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iPod U2 Special Edition

At a Glance
  • Apple iPod U2 Special Edition

    Macworld Rating

    This fourth-generation iPod is functionally identical to the 20GB click-wheel iPod, but it comes in black with a red click wheel in honor of Irish rock group U2. U2 band members' signatures and a U2 logo...

What you're demanding from your music player will determine whether this iPod update will satisfy you. If your digital music collection remains relatively small and you don't need half-a-day's worth of battery life, you're probably better off with an iPod mini. But if it takes 30 days to play your music collection from end to end, you'd like to use the iPod's extra space for file storage, you need extra battery life, or you're a big fan of audiobooks, you'll love this new generation of iPod just as much its predecessors.

--Jason Snell

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At a Glance
  • Macworld Rating

    This fourth-generation iPod is functionally identical to the 20GB click-wheel iPod, but it comes in black with a red click wheel in honor of Irish rock group U2. U2 band members' signatures and a U2 logo are laser-etched into the stainless steel back of the iPod.

    Pros

    • Clickable scroll wheel, long battery life, improved audiobook support

    Cons

    • On-The-Go Playlists aren't saved in manual mode
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