Cheapest iPod Touch with Bluetooth?

Discussion in 'iPod touch' started by Newbert, Aug 12, 2019 at 1:12 PM.

  1. Newbert macrumors member

    Nov 17, 2015
    I have one of the original iPod Touches that does not have Bluetooth. I have a bunch of music on it that I would like to listen to wirelessly (thru Bluetooth while riding my motorcycle).

    I have not kept up at all with recent models of Apple hardware and was wondering what is the cheapest model iPod Touch or even an iPhone (refurbished would be OK) that would allow me to listen to my MP3's thru Bluetooth? Whatever it is, would it be available at an Apple store and would they transfer the MP3's over to it?

  2. Slix macrumors 65816


    Mar 24, 2010
    If you're solely looking for a bluetooth iPod, I'd suggest any of the iPod touches from the 4th generation on up. The 4th gens can be bought extremely cheap nowadays used. iPod nano 7th generation is a good option, but these seemed to hold their value longer than some of the newer iPod touches so thus can be more expensive. iPod touches also can have larger capacities than the 8 or 16 GB nanos. The latest can be purchased with 32, 128, and 256 GB storage options.

    Apple sells refurbished iPod touches still, and the latest 7th generation iPod touch brand new as well.

    Apple themselves will likely not help with actually moving your music over, but if you synced it from iTunes, simply plugging in a new iPod will allow you to sync the same songs to the new iPod. If you need help with that more, post here with further questions. :)
  3. Newbert thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 17, 2015
    Thanks for the offer of help! I'll definitely need it because I've never gotten a grasp of manipulating files with iTunes....

    Right now I have well organized playlists and music on the old iPod (that is not in iTunes on my PC). But I also have music in iTunes on my PC already, which came from my iPad. Unfortunately, the iPad's library, and my iTunes library are completely disorganized at this point.

    Ideally, I'd like to a) move my music from old iPod to the new iPod and then b) add some of the music already in iTunes on my PC (which came from the iPad) to the new iPod. (I hope that's not too confusing to follow.) Is that even possible? If it's not possible, I can live with just getting a) done.

    I figure that I first need to verify that I can successfully move/sync the old iPod's music library to my computer, right? Unfortunately I haven't even managed to accomplish that. I haven't even managed to get iTunes to "see" what's on the old iPod, even though I've installed the latest version of iTunes.

    So, perhaps the first step is to clean up the music library in iTunes, then transfer the iPod's music library to iTunes. But, as I said, iTunes doesn't currently "see" the contents of the old iPod.

    I'll hold off on purchasing the new iPod until I get the iPod's content transferred to iTunes on the PC.

    Any help (the more step-by-step the better) in getting this accomplished would be greatly appreciated! Sorry for the long-winded post, but I'm trying to be as clear about the situation as possible.

  4. Slix macrumors 65816


    Mar 24, 2010
    Thanks for the additional info! Detailed responses are always helpful to help solve questions like this. :)

    Ideally, all the music you own should live in iTunes.

    A single iPod (at least before iOS 5 perhaps...) shouldn't ever be the "source" of any music. Instead, iTunes should host the music and give it to the devices you sync with it. Many people seem to have somehow ended up with music that only lives on a device that was never intended for that purpose, so you aren't alone there.

    That being said, there are applications out there (I can't speak from personal experience on this, perhaps someone else can chime in?) that allow you to dump music from an iPod back to your computer. iTunes doesn't natively allow this to happen (the main reason is probably to avoid piracy concerns).

    What happened to the iTunes library that created the playlists that the 1st gen iPod touch has now? Is some or all of that music bought from the iTunes Store on the iPod? If that's the case, you can log in to your account on iTunes and download past purchases. This will not sync the playlists you created, but it will allow you to get your music onto iTunes.

    Once you have the music all on iTunes, you can then sync as many iPods or iPads with it as you like. Your playlists can be synced to and from the iPad and iTunes, and the iPod can be synced from iTunes as well. Newer iOS devices allow you to edit playlists on the go and when you sync with iTunes it will update the playlists there too.

    Hopefully that helps some!

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