Sound quality 3rd vs 4th generation

Discussion in 'iPod touch' started by jreuschl, Nov 12, 2012.

  1. jreuschl macrumors 6502

    Dec 31, 2008
    I tried doing a search and couldn't find anything on this topic. I have a 3rd generation iPod touch that I use pretty much strictly for an MP3 player. I see the 4th generation iPod touch has dropped down in price on the Apple refurb site. Any comments on if there are quality improvements in the 4th vs 3rd generation iPod Touch?

  2. Ghostbusters, Nov 12, 2012
    Last edited: Nov 12, 2012

    Ghostbusters macrumors regular

    Nov 12, 2012
  3. Thetonyk123 macrumors 68000


    Aug 14, 2011
    You clearly didn't read thread. He was talking about 3rd gen and 4th gen.

    Anyways I think the 4th gen sounds a bit better (speaker grill allows more sound?)
  4. raccoonboy macrumors 6502a

    Oct 22, 2012
    i dont think you can find a significant different in sound quality between each gen of ipod touch as it is produced mainly for web browsing and games.

    However, in my experiences, i find that 4th gen sound is quite rich and you can distinguish diff. instruments in the background ( i used apple earphones) It worth an upgrade with the screen and cpu speed alone.
  5. Ghostbusters macrumors regular

    Nov 12, 2012
    My bad. I read 4th vs 5th. However, these threads talk about all generations. They would answer his question anyway. 4th gen is definitely better and is louder when compared to 3rd (if speakerphone quality is all that matters).
  6. Plutonius macrumors 604


    Feb 22, 2003
    New Hampshire, USA
    The sound quality difference is all subjective. The only way you will know is to try one out for yourself.


    The third gen has a very weak external speaker.
  7. jreuschl thread starter macrumors 6502

    Dec 31, 2008
    Thanks for the responses. I was looking for differences in audio quality using non-Apple headphones, not the internal speaker. I have access to an iPhone 4, so I'll do a comparison with my iPod touch (Likely similar quality with the Touch 4).

    I know the Touch 4 would have an updated iPod interface, but functionality wise I think it is the same.
  8. touchipods macrumors regular

    Oct 9, 2012
    Here is a good place:

    Majority say 4g is better with more bass presence and more body to the music.

    Note, if you use Safari alot prepare for consistent crashing. 3G touch actually runs better when browsing. However some apps no longer support 3g so 4g is better long term along with iOS6 if you like.

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