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iPod Is a 5G or 6G iPod still a viable purchase?

phillymacuser

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So I am wanting an iPod for the gym and maybe for the car. Are one of the previous generations fine or should I just get the new 7G? There’s a considerable price difference with the older generations.
 
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mtneer

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So I am wanting an iPod for the gym and maybe for the car. Are one of the previous generations fine or should I just get the new 7G? There’s a considerable price difference with the older generations.

If you only intend to use the Music app (and no games or productivity apps) - then the 5G or 6G will do the job. However, keep in mind that the 5G and 6G is definitely close(r) to being considered "vintage" by Apple and they may refuse to replace battery or perform service in a year or two. The battery maybe especially vulnerable if you leave the iPod sitting in a hot car during summertime.
 
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ruslan120

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I recently purchased a fifth generation iPod Classic off eBay for around $25.

A battery and SSD upgrade later, I’m good to go.
 
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Elitegate

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It depends on your purpose. Many people buy an iPod touch just to keep it in the car or to bring it to the gym and for that purpose i really recommend getting the 6th gen. It's almost the same thing as the new 7th gen (except older A8 chip and only 1 GB of RAM) so it won't get iOS 13 when it's released, but other than that it should do the job just fine on iOS 12. Apps will work with iOS 12 too, atleast for the next couple years.

However i can't recommend a 5th gen iPod touch anymore. It's horribly slow on iOS 9.
 
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Muttznuttz

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I recently purchased a fifth generation iPod Classic off eBay for around $25.

A battery and SSD upgrade later, I’m good to go.

If it's going to be usd for Gym and the car, I'd definitely consider an older model that doesn't rely on iOS. They can be quite cheap 2nd hand if you look around. You don't need to look at a display to change tracks etc either.
 
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