Apple 40 GB iPod Photo ReviewReading time: 4 - 6 minutes
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A delight for the ears. A feast for the eyes. Though it's no bigger than a pack of playing cards and weighs in at just over 6 ounces, iPod photo delivers a one-two sensory punch, letting you carry an entire library of your favorite music (up to 10,000 songs) or enough photos (as many as 25,000) to fill nearly 200 slide trays or cover nearly 5,000 square feet of wall space.
The new iPod photo features a razor-sharp LCD display that lets you see your photos in vivid color–65,536 colors, to be exact. And with its built-in backlighting, you'll be able to admire those photos indoors or out.
* 40 GB model holds up to 10,000 songs; supports AAC (16 to 320 Kbps), MP3 (32 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible, AIFF, Apple Lossless and WAV
* Holds 25,000 photos and displays them on a 2-inch diagonal 65,536-color LCD screen with LED backlight
* Up to 15 hours battery life when fully charged (which typically takes 5 hours); fast-charge in as little as 3 hours
* Compatible with Mac OS X or Windows 2000 with SP4 and XP; FireWire and USB 2.0 interface for fastest digital transfer available
* Comes with iPod photo dock, earbud headphones, a carrying case, an AC adapter, a FireWire cable, a USB 2.0 cable, and an AV cable
* Storage: 40 GB
* Battery life: Up to 15 hours of music playback; up to 5 hours of slideshows with music
* Skip protection: Up to 17 minutes
* Display: 2-inch (diagonal) 65,536-color LCD with LED backlight
* iPod Ports: Dock connector, remote connector, stereo hedphone jack, composite video and audio through headphone jack
* Dock Ports: Dock connector, line out
* Connectivity: FireWire 400 and USB 2.0 through dock connector; Composite video and audio through headphone jack or line out on the iPod Photo Dock
* Charge time: About 5 hours (3-hour fast charge to 80% capacity)
* Audio support: AAC (16 to 320 Kbps), MP3 (32 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Apple Lossless, WAV, AIFF, Audible
* Photo support: Syncs iPod-viewable photos in JPEG, BMP, GIF, TIFF and PNG formats
* Size: 4.1 inches by 2.4 inches by 0.75 inches
* Weight: 6.4 ounces
* Included accessories: iPod Photo dock, earbud headphones, carrying case, AC adapter, FireWire cable, USB 2.0 cable, AV cable
* Warranty: The iPod comes with single incident telephone support for the first 90 days and a one-year limited warranty.
* Windows system requirements: PC with FireWire or USB 2.0 port, or FireWire or USB 2.0 card, Windows 2000 with Service Pack 4 or later, or Windows XP Home or Professional, Windows 2000 with Service Pack 4 or later, or Windows XP Home or Professional, Adobe Photoshop Album 2.0 or Elements 3.0 or later recommended
* Mac system requirements: Macintosh computer with FireWire or USB 2.0 port (USB 2.0 requires Mac OS X v10.3.4 or later), Macintosh computer with FireWire or USB 2.0 port (USB 2.0 requires Mac OS X v10.3.4 or later), iTunes 4.7 or later for Mac OS X (included on iPod Photo CD), iTunes 4.7 or later for Mac OS X (included on iPod Photo CD)
I just bought a refurb iPod 40 gig photo with firewire from the Apple Store online. It was the best priced model that still works with Firewire. Since I do not own a computer with USB 2, I wanted to stay with Firewire. Regarding malfunctioning iPods, you have a one year hardware warranty. If you choose not to buy AppleCare for the extra year, that is unfortunate, and not Apple's problem, but the users. Guess what? Sony's MP3 players come with a 90 day warranty, and Sony has a reputation for good quality. Point being: not Apple's fault if unit breaks down after one year if you don't purchase extended warranty. All electronics are made in China anyway, so buy the extended warranty. More later after using the iPod for a while.
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