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80GB Enhanced Fifth-Generation iPod, unboxed

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By LC Angell

Contributing Editor
Published: Thursday, September 14, 2006
News Categories: iPod

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In addition to our new full review of the new second-generation iPod nano—including extensive details and photos of every color nano—we’ve just added unboxing photos of Apple’s new 80GB “enhanced” fifth-generation iPod, with brand new shots of the new device. Click on the link below or see our First Look at the Enhanced Fifth-Generation iPod to view pictures of the unboxing process, which now includes no iTunes CD or foam earbud covers.

The new full-size iPod, which was introduced at Apple’s special event in San Francisco on Tuesday, sports an 80GB hard drive, support for iPod-ready video games, 60% brighter display, longer battery life, gapless playback, and new Search and Quick Scroll features.




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1

It’s the back black like the U2 edition??

Posted by MT on September 14, 2006 at 2:29 PM (PDT)

2

Looks like we need the 5.5G to get the Music Search feature.

Posted by King Fish on September 14, 2006 at 3:04 PM (PDT)

3

The back is not black - it’s standard bright metal.

Posted by Jeremy Horwitz in East Amherst, NY, USA on September 14, 2006 at 3:06 PM (PDT)

4

Not sure what eveyone is complaining about iTunes 7.  I think it’s fantastic.  Love the new GUI!

Posted by Guano Bunny on September 14, 2006 at 3:13 PM (PDT)

5

Grrr!  Wish they’d hurry up and ship mine!!!

Posted by Dominar on September 14, 2006 at 3:21 PM (PDT)

6

What can’t be fixed through a software update with the old 5th gen? I really see no reason to get too excited, unless you don’t have an iPod already.

Posted by Randall on September 14, 2006 at 3:27 PM (PDT)

7

What updates? Are you talking about an update for the current 5G? Is there one out there?

Posted by Don Trammell on September 14, 2006 at 3:29 PM (PDT)

8

No iTunes cd? are you serious?

Posted by moet on September 14, 2006 at 3:49 PM (PDT)

9

I’m glad Apple is ditching the included iTunes CDs.  I can’t imagine any iPod customers not having at least dial-up Internet to download iTunes.

Good on them for cutting down on waste that most people just throw in the trash.

Posted by Adam on September 14, 2006 at 4:21 PM (PDT)

10

does anyone know when this is coming out in stores

Posted by evan on September 14, 2006 at 5:20 PM (PDT)

11

What games came with it?  Also, has the plastic been treated - or does it still scratch as easily?

Posted by r2builder on September 14, 2006 at 5:39 PM (PDT)

12

Is that one on the right the 1st generation? and you’re comparing the brightness difference between the two?

Posted by sloindahed on September 14, 2006 at 5:56 PM (PDT)

13

what camera did you use to take those photos?

Posted by ooggy on September 14, 2006 at 6:08 PM (PDT)

14

sloindahed, yes that is the 5G iPod on the right (white) while the black 5.5G (what it has come to be known as around the internet) is the newest one put out. I believe comparing the brightness is the idea there as both brightness dials are set to max.

If you remember Apple making the claim the new iPod was 60%? brighter than the previous.

Posted by Marko on September 14, 2006 at 6:11 PM (PDT)

15

I you already own a 5G iPod, you will get ALL the new software features the first time you hook it up to iTunes 7. iPod Updater is now integrated into iTunes and will update the software on your 5G iPod to the same version as the newest (“5.5G”) iPod. After the update, your 5G iPod will have the new Search feature, better scrolling and a brightness control.

Posted by Bootleg on September 14, 2006 at 7:23 PM (PDT)

16

sorry bootleg, you’re wrong about the search feature. You get the fast scrolling with the letter onscreen, gapless playback, brightness control, but not the search feature.

Posted by Lawrence Mikkelsen in New Zealand on September 14, 2006 at 7:46 PM (PDT)

17

W00T!! No more Bono on the box!!!

Posted by hoho on September 14, 2006 at 11:25 PM (PDT)

18

Not very scientific to compare brightness between a black 5.5G and a white 5G ipod.  Most people are probably aware of the way your visual system can be tricked with respect to contrast against backgrounds etc.  A lot of optical illusions are based around these sort of tricks.

I’m sure the 5.5G is brighter, but it probably looks even brighter than it actually is when viewed in comparison with the white backgrounded ipod.  How about someone with the necessary equipment compare the two generations with a black vs black and/or a white vs white photo?

Posted by Ian on September 15, 2006 at 12:17 AM (PDT)

19

that pouch su ks

Posted by maxxx on September 15, 2006 at 4:23 AM (PDT)

20

How much thicker is it than a 30 gig?

Posted by Nuks on September 15, 2006 at 4:59 AM (PDT)

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