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The Apple iPod classic lets you keep plenty of entertainment choices at your fingertips. The player features a sleek, all-metal case and an 80-gigabyte hard drive that can hold over seven weeks of music, 25,000 photos, or up to 100 hours of video. Images show vividly on the player's backlit LCD screen. And with a rechargeable battery that delivers up to 30 hours of audio or five hours of video, you can enjoy your tunes and movies even when you travel.

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Product Highlights:

  • 80GB hard drive holds approximately:
    • 100 hours of 1.5-Mbps video
    • 25,000 photos
    • 2,667 hours of music at 64 Kbps
    • 1,333 hours at 128 Kbps
  • other bitrates supported
  • plays MP3, WAV, AAC, AIFF (uncompressed), Apple Lossless, and Audible files (formats 2, 3 and 4)
  • displays photos converted from JPEG, BMP, GIF, TIFF and PNG formats
  • plays video in MPEG-4 and QuickTime formats
  • 2-1/2" backlit LCD screen
  • functions as an external hard drive for backup of computer files
  • repeat, resume, and random play
  • sleep and wake timers
  • notes reader
  • appointment calendar and contacts list
  • dock adapter for docking accessories
  • high-speed USB interface (cable included)
  • earbud headphones
  • built-in lithium ion rechargeable battery provides up to 30 hours music playback; up to 5 hours video playback
  • 2-7/16"W x 4-1/16"H x 7/16"D
  • weight: 4.9 oz.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Computer Requirements:
  • requires iTunes 7.4 or later (software not included, must be downloaded from Apple iTunes website)
  • broadband Internet connection recommended
  • high-speed USB port
  • Mac OS X v.10.4.8 or later
  • high-speed USB port
  • Windows Vista® or Windows XP Home or Professional with Service Pack 2 or later

Apple iPod® classic 80GB Reviews

Average Customer Review:

14 Reviews

Apple iPod® classic 80GB

Written by: Dutch from MD on September 16, 2008

I bought this iPod, my first, for audio books and to try to load training videos to review during slow times. I figured I would end up with some music too.
I have had the iPod out of the box for a week and have spent nearly $200 on music and have a shopping list longer then my song list! I also loaded many old tapes, LP's and a few CD's. I am enjoying music that I grew up with that is not on the radio, I am 51.
I also bought a car adapter to fit my vehicle which I think will be a great accssory.
If you are older or can't find what you want on the radio, spend some time on iTunes and you will be hooked.
Some reviews are critical of the iPods sound quality? For a portable player it sounds pretty good to me and through my vehicle's system is as good as CD's.



Awesome iPod.

Written by: Johnny from NW, Georgia on September 3, 2008

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This is the 2nd iPod I have bought in the last 6 months. I bought this one exclusively to use in my truck while I use the other one everywhere else I may be. Very cool, sounds awesome. I have over 3,000 songs on mine and several 100 pics and I love it. STILL plenty of room left on it as well.



Stop debating and just buy it!

Written by: Jonathan from Baltimore, MD on August 20, 2008

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I have been talking about getting an iPOD for years and I have just never gotten around to it. I spend almost 2 hours each day in my car and I can tell you this device is a dream. I use to have to switch CD's while driving, even with MP3 CD's, you run out of tunes at some point. Now I have my entire library in my hand and with My Alpine HU, I can find songs easily and faster than changing a CD. If you are on the fence about getting an iPOD, just suck it up and buy one, you will not regret it.

Sound quality is not bad, but I would recommend playing it through devices that can interface specifically with iPOD. Playing music through the headphone jack into your car stereo or home system gets complicated. You have to either defeat the iPOD's EQ, or tune your system to compensate for it. If you buy an iPOD adapter, you get a clean, unchanged signal to your stereo which makes tuning much easier.

I didn't give it a five because iTunes is terrible, and the device itself does not always display the correct album information. Minor flaws as far as I am concerned. Also, Do yourself a favor and get a case of some type while you are at it, these things scratch super easy.



Greatest invention since sliced bread.

Written by: Ray J from Deltona, FL. on August 3, 2008

I cannot praise this highly enough and it revolutionizes how we listen to
music. I wanted to rate it with 5 million stars! As a boy, I dreamed of the
day when we could hold our entire music collection in the palm of our hand
and that day is finally here. My friends pooled our CD collections and loaded
the 1200 CDs onto our ipods, then sold our ancient CDs and never looked
back. This only took 55 GB and leaves room for about 600 more CDs, more
music than I'll ever listen to in my life! The greedy music industry moguls
are shedding crocodile tears, for now CDs become open season for friends
to share collections for free! The array of accessories for ipods is mind
blowing and you can take your ipod anywhere and enjoy your vast music
collection. The ipod is so easy to use, a child can work it right out of the
box. Apple has succeeded in making a futuristic marvel at a ridiculous
bargain price. Their free itunes software lets you manage your collection on
your computer and add to it. Navigating through itunes and your ipod is so
easy and you can call up a favorite artist or CD in seconds, you can even
create playlists of your favorite numbers you listen to all the time. So join
the 21st century and throw away your closet load of CDs and put them in
the palm of your hand.



Most Used Product I Have

Written by: Stuart from Fort Smith, AR on July 4, 2008

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I resisted as long as I could but I finally broke down and purchased an ipod and I don't regret it. The 80gb has all the storage I need and then some. I've put all my old 80s cds on it and I keep 50-60 tv episodes on it that I watch on a regular basis and I still can't fill it! One incredible feature with this and all ipods is itunes. Its incredible! I have discovered ipod utopia! Like all ipods, the 80gb is very user friendly and once you set your sync options on itunes, you never have to worry. The only reason I couldn't give it 5 stars was because I had to purchase the fm radio to go along with it seperately. This has become the most used product I own!



Great device, Good job Apple!

Written by: TMONEY from Columbia,MD on July 3, 2008

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I'm fairly new to the MP3 community and so I was a little unsure as to the various devices and purchased my 6th Gen. ipod based on Apple's reputation. And Boy am I glad I did. This is a music lovers dream. All of the features are easily accessible albeit there's no manual provided. I was forced to purchase a book through my book store, but once I read through the basic chapters I discovered many more features that's available.The music "pumps!' and has great range and clarity and I only have it connected to my factory's line input on my 2008 ford mustang, WOW! I'll be upgrading to a much better stereo soon and cant wait to hear the results.Videos play well and are extremely detailed. again thanks!



iPod Classic 80GB

Written by: ADRIAN from La Jolla, CA on June 23, 2008

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So far so good. I have been using my Classic 80Gb iPod with an Eclipse interface on my Eclipse 5000 head unit in my 95 Volvo 850 turbo. I have been reluctant to use any mp3 or other compression devices due to inferior quality of sound and inabilty of saving mp3 files in the order of the original CDs. I am an audiophile and use expensive components both at home and in my car. Separate component speakers and amplifiers, etc. I am very happy to say that for the first time, I am not able to tell the difference between an original CD and the iPod's Apple LossLess encoder compressed files. Once I got technical help and became familiar with iTunes, I can create compressed files that sound to me exactly as good as an original CD when reproduced through my car's stereo system. I particularly love the iPod's capability of keeping the format of tracks from your original CDs. No more arranging tracks by alphabetical order or messing up continuing tracks from an original CD without space between tracks. I plan to use the iPod solely for music and possibly to back music and photos as data files in case my home pc breaks. Now I understand why I see all this people with their white ear buds walking around all over the place. I highly recommend this product.



iPod Classic 80gb

Written by: Virginia from Gainesville, FL on June 16, 2008

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This is my very first mp3 player. I have to say I am very pleased with the quality of this apple product. I needed a mp3 player with enough space to put my music library in and I was able to download my entire library of 300 +/- cd's with plenty of room to spare for more music..I haven't even tapped into the podcast or videos yet...there is soooo much room. For someone who is technically challenged, I found it very user friendly. The iPod has several different ways to find your fav tune or song very quickly, and I found the artwork to be a very nice touch in finding your fav album. This does not have the crystal clear clarity of cd (which the advertising does mention). A good set of headphones makes a world of difference than the ones that come with it. I went ahead and purchased a car/electrical outlet charger adaptor for my iPod for the times I do not have the capabilities for plugging directly into my pc. This is an extremely diversive audio system, and with the accessories, the possibilies are for now seemingly endless.



Great Item

Written by: Freddie from Puerto Rico on June 6, 2008

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This is a great iPod if you a looking for space and have a long library of music. This is also a great iPod if you are looking to import some movies, if you are looking to import a more extensive library of music I would recommend the 160GB iPod.

You can't go wrong with any Apple product, just analyze your needs, and be sure to chose the correct iPod for you!



Apple iPod® classic 80GB

Written by: Jeff from Zion, IL on February 2, 2008

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I love the sleek design.



Switching to Apple

Written by: Michael from Tyler, TX on February 1, 2008

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I love my new iPod. I switched from using the Zen Vision M 30 GB player. The iPod kicks Zen in style, size, and functionality, not to mention the availability of accesories. Yes you have to use iTunes instead of other services, but i don't download a lot of music. I have my entire CD collection (7000+ tracks) and several movies with over half of the disc space to spare on the iPod. It is the perfect way to transport entertainment on vacation or anytime.



So Far So Good

Written by: Scott from Killingly,CT on January 25, 2008

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I bought this for use with my Pioneer Avic D3 Nav. I havent had any problems other than trying to watch video on the D3 Head unit. I have about 5000 songs and 10 hrs of video and still have about 40gb free space. Nice.



More than I needed

Written by: Chris from St. Louis, MO on October 4, 2007

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This is a very nice player and a great value for what you get. You just need to make sure it is what you want. Pros: Apple style, iTunes software, interface, compact size, lots of memory. Cons: heavy, audio quality good not great, coverflow doesn't alway flow so smoothly.

I would say that if you are going to be using this for a lot of videos or just insane amounts of music, then this is a very good choice. However, I was looking for more portability and a little better audio characteristics. If you could assign half stars I would give this a 4.5/5. My ultimate iPod would be a 16GB Nano with improved audio. Surely it can't be far behind.



Everyone needs one of these!!

Written by: Daniel from Grand Rapids, MI on September 25, 2007

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I must say I am about as happy as anyone could be after I took the ipod plunge! After much research and talking with a friend of mine who has been pushing Apple for as long as I can remember, I ordered the 30 gig ipod video about a month ago and was very pleased until about 2 weeks later I heard that these were coming out. I sent it back to Crutchfield and you took it back no questions asked. I am more than completely satisfied!! You guys are the best and are truly the bar to measure all customer service to!!

This thing looks great, sounds great and Apple really has the whole user interface down. It works well and looks cool. I have over 500 albums on it, all of my photos from the past 5 years and still don't have half of it filled.
This is truly the one to have, get one and you won't be disappointed!



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What's in the box?

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  • Black iPod classic 80GB digital music/photo/video player
  • White earbud headphones with 44" cord (stereo mini-jack connector)
  • 38" USB cable (iPod Dock connector on one end and a USB Type A connector on the other)
  • White iPod dock adapter
  • Quick Start guide
  • Important Product Information booklet
  • 2 Apple decals

Features and Specs

File Formats MP3
WAV, ACC, AIFF, Apple lossless, Audible
Voice Recording Optional
Radio Tuner Optional
Display Illumination Yes
Display Color Color LCD
Equalizer Presets 22
Maximum Battery Life 30 hours
Included Battery Type Rechargeable
Weight with Battery (ounces) 4.9
Width (inches) 2-1/2
Height (inches) 4-1/8
Depth (inches) 0-1/2
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
Media Types
Built-In Memory 80GB
Built-In Memory Type HDD
Removable Media None
Inputs & Outputs
Headphone Output Earbud
USB 2.0 High speed
Other PC Connections N/A

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Video Features
Photo Features


Compatibility: This iPod classic is compatible with both Macintosh and Windows operating systems with the following minimum requirements:

  • Operating System:
    • Windows: Windows Vista or XP Home or Professional with Service Pack 2 or later
    • Macintosh: Mac OS X v10.4.8 or later
  • USB Port: USB 2.0 high speed (a USB 1.1 port can be used, but it'll provide slower data transfer)
  • Software: iTunes 7.4 or later (software not included, free download from Apple iTunes website)

Storage Capacity: This iPod has a built-in 80 GB hard disc drive, capable of storing up to 20,000 songs (4-minute song average--recorded in AAC format at 128 kbps), up to 25,000 pictures (iPod-viewable photos transferred from iTunes), or up to 100 hours of video. In addition to storing audio, you can use the HDD to store data files as well.

Auto-Synching: Each time you connect the iPod to your computer, the unit's Auto-Synch feature automatically updates it with any changes made to the iTunes program on your computer, including any new music purchased at the iTunes Music Store. If you prefer, auto-sync can be turned off.

Audio Formats: The iPod supports the following audio formats: AAC (16 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Music Store), MP3 (32 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, and 4), Apple Lossless, WAV, and AIFF. When you import music from a CD using iTunes, it can be converted to the AAC format.

Note: If you are using iTunes for Windows, you can convert non-protected WMA files to AAC or MP3 format.

Display: The 2.5" QVGA liquid crystal display has a 320 x 240 pixel resolution.

Backlighting: The display's white LED backlight illuminates the LCD screen for a set amount of time each time a button is pressed. The backlight timer can be set for 2, 5, 10, 20, or 30 seconds, always on, or off.

Controls: The iPod's touch-sensitive Click Wheel controls are located on the front of the unit. There are 3 Playback Mode buttons (Play/Pause, Previous/Rewind, Next/Fast-forward) and a Menu button located under the Click Wheel. The Select button is located in the center of the Click Wheel. The Click Wheel and Select button allow you to navigate through menus and song lists, highlight the desired selection, and select the item. To avoid unwanted actions due to accidental button pressing, you can disable the iPod's buttons with the top-mounted hold button.

Playback Functions: You can set the iPod to repeat one song over and over, or repeat all songs in the list (album or playlist) from which the song was selected. You can also have the iPod shuffle all songs on the HDD, shuffle the songs on the current list (album, playlist, etc), or shuffle albums (when set to shuffle albums, it plays all the songs on an album in order, then randomly selects another album and plays it through in order). During Shuffle play, the songs do not repeat until all songs have been played.

Cover Flow: You can browse your music album cover art using Cover Flow.

On-The-Go Playlists: You can program the iPod to play the songs you want in the order you want. The songs are queued in the On-The-Go playlist. In addition to individual songs, you can queue entire lists of songs (albums) in the On-The-Go playlist. There is no limit to the number of selections you can put in the On-The-Go playlist.

Equalizer: The iPod's built-in equalizer has 22 EQ presets to change the sound to suit a particular music genre or style. The presets include: Acoustic, Bass Booster, Bass Reducer, Classical, Dance, Deep, Electronic, Flat, Hip Hop, Jazz, Latin, Loudness, Lounge, Piano, Pop, R&B, Rock, Small Speakers, Spoken Word, Treble Booster, Treble Reducer, Vocal Booster, and Off.

Headphones: The iPod comes with earbud-style headphones with 18mm drivers using Neodymium magnets. If desired, you can use any headphones with a 3.5mm mini-plug.

Skip Protection: In addition to the hard drive, the iPod has a memory cache. Since it is solid state, there are no moving parts, so it is not affected by movement. The memory preloads up to 17 minutes of music to the cache at a time, equating to a 17 minute skip protection.

Listening to Podcasts: Podcasts are downloadable radio-style shows you get at the iTunes Music Store. Podcasts are organized by shows, episodes within shows, and chapters within episodes. If you stop listening to a podcast and go back to it later, the podcast begins playing from where you left off.

Audio Books: In addition to music, you can download audio books from the iTunes Music Store (approximately 9,000 titles) or from, an independent website with over 18,000 titles. The iPod will keep track of where you left off when you listened last like a virtual bookmark, and when you sync up with iTunes, the bookmark will continually update between the iPod and iTunes. You can also set the speed at which the audio book is played back.

Clock Functions: The iPod has an internal clock with time/date settings, a calendar, an alarm clock and sleep timer. The calendar can be advanced a day at a time or a month at a time. The alarm clock can be set to any minute and the sleep timer can be set to automatically turn the unit off in 15, 30, 60, 90, or 120 minutes.

Stopwatch: You can use the stopwatch as you exercise to track your overall time and, if you're running on a track, your lap times. You can play music while you use the stopwatch.

Note Reader: The iPod has a built-in note reader that lets you download text-based information and read it on the screen.

Games: In addition to enjoying music, video, pictures, and books, you can play one of three pre-loaded games on your iPod. The available games include iQuiz, Klondike, and Vortex.

Dock Adapter: This unit comes with a white plastic dock adapter which allows the iPod to be docked in an iPod dock. An optional iPod dock is available from the manufacturer.

Computer Interfaces: The iPod connects to your computer's high-power USB 2.0 port for downloading and charging the battery.

Power Requirements: The iPod has a built-in rechargeable, non-removable, lithium ion battery. When the iPod is connected to your computer, the battery charges. When fully charged, the battery provides approximately 30 hours of music playback time or 5 hours of video playback. The battery charges to approximately 80% of capacity in 2 hours and fully charges in 4 hours. A battery life indicator appears at the top of the display.

Software Note: The iPod comes with no software. You must download the latest version of iTunes music management software from the Apple website.

Video Features

Overview: You can purchase movies, videos and TV shows, and download video podcasts at the iTunes Music Store, and then download them to your iPod. You can view and listen to the videos on the iPod or on a TV connected to the iPod.

Video Formats: The iPod supports the following video formats:

  • H.264 video up to 1.5 Mbps, 640 x 480, 30 frames per second
  • 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 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per sec
  • Baseline Profile up to Level 3.0 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 frames per sec
  • Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48 kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats

Watching Videos on a TV Connected to iPod: If you have an iPod AV Cable, you can watch videos on a TV connected to your iPod. First you set the iPod to display videos on a TV, then connect the iPod to your TV, and then play a video.

Importing and Viewing Your Own Videos on iPod: You can view other video files on the iPod, such as videos you create in iMovie (on a Macintosh) or videos you download from the Internet. Using QuickTime, you can encode a video file for iPod, import it into iTunes, and then download it to iPod just as you would download any video to iPod.

Photo Features

Compatible Formats: This 80GB iPod will hold up to 25,000 photos downloaded using iTunes software converted from JPEG, BMP, GIF, TIFF, PNG, and PSD (Mac only).

Auto Transfer: The iPod can automatically transfer photos using iTunes if you have iPhoto v4.0.3 or later (Mac), Adobe PhotoShop Album 2.0 or later (PC), or PhotoShop Elements 3.0 or later (PC).

SlideShow: Photos can be viewed manually (one at a time) or automatically using the slideshow feature. When using slideshow, several settings are adjustable: Time Per Slide (2, 3, 5, 10, or 20 seconds), Repeat (on/off), Transition (5 options), and TV Signal (NTSC or PAL). Background music can be added to the slideshow and the slides can be displayed in random order.

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