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Apple iPod touch® 8GB

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Our take on the Apple iPod touch® 8GB

by Ralph Graves
Apple

More on-the-go fun than ever

The iPod touch lets you enjoy your favorite songs, photos, and videos on the go — but that's just for starters. Surf the Internet. Do some peer-to-peer gaming with a friend. Record voice memos to yourself, or even monitor your workouts. Apple's intuitive interface makes this player a breeze to operate.

iPod touch 8GB

Wi-Fi browsing

Built-in wireless capability lets you access the Internet from almost any open Wi-Fi hotspot. The iPod touch comes with Apple's Safari browser, so you can surf the web, and a virtual touchscreen "QWERTY" keypad lets you respond to e-mails, and do keyword searches.

Bluetooth® connectivity and other wireless features

The iPod touch comes with built-in Bluetooth, so you can use it with other Bluetooth devices, such as wireless headphones, speakers, and car audio systems. It also has Nike + iPod support — when you use compatible Nike+ shoes and sensor kits. Keep track of time, distance, pace, and calories burned when you're running or jogging.


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Innovative touchscreen controls

Quickly navigate through many features of the iPod touch with simple finger motions. The sensitive touch screen lets you glide through images and album art to quickly find the video, song or photo you're looking for. You can zoom in or out on photos and web pages. You can rearrange, add and delete icons to the home screen to suit your personal preferences.

A smart widescreen display

Videos and pictures look crisp and bright on the player's generous 3-1/2" LCD display. When you hold iPod touch upright, images display vertically. Turn the player sideways, and they automatically reorient to a horizontal view. And the iPod touch can handle real-time 3D graphics to enhance your gaming experience.


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Game play your way

The touch features a built-in accelerometer, so you can control the game simply by tipping and tilting your player. And with peer-to-peer capability, you can play against other iPod touch owners through the Internet, whether they're across the room, or across the country.

Shopping made easy

Connect wirelessly to Apple's App Store to find games and other applications for your iPod touch, or visit the iTunes Wi-Fi Music Store to expand your song library. Special screen icons make it easy to shop these sites right from your player.

Note: requires free iTunes® 9 software download from www.apple.com

Highlights:

  • 8GB embedded memory holds approximately:
    • 10 hours of 1.5-Mbps video
    • 10,000 photos
    • 117 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)
  • 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
  • built-in Bluetooth 2.1
  • integrated Wi-Fi technology
    • built-in Safari web browser
    • virtual touchscreen keypad
  • wireless peer-to-peer gaming (with compatible iPod touches)
  • iPod touch App Store icon preinstalled
  • contoured, polished stainless steel case
  • built-in speaker with side-mounted volume control
  • dock adapter for use with docking accessories
  • high-speed USB interface (cable included)
  • earbud headphones
  • built-in lithium ion rechargeable battery provides up to 30 hours music playback; up to 6 hours video playback
  • 2-7/16"W x 4-3/8"H x 3/8"D
  • weight: 4.05 oz.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Computer Requirements:
  • requires iTunes 9 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.10.4.11 or later
Windows®:
  • high-speed USB port
  • 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
WAV/AIFF/Apple Lossless/Audible
Storage Capacity at 128 kbps
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117 hours
Storage Capacity at 64 kbps
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234 hours
Voice Recording
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Optional
Radio Tuner
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No
FM Presets
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None
Display Illumination
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Yes
Display Color
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Color LCD
Included Headphone Type
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Earbud
Equalizer Presets
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22
Maximum Battery Life
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30 hours
Included Battery Type
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Rechargeable
Weight with Battery (ounces)
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4.05
Width (inches)
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2-1/2
Height (inches)
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4-3/8
Depth (inches)
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0-5/16
Parts Warranty
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1 Year
Labor Warranty
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1 Year
Media Types
Built-In Memory
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8GB
Built-In Memory Type
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Flash
Removable Media
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None
Inputs & Outputs
Headphone Output
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Minijack
USB
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2.0 High-speed
IEEE 1394
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None
Other PC Connections
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None
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)
  • White iPod touch dock adapter
  • Start here guide
  • Important Product Information booklet
  • 2 Apple decals

Our Product Research Team

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General Features
Music Features
Video Features
Photo Features
Wi-Fi Features

General Features

Note on iOS4: Some of the features of the iOS4 Software Update will not work with the 8 GB iPod touch. Multitasking, custom wallpaper, and Bluetooth keyboard support are available only with the iPhone 4, iPhone 3 GS, and the 3rd Generation iPod touch (32 GB and 64 GB).

Stylish Design: The iPod touch (3rd generation) features a curved chassis design, that is a mere 0.3125" thin. Its optical glass front and polished stainless steel back feel sleek and smooth in your hand.

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.

Widescreen LCD Display: The 3.5" widescreen liquid crystal display has a 480 x 320 pixel resolution at 163 pixels per inch. 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 (3rd generation). The display can be oriented vertically or horizontally by rotating the iPod touch (3rd generation). The LCD display offers two features to help preserve battery life.

  • Screen Brightness: Screen brightness affects battery life. In the menu, you can dim the screen to extend the time before you need to recharge. You can also choose Auto-Brightness, which uses a built-in ambient light sensor to determine the screen's brightness.
  • Display Off: You can easily turn off the display altogether when listening to music to extend battery life.

Accelerometer: The accelerometer inside iPod touch (3rd generation) allows it to detect when you rotate the iPod touch (3rd generation) 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.

Compatibility: The iPod touch (3rd generation) is compatible with both Macintosh and Windows operating systems with the following minimum requirements:

  • Operating System:
    • Windows: Windows Vista or Windows XP (Home or Professional) with Service Pack 2 or later
    • Macintosh: Mac OS X version 10.4.11 or later (version 10.5.7 or later is required for syncing Notes)
  • USB Port: USB 2.0 High Speed (USB 1.1 ports, including those on most keyboards, do not have enough power)
  • Software: iTunes 9 or later (software not included, free download from Apple iTunes website), QuickTime 7.62. or later
  • Internet Connection: Broadband recommended

Note: The iPod touch (3rd generation) comes with no software. You must download the latest version of iTunes music management software from the Apple website before you can setup or operate the unit.

Storage Capacity: This iPod touch (3rd generation) has a built-in 8 GB flash drive, capable of storing up to 1,750 songs (4-minute song average--recorded in AAC format at 128 kbps), up to 10,000 pictures (iPod-viewable photos transferred from iTunes), or up to 10 hours of video. In addition to storing audio, you can use the flash memory to store data files as well.

iTunes Syncing: With the iPod touch (3rd generation), 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 (3rd generation), 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.

Auto-Synching: Each time you connect the iPod touch (3rd generation) 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 purchased at the iTunes Music Store. If you prefer, auto-sync can be turned off.

Customizable Home Screen Layout: You can customize the layout of icons on the touch (3rd generation) 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 can create up to eleven customizable screen to choose from when you use the iPod touch (3rd generation). The number of dots at the bottom of the screen show the number of screen you have and indicates which screen you are viewing.

Touch-Controls: Unlike previous iPods, the iPod touch (3rd generation) 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 (3rd generation) 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 (3rd generation) 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.

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 iPod touch (3rd generation) offers keyboard support for English (U.S.), English (UK), French (France), French (Canadian), French (Switzerland), German, Traditional Chinese (Handwriting, Pinyin, Zhuyin), Simplified Chinese (Handwriting, Pinyin), Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese (Brazil), Portuguese (Portugal), Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Norwegian, Korean, Japanese (QWERTY), Japanese (Kana), Russian, Polish, Turkish, Ukrainian, Estonian, Hungarian, Icelandic, Lithuanian, Latvian, Flemish, Arabic, Thai, Czech, Greek, Hebrew, Indonesian, Malay, Romanian, Slovak, Croatian, Bulgarian, and Serbian. The iPod touch (3rd generation) offers dictionary support (enables predictive text and autocorrect) for English (U.S.), English (UK), French, German, Traditional Chinese (Handwriting, Pinyin, Zhuyin), Simplified Chinese (Handwriting, Pinyin), Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese (Brazil), Portuguese (Portugal), Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Norwegian, Korean, Japanese (QWERTY), Japanese (Kana), Russian, Polish, Turkish, Ukrainian, Lithuanian, Arabic, Thai, Czech, Greek, Hebrew, Romanian, Slovak, and Croatian. The On-screen Keyboard can be viewed in horizontal or vertical orientation.

Spotlight Search: The Spotlight Search function allows you to search the entire contents of your iPod touch, all from one place. On your 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.

Bluetooth: 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 (3rd generation) with Bluetooth headphones and listen to your music no matter where in the room (up to 33 feet) your iPod touch (3rd generation) is located. Bluetooth on iPod touch (3rd generation) is also great for peer-to-peer gaming.

Built-In Speaker: The iPod touch (3rd generation) features an integrated speaker behind its touch-screen panel for listening to your music or movies. 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.

Headphones: The iPod touch (3rd generation) comes with earbud-style headphones with 18mm drivers using Neodymium magnets. If desired, you can use any headphones with a 3.5mm mini-plug.

Volume Limiter: You can select a volume limit for the iPod touch (3rd generation) with a lock code to prevent the setting from being changed. Setting a volume limit only limits the volume of music, podcasts, audiobooks, and videos, and only when headphones, earphones, or speakers are connected to the headphone port on the iPod touch (3rd generation).

Clock Functions: The iPod touch (3rd generation) 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. The alarm clock (or multiple alarms) can be set to any minute and the sleep timer can be set to automatically turn the unit off in a preset number of minutes.

Stopwatch/Timer: You can use the stopwatch as you exercise to track your overall time and, if you're running on a track, your lap times. You can play music while you use the stopwatch. You can also set a countdown timer for timing different events.

Calculator: The iPod touch (3rd generation) features a standard calculator which allows you to add, subtract multiply and divide.

Notepad: The iPod touch (3rd generation) features a Notepad function which allows you to use the unit to take notes using the iPod touch's (3rd generation) 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) connection.

Voice Memos (Optional): With Voice Memos, you can record any audio you want using the Apple Earphones with Remote and Mic, or an external mic (both sold separately). Voice Memos will record even when you are using your the iPod touch (3rd generation) to do things such as checking email or surfing the web. You can trim recorded memos right on the iPod touch (3rd generation), so you keep only what you need.

Nike+iPod Support: The iPod touch (3rd generation) 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 (3rd generation), tracking your time, distance, and calories burned. It even gives you voice feedback on your progress through your iPod touch's (3rd generation) headphones. When you get back to your computer, sync your iPod touch (3rd generation) 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.

Dock Adapter: This unit comes with a white plastic dock adapter which allows the iPod touch (3rd generation) to be docked in an accessory unit with an iPod dock.

Power Requirements: The iPod touch (3rd generation) has a built-in rechargeable, non-removable, lithium ion battery. When the iPod touch (3rd generation) is connected to your computer, the battery charges. When fully charged, the battery provides approximately 30 hours of music playback time or 6 hours of video playback. The battery charges to approximately 80% of capacity in 2 hours and fully charges in 4 hours. A battery life indicator appears at the top of the display.

Music Features

Audio Formats: The iPod touch (3rd generation) supports the following audio formats: AAC (8 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Music Store), MP3 (8 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, and 4), Apple Lossless, WAV, and AIFF. When you import music from a CD using iTunes, it can be converted to the AAC format.

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

Listening to Podcasts: Podcasts are downloadable radio-style shows you get at the iTunes Music Store. Podcasts are organized by shows, episodes within shows, and chapters within episodes. If you stop listening to a podcast and go back to it later, the podcast begins playing from where you left off.

Audio Books: 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 touch (3rd generation) 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 touch (3rd generation) and iTunes. You can also set the speed at which the audio book is played back.

Cover Flow: When you're browsing music, you can rotate your iPod touch (3rd generation) 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.

Playback Functions: You can set the iPod touch (3rd generation) to repeat a song once or over and over. You can repeat all songs in the list (album or playlist) from which the song was selected. You can also have the iPod touch (3rd generation) shuffle all songs in memory, shuffle the songs on the current list (album, playlist, etc), or shuffle albums (when set to shuffle albums, it plays all the songs on an album in order, then randomly selects another album and plays it through in order). During Shuffle play, the songs do not repeat until all songs have been played.

On-The-Go Playlists: You can program the iPod touch (3rd generation) to play the songs you want in the order you want. The songs are queued in On-The-Go playlists. In addition to individual songs, you can queue entire lists of songs (albums) in the On-The-Go playlist. There is no limit to the number of selections you can put in the On-The-Go playlist. If you sync the iPod touch (3rd generation) to your computer, any playlists you have created are saved in your iTunes library and deleted from the iPod touch (3rd generation). You can retrieve the saved playlists from your iTunes source list anytime you are connected to your computer.

Genius Playlist: The iPod touch's (3rd generation) 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 (3rd generation), you first need to set up Genius in iTunes, then sync iPod touch (3rd generation) 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 (3rd generation). You can also make Genius playlists directly on iPod touch (3rd generation).

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.

Shake To Shuffle Playback: The feature allows you to give your iPod touch (3rd generation) a shake to shuffle to a different song in your music library.

Equalizer: The iPod touch's (3rd generation) built-in equalizer with EQ presets to change the sound to suit a particular music genre or style.

Video Features

Video Playback: You can purchase movies, videos and TV shows, and download video podcasts at the iTunes Music Store, and then download them to your iPod touch (3rd generation). 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. You can view and listen to the videos on the iPod touch (3rd generation) or on a TV connected to the iPod touch (3rd generation).

Note: You can purchase movies and TV shows in standard (480p) or high definition (720p) format.

Video Formats: The iPod touch (3rd generation) supports the following video formats:

  • H.264 video, up to 1.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second
  • Low-Complexity version of the H.264 Baseline Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats
  • H.264 video, up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second,
  • Baseline Profile up to Level 3.0 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, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats

Importing and Viewing Your Own Videos on iPod touch (3rd generation): You can view other video files on the iPod touch (3rd generation), 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 (3rd generation), import it into iTunes, and then download it to your iPod touch (3rd generation) just as you would download any video to iPod.

Watching Rented Movies: You can rent movies (480p) from the iTunes Store and watch them on the iPod touch (3rd generation). You can use iTunes to rent the movies and transfer them to your iPod touch (3rd generation). 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 (3rd generation): If you have an iPod AV Cable (sold separately) you can watch videos on a TV connected to your iPod touch (3rd generation). First you set the iPod touch (3rd generation) to display videos on a TV, then connect the iPod touch (3rd generation) to your TV, and then play a video. The iPod touch (3rd generation) 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 (3rd generation).

Photo Features

Compatible Formats: This 8GB iPod touch (3rd generation) will hold up to 10,000 photos downloaded using iTunes software converted from JPEG, BMP, GIF, TIFF, PNG, and PSD (Mac only).

Auto Transfer: The iPod touch (3rd generation) can automatically transfer photos using iTunes if you have iPhoto v4.0.3 or later (Mac), Aperture (Mac), or PhotoShop Elements 3.0 or later (PC).

Viewing Photos: You can view photos manually one at a time by tapping the multi-touch screen on the Photo icon and the photo thumbnail. You can also browse through photo albums by flicking your finger left or right to see each succeeding photo. Zooming in or out requires a pinching in or pinching out motion with two fingers. You can change the orientation of the photo by simply rotating the iPod touch (3rd generation) horizontally or vertically

Slide Show: Photos can be viewed automatically using the slideshow feature. When using slideshow, several settings are adjustable: Time Per Slide, Repeat, Shuffle, and Transition between photos. Background music can be added to the slideshow if desired.

Wallpaper: You can set any of your photos as a wallpaper background, visible when you first unlock your iPod touch (3rd generation).

Email Photo: You can choose from any of your downloaded photos to email from the iPod touch (3rd generation). The iPod touch (3rd generation) must be connected to a wireless network and set up for email. If you have a MobileMe account, you can send photos directly from iPod touch (3rd generation) to a gallery you've created. You can also send photos to someone else's MobileMe gallery if that person has enabled email contributions

Photo Contact: You can assign a photo to a contact entered into the iPod touch (3rd generation).

Wi-Fi Features

Built-in Wi-Fi: The iPod touch (3rd generation) has built-in Wi-Fi (802.11b/g) that allows you to wirelessly connect to the Internet. iPod touch (3rd generation) can join AirPort and other Wi-Fi networks at home, at work, or at Wi-Fi hotspots around the world. The iPod touch (3rd generation) locates nearby wireless hotspots, including protected networks. When joined to a Wi-Fi network that is connected to the Internet, the iPod touch (3rd generation) connects to the Internet automatically whenever you use Safari, YouTube, or the iTunes Wi-Fi Music Store. 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 (3rd generation), giving you full access to the Internet. You can also sync your bookmarks on your computer. You can search the web using the touch (3rd generation) 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 (3rd generation) display. You can 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 (3rd generation) Home screen for faster access.

YouTube: The iPod touch (3rd generation) 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.

iTunes Wi-Fi Music Store: Your iPod touch (3rd generation) 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 (3rd generation). 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 (3rd generation). You can also install applications you have purchased or downloaded through iTunes on your computer when you sync with your iPod touch (3rd generation). Applications you download and install from the App Store on iPod touch (3rd generation) are backed up to your iTunes library the next time you sync the iPod touch (3rd generation) 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 (3rd generation) 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.

Contacts: You can use the iPod touch (3rd generation) 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 (3rd generation). 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 or 2007 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 Mail feature is a rich HTML email client that retrieves your email in the background while you do other things on the iPod touch (3rd generation). Using the iPod touch (3rd generation) you can send and receive email using your existing email accounts. You can send an email messages to anyone who has an email address. You can send the message to one person or to a group of people. You can also view or read some types of files and images attached to messages you receive such as PDF, Microsoft Word, or Microsoft Excel documents. The iPod touch (3rd generation) works with MobileMe, Microsoft Exchange, and the most popular email systems including Yahoo! Mail, Google email, and AOL, as well as most industry-standard POP3 and IMAP email systems. You can sync email account settings from Mail on a Mac, and from Microsoft Outlook 2003 or 2007 or Outlook Express on a PC. Account settings are only transferred from your computer to iPod touch (3rd generation). Changes you make to an email account on the iPod touch (3rd generation) don't affect the account on your computer. The Mail feature lets you send and receive photos and graphics, which are displayed in your message along with the text. You can also get PDFs and other attachments and view them on iPod touch (3rd generation).

Note: You must have an email address which looks like "yourname@example.com" to use iPod touch (3rd generation) 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. If you use a Mac, you can get an email address, along with other services, at www.mac.com or www.me.com.

Calendar: The iPod touch (3rd generation) lets you enter appointments and events on your computer and sync them with your the iPod touch (3rd generation). You can sync calendars from applications such as iCal and Microsoft Entourage on a Mac, or Microsoft Outlook on a PC. (On a Mac, you can sync calendars on your computer with more than one application on your computer. On a PC, you can sync calendars with only one application.) You can view the iPod touch's (3rd generation) 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 (3rd generation), 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).

Gaming: The iPod touch (3rd generation) 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 (3rd generation). The iPod touch (3rd generation) also offer Peer-to-Peer Gaming.

  • Fingertip Control: Many games for iPod touch (3rd generation) 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 built-in accelerometer actually responds to your movements, so you can tilt and turn your iPod touch (3rd generation) to control the action. It's perfect for racing games, where your entire iPod touch (3rd generation) 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).

Weather: The iPod touch (3rd generation) gives you current weather conditions and a six-day forecast. You can store your favorite cities for quick weather reports anytime.

Stocks: When you tap Stocks from the iPod touch's (3rd generation) 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.

 
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5 out of 5

Apple iPod touch® 8GB

Written By Rick, Stacy, MINNESOTA on Tuesday, September 21, 2010
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I really like it. My product came in a timely manner and was ready to be used.
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Apple iPod touch® 8GB

Written By Jim, Myrtle Beach S.C. on Sunday, June 06, 2010
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Easy to use and internent download for ipod store is quick.
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Apple iPod touch® 8GB

Written By Rob, Cleveland,OH on Wednesday, May 19, 2010
 
I bought a ipod touch 8gb last December to use in the ipod dock speaker set that I had purchased a while ago. I don't like ipods, itunes, or the "experience" of using these (I like the Zune HD much better, sorry), but I wanted to stream shoutcast, pandora, and last.fm through the applications available through the apple app store. For the uses of these applications, I rate the ipod touch as a "perfect 5," but I can't say the same thing for using the ipod as a music player.
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Exactly what they say it is

Written By Scott, Peoria, AZ on Sunday, May 16, 2010
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I debated on buying this on-line or at a local store. I had some Discover card points so that swayed my decision. The product works just like they said it would. Easy to use. Takes awhile to download songs, but is worth it in the end. The only thing I wish it had was a built in camera. Internet at home works great; haven't used it outside of my internet.

Like I said the product is great and Blake and some others answered my questions with the upmost respect and courtesy. The company makes you feel like a valued customer and almost like family.

I did buy the extended warranty so I hope they are as good as Crutchfield if I need them.
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Apple iPod touch® 8GB

Written By zadquiel, Arecibo, P.R. on Tuesday, January 19, 2010
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Perfect. Thanks
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5 out of 5

Real nice media player

Written By Matt, Mississippi on Tuesday, January 12, 2010
 
I don't know why I waited so long to upgrade from my MP3 player. This thing plays videos, movies, music, and can store photos as well. It also has wireless internet and you can download thousands of "apps" for it. I only got one because my sister had one, but I'm glad I got one. I can check my email and everything. I can even check the weather and stock quotes! Battery life isn't great, but acceptable.
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