Well the quick answer is NOT the new iPod shuffle, lol! While the shuffle may well end up being the first MP3 player the size of an ear bud (no prizes for guessing why we chose that analogy!), which will then mean, no doubt, that it stops being the cheapest as well, it is blind!
And being blind means it can’t do all the great things that the other iPods can do - and in fact is not really an iPod, in our book!
What’s more, “real” iPods just got way better - at least for one model. And that has inspired this post. Because the iPod Touch can now get updated with the latest iPhone software. Which, according to Apple, means:
When you get the new iPhone 3.0 Software Update for iPod touch, you get new features that make watching video, playing games, and listening to music even more fun.
See what we mean? The thing about the Touch is that it allows us to be a part of the apps revolution that is going on at iTunes, and hundreds of great apps are free. Now, admitedly, that access does come at a cost!
For example, we can get the latest Apple iPod Classic 120 GB model for around $225. Or we can get the latest model Apple iPod Nano 16 GB for around $175. But the latest iPod Touch 16 GB will set us back for around $275 and the 32 GB costs around $380!
So it costs more - and has way less memory that the Classic does. What’s more, the software upgrade is NOT free! We have to shell out another ten bucks for it. So the question is - is it worth it to get a Touch? Is it worth the loss of memory and the extra $$ to get the sweeter software and bigger screen size?
Well, how big are you pockets? How long is your travel time? How good is your eye sight? We think there is no contest but know plenty of people we can’t even give a Touch to as they like their compact iPods just fine.So, while we give the prize to the Touch - because the new software will allow it to download movies and TV shows over Wi-Fi from the iTunes Store, we admit that music lovers will not agree. But they might - just - be interested in the new software benefit that enables us to listen to music wirelessly using bluetooth headphones.
For those that are interested, you can get the new iPhone software for the iPod Touch from the Apple site.