Buy iPod touch as a gift ... what to do???

Discussion in 'iPod touch' started by ftaok, Apr 28, 2008.

  1. ftaok macrumors 601

    ftaok

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    Hey all,

    I'm getting an iPod touch for my nephew (actually a bunch of us are chipping in). Now, I was planning on bringing my iPod AC adapter so that he can charge it at the party and use it after it's charged. However, I'm not sure what you can do with it before it's connected to a Mac.

    Here's the issue. My sister is having problems with their iMac and will be bringing it to the party so that I can fix it. However, they won't get it back for a week, at least. My nephew could pair it with his sister's computer for the time being and restore it when they get thier iMac back, I suppose.

    Anyways, what can you do with an iPod touch before the first sync? Can you go on YouTube or surf on Safari?

    Thanks.

    ft
     
  2. PMB macrumors 65816

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    you can do nothing, actually, all you will get is a connect to itunes acreen, and nothing else
     
  3. linden macrumors regular

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    yep it how it is. At least he can have fun looking at the box and getting amped. Its that much better when he opens it.
     
  4. ftaok thread starter macrumors 601

    ftaok

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    Thanks guys.

    I checked with his mother and I got the go ahead to open it up to charge it and load some stuff onto it.

    I fully realize that anything that I put on will get wiped after he re-snycs it, but at least he'll have somethign to play with.

    I will be extraordinarily careful with the packaging so that he will get 90% of the unboxing thrill ... but then again, he's only 8, so it might get lost on him. (Note - personally, I think 8 is a little young to be getting an iPod touch, but I'm not his parent and he does have other nice stuff ... Nintendo DS, wii, etc.)

    Heck, I may even use this as an opportunity to try and convince the wife that we need an iPod touch (or better yet, an iPhone). Have to show her how nice it is to be able to surf in bed and all.

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  5. 4DThinker macrumors 68020

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    8 years old with a $299 or higher breakable iPod Touch?

    I'm willing to bet it will be broken within a month. :)

    4D
     
  6. ftaok thread starter macrumors 601

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    Well, my newphew is pretty careful with his stuff, so he's got that going for him. I think he might be able to get 2 months out of it ;).

    When I look back to when I was 8, I think I could take care of something like that. I used to take good care of my GI Joe figures (granted, they were about $5). I made sure that no one bent the knees our twisted the torsos too much. Wanted them to last for 50 years ... now where did I put my Snake Eyes?

    Hopefully, my nephew takes care of it. I know that when he comes over my house, I'm going to ask him where it is, so that I can play with it. :D

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  7. Hawkeye411 macrumors 68000

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    I would invest in a good case for it as well so when he drops it off of a chair or table onto the tile floor it at least has a chance of not breaking.

    Cheers.
    :):apple:
     
  8. 4DThinker macrumors 68020

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    When I was eight I was rolling Hot Wheels down the gutters and seeing if they would survive the downpipe falls. In the summer when fireworks were available I would find out which of my toys would survive a fire cracker explosion. If I got my hands on a radio I'd invariably have it apart and hacked to be a spy microphone.
     
  9. LeahM macrumors 6502a

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    Why not just get him a nano? Does he really need a touch? I don't understand why some parents give their kids such freedom on the internet. To each his/her own I guess
     
  10. Lord Sam macrumors regular

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    Nothing. Absolutely nothing. You need to connect to a computer first.
     
  11. PMB macrumors 65816

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    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPod; U; CPU like Mac OS X; en) AppleWebKit/420.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/3.0 Mobile/4A93 Safari/419.3)

    an 8 year old with an iPod touch?
    thats a recipe for disaster!
     
  12. zainjetha macrumors 6502a

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    Does the kid actually have an interest in music at this early stage?
    Not being rude, but just that most kids arent interested in music, and iPod is useless without music loaded on it..


    Just curious..
     
  13. ftaok thread starter macrumors 601

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    Just to clear this up.

    Whether or not an 8 year old should have an iPod touch is not the question. Certainly, it's a valid question, but it's already been decided that he's getting it. While some 8 year olds aren't responsible/mature enough to have something like an iPod, I think my newphew isn't one of them. He's a pretty responsible kid.

    If anything, I think the issue won't be with breakage. I'd think he'd lose/misplace it before he would drop it.

    And certainly, age has nothing to do with whether a person should have nice things or not. I know plenty of adults that don't take care of there stuff (things more expensive than iPods). Hell, take a look at all of the broken screens in the iPhone forum.

    To all who replied with answers to my original question, thanks. I have decided that I'll open it the night before to charge it and load it with some stuff.

    To zainjetha, the answer is yes. He's into music just like most 8 year old kids. Heck, look at the most popular singer these days, Hanna Montana. Most of her fanbase is 10 and under. My nephew likes music a lot, although I don't have any CDs that he likes, so he'll just have to rip his own collection.

    What he does like a lot is movies ... which is why the iPod touch is the right iPod for him. Sure, a nano or a classic can play movies, but the touch is a better movie player.

    ft
     
  14. ref26 macrumors 6502a

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    The 11 year old I babysit for got a Classic recently and his 3 year old brother uses it more than he does to watch Spongebob and stuff lol, so to each his own I guess. At least this way the parents don't have to hear it!
     

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