iPod touch Outdated?

acearchie

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Is there any point in even contemplating buying an iPod Touch???

I dont want to purchase on now only to have a 32gb and 64gb come out this time next year?

I cant afford to buy technology that will be outdated in a year! Would it be more efficient maybe waiting for an iPhone update to 16gb or something like that?

THanks
 

PlaceofDis

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technology grows and changes.
right now its the newest. and it'll get a refresh at some point. its a given.

buy when you feel its a value for its cost.
 

mrgreen4242

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Is there any point in even contemplating buying an iPod Touch???

I dont want to purchase on now only to have a 32gb and 64gb come out this time next year?

I cant afford to buy technology that will be outdated in a year! Would it be more efficient maybe waiting for an iPhone update to 16gb or something like that?

THanks
Of course there will be a new and improved <insert gadget here> in a year or so. That's how technology works. If you wait until next year and they have a 16gb model for the price of the current 8gb, will you want to wait for a 32gb unit a year after that?

This is a really, really silly question. No, the iPod touch is not outdated. It will be in a year, just like anything you buy this year.
 

psychofreak

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Right now I have a 15GB 3G iPod. A little while back I was sure I would get the next iPod. I then spent only £20 on a new battery and the Classic isn't enough of an update (OK, I'd love the storage, but I have plenty of battery life with ~20 hours now, and I'd never watch video). If the Touch was 32GB, I'd get it asap (even with a high price) and I think I'll wait for that.
 

acearchie

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This is a really, really silly question. No, the iPod touch is not outdated. It will be in a year, just like anything you buy this year.

Well I dont want to firstly buy this and find its the next iPhone not only does it discontinue my 8gb model but lowers the 16gb to what I just payed for the 8gb all within a few months!

I suppose Im just paranoid!
 

md63

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I would hold off for now. The ipod touch is a great design, however, there may not be enough storage to be used for movies. A 16 GB ipod is probably sufficent for many music listeners, however, how many movies can you put on one of those? I have plently of XVIDs that I play at home and at an average of 1.5 GB per movie, I would be constantly moving videos around.
 

yg17

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Personally, I want my entire music library on my iPod, which means 100 gigs minimum.

I'd be ordering a Touch right now if it had that. Apple dropped the ball on this one IMO
 

mrgreen4242

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Well I dont want to firstly buy this and find its the next iPhone not only does it discontinue my 8gb model but lowers the 16gb to what I just payed for the 8gb all within a few months!

I suppose Im just paranoid!
And if you wait and they drop the price in three months, and you buy then, will you be worried they will add a 32gb model at the old top end price a couple months after that? The point is that there's ALWAYS something better around the corner, so if the current model does what you want and is a price you're willing to pay buy it, otherwise don't.

I would hold off for now. The ipod touch is a great design, however, there may not be enough storage to be used for movies. A 16 GB ipod is probably sufficent for many music listeners, however, how many movies can you put on one of those? I have plently of XVIDs that I play at home and at an average of 1.5 GB per movie, I would be constantly moving videos around.
16gb is pretty decent for even video. As a 30gb owner I can safely say that I would be able to use 16gb and not really notice the drop at all. I could easily stop carrying around ALL my music like I do now (I had a 4gb nano previously and I rarely had issues not having the music I wanted on it through the use of smart playlists and autosyncing). If you rip content from DVD you can get good quality at iPod screen sizes at about 250mb per hour (so 4 hours per gb), so devoting even 1/4 of the space (4gb) to video will let you store ~16 hours of movies.

As long as you're not the type who needs to have EVERYTHING with them all the time, 16gb isn't too bad. Note: I'm not willing to pay that much for a 16gb iPod and I'm not sure that 8gb would be enough for me... but, in any case, it's a good start.
 

Keebler

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Personally, I want my entire music library on my iPod, which means 100 gigs minimum.

I'd be ordering a Touch right now if it had that. Apple dropped the ball on this one IMO
i wonder if apple did the drop the ball or maybe there isn't a HD for that size of ipod? are the classics the same skinny width? not being a smart aleck here, but an honest question b/c i wondered the same thing.

maybe apple's being held back by the technology b/c if they have a 160 GB 'classic' ipod, then why not put it into the iphone? me thinks it has to do with size and what's available.
 

Pressure

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i wonder if apple did the drop the ball or maybe there isn't a HD for that size of ipod? are the classics the same skinny width? not being a smart aleck here, but an honest question b/c i wondered the same thing.

maybe apple's being held back by the technology b/c if they have a 160 GB 'classic' ipod, then why not put it into the iphone? me thinks it has to do with size and what's available.
Size and battery life. There may be many factors but I guess it could be cost. I have no idea if the new touchscreen is either cheap or expensive. The total cost of components might have been too high to include it all in the iPod Touch.
 

Bern

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I don't think Apple dropped the ball I think they used the best capacity available now. Sure in a year or so it will probably be increased, that's the way it goes.
 

mrgreen4242

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Size and battery life. There may be many factors but I guess it could be cost. I have no idea if the new touchscreen is either cheap or expensive. The total cost of components might have been too high to include it all in the iPod Touch.
I'm guessing the use of flash is battery life related more than anything else. They could have made the Touch a tad thinker and no one would have complained about it, but the larger screen, wifi, and (I'm assuming) the touch screen are battery hogs and they needed to save some power somewhere. The flash memory units use quite a bit less power than a HDD, so I'm guessing that was the main reason they went with flash on both the touch and the iPhone.
 

Cabbit

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I'm guessing the use of flash is battery life related more than anything else. They could have made the Touch a tad thinker and no one would have complained about it, but the larger screen, wifi, and (I'm assuming) the touch screen are battery hogs and they needed to save some power somewhere. The flash memory units use quite a bit less power than a HDD, so I'm guessing that was the main reason they went with flash on both the touch and the iPhone.
how about all the times you have to flip the ipod about = bad for macanical disks, a ipod normal will always be in the same position and not moved about to much.
 

darthraige

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The multi-touch is a new technology. It's like a regular DVD player compared to a Blu-Ray DVD player. New tech, high prices. I wouldn't expect another iPod update until next Summer. I wish it were a lot higher than 8/16gb. But then it would take away sales from the iPod Classic. I could also see the iPod Classic leaving the line by the end of next year or 2009.
 

elppa

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And when the 32GB comes out you may as well wait for the 64GB and when that comes out you may as well wait for the 128GB…

It depends. iTunes does make it easy to keep current content on iPod.
 

tibbon

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It is what it is.
It's more flash than was available before, and you can't get one with more currently. Yes, there will be bigger, but for now this does what it does.

Do you really NEED to carry/listen to that many songs on a daily basis? If so, get an iPod Classic. If not, get this.
 

CIrawI3riCIge

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I see your question and raise you a question

Why buy any consumable product knowing it will be replaced and upgraded within a short period of time?

I guess you'll never own a car because next year's model is always around the corner. ;)

I understand you want the biggest bang for your buck, and don't want to kick yourself when :apple: intros larger storage, but you have to buy sometime. If you buy the iPod now, and :apple: ups the storage in 6 months, what have you lost? You enjoyed the iPod for 6 months while others may not have had one.

Does your enjoyment suddenly stop when something 'better' is released?

Here's a better question: If you wait for the next release, will the increased storage make up for the many months that you were without an iPod Touch?

The best iPod EVER will be released when we're all senior citizens... should we wait for that? :eek:
 

SonicChronicler

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Is there any point in even contemplating buying an iPod Touch???

I dont want to purchase on now only to have a 32gb and 64gb come out this time next year?

I cant afford to buy technology that will be outdated in a year! Would it be more efficient maybe waiting for an iPhone update to 16gb or something like that?

THanks
Like the others have said, you might as well never buy another electronic item again, because constant upgrades are the nature of the business.

Product life cycles are getting shorter an shorter - partly pushed by the manufacturers, but also by the consumer - remember all those people on iphone launch day predicting Version 2 being released in a matter of weeks.

Pick something that does what you want it to, that looks pleasing to the eye, that you can afford - and enjoy it.

Sonic
 

zap2

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Personally, I want my entire music library on my iPod, which means 100 gigs minimum.

I'd be ordering a Touch right now if it had that. Apple dropped the ball on this one IMO
:rolleyes::rolleyes:

Yea, why didn't Apple give us a 100 flash drive iPod touch....why make it 299, why not 249, or even 199?
:p
 

zap2

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i wonder if apple did the drop the ball or maybe there isn't a HD for that size of ipod? are the classics the same skinny width? not being a smart aleck here, but an honest question b/c i wondered the same thing.

maybe apple's being held back by the technology b/c if they have a 160 GB 'classic' ipod, then why not put it into the iphone? me thinks it has to do with size and what's available.
flash memory is better....harder to break, can't skip, better battery life, smaller....I'm very happy Apple went with flash memory.
 

Eidorian

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flash memory is better....harder to break, can't skip, better battery life, smaller....I'm very happy Apple went with flash memory.
Likewise, I like flash memory for its ruggedness over a hard drive. I just wish they made it a millimeter or two bigger. I want more battery life! :D
 

pianoman

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i don't think the iPod touch is outdated but it definitely is priced at a premium, as well it should be. heck, i paid $400 for my first iPod back in 2003 (a 20GB 3rd gen, which i still have) - that was definitely a premium considering i can now get 8x the storage in a sleeker pacakge for $50 less!

what you (the OP) seem to be thinking is "why should i buy a 16GB touch if in six months or a year they'll release a 32GB model?" this reasoning is - as Steve Jobs said in his letter about iPhone pricing - foolish because if you waited and waited for the next best thing, you'd have nothing. there will always be something better (more capacity, smaller form, better battery life, lower price, etc.) around the corner, particuarly with Apple.

that's my take on the matter.
 

ClassicBean

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Dammit, I'm such a fool. I bought the original iPod the day it came out. It was 5GB and set me back $599 Canadian.

If I had only waited 6 years, I could have gotten those same 1,000 songs in my pocket for $169 CDN in an iPod nano.

I'm such a fool.
 

drater

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Dammit, I'm such a fool. I bought the original iPod the day it came out. It was 5GB and set me back $599 Canadian.

If I had only waited 6 years, I could have gotten those same 1,000 songs in my pocket for $169 CDN in an iPod nano.

I'm such a fool.
maybe you'll get a refund if you just call Apple or write steve an e-mail: sjobs@apple.com
 

DaftUnion

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If your considering buying it, now would be the time to buy it. It's just been released so there not going to replace it for awhile.