iPod Touch 2nd generation: built in speakers?

Discussion in 'iPod touch' started by bunnies35, Dec 20, 2008.

  1. bunnies35 macrumors newbie

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    Well I recently bought an iPod touch 2nd generation and I immediately realized and love the built in speaker. :eek:

    But does it waste more batteries than as if used by head/earphone?

    Sorry if there's been another question about it or topic, I tried searching&Googling and I couldn't find one. :|
     
  2. Slowstick macrumors 6502

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    No, I wouldn't worry about it too much. Both the earphones and speakers take MINIMAL power anyway, and trying to compare the difference in regards to battery life would probably be a waste of time. So my answer would be that earphones or speakers doesn't make a big impact on battery life at all.

    Certainly not a definite answer, but hope that helps!!!:)
     
  3. bunnies35 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Ahh ok, and yeah it helps though, thanks. :)

    Because I know that music playback isn't that much of a bother/energy consumer like playing/watching videos and going online.

    So there shouldn't be [if any] any big differences if using speakers vs head/earphones? Casue it seems like they wouldn't, as the speaker is built in and doesn't need another device to amplify the sound. Or it might use more just because it needs to play back more? >>;;
     
  4. Slowstick macrumors 6502

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    Ya, and the ipod touch 2G's speaker is very very small and the sound qulaity is bad, but, hey, it works!! :)
     
  5. bunnies35 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Really? o_o;;

    The speaker could be a bit bigger, but he it's free. :p
    but ionno, i thought that the sound quality was ok/good?
     
  6. Slowstick macrumors 6502

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    Well, i guess its mediocre. But as Steve Jobs said in the keynote that was the best they could do in a device that small. :)
     
  7. bunnies35 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    True, like it could be better/louder.
    I still love it however, at least it's there for us if we want to use it. :p
     
  8. Brewerpaul macrumors regular

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    Yeah, the speaker is definitely mediocre. For sound effects in a game it's fine and avoids the hassle of earphones. If you really want to hear your music well, you'll want earphones.
     
  9. Slowstick macrumors 6502

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    Definitely. I have an iPhone, not the ipod touch, but I have heard it is BAAAADD for music. The iPhone's isn't all that great either.
     
  10. quick5pnt0 macrumors regular

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    I really don't think they ever intended for the speaker on the 2g to be used for listening to music. It seems more like they added it in there for games and so it seems similar to the PSP.
     
  11. bunnies35 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    True...
    It seems like they advertise it more towards gaming sound enhacing, rather than music.

    But hey, it works for music. :)
    I guess it shouldn't waste more batteries than normal volume then?

    I just don't get why people dislike it so much?
    maybe i haven't had/used a real like speaker system with the itouch, but it really seems already/sounds ok/nice to me. o_o;;
     
  12. Slowstick macrumors 6502

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    I think you're absolutely right! Apple is trying to push this device as a gaming competitor for the DS and PSP. They have done a pretty good job!:D
     
  13. Brewerpaul macrumors regular

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    I subscribe to a couple of news and humor podcasts, and the speaker is not too bad for spoken words. I'll typically sit here and read email and listen to those and it works out well. Even music isn't horrible if all you want is some backround sounds, or to check out some tunes you're considering buying. Fine for watching Youtube videos too.
     
  14. Slowstick macrumors 6502

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    Yah, general vocal sounds should be fine with that speaker I imagine. The high quality loss-less music, however, should be saved for earphones.:D
     
  15. dmbates macrumors newbie

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    Speaker dock

    I have a related, but slightly different question. I have several kinds of iPods so have speaker docks all over my house. I just got an iPod Touch 2G and the built in speaker works fine. But, when I put it on my iPod speaker dock, which I love for higher quality sound when listening to music, the sound did not switch to the speaker dock... it just kept playing through the built in speaker. I can't find any kind of "setting" that allows me to manually switch it over. What's the secret to using an iPod Touch with a speaker dock?
    Thanks!
     
  16. Slowstick macrumors 6502

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    Ummm...that is probably not a problem with your ipod.......it is probably the dock. When you insert your ipod into the dock, it should automatically switch over. Try stopping all music/sounds, insert it into the speaker, then turn on the music/sound. Make sense?:):confused:
     

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