What is the best kind of iPod?

Discussion in 'iPod' started by Jannenator93, Jan 15, 2006.

  1. Jannenator93 macrumors newbie

    Dec 17, 2005
    I got an iPod video for X-mas but it broke twice in a week so I returned it. I researched some other mp3's (like the Creative Labs) but I'm still interested in an iPod. I need to know what iPod is the best (including 4 generations) that will not break and just.....is the best. Any suggestions??:rolleyes:
  2. barneygumble macrumors 6502a

    Apr 18, 2005
    You probably got a dud, get another one almost certainly it will be fine, all the ones i have bought have been good. Better luck with the new one
  3. G5Unit macrumors 68020


    Apr 3, 2005
    I'm calling the cops
    MP3 player without iTunes=get it away from me! Just get the same model again and it should work.
  4. Nermal Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    New Zealand
    What do you mean by "broke"? Did it crash? Refuse to synch? Physically fall to pieces?
  5. grapes911 Moderator emeritus


    Jul 28, 2003
    Citizens Bank Park
    If your only criteria for being the best is "not breaking', then you should really look at the shuffle. They have less movable parts then the rest. The no-LCD thing really helps too.
  6. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia
    Flash-based memory is more reliable for portable MP3 players compared with regular 1.8 inch hard drives so maybe look at a Shuffle or a nano. :)
  7. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus


    Mar 10, 2004
    Bergen, Norway
    Get an iPod mini if you can (some stores still have them). Those are solid little buggers. As I said before, my little green 1G mini went tumbling down a concrete staircase and didn't even get a scratch, h*** it didn't even stop playing. It's now nearly two years old, in daily use (more or less) and still going strong. If you need a durable iPod, the (discountinued for now) minis are your choice. ;)
  8. Jannenator93 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 17, 2005
    The first one had a problem with the headphone jack and it would only play music in one headphone so we took it to the Apple store and they gave me another one (that one only lasted 2 days) the new one kept freezing and the hold button wouldn't work so we took it to the Apple store again and the genius said the harddrive was messed up (it lasted about 3 days) so they gave me another one and that one had the same problems as the second iPod so after that I just returned it. What sucks was they charged me $29.90 for opening the box:mad:

    I was thinking about an iPod photo. Are they reliable??
  9. Nermal Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    New Zealand
    Yikes! First of all, I'm amazed that you went through three faulty iPods :eek:
    They certainly shouldn't have charged you anything at all if they were faulty :(
  10. Jannenator93 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 17, 2005
    I know......:( I'm thinking about going back and demanding my money back......but it's about $4 of gas to drive there. Would you think the 4 generation iPods are more reliable or the 5 generations?
  11. mduser63 macrumors 68040


    Nov 9, 2004
    Salt Lake City, UT
    My nearly year and a half old 4G is still going strong. Works as well now as the day I bought it. My three week old 5G 30 GB iPod is fine too; I'm listening to it as I type this. I have to say I think you just had really bad luck. My dad has a 60 GB 5G iPod and it works fine too.
  12. Jannenator93 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 17, 2005
    Ever had experience with a photo? I think the video iPod wouldn't be best for me because it hurts my eyes to watch a movie on a screen that small. I dunno....:confused:
  13. tdhurst macrumors 601


    Dec 27, 2003
    Phoenix, AZ
    Yeah, but...

    You know...you don't HAVE to watch the videos on the iPod screen. The ONLY reason I sold my 4G and bought 5G was to hook the iPod up to a TV with the av cable. WAY easier than plugging in my powerbook and no more DVDs to haul around...
  14. illegalprelude macrumors 68000


    Mar 10, 2005
    Los Angeles, California
    hhmm. that is really weird. both of my roommates and I have iPods.

    I have a Mini, my roomie has 4th gen Photo and other roomie has 5th gen video and no problems what so ever. both of my roomies use it with their pc's
  15. risc macrumors 68030


    Jul 23, 2004
    Melbourne, Australia
    I have the current iPod w/ video 60 GB + FM radio / remote the thing kicks ass, definitely the best iPod I've ever owned.
  16. Jannenator93 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 17, 2005
    If the iPod breaks after a year is over will you still be able to take it to the Apple store and if it really does have a problem will the genius still give you a replacement?
  17. Applespider macrumors G4


    Jan 20, 2004
    looking through rose-tinted spectacles...
    Not unless you buy Applecare for it. It has a year's warranty for mechanical problems.

    Also surprised that two freezing iPods were both blamed on faulty HDs. I had a 4G misbehaving last year which the Genius replaced. But he pointed out that if it happened again, it was likely a problem with my iTunes installation that was causing the files on the HD to become corrupted since the odds of multiple HD failures was unlikely.

    It does also depend what you plan on doing with it. If you're using it at the gym, then a Shuffle or Nano is best since they're flash based. If you have lots and lots of music, or really want to look at lots of pics or video, then a full size iPod is best.
  18. Lopez.T.H. macrumors regular

    Jul 10, 2005
    My top 3 favorite as follow
    1. 5G Video iPod - becaue I have one
    2. iPod Mini - Like many have said durable
    3. 3G iPod - I just liked the buttons
  19. Epicurus macrumors 6502


    Apr 28, 2005
    Minneapolis, MN
    I used my 3G iPod for over two years without any problems. My new 5G iPod is excellent as well. I've missed the 3G buttons, but the click wheel is a great interface as well (but you can't really beat having no moving buttons!!).

    I've helped other students on campus get started with their iPod mini's and nano's in the past, with no serious hardware defects at all. Three busted 5G iPods in a row must be some sort of record.
  20. asherman13 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 31, 2005
    SF Bay Area, CA
    it really depends on what you're using it for. i have a 5G and a shuffle; i use my shuffle for gym, etc. or any situation where i just want music and something light in my pocket that doesn't cost much and is VERY durable. i use my 5G for everything else; it's great at school. i have all my music and movies and shows on it, so i know that if i'm ever bored somewhere, i'll be ok.

    how much music do you have? where will you be taking the ipod?
  21. Tymmz macrumors 65816


    Jan 6, 2005
    I'm sorry to hear about your bad experiences.

    But my 3G 40 GB still works with no problems, except for the battery.

    I would give it another try. My favorite one is the Nano. It only holds max. 4 GB of music, but it's so damn small and beautiful.

    As soon as my 3G Pod goes to heaven I get myself a Nano.

    Note: No other player than the iPod because of iTunes and the interface!
  22. Jannenator93 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 17, 2005
    Well.....I had about 2,000 songs in a week so it'll probably add on. I'll be taking my iPod everywhere (that is if I decide on getting one).

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