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maclover001
Oct 28, 2008, 11:42 PM
What do you think was Apple's best iPod ever? I'm going to exclude the Touch just to keep everything more balanced.



NT1440
Oct 28, 2008, 11:44 PM
how can you exlude what is easily the best ipod ?

Etrain
Oct 28, 2008, 11:46 PM
The iPod Mini no question. It was my first Apple product so I'm biased. :p

maclover001
Oct 28, 2008, 11:50 PM
how can you exlude what is easily the best ipod ?

Because the Touch is a Touch.
I want to know the best of the click wheel iPods.

It's like me asking "Apple IIe vs Macintosh 128k vs (list more old Apple's here......) vs Mac Pro."

NT1440
Oct 28, 2008, 11:52 PM
Because the Touch is a Touch.
I want to know the best of the click wheel iPods.

It's like me asking "Apple IIe vs Macintosh 128k vs (list more old Apple's here......) vs Mac Pro."

Then i suggest you change the title.

maclover001
Oct 28, 2008, 11:54 PM
Then i suggest you change the title.

Does it not say "excluding the Touch"?

NT1440
Oct 28, 2008, 11:57 PM
Does it not say "excluding the Touch"?

Also says best ipod EVER

maclover001
Oct 29, 2008, 12:01 AM
Also says best ipod EVER

Happy?

NT1440
Oct 29, 2008, 12:03 AM
Happy?

well, technically you have to touch an ipod to use it.


Lol im just being a prick, id have to say the 5.5 gen ipod video. Oh the days before encrypted firmware. It was fun being the only kid in school playing gameboy on their ipod.

Scarlet Fever
Oct 29, 2008, 12:28 AM
I reckon there are a couple. The 1st Gen iPod was way ahead of its time. Most people weren't ready for it. I'd say it was the best because it was so revolutionary.

Revolution aside, I think the iPod which best embodies what the iPod is about would be the 2nd Gen Nano. It was thin, small, light, and very useable, which all gave way to its primary purpose; portable music. I put my vote to this one.

That said, I still love my 5th Gen iPod and my 4th Gen Nano :D

Counterfit
Oct 29, 2008, 02:39 AM
ABSOLUTELY WITHOUT A DOUBT the iPod+HP.





:rolleyes: :D

Phat_Pat
Oct 29, 2008, 02:53 AM
3rd Gen WITHOUT QUESTION.

the 4 red buttons were jesus.

Michael CM1
Oct 29, 2008, 03:01 AM
I'm still of the thought that "if I gotta deal with a click wheel, give me a crapload of storage." Thus a shout out to the iPod 6G (technically Classic). If the iPhone didn't do all the millions of other things it does, I would cringe at only 8GB of storage. But I let that slide when I'm playing frickin' Spore Origins on it. :)

Bernardinho
Oct 29, 2008, 05:24 AM
I reckon there are a couple. The 1st Gen iPod was way ahead of its time. Most people weren't ready for it. I'd say it was the best because it was so revolutionary... snip

Chance for me to review my personal iPod Museum...
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I have the 1st Gen iPod "Say Hello to iPod" (which I still have... it needs a Mac, and Firewire to sync and recharge... better not get a new syle Macbook). One day I left it in a cafe in Kerala: South India and came back the next day and showed all the features to the guys who had been looking after it (and playing with it!).

Next I bought a Mini (green first gen) which was great and hard to scratch, even when I dropped it in the street. Should have voted for that!

I also owned an original white Shuffle for travelling, (which was not quite beach proof and not quite the same after going in the sea). You remember Steve Jobs asked "ever wondered what this tiny pocket is for?) before revealing it from the smallest front pocket on his Levis. I've never seen a pair of jeans where that pocket goes down deep enough... so did he have the Levis altered specially?

I couldn't resist the white Nano, which was my first with a colour screen. Made to go in your top shirt pocket, great!

And then I bought a 30Gig (video) iPod to make sure my whole music collection could be in one place. The thin form made it better than the top of range one. Also I realised that I wouldn't keep an itunes library that large in one place on the mac either.

Got a green tieClip Shuffle, which is great for cycling in the park (but you shouldn't listen to music on a bike).

the following 3 "iPods" are off topic for this thread.. but I count them.
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Had a Touch for a year, and sold it (scratch free!) because I bought an iphone.

iPhone original "our best iPod ever" (hardly use the ipod features because battery life for calls and texts is too critical for that).

Lastly upgraded to iPhone 3G! phew!

= 10 iPods in total.

The 30GB ipod is the "best" feature wise. I even bought for it the overpriced Apple case. Italian leather made in China lol.

The original iPod mini was the nicest looking.

The white Nano the most convenient.

The 1st Gen iPod got my vote for nostalgic reasons.

Dagless
Oct 29, 2008, 06:06 AM
iPod 5.5G. IMO it's the best looking of all the big iPods, navigation is quick, sound quality brilliant. Best of all that battery has never died on me unlike my 3G iPod. I can take it out with me for the weekend and never worry about the battery until I get home.

I'd love a 160gb HDD and a fresh battery for when mine start failing in the future. Though the bigger HDD is probably just a pipedream.

Honourable mentions
iPod Shuffle 2G - saved me taking a bigger iPod so many times, and likely saved the big iPods life :D
3G - beautiful! Shame ours is crapping out now. Firewire broke, its scratched to hell, battery life is horrific.

iGary
Oct 29, 2008, 06:16 AM
iPod 5.5G. IMO it's the best looking of all the big iPods, navigation is quick, sound quality brilliant. Best of all that battery has never died on me unlike my 3G iPod. I can take it out with me for the weekend and never worry about the battery until I get home.

I'd love a 160gb HDD and a fresh battery for when mine start failing in the future. Though the bigger HDD is probably just a pipedream.

Honourable mentions
iPod Shuffle 2G - saved me taking a bigger iPod so many times, and likely saved the big iPods life :D
3G - beautiful! Shame ours is crapping out now. Firewire broke, its scratched to hell, battery life is horrific.

I agree.

iCantwait
Oct 29, 2008, 08:13 AM
i have the first 4 iPods (bitches be crazy)
and iThink that THE iPod that made the iPod name was the 4th gen - C'mon perfection (and also the mini at that time)
Yes the 5G is sexy and it was a brilliant product - but that came off the back of the 4th gen and the mini.
iLove my first and fourth gens the most (iPhone 3G is crap:eek:)
iFind excuses to whip out my 5gb of glory at any moment to show off even though i have my iPhone in my other pocket.

SO... i am giving my loving vote to the fourth gen because that is the greatest iPod ever:)


note i was just about to start a "4G iPod is awesome'' thread then i found this:D

Sdashiki
Oct 29, 2008, 08:35 AM
The Mini was and is the most easily upgraded and repaired iPod to date.

For this reason, itll always get my vote.

For a music player, it cant be beat. Great battery life (easily replaced as the tech gets better). Size can be increased by CompactFlash cards (up to 64GB currently, for the price of an 8GB nano). Solid metal, non reflective, easily cared for.

the Mini will always be MY music player for the forseeable future.

maclover001
Oct 29, 2008, 09:18 AM
I'm putting my vote for the 3G. Although I have never owned one, I love the backlit buttons.

http://av.watch.impress.co.jp/docs/20030429/ipod1.jpg

millar876
Oct 29, 2008, 09:33 AM
I LOVED my 3G iPod, i liked the complete solid state controlls and partial controll backlighting. If they just updated the screen to the Photo one, I'd have been happy. I kept it til the HDD crapped out on me and I had to get a Photo (4G)

Phatpat
Oct 29, 2008, 09:50 AM
The U2 iPod, no doubt

Dino451
Oct 29, 2008, 12:14 PM
5/5.5G ipod. I have seen and still see many people with that model.

iObama
Dec 2, 2008, 09:55 PM
5.5G iPod was the best one ever.

It was the last good one they made. Even though it does more stuff, I hate the new software. It's so unlike the classic and simple iPod software that got the world crazed for digital music in their pockets!

Plus, you can't have an iPod without there being an option for a white one. It's sacrilege. I know it's geeky, but when I think of how Apple is trying to screw over the iPod "classic" (what a stupid ****ing name...) it kind of pisses me off.

student_trap
Dec 2, 2008, 10:21 PM
Plus, you can't have an iPod without there being an option for a white one.

I too wish there was still a white option, but then again im not sure that a change that getting rid of the white imacs and soon macbooks was a good idea (aesthetically speaking of course).

There is just something about apple products and the colour white

Jack Flash
Dec 2, 2008, 10:23 PM
The iPod classic is the best non-touch iPod.

SkyBell
Dec 2, 2008, 10:31 PM
I had a 4G iPod+HP a while ago, and I wouldn't mind having one again. It gets third place in my mind.

Next up, the 1G iPod Shuffle. A virtually indestructable, cheap (for the time, anyway) iPod that served me as my main iPod for over a year. Also one I wouldn't mind having again.

But, first place for me, is the iPod mini. One of the best iPod's of all time, if only for the click wheel. (The colors were rockin' too.) :)

cmooreou
Dec 2, 2008, 10:51 PM
3rd gen ipod looked the best and those buttons were awesome

i0Nic
Dec 3, 2008, 06:15 AM
Now that you can turn off coverflow mode, gotta say the new Nano is pretty sweet.

As far as older iPods go, the 5th gen iPod video is a classic.

SactoGuy18
Dec 3, 2008, 07:15 AM
I would agree on the 5.5G iPod "classic" but one problem: the battery life is woefully too short, especially on the 30 GB model. I like the 6G 80 GB and "6.5G" 120 GB models because they have really long battery life and both have enough storage capacity that ripping your CD collection at 256 kbps VBR or even going to Apple Lossless becomes quite viable. :) (I discount the 6G 160 GB model due to various issues with the hard drive in the player from what I've read here.)

koobcamuk
Dec 3, 2008, 07:25 AM
c'mon 3G iPod! Check thread in sig for photos of the beast.