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Apple 80 GB iPod AAC/MP3 Video Player Black (5.5 Generation) Reviews

Lucias_D

Best buy among portable music players

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Pros: Highly modifiable, good battery life, storage space

Cons: medoicre sound quality stock, iTunes, price point slightly high, iTunes interface?

I purchased the 5.5gen black 80GB a few years back in the late spring of 2007. This has been one of the best electronic investments to date. My purchase was based on two key, determining factors.   1.) Storage Capacity: This thing had 80GB of storage, this was the biggest capacity of any portable music player available at the time, and still remains high on the list   2.) Modifications: This thing has it all. Since the iPod gained so much popularity it's easy to see how prevalent docking stations, line out devices and other peripherals there are for the iPod, but that's just half the goodies.      a.) Storage capacity: If this is you biggest concern this iPod is for YOU! I...
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Deki

Amazing.

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Pros: Everything once rockboxed

Cons: iTunes is required until modded

Amazing, i highly suggest rockboxing this. it is the last rockboxable ipod and also the last one with the wolfson chip which are amazing. i highly recommend this.
the wizard of oz

A shame it isn't compatible with the new portable iDAC's.

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Pros: With an external DAC dock, and a larger storage memory, a good music server.

Cons: Only iMod/DIYMod take advantage of its internal Wolfson MicroElectronics DAC; un-modded, it is rather mediocre sounding.

The line out isn't that bad, but still leaves a lot to be desired for. My Hi-MD Walkmans sound so much better.   All the new iDevice DAC desktop docks, Home Cinema multichannel amps, Hi-Fi stereo amps, tuner amp combos, desktop CD players, car radios, with USB inputs certified for iPod finally make this mediocre sounding DAP a good candidate for a compact music server.   For those going the iMod / DIYMod route, there now is the option to go solid state, for improved ruggedness, better battery life & slimmer form factor since compatible with the legacy 30GB backplate. Up to 256GB SSD even!   The Toshiba 240GB HDD if primarily used as a small footprint music...
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ediverudt

This is the best Rock Boxable I pod ever made

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Pros: Cost, Parts,compatibility, good DAC

Cons: Storage is on Hard disk VS SSD of Flash

My best Friend gave this to me as a gift. I have been thoroughly Happy with this I pod in Fact it is the most user upgradable I pod made. First Rock box to take control of your music again, then a larger hard drive perhaps the 250 G one, or a huge CF card using the adapters you can get for about 10 bucks. after that all yo need do is get a plug converter for the bottom and you can use the better quality connection or have it rewired. This is the poor mans hifi-man, with a better user interface and you can play doom on it if you want. I have to say that this is the best media player for Flac under 200 dollars.     
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