Originally Posted by Bostonears
What do you mean "extra money"? The 80GB 5G player was $349, the 80GB Classic is $249. Other than a refurb or a discontinued model you might find on closeout, name another MP3 player with that capacity at that price.
I was going to say the same thing. The price of storage continues to rapidly decline. A couple of years ago I paid $400 for a 20GB iRiver H-120 that was a complete PITA to use. Last year when my wife bought her 5.5G 30GB iPod, it was $299. The current Zune is 30GB for $199. The 6G Classics, 80/160 for $249/$349 offer tremendous value for dollar. If they were more
than the 5.5G, then I'd agree that to some the eye candy UI changes and extra space might not be worth it, but they're less
than the previous model!
And also, as someone who had owned or supported (helping family members) just about every iPod created, I can say that the new UI is a wonderful improvement over the old and maybe the most significant change ever.
There's just no comparison to the old. The Search feature alone is an incredibly useful new feature that was long overdue (IHMO). Cover Flow (for me) is a great way to find albums, and the rest of the eye candy changes are a welcome improvement. I'm not
an Apple fanboy, and actually dislike Macs in general, but Apple has raised the MP3 player bar again.