iPod Classic: 120gb or 160gb?

Discussion in 'iPod' started by iSecks, Dec 28, 2008.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Dec 28, 2008
    I know this has been discussed many times, but all of the discussions I can find are from before the 120 came out or when it was really new.

    My previous iPod was a 2gb nano, which has always been full, and i've had to change my music around [~6gb music collection.] So, I need a new iPod, and for the past two days I've been trying to figure out if I should get the 120 or the 160. Although I only have ~6gb music, I could fill up the rest of it with video as soon as I get it, since I rip my entire movie collection onto my computer. I could also rip it again as apple lossless, which will take up some space too.

    So far what I have:

    + longer battery life [ +1hr video, +4hr music ]
    + 40gb
    - no genius
    - less updates

    + slimmer
    + newer [ more updates ]
    + genius
    + cheaper
    + more responsive click wheel
    + free engraving
    - 40gb less

    So, anyone else, maybe someone who has both, have any tips on what to get?
  2. macrumors regular

    Oct 24, 2008
    Great White North
    To me the difference is the extra battery life vs. the added cost. Given the amount of music you have, I don't think the space should be a factor. For me, I have a ton of video, but video isn't the same as music for me. I don't feel the need to keep it all with me. I just keep 10 or so movies that I might want to watch (or if I am traveling, up to 20), plus some music videos and TV shows.

    My brother has the new 120GB classic and likes it. I have an older 80GB (and a 1G touch 32GB and I find that I like the touch better because of the bigger screen size. The difference in storage doesn't really matter to me (I have 10,000 songs and about 500 hours of video on my computer).
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 28, 2008

    Have you noticed a difference in battery life between the 80 and the 120? I'd think the 80 and the 160 probably have around the same battery life, since they were made at the same time.
  4. macrumors member

    pinback pro

    Oct 16, 2008
    thanks for that list of pros and cons between the two. i am considering the same thing, and i've been wondering the difference. the big plus for me is the genius. i use it ALL the time. i love it. i always buy full albums and like to listen to the whole thing. but lately, i've just been picking a song, hitting genius in itunes and letting it rip! its too awesome. and to have that on an ipod would be oh so nice.
  5. macrumors 68040


    Apr 2, 2005
    the thicker one looks kinda weird. Besides, I doubt your battery will be strong enough to listen to 160 gb of stuff in one charge!

    Go with the newer model.

    On the other hand, keep in mind that engraving makes your iPod worthless to many people and will be harder to sell later on.
  6. Carl Abudephane, Dec 28, 2008
    Last edited: May 6, 2012

    macrumors 6502

    Nov 15, 2007
  7. macrumors 601

    Jul 4, 2007
    Denver Colorado
    The biggest differences in the 120 and 160GB are:

    The 120GB has these that the 160 doesn't:

    Use the same headset as the iPhone so you can pause and skip tracks using the button on the headset
    Use the mic on the same headset to record
    Click wheel sometimes seems less responsive

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