Survey: What do you use your iPod Touch for?

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  1. OldCorpse macrumors 65816

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    I always found it interesting how people use their devices, because I frequently find that folks find uses I wouldn't have thought of. So I'm curious as to how people use their iPods.

    So, tell us (1) Which generation iPod Touch do you have and (2) What do you use it for

    I'll go first:

    I have the iPT6G (and I've had the iPT5G and iPT4G before this one), and I use it to read books on through iBooks app, Kindle app, GoodReader app, I surf the internet a bit, a few favorite sites, and read news through the google news app. I use it to read email (through the Mail app). I check the weather through the Weather app. I use the camera extensively pretty much every day - I photograph items in a store to compare prices, photograph where I parked so I can find my car in underground garages etc., items of interest, if I want to send a photo or video of our cat to my wife when she's at work etc. I also use various financial apps, such as my banking and credit card apps, and on occasion a few retailer apps, such as Amazon, B&H etc. pay for coffee at Starbucks using their app, use the notes to write stuff down etc. I also use such apps as a leveler if I'm working on some home project, timer, alarm, calculator, flashlight, and a few other apps.

    What I do NOT use it for, except very, very rarely is music. I don't use it to send or receive messages, don't skype, don't do facetime.

    What about you?
     
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  3. LinuXtreme macrumors regular

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    Mostly use my 6th gen for music though there are a few games (Spite and Malice sees the most play time by far). I do check my email on it every so often (an account that gets very little mail). I also have some apps for professional reference (Mactracker and TastUp (the latter is a handy guide for keyboard shortcuts on Macs and PC's)). Now that I have an iPod with a camera I also do mobile deposits. Also use the camera app a little although not nearly as much as I thought I would. Lately I've been enjoying the News app.

    My 3rd gen lives on as a dedicated music player on my clock radio.
     
  4. chrisl123 macrumors member

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    I have a 4th gen iPod that I use for music and the occasional game. It's getting pretty slow though...
     
  5. RoadWarrior56 macrumors member

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    I have had a 4th gen iPod Touch since Christmas 2011. For the first year and a half I owned it, it served as my primary digital device that I carried around in my pocket, since I still did not have a smart phone. Since late 2013 it has spent most of its life in my car, connected to my car stereo system via a USB connection where it plays over 4500 songs through my car. I sometimes play it on my stereo via a 30-pin dock connector. It still does great as a music player, but it is getting too slow for other uses.
     
  6. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

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    I have the 5th gen and I just use it for music.
     
  7. Mahnogard macrumors newbie

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    5th gen, almost exclusively used for music: tracks from my iTunes collection, internet radio, and music-related videos.
     
  8. venomgt95 macrumors 6502

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    Well, i have 2 touches. A 32GB 4th gen and an 8GB 2nd Gen. Lately, ive just used the 4th gen for Music and iMessage (since my phone is shut off at the moment) I mean, i do have 5 games on it, but those rarely get played. (Sonic 1, 2, CD, Spinball, and Need For Speed Most Wanted) The second gen just for music too, but mainly used through bluetooth. (The headphone jack is messed up, it doesnt like to play out the left channel) I also have Solitare on it for passing the time
     
  9. SkyeMo macrumors newbie

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    iPod Touch5. Use exclusively for education. Download Podcasts for my classes.
     
  10. Haus macrumors newbie

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    iPod Touch 1G: the headphone jack stopped working about 5 years ago, and my last 30-pin-based speaker unit just gave out early this year, so it's my Apple TV remote now. Also good for reminding myself what life on iOS3 was like haha.
     
  11. Ray Brady macrumors 6502

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    I've got two iPod Touches I use on a daily basis. One is a 2nd gen that I keep in the car exclusively for listening to podcasts while driving. The other is a 5th gen that is my primary traveling companion. On a day-to-day basis, it stays in my work bag, and is primarily used for listening to podcasts while on the train and taking impromptu photos.

    It's when I'm traveling internationally that the 5th gen becomes a work horse. I load it up with travel guides, foreign language dictionaries and phrase books, and maps. It becomes my primary tour guide, navigator and camera. I can use it all day and not worry about depleting my phone battery or accidentally incurring roaming data charges.
     
  12. Shark5150 macrumors 6502a

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    5th generation. Music storage only. Use it in the car.
     
  13. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

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    It's kinda ironic that we use the iPod Touch for music mostly (counting people from that other thread) yet the device does so much more.
     
  14. ackmondual macrumors 6502a

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    IpT5.
    YES:
    -handheld gaming system.
    Backlog of games, freemium and otherwise.

    -I have a few utility apps that I use for board gaming, like dice rolling, list randomizer, and start player
    -other utility apps like converter
    -metronome

    -backup flashlight (already have on my phone)
    -backup camera (already have on my phone)
    -backup alarm
    -backup stopwatch
    -backup timer
    -backup voice recorder
    -backup access to AppStore in case not at desktop, or something that you can't get through a web browser

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    NO:
    -video
    I've never gotten into video on such a small screen or on the road. I just prefer to do that at home. Also, I do NOT commute on trains/mass transit, which probably would increase this usage, but I could see myself getting sick or with headaches doing this with the vehicle shaking around so much

    -music
    I have an Ipod Classic that holds 80GB of music. Only used about 20GB, but that still would've been space taken up on my IpT5, which I'm low on capacity even without that. Also, having a physical scroll wheel means I can operate it by touch alone

    -anything that requires cellular signal, but in a no wifi zone
    email, internet, GPS, txt, Siri. I don't even use Google Now nor Galaxy on my Samsung Galaxy s4.
     
  15. zennor macrumors newbie

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    4th generation. We bought an iPod specifically to project animations for a live performance. It was cheaper and lighter than a laptop, very durable for travelling, and we didn't have to worry about a hard drive getting bumped in mid-performance. Worked out perfectly - just had to make sure the battery was fully charged!
     
  16. three macrumors 6502a

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    I have a sixth generation touch and I use it solely in my car for Spotify (playlists synced offline) and podcast listening. I'd move everything over to my OnePlus 2 and sell the iPod touch, but it's really nice to be able to change the songs, view the title, and more on my head unit. I know bluetooth is the way around that, but my headunit just doesn't do bluetooth audio very well. It just sounds horrible.
     
  17. venomgt95 macrumors 6502

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    Well, it isnt called an IPOD for nothing. ;) While the touch is capable of doing other things, its main feature will always be to play music.
     
  18. ackmondual macrumors 6502a

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    Well, I'd be willing to be a large # of iPhone users don't use their phone as a phone, but for almost everything else.
     
  19. whodatrr macrumors 6502a

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    Tween Smartphones

    No cell contract and they're almost always in range of wifi, or around a parent with wifi. Between FaceTime and Skype, communications bases are covered. And yes, they mainly use them for gaming.
     
  20. venomgt95 macrumors 6502

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    Still, even with that factor in mind, the main functionality of the device will always be a phone, regardless if one never makes phone calls.
     
  21. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

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    Oh, I use my iPhone mostly as a PDA, camera, and to take video. It's the last two things which make carrying my music collection on a phone an issue - Even on the 64GB iPhone.
     
  22. ackmondual macrumors 6502a

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    A phone has traditionally been used to make calls, just like an Ipod was for music.
     
  23. jimmirehman macrumors 6502

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    holds my entire itunes library and is permanently connected to my car's head unit.
     
  24. kazmac macrumors 601

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    Buying another IPT 6 this afternoon, so I can answer this now:

    I use it for email, watching movies, music, calendar, writing down story ideas, checking transit and quick searches, screenshots / light image work. And I may use it for school too (math, language etc.)
     

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