Note: This article pertains to my personal upgrade from a 5th generation iPod to an iPod Touch. It does not contain any information regarding potential improvements or new features that Apple has in store for its next-generation iPod Touch.
When I bought my 30GB iPod (5G) back in 2006, I thought it would be the last MP3 player I’d purchase for a long, long time.
Two short years later I’m deciding on whether I want to buy the new 32GB iPod Touch (which I will hereby refer to as “iTouch”).
Here’s the thing. The price of $499 is no doubt hefty, but then again so was the $299 I spent two years ago for something that has half the features of the iTouch. Basically for $200 more I will be getting >2GB additional storage, but because I still have about 8GB left on my current iPod, storage space isn’t really the issue.
So what justifies the cost? All those neat little goodies which me likey a lot: Internet browser, notepad, weather, widgets…oh, and it plays music and videos, too. So as far as features go, it’s a no-brainer.
The cost is an issue that I may likely have handled. See, I’ve a $20 Best Buy Rewards certificate that I’ve been saving. Additionally, on Thursday I will be getting another $50 cash from my employer for my birthday (and a cake, too). On top of that, we’re getting a $200 Best Buy gift card as a promo for using Verizon for our Internet, phone and TV service. Ann has agreed to let me use the gift card since, well, there’s nothing at Best Buy she really wants. If that remains the case, I’ll have $270 to put towards the iTouch and would owe “just” the balance of $229 (plus tax). And if I get any more money for my birthday (note: I accept PayPal), then the cost could be even less.
Also, rumor has it that there may be a price drop of $100 very soon. So all things considered, I’ve broken it all down into pros and cons.
- It’s new–duh!
- Features are amazingly cool from what I hear
- It’s pretty
- Basically an iPhone minus the phone and camera but more memory
- With my job going bye-bye in about a year, will I use it as much?
- Cost, it seems to be taken care of
- Will it work with my current iPod dock-equipped clock radio?
- Will transferring from old to new be a pain?
- Can I replace the battery as easily as I did in my 5G?
- Do I really need a new iPod?
- Do I eBay the old one?
So will I stick with my current iPod or will my wallet get lighter in the near future? Stay tuned to find out…
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