iPod Touch 128GB - Any thoughts? Has anyone bought it?

Discussion in 'iPod touch' started by Scepticalscribe, Jan 7, 2016.

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    I'm one of those who uses iPods solely for music; I have had several iPod classics, some of which (touch wood to solid sound) are still working well.

    My music library (on my computer, I don't use the cloud) clocks in at around 90GB, and I'm one of those who likes to have it all on one, nice, portable device.

    Now, I do have an iPod Touch - I bought it out of necessity in 2009 when a classic that had died while under warranty couldn't be replaced in time before I returned to work abroad. This was the 64GB model, and it still works perfectly, I am happy to report.

    However, at 64GB the memory (while wonderfully stable, - and the SSD is a vast improvement on that old, unstable HDD that came with the iPod classic), is insufficient for my needs.

    Therefore, given that Apple recently released a version of the iPod Touch that comes equipped with a welcome memory of 128GB - not that they seem to be promoting it all that energetically, as it can only be bought online - I wonder firstly, whether anyone here has actually invested in this model, and secondly, how they actually find it?
     
  2. R.D.O. macrumors newbie

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    Got the 128GB 2 days ago as my 5-year old iPod touch 64GB is becoming increasingly slow. Didn't want to wait for it to die in my hands.

    Both the old and new are dedicated exclusively to music... and some web browsing when the iPad is high jacked by my wife or daughter or when I'm too lazy to reach for my iPhone.

    Can't say for now how it performs. I have not loaded music into it yet. Will do that over the week-end.

    BTW it is not only available online - bought mine at an Apple Store.
     
  3. Scepticalscribe thread starter Contributor

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    Many thanks for your reply.

    My local Apple store were keen to stress that it could only be bought online - but I actually buy my Apple products in a different - much more proactive - Apple store, so will ask them to look into it for me.

    And, do let me know how the music works out...
     
  4. Ndalby macrumors newbie

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    Upgraded mine from the 64GB version a few weeks after it was released, having also tried a Fiio X5 for a few months alongside my 64GB version.

    First off massive improvement in performance using the new '6th gen' iPod touch. My 64GB was slow and buggy under iOS 8 and 9, new touch is slick and very responsive. Storage boost is also a welcome addition, I currently have 11,500 tracks from my 380GB+ lossless library sync'd at 256kbps and still have 8-9GB to play with.

    While i liked the Fiio X5 for it's up-gradable memory option, going back to a click wheel (and slow menu system) didn't make for a very good music experience.

    Take the plunge!
     
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    Thank you for taking the time and trouble to write your helpful post. You have given me much food for thought.
     
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    Bought the Space Gray 128GB unit the day it was available. It is storing 69GB of audio (6,000 music tracks, 230 audiobooks), 27GB video (320 TV shows and music videos), 2.75GB photos, and about 9GB of free space. I've been on the iOS 9.x beta program since it began for ordinary folks, and the iPod has run them all. I use mine everyday and charge it while at work and at the end of the day; hence I've never had it run out of juice, but other people have complained that their touches have short-lived battery life.

    In short, the 128GB is the best iPod touch Apple has offered. And it's probably the last.
     
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    Thanks for your informative post, @DUCKofD3ATH - much appreciated.

    What is the battery life like?

    And, is there a difference in battery use which is determined by whether one uses it for video, or for downloading and watching stuff, or merely, for listening to music?
     
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    The battery life is great for music, ok for video, and somewhat sub-par for games / streaming.

    I have a 128G Touch 6 and I recommend it. I usually charge it once / day for an hour when I wake up.
     
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    To be honest, I would envisage using it mainly for music. And perhaps apps - knowing when a trainer bus are due to arrive (which might be in marked variance with the actual timetable) is a bit of a help.

    With my eyesight, - and the size of that tiny screen, I would never contemplate looking at videos on an iPod Touch, and as for games/streaming - no thanks.

    Anyway, thank you @Plutonius - you have answered my question to a large extent, which is how long the battery would expect to hold a charge while playing music. Much appreciated.
     
  10. arftech99 macrumors regular

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    I just ordered the 128 gig version myself and plan to use it solely for music. This will interface nicely with my Oppo HA-2 Amp/DAC for high resolution music.

    OP, what headphones or IEM do you have? I'll be using the B&W P7 with mine.
     
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    Thanks for your response. Let me know what you think of them, as I am sorely tempted.

    Oddly enough, I have the B&W P7s, but - as I tend to use my iPods mostly when travelling (I travel a fair bit), the headphones I use while on the move are my adored, comfortable, elegant and superbly designed B&W P5s.
     
  12. ACG12 macrumors 6502

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    I really like the new 6th gen touch, but $400 for the 128gb seems a bit too expensive for what you get. MAYBE if it had touch ID and the 2gb of ram I'd consider it.
     
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    But for use solely as a music player - which is what my intention would be - are those features completely necessary?
     
  14. Rich74 macrumors regular

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    I purchased the silver 128 gig model today simply because I had enough spare cash to get the extra capacity and I dont plan on replacing in the next 18 to 24 months (hopefully!) so it'll just get gradually filled with all my bits and pieces and I wont (hopefully!!) run out of room on it.
     
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    Congrats on your purchase and I hope you really enjoy it. Do, please, let me know how you find it.
     
  16. HowardK macrumors newbie

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    I purchased it when it came out (had the 120gb classic since 2009) and find it to be much of an improvement with quicker response. I have 60gb+ of music and needed more than 64 so waited.
    Besides my music collection I find it useful for SiriusXM, Google Play music, Amazon prime music and once in awhile a video.
    I found it to be personally worth the $400. When I am out at arenas/stadiums in public etc... I use their wifi and get excellent response.
    For headphones I use Klipsch Image S4's and Bose Soundtrues. Some of my monitoring headphones by Audio Technica simply won't fit.
     

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