Ten Things You Need to Know About iPod touch

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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.

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(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.

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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.

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(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.

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(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.

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(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.

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(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).

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(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.

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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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  1. @yllek, if you have free apps there are no additional charges, if you have a free texting app, then that is exactly what it is “FREE”

    to everyone else”
    Read your users manual people, ALOT of your questions can be solved by reading it, I cant help but see how people are asking the prices of these things, there is amazon, google, ebay. look up the price, jesus, if you dont want internet on your ipod dont connect to wi-fi

  2. @yllek, if you have free apps there are no additional charges, if you have a free texting app, then that is exactly what it is “FREE”

    to everyone else”
    Read your users manual people, ALOT of your questions can be solved by reading it, I cant help but see how people are asking the prices of these things, there is amazon, google, ebay. look up the price, jesus, if you dont want internet on your ipod dont connect to wi-fi

  3. I have a question:im trying to use my wifi at home cause i have internet access so im confused; it doesnt show up any of the members of my households name that shows on the internet bill so what do i do….and do you need internet wifi to get your vpn configured.??????please help me asap!!

  4. I have a question:im trying to use my wifi at home cause i have internet access so im confused; it doesnt show up any of the members of my households name that shows on the internet bill so what do i do….and do you need internet wifi to get your vpn configured.??????please help me asap!!

  5. What if I changed the password so many times and now I can’t get back in because I can’t remember it and I have tried everything???

  6. What if I changed the password so many times and now I can’t get back in because I can’t remember it and I have tried everything???

  7. I have an IPHONE currently and am not sure how to set up the WIFI. However, My son wants an IPAD TOUCH for xmas and I do not really know much about them. I have been researching and I am confused? Is there a monthly service fee to have a TOUCH and if not, how can they use it and use internet FREE? I am confused on how that works?

  8. I have an IPHONE currently and am not sure how to set up the WIFI. However, My son wants an IPAD TOUCH for xmas and I do not really know much about them. I have been researching and I am confused? Is there a monthly service fee to have a TOUCH and if not, how can they use it and use internet FREE? I am confused on how that works?

  9. Okay…so I really wanted a ipod nano 5th generation 16gb, but then i started thinking about the i pod touch. My dad would let me buy it if it didnt have any monthly fees. The only reason i would want the touch, is for music, and internet. My questions are:

    1. Do i need to pay monthly fees for boththe nano and touch?

    2. if i got internet on either one, would i need to pay extra?

    3. Which one do you think is the better divice for me? I just want to be able to listen to music, and it would be nice if i also had internet.

    Thank You.

  10. Okay…so I really wanted a ipod nano 5th generation 16gb, but then i started thinking about the i pod touch. My dad would let me buy it if it didnt have any monthly fees. The only reason i would want the touch, is for music, and internet. My questions are:

    1. Do i need to pay monthly fees for boththe nano and touch?

    2. if i got internet on either one, would i need to pay extra?

    3. Which one do you think is the better divice for me? I just want to be able to listen to music, and it would be nice if i also had internet.

    Thank You.

  11. Ello all,

    I have an Ipod touch 8GB 3G,
    and as soon as I saw the 4 generation I loved it. So, I’m selling my ipod 8GB.

    Any websites or tips for selling? 🙂

    Thanks, Rachel:)

  12. @ Becky

    for the ipod touch/ipod nano

    okay,

    for the Monthy fees(scream now!!:)) there are not ANY, unless you get an app that requires paying for (trust me) there are a LOT of apps that you DONT have to pay for!!:)

    And, the Ipod nano DOES NOT HAVE INTERNET AT ALL!! Like, if you got an ipod touch and you have wireless internet in your house than it would be FREE, but if you go into starbucks or mcdonalds than the interent fee is about a dollar 🙂 which is good because you can watch a video and sip coffee!! 🙂

    OVER all results the better device for you is a
    (drum roll please!!) IPOD TOUCH! 🙂

    I picked an ipod touch because the ipod nano has NO internet AT all even if you TRIED to jailbreak it soo yah, and sometimes the music on the ipod nano skips and they are broken VERY easily (my bff has one)

    as For the IPOD TOUCH though (i have one)
    as you know, apple makes other products that seem better than the last one (parents wise words) so I’m still aiming for the 4g one because it HAS a camera and facetime, (whew big air)

    And thats WHAT you NEED!! (ask your dad to read this post with you he will find it helpful!) 🙂

    GOOD LUCK convicing!
    later, Rachel

  13. Ello all,

    I have an Ipod touch 8GB 3G,
    and as soon as I saw the 4 generation I loved it. So, I’m selling my ipod 8GB.

    Any websites or tips for selling? 🙂

    Thanks, Rachel:)

  14. @ Becky

    for the ipod touch/ipod nano

    okay,

    for the Monthy fees(scream now!!:)) there are not ANY, unless you get an app that requires paying for (trust me) there are a LOT of apps that you DONT have to pay for!!:)

    And, the Ipod nano DOES NOT HAVE INTERNET AT ALL!! Like, if you got an ipod touch and you have wireless internet in your house than it would be FREE, but if you go into starbucks or mcdonalds than the interent fee is about a dollar 🙂 which is good because you can watch a video and sip coffee!! 🙂

    OVER all results the better device for you is a
    (drum roll please!!) IPOD TOUCH! 🙂

    I picked an ipod touch because the ipod nano has NO internet AT all even if you TRIED to jailbreak it soo yah, and sometimes the music on the ipod nano skips and they are broken VERY easily (my bff has one)

    as For the IPOD TOUCH though (i have one)
    as you know, apple makes other products that seem better than the last one (parents wise words) so I’m still aiming for the 4g one because it HAS a camera and facetime, (whew big air)

    And thats WHAT you NEED!! (ask your dad to read this post with you he will find it helpful!) 🙂

    GOOD LUCK convicing!
    later, Rachel

  15. @ Serena

    your “ipod touch” says NEXEN because it is not an ipod touch,
    where did you get it?
    call the place you got it and ask about the NEXEN sign,
    you prob got ripped off
    sell the NEXEN one and get what you REALLY want 🙂

  16. @ Carmen
    the only reason that your son’s i pad or touch has free wi’fi because its NOT a phone,
    as for the Iphone, you pay the monthly bills and part of that is for the wi-fi
    the ipad or touch connects to free wi-fi in the house, but in starbucks or mcDonnalds then it cost about an dollar

    look at my earlier posts to see what i mean 🙂

  17. hey person! i’m going to answer your q!

    this is what you said
    after you buy the itouch do you have to use anymore money after that?

    Posted by person on September 7, 2010 at 11:36 PM (PDT)

    okay, do you mean like, bills?
    lets get one thing straight, IPOD TOUCHS DON’T HAVE BILLS!!!!
    okay? the only thing that you would have to pay for is wi-fi if you are not using your house, and also the 3 year protection if you break your ipod and want to get a new free one in the last three years!

    hoped i helped!
    and REMEMBER EVERYONE!
    APPLE DOES THESE THINGS ON PURPOSE, THEY MAKE A BETTER PRODUCT THEN THE LAST ONE!
    they are greedy for money (but, hey! everyone is!!)
    🙂

  18. yay! another q!
    from blackmac
    here is the q

    Does it work with mac os 10.3.9?

    Posted by blackmacbook on September 15, 2007 at 12:58 AM (PDT)

    and here is my answer!

    as in charging an ipod touch,
    ipod of ANY KIND
    you can charge it in aNy COMPUTER!
    and apple also sells wall chargers!
    which is better, because you don’t have to charge it on your laptop in the middle of the night to be ready for tomorrow,
    this kind has NO light, so its not disturbing
    just, attach and plug
    good night!

    lata! rachel:-)

  19. @ Serena

    your “ipod touch” says NEXEN because it is not an ipod touch,
    where did you get it?
    call the place you got it and ask about the NEXEN sign,
    you prob got ripped off
    sell the NEXEN one and get what you REALLY want 🙂

  20. @ Carmen
    the only reason that your son’s i pad or touch has free wi’fi because its NOT a phone,
    as for the Iphone, you pay the monthly bills and part of that is for the wi-fi
    the ipad or touch connects to free wi-fi in the house, but in starbucks or mcDonnalds then it cost about an dollar

    look at my earlier posts to see what i mean 🙂

  21. hey person! i’m going to answer your q!

    this is what you said
    after you buy the itouch do you have to use anymore money after that?

    Posted by person on September 7, 2010 at 11:36 PM (PDT)

    okay, do you mean like, bills?
    lets get one thing straight, IPOD TOUCHS DON’T HAVE BILLS!!!!
    okay? the only thing that you would have to pay for is wi-fi if you are not using your house, and also the 3 year protection if you break your ipod and want to get a new free one in the last three years!

    hoped i helped!
    and REMEMBER EVERYONE!
    APPLE DOES THESE THINGS ON PURPOSE, THEY MAKE A BETTER PRODUCT THEN THE LAST ONE!
    they are greedy for money (but, hey! everyone is!!)
    🙂

  22. yay! another q!
    from blackmac
    here is the q

    Does it work with mac os 10.3.9?

    Posted by blackmacbook on September 15, 2007 at 12:58 AM (PDT)

    and here is my answer!

    as in charging an ipod touch,
    ipod of ANY KIND
    you can charge it in aNy COMPUTER!
    and apple also sells wall chargers!
    which is better, because you don’t have to charge it on your laptop in the middle of the night to be ready for tomorrow,
    this kind has NO light, so its not disturbing
    just, attach and plug
    good night!

    lata! rachel:-)

  23. @karen
    this is what you said :

    )is there music already on the ipod touch?? or should it be empty?

    Posted by karen on July 12, 2010 at 10:44 PM (PDT)

    :The ipod touch DOESN’T COME WITH MUSIC!
    very unfortionit actually,
    unless you have a used ipod?

  24. @karen
    this is what you said :

    )is there music already on the ipod touch?? or should it be empty?

    Posted by karen on July 12, 2010 at 10:44 PM (PDT)

    :The ipod touch DOESN’T COME WITH MUSIC!
    very unfortionit actually,
    unless you have a used ipod?

  25. ok so i rlly want an iPod touch for christmas…
    but my dad wont get it unless it can be used without us having to get an internet connection…because we dont have one at home.
    my main question is will it be like my Amazon Kindle which has 3G and Wi-Fi tht i can just get on the internet anywhere with? or do you have to have wireless internet at home?? i rlly need to know…

    also i want to know all the stuff tht it does cuz my dad says he doesntunderstand how the iPod touch is any better than the other kinds of iPods and why i shouldnt just have one of those.

    please help! thanks!

  26. ok so i rlly want an iPod touch for christmas…
    but my dad wont get it unless it can be used without us having to get an internet connection…because we dont have one at home.
    my main question is will it be like my Amazon Kindle which has 3G and Wi-Fi tht i can just get on the internet anywhere with? or do you have to have wireless internet at home?? i rlly need to know…

    also i want to know all the stuff tht it does cuz my dad says he doesntunderstand how the iPod touch is any better than the other kinds of iPods and why i shouldnt just have one of those.

    please help! thanks!

  27. @
    k so i rlly want an iPod touch for christmas…
    but my dad wont get it unless it can be used without us having to get an internet connection…because we dont have one at home.
    my main question is will it be like my Amazon Kindle which has 3G and Wi-Fi tht i can just get on the internet anywhere with? or do you have to have wireless internet at home?? i rlly need to know…

    also i want to know all the stuff tht it does cuz my dad says he doesntunderstand how the iPod touch is any better than the other kinds of iPods and why i shouldnt just have one of those.

    please help! thanks!

    Posted by pancake on December 21, 2010 at 2:58 PM (PDT)
    —————

    hey, read my other comments by Rachel Cole,
    and that should pretty much help you : )

  28. @
    k so i rlly want an iPod touch for christmas…
    but my dad wont get it unless it can be used without us having to get an internet connection…because we dont have one at home.
    my main question is will it be like my Amazon Kindle which has 3G and Wi-Fi tht i can just get on the internet anywhere with? or do you have to have wireless internet at home?? i rlly need to know…

    also i want to know all the stuff tht it does cuz my dad says he doesntunderstand how the iPod touch is any better than the other kinds of iPods and why i shouldnt just have one of those.

    please help! thanks!

    Posted by pancake on December 21, 2010 at 2:58 PM (PDT)
    —————

    hey, read my other comments by Rachel Cole,
    and that should pretty much help you : )

  29. @Lea

    Okay! Many have had this annoying policy, Ask an Adult to purchase it for you. Or wait… You choose! 🙂

  30. What if I changed the password so many times and now I can’t get back in because I can’t remember it and I have tried everything???

    Posted by Kaytie on October 27, 2010 at 3:39 PM (PDT)
    ——————–
    Wow! This happens to lots 😀 sadly that includes me! So what you do is you log into your Itunes account thru The computer!!!!! And this happens to be the sad part, But! You! Have! To! RESET EVERYTHING! *gasp* Yah, and next time it might be less harder if you don’t USE a password.Or use something that you would remember, For instance use the date you were born!!!!Thanks for reading >.< ~Rachel

  31. Is there a way to bring up the music control while in another app without having to exit the app??

    —————–
    yesh 🙂 There is two side buttons;If you hold it with your right hand and squeeze; That will show the ‘music control’

    Peace!

  32. I have a question:im trying to use my wifi at home cause i have internet access so im confused; it doesnt show up any of the members of my households name that shows on the internet bill so what do i do….and do you need internet wifi to get your vpn configured.??????please help me asap!!
    ———————————–

    Hehehehe!!!!!!! HAhaha! *ahem* sorry! But this is a easy problem to fix! Go to the button with the gears on it and go to wi-fi its probably NOT on!!!

    Peace 🙂

  33. What if I changed the password so many times and now I can’t get back in because I can’t remember it and I have tried everything???

    Posted by Kaytie on October 27, 2010 at 3:39 PM (PDT)
    ——————–
    Wow! This happens to lots 😀 sadly that includes me! So what you do is you log into your Itunes account thru The computer!!!!! And this happens to be the sad part, But! You! Have! To! RESET EVERYTHING! *gasp* Yah, and next time it might be less harder if you don’t USE a password.Or use something that you would remember, For instance use the date you were born!!!!Thanks for reading >.< ~Rachel

  34. Is there a way to bring up the music control while in another app without having to exit the app??

    —————–
    yesh 🙂 There is two side buttons;If you hold it with your right hand and squeeze; That will show the ‘music control’

    Peace!

  35. I have a question:im trying to use my wifi at home cause i have internet access so im confused; it doesnt show up any of the members of my households name that shows on the internet bill so what do i do….and do you need internet wifi to get your vpn configured.??????please help me asap!!
    ———————————–

    Hehehehe!!!!!!! HAhaha! *ahem* sorry! But this is a easy problem to fix! Go to the button with the gears on it and go to wi-fi its probably NOT on!!!

    Peace 🙂

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