Apple Ipod Classic, 160GB, Black, John Lewis, £169
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Apple Ipod Classic, 160GB, Black, John Lewis, £169

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Found 28th Jan 2013
This seems to be the cheapest this has been for a while. Let me know if you've seen it somewhere cheaper.
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Apples share price goes down............. and so do the prices. X)
Still the best high capacity mp3, good price.
That is a good price and its John Lewis as well. I was thinking about getting an iPod Classic as I heard a rumour that Apple are considering discontinuing them.
I can't believe that these haven't come down in price. I paid close to this price for my 160gb about 4 or 5 years ago...........is this a slimmer model than mine or have an added features?
(my first one died about a month out of warranty, but Apple still replaced it)

not voting, but still surprised at the price
Still the best mp3 player out. Shame nobody's come close to beating it allowing the price to stay high.
I've got the U2 30GB Video edition and glad that I've a piece of history with me Still working very well although has been just sitting on a dock since the launch of 3GS....
DeltaPapaOscar

Still the best mp3 player out. Shame nobody's come close to beating it … Still the best mp3 player out. Shame nobody's come close to beating it allowing the price to stay high.


Well if you mean in terms of sound quality, then I wholeheartedly disagree. I have a Cowon J3 which, quite frankly, absolutely blows this thing away in terms of sound quality. However, micro sd cards only go up to 64GB atm so the storage capacity/build quality and software is better on the iPod. But for sound quality iPods are ****.
chris2010uk

Well if you mean in terms of sound quality, then I wholeheartedly … Well if you mean in terms of sound quality, then I wholeheartedly disagree. I have a Cowon J3 which, quite frankly, absolutely blows this thing away in terms of sound quality. However, micro sd cards only go up to 64GB atm so the storage capacity/build quality and software is better on the iPod. But for sound quality iPods are ****.



Cowon rock
I think it's very big brother of Apple to regulate/limit how many computers you're allowed to connect your ipod to, but my main gripe has got to be how itunes totally messes up the id3 tags of e.g. mp3 files. I good, practical player would be one that you are able to copy tunes onto, and just as easily get them back. itunes renames all the files to an unrecognisable state. I'm sure there are better players
Ahh, the REAL iPod!

I have one of these in the car. My whole music library and not a pointless touchscreen to be seen! Perfect for plug in and forget use.
Hi Chris2010uk

Plus, you have to suffer the Apple iPod sound limiter which doesn't allow to turn the volume up beyond the EU enforced limiter. I bought an american one of these, just so I could turn the volume up, it was twice the volume of the UK/EU version. The trouble was the USA unit failed (the hard drive packed up) and Apple replaced it with a UK version!! Not too happy about that! The build quality is OK but they are too expensive for what they are and what a pile of sh*te "itunes" is!
Edited by: "rayhertford" 28th Jan 2013
hot deal.
iTunes is awful. And iPod classics in my experience are unreliable and stop working. Wouldn't pay £170 for this. (and does anyone really need 160GB of music on a portable device?)
chris2010uk

Well if you mean in terms of sound quality, then I wholeheartedly … Well if you mean in terms of sound quality, then I wholeheartedly disagree. I have a Cowon J3 which, quite frankly, absolutely blows this thing away in terms of sound quality. However, micro sd cards only go up to 64GB atm so the storage capacity/build quality and software is better on the iPod. But for sound quality iPods are ****.



To an audiophile maybe, but for the majority of people listening to lossy MP3 files with average at best headphones/earbuds then the sound quality of an iPod is perfectly adequate. Besides, a lineout and amplifier are available if you want more oomph.
Good price for an excellent MP3 player. Hot!
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jeczap

is this a slimmer model than mine or have added features?


Apple’s massive success with the iPod led to stagnation in the market and unfortunately Apple stopped developing the software beyond the basic features that it had aeons ago. It’s good at what it does but lacks in features compared to the Creative Zen 60GB that I had about 8 years ago.

I have a Classic 160GB and will keep it until it’s possible to get a 4 or 5” Android device that supports 128GB cards. Also I need to find a good music player for Android that has the features I want otherwise I will have to write one myself.
jeczap

I think it's very big brother of Apple to regulate/limit how many … I think it's very big brother of Apple to regulate/limit how many computers you're allowed to connect your ipod to, but my main gripe has got to be how itunes totally messes up the id3 tags of e.g. mp3 files. I good, practical player would be one that you are able to copy tunes onto, and just as easily get them back. itunes renames all the files to an unrecognisable state. I'm sure there are better players



try Media Monkey on a PC; its way better than itunes...
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Ian182

does anyone really need 160GB of music on a portable device?)


Need No, want Yes, it’s been selling for years which answers your question.
It also supports video although I personally have never used it for video viewing.

jeczap

I can't believe that these haven't come down in price. I paid close to … I can't believe that these haven't come down in price. I paid close to this price for my 160gb about 4 or 5 years ago...........is this a slimmer model than mine or have an added features? (my first one died about a month out of warranty, but Apple still replaced it)not voting, but still surprised at the price



Same situation. In just over a year my drive was corrupt and the battery capacity beyond a joke.
It was immaculate and rarely left the safety of the house, I'm still bitter about it.

The Shure 530's I bought also degraded due to a known cable fault.
Between the two of them it was the worst portable audio investment I've ever made!


iRiver FTW!

Edited by: "MBeeching" 28th Jan 2013
jeczap

I think it's very big brother of Apple to regulate/limit how many … I think it's very big brother of Apple to regulate/limit how many computers you're allowed to connect your ipod to, but my main gripe has got to be how itunes totally messes up the id3 tags of e.g. mp3 files. I good, practical player would be one that you are able to copy tunes onto, and just as easily get them back. itunes renames all the files to an unrecognisable state. I'm sure there are better players



With iPod Classics, providing you select "manually manage your music", you aren't regulated with how many computers you're allowed to connect your iPod to (unless they've changed it with the latest Classics). Also, iTunes doesn't touch my id3 tags (trust me, I'm picky about them). Just be sure to tell it not to when it's installing.

Copy Sharepod on to your iPod and you'll be able to get music back from it with ease. It's not perfect and I was very much against iTunes at the start (I still hate it as a player), but once you get the hang of it, it's quite good at keeping things organised on your iPod. Plus, playlists are a breeze compared to most other players I've used.

Edited by: "wingedvictory" 28th Jan 2013
Silverbullet767

I have one of these in the car. My whole music library and not a … I have one of these in the car. My whole music library and not a pointless touchscreen to be seen! Perfect for plug in and forget use.



I have an Alpine head unit specifically designed to interface with iPods. It's great having 80gb of music in the car - very tempted to upgrade since I think the hard drive on mine is developing bad sectors (had it for quite a few years now). Also want to extra space :P
jeczap

I can't believe that these haven't come down in price. I paid close to … I can't believe that these haven't come down in price. I paid close to this price for my 160gb about 4 or 5 years ago...........is this a slimmer model than mine or have an added features? (my first one died about a month out of warranty, but Apple still replaced it)not voting, but still surprised at the price



This is slimmer. The 160GB went down to a 120GB and then went back to a 160GB. Current RRP at Apple is £199, so this is about a tenner cheaper than the usual High St price of £179-£182.

For the audiophile, you might want to try putting it through one of these docks before shoving it through your amp. Looks to be a decent buy at £20 and seems to work with all iPhones/iPods with the 30 pin connector.

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rayhertford

Hi Chris2010ukPlus, you have to suffer the Apple iPod sound limiter which … Hi Chris2010ukPlus, you have to suffer the Apple iPod sound limiter which doesn't allow to turn the volume up beyond the EU enforced limiter.



A tip to improve things. iTunes cuts down the volume on your recordings anyway. Try boosting this as below and couple with some more efficient headphones and see if that improves things.

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Edited by: "spraint" 28th Jan 2013
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Cold. Could get 17 Sansa Clips for that price.
icecreamwoman

Cold. Could get 17 Sansa Clips for that price.


Handy! Where are you getting 10£ Sansa clips, incidentally?
icecreamwoman

Cold. Could get 17 Sansa Clips for that price.



Great comparing an 8gb player (tops) to 160gb... Spread your 136gb over 17 players. Very handy...
Edited by: "wingedvictory" 28th Jan 2013
icecreamwoman

Cold. Could get 17 Sansa Clips for that price.



17 Sansa Clips still couldn't play one video. Try comparing like players. If you really want to go all out, get one of these

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lovedove

You can also put Rockbox on this. Click here for details



I had an iPod Touch for a while and thought the sound was pants (bass drive and clarity wise) compared to that of my Sony Walkman MP3. As a result, I haven't touched another iPod since. I was going to get a portable headphone amp, but it's something extra to take around. Does anyone recommend Rockbox to improve the sound on the Classics?
The 160gb ipod classic is the ipod for real music fans, well recommended. Had mine since 2008 and still going strong.
jeczap

but my main gripe has got to be how itunes totally messes up the id3 … but my main gripe has got to be how itunes totally messes up the id3 tags of e.g. mp3 files. I good, practical player would be one that you are able to copy tunes onto, and just as easily get them back. itunes renames all the files to an unrecognisable state. I'm sure there are better players



This is my main gripe but for the opposite reason as what you have stated. iTunes uses UTF-8 coding, which covers many alphabets and character sets and is what all taggers should be using. However, many still use old fashioned proprietary Windows or ISO character coding for their ID tags. That is why you get garbled tags. It is not the fault of iTunes but of others' failure to move with the times.
lovedove

You can also put Rockbox on this. Click here for details



I had an iPod Touch for a while and thought the sound was pants (bass drive and clarity wise) compared to that of my Sony Walkman MP3. As a result, I haven't touched another iPod since. I was going to get a portable headphone amp, but it's something extra to take around. Does anyone recommend Rockbox to improve the sound on the Classics?
Does a line out from a iPod classic to a Fiio improve sound quality? if not what alternative products can boast better sound quality than a 5th Gen IPod device within similar price range?
Still carry mine in my bag for when my phone battery gets low.
Thought they'd be cheaper than this by now though.
I wish there was another high capacity mp3 player. i HAD to buy one because there was nothing else I could find to compete with it.

Although since 32gb micro SD's are getting cheaper, I have now bought a Sansa Clip Zip. LOVE IT!!! I have 2 32gb SD's, Installed RockBox, Never use my Classic anymore, and that's mostly because of iTunes.
Edited by: "ardley216" 28th Jan 2013
Silverbullet767

To an audiophile maybe, but for the majority of people listening to lossy … To an audiophile maybe, but for the majority of people listening to lossy MP3 files with average at best headphones/earbuds then the sound quality of an iPod is perfectly adequate. Besides, a lineout and amplifier are available if you want more oomph.


While you're right that most people don't care.. I definitely found there was a big difference with the same MP3/AAC file between the two devices. Everything just sounds so much better (especially with the Cowon Jet Effect Equalizer)

I was just taking issue with you saying it is the best MP3 player, because I very much disagree. My music has been given a new lease of life and the Cowon does make a massive difference in regards to that. But I agree that if you're not too bothered about sound quality and also use not so good headphones, then this is the best for storage.
shiningflarenova

Does a line out from a iPod classic to a Fiio improve sound quality? if … Does a line out from a iPod classic to a Fiio improve sound quality? if not what alternative products can boast better sound quality than a 5th Gen IPod device within similar price range?


If you're bothered by sound quality, then I would suggest a Sansa Clip which you can rockbox. However, I would strongly suggest a Cowon device such as a J3 which offer really good sound quality. There is also a 120GB hard disk based Cowon MP3 player but this is obviously much bigger than my J3 (but has 60 hours+ battery life!)
This is 177 on amazon. Is it that big a deal to save 8 pounds or am I missing something?
If you need more than 160gb (maybe you like lossless formats), I just picked up a refurbed 7th Gen with a 240gb drive for £140 with free shipping off fleabay. It arrived in 5 days from Singapore. No complaints at all, works flawlessly.
I am a fan of these. Bought one second (or third or fourth) hand from CEX for £99 a year or so ago. Never leaves the house just sits in a big old dock station and is superb for playlists and holding all my music. One thing I have never understood is how rubbish they are with audiobooks, they do not list properly but as has been mentioned the software has not changed in ages. Bargain though for the sheer volume it holds. I rip stuff in lossless with this and still have plenty off space. I know the drive will eventually go but at this price if mine broke tomorrow I would get another without thinking about it.
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