What DON'T you like about the iPod Classic?

Discussion in 'iPod' started by motulist, Dec 8, 2007.

  1. motulist macrumors 601


    Dec 2, 2003
    I'm thinking about getting an 80GB Classic (my first pmp ever) but before I buy I want to know everything that's wrong with it first. I already know most of what's great about it, but I want to know what the gripes are because it's not fun to stumble upon some unexpected disappointments in a new toy.

    I heard that even the latest firmware update hasn't fixed the interface lag for everyone. Is that true?

    Is the split screen interface weird to use? Does it take up space in a way that cramps the important display information?

    Has anyone found a cheaper alternative to the video out cable?

    Is the dull matte finish surface as boring as it looks in pictures?

    What else don't you like about it?

    What's disappointed you about it since you started using it?
  2. hayduke macrumors 65816


    Mar 8, 2005
    is a state of mind.
    Well, I don't have the new Classic, but once they make a 32GB flash based one...or a 32GB Touch...or better yet a 32GB iPhone I'll go for it!
  3. motulist thread starter macrumors 601


    Dec 2, 2003
    I don't think your feeling that 'it isn't as good as a device that doesn't exist yet' qualifies as a gripe with the current Classic.
  4. Alican macrumors regular

    Apr 16, 2007
    The dull matte finish doesn't look boring - not the black version anyway. Together with its metal back plate, it looks and feels very classy.

    Unfortunately there is a bit of an interface lag still.

    The video out cable is about £15 here which is par for the course for reasonable quality cables.

    Given that it's my first ipod, the split screen interface doesn't feel awkward and is easy to use.

    It feels solid and classy, I love everything about it apart from one thing - the EU volume cap. But I have found a solution by using an inline volume booster.
  5. Tom B. macrumors 65816

    Tom B.

    Mar 22, 2006
  6. hayduke macrumors 65816


    Mar 8, 2005
    is a state of mind.
    ...and I would agree. I apologize for posting in your thread.
  7. surf4peace macrumors newbie


    Dec 8, 2007
    Clickwheel less responsive compared to earlier video iPod

    Clickwheel is less responsive than my earlier video iPod (still own). Perhaps that may qualify as interface lag?
  8. splashtech macrumors regular

    Oct 25, 2007
    I've found this too... its less responsive than the video nano I had before. But I actually prefer this since I found I used to accidentally change the volume sometimes on the nano and I dont on the classic. And the clicky buttons (menu, play, back forward) are nicer on the classic.
  9. DoFoT9 macrumors P6


    Jun 11, 2007
    the only thing that i dont like is the price :p (its too high!)
  10. Dagless macrumors Core


    Jan 18, 2005
    Fighting to stay in the EU
    Sir, I think it's hideous compared to the beautiful 5G.
  11. applesith macrumors 68030


    Jun 11, 2007
    I agree! I have a 60GB White and really like it.

    I think the classic has a cheap feel to it because you have to push harder on the wheel to click. Hearing the click sound sounds cheap. The 5G is much quieter when you click and just feels better.
  12. OllyW Moderator


    Staff Member

    Oct 11, 2005
    The Black Country, England
    I think mine is great, it's finally big enough to hold my music collection and much better looking than the crappy old 5G. :p

    The only bad thing about the classic and all recent iPods is the lack of Firewire, the USB is dreadfully slow in comparison.
  13. heatmiser macrumors 68020

    Dec 6, 2007
    I haven't used it myself, but I keep hearing bad things about its speed (and sound q) compared to previous generations. Either way, my 5g still has plenty of battery life, and I'll stick with it for the future.
  14. valdore macrumors 65816


    Jan 9, 2007
    Kansas City, Missouri. USA
  15. sam10685 macrumors 68000


    Feb 2, 2006
    Portland, OR
    I'm with you... 32 gig touch and I'm sold.
  16. MattG macrumors 68040


    May 27, 2003
    Asheville, NC
    I don't like the fact that the back still has the 'shiny' metal finish. I wish they had just done the whole thing in the anodized finish, like the back of the iPhone. I'd love to be able to just throw the thing in my pocket, without a case, and not worry about it getting scratched and fingerprinty like the Classic does so easily.

    This too.
  17. Sesshi macrumors G3


    Jun 3, 2006
    One Nation Under Gordon
    Not enough progression in what really matters - the music, and how it can be presented (to the eye and ears) and controlled. Not a bad move up from the 5th gen in terms of features and of course the storage capacity is what I got it for but there's still work that can go into how the thing sounds and can be made to sound. Also, taking into account that the hardware is only half the story, after a superb start and the lead it created with features like Smart Playlists iTunes also seems to have plateaued in terms of it's musical versatility in terms of playback, selection and syncing.

    Until it matures, the Touch is a half-assed not-really-PDA to flash around and impress the easily impressed, and it's not actually that great an iPod in a historical audio-only sense. The Classic is supposed to be more about the substance and less about the flash - and while it is a generally solid player, it hasn't quite moved on enough.
  18. Techguy172 macrumors 68000

    Feb 2, 2007
    Ontario Canada
    The only thing i don't like is the old shiny metal back.
  19. godslabrat macrumors 6502

    Aug 19, 2007
    The fact that I have to wait until Dec.25th to know if I get one. :D

    Seriously, the Classic is exactly what I wanted to replace my now-dead 3G. Everything I want, nothing I don't.

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