iPod classic??

Discussion in 'iPod' started by :-), Feb 9, 2010.

  1. :-) macrumors member

    Sep 4, 2009
    This decision is killing me (I've never owned an iPod before). I've got few question about iPod classic:

    1) does classic vibrate (spinning hard disk)?
    2) how fast would be coverflow if I have 80GB of music?
    3) is it possible to brake internal HDD easily (during transport,...)?
    4) is it possible to navigate between songs like in iTunes (coverflow, album art, detailed view)?
    5) (if classic vibrates) is this disturbing during listening (spinning noise)?
    6) how's with the software? I read there is a lot of problems with random crashes, freezing!? Is this problem still present on 2009 iPod classic?
    7) is it possible to watch movie for 2 hours? It seems that it has very small display (eye problems anyone?)!

    Thanks for reply. :D
  2. bozz2006 macrumors 68030


    Aug 24, 2007
    no. it's practically imperceptible.

    coverflow looks cool, but I find it too clunky to actually be useful.

    the hard drive is very durable

    you can use coverflow, search by artist, song, album, playlist, etc.

    the ipod doesn't vibrate

    there have been recent reports of problems with itunes, but there is a new version now that has fixed my issues.

    it is possible to watch a movie, but it's up to you whether or not to do it. I don't watch movies on mine.
  3. brendu macrumors 68020

    Apr 23, 2009
    what he said...

    ive never experienced vibration with mine, i use it almost exclusively in my car, its just nice to have all my itunes with me so whenever the radio sucks I can throw on my music... I have watched videos on it, I cant say its a great experience, but it works in a pinch.
  4. Scepticalscribe Contributor


    Jul 29, 2008
    The Far Horizon
    Judging from your post, I'm not sure if the classic is what you want. You seem to place a lot of emphasis on the viewing experience (cover flow, watching movies etc), and while you can do that with the classic, it is much better on the Touch.

    I have both a classic (80GB) and a Touch (64GB) and love them both, but they are very different devices and answer different needs, even if what they do overlaps somewhat. However, what the classic excels at is holding large collections of music and it has a good long battery life. Personally, music is a priority, so I want a device that can hold and play my collection all at once. The classic does that, and very well. However, the Touch can do everything that the iPhone can do, except make phone calls; being able to store and play music is just one function among many (although one I use).

    So, to your queries, 1, Yes.
    2, No idea, but as I have said above, the classic is not the best option if this is a priority.
    3, No, that's is not what tends to happen. (In any case, buy a cover for it, leather or plastic, whatever takes your fancy. I did). The battery tends to die, on some of the models, not the HDD.
    4, No. (Again, if this is a priority, choose the Touch, not the classic).
    5, This hasn't been a problem for me (and I have had a few classics.)
    6. Freezing and battery failures are not unknown with the classic. However, keep the sales receipt. Three of mine have died over the past four years, most recently in one in September 2009 (having bought it in July 2009) and the warranties were honoured completely; hence I got a new device, or was offered a refund/repair/replacement, and in the case of the most recent demise, was offered a Touch (as long as I paid the difference in price) as they didn't have a replacement classic in stock, and I would not have been around a week or so later when they would have been able to replace it.
    7 Again, this is not the strength of the classic. Yesw, you can watch movies for two hours, but, would you wish to?

    Cheers and good luck
  5. Habitus macrumors 6502a


    Feb 26, 2009
    Where ever my life takes me...

    Don't worry. mate!

    You can't hear the iPod, at all. I have a classic and I love it! My classic has never frozen and the battery is great.

    Pull the trigger!

    Habitus :apple:
  6. instaxgirl macrumors 65816


    Mar 11, 2009
    Edinburgh, UK
    The hard disk does spin occasionally, but you won't notice this unless you're looking for it. I didn't notice for years. You certainly won't hear it and it won't disturb you.

    Coverflow's probably not going to be how you navigate your music tbh, it's not as useful as you'd think. My sister's Classic fires through Coverflow very quickly though.

    I've owned hard drive based iPods for 5 years and not had a single hard drive die, and I am clumsy. The hard drives aren't as fragile as people seem to think.

    The software's fine nowadays, nothing to worry about. I never knew anyone who experienced problems with it anyway.

    And as for movies; I've watched them on a plane, on buses and on lunch break at work. It's not the best but it's better than nothing. My sister uses her 2008 Classic for movies on school trips and is more than happy. I've got one of the original video iPods and the display's a lot nicer now than when I first got mine, which helps. Additionally the Classic actually has enough space for you to put movies and TV shows on it . . .

    If you've not got a lot of music and movies are the priority then a Touch might be best, but I find the music interface pretty awful compared to the Classic for simply finding and listening to music. If I was looking for a device to listen to music on every day and watch a movie on once every 6 months I'd definitely buy a Classic.

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