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

 
 
djjd62
 
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Reply Tue 7 Feb, 2012 01:31 pm
ibooks let you download and read books you buy through itunes (i'm guessing there are some free as most places offer a few)

the free kindle app also let's you download books from amazon (lots of the classics are free)

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Irishk
 
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Reply Tue 7 Feb, 2012 01:32 pm
I got one for Christmas and it's got the 'FaceTime' app which lets you see (and be seen) with the person you're texting. It's all free - no limits as far as I can tell. I agree with whomever said the camera is very good. I've loaded it up with music, audiobooks and videos.

Took me a while to figure out that I had to use iTunes each time (no dragging and dropping like I'm used to with my other devices), but a teenager will have NO problem with that lol.

It's a fun, quality little gadget.
Cycloptichorn
 
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Reply Tue 7 Feb, 2012 01:33 pm
@Irishk,
Irishk wrote:

Took me a while to figure out that I had to use iTunes each time (no dragging and dropping like I'm used to with my other devices), but a teenager will have NO problem with that lol.


There are a variety of ways around THAT little requirement. Google it - you can find quite a few programs that do let you drag and drop.

ITunes sucks, it's the worst part of the whole thing...

Cycloptichorn
rosborne979
 
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Reply Tue 7 Feb, 2012 01:34 pm
@sozobe,
sozobe wrote:
You can use email, yes, you're right. But the kids like to use it for texting.
Then I don't really know what the difference is. Emails come in almost immediately so I don't see what you get from a "text" that is much different. Is there a key difference between the two?
Cycloptichorn
 
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Reply Tue 7 Feb, 2012 01:36 pm
@rosborne979,
rosborne979 wrote:

sozobe wrote:
You can use email, yes, you're right. But the kids like to use it for texting.
Then I don't really know what the difference is. Emails come in almost immediately so I don't see what you get from a "text" that is much different. Is there a key difference between the two?


Absolutely! They are completely different things - not the least of which being the fact that text messages go to cell NUMBERS, emails go to email ADDRESSES.

Cyclotichorn
djjd62
 
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Reply Tue 7 Feb, 2012 01:36 pm
@Cycloptichorn,
agreed, i always drag and drop, i dislike the autofill feature and only use it for podcasts
Irishk
 
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Reply Tue 7 Feb, 2012 01:40 pm
@djjd62,
Omg, I was practically pulling my hair out trying to set this thing up lol!! NOW you tell me I can drag and drop??? Can I then delete iTunes off my computer? It's got something called Web2Kit that runs when I don't want it to and really slows my connection Sad
OmSigDAVID
 
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Reply Tue 7 Feb, 2012 01:40 pm
@Irishk,
Irishk wrote:
I got one for Christmas and it's got the 'FaceTime' app which lets you see (and be seen) with
the person you're texting.
If u can CALL,
then by WHAT reasoning do u wanna take the time & trouble to text?
Inquiring minds wanna know.





David
rosborne979
 
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Reply Tue 7 Feb, 2012 01:41 pm
@Cycloptichorn,
Cycloptichorn wrote:
Absolutely! They are completely different things - not the least of which being the fact that text messages go to cell NUMBERS, emails go to email ADDRESSES.
But if I send an Email to a cell number it shows up as a text, and if I text from a cell to an Email account it shows up as an Email. So I'm still confused about what the big difference is?

If cell carriers are charging you for "texts" then there may be a cost, and I see that as one difference. But that doesn't apply on an iPod... I'm confused. Maybe it's because I'm not 16yrs old any more.
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sozobe
 
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Reply Tue 7 Feb, 2012 01:43 pm
@rosborne979,
As Cycloptichorn says, you can send a text to someone's non-smart phone (smart phones can receive emails, too).

But mostly it's a mode thing. For whatever combination of reasons, kids like texting.

The colored bubbles, the brevity, dunno.

But email and texting are different. (I do both depending on circumstances.)

Here's just a random example of what a TextFree conversation can look like (they have different backgrounds, colors, etc.):

http://techinmusiced.files.wordpress.com/2009/12/textfree.jpg
rosborne979
 
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Reply Tue 7 Feb, 2012 01:49 pm
@sozobe,
Oh, I see.

That's what I call a "Chat" box. Its based on IRC. IRC is totally different than Email, both internally and in the interface.

The big difference is the interface (as you can see in your screenshot) and in the fact that the participants are connected in real-time through a server (so there is very little delay in delivery).

Originally, "Texting" was something done on Cell phones which functioned more like Email. If what they are now calling "Texting" is actually IRC (Internet Relay Chat), then texting has evolved into something very different than it originally was.

Thanks for the clarification. Apparently "texting" has morphed into "chat".
OmSigDAVID
 
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Reply Tue 7 Feb, 2012 01:49 pm
@sozobe,
sozobe wrote:
As Cycloptichorn says, you can send a text to someone's non-smart phone (smart phones can receive emails, too).

But mostly it's a mode thing. For whatever combination of reasons, kids like texting.

The colored bubbles, the brevity, dunno.
I am hopeful that the fonetic spelling
will spread more broadly thru the language, updating it.





David
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Irishk
 
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Reply Tue 7 Feb, 2012 01:51 pm
@OmSigDAVID,
Good question and I've no idea. I was perfectly happy texting with my old, dumb-phone, but I see the appeal to today's teenagers. I probably wouldn't have purchased one of these for myself, but now that I have one I like it for certain things.
OmSigDAVID
 
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Reply Tue 7 Feb, 2012 01:52 pm
@Irishk,
What kind of things ?
Irishk
 
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Reply Tue 7 Feb, 2012 01:54 pm
@OmSigDAVID,
Mostly music and audiobooks. I put a couple of videos on it to experiment...the screen is amazing, if a little small. Haven't tried ebooks yet.
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CalamityJane
 
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Reply Tue 7 Feb, 2012 01:54 pm
@Linkat,
Yes,texting is all free!
Even before the iPod touch my daughter got resourceful (since I cut off the text ability on her phone) and found free texting sites online. Trust me, the kids get all the free apps and infos in a heartbeat, their network on how things work is fantastic.
sozobe
 
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Reply Tue 7 Feb, 2012 01:55 pm
@rosborne979,
Not exactly.

Texting is "typed communication via phone numbers."

When the kid uses her phone to text a friend, with no bubbles or screens, it's texting, too.

It's also a way of communicating, though, a style -- briefer and more informal than email.
Linkat
 
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Reply Tue 7 Feb, 2012 01:58 pm
@CalamityJane,
Yeah my daughter texts on line as well.

These teens are great at finding stuff. I found (what they thought was deleted) - still in trash - videos of them singing and dancing.
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OmSigDAVID
 
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Reply Tue 7 Feb, 2012 01:58 pm
@sozobe,
Email is formal ?
sozobe
 
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Reply Tue 7 Feb, 2012 02:01 pm
@OmSigDAVID,
More formal than texting anyway.

In general, kids seem to see email as something for school or for communicating with grown-ups. Texting is for communicating with each other.
 

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