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Apple 120GB iPod Classic (Black)

Released on 03 October 2008

Manufacturer: Apple

4.0 out of 5 (16 customer reviews) | Write a review

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One Word: Capacity.
iPod classic gives you 120GB of storage capacity, good for up to 30,000 songs, 150 hours of video, 25,000 photos, or any combination. And you get up to 36 hours of battery life, so you can keep on rocking for a long, long time.


A Genius in the house.
Say you're listening to a song you really like and want to hear other tracks that go great with it. With a few clicks, the new Genius feature finds the songs in your library that go great together and makes a Genius playlist for you. You can listen to the playlist right away, save it for later, or even refresh it and give it another go. Count on Genius to create a mix you wouldn't have thought of yourself.


Enjoy the view.
Finding exactly what you want to watch or listen to is easy. Use the Click Wheel to browse by album art with Cover Flow or navigate your songs and videos by playlist, artist, album, genre, and more. You can also search for specific titles and artists. Want to mix things up? Click Shuffle Songs for a different experience every time.


Share your photos.
iPod classic uses iTunes to sync the photos you have in iPhoto on a Mac or Adobe Photoshop Elements and Adobe Photoshop Album on a PC. View photo slideshows complete with music and transitions on iPod classic, or play them on a TV using an optional Apple component or composite AV cable.


Play iPod Games.
Put hours of fun at your fingertips. iPod classic comes with three games - Vortex, iQuiz, and Klondike - and you can purchase games such as Monopoly from the iTunes Store. All iPod games are designed specifically for the iPod interface.


Watch Videos.
The vivid 2.5-inch display makes video come alive. Purchase TV shows, and download video podcasts from the iTunes Store, then sync them to your iPod classic to watch anywhere, anytime.

  • 120 GB of Storage allows 30,000 songs and up to 150 hours of video!

Technical Specifications:

  • 2.5" Colour LCD with LED backlight
  • 320 by 240 pixels at 163 ppi


  • Holds up to 30,000 songs in 128-Kbps AAC format
  • Holds up to 25,000 iPod-viewable photos
  • Holds up to 150 hours of video


  • Frequency response: 20Hz to 20,000Hz
  • Audio formats supported: AAC (16 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), MP3 (16 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, and 4), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV.


  • H.264 video, up to 1.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Low-Complexity version of the H.264 Baseline Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats
  • H.264 video, up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Baseline Profile up to Level 3.0 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats
  • MPEG-4 video, up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats


  • Built-in rechargeable lithium ion battery
  • Up to 36 hours music playback when fully charged
  • Video playback time: Up to 6 hours when fully charged

Input and Output:

  • Dock Connector
  • 3.5mm stereo headphone Jack

What's in the box:

  • iPod Classic
  • Earphones
  • USB 2.0 cable
  • Dock Adaptor
  • Quick Start Guide

customer Reviews

 Average rating (16 reviews)

 I hate my ipod

| | See all Gary01's reviews (1)

Gave this 1 star as you can't give it zero
9Gb operating system? To do what? Annoy me, that's what.

Volume on ipod is terrible. I want a player that can go louder than i can listen to, that way i know i am not running the unit at full capacity & reducing the sound quality

The eq settings all sound really bad. There is no good quality sound processor & no option to create your own eq settings

Having to use itunes to get my music on this stupid machine is another hate of mine. Why do apple insist on forcing people to use the worst music programme ever made?

The touch sensitive scroll either does nothing or jumps past the option you want to select which annoys me.

I only bought this godforsaken unit as all the good quality brands gave up making units with a large capacity but small in size.

If apple could create a drag and drop unit that came with good sound quality, the ability to use whatever software you like & even put a mains charger in the box, i may push this up to the 1 1/2 stars it deserves.

If you like good quality music on the move (320kbps) and you don't feel you have to own an ipod to look cool, dont ever buy one.

This is the worst purchase i have ever made.

 Great iPod - Smaller than it looks, insane amount of storage

| | See all internetwhizzkid's reviews (7)

Top 100 PC Reviewer

This iPod in my opinion has to be one of the best, It is a lot smaller than what all of the pictures show, its amazing. Sure its short and is a bit thick but still what comes with that is "unlimited" Storage.
The amount of music and video you can get on this thing is insane
I have almost 3000 songs, a few movies and podcasts and I still have 95GB left, its amazing.
I would really suggest this iPod, at least if you did you would not have to worry about running out of space and hense being picky to what you can have on it, you can have it all!!!
Only down side is the fact that due to it being hard drive based, navigation can be a little slow.
Other than that nothing is wrong with it, everyone should have one!

 Good - But not without it's faults

| | See all tugayisalegend's reviews (1)

This is my 1st iPod due to my hatred of all things Apple, but I needed an MP3 player that would store all of my music on it and the Classic is the only model on the market that can cater to my needs...

The faults are minor and understandable - it's fairly wide, not that comfortable to hold. When moving between menu's there's sometimes a pause. But they are the only faults and considering the amount of information that can be stored on the iPod you can't really complain.

As for the volume limit that is now on all new MP3 players in Europe; I like my music fairly loud and was worried that I might not be able to hear it clearly in public & on the bus, but it really isn't a problem (for my ears anyway)

 Best money I've spent!!

| | See all Kevin1075's reviews (754)

Top 100  Reviewer Top 100 DVD Reviewer Top 100 Music Reviewer

I've been jealousy looking at everyone else's ipod's for a very long time and finally this year was able to get one for myself, just as this new 120g version was launched.

I have to say I'm over-the-moon with it. The new black finish is different to the old but it's better looking I think. The display screen is vibrant and clear, and it's great to be able to visually scroll through album covers as well as search for songs/artists etc the usual way.

The capacity is great, like the previous reviewer I have about 3500 songs plus and have over 95g left. I've also added some TV epsidoes and a film and even though I was unsure about watching them on a smaller screen it's actually fine, you can watch them and see all the screen really clearly.

Like a lot of Apple stuff the controls are really intuitive and I picked them up after a couple of hours. It's also really easy to use when hooked up to the computer. Apple really are good at making things as easy as possible and for someone not really knowledgable about computers that's a huge bonus.

My only gripe is that I didn't realise that I would lose about 9g in storage from the 120 total because of the space the operating system must use, so I actually only started with around 111g, but as I say, 10 years of CD collecting only used 16g so I have a long way to go to use up that 95!!!

I can't praise it enough!!

 Good - but only becuase there's no competition

| | See all sliders's reviews (4)

My music collection is just over 65gb so short of a PC there is virtualy no choice of music players to store it. Archos and Cowon offer media players but having owned an archos it's jack of all and not great as a dedicated music player. So bring on the IPOD. I'm a big hater of everything apple and have to say initially this didn't do much to change my opinion.

If you've only ever owned IPOD I can see this will be superb. Great build quality, nice to hold and the user interface looks good, itunes means you can easily by and transfer MP3's (but for the price they pay go and buy the CD album for cheaper and rip it yourself). But if like me you've always used other brands (personally having 4 other music/media players in use around the house I've a fair comparison) you'll realise how overrated this player / IPOD? is.

Menu - slow to repsond and jerky.

Click wheel thing either takes ages to respond or flies round really quickly so you'll never actually land on the option you want.

Sound quality - NOT good for a player at this price. Sounds like my music is encoded at 56kbps yet all my music is a minimum of 192kbps. Worst sound quality I've ever come across, even comparing it against my 5 year old iRiver.

No user definable equaliser and depite there seeming like thousands of presets, none will give a decent sound.

Headphones - apalling.

No ability to play music by Folders/file names. This means you have to have all your music tagged correctly or you get UNKOWN ARTIST, UNKNOWN ALBUM, UNKNOWN GENRE etc etc.

iTunes - possible the worst music programme I've ever encountered and failed miserably at tagging my MP3's. I had to use another readily available programme that worked a treat.

Genius - FANTASTIC. With a collection aproaching 70 gb the genius feature helps reduce the time trying to decide what to listen to. So far it's selections have matched my choice/mood pretty well.

In summary if I'd bought this as a portable player I'd be VERY disappointed. So why give it 4*? These days everything is made for IPOD. I bought it to replace a CD player and avoid the use of PC streaming devices to play MP3's on a decent sound system. Bought an ONKYO dock, plugged it into my ONKYO AV receiver and now I've got a SUPERB aduio system.

The dock bypasses the IPOD sound processor and gives a crystal clear great sounding system. I can control it with my AV remote and it looks great sat in its dock on top of the AMP and I dont have to have hundreds of CD's cluttering my lounge.

For the simple ease of use, space saving and simpe classic looks I can live with the slow menu and once I'd used a decent programme to organise my music I can even live with iTunes. And for decent sound on the move I'll use a player with better sound processors and menu options.

As a portable music player you can get far better, albeit smaller capacity (do you really need to take 120gb everywhere with you?) but as a central hub (via a dock) for your sound system you wont get better.

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