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At a Glance
  • Apple Fifth Generation iPod 30GB

Unless you own a computer that doesn't have a USB 2.0 port, it's hard not to like this iPod. Even if you never use its video capabilities, you should be pleased with its sleek design, crisp display, intuitive interface, reasonable battery life, and the myriad wonders we've come to expect from an iPod. And if portable video makes sense for you (and you have the wherewithal to pack your iPod with content not provided by the iTunes Music Store), you'll find this iPod even more appealing.--Christopher Breen

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At a Glance
  • Pros

    • Decent battery life
    • Crisp, bright, and roomier display improves interface
    • Some nice new slideshow transitions
    • Videos look good on the iPod’s screen and pretty fair on a television
    • Higher-quality voice memos has huge potential


    • No included power adapter
    • Some older accessories now obsolete
    • No support for FireWire syncing
    • Apple offers no great solution for converting video
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