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  • Sound quality No comments
  • Video quality No comments
  • Ease of use No comments
  • Portability No comments
  • Battery life No comments
  • Media support No comments
  • Capacity No comments
Detailed review
There's a reason the iPod is one of the best-selling players on the market, the UI is great. For me, the huge capacity of the classic model definitely justifies the extra bit of size and weight. The battery life is very good, I can go days of frequent listening with no more charge time than the time needed to sync my podcasts.

The only disadvantage of the iPod for me was the tight integration with iTunes. Actually, owning an iPod was the biggest challenge for me in switching away from Windows (to Linux). That's the one thing that may yet have me switching away when my current player breaks, expanded Linux support would likely have me a customer for life.