View Full Version : iPod 3G Appreciation Thread

Nov 7, 2008, 03:34 AM
Taken from the "Post your mac setup 7" thread, seems like there's a few people that love the iPod 3G.

I love the smooth lines, the lovely touch sensitive buttons (that can't be used with gloves, but neither can my iPhone so I am used to it), and the amazing backlight. 20GB of music on there, a very cool music quiz game.

This iPod shipped with a dock, a wired remote, headphones and a carry case with a clip. I really do love this thing.

Just the iPod and dock:


The music quiz game:


The inline remote:


The headphones:


And finally, my introduction to Firewire. I had a PC at the time, but the iPod shipped with this lovely Apple adaptor to change to mini-FW. The transfer speeds were like nothing I had seen before (USB 2.0 wasn't out back then).

I love you firewire.

I also still have the box and instructions somewhere.

Please post your iPod 3Gs!

Nov 7, 2008, 08:57 AM
Sadly, I forgot my 3G when I left for fall semester at college this year...so no pics until Thanksgiving. But I totally agree about the awesomeness of the 3G...
One of the most underrated points to me is the grayscale screen--SOO much easier to see without the backlight turned on. Also, unlike any of the following models, no off-colored clickwheel...just plain white goodness, save for the super-cool red illumination.

All the packed-in accessories (on the bigger models) were really nice to get as well! Dock, case, remote...that's easily $60 bucks of accesories that I'd buy anyways...and besides, the case has helped keep my 3G looking really good--the only exception being the slight scratches on the back from the tag inside the case...oh well.

Nov 7, 2008, 09:47 AM
300 well spent methinks.


Sickeningly awesome.

Still, in my opinion, the peak of iPod design.

Nov 7, 2008, 09:34 PM
Traded for this with a copy of Tiger a few months ago, I love this thing so far! 15gb :D

I also love how there are no crevices for dirt/dust/liquid to get down in (click wheel) for outside activities where there might be dirty conditions.


Nov 9, 2008, 05:32 PM
I love the 3G, for me, although it wasn't nearly as easy to use blind as the 4th gen, just had the most amazingly aesthetically perfect design. I loved the fact that those red lights shone from its touch buttons, almost ooozing quality, while its near lack of moving parts (and total lack of moving parts for the user- aside the hold switch:rolleyes:) was phenomenal. It was also the first one that i remember seeing all over the place and wanting!

Finally, it came in the most amazing box, which seemed to just keep unfolding with more and more wonderful INCLUDED accessories.

I have three of them, one of which is in mint condition, and i used them all the time untill i got my touch, which i now consider as the next best ipod since the 3G.

like the 3g it is:

All touch controls
An absolute joy to use
you have once again to marvel at its size with respect to its function
the 3G set up the shape/design of the ipod (classic) for years to come, and my guess is that the touch will do the same

Nov 9, 2008, 05:53 PM
iPod 3G ftw. I still have mine and I used it until I got my touch. Easily the best iPod design ever, after the touch.

Tom B.
Nov 9, 2008, 07:40 PM
I always loved the 3rd generation iPod, and I still really want one, but unfortunately they hold their value rather well. In particular I am looking for an almost perfect 10, 15 or 20GB model, as I think the larger capacity models are too thick. One day I'll have one...

Nov 9, 2008, 07:44 PM
I loved mine, but it ultimately died. COD was water damage secondary to running in a thunderstorm. :( I do have to admit my replacement running iPod was a Nano, and I do rather love NikePlus.

Nov 10, 2008, 07:23 PM
Just bought one (15gb) on eBay for $25 in the box with all accessories. I also picked a 4th gen 4ogb for $20 will all the orignal accessories. Hope i enjoy it as much as all of you. Happy Holidays!

Nov 11, 2008, 05:34 AM
Glad to see the comments guys. I love the thing. I also agree that it's the pinnacle of Apple iPod design. I love my iPhone, I really do, but this iPod is getting on in years and still looks fresh. The screen is so easy to read, the buttons turning red is amazing. :apple:

Nov 11, 2008, 12:30 PM
Ah how I wish I have one of those. I'm currently on the hunt for one of those, but they're hard to come by.

Nov 11, 2008, 09:33 PM
This was my first iPod. I had a driving job and used it 8 hours a day for two years. The red buttons, the font... wow.. I'm having a silly bout of nostalgia here. I approve of this thread.

Nov 12, 2008, 01:56 PM
Stupid thing of me to say probably... but I think this was many people's first iPod. This is before Windows iTunes! :)

Nov 12, 2008, 02:09 PM
My first iPod was a 1st gen shuffle 1gb. Which I got in 6th grade.

Nov 12, 2008, 02:28 PM
My first iPod was a 1st gen shuffle 1gb. Which I got in 6th grade.

I remember when there was no such thing as an iPod or iMac for that matter. Back when your radio/cassette walkman cost $100 and was the latest and greatest technology, other than VHS recorders of course.
I also remember the iTunes icon being purple, so pretty.

Nov 12, 2008, 02:43 PM
Anybody had any luck converting their hard drive-based 3G ipod into a solid-state (flash card based) iPod?

Periodically I ask around, just in case someone made it work.

I recently got a 4G to work....for awhile....with a flash card but the cheap part from China failed on me, so no dice. I did, however, love it while it lasted.

I would probably pay 300 dollars again for a 3G with an extra long life battery and a solid-state 16 gigs of memory. Total heaven.

Nov 12, 2008, 04:01 PM
My 80gb Classic was dropped and the hard drive died so i swapped it out for a 120gb solid state drive and it works great, and it evens loads faster.

Nov 14, 2008, 04:20 AM
This was my first iPod, and imho is the best for a number of reasons.

The buttons light up all pretty
You can control it while docked without having to push hard therefore reducing pressure on the dock point (more an issue on 3rd party perifs when the dock surround isn't as snug as it should be)
It was my first iPod

Nov 19, 2008, 09:53 AM
My 3G has finally just given up the ghost after 4 and half years. It cuts out in the middle of tracks, skips, randomly crashes an won't sync more than 5GB of content (probably the RAM cache or the HD), but was working flawlessly up until last week.

My favourite iPod was, unsurprisingly my first - the 2G with solid state wheel but mechanical buttons around it's circumference. A better layout I believe than the separate buttons. However that one only lasted a year and a half before the HD gave out, so what do I know.


Nov 19, 2008, 11:56 AM
The 3G was my first iPod. I paid $449 for the 40GB model at Best Buy and still remember the entire buying experience. I was very excited.
My wife still uses it on a daily basis. (I have migrated to the shuffle and its minimalist design) She loves the fact that her entire music library is at her fingertips.
I too think the 3G is the best design of all the full-size iPods. I love the row of buttons and the fact that they light up red. I have to admit that I think that the shuffle is the best designed product ever (Yes, I mean all products in the man made world). I have an iPhone, and I love it, but the design of the 3G is better.

Dec 3, 2008, 07:26 AM
Vote here (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=591068)!

Scarlet Fever
Dec 3, 2008, 07:51 AM
3G was my first 'pod as well. I got the 10gb model when I was 15. My parents didn't like the iPod back then because they thought it was an excuse to be antisocial. They have owned 2 each since then.

The backlit touch buttons were amazing. When they were first announced, I thought they were just a premium version of the 2G iPod; they couldn't possibly make something which looked that cool available to the plebs :p

I loved that iPod to death. It held strong for about 36 months, until my use of it as a bootable external drive finally killed it.

I now own a 5th Gen U2 iPod, which, after about 2 years of constant use still looks near new, and a 4th Gen Nano, which I lose in my pocket because its so damn thin.

Dec 3, 2008, 08:11 AM
Still use my 40g 3G, has taken a lot of use without a hiccup and I love the firewire it's great as a truly portable drive.

Mar 2, 2009, 02:35 AM
My iPod 3G 15GB ;)
I'm waiting for new battery (850 mAh).

Mar 2, 2009, 06:39 AM
I bought an ipod nano and recently sold it because i couldn't read the screen very easily, and have since gone back to my ipod 3g 40g, i will post some pics next time im on, i have the original box and all original accessories. I refer to it 'lovingly' as my 'i brick' becuase i bought the biggest hard case i could find.

Mar 2, 2009, 08:47 AM
i wish they still shipped with all those awesome accessories

Mar 5, 2009, 11:42 AM
I have new battery in my iPod 3G - 850 mAh :cool:
And I have one question: How to remove scratches on iPod?

Mar 5, 2009, 12:19 PM
I have new battery in my iPod 3G - 850 mAh :cool:
And I have one question: How to remove scratches on iPod?

I've tried this method (http://www.detwiler.us/ipodpolish.html) with some success. It will decrease the visibility of deep scratches and overall shine your iPod up quite a bit. If it only has light scratches to begin with, the effect will be less noticeable.

May 29, 2009, 06:51 AM
I just inherited a 20Gb 3G, and I love it. I was wondering if there are any programs available for it beyond the built-in games. I'm especially interested in a secure password file, if such a thing exists.

Unfortunately, the iPhone and other ipod models completely dominated google searches, so I haven't had much luck there.

Thanks in advance

Jul 13, 2009, 10:01 AM
If anyones interested I just came across a brand new ipod 3g on ebay.http://cgi.ebay.com/BRAND-NEW-IN-BOX-Classic-Apple-iPod-3rd-Gen-15-GB-MP3_W0QQitemZ290330027651QQcmdZViewItemQQptZOther_MP3_Players?hash=item439904a683&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=65%3A1%7C66%3A3%7C39%3A1%7C293%3A1%7C294%3A100

Vogue Harper
Jul 13, 2009, 05:21 PM
A 3G 20GB iPod was my first iPod, I loved the thing. I had to fit a firewire card to my PC (at the time) in order to use it. I remember seeing them when I was on a trip to New York in 2003 and knew that I had to have one eventually. It was probably the one which really kicked off the iPod's popularity.

I still have it and sometimes will dig it out to listen to a random song. I agree that it is probably the best looking iPod, those little red lights looked amazing but the click wheel was ultimately a much more intuitive design even if it was clunkier aesthetically. It was amazing to think of all the accessories it came with - the black carry case, dock (which I remember looked like a little bar of soap in its plastic wrapper), remote control. It makes me happy thinking about it :)

Jul 14, 2009, 12:24 PM
i have the 20GB version, also my first iPod. the fact that it came with all the necessary accessories was great and sadly missed in iPods now. my second HDD finally died on me about 9 months ago so i finally upgraded to the 32GB iPod touch 2g. i was still getting about 5 hours on the original battery.