iPod Music Quality

Discussion in 'iPod' started by macman4789, Jan 21, 2009.

  1. macman4789 macrumors regular

    Jul 12, 2007

    Does the quality of music produced by each iPod differ? For example does the classic sound better than the shuffle? Or the iPod nano sound better than the iPhone? I would have thought they would be made with the same 'chip' or technology.

    I'm no expert but I would have thought they all sound the same with the headphones making all the difference?

    Is this correct?

  2. Herodotis macrumors newbie

    Mar 6, 2008
    The shuffle can't handle the higher quality music files like apple lossless. I've got a shuffle and a nano and you can definately hear the difference between the lossless file on the nano and the 128-320 version on the shuffle. I believe the other ipods are like the nano and can take the higher quality files. The headphones also make a huge difference, the included Apple ones are ok for what they are, basic. With a better set, the sound is great.

  3. Resist macrumors 68030

    Jan 15, 2008
    The sound quality should be whatever the music is recorded at not the device it is played on, unless the device or speakers/headphones are damaged.
  4. macman4789 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 12, 2007
    Could anyone tell me why the shuffle cannot play lossless and all other ipod models can?

  5. nick9191 macrumors 68040

    Feb 17, 2008
    Presumably because it's the half the size of a match box and costs $49.
  6. Sgt.Pepper macrumors member

    Nov 23, 2008
    Well the 5G and 5.5G iPods have better components inside them, and I imagine it makes a difference.
    The people who do iMods only take 5G and 5.5G iPods, doing it with lesser components isn't worth it.
    Those are the people who do it, you can navigate to the section if you like.
    Their products are top notch.
  7. stevod macrumors member

    Jan 25, 2009
    The device can make a big difference, as that's what's decompressing the audio files, converting it to analogue so you can hear it, then amplifying it for your headphones. Different kit will do this in different ways, with potentially different results.

    My Classic sounds a lot better than my 3G.

    The 5G mods are supposed to be impressive, but I read that the Classic is a good jump forward from the 5G, and that the mods didn't have as much impact (as well as being more difficult).

    Obviously the file/bitrate quality and 'phones quality is going to make a big difference too.


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