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Macworld says:

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Although the new 5G iPod isn’t the “true video iPod” many people were expecting, it’s a solid upgrade from its predecessor, offering useful new software features for watching video, playing games, and browsing music, as well as improved hardware in the form of a brighter screen, better battery life, and better earbuds. ... if you’ve got a well-organized music Library, the new Search feature is more interesting than useful, but if your heart isn’t set on a “real” video iPod—whenever that might appear—the new 5G iPods are compelling products. quote


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Critic reviews

8.4
3 reviews
  • Sound quality
    10
  • Video quality
    6.0
  • Ease of use
  • Portability
    8.0
  • Battery life
    7.3
  • Media support
  • Capacity
    10

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User reviews

8.3
75 reviews
9.0
Macworld Sep 21, 2006

Although the new 5G iPod isn’t the “true video iPod” many people were expecting, it’s a solid upgrade ... offering useful new software features for watching video ... as well as improved hardware in the form of a brighter screen, better battery life, and better earbuds.

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8.0
CNET Sep 19, 2006

The amazingly low priced updated Apple iPod gets many under-the-hood improvements, but it's still not a true video player.

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8.0
CNET AU Sep 13, 2006

The new "enhanced" iPod looks like a tremendous improvement over the last one, with a brighter screen and better battery life.

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9.0
baileylo baileylo

This was my first portable video playing device and I was amazed by it. Other than that this product didn't bring anything new to the market. The colored screen was nice but existed on previous models and non-beveled edges were nice. But there was no real reason to ever upgrade to this iPod. By...

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8.0
pacdude pacdude

This is the pinnacle of the classic iPod. I have the 160GB version, and it holds everything I need and then some. The screen is sharp and crisp, the sound never fails to please, and I have Peggle, which helps pass endless amounts of time. Unlike some complainers, I've never had a problem...

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8.0
gerryv gerryv

Gapless playback - who cares? I do! Maybe you too? I had iPods before this and wanted each and everyone of them to play gapless songs from dj mix cds or certain classic albums without resorting to multi-song single audio files. I even contemplated installing Rockbox on a 4th gen to get a taste of...

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9.0
JVChuy JVChuy

This iPod has served its original purpose well. I gave me plenty to storage space, and the battery lasted a most of the day. I never took full advantage of the Video, it just did feel good on such a small screen. I always found Apple products to have very good quality, including audio. I always...

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9.0
Smrt Smrt

The 5th Generation iPod was a great product. The glossy finnish on the face of the iPod with the shiny back looked and felt great. The UI was simple to use and scroll wheel was very effective. Unfortunately Apple changed the look of the iPod Classic by adding a matte facing which I don't...

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9.0
AmericanKozzak AmericanKozzak

I don't like how apple just orphans some things. I can't play the enhanced audio format from Audible.com so I stopped using this thing. It still works and I used it everyday for about two and half years. I should sell it.

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8.0
sethlong sethlong

This was my 3rd hard drive iPod and it's still in use. My kids use it as a video player when we travel and they love it. Heck, my wife and I still use it to playback ripped DVDs on our TV. On our most recent family trip, however, the battery gave out. We were getting about 20 minutes of...

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