Apple iPod Touch (first generation, 16GB)
Manufacturer: Apple Part number: MA627LL/B
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CNET editors' review
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- Reviewed by: Donald Bell
- Edited by: Lindsey Turrentine
- Reviewed on: 09/17/2007
- Released on: 09/14/2007
The good: The Apple iPod Touch has a large, video-worthy screen, a cutting-edge interface, and Wi-Fi Internet, e-mail, and music download capabilities.
The bad: The iPod Touch may cost too much for you, depending on your needs. It has a small capacity for a portable video player.
The bottom line: The iPod Touch is a beautiful product, inside and out, but prepare yourself for sticker shock.
great design, terrible video performance
by lstockett on September 20, 2007
Pros: Great interface, web browser works great, music playback is fine, cover flow feature is much cooler than you'd think
Cons: Video performance is terrible for dark scenes and for dark images within a scene
Summary: I bought mine today from the Apple store in Raleigh, NC. Basically I agree with the CNET review. It's a great device. Or at least it would be if ...
Summary: I bought mine today from the Apple store in Raleigh, NC. Basically I agree with the CNET review. It's a great device. Or at least it would be if it worked properly.
The screen is terrible. Dark scenes in videos from iTunes are unwatchable. It almost looks like a photo negative. Dark images within a scene are a problem too (for example. a person with dark hair). Darker images from the web also don't display properly. I'm no expert, but all that points to a problem with the display.
Apparently I'm not alone. A quick search on 'ipod touch dark scene' will bring up several blog entries. Here's an example:
The person I talked to at Apple tech support was not familiar with the issue. She was very polite and efficient though. I walked through the process of reseting, rebooting, and all that stuff. None of it worked of course. I then made an appointment to take it back to the Apple store. We'll see how that goes.
I hope this is just a manufacturing defect that's limited to a few units and not a design problem. I also hope they don't give me a hard time about fixing it.Updated
The day after I posted my review I returned my ipod touch to the Apple store. The employees knew all about the problem with the screen. They quickly and politely exchanged my ipod for a new one. No hassle whatsoever. Video and dark images look just fine on the new one.
So, I'm giving them a 9 for the iPod (it would be a 10 if it were 32G or if I could expand it with SD cards).
For customer service I give them a perfect 10. Other than sending Steve Jobs to my door with a new unit and an apology, I can't imagine how the defect could have been handled better.
31 out of 34 users found this user opinion helpful.
by donwright on November 18, 2007
Pros: UI is innovative and the best looking out there, WiFi configures easily, decent battery life
Cons: Price makes it less accessible to general public, screen is a smudge magnet
Summary: I have to admit right now, I am annoyed at all the zune and other 'non-iPod' fanboys. Their ratings have completely messed up the overall score. However, I gave the ...
Summary: I have to admit right now, I am annoyed at all the zune and other 'non-iPod' fanboys. Their ratings have completely messed up the overall score. However, I gave the iPod 16Gb an '8' because I know that even if I give it a '10' to 'compensate' for the shameful fanboy scores, it will be to no avail and I will just have to depend on savvy consumers who are doing a thorough research on what they are going to buy.
To give you a recent and brief history of mp3 player ownerships, I have owned a standard no name brand mp3 player, iPod Mini, 5G iPod 80GB video and the Zune 30GB unit. They all have their places and it was a toss up for me between the 5G iPod 80gb Video and the 1st Gen 30GB Zune (Black). I liked the iPod's ease of use and iTunes feature sets and I really loved the Zune's navigation, durability, out of the box sound quality and it's nice widescreen view. Now to the 16GB iPod Touch...
The Touch comes with a docking tray adapter for you past gen dock users, which is nice. It also comes with the standard iPod earphones (get yourself some better ones) and a little cleaning cloth for all the smudges you will eventually have to wipe away once you start using it. It also comes with a USB cord adapter for charging/syncing.
I don't claim to be a professional audiophile, but I do know this from general research, the human ear can 'basically' only hear the 20-20,000 range sound 'spectrum'. So all of the comments made about the poor quality of sound that the Touch resonates seems to elude me. Do these people who complain about the sound quality have dog-like listening ability? So yeah, the sound quality to me is just fine.
User Interface. This is the bread and butter of the iPod Touch. The interface is so intuitive and well thought out as to give the user a feeling of instant recognition of icons and navigation throughout it's interface. I can say that everytime I have pulled this device out to use one of it's features I would get a compliment on how nice it was. So it definitely has a cool factor. Let's not forget that the Touch has some sort of accelerometer built in to it so it can automatically switch to landscape view when you turn it on its side. This works when you watch videos, pictures and web browser. The cover flow is a nice added 'touch' here as well.
Touch Screen. The touch screen is easily smudge-able. However, it is made of glass which makes it very durable, giving it a very 'solid feel'. Apple did not skimp on the build quality of this device, that is certain.
Video- Video was very nice and just a tad bit bigger than the last gen 30GB Zune. The videos were also very nice and had excellent vibrant color to it. I have owned this device since launch and I can say that I have watched a few different types of videos on it from cnet video podcasts to football videos (GO Broncos!) to episodes of BSG (Battlestar Galactica) and have never experienced any problems at all.
Other notes- Web browsing is very easy and to be honest, was a very different experience than what I have ever experienced before. I've used 'touch screens' before, but the Touch is definitely unique in that it just 'feels' like it was meant to be used with your fingers. This is coming from someone who used touch screens with a stylus and regular plain old touch screens like ATM's. The browser is excellent, however, you will not be able to view flash sites and some other types of videos on some internet sites. The WiFi is fast and easy to set up and will ask you if it ever needs to access a different network for web browsing.
The Calendar is very useful, in fact, it just recently got an software update that allows you to add contacts and dates/events to your contacts/calendar and when you sync your Touch, it will automatically update your computer's contacts/calendar events as well. Very nice. The Clock (which can add multiple time zones/world clock), Calculator were also welcomed little programs that I use quite frequently.
The You Tube function of the Touch is more of a specific function, but it works. For what I use You Tube for, it works just fine.
What I do like about the Touch is that it is still both Windows and Mac compatible as where the Zune (even the new ones) is not. You can only use Windows for Zune unless you use Apple's Bootcamp or other Windows emulation software within the Mac OS. Just something to consider if you have narrowed down your search to these two types of devices.
The Touch has a button on the top left that if you push it once 'quickly' it will put your screen into 'sleep mode'. Which saves on batteries and also prevents any accidental 'touches' to your screen. To turn it completely off, press and hold the same button for a few seconds.
There is no recessed headphone jack like the iPhone, so using any other ear/headphones of your choice is not a problem.
For people who like to keep their 'stuff' private, there is a 'security lock' function that allows you to use a 4 digit password to unlock the device. You can even set the time to 'lock' from 1 minute on up.
The 16 GB storage seems to turn alot of people off, but for me it works just fine. I have been able to put all of my music library (about 2 gigs) and some videos on it no problem. I've even put an entire season of Battlestar Galactica on it and still had plenty of room to spare. I can't even imagine having that much videos and music on it. I always keep my Touch's storage 'clean' by only putting what I want on it and leaving the rest on my laptop. Right now, I have a few video podcasts, Bronco season highlights, one tv show and my entire music library on it right now and it has only taken up just a tad over 3 gigs of space leaving me with 11.5 gigs still available for whatever I want to put on it. Depending on how you use your space on this device is up to you, I personally recommend using your space management skills with this device. But it works for me and what I do with it.
The iPod Touch is a very very nice device and if you have the money and do not want or need an iPhone, I highly recommend this product.
This works just fine for what I want it for since I would rather have an actual cell phone with other features that would compliment this device.
Thanks for reading my review and I hope it helps you in your decision making process when choosing this device or others of this type.
17 out of 18 users found this user opinion helpful.
iPod Touch is tops for 16 GB MP3 Models
by RonaldJr18 on September 7, 2007
Pros: Touch Screen, WiFi Store, and all other features of the iPhone without the horrbile phone part!
Cons: Unknown until shipped!
Summary: For everyone without an iphone (really if you have an iPhone and want one of these, you really must have a spending problem) and just wanted an MP3 player, then ...
Summary: For everyone without an iphone (really if you have an iPhone and want one of these, you really must have a spending problem) and just wanted an MP3 player, then I would get this. Many people on cnet posting their comments are upset about a couple of things. First, the storage (8 or 16 GM FLASH). FLASH is the simplest way to sum it up (it is superior to hard drives; only con SO FAR is storage space). 16 GB is so far the highest capacity available anywhere for FLASH and it has a few advantages over hard drive models. First, no moving parts which makes it 100% skip free unlike hard drive models which have spinning disks. Second, FLASH has faster loading times (overall speed is greater) and with FLASH, you can devices almost any size you want because since FLASH is so small, you can do many things with it (hence the thiness of the iPod Touch). Also, there are less techincal problems with devices that use FLASH over hard drives (you are more likely to experience problems with hard drives than flash memory). Yes, while 16 GB seems small, to many people it may not. Depending on how deep your music library is or depending on how many videos you play to keep on it, 16 GB may be sufficent for many like me. I have over 200 albums (most full) and I'm not hitting 10 GB yet. That goes to show it holds quite alot! At $399... it may seem like alot, but think about the whole product as a whole, and also remember that FLASH techonolgy is expensive; the price is a bargin. Other neat things is that it has blazing fast Wi-Fi (way faster than DSL which is fast enough lol), new iTunes Wi-Fi Store (very convient), and other stuff. Overall this tops the iPod line as the best and over the next couple of years, this is going to be the standard for iPods. Why a rating of 9 out of 10: no products are perfect and thats because (common sense): everything man made always has its flaws (meaning never 100% perfect).
13 out of 15 users found this user opinion helpful.
Excellent product, but hear me out for "6" rating, also helpful tip for buying a non defective touch
by trx1701 on December 2, 2007
Pros: Slick UI, Safari, iCal, Slim form factor, beautiful screen<See review
Cons: Far too many missing features for price
Summary: First let me say this: I love my touch and it is an excellent product. However I had to to buy and return THREE touches before getting one with a ...
Summary: First let me say this: I love my touch and it is an excellent product. However I had to to buy and return THREE touches before getting one with a good screen. Tip: When buying a touch there is a way to identify if the item has a good or bad screen by looking at the box. Looking at the serial IGNORE the first THREE characters. Following that will be two numbers. These numbers tell you the week the touch was made. For example if it say "44" the touch was made in the 44th week of 2007. Only buy a touch with a 45 or above. I week 45 the touch shipped with updated firmware and you are guaranteed to get a good screen. (There were known screen issues with touches previous to this one.) Ideally buy the one with the highest number possible.
Now, the reason for this relatively low rating. When the iPod first came out its purpose was to provide more features than any other competitor product relative to it's price, and succeeded. It is obvious Apple did not use this philosophy when creating the touch. There are far better products for the price. For 400 dollars the features and storage are ridiculous. There are far better products according to a price:feature ratio. Anchos players have far more functionality, however they are quite frankly ugly and I do not like them. The storage capacity of the touch is honestly pathetic. Yes, yes, I know it's due to the flash memory, and flash memory is superior to hard disk based alternatives. But honestly for a PVP 16 gigs is not enough anyway you cut it. Granted a hard disk option would add to the overall thickness of the touch it would be a fabulous trade off. While I understand Apple's decision to not include bluetooth in the touch so as to not allow it to compete with it's iPhone, but it is a poor decision. If Apple hopes to stay competitive bluetooth is essential. If Apple wishes to distinguish its iPhone from the touch there are far better way to do it. Add 50 dollars to the iPhone price or something, but for damnit give us bluetooth and more storage space. I understand Apple leaving out the email, maps, and various other iPhone apps. Keep in mind, it is an mp3 player, not a phone.
To conclude when you buy a touch you are getting an excellent audio, video, and overall media player. You get seamless integration with itunes. You do not get the ability to carry all your music and videos with you and you don't bluetooth functionality. There are various other more minor features the the touch could have but none are really essential. It would be wise to wait until Apple releases a second gen touch when they will no doubt address most of these issues. However, purchase a touch, and you will no doubt be satisfied.
11 out of 11 users found this user opinion helpful.
HOW CAN YOU RATE THIS YET - ITS NOT EVEN OUT!
by firefinder24 on September 8, 2007
Pros: Read below!
Cons: Read below!
Summary: I get so tired of people rating a product when they don't even have one in their hands. This isn't a rate by what you have heard, it ...
Summary: I get so tired of people rating a product when they don't even have one in their hands. This isn't a rate by what you have heard, it is supposed to be a rating for people that have purchased one and have hands on experience with the device giving their opinions. Come on people! And yes, I had to put a number in to submit this, so I gave it a 10 as the specs sound good!Updated
No more ranting abuot how people rate products before they own one. I've been able to play with the iTouch for about 3 days now. EXCELLENT product, and very similar to the iPhone. The only major dislike is volume control. Its very good, but being used to my nano, and having a physical volume control, there are a few extra steps to adjust the volume of the touch. Not a big dela other than when you are at the gym. The Wifi is awesome, as is the display. I have not had any of the reported "dark" screen issues that are being reported.
18 out of 30 users found this user opinion helpful.
by David.C. on September 30, 2007
Pros: Touch Screen with easy to use Icons, Cover Flow makes life easy
Cons: NO NOTES!!! Annoying metal backing that scratched after 5 minutes
Summary: I bought a 16gb model the day this sucker came out and I have had no problems. I have had 3 ipods before this (2nd gen, 4th gen, nano) and ...
Summary: I bought a 16gb model the day this sucker came out and I have had no problems. I have had 3 ipods before this (2nd gen, 4th gen, nano) and this ipod takes the win. I can't believe how easy it is to use. The flick to scroll feature is outstanding, cover flow is simply beautiful and safari is just the icing on the cake. Wifi opens a whole new door. Simply find a hotspot and you can download music on the fly, which works amazingly fast. I also like to have youtube for those long lecture classes and how the sleekness allows this ipod to be tucked away neatly. Do not worry about jamming this into your pocket, the screen is almost bulletproof.
Now on the downside, the stupid metal backing that is probably the softest element on earth is still present, I was hoping for the backing like the iphone had. Also, Steve thought it would be cool to give you a keyboard and only be able to type in contacts (uh... for what?!?), url's and search topics. You have a calendar but can't type in appointments and the notes feature, which was totally useless before is now perfectly well adapted for this player, is gone. sigh...
so... if you weigh the good and the bad, the ipod touch is definitely worth your money (or college refund check in my case). Cover flow is simply the best reason to buy this and the widescreen video player. People who are complaining about the camera... seriously... EVERYONE has a phone with a camera on it... use it...
I say this is the best $421.79 I ever spent...
5 out of 5 users found this user opinion helpful.
It's All About Marketing
by djstein on September 6, 2007
Pros: Design and 'Cool Factor'
Cons: STORAGE STORAGE STORAGE
Summary: This is really all about marketing. Apple could have easily went with a hard drive and made a 80 and 160 gig version of the iPod Touch but that wouldn'...
Summary: This is really all about marketing. Apple could have easily went with a hard drive and made a 80 and 160 gig version of the iPod Touch but that wouldn't be smart from a business sense. Not that I agree with what they've done but think about it...people are going to rush out and buy the Touch simply because it's cool and the new thing to have. Next year they'll release the updated version and it will double in size and the same for the following year and so on. Each time they release a newer version with more space the same people that go out and buy the 'must have' everything will shell out more cash to get the latest and greatest. In 3 or 4 years we'll all look back and laugh and say...can you believe the iPod Touch used to come in 8 and 16 gig. Why on earth would you buy that with such little space?
With 8 and 16 gig it's almost as if you'll need two iPods. One to watch videos on a wider screen and the 'Classic' version to store ALL of your music and videos on one device.
Does that not sound like marketing genius?
11 out of 20 users found this user opinion helpful.
by joeink on September 25, 2007
Pros: Best GUI yet, size, battery. It's an iPod!
Cons: No text/word/note option.
Summary: To everyone complaining about the lack of storage: It's flash.
Flash memory ain't cheap and though, yes, there will be plenty of 32, 64, and eventually 100+ gb ...
Summary: To everyone complaining about the lack of storage: It's flash.
Flash memory ain't cheap and though, yes, there will be plenty of 32, 64, and eventually 100+ gb flash players out there, for right now this is more than decent.
I have 2000 songs, 4 movies, 10 TV shows, 40 podcasts, 300 photos and all of my addresses and contacts on my 16 gb touch (with just under 3 gb of space left) and I'd be surprised if that won't tide me over until the next time I'm able to sync it with my computer. I've had every iPod there is and we all must remember that hard drive based players eventually fail due to movement. I never had a problem with the 4 nano's I've had, nor the 2 shuffles. However, I've owned 7 different spinning hd-based iPods, and have had 3 of them kick it. I don't abuse my stuff, I just use it as a portable player. Is it nice to have one's whole library available at all times? Sure, but at what cost?
The video on the touch is more than great and the scrolling/tapping features and overall intuitive interface of this iPod make it the best yet as far as I'm concerned.
The only drawback? If there's a QWERTY keyboard for entering web addresses and the like, why is there no notepad or text editor of any kind. Oh well, hopefully some kind of software update will address this.
4 out of 4 users found this user opinion helpful.
Love it, period
by crazyJoe A81 on September 14, 2007
Pros: Touch screen, good sound quality, web browsing, fast Wi-Fi, rugged.
Cons: Takes a while to turn on.
Summary: OK, I just bought my iPod touch from the Apple Store this afternoon, I absolutely love it. It has everything I want in an iPod plus more! I'm just ...
Summary: OK, I just bought my iPod touch from the Apple Store this afternoon, I absolutely love it. It has everything I want in an iPod plus more! I'm just coming back from a mosh and it survived it without a scratch. I'd still recommend you get a case though, just to be safe. Its very simple and easy to use (Apple, of course) and everything works flawlessly. This is truly their best iPod yet, it looks like something that came out of a Sci-Fi film, but I assure you, its completely real. The flash memory is very quick and it was made for Safari. Web pages are clear and easy to read. The built in YouTube player was ingenious, and it works very well. I haven't tried the Wi-Fi iTunes store yet, but I have heard it is very good. I could go on and on about this amazing product. I have noticed that Apple sometimes uses cheap parts in their electronics, but this isn't one of them, the material is very nice and rugged.
4 out of 5 users found this user opinion helpful.
its the iPhone...only BETTER
by burton _force_99 on September 14, 2007
Pros: everything you could POSSSSIBLY want in an iPod. verry good quality media, YOUTUBE!, surf the web too i mean wow.
Cons: ok i want more than 16GB but its perfectly understandable, the reason for not including Google Maps and email is stupid
Summary: I have to say that this device fascinates me. The iPhone fascinated me, i wanted to get one. But i wasnt gonna drop 600$ for one nuh uh, nor was ...
Summary: I have to say that this device fascinates me. The iPhone fascinated me, i wanted to get one. But i wasnt gonna drop 600$ for one nuh uh, nor was i willing to do a 2year phone contract that was ludicrous anyway.
so BAM, here comes the iPod touch: everything that made the iPhone amazing, AND minus the phone part which i can totally live without, i already have a phone. its also THINNER, its as thin as my current Samsung player, which ive always referred to as annorexicly thin! so thats great!
features, yeah theyre amazing too! sure the iPhone has more, but this is "just" an iPod. and it has the iTunes music store! YOUTUBE! now i can just sit wherever (within wifi of course) and just watch youtube movies if i get bored of what i have. everything else thats major is all here. except for email and Google maps, which technically speaking i dont see why are not there. im sure the Touch could completely handle it. but my guess is that the business dudes at Apple guessed that yeah this is a substitute device that is going to draw a lot of demand away from the iPhone (ex: me) so lets keep some features iPhone only. so no Google Maps or email on the touch cuz they still want some people to be interested in the iPhone.
and alas. SPACE. 16GBs. ABSURD!! but wait.....is it???? is it really absurd?? perhaps for the ignorant out there it is(im not saying im not, im just sayin i understand why). Ok, the purpose of the iPod touch is to be a Super Advanced media player that was also small, sleek, and super sexy. the only way to go to meet that requirement storage wise was FLASH memory (which is much more expensive gig per gig than a hdd). it saves volumetric space and saves energy. plus its not as heat prone (that=better circuit usage).
so although i would be much happier with a lot more than 16 GB, at the same time im completely happy with 16GB cuz i KNOW that that number is Already a really high number to fit in flash (yeahhh i know some laptops have like 40 gig of flash but thats a laptop...not a 4 ounce iPod...).
plus....for the average user....16GB is Plennnnnty of space. and even for more moderate users, you can still manage with 16, its not THATttt bad. if you want more space....there IS the iPod classic that has 80 or 160 GB that does music and video. they made (in hindsight) it specifically for those people who would complain about the Touch's small capacity.
so yeah, in the end. Amazing device and will most likely be worth every penny (cuz i havent actually gotten it yet derr, but it has every symptom of it)
5 out of 8 users found this user opinion helpful.
- Manufacturer: Apple
- Part number: MA627LL/B
- Description: Apple iPod touch offers millions of songs, thousands of games and countless hours of fun. Games designed for iPod touch technology are just a tap away. Browse hundreds of games from the App Store right on your iPod touch, download what you want, and you're ready to play. And add to your collection by shopping the iTunes Music Store from any Wi-Fi hotspot. If a picture says a thousand words, think of what all the album art in your collection might say. With Cover Flow on iPod touch, you can flick through your music to find the album you want to hear. And when you do, a quick tap of the cover flips it over to display a track list. Another tap starts the music. The 3.5-inch display gives you video like nothing you've seen before on a portable device. Watch your favorite movie. Catch up on television shows, anywhere. Enjoy video podcasts. Play music videos. All using multi-touch technology that lets you bring up onscreen controls and go widescreen (or back to full screen) with a tap. iPod touch holds photos you sync via iTunes. Flick to scroll through thumbnails. Tap to view full screen. Rotate for landscape format. Or perform some sleight of hand by opening two fingers to zoom in. You can even play slideshows, complete with music and transitions. Set any photo as your wallpaper to personalize your iPod touch...with a touch. With Apple's Safari browser built in, iPod touch is the only iPod that gives you wireless access to the web, everywhere you go. See websites the way they were designed to be seen. Sync your bookmarks or add a few as you go. Search the web using the touchscreen keyboard. Zoom in and out by tapping the multi-touch display. Got a bit of a YouTube addiction? iPod touch feeds it from anywhere with a special YouTube player built right in. Watch featured videos, check out the most viewed, search for something specific, then bookmark your favorites for future reference. It's all the fun of YouTube - pocket-size. iPod touch features the same interface as iPhone. Built to take full advantage of the large 3.5-inch display, the multi-touch interface lets you control everything using only your fingers. So you can glide through albums with Cover Flow, flick through photos and enlarge them with a pinch, or zoom in and out on a section of a web page. And iPod touch features a touchscreen QWERTY keyboard perfect for browsing the web in Safari, searching for videos on YouTube, finding music on the iTunes Wi-Fi Music Store, or adding new contacts.
- Product type Digital player
PC interface(s) supported
- Flash memory installed 16 GB Integrated
- Digital storage None
- Weight 4.2 oz
- Dimensions (W x D x H) 2.4 in x 0.3 in x 4.3 in
Docking station adapter,
- Software type Apple Safari
- iPod Generation 1G
Digital Player / Recorder
Supported digital audio standards
Random play / shuffle,
All tracks repeat,
One track repeat,
- Response bandwidth 20 - 20000 Hz
- Supported bit rate 16 - 320
- ID3 tags support Yes
Variable bit-rate compatible,
JPEG photo playback
- Audio system built-in display LCD
- Diagonal size 3.5 in
- Resolution 480 x 320
- Backlight display Yes
Display menu language
- Sound output mode Stereo
Battery level indication,
USB 2.0 compatibility,
- Equalizer type Digital graphic
- Remote control None
- Headphones type Binaural Ear-bud
- Sound output mode Stereo
- Response bandwidth 20 - 20000 Hz
- Impedance 32 Ohm
- Connectivity technology Wired
- Cable(s) included USB cable - External
Headphones Mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm,
IEEE 802.11b/g (Wi-Fi)
Battery / Power
- Battery Lithium ion Rechargeable Player batteryIntegrated
- Mfr estimated battery life 22 hour(s)
- Recharge time 3 hour(s)
- Power device type [Feb 24, 2011 from CDS: Power Device] None
- Peripheral / Interface devices [Jul 2, 2008 from CDS: System Requirements] USB port (compatible with 2.0 specification)
Apple MacOS X 10.4.10,
Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition SP2 or later,
Microsoft Windows Vista,
Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP2 or later
Specs: 16 GB,
Player battery - Rechargeable - Lithium ion,
Specs: 32 GB,
Player battery - Rechargeable - Lithium ion,