I never said it was the fault of the iPod, just the files. My post clearly states this.That's not the iPod's fault, if you put in garbage you're gonna get garbage out. Low quality (128k-160k) MP3s sound like crap regardless of what you play them back on.
I use my iPod classic daily. Either in my car or via earphones. But she’s getting tired and I’m afraid one day soon it will become inoperable. Can you please give me some information on this adapter and mSATA drive you’re talking about? I would be most appreciative.I just wanted to add that when I pulled out my iPod Classic that's been stored over the past year to prep it for an overseas trip it started exhibiting constant errors and disconnects with iTunes during sync, resulting in a corrupted iPod. Attempts to restore the iPod again resulted in more errors. And sometimes unplugging the iPod would immediately show the low battery warning to plug in a power source. Trying all different power sources, from a standard iPhone, the original iPod, to an iPad Pro adapter, it still didn't recognize a power source was plugged in. Performing a manual diagnostic showed the iOS "searching" for the battery. But later on, the battery would suddenly show up fully charged. On and on it went over the course of my troubleshooting spanning several days. Used "thin" iPods that were in pristine (unscathed) condition like mine were going for well over $300 so I decided to first try replacing the battery for $15 from iFixit since 10 years is a very long life span for the original battery. Just completed the swap and iTunes finally restored it completely with no errors and merrily sync'd my 125GB music collection to completion without a glitch.
It was a bear getting the case open; neither the iFixit guide nor the MacSales video techniques were successful in assisting me, even though I had the exact same tools (of which, the nylon tools were just getting torn up and I was no closer in getting the case open). It was the technique used in the DIY video from Mobility and Beyond that finally got me into the sucker; I did slightly tweak a small portion of the side case but was able to massage it back smooth and straight.
Now that I'm comfortable cracking the case open, my next project in keeping the Classic going strong is the Tarkens/mSATA drive upgrade.
NAH, didn't want to go through the hassle of prying open the case again and risk tweaking another edge since I still have the case open presently so I pulled the trigger on the Tarkens adapter and Samsung 860 EVO 500GB mSATA drive with expedited shipping to have it ready to go next weekend for my international trip.