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Apple iPod touch 16 GB without Software Updates

Apple iPod touch 16 GB without Software Updates




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.

Pros

+ 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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

+ 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!

Cons

– 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.

Features

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. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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.

Conclusion

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.

Enjoy!!!!

Buy/More Info

Apple iPod touch 16 GB with Software Upgrade

Apple iPod touch 16 GB with Software Upgrade




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. The latest iPod touch now offers a suite of new applications, including email, maps, and handy widgets for weather, notes, and stocks. The new iPod touch also features a customizable home screen that lets you rearrange buttons and create your own Web Clips. Ports – Dock Connector & Stereo Minijack Connects to a PC or Mac through USB (using the dock connector) 802.11b/g Wi-Fi Wireless / Safari web browser 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 Dimensio

User Ratings and Reviews

5 Stars The iPod Touch rocks!!
I bought this particular model of the iPod Touch yesterday at Costco’s and I must say I absolutely love this thing. The sound quality is absolutely amazing and the navigation is very easy to do.

I have a Creative Zen and when comparing both of them I must say I like the iPod Touch a lot better. The sound quality for the iPod Touch blows the Zen away. In fact I can’t have the volume up all the way on the iPod with out it being way too loud. The battery life for this thing is pretty good all though I have yet to fully test its potential.

I really love the album art flow when you’re listening to music and you can see what albums you have. I also love how when you turn it to view screen mode the pictures and the album art work will turn the same way.

The only thing I do not like about it is the fact the headphone connector is on the bottom instead of the top like most iPods.

Over all I’m very pleased with this product and it is my first iPod ever. I wish I had gotten it sooner. I totally recommend this to anyone. :)

4 Stars Apple’s iPod Touch – Updated and Enlarged! Test Drive it Today!!!!
Apple iPod touch 16 GB with Software Upgrade

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.

Pros

+ 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

+ New apps work great and give you stocks, maps, email, notes and weather

+ 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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

+ 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!

Cons

– Unlike the 32GB model, not enough capacity to make it a replacement for your disk-based player

– 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.

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.

Features

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 with the software update, at least a few of those things have been added back in. It really sucks that they charged 16GB early adopters for those features. The 16GB model is also available without updates for a little less $. Apple iPod touch 16 GB without Software Updates

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.

Most of the other widgets, including the new ones, are stuff that you access via the internet browser. The widgets added back to the Touch which are available on the iPhone just make some of those common functions quicker. Quick stock quotes, instant weather, notes. Not bad.

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. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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.

Conclusion

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.

Enjoy!!!!

1 Star 16Gb Ipod Touch–Don’t waste your money
I bought this item, last October. Since then I have been unable to do much but download some music onto it. In January, Itunes told me to update my ipod, it totally shut my ipod completely and was not able to fix it using the suggestions given on website—very little support. Called Apple and was told to send it in and they would replace item. Sent it in and received the same one back, they said they could not find anything wrong with it, well it worked again for a very short period of time and of course once the warranty was up on it (only 3 months) it stopped working again. Have tried everything again to no avail. What a waste to throw almost $400 dollars in the garbage, but Apple will not help me without charging me more money to talk to them and at least a $100 just to send machine in again. I am not willing to put more money into this piece of junk. Save your money!!!!!!!Buy something other than an apple ipod. I learned my lesson the hard and expensive way.

5 Stars Just got mine 2/08 – Great!
I finally pulled the trigger and bought the 16 gb touch with software update. I love it. I was most worried about if I would actually be able to find wi-fi connections. The wi-fi was the main thing that I thought would make it worth the price. It works great around my house and at work. The email and stock quotes are particularly useful for me. Surfing the web is easy with the safari browser. Overall, it is as good as I hoped. Oh yeah, it plays music too. Navigation is simple and the sound is good. I thought it would be all hype and I would end up disappointed but it has not turned out that way. I highly recommend it. I have only had it a few days but I can’t get enough of it. I am afraid I am going to wear it out too quickly.

5 Stars Very Nice Media Player
I have had this for a few months now, and truly think it is the best media player that I have owned in many respects. I was happy with is before the “January Software Update”, but even more so after installing it on the day of release. The addition of the weather, notes, mail, & stocks apps make this indispensable. Since I run a consulting company, and do work with many companies, this allows me to access the separate email accounts easily in a single interface (many clients require communication on their own email servers).

On the basic ipod side, I’ve been pretty impressed with the sound quality and the ease of search and navigation. I have had little problem doing it with one hand or two. The multitouch motions require either setting it on a flat surface, or holing in the other hand, so the one handed options there are a bit limited. Once you get used to using the special motions, though… it is very easy and intuitive.

Since I am not a heavy user, I only have to charge the iPod about every other day or so. The key to keeping the battery life up, is to mute the display when you are not using it. This is easily done by pressing the button on the top once, and pressing it again to restore when you need to change songs. You can also use the front button to bring up the music controls when the unit is locked.

Basically, if you watch the introduction video on the apple website, you get a pretty good feel of how to use it. The only other recommendation I would make, is to add a protective case and a screen protector to keep it looking like new. I got a complete package on Amazon called, “5 in 1 Apple iPod Touch 8GB, 16GB Silicone Case Package Includes Home Travel Charger, Car Charger, Retractable USB Cable, Armband, and Screen Protector” from a partner reseller. Very nice, but that’s another review…

Buy/More Info

Apple iPod touch 8 GB with Software Upgrade

Apple iPod touch 8 GB with Software Upgrade




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. The latest iPod touch now offers a suite of new applications, including email, maps, and handy widgets for weather, notes, and stocks. The new iPod touch also features a customizable home screen that lets you rearrange buttons and create your own Web Clips. Ports – Dock Connector & Stereo Minijack Connects to a PC or Mac through USB (using the dock connector) 802.11b/g Wi-Fi Wireless / Safari web browser 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 Dimension

User Ratings and Reviews

5 Stars Like the ipod touch
Even though I didn’t buy the ipod with the software upgrade I did indeed purchase it from itunes…but anyways this review is about the ipod touch itself. I actually like this ipod very much I have had since they came out in mid September late October I believe it was. I haven’t had any problems what so ever with this ipod. I actually am able to see youtube videos through this and also go online. I use this at school where I get free wi-fi and its great. Speed is great, quality is great I just wish it wasn’t too pricey but it’s worth it. Overall I like that it won’t scratch the screen but the back interface does scratch quite easily but that is easily fixed by buying a case and keeping it in there. Overall I would recommend this product to anyone who wants an ipod but wants to have the same interface as the iphone. cause unlike the iphone this ipod doesn’t cost too much to use it..and its all its worth in my opinion.

5 Stars It feels like magic!
Before my iPod touch, I had a Palm Tungsten E, which worked well enough. But after using my iPod touch, the Tungsten feels like the stone ages!

The touch’s interface is snappy and snazzy, and it can do a lot as long as you have access to a wireless hotspot. Google maps can pinpoint your location to within a 100 yards, and can route you to your destination, and even has traffic information!

All your contact and calendar information is identical to what’s on your Mac (along with photos), and you can also read and write email. And of course you can surf the web too.

How amazing is all this in a tiny package with a reasonable price?

Not everything is perfect though. It’d be nice to have a To-Do list, be able to rate songs, search through contacts, have all applications handle both landscape and portrait display modes (it’s a little annoying to be forced into one display mode or another), and yes, hardware volume controls would have been convenient. But overall, I’m really impressed (tickled really) buy how “magical” the experience of using the touch is. 5 stars.

4 Stars Slick with neat applications, but not as useful as Nokia N800
I’ve been wanting to really use the itouch ever since it first appeared as the iphone. I’m now doing that. I’d already tried it out and saw it used by others, so I had a pretty good sense of what to expect, but daily use is different than a few minutes of play. I know at least one person who sold their Nokia N800 (the closest device in terms of size and functionality that I’ve seen so far). Their use of the machines is clearly different than mine, as I won’t even consider doing that.

The itouch is slicker to use. Its a much better digital music player than the N800 (or its predecessor, the 770) and several of its applications are simply neat beyond comparison. I love the way Youtube works on the itouch. The Google maps and Yahoo weather applications are incredible, and the browser is a work of art when you zoom in on and navigate pages with gestures like pinch and swipe.

That said, I won’t even think of taking anything but trivial notes on the itouch. The larger screen and stylus of tne Nokia N800 and 770 make them much better writing machines. I’ve written papers on the Nokia. Writing anything on the itouch is a painful process of missed keystrokes and corrections.

I don’t mind the differences. Both fit quite nicely in my top pocket (with the much smaller itouch nestling nicely in the screen depression of the N800). There will be times when I just want a really little device along. When that happens the itouch will more than do the job so long as I don’t plan to write anything. There are obviously other differences (I could shoot a short video on the Nokia, upload it to Youtube, and view it from the itouch), but on the whole there is room in my pocket for both devices.

4 Stars Stepping Stone
I almost bought an iPhone, but decided that I wasn’t quite ready to ditch my Treo as a primary email device. I’m happy with that decision. The things which put me off the iPhone – the really crappy virtual keyboard and the current lack of applications – are the Cons to the iPod Touch experience too. The keyboard really is awful – I wouldn’t type anything of more than three words. It drives me nuts, but maybe my fingers are just too big. And there just aren’t enough applications available yet – not even a Task List. But having said all that, the iPod Touch is a beautiful piece of work and incorporates all of the great things which will eventually make the iPhone irresistable. Music functionality is still central, of course, and now with the added bonus that you can download songs directly from iTunes if the mood takes you in Starbucks or sitting on the toilet or wherever you happen to be using this thing within range of a WiFi signal. Video playback is awesome, light years ahead of the tiny screen on other iPods. I’m watching more video podcasts now than I ever did before. Reading email is also great, even though the aforementioned keyboard makes this a better email reader than an email writer. It’s very convenient to be able to quickly check your email without having to boot up the computer or rely on your cellphone’s slow download speed (WiFi is of course much faster than cellphone data speeds). There’s a YouTube application which has a surprisingly large amount of content and can help to kill the time. There are also nifty applications for checking the weather and stocks, and which are hopefully a preview of the same kind of applications to come when Apple allows it. There’s also an application for making notes, but for me this is useless unless I want to go nuts trying to use the keyboard. The battery life isn’t great, but that’s hardly a flaw of this device, more of battery technology in general (and it reminds me of another reason to stay away from the iPhone for now – make a few calls in the airport and wave goodbye to watching that movie on the plane). But overall I give this four stars. The design is simply superb, and it performs most of its core tasks quite excellently. It’s not quite ready to replace my PDA yet, let alone my phone, but it’s a great little gadget and plaything. If and when there are lots of applications available, and they figure out some kind of alternative to that ridiculous keyboard, and maybe add the ability to swap out batteries, then the Touch or iPhone will defnitely be ready to take over the world. And it goes without saying, this thing is Way cooler than a BlackBerry will ever be.

5 Stars Beyond All Expectations!
First off, I ordered this on a Monday and it came on Wednesday….using free shipping. Wow! Thanks amazon.

Now onto the product….simple, sleek, amazing. Set up out of the box could not have been easier. Make sure you have the most updated version of itunes onyour computer, plug in the USB cord and you’re up and running. Give it a full 3-4 hour charge first time through. Load up your music, pictures, videos. The software is simplicty defined. If you can use a toaster over, you can use this device. The wi-fi immediatley found my home network (and my neighbor’s). Setting up email: simple. Surfing the web: simple. And, oh yeah, using it to listen to music (ostensibly what it is for): a lifting and beautiful experience.

Might as well buy this newer version with the new software loaded. With amazon’s discount, it only a few dollars more than the old version without the upgrade after you pay for it and upload it youself. Save yourself the hassle and get the new version.

So you know, this thing will get fingerprinted fast. I got a Griffin leather hard shell case with a protective screen cover for about $20.00. A bit pricey but worth it to protect your investment.

I went with the 8 gig verion for a few reasons and it’s more than enough space. I am a music nut…I loaded it with more music that I can digest in two weeks and there’s still 3 gigs free. Sure I’ll eventually fill it (I guess…) but I really don’t mind swapping music out for fresh music thereby making my ipod new and fresh again. I also thought if I somehow lose the thing, I’d be out a lot more money with the 16 or 32 gig version. But honestly, it’s more than enough space for me.

The one caveat I discovered the hard way: shut off the wi-fi connection when you’re not using it. I charged it up, thought I turned it off, and then went to bed. In the morning, the battery was fully drained. Instead of turning off, I only put the unit to sleep. (To turn off, you need to press and hold the sleep button until the power off slider comes on-screen and you turn it off fully.) And while it was in sleep mode with the wi-fi still on, it kept checking my email, etc, thus draining the battery. Just turn off wi-fi when you’re not using it and you’re battery will keep running.

Concluding, I love this thing, and don’t know how I got by without it.

Buy/More Info

Apple iPod touch 8 GB without Software Updates

Apple iPod touch 8 GB without Software Updates



The iPod touch features Apple’s revolutionary multi-touch user interface that enables you to find and enjoy all of your music, videos, and more on its gorgeous widescreen display with just the touch of a finger. First introduced on iPhone, the multi-touch interface uses pioneering new software to present the perfect user interface for each application.

Glide through albums with the iPod touch’s amazing Cover Flow technology. View iPod touch dimensions.
Browse the Web with the included Safari browser. Or fire up a YouTube video and enjoy the show.
The iPod touch responds to your movements; turn it sideways and your video is presented in widescreen mode.
Incredibly thin at just 8 millimeters.

The iPod touch also includes Wi-Fi wireless networking, the first on any iPod, and three amazing applications that use it: Safari, the most advanced browser on any mobile device, lets you wirelessly view web pages just as they look on your computer, and features Google Search or Yahoo! oneSearch; Apple’s YouTube application lets users wirelessly watch over 10 million free videos from the Internet’s most popular video website; and the new iTunes Wi-Fi Music Store lets you wirelessly browse, preview and buy songs and albums from the most popular online music store in the world. And to top it all off, the iPod touch is an unbelievable eight millimeters thin.

Music
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.

Video
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.

Photos
iPod touch holds up to 20,000 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.

Safari
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.

YouTube
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.

iTunes Wi-Fi Music Store
With iPod touch, you can discover new music anywhere. Built-in wireless capability gives you access to the iTunes Wi-Fi Music Store, where you can buy songs with a tap. Browse New Releases, What’s Hot, and Just Added lists. Or find exactly what you’re looking for with a quick search. Tap a song to preview it or tap Buy to purchase it. From anywhere.

Starbucks Music
You walk into a Starbucks. Order your latt?. While you wait, you hear a song wafting from the loudspeakers. You love it. So you get out your iPod touch and buy it over Wi-Fi. Just like that. The iTunes Wi-Fi Music Store on iPod touch tells you what’s playing in select Starbucks and lets you buy it along with other featured Starbucks content. So you can sip, shop, and listen.

Multi-touch
iPod touch features the same revolutionary 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, entering calendar events, or adding new contacts.

Ambient Light Sensor
The iPod touch display has an ambient light sensor that automatically adjusts brightness to suit the ambient light in your surroundings. The result? A better experience for you and battery-saving efficiency for iPod touch.

Accelerometer
An accelerometer detects when you rotate iPod touch from portrait to landscape, then automatically changes the contents of the display, so you immediately see the entire width of a web page, your music in Cover Flow, or a photo in its proper aspect ratio.

User Ratings and Reviews

5 Stars SUPPERB
My review of the IPOD TOUCH is just spectacular ,I give it this review because I drop my ipod in some water and didn’t even realize it until it was to late and it got all wet’ and I had just purchase it on the 27th of Jan, anyway I thought all was lost until 3 days later I put the ipod on the modem from my desktop which generates heat’ by doing that the remaining water that was inside the IPOD gradually disappeared before u know it I was using my ipod again. I was really upset before this happen but luckily it returned to it’s original form,”however APPLE design this product I give them a thumbs up, they must have had some type of protection around the chip inside but whatever it is it saved my ipod from destruction..

5 Stars great buy
This is definitely the best iPod ever made. The icing on the cake is the price, you won’t find a better price than the one they have here at amazon, and trust me, I searched. With free 3-day shipping included, what are you waiting for?

5 Stars iPod touch 8Gig w/o update
My fiance and I bought iPod touches at the same time and we both LOVE them. Wouldn’t trade it for any other mp3 player. The only thing that sucks is having to spend an additional 20 bucks to get the upgrade, but it is worth it. We have reccomended this product to all our friends. Everyone that has tried ours have felt the same about them as we have.

4 Stars I Love my I Pod Touch
Being of the 40 over generation and needing reading glasses, the Ipod touch is wonderful, I don’t have to squint to read those little buttons. It’s all on the screen and large enough to see. Then I just touch away. Editing photos for my contacts is so easy, and I love showing off my I Pod touch to everyone and how easy it is to use. Watching music videos and movies. Now when I do have a long airplane ride ahead of me, I can download a movie or two and watch them while on the plane. I also listen audio books, meditation music and classic rock and roll and even my some of my daughters music, which I probably woulnd’t have done before, so I am keeping up on some of the newer music and videos. My IPod touch is great.

5 Stars Worth it if you’re willing to hack it
The iPod Touch is a great media player for people who don’t have a million songs to upload. I am very picky with what goes onto my iPod and can barely fill up my 4GB nano 2G. It’s sleek and have an intuitive OS, which probably doesn’t surprise anybody familiar with Apple products.

What got me excited about this product is that it can act as a PDA if you’re willing to put in the time. There are countless websites out there that explain how to “jailbreak” this device and installing free 3rd-party applications. Once you do that, you have a PDA and media player for a mere $260. One can even make free internet phone calls on it if by buying a proprietary microphone and installing VoIP software. In the end, the iPod Touch can be 95% like an iPhone for much less money. This product is fine on its own, but outstanding if you tweak it. Because of the potential in this device, I give it 5 stars.

Buy/More Info

Apple iPod touch 16 GB without Software Updates

Apple iPod touch 16 GB without Software Updates




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.

Pros

+ 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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

+ 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!

Cons

– 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.

Features

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. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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.

Conclusion

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.

Enjoy!!!!

Buy/More Info

Apple iPod touch 8 GB with Software Upgrade

Apple iPod touch 8 GB with Software Upgrade




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. The latest iPod touch now offers a suite of new applications, including email, maps, and handy widgets for weather, notes, and stocks. The new iPod touch also features a customizable home screen that lets you rearrange buttons and create your own Web Clips. Ports – Dock Connector & Stereo Minijack Connects to a PC or Mac through USB (using the dock connector) 802.11b/g Wi-Fi Wireless / Safari web browser 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 Dimension

User Ratings and Reviews

5 Stars Like the ipod touch
Even though I didn’t buy the ipod with the software upgrade I did indeed purchase it from itunes…but anyways this review is about the ipod touch itself. I actually like this ipod very much I have had since they came out in mid September late October I believe it was. I haven’t had any problems what so ever with this ipod. I actually am able to see youtube videos through this and also go online. I use this at school where I get free wi-fi and its great. Speed is great, quality is great I just wish it wasn’t too pricey but it’s worth it. Overall I like that it won’t scratch the screen but the back interface does scratch quite easily but that is easily fixed by buying a case and keeping it in there. Overall I would recommend this product to anyone who wants an ipod but wants to have the same interface as the iphone. cause unlike the iphone this ipod doesn’t cost too much to use it..and its all its worth in my opinion.

5 Stars It feels like magic!
Before my iPod touch, I had a Palm Tungsten E, which worked well enough. But after using my iPod touch, the Tungsten feels like the stone ages!

The touch’s interface is snappy and snazzy, and it can do a lot as long as you have access to a wireless hotspot. Google maps can pinpoint your location to within a 100 yards, and can route you to your destination, and even has traffic information!

All your contact and calendar information is identical to what’s on your Mac (along with photos), and you can also read and write email. And of course you can surf the web too.

How amazing is all this in a tiny package with a reasonable price?

Not everything is perfect though. It’d be nice to have a To-Do list, be able to rate songs, search through contacts, have all applications handle both landscape and portrait display modes (it’s a little annoying to be forced into one display mode or another), and yes, hardware volume controls would have been convenient. But overall, I’m really impressed (tickled really) buy how “magical” the experience of using the touch is. 5 stars.

4 Stars Slick with neat applications, but not as useful as Nokia N800
I’ve been wanting to really use the itouch ever since it first appeared as the iphone. I’m now doing that. I’d already tried it out and saw it used by others, so I had a pretty good sense of what to expect, but daily use is different than a few minutes of play. I know at least one person who sold their Nokia N800 (the closest device in terms of size and functionality that I’ve seen so far). Their use of the machines is clearly different than mine, as I won’t even consider doing that.

The itouch is slicker to use. Its a much better digital music player than the N800 (or its predecessor, the 770) and several of its applications are simply neat beyond comparison. I love the way Youtube works on the itouch. The Google maps and Yahoo weather applications are incredible, and the browser is a work of art when you zoom in on and navigate pages with gestures like pinch and swipe.

That said, I won’t even think of taking anything but trivial notes on the itouch. The larger screen and stylus of tne Nokia N800 and 770 make them much better writing machines. I’ve written papers on the Nokia. Writing anything on the itouch is a painful process of missed keystrokes and corrections.

I don’t mind the differences. Both fit quite nicely in my top pocket (with the much smaller itouch nestling nicely in the screen depression of the N800). There will be times when I just want a really little device along. When that happens the itouch will more than do the job so long as I don’t plan to write anything. There are obviously other differences (I could shoot a short video on the Nokia, upload it to Youtube, and view it from the itouch), but on the whole there is room in my pocket for both devices.

4 Stars Stepping Stone
I almost bought an iPhone, but decided that I wasn’t quite ready to ditch my Treo as a primary email device. I’m happy with that decision. The things which put me off the iPhone – the really crappy virtual keyboard and the current lack of applications – are the Cons to the iPod Touch experience too. The keyboard really is awful – I wouldn’t type anything of more than three words. It drives me nuts, but maybe my fingers are just too big. And there just aren’t enough applications available yet – not even a Task List. But having said all that, the iPod Touch is a beautiful piece of work and incorporates all of the great things which will eventually make the iPhone irresistable. Music functionality is still central, of course, and now with the added bonus that you can download songs directly from iTunes if the mood takes you in Starbucks or sitting on the toilet or wherever you happen to be using this thing within range of a WiFi signal. Video playback is awesome, light years ahead of the tiny screen on other iPods. I’m watching more video podcasts now than I ever did before. Reading email is also great, even though the aforementioned keyboard makes this a better email reader than an email writer. It’s very convenient to be able to quickly check your email without having to boot up the computer or rely on your cellphone’s slow download speed (WiFi is of course much faster than cellphone data speeds). There’s a YouTube application which has a surprisingly large amount of content and can help to kill the time. There are also nifty applications for checking the weather and stocks, and which are hopefully a preview of the same kind of applications to come when Apple allows it. There’s also an application for making notes, but for me this is useless unless I want to go nuts trying to use the keyboard. The battery life isn’t great, but that’s hardly a flaw of this device, more of battery technology in general (and it reminds me of another reason to stay away from the iPhone for now – make a few calls in the airport and wave goodbye to watching that movie on the plane). But overall I give this four stars. The design is simply superb, and it performs most of its core tasks quite excellently. It’s not quite ready to replace my PDA yet, let alone my phone, but it’s a great little gadget and plaything. If and when there are lots of applications available, and they figure out some kind of alternative to that ridiculous keyboard, and maybe add the ability to swap out batteries, then the Touch or iPhone will defnitely be ready to take over the world. And it goes without saying, this thing is Way cooler than a BlackBerry will ever be.

5 Stars Beyond All Expectations!
First off, I ordered this on a Monday and it came on Wednesday….using free shipping. Wow! Thanks amazon.

Now onto the product….simple, sleek, amazing. Set up out of the box could not have been easier. Make sure you have the most updated version of itunes onyour computer, plug in the USB cord and you’re up and running. Give it a full 3-4 hour charge first time through. Load up your music, pictures, videos. The software is simplicty defined. If you can use a toaster over, you can use this device. The wi-fi immediatley found my home network (and my neighbor’s). Setting up email: simple. Surfing the web: simple. And, oh yeah, using it to listen to music (ostensibly what it is for): a lifting and beautiful experience.

Might as well buy this newer version with the new software loaded. With amazon’s discount, it only a few dollars more than the old version without the upgrade after you pay for it and upload it youself. Save yourself the hassle and get the new version.

So you know, this thing will get fingerprinted fast. I got a Griffin leather hard shell case with a protective screen cover for about $20.00. A bit pricey but worth it to protect your investment.

I went with the 8 gig verion for a few reasons and it’s more than enough space. I am a music nut…I loaded it with more music that I can digest in two weeks and there’s still 3 gigs free. Sure I’ll eventually fill it (I guess…) but I really don’t mind swapping music out for fresh music thereby making my ipod new and fresh again. I also thought if I somehow lose the thing, I’d be out a lot more money with the 16 or 32 gig version. But honestly, it’s more than enough space for me.

The one caveat I discovered the hard way: shut off the wi-fi connection when you’re not using it. I charged it up, thought I turned it off, and then went to bed. In the morning, the battery was fully drained. Instead of turning off, I only put the unit to sleep. (To turn off, you need to press and hold the sleep button until the power off slider comes on-screen and you turn it off fully.) And while it was in sleep mode with the wi-fi still on, it kept checking my email, etc, thus draining the battery. Just turn off wi-fi when you’re not using it and you’re battery will keep running.

Concluding, I love this thing, and don’t know how I got by without it.

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Apple iPod touch 32 GB

Apple iPod touch 32 GB




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

3 Stars It’s a step in the right direction…
…but call me when they make a 60GB+ version. Better yet make it at least 80–I’m pushing 60 with just music.

4 Stars excellent, though it would be nice if it had some hard buttons
This is my fourth MP3 player; I’ve been using a second generation 20Gb iPod since 2002 but it died last year. I can tell already that music will be a small fraction of use to which this device gets put. It does a great job with photos, and has after one day replaced my Treo in that respect. It’s good for video as well, though (1) you have to convert the video to its preferred format, which is time consuming, (2) it takes a while to copy them over, and (3) since you interact with the device by rubbing your fingers across it, you end up looking at images through your own greasy fingerprints. I look forward to using it in the gym or when running, though the lack of hard buttons will reduce its value there.

I haven’t used it much for web surfing or e-mail; I think my Treo will see more use there, but for video and music, it’s great.

When Apple releases the iPhone SDK, versions of VNC, Scrabble, and other applications may become available that will make it even more useful. Those may push my evaluation up to five stars. Even without that, I am pleased.

4 Stars Much Better…
After writing an unfavorable review for the iPod Touch 16Gb two months ago (and returning it for a refund) I was pleased to learn that Apple was releasing a new 32GB model. One of the main problems with the iPod Touch 16GB was the size of the flash memory. Why, with a beautiful, glass, widescreen display, would Apple design a video iPod with only 16GB of available drive space? My only guess was they were testing the waters for a new product…

All the faults of the 16GB Touch seem to be corrected with Apple’s latest 32GB release. We now have enough flash drive space (at least for me) to add all my music and videos from iTunes onto my iPod with room left over. Not to say the 32GB (which is actually closer to 30GB to make room for Apple’s software) will be enough for every consumer, but at least 32GB is a little more realistic.

The 32GB Touch also comes with the latest $20.00 dollar Apple update included in the software. This includes new features such as:

– Notes…for jotting down all those important memos when you don’t have a pen

– Weather…to see the local forecast or any other set location

– Mail

– Stocks

– Maps…so you never get lost (as long as you have a WIFI connection)

I have also noticed the WIFI connection seems to hold much stronger than the 16GB model I owned before this. It no longer cuts out and sends me back to the home screen. I’m not sure if I had a defective model but this new 32GB Touch has yet to drop a connection even when the signal strength isn’t that great to begin with. Quite an improvement.

The only gripe (what review could be complete without them) is again…the price tag. $500.00 for a handheld media player is, to say the least, a little expensive. With a price like this many consumers will view this as an extravagant item and will pass on it until the price drops or Apple comes out with an even better model with more features or both.

All in all the iPod Touch 32GB is a decent model and will satisfy most consumers need for more flash drive space. If the price doesn’t shake you, this iPod will not disappoint.

4 Stars Apple’s iPod Touch – Updated and Enlarged! Test Drive it Today!!!!
Apple iPod touch 32 GB

Apple’s 32 GB iPod Touch has finally given the mobile device market a media player with a great combination of quality, features and capacity. Of course it arrived shortly after I was given the 16 GB iPod Touch that I had put off buying for so long. Still, the extra capacity gives this unit the last piece of the puzzle it needed to be a must-have item for me. The awesome video, sleek thin body and web capability make it stand out despite a high price and some missing features.

Pros

+ 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!

+ Enough capacity to finally be worth replacing some of your disk-based players in earnest

+ 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

+ New apps work great and give you stocks, maps, email, notes and weather

+ Supports both NTSC and PAL video out

+ Very nice size of 32GB stores good amount of video

+ 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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

+ 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!

Cons

– 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.

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.

Features

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 with the software update, at least a few of those things have been added back in. It really sucks that they charged 16GB early adopters for those features, but luckily they are included with the 32GB iPod Touch.

The main improvement is of course the increased capacity. That feature alone was long overdue and far outweighs most of the cons the player still has. Even though you can’t load a lot of video at once, you can finally load enough to satisfy even demanding users. This is a huge plus over the 16GB model, which is available with or without updates. Apple iPod touch 16 GB without Software Updates

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. Still, hopefully some of these more intricate details will be added in a FREE patch as opposed to a fee update.

The Safari web browser is THE killer feature of the Touch. Most of the other widgets, including the new ones, are stuff that you can get through the internet. The widgets added back to the Touch which are available on the iPhone just make some of those common functions quicker. Quick stock quotes, instant weather. Not bad.

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. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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 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.

Conclusion

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. Despite everything, it’s very difficult not to give this player 5 stars. The good far outweighs the bad.

Enjoy!!!!

2 Stars Still no Bluetooth?
Almost 500 bucks and still no Bluetooth? Apple really dropped the ball on this one. My Blackberry Curve has it and that device is a year old.

Call me when I can stream music to my bluetooth car radio or headset on this thing.

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