Meet the iPod Classic

With its solid, rectangular shape and horizontal screen, the faithful iPod Classic still looks the most like the original boxy white-and-chrome iPod that arrived on the scene in 2001. Less than a decade later, Apple has transformed that humble little 5-gigabyte music player with a black-and-white screen into a full-color, gorgeous portable media system that can play movies, TV shows, and video games—all while still fitting comfortably in the palm of your hand. And it’s come a long way from those first 5 gigabytes: now you can stuff 160 gigabytes of music, photos, videos, and more onto it. In those 160 gigabytes, you can fit 40,000 songs or 200 hours of video. And you don’t have to stock up on the Duracells, either, because the iPod has a rechargeable battery that can play audio for 36 hours or video for 6 hours.

The iPod Classic comes in either silver or black. Unlike earlier iPods that sported hard glossy plastic on the front, Apple’s latest version comes outfitted in a full metal jacket—anodized aluminum on the front and shiny stainless steel on the back.

Along with the click wheel—think of it as the iPod’s mouse—the 2.5- inch color screen is the player’s other main component. Capable of displaying more than 65,000 colors at a resolution of 320×240 pixels (translation: high-quality), the Classic’s a great place to store and show off your latest vacation photos. In fact, you can have up to 25,000 pictures on your ‘Pod. The screen also makes it a delight to catch up on that episode of The Daily Show you missed, or play a few rounds of solitaire while you listen to your favorite music or podcast.

The Classic comes with everything you need to hook it up to your Windows PC or Macintosh: a USB 2.0 cable. You also get those iconic see-what-I’ve-got white earphones. Once you get up and iPodding, you’ll find that everyone and their grandmother wants to sell you other iPod accessories—all you have to do is stroll down to your favorite computer store and browse the everincreasing selection of cases, cables, battery chargers, and more.

Source of Information : Oreilly - iPod The Missing Manual 8 Edition 2009


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