Refurb iPod touch, 8GB (current gen) = 1st gen?

Discussion in 'iPod touch' started by KevKaos, Jun 18, 2010.

  1. KevKaos macrumors 6502

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    I guess this is a stupid question for most of you, but I am pretty clueless when it comes to iPods. I have an old iPod that mainly sits on my Bose system and it holds/plays my complete music library. I just recently bought my daughter a 32GB iPod touch for graduation, but I have never paid much attention to these "generations". The refurb iPod touch, 8GB (current gen) mentioned in the title is how Apple is advertising one of their special buys in the refurb store. I bought one, with the sole intention on using it on my bike via a handbar bracket. I only need 8G because I will do a few special exercise playlists rather than my whole library. I have an iPad and an iMac for all my other computing needs. I'm thinking that the iPod Touch will work well on the bike because I can play it without headphones, so I can still hear things around me. I want to get and iSkin for it, but I need to know what generation it is. From what I have read so far, I'm thinking 1st gen, but it would be great if someone could clue me in here. Thanks in advance.

    **EDIT** I guess I should mention that the reason I am asking this basic question is because when I looked at iSkin covers, there is apparently a difference between the different generations. I imagine the same will be true for the handlebar brackets.
     
  2. ChazUK macrumors 603

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    The first gen's back looks like this:
    [​IMG]
    The 2nd gen looks like this:
    [​IMG]

    If your iPod touch has a loudspeaker and a rounded Wifi plastic part on the back, it is a 2nd gen.

    Hope this clears it up for you. :D
     
  3. KevKaos thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yes, it does. I think I found the same page that you did the screen shots from, and that got me thinking that "current gen" for the 8GB would be a gen 2. Of course I don't even have it yet to compare to the photos, but it helps me to shop for the bracket and iSkin. Funny thing is that the speaker is the main reason for buying it. In the riding position, I should be close enough to hear it just fine. It's really remarkable how good these little things sound with just a single internal speaker. Thank you for your response. It was helpful.
     
  4. Mr Slippy IV macrumors 6502

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    First off, there is no "current generation" 8 GB iPod touch, just like there is no current generation iPhone, so expect to be a bit snubbed on features in the iOS update Sunday.

    To answer your question, take a look at a few key details of the device.

    iPod touch 1st Gen

    • WiFi Antenna takes up upper left corner of reverse
    • Has no external volume controls
    • Displays storage capacity on lower reverse
    • Reverse is flat

    iPod touch 2nd Gen

    • WiFi Antenna takes up oval patch on upper left of reverse
    • Has a volume rocker on the left edge (when looking at the screen)
    • Shows storage capacity on reverse, along with several other details
    • Reverse is tapered out towards the center of the device
     
  5. Mr Slippy IV macrumors 6502

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    I just failed hard. If you bought it from Apple, they only sell 8 GB iPod touches in 2nd Gen models. Period.
     
  6. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604

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    Current gen means second gen. This only applies to the iPod touch 8GB models with speaker and curved back ONLY. Current gen means third gen for the iPod touch 32GB and 64GB models with speaker and curved back ONLY. This definition will change this coming September, which is when Apple introduces new iPods including Nano, Shuffle, Classic, Touch, etc.
     
  7. OGDaniel macrumors 6502a

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    I don't know if maybe you're saying it wront, but how I read it it looks like you're saying you want to use the speakers from the Touch on your bike instead of headphones?

    If that is what you mean, that's not really gonna work. The speakers on the Touch are kind of a formality dude, they really suck.
     
  8. liamkp macrumors 68020

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    If you want to use it on your bike without the headphones or external speaker, then... Thats not gonna work, you might want to get an external speaker, cause the ipod touches is not very high tech.
     

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