iPod touch Updated -- For a Price

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iPod touch Updated -- For a Price

 

If you own an iPod touch you may be excited to learn that you can add new applications to the touch screen iPod, you may not be so happy to learn that it'll cost you.

 

At today's keynote Jobs unveiled five new applications for the iPod touch, Maps, Weather, Notes, Stocks and the most sought after touch application, Mail.

 

 

The Maps application (Google Maps with Locations) will triangulate your position using known Wi-Fi hot spots. No GPS needed.

 

In addition to the five applications, the bookmark on steroids, Web Clips allows users to place webpage short cuts on their homescreen.

 

The biggest wow factor of the update is the ability to arrange your applications and Web Clips over multiple homescreens and within the dock. For example, instead of having the Pictures application residing in the dock, you can replace it with YouTube, or you can create a Home Screen with all your Web Clips.

 

The new applications and capabilities are available on all new iPod touchs, while the update, for current owners is available now within iTunes for $20. Ouch!

 

 

To download this video to add to iTunes for viewing on an iPod with video, right click here and choose, Save link as.../Download linked file, depending on which flavor of browser you are using.

 

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Jackson

I am outraged that Apple is charging early buyers of the iPod Touch $20 for a system update that ought to be free.

While I understand Apple's decision to charge money for the new applications the new $20 "application pack" also includes a SYSTEM UPDATE in the form of the home page editing, web clips, and lyrics features. All of these are updates to the currently existing iPod Touch software and NOT new applications, which means that they ought to be free to all users of the iPod Touch.

Adding insult to injury these applications are all hidden in the 1.1.3 system update, a whopping 104.4mb file that all users must download if they want to fix bugs in the system. These applications can only be used when you pay Apple $20 to "unlock" them, but even if you decide not to buy them they stay on your iPod taking up precious space that could be used for songs, videos, or photos.

Apple is normally wonderful when it comes to providing system support and updates, but having them shaft early adopters and loyal fans like this is offensive and shows that Apple has absolutely no regard for the iPod Touch community.

You can leave Apple direct feedback here:
http://www.apple.com/feedback/ipodtouch.html

You can also sign this petition:
http://www.petitiononline.com/freeappi/petition.html

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Anonymous

You can't compare the iPhone update (a device Apple and AT&T profit from monthly after you already purchased it, yes, Apple gets some kickback on your two years of dropped calls) and the iPod Touch (a one time purchase). Maybe you are more pissed off they didn't innovate the Touch beyond teh current model. That makes sense. At the same time Apple doesn't owe you jack crap. If you don't like the pay for update scheme start a rebellion, seriously if very few iPod Touch owners bought the update Apple would fold right away, but I was in the Apple Store yesterday for all of 20 minutes and heard 3 customers ask how to buy the update so apparently the complainers are in the minority. Apple is profiting from the fact that people REALLY love the products. Apple has been and will likely continue to be much more than generous with updates, but then again if you are likely to complain about a $20 update to software and prefer to weaken your iPod Touch experience with jailbroken apps, more than likely you also have a single user version of Leopard installed on all your Macs in your house. Just so you know... Apple doesn't need you. But I'm sure you would be more than happy to purchase a new Zune that does everything the old one does but with a trickier UI.
Try to some positive criticism, this is still the same company that use to give whole versions of OS upgrades to us for free, upgraded the WiFi in their computers from G to N for free on capable models, and regularly corrects design flaws with drastic free repair programs that extend beyond the warranty. Can't think of the last time Sony or Dell ever did more than recall a battery and I can think of quite a few design flaws they have made.

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Anonymous

I agree with those who said it was unfair of apple to charge for new apps for the touch, but not for the iPhone. I also agree with the person who said that they were comming to expect that from apple. My new years resolution to my self (and my wallette) was to keep my G4 iBook and G4 Click Wheel iPod (b&w screen) for as long as I can. It might not have the newest software, and my iPod might not have a color screen, or the ability to play movies, but at least I'm not spending money on updates that should come for free. Apple should be more considerate of its long time/existing customers, and prove to its potential customers that their choice in apple is the best possible one.

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PeppWaves03

Why are so many upset? Every time there is an update to ilife is there not a charge which has become an every other year expense? Each new OS system brings upon a new charge, are those charges not the same? Charging for a new set of programs.

I think what is upsetting is apple having a double standard when it comes to their own products. why should a iphone be free while itouch pays? It would be like saying leopard is free for laptops but desktops pay to upgrade.

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Anonymous

First of all its a touch not an itouch. Second this update is a joke. My touch has all those apps and more for free thanks to jailbreak. Keep your apps AppleSoft. I'll keep my twenty bucks.

Posted with my iPod touch

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Travis

FYI I had my 16 gig Ipod Touch's name leagally changed to "Itouch" after I bought it (you can look up the proper forms and paperwork I filed with the Judge at the courthouse downtown).
I also have a pet fruit-bat named "Eric"

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Anonymous

If you want to sound ignorant feel free.

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Travis

will we ever be able to view websites with flash or quicktime movies on them?

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Ben

This sucks really bad.

Thanks Apple!
[I'm actually coming to expect that from you now...]

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Daniel Dorfman

Dude, think about it. would you rather have a 60 buck per month phone bill from at&t, or just pay 20 bucks. but you are right in a sense. why include it with new itouchs but not have the update be free? ah well, you pay some price for buying early.

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PeppWaves03

I have been looking to into a touch for some time now but the fact the touch did not have an email program killed it. Now it seems like the perfect device although I am not sure, can you change information on your calendar/address book directly from the touch without the use of your computer?

ps: the iphone is not an option as i hate cingular and would never move, not even for apple

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Travis

yes you can edit both calender and address book and add avatar type images to your contacts file from the ipod and it will then sync nicely with your Mac when you are uploading/downloading. Its a nice unit and if your in a
Wifi spot it's a way cool PDA. be aware, though an 8 gig Ipod fills up pretty quickly if your a itunes junkie like me.

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Travis

I upgraded as soon as I could and I was very happy with it. The new apps are great, I love haveing my mail on the home screen. and I also noticed web based e-mail sites like yahoo now also display in an itouch freindly way (probably has nothing to do with the upgrade) The twenty bucks didn't bother me that much since it now compares nicely with the phone, and with the I-touch you don't have a sixty dollar plus a month bill from AT&T so over all it is a good deal. I am very happy with it but I wouldn't want to pay for another upgrade. that would be pushing it.

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Jeff

When the touch came out most people saw the potential it had and wondered why it was lacking the iphone's programs, such as mail and maps. Apple claimed that since it was primary designed as an entertainment iPod there was no need for these communication apps. I always assumed Apple would update the touch with these things after enough consumer outcry. After all, there was really no reason in my mind to limit the touch, especially since it probably doesn't cost Apple another dime to include them.

So the update is nice, but I'm not paying $20 for it.

And still, no keynote mention of 3rd pary software. I'm not seeing most people buying this update... after all hacking is still free.

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Anonymous

iTunes Store is required. For S Americans and most Asian countries, the new Touch is available to buy legitimately online - why not make the upgrade available?????

I'm willing to buy, but have been excluded.

Come on Apple!!!!!!

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ddell

The iPhone got the same software upgrade for free -- why are they charging the iPod touch owners for it? Even the Apple TV's upgrade is free. I realize it costs money to create software, but the touch hasn't been out very long and it seems like they're just trying to soak the touch owners.

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Tanner

Cost aside, my biggest wonder is if the firmware update would make the iPod play a little nicer with the Alpine iDA x001... It's a little quirky otherwise

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