With the Apple iPod touch, Apple has married the iPhone’s revolutionary multi-touch interface to their popular digital media player. So instead of a Click Wheel, you just use your fingers to flick through your music, photos, and video. Two fingers can be used in a pinching or spreading motion as well, which zooms in and out of photos and web pages. That’s right, the iPod touch is the first iPod to offer web access. It does this via built-in Wi-Fi support. There’s even a special iTunes Wi-Fi Store, so you can browse and purchase new music and video while you’re on the road. Connects to a PC or Mac through USB (using the dock connector) 802.11b/g Wi-Fi Charge Time – about 3 hours (1.5 hours fast charge to 80% capacity) Audio Support – AAC (16 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), MP3 (16 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, & 4), Apple Lossless, WAV, & AIFF Photo Support – Syncs iPod-viewable photos in JPEG, BMP, GIF, TIFF, PSD (Mac only), and PNG formats Video Support – H.264 video, up to 1.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Low-Complexity version of the H.264 Baseline Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in. m4v,. mp4, and. mov file formats; H.264 video, up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Baseline Profile up to Level 3.0 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in. m4v,. mp4, and. mov file formats; MPEG-4 video, up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in. m4v,. mp4, and. mov file formats Unit Dimensions – 4.3 x 2.4 x 0.31 Unit Weight – 4.2 oz.
User Ratings and Reviews
5 Stars Great gift
This is x-mas gift for my son, and it delived day before X-mas as I have been away and did not place order early. Nevertheless, with overnight service, it still in my son’s hands day before x-mas. Great job, Amazon
My son he loves as you could imagine that. Thanks, Sunny
5 Stars The best ipod ever
Certainly it is the best ipod ever. Not only does it play music and videos, but it is also a workstation where you can keep updated about what’s happening. With a fully-functional web browser, an email application and a notes applications (these last two with the software update), this device helps you easily maintain contact with corporate systems and colleagues.
Besides, the graphical interface is wonderful and the touch technology is simple wonderful to use.
5 Stars Best Ipod ever!
What else can be said…all your needs in one great ipod…music, movies, photos and internet…if you are looking to upgrade your older Ipod, and not really are into massive storage, this is the ipod for you!
1 Star Amazing product, just not worth money
even though the price for a ps3 has dropped to 400, it still isn’t worth the money your paying for it. I mean at $350, the xbox 360 is just a better deal. I mean once you factor in the extra cost of the wireless connector, hddvd player and xbox live charges(ps3 online is free) it may cost well over 600 dollars compared to the 400 but you should completely ignore the extra 250 dollars because you don’t neccesarilly have to pay for it right away. For this reason alone i’d suggest not buying the iphone. or the ipod touch for that matter. Now that microsoft has lost the hddvd war, xbox’s sales are sure to go up since people always want to support the underdog. You therefore shouldn’t buy ANY apple products since microsoft s clearly better and you wouldn’t want to send the wrong message. Besides, Steve Jobbs’ last name is just plain annoying. If that’s not a great reason not to buy an ipod, i don’t know what is.
4 Stars Apple’s iPod Touch Pre-Updates – Great Player, Nicer Price! Test Drive it Today!!!!
Apple iPod touch 16 GB without Software Updates
Apple’s 16GB iPod Touch was the largest you could buy before the 32GB version Apple iPod touch 32 GB was released in January 2008. This mobile device has a great combination of quality, and features, though its capacity falls just short of the ideal size for a true media player. The awesome video, sleek thin body and web capability are enough to make this unit worth considering despite a high price and some missing features.
+ Buy it without software update to save a few dollars
+ 16GB of storage is a decent size for plenty of music and a few TV shows or a movie
+ Great design with a sleek thin body!!!
+ Beautiful 320×480 pixel wide-screen provides pleasing video viewing
+ Turn to the side to view video using the full wide screen width
+ Orientation detection changes view to landscape mode automatically when turning iPod!
+ Brighter screen with great contrast and crisp sharp images
+ Wireless access via 802.11 b/g compliant antenna (hopefully `n’ will come soon)
+ Wireless searching and video on mode can be disabled to extend battery life
+ Great interface for Safari web browsing with easy WiFi hotspot setup
+ Headphone jack compatible with standard phones, unlike iPhone
+ Supports both NTSC and PAL video out
+ Works with some legacy iPod accessories (except standard A/V cable and some docks)
+ Diminishing price tag in terms of $ per GB of space
+ Unlike iPod classic, all flash memory means less failures and breakage
+ Flash memory also awesome for running / working out, though I use my nano for that 😉
+ Coverflow actually works nicely on the Touch, much better than on the iPod nano
+ Slightly better sound quality than 2nd generation iPods
+ So far seems to have lower error rate than other iPods
+ Apple reputation is highly deserved
+ Plenty of free video and audio teaser content available on iTunes
+ Easy access to iTunes right from your device over your local wireless internet!
+ Apple SDK being made available which means more apps are on the way!
– Unlike the 32GB model, not enough capacity to make it a replacement for your disk-based player
– Have to pay extra for new apps including stocks, maps, email, notes and weather
– Touch design is almost too minimal without hold button or easy volume adjustment
– Very difficult to adjust or use without looking at it; some earbuds include controls that help
– Screen requires “real touch,” bad for those of us in cold weather cities
– Data port seems more cramped than other models and difficult to seat on many dock ports
– The headphone jack is strangely placed right next to the data port; ok for landscape mode, awkward in portrait mode
– Not backwards compatible with legacy docks and cables; Universal dock now required for video out
– Battery life still shorter than other iPods due to WiFi and video power needs
– No expandability or SD card slot like Sansa View or Creative Zen
– iTunes software with limited native formats (MP3, MPEG4, AAC) and high overhead
– Some poor interface designs, such as volume control only available when upright
– PDA functions such as calendar syncing and contact management still need work
– Playlist and music groupings are lacking and need many improvements
– Still lacking some features such as built-in FM radio & voice recorder
– Missing Zune features such as the ability to share songs with other iPod Touch units
– No Bluetooth for peripherals and accessories
– No wireless synching or wireless access to iTunes WLAN libraries
– No WiFi viewing of live iTunes PodCasts
– Still no local viewing of PDF or other common document formats
– No mode to use as disk storage?!?!
– Roughly 2GB of space taken up with iPod software alone!!!!
– STRANGE Apple business practices – ie, charging for software features included with the iPhone????
– While the cost is slowly coming down, still quite expensive in total $ terms
Looks and Design
Aesthetics and design have always been Apple’s greatest strengths, along with Steve Jobs’ marketing savvy. The iPod Touch is solid but light. It has a longer body than either the latest iPod nano Apple 8 GB iPod nano AAC/MP3 Player Black (3rd Generation) or the iPod Classic Apple 80 GB iPod classic (Black). Yet it’s slightly shorter than the iPhone. It’s nice and thin, though not as thin as the new Nano.
The big 320×480 pixel wide-screen is simply gorgeous, and the instant landscape mode combined with high quality video resolution makes this the first truly beautiful mobile video player. The old Creative Vision W Creative Zen Vision W 60 GB Widescreen Multimedia Player (Black) had a lovely display, but was MUCH thicker. The Touch blows everything else away in terms of looks and design.
The metal back common to most iPods still attracts fingerprints, but you will be too busy staring at the screen to notice them. The screen too attracts smudges. I’ve heard it’s almost impossible to scratch it, but I still bought screen and body protectors before I ever touched it.
Apple did away with the hold button and the click-wheel. While I really love the touch interface, it’s impossible to change tracks or volume without looking at the player, an awkward trait. Get a nice pair of headphones with integrated controls and you won’t notice the omission as much.
Sound and Video
Sound quality is slightly improved from previous models. The included headphones are the same as other models. I actually think the included phones are fine in terms of sound, but not so much in terms of comfort. Upgrade your phones only after doing a lot of research. For the Touch, having phones with volume control and additional buttons is a huge plus.
This guy really showcases video, but the sound is still very good and improving with the last few models. I expect this trend to continue. To really enjoy video, you will probably want to pay up for the larger and more expensive 32GB model. Apple iPod touch 32 GB
Most video encoding is done at very high bitrates, which has the added benefit of better sound. Use the highest quality bit-rate you can stand if sound quality is your primary desire. As for me, I have been through frequent hardware upgrades to add more disk space and finally try to collect all my music and videos in one place.
The features in the iPod Touch were in development for 3-4 years. I was one of those who read the rumor mills daily waiting for all those features to come out in one bang. Well they didn’t.
The first Touch seemed to artificially remove some features already available in the iPhone, which was very disappointing. Now Apple has offered some of those original features in a “software update” that costs $20 more. This policy is not a good one. That’s why if you can live without those extra apps it’s worth it to purchase this model without the update.
The device’s battery life is still shorter than one would want, but longer than the iPhone and more than adequate for an average day’s usage. Users will notice their battery indicator going down, but probably won’t get cut off before they get home.
Apple’s software is still a weakness with very limited direct control over your device library and few file options. No external disk function, no native WMA support? With key features disabled, such as use as an external hard drive, it makes you wonder. Hopefully some of these features will be added back into this device with time.
Coverflow works MUCH better than on the iPod nano and actually helps when scrolling through your videos. Press your selection and the cover flips over to show you which tracks are available. It’s still buggy and there are some UI features that are lacking. Elapsed time and track length aren’t shown for podcasts, and volume adjustment only shows up in portrait mode for some reason. Hopefully some of these features will be added in a FREE patch.
The Safari web browser is THE killer feature of the Touch. Finger-based scrolling is very intuitive and you will be navigating with ease in no time. I’m less happy with the virtual keyboard and I can’t wait for an alternative to appear. I have to use it very seldom, so I can live with it.
The video out signal options are a nice addition and can be set to either NTSC or PAL. This is great for those who travel or have some foreign hardware, like me. 😉
The 802.11b/g built-in WiFi antenna connects to most hotspots, though I hope wireless n will be included in the next version. The antenna works well, though with a seemingly limited range. You can turn off wireless scanning to save battery life.
It would have been awesome to have Bluetooth for wireless headphones or other accessories. Some of those Zune-like features would also help, such as wireless syncing, music sharing or access to WiFi playlist libraries or live podcasts. Zune 80 GB Digital Media Player Black (2nd Generation) Even basic staples like a built-in FM radio tuner, voice recorder and an expansion slot are also missing.
Both the Creative Zen Creative Zen 16 GB (Black), which is much thicker, and the Sansa View SanDisk Sansa View 16 GB Video MP3 Player (Black), which is taller, have some of those added components built in. Newer Archos players has many of those players plus much greater format support Archos 705 Wi-Fi Portable Media Player (160 GB). Yet none of those players have the level of wireless internet capability that sets this unit apart. Even fans of competing players will agree that the iPod Touch more than makes up for missing features by utilizing the features it does have VERY VERY WELL.
Overall this device is an HUGE improvement. Apple’s sleek design impresses once more. With time, hopefully the kinks and omissions will be worked out. If you can afford it, definitely consider getting the larger 32GB model. Either way, the good far outweighs the bad.