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billchase2
Apr 18, 2006, 10:10 AM
okay, so i'm a technology major... about to graduate... and get this, i don't own an ipod. even all my computer illiterate friends have them. i've wanted one since they first came out, but i just didn't have the money. well, i believe i'll soon have the money for one because today is my birthday (and i've received some birthday money) and because of tax returns.

so... my question is: do i buy a video ipod soon? like, the 30 or 60 gig models? if i do, which of the two would you recommend? i'd rather have the 60 gig for obvious reasons, but that'd take a bit more saving. the second part to my quesion, is do i wait a little while for the new rumored true video ipods to come out? so yeah, now? or later?

i'd rather have one sooner than later... but i don't want to make the mistake of purchasing one JUST before the new models come out.

any feedback would be appreciated!



dalvin200
Apr 18, 2006, 10:17 AM
as it's your birthday - why didn't you go and buy the 30GB Black 5G iPod (seeing as you have the money n all)..

and you can always play the waiting game, but you'll end up with nothing.. EVER.. because you'll always be waiting for better and newer things to come out..

if you have the money, buy it now.. if (and when) a newer model comes out, you can sell what you had and buy the new one.. and enjoy what you had for all thos months/years instead of "waiting" :)


ps: it's not the video iPod.. it's an iPod capable of playing video

student_trap
Apr 18, 2006, 10:18 AM
the current models are superb, so don't be put off buying one, also, i'm hoping that a 40gig version will come out with the 30gig's dimensions as 30gigs just isn't enough fpr me and the 60gig is too large physically. I think that we may even see a capacity upgrade before the rumored touchscreen video ipod. But then again, i am only guessing.

In terms of size, it depends on what you prefer: size or capacity

Once you know that, then you can pick either 30 or 60. As i have already said, i'd go for the 30 due to its size.

mox358
Apr 18, 2006, 10:32 AM
I concur. I recently upgraded to a 60GB iPod with video and I have no regrets. It's an amazing little player!!! Although I don't find the 60GB to be that big, not for the amount of storage you get. But if you have the money already and your library isn't > 30GB go ahead and get the 30GB because it is smaller and you can start enjoying it right away!

And if a widescreen, bluetooth iPod with built in toaster comes out next week oh well, the iPod you get will still function perfectly, and you'll also have the benefit of proven technology at it's peak of performance, instead of untested new technology that might not work as well.

billchase2
Apr 18, 2006, 10:41 AM
thanks for the responses so far.

i didn't realize the 60 gig was bigger than the 30 gig. my roommate has the 30 gig and it's sweet.

as far as my library goes, i have a little under 20 gig of music. my only concern is if i went with the 30, i wouldn't have much room to play with, especially since they can play video now.

hmm... i'm still not sure if i want to wait or not. i didn't wait when i ordered my 17" powerbook... and just a few weeks later they announced the macbook pros.

(btw, buying an ipod today for my birthday would be the coolest. lol)

BornAgainMac
Apr 18, 2006, 12:21 PM
Look at the specs on battery life. The 60 GB version is better for videos when it comes to battery life.

billchase2
Apr 18, 2006, 12:27 PM
how much larger is it in size? is it quite noticable? or not bad?

mox358
Apr 18, 2006, 12:36 PM
I have the 60GB and I have no problems with the size. It's bigger than the 30GB no doubt, but it's not a giant or anything. Well worth it too when you look at the battery life like BornAgainMac mentioned.

billchase2
Apr 18, 2006, 01:39 PM
wow, why is the battery life SO much better with the 60 gig model??

rockthecasbah
Apr 18, 2006, 01:50 PM
how much larger is it in size? is it quite noticable? or not bad?
it's "noticable" but it's not like "wow which one is which, i have no clue!" If you study them or compare them, you will notice a size difference. Regardless, the 60GB model is still thinner than the 4th generation 20GB iPod, which is the common man's iPod and is recognized as still rather thin. If you have the money, need the space, want better battery life but don't mind that there iPod isn't the slimmest one out there then i would reccommend the 60GB.

Beware that the 60GB does indeed has 6 hours more battery life according to Apple (http://www.apple.com/ipod/specs.html) than the 30GB model, which is a very large amount. If you want more video playback, the 60GB model will also increase that ability by 1 full hour (4 hours total).

supremedesigner
Apr 18, 2006, 01:51 PM
Well, if you prefer to have closed caption or subtitle, I'd wait if I were you. I know it's hard....That's why I never own iPod yet.. I'm waiting for my true iPod. :)

ehayut
Apr 18, 2006, 03:01 PM
Go for it man.

You can't always wait for new technology. Yes, a newer iPod will come out eventually, but if you base your decision on "oh, a new iPod will come out at some point" you'll spend your whole life waiting

billchase2
Apr 18, 2006, 03:23 PM
cool. i may just bite the bullet and order one in the next week or two. probably the 60 gig.

i'll use froogle to find a good price... but does anyone know of a cheap place to get one from offhand?

Stampyhead
Apr 18, 2006, 03:49 PM
Do it, do it! I have the 30 gig and I love it. Don't think about it any more, just go and do it.
Oh, and happy birthday. Mine was on Sunday.

twoodcc
Apr 18, 2006, 05:07 PM
i say go for it. get the 60 gb. my birthday is in June, and that's probably what i'm gonna get

luckylisp
Apr 18, 2006, 07:04 PM
Definitely get it now, the video iPods are awesome. I have the 30 gig and wonder why I waited so long. Pretty much the only reason to wait for a full screen video one (that is if they indeed do come out, who even knows) is if you mainly want your iPod for watching videos. If you want it mainly for music, (which I think most people do) just get it now. You won't regret it.

fourthtunz
Apr 18, 2006, 07:38 PM
I've been waiting too, wondering what the next ipod will be but I already have two so I ain't sufferin' too much:D
You could get one of the refurbed models at the apple site, hedge your bets;)
I'm gonna get the mini for now,peace and happy b'day:)
daniel

NicP
Apr 18, 2006, 07:44 PM
cool. i may just bite the bullet and order one in the next week or two. probably the 60 gig.

i'll use froogle to find a good price... but does anyone know of a cheap place to get one from offhand?

get it from the apple store online with education discount while you are still a student

Mammoth
Apr 18, 2006, 10:34 PM
wow, why is the battery life SO much better with the 60 gig model??

The battery life is better because the 60GB hard drive is thicker than the 30GB and thus the entire iPod must be thickened unless you want a little lump.. so Apple decided to slap in a larger battery with all that room to spare.

ehayut
Apr 18, 2006, 10:49 PM
as someone said before, from the apple site with education discount

mannix87
Apr 19, 2006, 05:43 AM
just buy it and you won't regret it. just a warning though, be prepared to lose several weeks of your life tinkering w/ it and its amazing functions. the DVD ripping and conversion takes a bit of time, same with the video downloads from iTMS, google video and a host of other podcast sites.

gadgetgirl85
Apr 19, 2006, 04:06 PM
Buy it! I waited out long enough now mine will be here tomorrow :D (hopefully!)

HugMnster
Apr 19, 2006, 06:14 PM
Buy it! I waited out long enough now mine will be here tomorrow :D (hopefully!)


I just got my 60 gig video ipod monday an love it so far. Not watch much video on it but one video podcast. ripped a music video an convert to ipod format to watch later on. Plan to put few more videos on there for camping trip next week.

jack

gadgetgirl85
Apr 19, 2006, 09:18 PM
I just got my 60 gig video ipod monday an love it so far. Not watch much video on it but one video podcast. ripped a music video an convert to ipod format to watch later on. Plan to put few more videos on there for camping trip next week.

jack


I have plans to rip a couple of DVDs I have and try and find some music videos to download. All I have to do is find a tutorial on here and learn how :D

j26
May 1, 2006, 09:05 AM
I have plans to rip a couple of DVDs I have and try and find some music videos to download. All I have to do is find a tutorial on here and learn how :D

1.Mac the Ripper
2.Handbrake
3.iSquint

billchase2
May 18, 2006, 09:32 AM
a quick update:

i still haven't ordered one because i was on vacation in vegas for a while and am now just getting back to work. the problem is... where i'm working is a television station and i'm there on an internship... which means no pay. i have enough money for a 30gb ipod right now but really want the 60 because i'll fill up around 20gb or so just after connecting it for the first time.

should i continue to wait or just go for it now and get the 30?

luckylisp
May 18, 2006, 10:46 AM
If you know you'll fill up 20gb's straight away, you buy new cd's all the time, and you do like to have most of your music with you, then you should wait and get the 60 gb. It sounds like you're leaning towards the 60gb, so that's probably the right decision for you.

For myself, I prefer the 30 gb. It's slimmer in size and I just don't need all of my music on me at once. 30gb is *a lot* of music to have at your disposal. I have everything I love on there (and then some) and still have 14 gb's free. I actually pondered getting the 60gb at one point, but after using my 30gb for a month or two now, and seeing my listening patterns, I'm glad now that I didn't. So if you can do without having everything you own on there at once and prefer the slimmer size, you might want to consider the 30gb.

billchase2
May 18, 2006, 11:42 AM
being that i don't have an ipod yet... i don't know the answer to this question. but if i were to go with the 30gb and decided i didn't want ALL my music to transfer, how would i set it up? i thought that after you set it up that it would automatically send all the music you have on your computer over to the ipod when it synced.

because i'm not sure if i'd really need ALL the music on me at all times... it'd be nice... but it'd save me 100 bucks...

luckylisp
May 18, 2006, 12:29 PM
No, you can uncheck albums/or individual songs in iTunes so it won't sync those particular choices. Basically you can have everything in your iTunes folder but you don't need to sync everything to go on to your iPod.

billchase2
May 18, 2006, 03:50 PM
ohh... so when i uncheck the boxes in itunes (as well as not playing them) it doesn't sync them?

rye9
May 18, 2006, 04:10 PM
ohh... so when i uncheck the boxes in itunes (as well as not playing them) it doesn't sync them?

Correct, when you plug in the iPod, open iTunes Preferences and select the option which states that only checked songs will be synced to your iPod.

sam10685
May 18, 2006, 05:12 PM
NOT to buy... every rumor everywhere says it could be really soon.

imacintel
May 18, 2006, 05:22 PM
My iPod has died. It would show the apple logo, spin up the HD, then shut off, and repeat.:confused: I was told by AppleCare to let the battery drain, and then charge it. Didn't work. Welcome Creative Zen(discovered that this hing is quite a brick, thought it was as thin as nano.

billchase2
May 19, 2006, 08:59 AM
yeah, what's this i've heard about the new ipods coming out REALLY soon?? does anyone have any links to more recently developed articles about it? i'm just curious as to why everyone is assuming it will now be sooner than later like originally expected.

drFUNK
May 21, 2006, 06:15 PM
If you're a student, go here (http://store.apple.com/1-800-780-5009/WebObjects/EducationIndividual?type=higherEd&promo=StudentUnion&cid=EDU-AOSA10000008186). Apple offers 20% off to most university students.

billchase2
May 21, 2006, 09:44 PM
yeah, i used the education discount for my powerbook. just wondering about the new ipod rumors..............

rjg125
May 22, 2006, 03:53 PM
I just had the same experience and I just went for it. Bought the 60gb video iPOD and don't regret a single bit. I gave it some thought and the roumor that the new ones will have a touch screen scares me. I hate touch screen technology, it just gets dirty and fingerprinted constantly and I don't think I would enjoy such thing on an iPOD. So for now the current video model is perfect for me. It's a pretty slick gadget, I love it !

luckylisp
May 22, 2006, 05:07 PM
I gave it some thought and the roumor that the new ones will have a touch screen scares me. I hate touch screen technology, it just gets dirty and fingerprinted constantly and I don't think I would enjoy such thing on an iPOD.

That's my feeling on the touch screen too. I dont know why everyone is wanting one really. :confused: I guess they would have to improve the screens durability and use a special coating or a different material for the screen entirely to make it even possible. Even then it would be hard to keep it clean and you wouldn't be able to use a hard case like an agent 18 and so forth.

billchase2
May 24, 2006, 09:18 AM
hmm... i'm beginning to wonder if i really should continue to wait or not. yes, it is rumored that the new ones will come out soon... but at the same time, do i really want one of the new ones? it sounds like it will be more of a PDA than an ipod. but... if i did wait for it and decided i'd rather have the current ones... they'd probably be cheaper.

decisions decisions...

BurtonCCC
May 24, 2006, 09:23 AM
I'm selling my brand new 60GB. So if you want a $400 iPod and $35 case for $350, here (http://cgi.ebay.com/APPLE-60GB-BLACK-VIDEO-iPOD-DEATH-CAB-FOR-CUTIE-iSKIN_W0QQitemZ9731315306QQcategoryZ90964QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem) it is. I'll ship it to you for free too because you're a MacRumors user. :)

Daniel.

crazydreaming
May 24, 2006, 10:33 AM
I'm contemplating the same decision. I currently have a unopened iPod mini because my last one broke and apple replaced it. I haven't opened it for awhile now because I'm thinking about selling it and buying a 60GB 5G. But the rumors of a new iPod and the buyers guide are telling me to wait a little more, but I'm starting to miss having an iPod!

billchase2
May 24, 2006, 01:12 PM
I'm selling my brand new 60GB. So if you want a $400 iPod and $35 case for $350, here (http://cgi.ebay.com/APPLE-60GB-BLACK-VIDEO-iPOD-DEATH-CAB-FOR-CUTIE-iSKIN_W0QQitemZ9731315306QQcategoryZ90964QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem) it is. I'll ship it to you for free too because you're a MacRumors user. :)

Daniel.
i'd be kind of interested, except i get the educational discount with it so i wouldn't really be saving a whole lot. if you'd go cheaper... then perhaps we could talk ;-)

billchase2
May 24, 2006, 01:13 PM
I'm contemplating the same decision. I currently have a unopened iPod mini because my last one broke and apple replaced it. I haven't opened it for awhile now because I'm thinking about selling it and buying a 60GB 5G. But the rumors of a new iPod and the buyers guide are telling me to wait a little more, but I'm starting to miss having an iPod!
exactly, people keep telling me to wait too... but c'mon... i've been waiting long enough! i don't know if i can hold out until the next one!

electronboy
May 24, 2006, 01:45 PM
i'd rather have the 60 gig for obvious reasons... i'd rather have one sooner than later...

I think you answered your question. If you get an iPod and Apple releases a new one within 14 days your in luck.

crazydreaming
May 24, 2006, 01:47 PM
I think you answered your question. If you get an iPod and Apple releases a new one within 14 days your in luck.

and why is that? You can only take it back if you pay a restock fee. How much is the restock again?

interlaced
May 31, 2006, 12:07 AM
Just buy mine. Heh. :p

sunfast
May 31, 2006, 04:12 AM
I'm just about to buy a 60GB 5G. Can you tell me how the size compares with my current iPod (a 3G 40GB)?

billchase2
May 31, 2006, 08:41 AM
Just buy mine. Heh. :p
lol, i would look into it... but once again, with my educational discount, i can get a new one for just about the same price.

billchase2
Jun 8, 2006, 09:47 AM
i'm beginning to grow a bit impatient for the new ones to come out. i need a new toy!!!

not sure how much longer i want to wait...