Apple’s latest 2019 update is for a product some of us thought was just about to go the way of the dinosaur, the iPod touch. Though rumors have been circling for months, I for one, didn’t put much stock in it because, well … why?
Low and behold, on Tuesday, May 28, just a week after Apple updated the MacBook Pro, it added the iPod touch 7 to the 2019 roster. With nothing but a processor bump and larger storage capacity (Rene’s minimalist review is: “Now with A10 and 256GB of storage), the real question becomes, who is this for?
After putting it through its paces, I can definitely say that Apple has made a smart move here, launching an updated, but still basic iPod touch that can serve as a dedicated device for those of us already in the Apple ecosystem and a gateway device for those who want to try out Apple’s services but don’t want to pay the premium for an iPhone or iPad.
For people who want
- AR support on an iPod touch
- A dedicated gaming device
- A dedicated music device
- An entertainment device for the kids
- A four-inch form factor
- To spend the least amount of money on a brand new Apple device
Not for people who want
- Face ID / Touch ID
- More than 256GB of storage
- Cellular connectivity
- Apple Watch connectivity
- 4K video recording
- A 12 MP camera
- Portrait Mode
What it is for?
iPod touch 7 as a dedicated music player
When it comes to music listening, downloading or streaming, the iPod touch 7 is pretty much exactly the same as its predecessor. You’re not getting a new or better listening experience. The Bluetooth connection is the same. The speakers are the same. If you have never owned an iPod touch, or like me, your last iPod touch is still running iOS 6 and doesn’t even support Apple Music, a new iPod touch is a great investment.
My personal favorite use for the iPod touch is as a dedicated music player. I love loading up playlists and bringing them with me to parties, backyard BBQ, and camping trips. What I don’t love is when my iPhone becomes the jukebox for the evening. It’s especially bothersome when other people want to play songs on my iPhone. I love that they want to play different music. I don’t love that my iPhone is the instrument. What about text messages? What about the various notifications I have set up? With a dedicated music player, I don’t have to worry about any of that.
Most important; I don’t have to worry about running out of battery life on my iPhone, which is much more important after the party is over and I’m trying to get a ride home, or when I’m camping and every ounce of juice is needed for mapping my return trip.
Using the iPod touch as a dedicated music player also means that I can share with my significant other. We have varying tastes in music and preferred services. I use Apple Music, he uses Spotify. I can stream my favourite playlists and albums on Apple Music and it won’t affect his end of year song list in Spotify. He can create his perfect road trip playlist in Spotify and I won’t get recommendations for genres I’m not interested in.
If the iPod touch isn’t being used for anything but music, I can also pair it with whichever speaker I want and never have to unpair it to use a different speaker or headphones. I can set it up in one place in the house (or backyard) and never have to change that setup.
Similarly, I can do the same thing in the car. Download all the music, podcasts, and audiobooks I want while on Wi-Fi, and then drop my iPod touch in the car and I’ve got a world of entertainment at my fingertips. I don’t have to reconnect my iPhone every time I get into the car. The iPod touch is always there. Plus, when I need my iPhone for navigation, I don’t have to worry about it interrupting my listening
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