iPod Touch is an elegant and capable player

iPod Touch is an elegant and capable player

  • Apple's iPod Touch is an elegant and capable of a player short on battery life. It is so-called "iPhone without the phone", and the interface issues are similar to the iPhone. The iPod Touch deletes the iPhone's physical volume controls and speakers, so annoyingly everything on the Touch is done on the touchscreen.
  • Apple says that the Touch was meant mainly to present typical iPod features, not to replicate the iPhone, and it included the Web browser only so users could get onto Wi-Fi to use the mobile music store in certain places that required a log-in screen.
  • Like earlier iPods, the iPod Touch is elegant and capable, and works with Apple's free iTunes software smoothly for Windows and Macintosh PCs, as well as with its computer-based online iTunes Store, which sells far more downloaded songs and TV shows than any other legal outlet.
  • Not just that, the iPod Touch introduces a mobile version of the iTunes store. It's called the iTunes Wi-Fi Music Store, it allows you to buy, right on the iPod, any of six million songs for the same price you'd pay on a computer. This portable store will soon be made available on the iPhone as well.
  • The iPod Touch has some quirks and downsides for all its beauty and functionality. It's the first iPod model and also the first iPod that lacks any physical buttons for controlling music playback.
  • Like the iPhone, the iPod Touch has just one Home button on its face, which takes you to the main menu, a series of beautiful square icons. And like the iPhone, the iPod Touch has an on/off button along the top edge. Most everything else is controlled by Apple's new “multitouch” touch screen interface, which includes a virtual keyboard for text entry.
  • Unlike the iPhone, the iPod Touch lacks volume-control buttons and a button for pausing or skipping songs on its earbuds. So you have to play, pause and skip songs by touching the screen. This is made easier by a feature the iPhone lacks. When you double-click the home button, music controls appear on the screen, even if the screen is turned off. Still, you can't control your iPod Touch by touch when you're listening to music with the device in your pocket or purse.
  • Rip and Convert video format to watching on iPod Touch is perfectly, and so did viewing photos. The Wi-Fi functions, including the Web browser, a YouTube video viewer and the new mobile store, also worked perfectly.
  • The iPod Touch is missing some Internet-oriented features from the iPhone that would work well over Wi-Fi. It lacks the iPhone's email, mapping, stock tracking and weather programs. But its keyboard has a feature the iPhone lacks.