iPod Software Update

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This video was recorded on January 15th, the day Apple announced that new iPod Touch’s software will have five new apps bundled with it, so long as you pay $20.00. I think this was wrong of Apple to do. I personally feel they slapped their community in the face with this. If this were a firmware update, I would be totally outraged at having to pay. But, this is a software update. I can see both sides of this issue. Here are some things for you to consider prior to making up your own mind.

  • iLife has always been bundled separately. You’d have to buy it off the shelf instead getting it off the shelf. This is the same thing with the iPod Touch. You can get the software already installed now, instead of having to purchase it separately.
  • You knew what apps came with the iPod Touch if you bought one. You hoped that Apple would release the new apps in the future. They may not be free, but you can now legally buy them, and install them on the iPod Touch.
  • You may spend $20 on these apps, but the people who don’t want or need them will save the $20. If you don’t want to spend the money, you don’t have to. The $20 is actually very cheap. Just the Maps application alone is worth at least $40.00. When looked at that way, this is a heck of a deal.

One of the Mods in our chat room is Justin. He sent in his top five reasons for buying the update.

  • For $20 dollars you can get access to tons of software that, before today, was exclusive to the iPhone. Software includes mail, weather, stocks, Google maps, and Notes.
  • The ability to reorganize the home screen of the iPod Touch. Now you can move items around in any order needed. There is also room for two additional home screens. Perhaps you share the iPod with a family member… now you can both have the home screen just how you like it.
  • The update allows users to display lyrics to their favorite songs. I have yet to figure out how to work this feature… but it sounds nifty in concept.
  • “Notepad”. I have always wanted a place where I could put a To Do list or something similar. Now I have such a place.
  • And my favorite reason of all… the mail application. Now I have easy access to Gmail (without having to load Safari). The mail application also allows for other mail servers such as AOL mail.

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