Limitations of operating a PC-free iPod Touch?

Discussion in 'iPod touch' started by dzieki, Oct 9, 2011.

  1. dzieki macrumors newbie

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    I read that, with iOS 5, you no longer need a computer to own an iPod touch.
    http://www.apple.com/ios/features.html#pcfree

    Can anybody explain how this works in practice? What are the limitations of operating the iPod Touch without a PC? What can and can't you do?
     
  2. iDuel macrumors 6502a

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    There are no limitations. Everything you download onto your iPod touch will be backed up into the cloud just in case you need it.

    It's the same as connecting it to your computer, just wireless.
     
  3. skiltrip macrumors 68030

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    Putting music on your iPod could be seen as a limitation, unless you have all your music in iCloud as well. Syncing media and apps will also be slower.
     
  4. BiggAW macrumors 68020

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    What's the point? You may as well sync to iTunes...
     
  5. BlizzardBolt macrumors 6502

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    Just use the computer. Don't deal with this gimmick.

    If something works, why change it?
     
  6. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_3_5 like Mac OS X; en-gb) AppleWebKit/533.17.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.0.2 Mobile/8L1 Safari/6533.18.5)

    There is advantages... Say your on holiday and you have an issue with your iPod and decide to reset it. Before you needed a pc with iTunes to activate again. Now you don't. You can set it up hop on wifi grab ya crap from the cloud and off you go!
     
  7. skiltrip macrumors 68030

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    This is kinda how I feel.

    This feature only really benefits you if you don't have any computer at all.
     
  8. BiggAW macrumors 68020

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    1. Most of your music from CD's or that you "found" is still going to be stuck on your computer.

    2. Bring an iPod sync cable for your laptop.

    3. Try getting crappy hotel wifi to re-install everything from the iCloud. Your vacation will be over before it's done.

    The other fact is that it is highly unlikely that the target audience of an iDevice would not have a computer around at home. I could see Android or BB users in developing countries not having a PC at home, and having that as their only method of internet access/ commerce/ telephone service, but an iDevice? I don't think so. These things are toys for those of us who have too many restaurants to go to, and have 600 channels on our 55" LCD TVs, but still can't find something to watch.
     
  9. BornAgainMac macrumors 603

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  10. goosnarrggh macrumors 68000

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    For $25 per year, any reasonable amount of ripped or "found" music you have left over on your PC will also be available over the cloud, either:

    a) upgraded to the 256 kbps iTunes music store version if the song is matched with an identical track already offered for sale on iTunes, or else

    b) cloned exactly from the version you already had on your PC music collection if the track was not already available for sale on iTunes.
     
  11. Thetonyk123 macrumors 68000

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    I will probably sync over wifi but update the firmware from my PC.
     
  12. BiggAW macrumors 68020

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    Clearly, downloading 20 or 30 or 40GB of music over a hotel's ultrafast enterprise-grade wifi with fiber internet connectivity is going to be a breeze. Riiiiiiiight.

    That's right Apple allows that now don't they?
     
  13. iphone1105 macrumors 68020

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    Just curious, why would you need that much music while at a hotel? Unless you live there of course....but yeah that a weird example IMO.
     
  14. BlizzardBolt macrumors 6502

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    Why bother with iTunes match when you can just have all of the music on your ipod?

    No need to deal with streaming, iCloud or wifi connections, music is all there.
     
  15. alust2013 macrumors 601

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    I just keep my music on my computer. Don't really feel like paying for iTunes match, and maybe 10% of my collection is from the iTunes store.
     
  16. mgipe macrumors demi-god

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    The point is, you can have it both ways. For those who complained about having to have a computer to get stuff onto their iDevices, they now have a PC-free alternative. For those who like having their computer serve as their media repository and control center, they can.

    You can even do both!
     
  17. goosnarrggh macrumors 68000

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    For the record, iCloud is not being promoted as a music streaming service. It is being promoted as a wireless "selective" synchronization service.

    It just so happens that, once you start the process of transferring a piece of music from the cloud to your iPod touch, you can start previewing the partially downloaded song before the transfer is complete. But once the transfer finishes, the song will be added to the iPod's local, persistent, library.
     

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