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Ipods? What to look for/costs - what do they do?

 
 
Linkat
 
Reply Tue 7 Feb, 2012 12:16 pm
I know little of Ipods. My daughter wants one and has saved $100 towards buying one. Talk to me about these as if I have no knowledge of these whatsoever.

What are the differences between them? What do they cost? What do they do? Is there a monthly service fee? Anything I should be aware of?
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Cycloptichorn
 
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Reply Tue 7 Feb, 2012 12:22 pm
@Linkat,
Linkat wrote:

I know little of Ipods. My daughter wants one and has saved $100 towards buying one. Talk to me about these as if I have no knowledge of these whatsoever.

What are the differences between them? What do they cost? What do they do? Is there a monthly service fee? Anything I should be aware of?


The ones with screens on them (Ipod Nano, Ipod Touch) play videos and movies as well as music. The Shuffle only plays music, and has no screen. The Touch (which looks just like an Iphone) also runs Apps in the exact same way an Iphone does.

Touch starts at 199, Nano at $129, Shuffle is $50. All come with a set of earphones, though I don't really like them. You'll probably want a case for the Touch if you get it to, so that's another 10-20.

No monthly service fee - the Touch gets internet over wi-fi very well, not sure about the Nano, nothing at all on the Shuffle.

The Touch is by far the most sophisticated and fun of the devices - the games you can get on it are super fun and there are MANY useful apps as well. For example, I read all my books on my 3-year old Ipod Touch, I've been very happy with it.

Cheers
Cycloptichorn
Linkat
 
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Reply Tue 7 Feb, 2012 12:26 pm
@Cycloptichorn,
Thanks - yeah its the touch that my daughter is interested in. I've just seen such a variety of prices from about $129 to $200 so I wanted to make sure we don't get something that is crap or something that is overpriced.

So no fee - it is via wireless - would you need to be some where that wireless is available? We have wireless at home - just wondering in say you are in a car - would it work?

Now I told you I know little if any.
CalamityJane
 
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Reply Tue 7 Feb, 2012 12:29 pm
@Linkat,
My daughter has an ipod touch - has tons of features and operates just like the iPhone ( without the phone feature). You'll get lots of free apps with it, and the prices vary depending on the GB size you want - 8 GB should be sufficient.
apps like iMessage gives you free texting abilities (very important with teens nowadays), the photo quality is better than on my small Canon, it has video abilities, iTunes, MP3 music and much much more. The ipod touch is quite complete.
They start at $ 199.00 - Target has them at $ 189.00 (8 GB) - Best Buy too!
sozobe
 
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Reply Tue 7 Feb, 2012 12:31 pm
@Linkat,
If you have wireless at home, that's good.

Depends on what you're using it for outside the network.

For example, you can text and surf the net on a iPod touch (and also make voice calls if you have a newer one), but you need a network for that.

If you have Angry Birds on it though, you can just play Angry Birds wherever -- you just won't be able to upload a new version until you're in a wireless network again.

The newer ones also have cameras and such.

We have an old iPod touch, no camera, it's very useful though. We got it for free with our iMac (special promotion, new iPods had come out), we weren't in the market for it or whatever but really appreciate having it.
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DrewDad
 
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Reply Tue 7 Feb, 2012 12:31 pm
@Linkat,
Linkat wrote:
just wondering in say you are in a car - would it work?

It will play the games, music, etc. that are already on the device, but you can't download new content while you're offline.

Network services - texting, facetime (videoconferencing software), etc. require an active Internet connection.

Edit: I'll add that if you have a mobile device that can operate as a wireless hotspot (such as an, ahem, Android phone), then you can continue to use network services.
mismi
 
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Reply Tue 7 Feb, 2012 12:58 pm
@Linkat,
My boys have them.

The iTouch is amazing. I love it...it is an mp3 player and it has game apps that are incredibly easy to change out and they cost much less than Nintendo games. They also have cameras and video capabilities. They have wifi access so we can watch Netflix on them and youtube videos. They can even text their friends when they have access to wifi.

It also has the wonderful capability of allowing me to control their access to certain vids and you tube accounts. I just type in my pass word under restrictions and let them watch it while they are in the room with me. When they are finished I turn off the access. They can't access it without my code.

It is by far the handiest little machine ever. I have even down loaded books for them.
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OmSigDAVID
 
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Reply Tue 7 Feb, 2012 01:01 pm
@Linkat,
This shud be interesting.
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Linkat
 
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Reply Tue 7 Feb, 2012 01:14 pm
@CalamityJane,
OK so say I want this app for texting (which I know she wants) - does this app cost money?
sozobe
 
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Reply Tue 7 Feb, 2012 01:14 pm
@Linkat,
TextFree is free.
Linkat
 
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Reply Tue 7 Feb, 2012 01:15 pm
@DrewDad,
OK got it - so if you are within a wireless area - you can do all internet type stuff and texting. But if you are not - you can use whatever is already downloaded onto the device, but obviously you cannot text or download new stuff.
sozobe
 
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Reply Tue 7 Feb, 2012 01:16 pm
@sozobe,
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/textfree-voice-free-text-calls/id399355755?mt=8

You get a certain number of minutes free, then have to pay over that.

Sozlet's never gone over the limit, but she has a cell phone w/ unlimited data plan and usually uses that for texting.
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sozobe
 
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Reply Tue 7 Feb, 2012 01:17 pm
@Linkat,
Linkat wrote:

OK got it - so if you are within a wireless area - you can do all internet type stuff and texting. But if you are not - you can use whatever is already downloaded onto the device, but obviously you cannot text or download new stuff.


Bingo!
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Linkat
 
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Reply Tue 7 Feb, 2012 01:17 pm
@sozobe,
Cool - so I just get textfree - I assume somewhere in the internet world and down load it. No cost for this to download.
sozobe
 
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Reply Tue 7 Feb, 2012 01:19 pm
@Linkat,
If you get an iPod you'll have to set up an Apple ID account to buy apps through iTunes.

I like it because even though sozlet's the main one to use the iPod, I own the account and she can't buy anything without asking me first.

There are a bazillion free apps, then others tend to be 99 cents or $1.99. Rarely they're more than that.
rosborne979
 
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Reply Tue 7 Feb, 2012 01:21 pm
@Linkat,
You don't typically use "texting" on an iPod, you just use Email the way would on any other computer.

The iPod is basically a small hand-held computer. You can do web browsing and Email and any Apps that you can download. I use mine all the time, it's great. Easily the best gadget I ever bought.
Linkat
 
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Reply Tue 7 Feb, 2012 01:22 pm
@sozobe,
that's good so if she wanted something else she could buy it herself. We have a Mac at home so maybe we already have an Apple ID account.
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Linkat
 
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Reply Tue 7 Feb, 2012 01:24 pm
@rosborne979,
I don't know - I know that many of the kids use this for texting. I know my daughter even uses the computer for texting.

We had taken off texting from our phones since she was only one texting and it would lower our phone bills so she texts from the computer.
rosborne979
 
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Reply Tue 7 Feb, 2012 01:30 pm
@Linkat,
Linkat wrote:
I don't know - I know that many of the kids use this for texting. I know my daughter even uses the computer for texting.
I think "texting" and Email in this case are basically the same thing.

The iPod will also do FaceTime which is direct video chat. And since all of this is driven across your WIFI connection, there is no additional cost for any of the flow of data (whether it be Text or Email or Video or Sound).
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sozobe
 
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Reply Tue 7 Feb, 2012 01:30 pm
@rosborne979,
If you're under 16 or so you use it for texting, a lot.

You can use email, yes, you're right. But the kids like to use it for texting.

We only have one computer at home so I will frequently just use the iPod as a tiny computer if E.G. or sozlet are on the computer and I need to do something (usually email).
 

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