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Apple 80 GB iPod video Review

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Submitted by on December 29, 2006 – 12:32 amNo Comment

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This update to the 5th generation iPod with video playback features a huge 80GB hard drive – the largest yet! With iTunes 7 ushering in movie and game downloads, there's more than enough content to satisfy this beast of a media player. You also get a 2.5" display that is now 60% brighter, a higher capacity battery for up to 20 hrs. of music and 6.5 hrs. of video, and a set of newly designed iPod earbuds. 


Product Features

    * Black iPod with 80 GB hard drive for songs, podcasts, videos, games, and more
    * Large, 2.5-inch, 320 x 240 pixel color display screen is 60 percent brighter
    * Holds up to 20,000 songs, thousands of photos, and hours of video
    * Search function lets you type name of song with Click Wheel for instant results
    * Measures 2.4 x 4.1 x 0.55 inches (W x H x D); 1-year limited warranty

Technical Details

    * Storage: 80 GB
    * Song capacity: 20,000
    * Photo storage: 25,000
    * Video storage: 100 hours
    * Audio support: AAC (16 to 320 Kbps), protected AAC (from iTunes Store), MP3 (16 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, audible (formats 2, 3 and 4), Apple lossless, AIFF and WAV
    * Frequency response: 20Hz to 20,000Hz
    * Photo support: JPEG, BMP, GIF, TIFF, PSD (Mac only), and PNG formats
    * Video support: H.264 video: up to 1.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 fps, baseline low-complexity profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48 kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; H.264 video: up to 768 Kbps, 320 by 240 pixels, 30 fps, baseline profile up to level 1.3 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48 kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG-4 video: up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 fps, simple profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48 kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats
    * Display: 2.5-inch (diagonal) QVGA transflective, over 65,000-color liquid crystal display with white LED backlight
    * Resolution: 320 x 240 pixel resolution, 0.156-millimeter dot pitch
    * iPod ports: Dock connector, stereo minijack, composite video and audio through minijack
    * Connectivity: USB through dock connector; composite video (with AV cable, sold separately) and audio through headphone jack or line out on the iPod Universal Dock (sold separately)
    * Battery: Built-in rechargeable lithium ion battery
    * Battery life: Up to 20 hours of music playback; up to 6 hours of slideshows with music; up to 6.5 hours of video playback
    * Charging option: Charging via USB or FireWire to computer system or power adapter (sold separately)
    * Charge time: About 4 hours (2-hour fast charge to 80-percent capacity)
    * Headphones: Frequency response: 20Hz to 20,000Hz; Impedance: 32 ohms
    * Languages: Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Swedish, Traditional Chinese, and Turkish
    * Environmental requirements: Operating temperature: 32 to 95-degress F (0 to 35-degress C); Nonoperating temperature: -4 to 113-degrees F (-20 to 45-degrees C); Relative humidity: 5 to 95-percent noncondensing; Maximum operating altitude: 10,000 feet (3000 meters)
    * System requirements (Mac): USB 2.0 port; Mac OS X v10.3.9 or later; iTunes 7 or later
    * System requirements (PC): USB 2.0 port; Windows 2000 with Service Pack 4 or later, or Windows XP Home or Professional with Service Pack 2 or later; iTunes 7 or later
    * Color: Black
    * Dimensions: 2.4 x 4.1 x 0.55 inches (WxHxD)
    * Weight: 5.5 ounces
    * Warranty: Single-incident telephone support for the first 90 days and a one-year limited warranty



The 80 GB iPod is the most polished and fully-feature iPod to date. Music, videos, photos, podcasts, games, and notes in the palm of your hand. In addition, an 80 GB behemoth is at your fingertips too. However, the iPod does have some minor but noticeable flaws.


- Most sophisticated iPod yet with music, videos, photos and more
- Brighter backlight then its preceding generation
- Extended battery life gives more video playback time
- Spacious 80 GB hard drive
- Five year old and aging click wheel continues to show its ease of use
- Well supported by the prestigious iTunes 7 media program
- Overall, a well rounded media player that everybody should have


- Overall, no new major installment to the iPod then its last version.
- As its predecessor, iPod screen and especially body very prone to nicks and scratches. Also leaves unattractive fingerprints and smudges.
- Small iPod screen not ideal for extended periods of video-watching.
- Very narrow video-format compatibility
- Does not contain official software or instructions on how to convert common video file formats such as AVI or MPEG to the video format the iPod only reads, MP4
- FireWire functionality has disappeared and is no longer compatible











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