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Item #: 472VID30GB
 

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by Guest Writer
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The Apple video iPod displays your videos and pictures in crisp, vibrant colors on its backlit LCD screen. The player's 30-gigabyte hard drive holds three weeks' worth of music, 25,000 photos, or up to 40 hours of video. And you're not limited to your personal collection of music and videos. You can easily add TV shows, full-length movies and even classic video games purchased from the iTunes Store.

The patented, easy-to-use Click Wheel lets you zoom quickly through the player's menus. And with the iPod's new alpha-numeric search function, you can quickly "drill down" through your library to find the music you're after. Using an optional iPod dock, you can display your movies and photos on a TV screen, so everyone can join in the fun.

Note: requires free iTunes® software download from www.apple.com

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Highlights:

  • 30GB hard drive holds approximately:
    • 40 hours of video, transferred from iTunes
    • 25,000 photos, transferred from iTunes
    • 1,000 hours of music at 64 Kbps
    • 500 hours at 128 Kbps
  • 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 MOV formats
  • 65,536-color 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 14 hours music playback; up to 3.5 hours video playback
  • 2-1/2"W x 4-1/16"H x 1/2"D
  • weight: 4.8 oz. (includes built-in battery)
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Computer Requirements:
  • requires iTunes 7 or later (software not included, must be downloaded from Apple iTunes website)
  • broadband Internet connection recommended
Macintosh®:
  • high-speed USB port
  • Mac OS X v.10.3.9 or later
Windows®:
  • high-speed USB port
  • Windows 2000 with Service Pack 4 or later, or Windows XP Home or Professional with Service Pack 2 or later

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Features and Specs
General
File Formats
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MP3
AAC
Protected AAC/WAV/AIFF/MP3 VBR/Apple Los
Voice Recording
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No
Radio Tuner
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No
Display Illumination
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Yes
Display Color
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Full Color
Equalizer Presets
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22
Maximum Battery Life
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14 Hours
Included Battery Type
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Rechargeable
Weight with Battery (ounces)
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4.8
Width (inches)
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2-1/2
Height (inches)
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4-1/8
Depth (inches)
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0-1/2
Parts Warranty
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1 Year
Labor Warranty
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1 Year
Media Types
Built-In Memory
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30 GB
Built-In Memory Type
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Hard Drive
Removable Media
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None
Inputs & Outputs
Headphone Output
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Earbud
USB
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2.0 High Speed
Other PC Connections
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  • Black iPod 30GB digital music player
  • Black soft case
  • White earbud headphones with 44" cord (stereo mini-jack connector)
  • 39" USB cable (iPod Dock connector on one end and a USB Type A connector on the other)
  • iPod dock adapter
  • Quick Start guide
  • Important Product Information booklet
  • 2 Apple decals

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Features
Video Features
Photo Features

Features

Compatibility: This 5th generation Apple iPod is compatible with both Macintosh and Windows operating systems with the following minimum requirements:

  • Operating System:
    • Windows: Windows XP Home or Professional with Service Pack 2 or later, Windows 2000 with Service Pack 4 or later
    • Macintosh: Mac OS X v10.3.9 or later
  • USB Port: USB 2.0 (a USB 1.1 port can be used, but it'll provide slower data transfer than a 2.0 port)
  • Software: iTunes 7 or later (software not included, must be downloaded from Apple iTunes website)

Storage Capacity: This iPod has a built-in 30 GB hard disc drive, capable of storing up to 7,500 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 40 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.

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 is converted to AAC format by default.

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, 65,000-color liquid crystal display has 320 x 240 pixel resolution and 0.156mm dot pitch.

Backlighting: The display's white LED backlight illuminates the LCD screen for a selectable amount of time each time a button is pressed. The backlight timer can be set for 2, 5, 10, 15 or 20 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 all songs on the playlist, 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.

Album Art: iTunes has a setting allowing the iPod to display the album art associated with the album playing.

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 Audible.com, 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 up to 24 hours in advance. The sleep timer can be set to automatically turn off the unit 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, pictures, and books, you can play one of four pre-loaded games on your iPod. The games that are available include Brick, Music Quiz, Parachute, and Solitaire.

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. You can also charge the battery by FireWire (also called IEEE 1394 or i.LINK), but downloading is done only by USB.

High-Speed Transfers: Transfer time varies depending upon how much music you want to transfer from your computer to your iPod. When you connect the iPod using USB 2.0, data is transferred at up to 480 Mbps.

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 14 hours of music playback time, 4 hours playback of slide show with music or up to 3-1/2 hours of video playback. The battery charges up to 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 on CD-ROM. 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 768 Kbps, 320 by 240 pixels, 30 frames per sec.
  • 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 frames per sec.
  • Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48 kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats

Viewing and Listening to Videos on iPod: Downloaded videos appear in the Videos menus on iPod. Music Videos also appear in Music menus. When you choose a video from a Videos menu, you see and hear the video. When you choose a music video from a Music menu, you hear the song, but don't see the video.

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 Pro, 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 30GB iPod will hold up to 25,000 photos downloaded using the included 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 (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 (12 options), TV Out (allows you to choose On, Off, or Ask; if you set TV Out to Ask, iPod gives you the option of showing videos on TV or on iPod every time you play a video), 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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5 out of 5

Worth every penny

Written By xandra, NY on Friday, August 10, 2007
 
If you dont believe money can buy you happiness - buy an iPod. From day one I was thrilled: I stuck the thing in my pocket as I did household chores and walked the dog - I found myself dancing about while cleaning, and my pooch got longer walks

I own 2 iPods:
1. the original is permanently attached to my reciever. No hunting for CDs, finding music is a breeze, choose a different tune or opus to suit your mood, Friends over? just put it on a long playlist - no jumping up to change disks

2.60GB Video iPod: I bought it to display lyrics and thought Id never use it for videos: Wrong I was: You just need a special cable (or ideally a dock) to attach it to your TV. I converted all my exercise videos to iPod format (this takes a little computer know-how). Now when travel I can do my workouts, watch Lewis Black, or listen to music.

ABOUT SIZE, BATTERY LIFE, OTHER USES:
* You can store files on the iPods hard drive (great backup for important stuff)
* If you want to play videos Id reccomend the larger models (60, 80gb) I have a very large music collection and tons of videos + about 500MBs of files on it. and still have plenty of space to grow.
*BATTERY LIFE has increased with each model, and the larger models last longer. SIZE MATTERS: higher rez audio, and video burns up the battery quicker. Use excellent Apple lossless format for classical but stick to AAC 128bit for popular music. Set the display to turn off quickly when listening to music for best longevity.
*Plan on spending more for one of the gazillion Add-on gadgets that meet your particular fetish.

If you love music, youll never regret the purchase.
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5 out of 5

Great value for the price.

Written By Philbert, Baltimore, Maryland on Wednesday, August 08, 2007
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This was my first ipod. And I imdiatly fell in love with it. I can now get all the cds out of my console and doors of my truck. It takes a little used to using the click wheel but its easy as pie to use. It will be used more for when Im driving to be played through my Jensen vm9511ts. Ive read about problems people have scratching it up, I plan on using the case it came in since it will be mounted in my truck. Maybe later get a case with a clip for my belt. It will even make a nice addition to listen to at work when sanding. The only thing I find annoying is that fingerprints are bad on the black, but Ill use my screen wipe from my radio.
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4 out of 5

Fantastic MP3 Player

Written By anthony, Visalia, CA on Wednesday, June 27, 2007
 
This Mp3 is awesome. I have the Pioneer AVIC-D3 DVD/Navigation head unit in my truck. I purchased the IPOD cable and I can watch video and everything. This IPOD can be everything you need it to be, Video player, Music Keg, MP3 player and much more. For the $ don't get anything else.
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5 out of 5

exceptional

Written By Eric, Smithtown, NY on Monday, April 23, 2007
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this little player is exceptionally well made. not much words needed to explain this thing. you'll never regret purchasing this little baby.
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4 out of 5

Apple iPod® 30GB

Written By Susan, Baltimore MD on Friday, April 06, 2007
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Overall I LOVE my new ipod. The video is great and it's easy to load/use. The only drawbacks are that it scratches easily and I didn't like the earbuds. I suggest getting a really good case before you even open the box (the back of mine was all scratched up first day and all I did was lay it on my desk while I was loading it!) and new headphones.
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4 out of 5

Apple iPod® 30GB

Written By Zac, connecticut on Monday, February 12, 2007
 
this is a huge upgrade from my old 2gb mp3 player. i had spent alot of time looking for a suitable replacement. so i got this. i love it. the videos are clear. album artwork is a plus. and its a very good product. the only downsides are the fact it scratches easily. ive kept mine in a case and the back is moderatley scratched. also, the battery life is poor. and the last thing is that with all hard drives..the more it is filled the slower it will react so there is some lag when changing from song to song and all other things that need to load. all in all it is a pretty good investment.
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5 out of 5

Great buy, very satisfied

Written By Jon Schumaker, Gladstone, MI on Wednesday, January 24, 2007
 
I would start off by saying that I have not had any major problems in the year that I have owned the Ipod. The 30 GB hard drive has ample space for most people's needs. The quality of the display is good, with a bright screen, and with very good resolution. I love the click wheel and its easy to use and makes navigating the menus simple. This unit has been very reliable.

Now here are some of the cons:
- the screen scratches easily (recommend a case)
- watching videos are almost pointless because of the small screen
- battery life could be alot better
- the included ear buds don't fit my ear (I bought new in-ear headphone buds from apple.com)
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2 out of 5

Loved it while it lasted

Written By Anonymous, Mahwah, NJ on Saturday, December 09, 2006
 
30 gig iPod started to act funny just before it's 1/st birthday. Contacted apple. They had me reset, restore, and other temporary, time consuming fixes that get her up and running again for a week or so, then the sad apple face would appear. Next I was told to do some hidden diagnostics by holding various keys, then to force it into "disk mode" by holding the play and select key after restart. Seemed to work. Had to go through te tedious restore again, and just about a week later, it died for good. During the last troubleshooting session, my warrantee expired. Apple basically told me I'm out of luck since I do not have apple care.
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