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Apple's iPod touch is now priced at $199, $249, and $299 for 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB models respectively

Remember the iPod? You know, that small MP3 device that helped turnaround Apple’s fortunes and eventually paved the way for the iPhone? Apple has given little thought to the product line for the past year or so, but today is finally making some worthwhile changes to its iPod touch.
The first change is that the 16GB model is no longer neutered compared to its larger capacity siblings. Previously, the 16GB iPod touch was only available in silver, lacked a rear camera, and missed out on the loop wrist strap. The new 16GB iPod touch adds in the missing features and is now available with the full color palette previously reserved for 32GB and 64GB models (black, space grey, pink, yellow, blue, and red).
Another positive move is that the price has dropped from $229 down to $199 despite the increase in features.
Speaking of pricing, the higher capacity 32GB and 64GB models have seen price cuts of their own. The 32GB model dropped $50 to $249, while the 64GB model witnessed a $100 drop to $299. The $50 pricing spread between models will likely be much more palatable to potential customers, and we are hopeful (but not exactly holding our breath) that Apple will employ a similar pricing strategy for its next generation iPhones.

All iPod touches features a 4” Retina display, A5 processor, 5MP rear camera, and FaceTime HD front-facing camera.

Source: Apple

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By Mitch101 on 6/26/2014 9:08:06 AM , Rating: 2
Translation - Not selling trying to jumpstart the line.

It cost more than some good tablets today and is the size of most phones. Most people would just use their phone in place of this. Depending on what you do a tablet makes more sense and might cost you less for more screen real estate.

Since the release of the phone this line makes little sense except for those who people feel are too young to have a phone.

RE: Translation
By Brandon Hill on 6/26/2014 9:12:18 AM , Rating: 2
Since the release of the phone this line makes little sense except for those who people feel are too young to have a phone.

I think this is exactly right. With a lot of families moving to Family Share mobile plans where they have unlimited minutes/texts and pooled data, it makes more sense to just give the kids smartphones.

RE: Translation
By kmmatney on 6/27/2014 2:34:09 PM , Rating: 2
This. We are on Ting (BYOP) and I just bought my kids used iPhones, which were a lot cheaper than an iPod touch. I paid $150 for a 4S, and $100 for an iPhone 4. Not the latest and greatest, but they were both in excellent condition and run smooth. You can get a Galaxy SIIIs (Sprint) on Swappa for less than $150 as well.

RE: Translation
By BRB29 on 6/26/2014 9:27:21 AM , Rating: 2
Actually, it's for people who uses Apple's iTunes and apps but prefer Android. Most docks and accessories are made for ipods and iphones.

There's also the gym crowd. The ipod is much flatter so it's easier to get a arm band or slip into your pocket. Ipods being the only decent device out of everything out there, it's an obvious choice for most people. And people would rather risk destroying an ipod fitness than their phone.

Kids have smartphones these days already for emergency.

RE: Translation
By deltaend on 6/26/2014 9:38:55 AM , Rating: 2
I just leave my phone next to the equipment that I am using and listen to my Google music collection streaming live off of the web with my LG-HBS730. I have access to over 1TB of music, I don't need it attached to my body, and I can answer phone calls if needed. Hell, I can even leave my phone plugged in and charging while I work out.

RE: Translation
By BRB29 on 6/26/14, Rating: -1
RE: Translation
By Phx on 6/26/2014 10:36:41 AM , Rating: 2

Just wanted to point out since it seems you missed it, he's using an LG-HBS730, this is a Bluetooth headset which mean's he's not blasting music to everyone. He is keeping his music to himself albeit without wires which can be annoying while working out.

RE: Translation
By hpglow on 6/26/2014 4:32:57 PM , Rating: 1
It doesn't happen often but there is a guy at my gym that used to blast music from his phone. As you could guess it was also crap music. Fortunatly, it only took one talk for him to stop. Blasting your music from a phone in the gym is just as anoying as weiners curling in the squat rack.

I don't get BT headphones why would anyone pay a fortune to make their music sound like shit? Maybe I've never tried the right set but every pair I have sampled made music sound like a 64kbps mp3 at best.

RE: Translation
By Motoman on 6/26/2014 10:28:24 AM , Rating: 1
I haven't understood why *anyone* who owns a smartphone has had any need for a .mp3 player for the past several years.

Especially granted that virtually all smartphones come with SD slots. Even if you have a mammoth music collection, you can carry it all with you.

Why waste the space and effort to carry around and charge a redundant device?

RE: Translation
By Mitch101 on 6/26/2014 10:45:13 AM , Rating: 2
I leave my cell phone in the car when I work out and use a Sansa Clip. Old one 2 gb no memory slot. Dog chewed up my 4gig memory slot one. It does the job and Im not distracted by texts or calls. Kind of an escape/down time too.

BluTooth wont reach from my car to where I am in the gym. :(

RE: Translation
By Nutzo on 6/26/2014 11:43:27 AM , Rating: 3
Especially granted that virtually all smartphones come with SD slots.

This is a Apple device and apple devices do not come with SD slots. A large percent of Android device also don't come with SD slots (like the Nexus phones)

RE: Translation
By Motoman on 6/27/2014 9:40:30 PM , Rating: 2
Statistically speaking, virtually all Android phones come with SD slots.

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By DanNeely on 6/26/2014 12:02:23 PM , Rating: 3
Expandability. I've busted several music players while walking over the years due to poorly maintained sidewalks, etc. I'd much rather not risk destroying a $500+ high end phone if I don't have to. My current setup is a phone but it's $70 lumia 520 (+ uSD card for capacity) that doesn't have any actual cellular service. With Apple not having any phones in the lower price brackets an iPod remains the only option for someone committed to itunes/etc.

RE: Translation
By hpglow on 6/26/2014 4:39:13 PM , Rating: 3
What are you talking about? There are becoming fewer phones with SD slots every year. I don't need one on my phone but on a tablet they are handy. When I bought my last it wasn't easy to hit all the checkbox features I wanted plus an SD slot. Many are sacrificing the microSD to simplify design and reduce device thickness.

RE: Translation
By Reclaimer77 on 6/27/2014 9:22:46 AM , Rating: 2
Looking at sales, the vast majority of Android phones in the wild DO support SD slots. Samsung outsells Apple and the next three smartphone manufacturers COMBINED.

Stepping outside of Samsung, the LG G2 and G3 support SD cards and are having fairly strong sales as far as non-Samsung flagships go.

Then we have the Moto G and E tearing up the low-end segment, both support microSD.

I don't have the numbers on how many phones out there support SD, but going by Samsung's market share alone, I'm confident in saying SD slots are represented in the majority of Android handsets being bought by people.

RE: Translation
By marvdmartian on 6/30/2014 7:41:14 AM , Rating: 2
I don't own a smart phone, but even if I did, I'd rather carry my tiny (size of a Zippo lighter) Sandisk Sansa Clip in the gym. Yeah, I'm dealing with wires, but I generally only bother with music while I'm doing my cardio, and it doesn't bother me there (besides which, I see plenty of guys who just run the wire inside their shirt).

Seeing as you can pick up a Sansa Clip 4GB for $40 (new) or less (refurb), and add a micro-SDHC card to it, if the 4GB isn't enough space, why wouldn't you carry one of those, instead of a >$500 smart phone??

RE: Translation
By tonyswash on 6/26/2014 11:06:04 AM , Rating: 1
Translation - Not selling trying to jumpstart the line.

Probably more like clearing out the stock of parts. I am surprised Apple sells any iPods let alone nearly 3 million. The only use case I can see for an iPod touch is one where not having a phone function is an actual plus (paranoid parents trying to prevent kids from phoning/texting, etc).

Kind of sad to see the end of the line looming for the iPod. I got given one of the very first models, 5 gigs I think, as a fiftieth birthday present, and got a 128 gig classic as a retirement gift from some work pals. I still use the latter when I want to take a lot of music on the road.

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By name99 on 6/27/2014 1:36:32 AM , Rating: 2
Note that that's 3 million sales in a non-holiday quarter. The 2013 annual sales were around 20 million.
The trend is downward, but, IMHO, if they release a new version in October with an iPhone 5C style body, an A7 CPU, a 4.7" screen, and targeted at playing tweener games well, they can probably maintain that sales figure for 2014.
(Hell, rebrand it the iPad Nano to give it new lease on life...)

Big Deal
By Egglick on 6/26/2014 9:12:52 AM , Rating: 1
It's sad that they're even selling a 16GB model. You can buy a 64GB microSD card for $30. What about those of us with large music collections? The 5-year-old 160GB Classic is the only option. I know it'll never happen, but I'm dreaming of a 256GB flash-based iPod Classic.

RE: Big Deal
By deltaend on 6/26/14, Rating: -1
RE: Big Deal
By Al Jalaikakik on 6/26/2014 10:05:36 AM , Rating: 4
If I already own the music, I don't want to STREAM it.

RE: Big Deal
By Brandon Hill on 6/26/2014 10:53:21 AM , Rating: 3
Yeah, I don't stream anything. I have 18GB of music which is enough to keep me occupied for a while. And when I'm in the car, I listen to Sirius-XM.

And since I no longer have unlimited data on my phone, I'm not gonna stream and risk hitting my caps.

RE: Big Deal
By Grimer21 on 6/26/2014 6:54:32 PM , Rating: 2
I subscribe to Spotify for $5/month and create playlists on my PC then log in to the app on my phone and select 'Available Offline' and it downloads over WiFi straight to my phone. It's really slick, easy to use, and very speedy. I make new playlists almost everyday and sync them to my phone so I can listen to nearly anything I want in my car via Bluetooth Audio. It even lets you load in music you have stored on your PC and add that to your playlists.

This solution is hands down the greatest thing that I've ever encountered for listening to music whilst driving.

RE: Big Deal
By Dr. Kenneth Noisewater on 6/26/2014 11:09:10 AM , Rating: 3
Poor reception, ALAC/FLAC rips, data caps, non-unlimited service (Ting).. So many reasons to have local storage.

I'd be tempted to leave a 16GB Touch in my car and keep it in sync wirelessly. I reckon my daily commute would be long enough for its charge to get topped up.

RE: Big Deal
By Nutzo on 6/26/2014 11:47:54 AM , Rating: 3
I'd be tempted to leave a 16GB Touch in my car and keep it in sync wirelessly.

My car plays MP3's off a thumb drive plugged into the USB port. 32Gb thumb drives are cheap. Much better solution IMHO.

RE: Big Deal
By retrospooty on 6/26/2014 11:56:48 AM , Rating: 2
Me too. Easier, cleaner, cheaper. No brainier.

Honestly, if I had an older car that didn't have USB built in to the stereo, I would rather buy a new stereo than plug an MP3 player into the old one. It's just inefficient, ugly and obtrusive.

RE: Big Deal
By Dr. Kenneth Noisewater on 6/26/2014 12:10:59 PM , Rating: 2
Smart playlists don't work on thumb drives, alas.

Also, podcasts and audiobooks keeping their playback place.

RE: Big Deal
By name99 on 6/27/2014 1:18:51 AM , Rating: 2
This is a really big deal (playlists and remembering your location) if you listen to audiobooks.
I use a really old (1st gen nano!) iPod in the car. My car system has a special "iPod" input which can also take an MP3 flash drive, but the iPod solution is so much nicer because it tracks location so robustly. If you disconnect the iPod, shut down the car battery (e.g. during repair work), whatever, the location is maintained properly on the iPod.

Personally, I'd say if you listen to any long-form content, it's worth paying the extra to buy an early iPod nano --- you can pick one up for maybe $30 or so on eBay.

RE: Big Deal
By taisingera on 6/26/2014 12:21:32 PM , Rating: 3
When working out I find anything the size of a cellphone too big, that is why I use aSandisk clipzip. Also, who wants a 4" tablet that costs at least $199?

This is desperate and pathetic for Apple.

RE: Big Deal
By aliasfox on 6/26/2014 3:56:11 PM , Rating: 3
Not really pathetic by Apple, it's just an option that they sell. There's almost $0 in R&D for the iPod Touch line - it is pretty much exactly the same thing as an iPhone, without the modem.

I'm surprised there's any significant market left for this, but I imagine kids, Skype/Facetime might be the biggest uses. Also, likely easier to gift for the holidays than a phone.

Lastly, this might be used as a portable Point of Sale device for sales people to carry around in-store. Don't know how big this market is, but it seems like it's big enough for Apple to keep the iPad2 around well past its prime.

RE: Big Deal
By mellomonk on 6/26/2014 3:58:56 PM , Rating: 2
Desperate and Pathetic? Hardly. This follows there normal line of business exactly. This is a stale, almost dead niche, largely replaced by phones. And yet they still sell millions of these buggers. But nobody here has even touched on what this product is all about. Go to a elementary or middle school classroom and talk to the kids. A ton of kids have these. Because of the games. The iPod Touch is about games as much as music. It is aimed at the younger set. Kids often can't sell there parents on the expensive smart phone, but this gets them the apps and games they really want. Plus it gets them into the iTunes eco-system early.

RE: Big Deal
By name99 on 6/27/2014 1:24:08 AM , Rating: 2
Apple sold about 20 million iPod touches last year. If they make $100 profit on each, that's $2billion of pure profit.
You may be in the fortunate position of being able to turn your back on $2 billion, but for most of us, accepting such easy money is a no-brainer.

And as has been pointed out below, the target demo for these is NOT people who already own a phone, or people who want workout music. It's basically tweeners --- kids who a few years ago would have been paying games on a DS or PSP.

If you want something small for working out, Apple will happily sell you an iPod Shuffle.

RE: Big Deal
By chmilz on 6/26/2014 7:13:24 PM , Rating: 2
With Bluetooth and wifi sync. And not Apple/iTunes.

By HarryLemon on 6/26/2014 5:43:57 PM , Rating: 2
Why are iPods so popular?

As someone who's been able to commute from home for the last 6 years, I have everything I need in my local wi-fi home environment, and a Skype number works just as well as a land line, especially since I don't particularly LIKE being available 24/7 to begin with. When I leave the house - I'm out. It's my time, and thanks but I don't need to fry my brain and develop cancer on any area of my body where I might otherwise tote a cellular while I'm at it. The research on the latter is beyond refutable. For me it's about health. Plus it's an awesome little device with superb visuals and graphics capabilities. It does everything I want it to do - including protecting my personal space and not frying my brain! WIN WIN!!! =D

"We don't know how to make a $500 computer that's not a piece of junk." -- Apple CEO Steve Jobs

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