Buying a used iPod Touch to give as a gift.

Discussion in 'iPod touch' started by SlickMK, Dec 9, 2011.

  1. SlickMK macrumors newbie

    Dec 9, 2011

    I’m planning to buy a used iPod Touch to give to my mom as a gift, because there’s a particular app I know she’d love to use. I’ve only briefly used an iPod Touch, so I’m not familiar with the setup process, but I know I should restore it after purchasing it. My main question is whether there’s a way for me to set up the iPod on my computer before giving it to her. The reason for this is that she only has dial-up Internet (the only thing available where she lives). I assume I’ll have to download updates and stuff for the iPod after restoring it, in addition to the app itself, and I’d like to do that on my computer since I have high-speed Internet where I live.

    I don’t have iTunes installed on my computer, so could I install it as though I'm her, set up the iPod and app on my computer, and then “transfer” ownership to her computer? If it makes any difference, the app is a paid one (

    Thanks for any help!
  2. Cursed macrumors member

    Nov 28, 2010
    Staffordshire UK
    Just restore the iPod using iTunes on your computer and apply any updates/app downloads you want. The first time it's plugged into her computer it'll ask for iTunes account authorisation, just put in the email address and password then everything should work fine.
  3. Infinite Jest macrumors 6502

    Nov 2, 2011
    Harrisonburg, Va
    The only thing you'll have to watch out for is syncing music on her pc not purchased from iTunes that you put on her iPod. If I'm not mistaken, it will basically erase any non-iTunes purchased music on the iPod unless that music is already locally stored on the pc. Anyone, please correct me if I'm wrong.
  4. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    Just set it up like normal. From the way you're telling it, I don't think your mother will be backing up regularly (my mother has fiber and she never updates or backs up despite me urging her to do so), so I wouldn't worry about it being out of date or whatnot. Simply restore and then install the software. She can customize it to the way she likes if you walk her through it. No need to transfer ownership of anything. If you wish to make it so you can give her some of your music as well, then select "Manually manage music and videos" in iTunes and she can even add content from her computer from time to time without losing the existing media on the iPod.

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