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Apple posts iPod touch Features Guide

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By Charles Starrett

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Published: Thursday, September 13, 2007
News Categories: iPod

Apple has posted a PDF-formatted Features Guide for the iPod touch. The 85-page guide covers virtually all aspects of the device’s features, interface, and connectivity. According to the guide, the iPod touch will come with a pack-in stand for viewing video and photo slideshows, and will allow users to display playback controls when the device is locked with a double-click of the Home button. The guide also explains the iTunes Wi-Fi Music Store in detail; for example, songs purchased from the store are placed in a “Purchased on (name of the iPod)” playlist, as well as the traditional “Purchased” playlist, when the touch is synced with the user’s computer.

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MORE SPACE!.. I won’t get any new iPod touch device as I wanted to.. due to the fact that it’s only 16 GB max.  The minimum should be 30 GB.

Posted by Craig on September 13, 2007 at 10:55 AM (PDT)

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I wish it wasn’t just a watered down version of the iPhone.

MOOOOAAR APPS + 30GB!!!

Posted by Reyes on September 13, 2007 at 11:17 AM (PDT)

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Why do none of you guys realize that flash memory is very very expensive, and that’s why the iPod touch doesn’t have more the 16 gigs.  If it were to have 30GB+ it would probably cost twice if not more then what it does now, and don’t say they should have just used a hard drive, because that would have killed the battery in no time, when you add in the touch screen/wi-fi, and backlight into the equation.  So get over it already.

Posted by matrixSJD on September 13, 2007 at 12:00 PM (PDT)

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matrixSJD - I couldn’t agree with you more.  I don’t know if this is correct - Would a Hard Drive interfere with the touch screen technology? I don’t know - Only a thought. Apple as its reasons.

Posted by Simon on September 13, 2007 at 12:35 PM (PDT)

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While I wish it had more storage, I can see that flash memory is the future for these devices, hard drives are on the way out. Flash makes the devices smaller, lighter, more durable, and quieter. So, I’m going to get one of these because they’re just too cool not to, though I am keeping my 60GB iPod as well. I suspect within a year or two a 32GB version will be available, as flash memory gets cheaper.

Posted by ArtDecoDalek on September 13, 2007 at 12:50 PM (PDT)

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It’s been mentioned before, but a hard drive based iPod combined with the iPhone’s screen would’ve drained the battery FAST.

16GB is not impressive when you look at the Touch as an “evolution” of the iPod line…but matrixSJD is right, flash memory is expensive…and 16GB is the top limit right now while staying affordable for consumers.

Buy it now and get the “awesome!” factor.  Buy it next year with 32-64GB of memory and get the “neat, my friend has that” factor. =)

Posted by Jmore on September 13, 2007 at 12:55 PM (PDT)

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You have to also consider that Apple didn’t want the Touch cannibalizing the sales of the iPhone or vice versa. For those that balked at the iPhone’s storage capacity and didn’t need a phone, the Touch does fit a niche market—it gives users the multimedia experience of the iPhone, double the maximum storage at the same price, and the same cool factor.

I think it will sell extremely well. A lot of us certainly have music/media collections that go well beyond 16 GB, but the more conventional user doesn’t amass that much music, or at least only rips those songs and albums that they really enjoy listening to. You throw in the ability to put a few full-length movies or TV shows on that pretty widescreen, and add the WiFi capabilities, and the iPod Touch is definitely a device that people will want.

Look at it this way—for $400, you have two choices of an “evolved” iPod. You can either have one with more storage capacity or one with more functionality. And keep in mind that the iPod’s status as a cultural icon means that so many people love it for so many different reasons—joggers like nanos, music aficionados probably prefer the classic iPod, multimedia folks will dig the Touch, and still others who hate lugging around a smartphone and a music player everywhere will gravitate toward the iPhone. Some people are advocates of the click wheel and still others appreciate the touchscreen interface.

Posted by Flippy Hambone on September 13, 2007 at 2:22 PM (PDT)

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I was suprised to find my local Apple Store in NJ to have the touch 16GB in stock this afternoon!

Posted by Mike Weiss on September 13, 2007 at 3:00 PM (PDT)

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Aside from the capacity, it is too bad that the touch only outputs 480i instead of 480p like the classic and Nano.  Great uses for showing business videos on a large plasma.  I wonder if the resolution has something to do with allowing YouTube videos.

Posted by Chuckie D on September 13, 2007 at 4:20 PM (PDT)

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After reading through the Features Guide I found some rather intriguing portions.  Apple seems to hint at quite a few features that may have been included with the touch at one point in time.  A few tidbits include the Notes application, Mail, and even Movie downloads from the Wi-Fi Music Store (full list at http://www.eagleeye87.com/blog/?p=14)

It sure would be nice if Apple added these features in the future, but if they don’t, I hope someone finds a way to run the iPhone versions on the touch!

Posted by Erich on September 14, 2007 at 8:19 AM (PDT)

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Does anyone know if you can put dvds that you already own on the touch

Posted by Ryan on September 19, 2007 at 3:15 PM (PDT)

12

Just bought an IPod Touch.  Haven’t tried it yet, but it looks beautiful.  I already have an MP3 player, I bought this for the video and WI-FI, and frankly, because Wintel-based products all seem to be clunky and/or unreliable.  My wife is a graphic designer, and has always used Macs, and she finally converted me.  I wanted to get the IPhone, but was told I MUST sign up for what seemed like a slow and expensive phone service-I couldn’t even buy it and wait for a better / less-expensive service to evolve. 
Jim

Posted by Jim on September 29, 2007 at 7:51 AM (PDT)

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why can’t i download music when i have £50’s worth of itunes? i need some new songs please help!

Posted by michael on March 4, 2011 at 2:39 AM (PDT)

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