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

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Now that you can buy movies from the iTunes Store and sync them to your iPod, the whole world is your theater. With a 30GB or 80GB iPod in hand, those movies fit comfortably next to TV shows, new iPod games, podcasts, audiobooks, photo albums, and, of course, an entire library of music - up to 20,000 songs, in fact.How much can your pocket hold? That's up to you and your iPod. It holds up to 20,000 songs, up to 25,000 photos, and up to 100 hours of video - or any combination of each. So you can browse movies on the iTunes Store, download the ones you want (Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, perhaps?), and then sync it to your iPod. Same goes for TV episodes, new iPod games, 99? songs, best-selling audiobooks, and an entire universe of free podcasts. Go ahead. Fill 'er up.With all that music at your fingertips, you may never want to stop listening. Lucky thing your iPod plays audio for up to 20 hours. Or, if you'd rather watch, you can feast your eyes on movies and TV shows for up to six-and-a-half hours.It might be a miracle. Otherwise, it's hard to explain exactly how 30GB of storage can fit into an iPod that's over 30% thinner than the previous fourth generation. Or how an 80GB iPod can be the same size as the 60GB model before it. However it happened, it means you can carry your entire music collection - plus a nice selection of video - absolutely everywhere you go. And a 60% brighter, more vibrant display gives your album art, photos, and video extra oomph.Finding what you want to hear among 20,000 songs could be quite a chore - unless you have an iPod. A new interface lets you search your iPod using the patented Click Wheel. And if you're a fan of live albums, classical works, or anything that sounds best when it's continuous, iPod supports gapless playback that seamlessly transitions from one song to another.

Latest reviews

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.
Sylverant
Sylverant
I agree, rockbox is amazing firmware. The cue sheet integration is great, and the hardware eq opened up by rockbox works well too. The number of settings to work with are mind boggling.Video quality is nice on the 5.5g but small. Switching between the two firmware is easy.
The potential sound quality of the device is great. I say that because the internal amp is so-so and the output impedance of the device is fairly high. There are other devices that will sound better with in-ear headphones out of their headphone jack.
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 server at home is a more affordable option.
 
Unfortunately, this generation of iPod is not compatible with the Fostex HP-P1 iDAC+amp combo nor the CypherLabs AlgoRhythm Solo iDAC, so for portable use, only the iMod / DIYMod make it acceptable to the discerning audiophile.
 
I was going to look into the iPod Classic, or wait until the iTouch's capacity increases dramatically, but with the recent release of the iBasso DX100, I might be able to scratch the whole iDevice as transport idea, since said DX100 might be the ideal DAP I've been looking for these last years.
very happy with purchase

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