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Derekuda
Jun 27, 2011, 03:43 PM
After owning a few iPods, I need to ask the question. Do you think it's time to leave the iPod? Apple is really pushing the iPod touch which I have no interest in. I've always liked the Nano line, but I can no longer justify paying $150. When I first started buying iPods, not many other companies offered large memory, but now you can buy players by creative, sony, and sandisk for 1/3 of the price for the same amount of memory.
Your thoughts?



mrkramer
Jun 28, 2011, 02:36 AM
My thoughts are go with whatever works best for you, if you don't like touch screens and the iPod classic is overkill for you they yeah it probably is time to look into something different.

R94N
Jun 28, 2011, 01:30 PM
I would perhaps consider getting a smartphone that would maybe have some of the features an iPod would have. Although if you want to keep the iTunes functionality the only option's the iPhone, which is expensive. But if you have an older phone as well you may perhaps want to replace the two devices with one.

rgarjr
Jun 28, 2011, 02:18 PM
touchscreens aren't for everyone. Navigating the nanos touchscreen is fast.

irishtike
Jun 28, 2011, 07:08 PM
Not many companies care about quality of build like apple does, a friend of mine went through 3-4 scandisk players before he got a 5G nano, the nano is still going today, the only other player with about the same quality build as the ipod is the Zune.

also the software for all of these players is different from player to player, it going to be difficult to organize your media in any specific order with ease.

dwl017
Jun 28, 2011, 08:34 PM
I have just the opposite problem, I have the 4th gen iPod which I personally think is an amazing device! I can surf the web, Facetime chat with other iPhones and iPods or iPads. I can send and receive email take photos, rec HD video and listen to amazing sound quality music. I can chat live with my Facebook friends etc. thousands of apps etc.

Its a iPhone 4 without the phone calling transmitter. But look around and how many people even use there phones to make calls? I live in a major metropolitan city and every single person I see on a daily basis is checking Facebook, Texting and tweeting on their iPhone all of which I can do on my iPod Touch for $0.00 per month. :D

I love it! everything the iPhone 4 does except make calls and all for free! :D amazing product.

thejadedmonkey
Jun 28, 2011, 08:40 PM
I was with the iPod since gen 1. Having never known anything else, I thought it was the best, but this past november I realized there's other MP3 players, I happily made the switch to (fwiw) a better player.

It's a WP7 with Zune, shhhh :p

Lightey
Jun 28, 2011, 11:16 PM
I have just the opposite problem, I have the 4th gen iPod which I personally think is an amazing device! I can surf the web, Facetime chat with other iPhones and iPods or iPads. I can send and receive email take photos, rec HD video and listen to amazing sound quality music. I can chat live with my Facebook friends etc. thousands of apps etc.

Its a iPhone 4 without the phone calling transmitter. But look around and how many people even use there phones to make calls? I live in a major metropolitan city and every single person I see on a daily basis is checking Facebook, Texting and tweeting on their iPhone all of which I can do on my iPod Touch for $0.00 per month. :D

I love it! everything the iPhone 4 does except make calls and all for free! :D amazing product.

Umm, not really. You're tethered to Wi-Fi, and you don't have a GPS either. The iPod Touch's display isn't IPS either, so it's not as crisp as the iPhone 4. So while it's close, the 3G is the best part of having an iPhone for me. I can't imagine how I lived before 3G, it's changed my life so much.

arogge
Jun 29, 2011, 11:38 AM
I've been waiting for Apple to get a much larger capacity iPod to hold my huge iTunes collection, but the next thing is to get a laptop with unlimited iTunes storage using an external hard drive.

Le Buzz
Jun 30, 2011, 05:16 PM
I would never even consider a player from another company, even the zune. My 3rd gen nano is still going strong (knock on wood.)

But really there are plenty of options for you, you just have to find out exactly what it is that you want.

dwl017
Jul 1, 2011, 11:10 AM
Umm, not really. You're tethered to Wi-Fi, and you don't have a GPS either. The iPod Touch's display isn't IPS either, so it's not as crisp as the iPhone 4. So while it's close, the 3G is the best part of having an iPhone for me. I can't imagine how I lived before 3G, it's changed my life so much.

Close is good enough for my personal use, when I'm out and about with friends and family I try to completely disconnect from all electronics and enjoy the true definition of human social interaction. :) GPS LOL whats that :-) and why do I need it :-) What is IPS??

Enjoy!

wordoflife
Jul 1, 2011, 11:50 AM
Umm, not really. You're tethered to Wi-Fi, and you don't have a GPS either. The iPod Touch's display isn't IPS either, so it's not as crisp as the iPhone 4.

Well that's what makes it cheap. Otherwise you'd been looking at spending close to what the iPhone retails for.

jljue
Jul 1, 2011, 02:33 PM
Even though I have an iPhone 4, I still use my iPod Nano 4G in my truck because it is easier to control without taking my eyes off the road. Until I get the iPod control module for my truck (so that it also works with the steering wheel radio controls) so that I can safely use my iPhone as my iPod on the road, I will probably keep the Nano. Honestly, I really haven't found many MP3 players that truly excite me since switching to iPods a few years ago. My fiance uses the Shuffle that I received as a groomsman's gift a few years ago (first generation that had the built in clip).

CHSeifert
Jul 6, 2011, 02:45 AM
I must admit that ever since I bought the iPhone 4 32GB last year, I haven't used my iPod. So sold my Nano 5 last year.

Now that I just restarted fitness and gym training 3 times a week, I got to admit the iPhone 4 is NOT the device to use there. It's too bulky, when I use the cross trainer - even having it in an arm band seems too bulky - and I sweat during my workout, which makes it kind if gross using the iPhone afterwards, so decided it was time to buy the new Nano 6.th generation with touch and built in clip.

Just got it - the 16 GB Nano Touch in golden orange with a set of White Sony earbuds. It looks so cool, clips to my shorts and weighs nothing.
24 hours batterytime means I can use it for 2-3 weeks before recharging it. Best buy for my needs !!

So if you want a small lightweight unit with great Design for your workout - there still is a great need for the IPod Nano Touch with the clips IMHO :)

Just saw a lady in the gym drop her iPod Touch - the screen got a crack.
I thought she really needed a Nano Touch. Even if you drop the Nano Touch, it's so lightweight that it will still hang on to the end of the earbud cable and not drop on the floor.

Best unit for workout Apple has ever made - the iPod Nano Touch !!!!

Virgo
Jul 6, 2011, 05:22 AM
After owning a few iPods, I need to ask the question. Do you think it's time to leave the iPod? Apple is really pushing the iPod touch which I have no interest in. I've always liked the Nano line, but I can no longer justify paying $150. When I first started buying iPods, not many other companies offered large memory, but now you can buy players by creative, sony, and sandisk for 1/3 of the price for the same amount of memory.
Your thoughts?

You talk about them lke they're disposable. Iíve had my classic since Sept 07 and it's still in perfect working order. If for some reason you are going through them quickly, then it might be more economical for you to go with a cheapo brand mp3 player. The way I see it, with Apple you're investing in quality and peace of mind because they have good customer service. Not to mention the iPod is pretty much the standard in mp3 players.

7thMac
Jul 6, 2011, 10:36 AM
Not me. Ipods are relatively cheap and work great with Itunes. The smaller models definitely still have their place.

DaveTheRave
Jul 6, 2011, 08:16 PM
I get the feeling that the iPod is already on its way out. Yeah there will always be a place for a shuffle or mini nano for jogging but seems like Apple mostly sees it as a thing of the past. I bet the next iphone will be announced along with the new ipods, taking some of the attention away from the stand along pods. I guess Apple is trying to move everyone over to iOS devices (regardless of whether its an iPhone or iPod Touch, or whatever comes next).

AppleDApp
Jul 7, 2011, 01:40 AM
Not many companies care about quality of build like apple does, a friend of mine went through 3-4 scandisk players before he got a 5G nano, the nano is still going today, the only other player with about the same quality build as the ipod is the Zune.


my iPod nano 2g is still going strong. I might get a classic if they update it. iPods with the click wheel still have there place I can change songs without taking it out of my pocket which works great when i ski.

The future will be iOS media player and I'm thinking a shuffle with no buttons and only shake to shuffle like they made 1 year ago.

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Skika
Jul 7, 2011, 09:31 AM
I've been waiting for Apple to get a much larger capacity iPod to hold my huge iTunes collection, but the next thing is to get a laptop with unlimited iTunes storage using an external hard drive.

That must be one hell of a hard drive :D

CHSeifert
Jul 7, 2011, 12:17 PM
Look guys forget it.
There will ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS be a need for small and portable iPods, for those of us who workout and go to the gym several times a week.

I have 2 iPhones but those and the iPod Touch are simply too big and bulky for the gym so a device like the iPod Nano comes into the picture !

Guys who don't go to the gym will not understand this. There I said it ;)

Apple will never stop making the smaller iPod - they make too much profit on these little small suckers and it's part of Apples image.

Scepticalscribe
Jul 7, 2011, 05:23 PM
Not me. Ipods are relatively cheap and work great with Itunes. The smaller models definitely still have their place.

I agree; as will the larger models, for there are those (such as myself) who like the idea of being able to have an entire iTunes library in one place. For music lovers, nothing beats them.

ESPN
Jul 7, 2011, 05:32 PM
nano and shuffle yes but the iPod touch is still going strong.

It near iphone capability of a third of the price makes it very attractive and useful.

sushi
Jul 7, 2011, 05:41 PM
If I didn't have an iPhone, I would definitely get the iPod touch.

However, since I have an iPhone, I am looking at a iPod nano or iPod shuffle to replace my 2nd Gen Shuffle which died.

On the train the other day, I saw an iPod nano being used. Looked pretty cool. Seemed very simple and easy to use.

iPods with the click wheel still have there place I can change songs without taking it out of my pocket which works great when i ski.
When I ski / snowboard, I like the simple buttons that the shuffle had so I am leaning towards getting one of those this year. I think ... or a iPod nano.

Decisions. :)

soLoredd
Jul 7, 2011, 06:19 PM
I use a 160GB classic in my SUV which is awesome and I also have a shuffle I use for when riding the bike or at the driving range. If Apple discontinued the iPod I'd be in a pickle as I'm not about to get a Touch when I have a iPhone.

And I think the arm band looks silly and definitely wouldn't be fun when swinging a golf club :)

LizKat
Jul 7, 2011, 06:50 PM
I still love the 2nd gen nanos, the thin aluminum rectangle ones, I use those in my (old) car with an FM transmitter, and I totally love the very first white plastic shuffles. Those thumb-drive lookalike white shuffles, they have FABULOUS audio. Very high quality. The best!

I like the last bunch of clickwheels as handy pocketdrives with the data option turned on and plenty space set aside for data. Not for hard use, just the occasional desperate maneuver. Used to be able to stick a minimal OS on a firewire model of iPod and boot from it.

Classics are still wonderful for keeping stuff from separate (and pretty big!) libraries of operas or assorted genres of "classical" music.

Would not part with the later shuffles, or the latest nano which I use like a shuffle. They can take a fall-down joke and not break...

So... NO... not ready to leave iPods behind. Apple has not really left any of the old models behind either, since you can still load stuff onto them as long as you have a cable to charge and sync with (and the correct power adapter helps, or at least some older speakerdock with appropriate connector). When Apple finally takes all the stuff to wireless sync, that's probably it for ipod dinosaurs. Not quite yet!

hcho3
Jul 7, 2011, 09:45 PM
I can definitely see apple will consider just getting rid of ipod shuffle and replace it with iPod nano.

iPod classic will continue until iPod touch can reach the high Capacity at a reasonable cost for both apple and customers. People still like to brag about they have 50000-100000 songs on their iPods.

We still don't have 250GB iPod touch yet... do we?

Seriously, out of all three iPod family.. I only expect iPod nano to live. iPod touch is in more like iPhone category.

My biggest complain about iPod nano is the price. The price is ridiculously high. 149 dollars for 8GB MP3 player that doesn't support video?

Ridiculous.

Apple needs to lower the price to 99 dollars for 8GB and 129-149 dollars for 16GB one by next update.

Also, I expect icloud support to be built into futhre iPods. The current iPods do not support iCloud except touch.

ESPN
Jul 8, 2011, 06:48 PM
I can definitely see apple will consider just getting rid of ipod shuffle and replace it with iPod nano.

iPod classic will continue until iPod touch can reach the high Capacity at a reasonable cost for both apple and customers. People still like to brag about they have 50000-100000 songs on their iPods.

We still don't have 250GB iPod touch yet... do we?

Seriously, out of all three iPod family.. I only expect iPod nano to live. iPod touch is in more like iPhone category.

My biggest complain about iPod nano is the price. The price is ridiculously high. 149 dollars for 8GB MP3 player that doesn't support video?

Ridiculous.

Apple needs to lower the price to 99 dollars for 8GB and 129-149 dollars for 16GB one by next update.

Also, I expect icloud support to be built into futhre iPods. The current iPods do not support iCloud except touch.

Seriously ipod Touch has surpassed nano as the BEST SELLING ipod.

You logic is severely flawed if you think nano is the one that escapes Apple's eradication of devices.

FroMann
Jul 8, 2011, 08:24 PM
As long as the iPod classic stays alive I will be happy. For me nothing can replace the click wheel

quizzi
Jul 8, 2011, 09:29 PM
As long as the iPod classic stays alive I will be happy. For me nothing can replace the click wheel

Definitely.

Out of all the iPods that have been released, the iPod Classic has got to be one of my all-time favourites.

As you've said, nothing can replace the click wheel, which in my opinion, is the greatest navigational interface ever designed in the technological industry.

In terms of iPods, I would prefer it over any other navigational interface, including touch-screens.

bretm
Jul 8, 2011, 10:56 PM
Look guys forget it.
There will ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS be a need for small and portable iPods, for those of us who workout and go to the gym several times a week.

I have 2 iPhones but those and the iPod Touch are simply too big and bulky for the gym so a device like the iPod Nano comes into the picture !

Guys who don't go to the gym will not understand this. There I said it ;)

Apple will never stop making the smaller iPod - they make too much profit on these little small suckers and it's part of Apples image.


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palpatine
Jul 8, 2011, 11:10 PM
After owning a few iPods, I need to ask the question. Do you think it's time to leave the iPod? Apple is really pushing the iPod touch which I have no interest in. I've always liked the Nano line, but I can no longer justify paying $150. When I first started buying iPods, not many other companies offered large memory, but now you can buy players by creative, sony, and sandisk for 1/3 of the price for the same amount of memory.
Your thoughts?

different tools for different tasks.

(1)
i have a shuffle i use in the gym. i download the latest podcasts every morning before i go. the ipod is too big (i had the first generation walkman, so i know what that is like). it doesn't clip onto my clothes like the shuffle, i am always worried about hitting it with a barbell when it is in my pocket and destroying that beautiful screen, and it is overkill. i have used it and the ipad when i do treadmill-type equipment, but because i mainly lift weights + swimming, the ipod is less than ideal.

(2)
i use the ipod all day walking around town. it has all of my music on it (20GB+ of songs) and i can go to pandora if i want something different (i have a mobile hotspot). i can also check out maps, read kindle books while waiting in line, review my notes on evernote, etc. it is very handy, especially on crowded public transport (tokyo subway). i have NEVER had apple push any of its products on me. i am kind of surprised you get that impression from apple.

(3)
the ipad (really, just a big ipod) is great for reading, using the internet, etc. the ipad COULD hold my music, but then there wouldn't be room for my books (i have a lot), and more importantly, it is a little unwieldy unless you use bluetooth.

i am glad that i have all three of these, and i have no urge at all to buy inferior products for less money. i've got sony stuff, i've had a zune, and i am no longer interested. in my mind, apple has perfected the portable music player genre.

as for the cost, it is all relative to your means. all three of my things cost about 750 dollars total. that is a pretty hefty price tag. but, they are durable and have lasted for years through daily use. and, more importantly, the ipod is a portable computer in your pocket. the price tag is VERY reasonable.

you know, i still have friends who carry around cd players that play a single cd. lol. hilarious, but true. technology has come a long way in a very short time, and i have no qualms about paying 200-300 dollars for the incredible experience that apple offers.

CHSeifert
Jul 9, 2011, 03:51 AM
Only people who are too young to have ever worked out or gone running with a Sony Walkman tape player think that an iPhone is too bulky!

Oki - you're right to some degree, but just because you owned a Motorola like Gordon Gekko in the movie 'Wall street' doesn't justify we should accept its huge size today ;)

Same with the WALKMAN !

Same now with the iPod Touch and iPhone 4. iPod Nano will live on - the 2 iPods in danger is shuffle and classic. When iPhone and iPod Touch reaches 128 gb I think the classic is gone.

Nano will replace the shuffle soon - as people would like to actually know and see the next numbers on their playlist in this iOS society.

We will see the Nano get wifi and a small iOS function with some limited programs and apps in my view.

Nano will live on for the next 10 years..... I predict :)

kuebby
Jul 10, 2011, 02:18 PM
Only people who are too young to have ever worked out or gone running with a Sony Walkman tape player think that an iPhone is too bulky!

It's not too bulky, just too expensive. I'd much rather go jogging with a used shuffle I paid $20 for than a $500 phone that's also much easier to break.

As far as the iPod goes, I love my classic and will never give on the scroll wheel either. Excellent battery life as well. I have an iPhone to do everything else, so a classic to just leave on my iPod speaker dock/clock is perfect.