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 3 or later
- Macintosh: Mac OS X v10.4.11 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)
- Internet Connection: Broadband Internet connection recommended
Note: The iPod
classic comes with no software. You must download the latest version of iTunes
music management software from the Apple website.
iTunes: iTunes is the software application you use with the
iPod classic. iTunes can sync music, audiobooks, podcasts, and more with your iPod
classic. When you connect the iPod classic to your computer, iTunes opens
Auto-Synching: Each time you
connect the iPod classic 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.
This iPod classic has a built-in 120 GB hard disc drive, capable of storing up to
30,000 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 150 hours of
video. In addition to storing audio, you can use the HDD to store data files as
Skip Protection: In addition to
the hard drive, the iPod classic 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
Design: Beautiful, durable, and sleek, the iPod classic features an
anodized aluminum and polished stainless steel enclosure with rounded edges. The
iPod classic is available in a silver or black finish.
Display: The 2.5" QVGA liquid
crystal display has a 320 x 240 pixel resolution at 204 pixels per inch and
features an LED backlight..
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,
or 30 seconds, always on, or off.
Controls: The iPod classic'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 on top of 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 classic's buttons with
the top-mounted hold button.
Hold Switch: If you don't want to turn your iPod classic on or
activate controls accidentally, you can disable them with the unit's Hold
switch. The Hold switch disables all Click Wheel controls, and also disables
functions that are activated by movement, such as shaking to shuffle and
rotating to enter or exit Cover Flow.
Customize Main Menu: You can add often-used items to the
iPod classic main menu. For example, you can add a Songs item to the main menu, so
you don't have to choose Music before you choose Songs. You can also remove
items you do not use on a regular basis.
Headphones: The iPod classic comes
with earbud-style headphones with 18mm drivers using Neodymium magnets.
If desired, you can use any headphones with a 3.5mm mini-plug.
Maximum Volume Limiter: The iPod classic provides an easy way
for you to set a maximum volume limit to prevent the volume from exceeding a
certain level. This feature works with any headphones attached to the headphone
jack and with the iPod Radio Remote; other Apple and third-party accessories are
not supported with this feature. You can also assign a combination to prevent
the setting from being changed which is ideal for parental control
Note Reader: The iPod classic has
a built-in note reader that lets you download text-based information and read it
on the screen.
Recording Voice Memos: You can record voice memos using an
optional iPod classic-compatible microphone (sold separately). You can set chapter
marks while you record, store voice memos on the iPod classic and sync them with
your computer, and add labels to voice memos. Voice memos cannot be longer than
two hours. If you record for more than two hours, your iPod classic automatically
starts a new voice memo to continue your recording.
Clock Functions: The iPod
classic 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
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.
Games: In addition to enjoying
music, video, pictures, and books, you can play one of three pre-loaded games on your
The available games include iQuiz, Klondike, and Vortex. You can purchase
additional games from the iTunes Store (in some countries) to play on iPod
classic. After purchasing games in iTunes, you can add them to iPod classic by
syncing them automatically or by managing them manually.
Store Data Files: You can use the iPod classic as an external
disk to store data files.
Dock Adapter: This unit comes
with a white plastic dock adapter which allows the iPod classic to be docked in an iPod
dock. An optional iPod dock is available from the
Computer Interfaces: The iPod classic connects to your computer's high-power USB 2.0 port for downloading and
charging the battery.
Power Requirements: The iPod classic
has a built-in rechargeable, non-removable, lithium ion battery. When the iPod
classic is connected to your computer, the battery charges. When fully
charged, the battery provides approximately 36 hours of music playback time
or 6 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
Audio Formats: The iPod
classic 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
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.
Auto Music Syncing: By default, the iPod classic is set to sync
all songs and playlists when you connect it to your computer. This is the
simplest way to add music to the iPod classic. You just connect the iPod classic to
your computer, let it add songs, audiobooks, videos, and other items
automatically, and then disconnect it and go. If you added any songs to iTunes
since the last time you connected your iPod classic, they will be synced with your
iPod classic. If you deleted songs from iTunes, they are removed from your iPod
Playlist Music Syncing: Setting iTunes to sync selected
playlists to iPod classic is useful if the music in your iTunes library does not
all fit on your iPod classic. Only the music in the playlists you select is synced
to your iPod classic.
Playback Functions: You can set
the iPod classic 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
classic 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.
On-The-Go Playlists: You can
program the iPod classic 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.
Rating Songs: You can assign a rating to a song (from 1 to 5 stars) to
indicate how much you like it. You can use song ratings to help you create Smart
Playlist automatically in iTunes.
Genius: Genius automatically creates playlists containing
songs in your library that go great together. To use Genius on iPod classic, you
first need to set up Genius in iTunes. Genius is a free service, but an iTunes
Store account is required (if you don't have one, you canset one up when you
turn on Genius). iTunes collects anonymous information about your library and
compares it with all songs available at the iTunes Store and with the libraries
of other iTunes Store customers. The amount of time this takes can vary
according to the size of your library, connection speed, and other factors.
Search Music: You can search iPod classic for songs, playlists,
album titles, artist names, audio podcasts, and audiobooks. The search feature
doesn't search videos, notes, calendar items, contacts, or lyrics.
Cover Flow: With the Cover Flow feature on the iPod classic,
you can flip through your music via album art to find the album you want to
hear. Cover Flow lets you use the iPod classic's Click Wheel to browse music by
album cover, then select an album to flip it over and see the track list.
Song Names: You can enter song names and other details manually to a
Adding Lyrics: You can enter song lyrics in plain text
format into iTunes so that you can view the song lyrics on your iPod classic while
the song is playing.
Cross-fading Songs: You can set the iPod classic to fade out at
the end of each song and fade in at the beginning of the song following it.
Volume Leveler: iTunes can automatically adjust the volume of songs,
so they play at the same relative volume level. You can set iPod classic to use
the iTunes volume settings.
Equalizer: The iPod classic'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.
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 classic 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 classic and iTunes. You can also set the speed at
which the audio book is played back.
Optional FM Radio: You can listen to radio using the
optional iPod Radio Remote accessory (sold separately) for the iPod classic. iPod
Radio Remote attaches to iPod classic using the Dock connector cable.
Video Playback: You can purchase
movies, videos and TV shows, and download video podcasts at the iTunes Music
Store, and then download them to your iPod classic. You can view and listen to the
videos on the iPod classic or on a TV connected to the iPod classic via an
optional AV cable. The iPod classic supports up to 150 hours of video.
Video Formats: The iPod
classic 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 120 Kbps, 48 kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov
- 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 120 Kbps, 48 kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov
- MPEG-4 video, up to 2.5 Mbps, 640
by 480 pixels, 30 frames per sec
- Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio
up to 120 Kbps, 48 kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats
Video Syncing: You can add movies and TV shows to the iPod
classic much the same way you add songs. You can set iTunes to sync all movies
and TV shows to your iPod classic automatically when you connect the iPod
classic, or you can set iTunes to sync only selected playlists. Alternatively,
you can manage movies and TV shows manually. Using this option, you can add
videos from more than one computer without erasing videos already on iPod
Watching Rented Movies: You can rent movies from the iTunes
Store and watch them on the iPod classic. You can use iTunes to rent the movies
and transfer them to your iPod classic. Rented movies are playable only for a
limited time. The time remaining in which you must finish watching a rented
movie appears near its title. Movies are automatically deleted when they expire.
Notes: Rented movies are not available in all regions.
Viewing and Listening to Videos: Downloaded videos
appear in the Videos menus on the iPod classic. 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. Video can be played back in a landscape or portrait
orientation on the iPod classic's screen.
Importing and Viewing Your Own
Videos: You can view other video files on the iPod classic, 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 the iPod classic, import it into iTunes,
and then download it to the iPod classic just as you would download any video to
the iPod classic.
Watching Videos on a TV: If you have an iPod AV Cable, you can watch videos on a TV
connected to your iPod classic. First you set the iPod classic to display videos on a TV, then
connect the iPod classic to your TV, and then play a video.
Photo Playback: The iPod classic holds up to 25,000 photos which
you can sync from your Mac or PC via iTunes. Using the Click Wheel you can
scroll through photo thumbnails. To see a photo full screen, all you need to do
is click the center button. You can also view your photo slideshows complete
with music and transitions. Photos can be viewed in a landscape or portrait
orientation. Using an optional Apple component or composite AV cable you can
view your iPod classic's photos on your connected TV.
Compatible Photo Formats: This 120 GB
iPod classic will hold up to 25,000 photos downloaded using iTunes software
converted from JPEG, BMP, GIF, TIFF, PNG, and PSD (Mac only).
Adding Photos: You can add photos to the iPod classic from a
folder on your hard disk. If you have a Mac and iPhoto 6 or later, you can sync
iPhoto albums automatically. If you have a Windows PC and Adobe Photoshop Album
2.0 or later, or Adobe Photoshop Elements 4.0 or later, you can sync photo
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.