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What do you think of the new iPod touch?


The latest iPod touch comes in five colors, shares the iPhone 5's 4-inch Retina display, and includes a 5-megapixel, panorama-capable camera, the Siri artificial-intelligence app, Apple's new EarPod headphones, and iOS 6. But at $299 and up, is this new iPod a touch too expensive?

What do you think?

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TgD

I am buying one, due to my current one looking like this after an unfortunate recent fall.



The new generation is a huge upgrade over my iOS 4.1 sporting non-retina 2nd generation iPod that lasted me though many years and life experiences.

I took the time to consider replacing my phone as well and just getting an iPhone, but at the 32GB cost of $799 in Canada, I can't justify the extra $500 over the $299 iPod touch. Especially when there are other impressive phones on the horizon.

The iPod touch is still the standard when it comes to MP3 players. I charge mine once a week and and keep it on airplane mode 99% of the time. It will be nice to have access to a proper podcasts app, and some of the newer apps my old one can't run. I am not the kind of person that will use my phone for music, mostly because I am so uptight about battery life on my phone.

Now the real question is what colour should I preorder... my thought is red (Which is the secret 6th colour haha https:­/­/www.apple.com­/product­-red/) . I'll write up a nice review after using it for a bit!

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nitehawk

Hey man, just a fyi for a fellow podcasts listener: Try out Stitcher. It's not much use for a iPod Touch without a wifi signal, but I use it all the time to stream podcasts and it's very simple to refresh and go from one to the other! I use it everyday on my iPhone!
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TgD

Thanks for the suggestion! I will look into it. Though most of my podcast listening happens on the bus or train, at home and work I do have a wifi signal
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errn

But with the new Podcast app, just subscribe to your podcasts. Download when on WIFI then take it with you and listen anytime.

If you really like PODCASTS about tech, a funny one is @N3RDG4SM check them out.
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DannyDefinit

Here's what would've made the new iPod Touch a must-buy for me:

1) A better camera. I get why Apple does it, but I wish they used the same camera lens & sensor as in the current iPhone. The camera in the new iPod Touch isn't on par with the iPhone 4S-- or maybe even the older iPhone 4? They mentioned on The Verge podcast how Apple's possibly targeting the few Android point-and-shoot cameras with this 5th-gen iPod Touch, but these camera specs won't cut it.

2) Physical side button for music controls like on the new 7th-gen iPod Nano. This is a godsend for those of us who live in cold climates, where wearing winter gloves negates the functionality of touchscreen controls. Also great to play/pause/skip/rewind songs without taking the device out of my pocket.

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falleninsea

i agree that a better camera would have been much more appreciated maybe an 8MP but compared to the previous model the came is a major upgrade. i think the previous model just said it was an "HD" camera.
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TLTP

I think so too!
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MCGiorgi

I'm getting one. My 1st gen iPod Touch died a few months back so I couldn't carry around most of my music library with me. I have the iPhone 3G but it's only 8 GB and now the headphone jack is skewed so I only get one channel. I'm far enough into the Apple eco-system that I can't just abandon it but I'm not so tied to it that I need to get a new iPhone. The Touch is a nice go between. This way I don't loose the legacy of apps and music and I can get a Galaxy S III or an HTC One X, hopefully root it and install stock Jelly Bean.
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TLTP

LOL I agree. Nice to have the best of both worlds, eh?
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mm2

At $200, I'd grab one of these the day they come out, like i have done for the past 5 years. However, the $300 price tag isn't REALLY justified, however much you think it is. I have experience in this field, and I know that this is just arrogance of apple, assuming people will buy their product.
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TLTP

You hurt my head with this. How is it not justified. I hate it when people don't read what they write. This doesn't really make sense...explain please.
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cooperhansen3

Its the same pricing as the old models! $300 for the 32 GB model, $400 for the 64 GB model. They just left out the 8 GB version!
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TLTP

My point exactly. If people actually paid attention, they would understand. This is for those who use up space and don't take the "cheap" route per se. So you can't say it's not justified. You can get the last generation for about 159 or something like that. So Apple isn't really being arrogant...it's just they've taken out an option. I don't see how it's not justified. They've been doing this for the past 5 years. Every year, with every iPod....Apple doesn't have to assume people will buy their product. They know they will sell.
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mm2

True, but think of it this way:

For anyone who doesn't know, the iPod touch has been an annual release, save 2011. The 4th generation was released in 2010, and the 5th gen in 2012. You can buy last *generation's* iPod for $199, but that's a 2-year old product. Not really fair, huh?
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queenmarylady

Lemme just throw this out there too- as much as I hate to say this, the older models of the iphones and ipod touches are not getting the new IOS updates. I have a 1st gen touch, that I can't get many of the newer or updated apps for because it stopped being able to get the IOS updates at I think version 4.1 or so. So eventually I found that I HAD to update my devices. Apple wouldn't even buy it back, it's that old I guess. I just felt it best to sell my other devices while they could still fetch a decent trade in price.
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gmcnewlook

it was 3.1.3 they never went further than that for 1st gens , and yes it isnext to impossible to get apps for it..... most apps require 4.3 these days, and even 5.0
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queenmarylady

Totally agree with you. Normally I wouldn't even consider buying one. But since I have gift cards I need to use at the apple store now,...=) But yes, if I didn't have them it would not be something I would even consider buying at this point.
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nitehawk

Not too expensive since it's the product for people who want iPhone without a dataplan. Remember these guys are just smaller iPads so I think it's extremely smart to out this now a full month or so before iPad mini or whatever they call it releases so they sell this before people realize that for $50 to $100 more they can have something that's close to double the size.

For the record I don't think it's smart for Apple to make an 7 or 8 inch iPad since they sell iPhone and iPod Touch with 4 inch footprints that fit nicely in your hand and pocket and iPad resembles the size of a sheet of paper so it's nicer when you want to hold something with two hands. Finding a market for something in between 4 and 9.5 inches when both "extremes" will sell enormously well seems overkill. It's not like Apple to stoop to others to capture a market with less profitability, but I do see a reason in spreading the app store to everything people have been proven to buy.

I just don't think the world needs a high end smaller size tablet when that same company just made their flagship product 15% bigger.

iPod Touch is a great device, but I am weary for its long term feasibility. Right now it's a great christmas gift for a child. When the parent is lazy and they just bought the new iPhone, they can just simply give their now SIM card free older iPhone to the child without much difference and save the $300 of a shiny new product. (Of course you can argue that you could sell your older iPhone for close to $200 and only have to shell out $100 for something new, scratch-less and more up to date, but in many cases I doubt the child will know the difference.
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reviewboy

I've lugged my brother's iPad 2 around and though it's pretty, I find the 7" form factor much more convenient. I'm unlikely to ever buy a full-sized iPad, but a 7" would tempt me.
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TLTP

Do you have the Nexus 7, you should consider it.
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reviewboy

Yes, I bought the Nexus 7, and love it.
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queenmarylady

Well here we are waiting for the release date of the touches, sometime in October they say, and there is rumor of another keynote in October for the new ipad mini. The thing I am having a tough time deciding on is do I want the touch, which like the iphone I could slip in my pocket and take everywhere with me without much other thought..or do I go for an ipad mini which would have a larger screen and make reading all of my ebooks a much nicer experience. So,..there's a market for both devices I suppose. You can't fit the ipad mini in your pocket though. I'd need a case for it so it doesn't get scratched if I were to put it in my purse..and for the guys? Do they get a special "man purse" to carry it around over their shoulders? Hmm. So there are pros and cons for each.
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Beaufort

Compared to my 1st GEN Touch, without even half of the features, which I paid $399 for the 32GB model, this is amazing. Compared to other iPods or MP3 Players, yes, probably a little high, but then again, you don't get all the features.
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TLTP

I though you would've paid 299 for a 32GB?!?!?!
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MCGiorgi

Not for a 1st gen touch. I paid $499 for my 1st gen, 32GB. I believe it was the 2nd gen. that got the price drop to $399. I don't remember when which generation got the further price reduction.
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gmcnewlook

yeah, considering what i paid for my first gen ipod (8gb for 279) these new ones sure do alot more for the same money.......
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reviewboy

The new Touch looks good, but My 8Gb iPod Touch 4G is still going strong. I don't game so I don't need the extra speed; I am often away from WiFi access; I don't take that many pictures. In practice, my Touch is a glorified podcast delivery vehicle. I rarely fill up the 8Gb, let alone 32Gb.

I'll upgrade when my current device dies, but not before.
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reviewboy

After getting the ios6 upgrade, i'm noticing some slowdowns on the 4G Touch. I like some of the improvements to the Podcast app (which is 95% of what I use my iPod for), particularly the new "true" 2x playback mode. (3x is too lossy to be useful - wondering if that's not a problem on the faster CPU of the Touch 5G.)

Still don't need a 32gb device; all my audio is in the cloud.
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TLTP

So you're saying you don't usually have a lot of stuff at one time?
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reviewboy

Correct. I have a half dozen albums, several audiobooks, and a day's worth of podcasts, Combined, they take up about 4-5Gb, so there's room to spare. I have dozens of gigabytes of audio in cloud storage, which I can access with my cell phone.

I had a 2G 16Gb iPod Touch, and I never filled it. A 32-Gb iPod Touch would be overkill. A 32-gb TABLET would be more tempting for watching video, so I'm watching to see what the iPad Mini offers.
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Komentra

Huge upgrade. My 4th gen iPod Touch has lasted me since launch and I just sold it for half its original price to knock the price of the 5th gen down to $200. One thing I am really looking forward to is the updated camera with flash and Siri.

Already pre-ordered one in blue and I expect this will last just as long as my 4th gen one did until the 6th comes out. :)
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carterjay1

Like the camera updates, but it's priced way too high. Doubt they can find a reasonable price point for an iPad mini now. This $100 for $12 bucks worth of memory upgrades has also gotten pretty tired, why don't they sell inkjet cartridges like HP if they want to simply rip people off?
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queenmarylady

I love it! I don't have to get an iphone and commit to a 2-year contract, the ipod touch will now do most of the same functions as the iphone. I sold back to Apple my 3GS and 4 models so I will only have to shell out a small amount to get this device. My problem is..what color? Hmm.. =)
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cooperhansen3

Black!! Definitely Black!!! It is by far the coolest looking IMO.......
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queenmarylady

LOL I was thinking it has the best resale value, if I ever decide to sell it back later on..but..ALL of my devices have all been black. Sort of like the light blue or the silver. I will have to see them "in person" I guess to see what the colors truely look like, then decide.
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TgD

I am going for red :) I intend to keep this for years so I don't need resale value
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queenmarylady

I think you are going to really like it =)
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queenmarylady

I do too, but then..I have still an origional ipod touch. Zero value to them. Sold an iphone 3GS and an iphone 4..I kept them all but now it's better to sell and get what is current. Every time they bring out a new product, the older devices become near obsolete. Some of the older models won't even allow the current iOS. And I always get screen guards and cases so they stay nice =) ..I'm sorry if I am posting so much on this, I sold both those devices and for the first time in 5 years..I have no i-device at all right now..LOL it's going to be a long wait until I can get one in my hands. =) I appologize for the obsessiveness. I am an i-addict. ;)
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queenmarylady

LOL they had black, but I had read about all the scuffing and flaking that the edges of the black ones were experiencing. And they were out of the white/silver which was my first choice..also the yellow which surprised me. I went for the red. It's a bright traffic light metallic red. Very nice. =)
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queenmarylady

I didn't realize at first that the price of $299 is actually for the 32G, there is no 8 or 16gb size, and I had previously had the iphone 4s with the 2 yr plan for $200 I believe..plus plus plus..because those monthly rates are too much for me.(Had a family plan, not just one phone) So for 32GB, that's not too bad. Now, if I weren't getting money back from previous phones being sold, no, I would have just stayed with my 4s. Actually I had been hoping there would be an ipad mini..but doesn't look like it is going to happen this year.
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TheTranslator

What about USD220? ... 299sounds too exaggerated to me... But I'll consider the 149USD Nano...
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queenmarylady

I wish they would just hurry up and state the release date. =( It's still 10 days til the end of the month, and then how much longer than that must we wait? *sigh*...
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Jayjay27

I think iPod touch 5th gen is awesome and it feels like they really put much into it :) they put the iPhone 5's features on this iDevice except for the SIM card slot which it is called an iPhone without a cellular data plan :p most of the people said if you have a smartphone and you want to have an iPhone experience then go buy an iPod touch :) rather buying a $700 phone :)
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queenmarylady

I agree with you, the only difference I am seeing so far from the 4s iphone that I handed down to my daughter, is that for macro shots, the 4s is going to produce a crisper,sharper image. That said, the close up shots taken with the 5megapixel new touch aren't bad at all really. There is also a possible get around- the video shoots in High Def. You COULD save an image from a video clip. But if the video is high def, doesn't the camera use the same high def lens? I wish I had somewhere to post an example pic. There should be some comparison photos somewhere in google if you do a search.
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queenmarylady

Oh and my daughter said when she first held it, "It almost doesn't feel real, it's really light." =)
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Lorenz67

I think the pricing is out of whack and the use cases are slim to non-existent (from the perspective of one who has tablets+smartphone+older PMPs).

I also think the observation that they priced out impulse buy is spot on, as is the "gateway drug" for kids/tweens explanation.

As an adult male with other equipment and pockets that can handle 5" phones or 7" tablets it is not even close to "the best portable media player" and an easy pass.
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Miyazakiman

They look nice, also the new screen is great but already have to 4gen Itouch and this they really look a lot like the Galaxy S3 phone that sells for the same price with an SD slot.
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sisanstech

Awesome!
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AnpleApdroid

Is this worth an upgrade from a 4th generation iPod touch? I have a lot of stuff on it, so if I do upgrade, I'd need the 64 GB model.
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