from windows to be insignficant, sound quality is terrific and the slim design a nice plus
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  • Reviews around fact (2.14 of 5)

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

    • (Just a couple hairline scratches, but that's normal on ANYthing you own, even cars.)The simple fact is, if you aren't a dunce about it, and know how to take care of your things, this iPod will NOT scratch
    • However, the iPod video...well, it didn't sound nearly as good as the photo, even after jacking with the EQ's and upgrading my firmware to the latest version (the latest when I received it, anyway).
    • I didn't like the fact that it was slightly scratched on the second day
    • i put it back inside the case it came with, and i don't take it anywhere, at least not for the moment until i find a protector, but the sound quality is great and love the fact that now i can see the cover art for each of my 2,2302 classic rock albums!!!
    • I also don't like the fact that FM doesn't come with it (i have to buy a $50 dollar remote
    • Read remaining 18 reviews for fact
  • Reviews around chapter (1.85 of 5)

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

    • 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
    • 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
    • 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 old, soft cotton t-shirt streaked the front right after I opened it and took it out of the box
    • 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
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  • Reviews around disk (1.71 of 5)

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

    • My 40GB iPod's hard disk had been deteriorating for a while, until it stopped working altogether
    • you know as well as I thats a stupid reason not to get one of these
    • My 40GB iPod's hard disk had been deteriorating for a while, until it stopped working altogether
    • My 40GB iPod's hard disk had been deteriorating for a while, until it stopped working altogether
    • My 40GB iPod's hard disk had been deteriorating for a while, until it stopped working altogether
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  • Reviews around problem (1.69 of 5)

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

    • They walked me through how to correct the two problems without missing a beat
    • i retract what i wrote they are now working online with me to rectify the problem i hope this is satisfactory new this retraction was asked for by the people who sold me the defective ipod they stated they would be correcting the
    • My only problem with this new iPod is not with the iPod itself, but the lack of accessories that come with it
    • She just loves it -- only real problem we have is trying to figure out how to delete songs directly from the iPod -- I don't think it can be done.
    • I have been fortunate never to have had a problem with my iPods yet (knock wood), and this new iPod is no exception
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  • Reviews around ear bud (1.69 of 5)

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

    • Ear buds are not that comfortable and removable covering falls off easily
    • You can find cheaper/better deals on ebay or at target.-The ear buds kind of suck
    • but you dont want to buy this one because a) ill never fill the damn thing!b
    • the ear-buds are inadequate, though not entirely a joke
    • Maybe if I were watching a movie on the bus home it might die as I've read that watching video is very hard on the battery, but who the heck wants to sit and stare at this screen for more than 20 mins?
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  • Reviews around base (1.54 of 5)

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

    • This is a hard drive based MP3 player so every so often it takes about a second longer to skip to the next track.
    • This ipod plays video, as well as having an excessive storage for songs and pictures
    • Maybe if I were watching a movie on the bus home it might die as I've read that watching video is very hard on the battery, but who the heck wants to sit and stare at this screen for more than 20 mins?
    • Since they first came out in 2001, I've bought 3 hard-drive-based iPods
    • This is a hard drive based MP3 player so every so often it takes about a second longer to skip to the next track
    • Read remaining 10 reviews for base
  • Reviews around drive (1.31 of 5)

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

    • My $299.00 technological marvel, my portable music librarian, my expensively priced modern convenience's hard drive had failed
    • Trust me on this one i hav a black i pod and its awesome
    • How do I use my ipod as a Hard drive: Havent foubd a great way to do this.5
    • You CAN do that, if you enable the ipod to be used as a hard drive
    • This would be a great backup hard drive and a great music player
    • Read remaining 61 reviews for drive