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Our take on the Apple 8GB iPod touch®

by Ralph Graves
Apple

Take personal entertainment to the next level

The fourth generation iPod touch is one of the most versatile devices on the planet. With over 250,000 apps available from the iTunes® online store, you can turn your player into a radio that plays your personal stations, a GPS navigator, a video phone, a portable gaming console, a fitness trainer — not to mention a flashlight, level, language translator and more. The possibilities are practically endless. Whatever your profession, hobby or interest, chances are you can find apps that will make this latest iPod touch a valuable tool — or just plain fun.

iPod touch 8GB

Music your way

With the iPod touch, you've got a gateway to a virtually unending supply of music. You can store songs from your own collection on its built-in memory, but that's just the beginning. The touch connects to the Internet via Wi-Fi, so you can also create your own personal radio stations with Pandora®, Slacker®, or Last.fm™ apps.

Still listen to the radio? Many stations have their own app so you can easily listen to them over the web. And there are thousands of Internet-only stations broadcasting just about every genre of music out there, from the latest pop hits, to jazz ballads, to polka favorites. And if you subscribe to Rhapsody® or SIRIUS|XM, you can also use their specialized apps to access those music services.


FaceTime — your personal communicator

Now you can make video calls to friends, whether they're in the next town over or the next country. Through Wi-Fi, you can connect with others who own fourth-generation iPod touches and talk face to face. A front-facing camera in the player captures the caller's face. Your friend's image fills the screen of your iPod touch, while yours appears in a small inset in the corner.


HD video recording

We've all seen grainy cell phone videos. With the iPod touch, you can expect way better results. The built-in camera in the back lets you take crisp still images and high-definition video. Use the front-facing camera to take shots with you in the picture. And you can edit your HD videos right on the iPod touch and then upload them to the Internet. With additional apps, you can build a sophisticated on-the-go editing studio right on your player, so you can shoot and create finished videos on the fly.


Amazing image quality

iPod touch 8GB retiina

One of the first things you'll notice with your new player is how good everything looks. That's because the latest iPod touch features Apple's "Retina" display, which is densely packed with pixels — about four times as many pixels as previous iPod touch models. So what does that mean? Simply this: the pixels are literally too close together for the eye to distinguish individually. As a result, you see only smooth curves and sharp detail, not jagged lines. Retina display makes text easier to read and adds new realism to games.


Get your game on

iPod touch 8GB

Serious about games? Then this is the iPod for you. With the new Game Center app, you can play cooperatively and competitively against friends and others. And there are over 10,000 gaming apps, with everything from classic video games to new releases specifically designed for the new iPod touch and iPhone.

Gaming on an iPod has never been better, thanks to the powerful built-in gyroscope that delivers accurate motion control. And the multi-touch screen ensures that all your finger controls are responsive, no matter where they're located on the screen. At the heart of the system is a new processor that provides more computing power while maximizing your player's battery life. And the Retina display gives you eye-popping graphics with a level of detail older players simply can't match.


Sports fans, unite!

The iPod touch can keep you up to date on your favorite sports. All professional leagues have apps that let you view information, stats and scores. The same is true for most college leagues as well. ESPN, Sports Illustrated and many other sports news outlets have apps to provide even more information. And if you're used to listening to the big game on a certain radio station, just download the station's app and you can tune in even if you're across the country.

There are fan groups for just about every pro and college team where you can chat with fellow fans. And other apps help you manage your fantasy league team, updated with the latest player stats.


Your personal trainer

If you're into fitness, you can make the iPod touch your own personal trainer. It comes with Nike + iPod support — you can chart your exercise progress when you use compatible "Nike+" shoes and sensor kits. Keep track of time, distance, pace, and calories burned when you're running or jogging.

But even if you don't wear Nikes, you'll find plenty of apps to keep you headed in the right direction. There are apps that can track your workout progress, calculate calories burned, plan exercise routines, provide music especially sequenced for running, show heart-healthy recipes, explain yoga routines, and more. However you choose to get active — there are apps for that.


All of these examples represent just a fraction of what you can do. How will you use the iPod touch?

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Highlights:

  • fourth generation iPod touch
  • 8GB embedded memory holds approximately:
    • 10 hours of 1.5-Mbps video
    • 11,250 photos
    • 116 hours of music at 128 Kbps (average MP3 sound quality)
    • 58 hours of music at 256 Kbps (better sound quality)
    • other bitrates supported
  • plays MP3, WAV, AAC, AIFF (uncompressed), Apple Lossless, and Audible files (formats 2, 3 and 4)
  • Voice Control — select artists, songs, and playlists with spoken commands
  • displays photos converted from JPEG, BMP, GIF, TIFF and PNG formats
  • plays video in MPEG-4 and QuickTime formats
  • 3-1/2" widescreen touchpanel LCD
  • Retina display with 960 x 640 pixel resolution (326 pixels per inch)
  • built-in Bluetooth 2.1
  • integrated Wi-Fi technology
  • FaceTime: face-to-face communication between compatible iPod touches
  • built-in Safari web browser with virtual touchscreen keypad
  • front- and rear-facing cameras
    • shoots 720p HD video
    • shoots still photos
  • wireless peer-to-peer gaming (with compatible iPod touches)
  • built-in three-axis gyroscope for accurate motion control
  • iPod touch App Store icon preinstalled
  • contoured, polished stainless steel body
  • voice recording
  • dock adapter for use with docking accessories
  • high-speed USB interface (cable included)
  • earbud headphones
  • built-in lithium ion rechargeable battery provides up to 40 hours music playback or up to 7 hours video playback
  • 2-7/16"W x 4-3/8"H x 5/16"D
  • weight: 3.56 oz.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Computer Requirements:
  • requires iTunes 10 or later (software not included, must be downloaded from Apple iTunes website)
  • broadband Internet connection recommended
Macintosh®
  • high-speed USB port
  • Mac OS X v.10.5.8 or later
Windows®
  • high-speed USB port
  • Windows 7, Windows Vista or Windows XP Home or Professional with Service Pack 3 or later

Hands-on research from the Crutchfield Labs (what are the Labs?)

Features and Specs
General
File Formats
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MP3
WMA
AAC
AIFF/WAV/Apple Lossless/Audible
Voice Recording
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Yes
Radio Tuner
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No
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Yes
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Color LCD
Equalizer Presets
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22
Maximum Battery Life
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40 hours
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Rechargeable
Weight with Battery (ounces)
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3.56
Width (inches)
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2-3/8
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4-3/8
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0-5/16
Parts Warranty
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1 Year
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1 Year
Media Types
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8GB
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Flash
Removable Media
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None
Inputs & Outputs
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3.5mm
USB
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2.0 High-speed
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Product Research
What's in the box?

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  • Silver/black iPod touch 8GB digital music/photo/video player
  • White earbud headphones with 44" cord (stereo mini-jack connector)
  • 40" USB cable (iPod Dock connector on one end and a USB Type A connector on the other)
  • "Start Here" guide
  • Important Product Information booklet
  • Apple decal

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Overview: The Apple iPod touch (4th gen) has an all-new design that makes it thinner & lighter with more features & functionality. The integrated Apple A4 chip is behind all the functionality & features of the iPod touch (4th gen). Apple engineers designed the A4 chip to be a powerful, yet power-efficient mobile processor that can run your favorite apps and switch between them instantly without slowing down the performance of the foreground app or draining the battery unnecessarily. With it, the iPod touch (4th gen) can easily perform various tasks, such as listening to music, recording & editing video, viewing still-images, accessing the internet, playing video games, and placing FaceTime video-calls.

Note: The iPod touch (4th gen) is available in three storage capacities - 8GB, 32GB, & 64GB.

Display Features
Music Player
Camera, Mic, & Speaker
Video & Photo Viewer
Network Functions
Gaming Functions
Convenience Features
Connections
Software Requirements
Battery Information

Display Features

Stylish Design: The iPod touch (4th gen) features a curved chassis design, that is a mere 0.285" thin. Its optical glass front and polished stainless steel back feel sleek and smooth in your hand.

Retina Display: The 3.5" widescreen Retina LCD screen has a 960 x 640 pixel resolution at 326 pixels-per-inch. By developing pixels a mere 78 micrometers wide, Apple engineers were able to pack four times the number of pixels into the same size screen found on earlier iPod touch models. This many pixels packed this close together (326-per-inch) make graphics and text look smooth and continuous at any size. Thanks to the Retina display, everything you see and do on the iPod touch (4th gen) looks amazing. That's because the Retina display's pixel density is so high your eye is unable to distinguish individual pixels. Which means images in games, movies, and photos are sharper and clearer. Text in books, web pages, and email is crisp at any size.

LED Backlighting: The Retina display includes LED backlighting and an ambient light sensor that automatically adjusts the brightness of the screen for the best viewing and battery life possible. So you can focus on more important things.

Dual Orientation: You can view the Internet, videos, photos, or album art in either a portrait or landscape orientation. The display automatically changes when you change the orientation of the iPod touch (4th gen). The display can be oriented vertically or horizontally by rotating the iPod touch (4th gen).

Note: Movies viewed in Videos and YouTube appear only in landscape orientation. Street views in Maps also appear only in landscape orientation.

Multi-Touch Panel: The Multi-Touch display layers a protective shield over a capacitive panel that senses your touch using electrical fields. It then transmits that information to the LCD screen below it. So you can glide through albums with Cover Flow, flick through photos and enlarge them with a pinch, zoom in and out on a section of a web page, and control game elements precisely.

Touch-Controls: Unlike previous iPods, the iPod touch (4th gen) does not have the traditional Click-Wheel control. There are only three buttons on the unit: the top-mounted Sleep/Wake button, the side mounted volume control, and the "Home" button just below the screen. All of the other controls involve touch (4th gen) screen commands. You can drag your finger up or down the screen to scroll through lists. Flicking your finger on the screen allows you to scroll quickly. As lists are scrolling you can tap or touch (4th gen) the screen to stop the scrolling. Once the scrolling has stopped, you can tap an item in the list to select it. There is also a "back" button on the screen in the upper left corner showing the name of the previous list. You can tap the button to go back to it. While viewing photos, you can zoom in and out by double-tapping the screen, or using a pinching out or pinching in motion with two fingers.

Note: The Volume, Home and Wake/Sleep controls are still hard-key.

Accelerometer: The accelerometer inside iPod touch (4th gen) allows it to detect when you rotate the iPod touch (4th gen) from portrait to landscape, then automatically changes the contents of the display. The accelerometer really shines when you play games, because it immerses you in the action. It's perfect for racing games, where your entire iPod touch acts as a steering wheel, and for tap-and-tilt games such as Rolando, in which your movements control the action.

Home Screens: The Home screen is where you will find all your apps and folders. You can have up to 11 Home screens and browse them with a flick of your finger. To launch an app or open a folder, just tap it. And even if you are in the middle of playing a game, you can get to any app easily by pressing the Home button. Press it once to go back to the last Home screen you were on. Press it again to return to your main Home screen. Whenever you download an application from the App Store, a new icon appears on the Home screen.

Customize Home Screens: You can customize the layout of icons on the touch (4th gen) Home Screen including the Dock icons along the bottom of the screen. You can also add links to your favorite web-pages on the unit's Home Screen. You are able to move apps around, group them into a folder, or add them to another Home Screen for quick access to the games and applications you download from the App Store and to your Safari web clips. You can create up to 11 customizable screen to choose from when you use the iPod touch (4th gen). The number of dots at the bottom of the screen show the number of screen you have and indicates which screen you are viewing.

Folders: The Folders feature gives you an easy way to keep your apps organized and de-clutter the Home screens on the iPod touch (4th gen). You can put up to 12 icons in a single folder. The iPod touch (4th gen) automatically names a folder when you create it, based on the icons you use to create the folder, but you can change the name anytime you want. Like icons, folders can be rearranged by dragging them around the Home Screen. You can also move folders to a new Home Screen or to the bottom of the screen next to the Docked icons.

Spotlight Search: The Spotlight Search function allows you to search the entire contents of the iPod touch (4th gen), all from one place. On the main Home Screen, just swipe to the right to bring up the Spotlight feature. Once you start typing, the Spotlight feature begins searching all of your music, videos, contacts, email, calendars, notes, and even your audiobooks and podcasts.

Cut, Copy & Paste: The touchscreen makes it easy to make changes to text you have entered. An onscreen magnifying glass helps you position the insertion point precisely where you need it. Grab-points on selected text let you quickly select more or less text. You can also cut, copy, and paste text and photos within apps, or across multiple apps.

Zoom & Magnify: Zoom on the iPod touch (4th gen) lets you magnify the entire screen of any application. You can zoom up to 5x normal size and move left, right, up, and down to view any portion of the screen up close. Zoom works everywhere, including the Home, Unlock, and Search screens, and with every app you purchase from the App Store.

White-on-Black: Use White on Black to invert the colors on the iPod touch (4th gen) display, which may make it easier to read the screen. The screen looks like a photographic negative when White-on-Black is turned on.

Wallpaper: You can set an image or photo as wallpaper for the device's Lock Screen. On the iPod touch (4th gen) you can also set wallpaper for your Home Screen. You can choose an image that came with the iPod touch (4th gen), or a photo synced to the iPod touch (4th gen) from your computer.

On-screen Keyboard With Dictionary: You can use the on-screen keyboard to enter text, such as contact information. The intelligent keyboard automatically suggests corrections as you type to help prevent mistyped words. The On-screen Keyboard can be viewed in horizontal or vertical orientation. The iPod touch (4th gen) offers keyboard & dictionary support for English, French, Spanish, and numerous other languages.

Note: For ease of typing, you can use an Apple Wireless Bluetooth enabled Keyboard (sold separately from Apple).

Music Player

Music Storage Capacity: This iPod touch (3rd generation) has a built-in 8GB flash drive, capable of storing up to 1,750 songs (4-minute song average--recorded in AAC format at 128 kbps).

Skip Protection: The iPod touch (4th gen) uses an 8GB flash memory so it will not skip, regardless of activity level.

Frequency Response: The Apple iPod touch (4th gen) offers an audio frequency response of 20Hz to 20,000Hz.

Audio Formats: The iPod touch (4th gen) supports the following audio formats: AAC (8-320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Music Store), HE-AAC, MP3 (8-320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2/3/4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX/+), Apple Lossless, WAV, and AIFF. When you import music from a CD using iTunes, it is converted to AAC format by default.

Note: If you are using iTunes for Windows, you can convert non-protected WMA files to AAC or MP3 format.

Podcast, Audiobooks & iTunes U Collections: The iPod touch (4th gen) supports the download and playback of Podcasts, iTunes U, and Audiobooks.

  • Listening to Podcasts: Podcasts are free, downloadable shows available at the iTunes Store. Podcasts are organized by shows, episodes within shows, and chapters within episodes. If you stop playing a podcast and return to it later, the podcast begins playing where you left off.
  • iTunes U: iTunes U is a part of the iTunes Store featuring free lectures, language lessons, audiobooks, and more, which you can download and enjoy on the iPod touch (4th gen). iTunes U content is organized by collections, items within collections, authors, and providers.
  • Audiobooks: In addition to music, you can download audio books from the iTunes Music Store (approximately 9,000 titles) or from Audible.com, an independent website with over 18,000 titles. The iPod will keep track of where you left off when you listened last like a virtual bookmark, and when you sync up with iTunes, the bookmark will continually update between the iPod and iTunes. You can also set the speed at which the audio book is played back.

Auto Music Syncing: By default, the iPod touch (4th gen) is set to sync all songs and playlists when you connect it to your computer. This is the simplest way to add music to the iPod touch (4th gen). You just connect the iPod touch (4th gen) to your computer, let it add songs, audiobooks, photos, and other items automatically, and then disconnect it and go. If you added any songs to iTunes since the last time you connected your iPod touch (4th gen), they will be synced with your iPod touch (4th gen). If you deleted songs from iTunes, they are removed from your iPod touch (4th gen).

Note: Setting iTunes to sync selected playlists to iPod touch (4th gen) is useful if the music in your iTunes library does not all fit on your iPod touch (4th gen). Only the music in the playlists you select is synced to your iPod touch (4th gen).

Browsing Music: You can browse content on the iPod touch (4th gen) by playlists, artists, songs, videos, and other categories, or browse your album artwork using Cover Flow. Playlist folders, which you can sync from iTunes, let you organize playlists into groups

Playlists: You can use the iPod touch (4th gen) preset playlists or create your own playlists of songs, podcasts, and audiobooks. Playlists you create on the iPod touch (4th gen) are synced back to iTunes the next time you connect.

  • 90's Music: List of music from the 1990's in the iPod touch (4th gen) music library.
  • Classical Music: List of classical music stored on the iPod touch (4th gen) flash drive.
  • Music Videos: List of music videos downloaded onto the iPod touch (4th gen) from iTunes (will only play audio with album art)
  • Top Rated: You can assign a rating to a song (from zero to five stars) to indicate how much you like it. You can use song ratings to help you create Smart Playlists automatically in iTunes.
  • Recently Added: This is a list of the most recently added songs on the iPod touch (4th gen) downloaded from iTunes.
  • Recently Played: This is a list of the most recently played songs on the iPod touch (4th gen) from your music library.
  • Top 25 Most Played: This is a list of the 25 most listened to songs on the iPod touch (4th gen) from your music library.

Genius: Genius finds songs in your iTunes library that go great together and uses them to create Genius playlists and Genius Mixes. Genius playlists and Genius Mixes created in iTunes can be synced to the iPod touch (4th gen) like any other iTunes playlist.

  • Genius Playlist: The iPod touch's (4th gen) Genius Playlist feature automatically creates a playlist of songs from your library that go great together with the song you are currently playing. It is like having a built-in DJ who knows your tastes well enough to make the right mix just for you. To use Genius on iPod touch (4th gen), you first need to set up Genius in iTunes, then sync iPod touch (4th gen) with iTunes. Genius is a free service, but it requires an iTunes Store Account. You can make Genius playlists in iTunes and sync them to iPod touch (4th gen). You can also make Genius playlists directly on iPod touch (4th gen).
  • Genius Mixes: All you do is sync iPod touch to iTunes, and Genius Mixes automatically searches your music library to find songs that sound great together and creates multiple music mixes. These mixes are like music channels programmed entirely with your music. Genius Mixes are recreated each time you listen to them, so they are always new and fresh.

Cover Flow: When you're browsing music, you can rotate your iPod touch (4th gen) sideways to see your iTunes content in Cover Flow. This allows you to browse your music by album artwork. To browse album covers, you can drag or flick your finger to the left or right. Once you have found the desired album, you can tap the cover picture to see a list of the album tracks. Dragging your finger up and down the list allows you to locate (and tap) a track title to begin playback.

Adding Lyrics: You can enter song lyrics in plain text format into iTunes so that you can view the song lyrics on your iPod touch (4th gen) while the song is playing.

Repeat & Shuffle: The Apple iPod touch (4th gen) offers Repeat & Shuffle (Shake) playback functions.

  • Repeat: You can set the iPod touch (4th generation) to repeat one song over and over, or repeat all songs in the list (album or playlist) from which the song was selected.
  • Shake-To-Shuffle Playback: You can play songs, albums, or playlists in random order, and set the iPod touch (4th gen) to shuffle songs when you give it a quick shake. When the screen is on, you can give iPod touch (4th gen) a quick shake to skip to a random song. If the screen is off, press the "Sleep/Wake" button before you shake.

Audio Settings: The iPod touch (4th gen) features the following custom audio settings.

  • Equalizer: The iPod touch (4th gen) built-in equalizer has 22 EQ presets to change the sound to suit a particular music genre or style. The presets include: Acoustic, Bass Booster, Bass Reducer, Classical, Dance, Deep, Electronic, Flat, Hip Hop, Jazz, Latin, Loudness, Lounge, Piano, Pop, R&B, Rock, Small Speakers, Spoken Word, Treble Booster, Treble Reducer, Vocal Booster, and Off.
  • Maximum Volume Limiter: The iPod touch (4th gen) provides an easy way for you to set a maximum volume limit to prevent the volume from exceeding a certain level. This feature works with any headphones attached to the headphone jack; other Apple and third-party accessories are not supported with this feature. You can also assign a combination to prevent the setting from being changed which is ideal for parental control.
  • Same Volume Level: iTunes can automatically adjust the volume of songs, so they play at the same relative volume level. You can set iPod touch to use the iTunes volume settings.
  • Mono Audio: If your hearing is limited in one ear, turn on Mono Audio feature to route left & right audio into both earbuds so you can hear both channels in either ear. Mono Audio combines the sound of the left and right channels into a monaural signal that plays through both sides of your earphones. This enables users with a hearing impairment in one ear to hear both channels with the other ear.

Camera, Mic, & Speaker

Dual Cameras: With the iPod touch (4th gen), you can capture photos and video wherever you go. The iPod touch (4th gen) has a main (rear) camera that takes photos as well as high-definition video, and a front camera that lets you make FaceTime video-calls as well as take photos and videos of yourself.

Rear-Panel HD Camera: The main (rear) camera is on the back of iPod touch (4th). You use the unit's touchscreen to control the camera and to see the photo or video you are taking. You can tap anywhere on the screen to set the exposure based on that part of the image. The main (rear) camera supports video up to 720p (30fps) and still images up to 960 x 720.

Illumination Sensor: The advanced backside illumination sensor of the iPod touch (4th gen) allows you to capture beautiful footage even in low-light settings.

Front-Panel VGA Camera: On the front of the iPod touch (4th gen), is a VGA-quality built-in camera that is perfect for making FaceTime video-calls and shooting self-portraits. The front camera has been tuned specifically for FaceTime and self-portraits. It has just the right field of view and focal length to focus on your face at arm's length, so it always presents you in the best possible light.

Video & Photo Tagging: If you have a Wi-Fi connection and the location services feature is turned on, photos and videos are tagged with location data. You can use this location data with some apps and photo-sharing websites to track and post where you took the photos.

Viewing Recorded Images: The photos and videos you take with the iPod touch (4th gen) are saved in the Camera Roll album on the device. You can view the Camera Roll album from either camera.

Trimming Videos: You can trim the frames from the beginning and end of a video that you just recorded, or any other video in the Camera Roll album. You can replace the original video or save the trimmed version as a new video clip.

Uploading Images: You can upload the photos and videos you take with the iPod touch (4th gen) to photo applications on your PC or Mac.

Built-in Microphone: The iPod touch (4th gen) features a built-in rear-panel microphone. During video recording, the built-in microphone records conversations, music, or any audio at the same time. The microphone also allows you to carry on your side of the conversation during FaceTime.

Built-In Speaker: The iPod touch (4th gen) features an integrated speaker behind its touch-screen panel for listening to your music, movies, & video-calls. There are volume controls along the left side of the unit. When a pair of headphones are plugged into the unit's 3.5mm headphone port, the built-in speaker is muted.

Video & Photo Viewer

Video/Photo Viewer: The iPod touch (4th gen) lets you carry photos and videos with you, so you can share them with your family, friends, and associates. You can sync photos and videos from your computer, view photos and videos taken with iPod touch, and use photos as wallpaper. You can also send photos and videos in email messages, and upload photos and videos to MobileMe galleries.

Video & Photo Storage Capacity: The iPod touch's (4th gen) built-in 8 GB flash drive can support up to 10 hours of standard definition video or up to 10,000 pictures (iPod-viewable photos transferred from iTunes).

Video & Photo Formats: The iPod touch (4th gen) supports the following video & photo formats.

  • Video:
    • H.264 video up to 720p, 30 frames per second, Main Profile level 3.1 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats
    • MPEG-4 video, up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats
    • Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format
  • Photo: JPEG, BMP, GIF, TIFF, PSD (Mac only) and PNG.

Video/Photo Syncing: iTunes can sync your photos and videos with the following applications.

  • Mac: iPhoto 4.0.3 or later (syncing videos requires iPhoto 5 or later), or Aperture (photos only)
  • PC: Adobe Photoshop Elements 8.0 or later (photos only)

Notes: You can also sync photos and videos from any folder on your computer that contains images.

Viewing Photos & Videos: Photos and videos you take with the iPod touch (4th gen), sync from your computer, or save from an email can be viewed in Photos. If you sync photos with iPhoto 8.0 (part of iLife '09) or later, you can view your photos and videos by the events and faces you have identified. You can also see the places where your photos and videos were taken if they were tagged with location data.

Importing and Viewing Your Own Videos on iPod touch (4th gen): You can view other video files on the iPod touch (4th gen), such as videos you create in iMovie (on a Macintosh) or videos you download from the Internet. Using QuickTime, you can encode a video file for iPod touch (4th gen), import it into iTunes, and then download it to your iPod touch (4th gen) just as you would download any video to the iPod touch (4th gen).

Sharing Photos & Videos: You can send photos and videos in email messages, add photos and videos to MobileMe galleries, and publish videos to YouTube. You can also copy and paste photos and videos, save photos and videos from email messages to Photos, and save images from webpages to Photos.

Video Playback: With the iPod touch (4th gen), you can view video content such as movies, music videos, and video podcasts. If a video contains chapters, you can skip to the next or previous chapter, or bring up a list and start playing at any chapter that you choose. If a video provides alternate language features, you can choose an audio language or display subtitles.

Watching Rented Movies: You can rent movies (480p) from the iTunes Store and watch them on the iPod touch (4th gen). You can use iTunes to rent the movies and transfer them to your iPod touch (4th gen). Rented movies are playable only for a limited time. The time remaining in which you must finish watching a rented movie appears near its title. Movies are automatically deleted when they expire.

Notes: Rented movies are not available in all regions

Watching Videos on a TV Connected to iPod touch (4th gen): If you have an iPod AV Cable (sold separately) you can watch videos on a TV connected to your iPod touch (4th gen). First you set the iPod touch (4th gen) to display videos on a TV, then connect the iPod touch (4th gen) to your TV, and then play a video. The iPod touch (4th gen) can output the video in NTSC or PAL.

Title Search: You can search the titles of movies, TV shows, and video podcasts you have synced to the iPod touch (4th gen).

Slideshows: You can view a photo album as a slideshow, complete with background music.

Network Functions

Built-in Wi-Fi: The iPod touch (4th gen) has built-in Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n) that allows you to wirelessly connect to the Internet. iPod touch (4th gen) can join AirPort and other Wi-Fi networks at home, at work, or at Wi-Fi hotspots around the world. The iPod touch (4th gen) locates nearby wireless hotspots, including protected networks. When joined to a Wi-Fi network that is connected to the Internet, the iPod touch (4th gen) connects to the Internet automatically whenever you use Mail, Safari, YouTube, FaceTime, Game Center, Stocks, Maps, Weather, the App Store, or iTunes. If you have never used a particular network, it asks you to enter a password the first time, and it remembers the password from then on. So the next time you are within range, it connects automatically.

Note: Many Wi-Fi networks can be used free of charge, however some Wi-Fi networks require a fee. You can usually open Safari to see a webpage that allows you to sign up for service if charges are required.

Safari Web Browser: Apple's Safari web browser is built right into the iPod touch (4th gen), giving you full access to the Internet. You can also sync your bookmarks on your computer. You can search the web using the touch (4th gen) screen keyboard to type in the URLs, including a "dot com" button for quicker browsing. Once you have reached a website, you can zoom in and out and pan up, down, left, or right with the tap or drag of a finger on the multi-touch (4th gen) display. You can have up to eight web-pages open at a time. You can even bookmark web-pages so that you can quickly return to them at any time without having to type the address. In addition, you can add Web Clips for you favorite web-pages to the iPod touch's (4th gen) Home screen for faster access.

iTunes Wi-Fi Music Store: Your iPod touch (4th gen) gives you access to the iTunes Wi-Fi Music Store, which enables you to browse and purchase music on the go. Whenever you are in a Wi-Fi hotspot, you can open the iTunes Music Store, hear a 30-second music clip and immediately download songs to your iPod touch (4th gen). When you reconnect to your computer, the newly purchased songs automatically sync up to your iTunes library.

iTune Wi-Fi App Store: You can search for, browse, review, purchase, and download applications from the App Store directly to iPod touch (4th gen). You can also install applications you have purchased or downloaded through iTunes on your computer when you sync with your iPod touch (4th gen). Applications you download and install from the App Store on iPod touch (4th gen) are backed up to your iTunes library the next time you sync the iPod touch (4th gen) with your computer.

Genius Recommendations for Apps: There are tens of thousands of apps in the App Store, with more added every day. A new feature of the iPod touch (4th gen) makes finding new apps even easier. It is Genius for apps, and it works just like Genius for your music. Tap the Genius icon and get recommendations for apps that you might like based on apps you and others have downloaded.

YouTube: The iPod touch (4th gen) gives you access to on-line videos from YouTube. You can watch featured videos, check out a list of the most viewed, search for something specific, and bookmark your favorites for future viewing. You can also upload video and pictures recorded using the iPod touch (4th gen) to YouTube.

iBooks: iBooks is a great way to read and buy books. Download the free iBooks app from the App Store, and then get everything from classics to best sellers from the built-in iBookstore. Once you download a book, it's displayed on iPod touch's (4th gen) on-screen bookshelf. You can add ePub and PDF books to your bookshelf using iTunes.

Contacts: You can use the iPod touch (4th gen) and iTunes to sync contacts to automatically keep your contacts up-to-date, whether you make changes on your computer or on the iPod touch (4th gen). You can sync contacts with applications such as MobileMe, and Yahoo! Address Book on a Mac, or with Yahoo! Address Book, Windows Address Book (Outlook Express), or Microsoft Outlook 2003/2007/2010 on a PC. (On a Mac, you can sync contacts on your computer with more than one application. On a PC, you can sync contacts with only one application.)

Mail: The iPod touch (4th gen) can send and receive embedded photos, videos, and graphics, as well as view PDFs and other attachments (JPEG/GIF/TIFF). The Mail features works with MobileMe, Microsoft Exchange, and many of the most popular email systems; including Yahoo!, Google, and AOL, as well as other industry-standard POP3 and IMAP email systems. You can sync email account settings from Mail on a Mac and from Microsoft Outlook 2003/2007/2010 on a PC. Changes you make to an email account on the iPod touch (4th gen) don't affect the account on your computer.

Note: You must have an email address which looks like "yourname@example.com" to use iPod touch (4th gen) for email. If you have Internet access, you most likely have an email address from your Internet service provider. Email accounts are available from most Internet service providers.

FaceTime: FaceTime on the iPod touch (4th gen) lets you see & talk with friends from one iPod touch (4th gen) to another iPod touch (4th gen), or iPhone 4 over Wi-Fi using the device's integrated cameras, microphone, and speaker. You can use the front camera to talk face-to-face, or the rear camera to share what you see around you. Your FaceTime conversation is carried over the device's built-in microphone and built-in speaker, or included headphones. To make a FaceTime call, choose someone from your contacts, favorites, or list of recent calls. Buttons at the bottom of the FaceTime screen give you quick access to all three. While talking to someone in FaceTime, you can switch cameras, change camera orientation, mute your microphone, move your picture-in-picture display, open another application, and finally, end your call.

Note: To sign in to FaceTime, you need an Apple ID. If you already have an iTunes Store account, MobileMe account, or other Apple account, you can use that Apple ID with FaceTime. If you don't have an Apple account, you can create a new one when you open FaceTime. FaceTime may not be available in all countries or regions.

Calendar: The iPod touch's (4th gen) Calendar gives you immediate access to your calendars and events. You can view individual calendars, or several calendars at once. You can view your events by day, by month, or in a list. You can search the titles, invitees, locations, and notes of events. If you have entered birthdays for your contacts, you can view those birthdays in the Calendar. You can sync the iPod touch (4th gen) with the calendars on your computer, and with services such as MobileMe, Microsoft Exchange, Yahoo!, and Google. You can also make, edit, or cancel appointments on the iPod touch (4th gen) and have them sync back to your computer or calendar account. If you have a MobileMe, Microsoft Exchange, Google, Yahoo!, or CalDAV account, your calendars can sync over the air without connecting the iPod touch (4th gen) to your computer. You can view the iPod touch's (4th gen) calendar in one of three views.

  • List View: all appointments and events appear in an easy-to-scan list; you can scroll up or down to see previous or upcoming days
  • Day View: scroll up or down to see hours earlier or later in the day; tap the arrow keys to see the previous or next day
  • Month View: days with events show a dot below the date on an on-screen monthly calendar; select a day to see its events in a list below the calendar display

Maps: Using the iPod touch (4th gen), you can see a street map, satellite, or hybrid view of locations around the world. You are even able to zoom in for a closer look and pan through the on-screen map image. You can use the Map feature to find your current approximate location, get detailed driving directions, and/or see current highway traffic conditions, as well as find businesses in the area in certain parts of the country (where applicable).

Weather: The iPod touch (4th gen) gives you current weather conditions and a six-day forecast in your hometown or around the world. You can store your favorite cities for quick weather reports anytime.

Stocks: When you tap Stocks from the iPod touch's (4th gen) Home screen, the stock reader shows updated quotes for all your stocks. Quotes are updated every time you open Stocks while connected to the Internet. Quotes may be delayed by up to 20 minutes.

Airplane Mode: Airplane mode disables the wireless features of the iPod touch (4th gen) to reduce potential interference with aircraft operation and other electrical equipment.

Gaming Functions

Gaming Functions: The iPod touch (4th gen) offers gaming features such as Multi-touch, the accelerometer, real-time 3D graphics, and 3D positional sound, so you can download video games from the iTune Wi-Fi App Store and play them on your iPod touch (4th gen). The iPod touch (4th gen) also offer Peer-to-Peer Gaming.

Fingertip Control: Many games for iPod touch (4th gen) use Multi-touch to give you precise, fingertip control over game elements. Use your finger to drag your pieces around the board in chess or dice games. Or pinch to enlarge or shrink your view, rotate your character left or right, or just tap to make a selection.

Accelerometer: The integrated accelerometer and built-in three-axis gyroscope actually respond to your movements, so you can tilt and turn your iPod touch (4th gem) to control the action. It's perfect for racing games, where your entire iPod touch (4th gen) acts as a steering wheel, and for tap-and-tilt games such as Super Monkey Ball, in which your character rolls to your movements.

Peer-to-Peer Gaming: Peer-to-Peer Gaming allows you to play the latest head-to-head games with a friend, who is also using an iPod touch, whether your friend is sitting next to you (via Bluetooth) or across the country (via network connection).

Game Center: The new Game Center app on the iPod touch (4th gen) lets you add more players to your social gaming network. You can discover new games and share your game experiences with friends around the world in Game Center. You can look at how your score ranks against your friends and other players of each game, as well as compare game achievements with your friends. You can either put together a select group of friends to play with, or choose to automatically go up against people you don't know from anywhere around the world in a multiplayer game. Games for the Game Center are available from the App Store. The Games screen displays the games you download from the iTunes Store. For each of the games, your number of achievements and your ranking among all the game's players are displayed.

Note: To use Game Center, you need an Internet connection and an Apple ID. If you already have an iTunes Store, MobileMe, or other Apple account, you can use that Apple ID with Game Center. If you don't already have an Apple account, you can create a new one in Game Center. Game Center may not be available in all countries or regions, and the available games may vary by country or region.

Convenience Features

Voice Control: Voice Control lets you control your iPod's music playback using voice commands through the device's integrated microphone. The new iPod touch's (4th gen) Voice Control feature lets you to tell your iPod touch to play songs from a specific playlist or artist, using the integrated microphone. You can also speak simple commands such as "shuffle," "pause," and "next song." You can even ask for the name of the track that is currently playing and hear the iPod touch (4th gen) answer you.

Note: The Voice Control feature supports the following languages - English (US), English (UK), French (Canada), French (France), Spanish (Mexico), Spanish (Spain), Chinese (Cantonese), Chinese (China), Chinese (Taiwan), Dutch, Finnish, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Portuguese (Portugal), Russian, and Swedish.

VoiceOver: VoiceOver describes aloud what appears onscreen, so that you can use the iPod touch (4th gen)without seeing the screen. VoiceOver tells you about each element on the screen as it's selected. When an element is selected, it's enclosed by a black rectangle and VoiceOver speaks the name or describes the item. The iPod touch (4th gen) utilizes the VoiceOver function to tell you the title and artist of the songs you are listening to through the device's headphones. The VoiceOver feature will also provide an audible description of the item under your finger when accessing menu options on the iPod touch (4th gen) touch screen.

Note: The VoiceOver feature supports 25 different languages.

Voice Memos: With Voice Memos, you can record any audio you want using the device's integrated microphone. You can adjust the recording level by moving the microphone closer to or further away from what you are recording. For better recording quality, the loudest level on the level meter should be between -3dB and 0 dB. Voice Memos will record even when you are using your the iPod touch (4th gen) to do things such as checking email or surfing the web. You can trim recorded memos right on the iPod touch (4th gen), so you keep only what you need.

Notepad: The iPod touch (4th gen) features a Notepad function which allows you to use the unit to take notes using the iPod touch's (4th gen) on-screen keyboard. Your notes are then listed by date added, with the most recent at the top. You can see the first few words of each note in the list. You can use the unit's email feature to even email a note when connected to a Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n) connection.

World Clocks: The iPod touch (4th gen) has an internal clock with time/date settings, a calendar, an alarm clock and sleep timer. You can have multiple clocks for different time zones. The calendar can be advanced a day at a time or a month at a time.

Timer & Alarm: You can use the timer on the iPod touch (4th gen) to set an alarm (or multiple alarms), or to set a sleep timer that turns off the iPod touch (4th gen) automatically.

Stop Watch: The Apple iPod touch (4th gen) has a built-in stopwatch for timing events and tracking intervals, such as laps. You can play music or other audio while you use the stopwatch.

Calculator: The Calculator on the iPod touch (4th gen) does double duty. In portrait mode, you can use Calculator for simple calculations, like splitting a restaurant bill. Rotate iPod touch to landscape, and it becomes a sophisticated scientific calculator

Store Data Files: You can use the iPod touch (4th gen) as an external disk to store data files. The iPod touch disk icon appears on the desktop (Mac), or as the next available drive letter in Windows Explorer (Windows PC). Drag files to or from the iPod touch (4th gen) to copy them.

Nike+iPod Support: The iPod touch (4th gen) includes built-in Nike + iPod support. Just slip the Nike + iPod Sensor (sold separately) into your Nike+ shoe and start your run. The sensor communicates wirelessly with your iPod touch (4th gen), tracking your time, distance, and calories burned. It even gives you voice feedback on your progress through your iPod touch's (4th gen) headphones. When you get back to your computer, sync your iPod touch (4th gen) via iTunes and transfer your exercise data to nikeplus.com, where you can track your workouts, set goals, and challenge friends. This feature also works with new cardio equipment available in many fitness centers. Just look for Nike + iPod compatible treadmills, ellipticals, stair steppers, and stationary bikes.

Secure Hardware Encryption: The Apple iPod touch (4th gen) offers highly secure hardware encryption. The Data Protection feature uses your passcode as an encryption key to protect email messages and attachments stored on iPod touch. You can set a long, complex passcode to make the iPod touch (4th gen) even more secure. And if you lose your iPod touch (4th gen) and can't track it down, use the Remote Wipe feature to delete your data. You can restore everything from your latest backup if you get your iPod touch (4th gen) back.

Find My iPod Touch: Find My iPod touch (not available in all countries or regions) helps you locate and retrieve your iPod touch (4th gen) using a web browser with an Internet connection.

Note: Find My iPod touch requires a MobileMe account, and may not be available in all countries or regions. MobileMe is an online service, available by subscription.

Reset: To reset the iPod touch (4th gen), press and hold the On/Off Sleep/Wake button and the Home button at the same time for at least ten seconds, until the Apple logo appears.

Connections

Dock Connector: The iPod touch (4th gen) is equipped with a proprietary Apple iPod dock 30-pin connector which allows it to sync to your computer using the supplied USB cable. The proprietary dock connector also allows it to function with various "Made for iPod" audio devices such as in-dash car stereos and home docks.

USB Cable: The iPod touch (4th gen) connects to your computer's high-power USB 2.0 port for downloading music, photos, & videos, and for charging the battery using the supplied iPod dock-to-USB cable.

Headphone Output: The iPod touch (4th gen) features a 3.5 minijack headphone output and comes with earbud-style headphones for listening to music, videos, FaceTime calls, audibooks, podcasts, and games. If desired, you can use any headphones with a 3.5mm minijack connector.

Note: Frequency Response: 20Hz-20,2000Hz; Impedance: 32-ohms

Bluetooth Connection: The iPod touch (4th gen) is Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR certified and supports A2DP and AVRCP Bluetooth profiles. Bluetooth is a form of wireless technology that lets you use certain electronic devices without the hassle of cables or wires. You can use the iPod touch (4th gen) with select Bluetooth headphones and listen to your music no matter where in the room (up to 33 feet) your iPod touch (4th gen) is located. You can also stream Bluetooth audio to a Bluetooth enabled iPod home-dock or car stereo. In addition, the iPod touch's (4th gen) Bluetooth feature is great for peer-to-peer gaming.

Note: Not compatible with all Bluetooth enabled devices.

Software Requirements

iTunes: With the iPod touch (4th gen), it is easy to have instant access to your music, video, downloaded applications, and other iTunes library content. iTunes can sync all this information to the iPod touch (4th gen), and your contacts, calendars, and your browser bookmarks as well. You can set iTunes to sync any or all of the following - Music and audiobooks, Movies, TV Show, Podcasts, Photos, Contacts, Calendars, Email account settings, Webpage bookmarks, and Applications purchased or downloaded from the iTunes Store.

Note: The iPod touch (4th gen) requires iTunes 10 or newer.

Auto-Synching: Each time you connect the iPod touch (4th gen) to your computer, the unit's Auto-Synch feature automatically updates it with any changes made to the iTunes program on your computer, including any new music, music videos, movies, TV shows, games, & photos purchased at the iTunes Music Store. If you prefer, auto-sync can be turned off.

Computer Requirements: The Apple iPod touch (4th gen) is compatible with both Macintosh and Windows operating systems with the following minimum requirements:

  • Operating System:
    • Windows: Windows 7, Vista, or XP Home or Professional (SP3) or later
    • Macintosh: Mac OS X v10.5.8 or later
  • USB Port: USB 2.0 high-speed
  • Software: iTunes 10 or later (software not included, must be downloaded from Apple iTunes website); QuickTime 7.6.2 or later
  • Internet Connection: Broadband recommended
  • Screen Resolution: 1024 x 768 or higher

Note: The iPod touch (4th gen) comes with no software. You must download the latest version of iTunes music management software from the Apple website.

Battery Information

Rechargeable Battery: The iPod touch (4th gen) has a built-in rechargeable, non-removable, lithium ion battery. When the iPod touch (4th gen) is connected to your computer, or a compatible "Made for iPod" charging device the battery charges.

Note: The battery doesn't charge while your computer or "Made for iPod" device is in sleep or standby mode.

Playback & Charging Times: When fully charged, the battery provides approximately 40 hours of music playback time or 7 hours of video playback. The battery charges up to 80% of capacity in 2 hours and fully charges in 4 hours. A battery life indicator appears at the top of the display.

 
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Such an awesome player!

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I got one of these at the beginning of this year and boy, do I love it. I rarely put it down!
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All I though it would be!

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I finally got one and it's the best. It's well made and does all it says it does.
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Love it!!!

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I love this mp3 player, it does everything! I especially love the camera and the video features.
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Apple 8GB iPod touch®

Written By WalterM, Lawton, Oklahoma on Wednesday, January 26, 2011
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Best product for the money. I should it adquire with more memory but still this is a great product. My daughther love it and the camera system is a plus. Crutchfield has a competitive price on this product.
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