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Apple iPod touch 3rd Generation Black (64 GB) MP3 Player
Price Range:$195.00 to $399.46
Take your whole world with you wherever you go on the Apple iPod Touch 3rd Generation. iPod touch features the same multi-touch screen... Read More
Take your whole world with you wherever you go on the Apple iPod Touch 3rd Generation. iPod touch features the same multi-touch screen technology as iPhone. Pinch to zoom in on a photo, scroll through your songs and videos with a flick, flip through your library by album artwork with Cover Flow and watch your movies, TV shows and photos come alive with bright, vivid colour on the 320 x 480 pixel display. Minimize
1 Review from Epinions.com
Oct 4, 2009
Having lots of fun with my iPod Touch! (*& Update*)
Pros: Love not lugging around stacks of CDs. Love the apps!
Cons: Wish it had categories under CoverFlow so I don't see Classical with Hard Rock!
The Bottom Line:
Substantial price, but worth it IMHO.
*Understand the limitations of iTunes and that it can take your content away!*
This is my first iPod, but I have purchased others (as welll as other brands of mp3 players) for family members. In advance of Apple's big 9/9/09 media event (and without knowing what Apple was planning or how much the new models would be), we went into our local Radio "Hut" as they were the only ones in town with a 32 GB Touch. We wanted to see if they were dealing on it, as word online was that prices would drop. Well, they would only budge "$6 or $7 at the most, IF we decide to lower the price!" Well, for a lousey $6 or $7, you can keep it. I went online the night of the event and was surprised to see the new 64 GB at the price of the old 32 GB Touch! So, the heck with it, I ordered and got free engraving as well as free shipping. I received it 5 days later. Twice the capacity for the same price as the old version! What's not to love? It was a breeze to set up iTunes and start loading my CDs and purchased content. The Apps store is rather vast to navigate, but with the help of some review websites, I located some items I was interested in. Some were free, some I paid for. It's really true, there is an app for everything!
They say the 64 Gig is faster than the previous versions, and I have no experence with those to make an honest comparison, but I can say I have no complaints here. And so far, I've loaded 4 shelves of CDs, 3 pages of apps, plus photos and a few music videos, and have barely nudged the capacity indicator. I'm looking at some movies next......
The FIRST thing I did was to put on a screen protector (Griffin Screen Care Kit) which went on so perfectly it looks original. I had struggled with another brand on my granddaughter's Walkman Video and it looked terrible, so I was happily surprised. The back (despite fanatically careful handling and only setting it down o a soft cloth) is already scratched. I guess that's to be expected.....
PS, Radio "Hut" has now knocked the price on their 32 Gig down by $25. I hope the 2 of them will be happy together for a long time.....
*Update 9/9/2010: Still loving my iPod Touch, just not Apple! Original Griffin screensaver is still looking like original equipment. The iPod has suffered a couple of falls from lap-level by a 4 year-old with no damage (no denting, no operational problems) which is encouraging. It makes a great distractor/pacifier for restless kids with movies, games, etc, loaded.
I still have not filled it up, either. I could have made do with a 32 GB, but I'm glad I have the capacity. Right now I have 4 movies, plus lots of music videos, hundreds of songs, pages of apps, iBooks (was great while on vacation), photos, everything I could want with room to spare.
Ok, on to my complaints. I suffered a catastrophic hard drive crash on my laptop, and it was replaced under warranty. I had to reinstall iTunes, and what this means is that iTunes could not recognize my iPod as it was associated with my other hard-drive, so it thought it was a different iPod. When it wanted to sync, I could not allow it to since it would wipe out my content, some of which was loaded from USB files (which iPod apparently does not recognize as legitimately mine). I also had a movie digital download from my purchased original Blu-Ray, which it would have wiped out (if I had allowed it to sync) even though it was delivered through iTunes. Note that iTunes delivered the movie, but did not issue a receipt for the movie. That is critical, because that meant iTunes had no record of the movie on my account, and would not allow me to re-download the movie without paying for it. After going around & around with support and getting nowhere, I decided to purchase online 3rd-party software (MediaWidget), which allowed me to put my movie back into iTunes where it belonged, as well as some of my music not in my "new" iTunes library (at least the tunes I could remember to retrieve!). Note that MediaWidget does not restore apps or photos, only music/movies/videos. I invested waaaaay too much time loading the library to begin with, and have no desire to do that again! Bottom line is that I lost quite a few songs, and as soon as I find some time to go dig through various USBs and other CD compilations to find the missing tunes, I will get them restored (then backed up again to the MediaWidget program). What a pain!! Apple is rather arrogant in their iron-fisted control as there really are legitimate reasons to need to put items back into your iTunes library from your iPod. I find that very unreasonable and rather off-putting, and their attitude is "too bad if the paying consumer doesn't like their policy". I guess that's why my nephew LOVES his Zune! Still, in the long run, I am happy with my iPod (but not necessarily with Apple!).
I purchased a cable set to connect my iPod to my HDTV through the RCA ports, so I can rent or purchase a movie through iTunes and play it on the big screen. Keep in mind, it is not HD, but still is a convenient way to accomplish the job. Apple would like you to buy their Apple TV gadget to do the same (which does allow for HD, I think....but my way was $30 on sale, VS $100 for Apple TV). I have also purchased a couple of different iPod docks to enjoy my music at work, and other places where I cannot use the earbuds. It pays to ask to test out the gadgets in-store with your iPod before purchase as some are downright junk.
Finally, check out online forums such as iLounge and others for tips and troubleshooting help, as well as recommendations for good apps.
Recap: right out of the box, apply a good static-cling type screen saver, (don't try to polish first, just peel protector sheet, immediately apply the screensaver, perfectly done!). Beware of Apple's policies, and don't sync until you can back up your library elsewhere or risk losing stuff.
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