iPod touch Buying iPod touch pointless?

AppleFanBoy91

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Is buying an iPod 5G pointless? Tim Cook said the iPod was a failing business- does this mean Apple will stop selling them in 2014, or simply stop updating the generation? Should I get an iPod now, or wait until they announce something to do with iPods?

Thanks, any help is greatly appreciated!
 

Techwriter

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I believe it depends on whether you need one or simply want one. Since I don't need one today, I'm going to wait until the Fall and hope for a better processor, and with luck, a larger screen version. If those things don't matter to you, the iPod Touch 5 is a great device. I use it daily.

Have you considered buying a refurbished iPod Touch 5 on the Apple Store? You can save $80 or more and get the same one year warranty. That way, if Apple does upgrade to an iPod Touch 6 in the Fall, you could sell it and update, if needed.
 

Ray Brady

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It wasn't pointless for me. I use mine every day, and it's an invaluable travel companion.

In my case, I have an employer provided phone. The iPod Touch gives me most of the functionality of an iPhone without the extra cost.
 

Aspasia

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Is buying an iPod 5G pointless? Tim Cook said the iPod was a failing business- does this mean Apple will stop selling them in 2014, or simply stop updating the generation? Should I get an iPod now, or wait until they announce something to do with iPods?

Thanks, any help is greatly appreciated!
Cook did not say it was a "failing business." He said sales of the iPod have been declining. Nor did he say the iPod Touch would be discontinued.

I have an iPad and an iPod Touch 5. Love them both, but the Touch goes with me everywhere because it fits into my pocket. It's a fantastic device.
 

7thson

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The only way you could logically say it's useless is if you don't have a need for it. It would be useless for me to have one because I have a 32gb iPhone and it covers my needs. Some people have an iPhone and an iPod touch. It really just depends on your needs. What Tech Writer said is totally sound and is what I would do if I were in the market for an iPod touch.
 

three

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Is buying an iPod 5G pointless? Tim Cook said the iPod was a failing business- does this mean Apple will stop selling them in 2014, or simply stop updating the generation? Should I get an iPod now, or wait until they announce something to do with iPods?

Thanks, any help is greatly appreciated!
I recently bought one and have been using it daily. I use it daily in the car as my podcast / Spotify playlist / music device. It's nice to have full stereo integration with my headunit with this iPod. My "daily driver" devices are both Android powered. I had planned on buying a used iPhone 5 or 5s but thought I'd save myself some money and get the iPod touch. I figured that I really didn't need the phone functionality that comes with the iPhone. I'm sure Apple won't kill the iPod touch. We'll most likely see the death of the classic, nano, and shuffle before the touch. I don't see why Apple would kill the touch.

This paragraph feels really scatter brained...
 

Zmanbaseball2

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I actually need it. I'm a tech reviewer and I use it to take videos and edit them in iMovie. I have an iPad Air and when I'm reviewing a case for it I use my ipod touch 5 to take the videos. I use my iPad air usually for videos which is so much better because of the screen size and processing speed.
 

rui no onna

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Until Apple starts selling $200-300 phones unlocked and off-contract, I don't see the iPod Touch going anywhere.
 

Scarpad

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I've gone to a Nokia Lumia 1520, but I still use my 16gb 5g touch everyday, mostly to listen to music. The 5g sound very good, prob the best sounding touch I've owned.
 

arefbe

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Only if YOU think it is. I don't consider my purchase of it to be pointless.
 

itjw

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But Tim Cook said the iPod was his personal very very favorite and that he would always keep it alive... FOREVER!!! Even as a zombie device :eek:!!!

Since we are just making stuff Tim said up let's get nuts :p

The iPod (classic) hung on literally 3 years beyond it being relevant. The touch is still moderately relevant (for parents, people who already have a phone, and people who want a dedicated toy/gadget). It's slowing down. Most stuff is.

From a numbers perspective it isn't "losing" money. It's not a "hobby" like the AppleTV is either.

It's not 2004, but it's not 2020 either...
 

sracer

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Is buying an iPod 5G pointless? Tim Cook said the iPod was a failing business- does this mean Apple will stop selling them in 2014, or simply stop updating the generation? Should I get an iPod now, or wait until they announce something to do with iPods?

Thanks, any help is greatly appreciated!
It depends upon what you want to use it for.

I'd say that if you want to use the device as a portable media player, then yes it is pointless. For $50 you can buy a Lumia 520 and another $50 a 64GB microSD card. That makes a terrific player for music, videos, and photos.

That's $100 total for the 64GB Lumia vs $400 for a 64GB iPod Touch 5G.

Of course if you're already in the iOS ecosystem, then the iPod Touch is still highly useful.