Compatibility: The iPod touch 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 10.4.10 or later
- USB Port: USB 2.0 High
Speed (USB 1.1 ports, including those on most keyboards, do not have enough
- Software: iTunes
later (software not included, free download from Apple iTunes website)
- Internet Connection: Broadband recommended
Note: The iPod touch
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
Storage Capacity: The iPod touch 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
iTunes Syncing: With the
iPod touch, 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, 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 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.
Smart Touch-Screen Display: The 3.5"
widescreen multi-touch liquid
crystal display has a 320 x 480 pixel resolution at 163 pixels per inch. The
multi-touch interface uses the same technology as the ultra-popular iPhone, and
allows you to scroll through playlists or album art with the swipe of a finger.
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. The display can be oriented vertically or
horizontally by rotating the iPod touch.
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.
Controls: Unlike previous
iPods, the iPod touch 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
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 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.
Customizable Home Screen Layout: You can customize the layout of icons
on the touch's 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 nine customizable screen to choose from when you
use the iPod touch. The number of dots at the bottom of the screen show the
number of screen you have and indicates which screen you are viewing.
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 mis-typed words. Keyboard are available in 14 different languages, and
supports the following keyboard formats: QWERTY, QWERTZ, AZERTY, QZERTY, and
Japanese IME. The iPod touch uses its active dictionary to suggest corrections
or complete the word your are typing. The iPod touch has dictionaries for
English, English (UK), French (Canada), German, Japanese, Spanish, Italian and
Dutch. The appropriate dictionary is activated automatically when you select a
keyboard on the unit. The On-screen Keyboard can be viewed in horizontal or
Headphones: The iPod touch comes
with earbud-style headphones with 18mm drivers using Neodymium magnets.
If desired, you can use any headphones with a 3.5mm mini-plug.
Built-In Speaker: The iPod touch 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.
Volume Limiter: You can select
a volume limit for the iPod touch 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.
Clock Functions: The iPod touch
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
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 features a standard calculator which allows
you to add, subtract multiply and divide.
Notepad: The iPod touch features a Notepad function which allows you to
use the unit to take notes using the iPod touch's 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.
Nike+iPod Support: The iPod touch 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,
tracking your time, distance, and calories burned. It even gives you voice
feedback on your progress through your iPod touch's headphones. When you get
back to your computer, sync your iPod touch 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 to be docked in an
accessory unit with an iPod
Power Requirements: The iPod
has a built-in rechargeable, non-removable, lithium ion battery. When the iPod
touch is connected to your computer, the battery charges. When fully charged,
the battery provides approximately 36 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
Audio Formats: The iPod touch
supports the following audio formats: AAC (16 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from
iTunes Music Store), MP3 (32 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, and
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 to your computer, any playlists you have created are saved
in your iTunes library and deleted from the iPod touch. You can retrieve the
saved playlists from your iTunes source list anytime you are connected to your
Genius: The iPod touch's Genius 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, you
first need to set up Genius in iTunes, then sync iPod touch 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. You can also make Genius
playlists directly on iPod touch.
Equalizer: The iPod touch's
built-in equalizer with EQ presets to change the sound to suit a particular
music genre or style.
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. 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 or on a TV connected to the iPod touch.
Video Formats: The iPod touch
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: You can view other video files on the iPod touch, 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, import it into iTunes,
and then download it to your iPod touch just as you would download any video to iPod.
Watching Rented Movies: You
can rent movies from the iTunes Store and watch them on the iPod touch. You can
use iTunes to rent the movies and transfer them to your iPod touch. 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: If you have an iPod AV Cable, you can watch videos on a TV
connected to your iPod touch. First you set the iPod touch to display videos on a TV, then
connect the iPod touch to your TV, and then play a video. The iPod touch can
output the video in NTSC or PAL.
Compatible Formats: This 8GB
iPod touch 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 can
automatically transfer photos using iTunes if you have iPhoto v4.0.3 or later (Mac),
Adobe PhotoShop Album 2.0 or later (PC), or PhotoShop Elements 3.0 or later
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 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
Wallpaper: You can set any of
your photos as a wallpaper background, visible when you first unlock your iPod
Email Photo: You can choose from any of your downloaded photos to
email from the iPod touch. The iPod touch 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 to a gallery you've created. You can also send
photos to someone else's MobileMe gallery if that person has enabled email
Photo Contact: You can assign a photo to a contact entered into the
Wi-Fi: The iPod touch has
built-in Wi-Fi (802.11b/g) that allows you to wirelessly connect to the
Internet. iPod touch can join AirPort and other Wi-Fi networks at home, at work,
or at Wi-Fi hotspots around the world. When joined to a Wi-Fi network that is
connected to the Internet, iPod touch connects to the Internet automatically
whenever you use Safari, YouTube, or the iTunes Wi-Fi Music Store.
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, giving you full access to
the Internet. You can also sync your bookmarks on your computer. You can search
the web using the touchscreen 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 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 Home screen for
YouTube: The iPod touch 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 gives you access to the iTunes Wi-Fi Music Store, which enables you
to browse and purchase music on the go. Whenever you're 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. 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. You can
also install applications you have purchased or downloaded through iTunes on
your computer when you sync with your iPod touch. Applications you download and
install from the App Store on iPod touch are backed up to your iTunes library
the next time you sync the iPod touch with your computer.
Gaming: The iPod touch 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
- Fingertip Control: Many games for iPod touch 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 to control 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 Super Monkey Ball, in
which your character rolls to your movements.
Starbucks Music: Whenever you
visit a participating Starbucks, your iPod touch automatically connects to the
iTunes Wi-Fi Music Store for free. This allows you to see a playlist of the
songs playing in the café or featured
Starbucks Collections, select your favorite songs, and purchase them instantly.
This service is currently available in more than 600 Starbucks in
New York and Seattle, and will be rolled out to other cities in the future.
Contacts: You can use the iPod touch 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. You can sync contacts with applications such as
MobileMe, Microsoft Entourage, 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
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. Using the
iPod touch 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 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. Changes you make to an email account on the
iPod touch 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.
Note: You must have an email address which looks like
"email@example.com" to use
iPod touch 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
Calendar: The iPod touch lets you enter appointments and events on
your computer and sync them with your the iPod touch. 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 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, 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 gives you current weather conditions and a
six-day forecast. You can store your favorite cities for quick weather reports
Stocks: When you tap Stocks from the iPod touch's 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.