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Ten Things You Need to Know About iPod touch

The iPod touch has arrived, and as always, we immediately started to put it through its paces. In advance of our comprehensive review, we wanted to help early potential buyers get some quick important facts on how it performs and compares with other iPods, and the iPhone.


(10) Screen Differences: Though it shares the same resolution and size, the screen isn’t exactly the same as iPhone’s. The screen’s contrast initially seems a bit better, with darker blacks, but it’s easier to make blacks go negative on the wrong viewing angle—more so than on recent hard disk-based iPods, too. Like iPhone, iPod touch still has a brightness sensor with automatic adjustment as an option; there still aren’t contrast or color controls.


Top, Bottom: iPod touch, iPhone screens; iPhone looks better when viewed off-angle, as shown here

(9) Control Differences: iPod touch’s home button is a little smaller than the iPhone’s. As reported earlier today, double-clicking it brings up a music control menu that looks a little different on iPod touch’s home screen, where it blends into the time and date bar, than it does elsewhere, where it floats as a window. This feature is supposed to act as a substitute for iPod touch’s lack of side volume control buttons, which made automatic level adjustments easy without having to dig through menus.


(8) Synchronization: iTunes synchronization is iPod-style, not iPhone style. You can still activate manual management of songs, videos, and TV shows rather than being forced to synchronize playlists a la iPhone. We noticed that transfers are on the very slow side relative to the iPod classic and nano.


(7) No Disk Mode: Disk Mode is gone. Consequently, you won’t be able store data files on the iPod touch without third-party software. Mac users also don’t have to wait for the iPod touch to be reformatted as a Mac-ready disk, like the iPod classic.


(6) Sound Quality: We’ll have more to say on this soon, but the iPod touch is more like the iPhone than the iPod classic, with a higher level of background hiss than the classic.


(5) Better Accessory Compatibility, Save Video: The remaining combination car charging and audio kits that were hassled by the iPhone work properly with iPod touch. We really hope that the same support is added to the iPhone, as it really detracts from that device. However, video docks fare no better here than with the iPod classic and new iPod nano: there’s not even a TV-out setting to resist toggling. And the iPod Radio Remote does not work with the iPod touch. It comes up as an unsupported accessory, just as it does with the iPhone.

(4) Applications, with Tweaks: iPod touch ships with software version 1.1, which is obviously subject to change over time. As shown in our videos, iPod touch’s first slate of applications look almost exactly like iPhone’s, minus e-mail links, the occasional absence of editing buttons, and tiny changes. For instance, the Clocks application has a number of new alarm tones that, unlike the iPhone, aren’t based on ringtones. Checkmate, Jump, Time Passing, Time’s Up, and Up Down are all simple beeps passed through the headphone port and tiny built-in clicker speaker, and it would be generous to call them anything but annoying. The odd Safari Developer option we discovered at the Apple Special Event is still in the iPod touch menus, too. There are no other surprises we could find in the Settings.

(3) iTunes Wi-Fi: The iTunes Wi-Fi Music Store seems to be working pretty well right out of the gate. Though page loading responsiveness isn’t what it should be, previewing and buying clips is as simple as can be, and the iPod touch automatically grabs your iTunes Store account data from your computer for purchases. Hope you’re not prone to losing your iPods (or having them stolen).


(2) Battery: With Wi-Fi entirely off, our first battery test of iPod touch suggests that its video run time is not going to touch the iPod classic’s. After four hours of pure (not multi-tasking) video playback with our test iTunes Store videos—the same ones, and under the same conditions that saw 6 hour, 46 minute run times on the 80GB iPod classic and 9 hour, 28 minute times on the 160GB model—the iPod touch put up its “10% battery capacity remaining” warning window. After 4 and a half hours, it died, underperforming Apple’s 5 hour promised run time. More on this, soon.

(1) Body: The single most impressive thing about iPod touch is its thinness. As we’ve previously said, it’s less than a third thinner than the iPhone, but it feels half as thick. However, it also feels more fragile thanks to its polished metal back, which is more prone to scratching, and we’d gladly have traded extra thickness for more battery life and storage capacity.


We’ll have much more on iPod touch very soon. Find unboxing and iPod/iPhone comparison photos here, and comparison videos below:

iPod touch versus iPhone Interface Comparison: See the iPod touch and iPhone interfaces running next to each other—everything minus music/video playback, Safari, and iTunes.

iPod touch versus iPhone Safari Loading, Body Comparison: See both devices side-by-side loading pages from Apple.com, then physically compared to one another, then loading YouTube.

iPod touch iTunes Wi-Fi Music Store: See the new iTunes Wi-Fi Music Store being accessed briefly from the iPhone.

iPod touch and iPhone Music and Video Playback: See how both devices play music and video content, including the iPod touch’s new double Home button click feature, which brings volume and track controls to the screen even if it’s in Hold mode or in the midst of another application.

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I am so confused… why pay $200-$400 to get an iPod Touch (even though i already have one) when you could get a NICE mp3 for about $100-$200 and not have to pay for any of the music on itunes, cuz i have my ipod and i seriously want to download a song from youtube, but on top of it, you CANT buy it from itunes AT ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Anybody agree with me here? Just a little bit?

Uh, no…Heh If people can’t offord I-whatevers then they can get an Gogear 30$ thing
But most peeps like to show off with they’re Ipods and iphones *my friends do* and Yah, I have a touch but I only use it for certain things because I’m young and don’t really need the Internet!!!

I agree, Therefor :)

Posted by Rachel Cole on March 3, 2011 at 4:44 PM (CST)


Some of the little internet-heros on here are freaks.

I don’t understand why folks can’t just be cool, and help each other out - rather than saying things like “i feel sorry for you because you can’t afford one” - or “you prob got ripped off. Sell the Nexen one and get what you really want” - usually with terrible grammar, no punctuation and very bad spelling.

Posted by ZipZap on March 10, 2011 at 6:03 AM (CST)



Excuse me, I’m 11 and I was just helping, And I don’t help, to ‘make fun of’ or how you would put it. Why are you on this website? To make bad comments? Get a something to keep you busy. Ugh :P

Posted by Rachel Cole on March 22, 2011 at 6:09 PM (CDT)


what do you do when it show the cord and says itunes on it thats all mine dose is shut off and tern on :(

Posted by travis on April 6, 2011 at 7:08 PM (CDT)


If i purchase an ipod touch, can i transfer all my music out of windows media player to the ipod touch or do i have to purchase all music from itunes?

Posted by Terry on October 21, 2011 at 11:16 PM (CDT)


do i need a contract or to be a resident to buy an ipod 4th gen. ? and is it mandatory to pay the 3 year thingy if it breaks> thankss:)

Posted by jklasd on November 5, 2011 at 11:02 AM (CDT)


okay! so i have an ipod touch, and it randomally stopped working one day. it wont turn on and when its plugged into my computer it wont show up in my itunes, unlike what the guy at apple said, is there anything i can do that will actually help me?. i really cant afford a new ipod.

Posted by michaeljo on November 12, 2011 at 10:49 PM (CST)


my kids tried to down load 5 games and they have been loading for 2 days, it just says waiting next to all of them.  i cannot delete them because there is no x by them. does anybody know how to delete these?  thanks so much

Posted by rhonda on December 12, 2011 at 9:06 PM (CST)

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