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post #21 of 33

My 10 year old inherited mine since she uses it more that I do. I have turned off you-tube and the internet, but it still works for her games and she can do free texting with her friends who also have the same app. I have loaded some free audiobooks from Librivox.org onto it and she listens to it at bedtime on her small speakers by the bed (not headphones, as I want to make sure that's all she's listening too and not playing games at bedtime!). The movies and games have been very useful when waiting endlessly at urgent care, the medical lab, and other such places where they are not feeling up to coloring or playing, but can sit and forget about how crummy they feel while waiting. My 10yo uses her allowance (which is not much) to buy music she's into, like Owl City.

 

My 7yo has also inherited an older model ipod nano that she has a ton of stories loaded onto. You know, you can copy the files off audio CD's from the library right into itunes? She has a lot of those read along stories loaded. I just loaded Harry Potter recently, and one of the Naria books. She's listening to Heidi right now from the Librivox website.

 

I guess it's all in how you use it. I had it first and used the free Skype to call my dh from college (with wi fi) before I got a cell phone. I also used the texting and internet search features, also free with wifi access.

post #22 of 33
My kids have iPod touches and DSi's, and the touches are definitely the preferred handheld device. One good thing is that you can buy an app once and install it on multiple devices... so, anything I had already installed on my iPhone, the kids got for free.

For the PP who asked, we got 4th generations from Amazon for $205. DSi's cost $169 plus $30+ for each game, so I think between the two the iPod touch is a better investment. It takes and stores pictures, videos, is an e-reader, tons of educational and just for fun apps, a device to watch movies, a voice recorder, interpreter, and on and on. Oh, and it's an iPod. LOL! Having music and earbuds is great for my 6 yo with sensory issues. If we are somewhere overstimulating, he can listen to music.

A reminder - disable the ability to purchase apps within apps. I have iTunes PW protected, but forgot to do that for one of the iPods and my youngest bought $17 in Jurassic bucks (?).
post #23 of 33

We are another high tech "hippie" family.  I know it's because my DP was a video game store manager for several years.  My dream to live off grid will probably never happen, but one never knows.  winky.gif

 

DS was given a iTouch for his 8th birthday.  It's the only thing he wanted.  He loves it and treasures it (almost a year & a half later).  Reads (books & comic books) on it, plays games, watches netflix and has quite the music collection.  That kid has good music taste, if I don't say so myself. 

 

I hear ya on disabling the ability to buy apps.  We don't have a cc attached to his, so he can only buy apps if someone gives him a iTunes card.  And all purchases that he makes are sent to an email that I monitor. 

 

It works for him, especially if he's stuck at a Little League board meeting with Dad because Mom is in study group. Or when he comes with me to knitting group. 

post #24 of 33

can y'all explain the difference between the various "generations"?  i want a touch, but i don't understand how to buy one. i know i want one with a camera, though.

 

also, how does the GB difference hold up?  how much does 8GB do, since it's the cheapest?  what would be the benefit of getting 32 or 64 GB instead?

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can y'all explain the difference between the various "generations"?  i want a touch, but i don't understand how to buy one. i know i want one with a camera, though.

 

also, how does the GB difference hold up?  how much does 8GB do, since it's the cheapest?  what would be the benefit of getting 32 or 64 GB instead?



I don't know the difference between the generations, but I know that my entire iTunes music library won't fit on my 8GB iPod Touch -- I had to pick and choose which songs to load onto it. And my DH wasn't able to download certain games that were too large to fit on his. 

post #26 of 33

Thanks, limabean.  I see from looking around that 4th generation is the newest version.  Perhaps I should get the 64GB just to be safe.  Such a steep price, though!  $400 for something that I can hold in the palm of my hands and lose somewhere. LOL

 

I know kids that have one, though, and it looks like so much fun.

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Thanks, limabean.  I see from looking around that 4th generation is the newest version.  Perhaps I should get the 64GB just to be safe.  Such a steep price, though!  $400 for something that I can hold in the palm of my hands and lose somewhere. LOL

 

I know kids that have one, though, and it looks like so much fun.



I don't know the price difference between the 32 and 64GB versions (ETA: just looked it up -- the 32GB is $299), but if it's significant you should check how many GB you have on iTunes and see if you'd need the 64GB or if you could get away with the 32GB. If you open iTunes and look at the bottom it'll tell you your total GB of used space; for example, mine says 7.08GB for all my music, podcasts, videos, and apps combined. I guess it doesn't all fit on my 8GB iPod Touch because some space is taken up by stuff that comes preloaded on the device. So anyway, if you only have, say, 10GB of data stored on iTunes, then you'll probably be fine with the 32GB iPod, you know? My experience so far has been that the apps don't take up much space at all. 

post #28 of 33

Oh, great advice!  Thanks!

 

 

post #29 of 33

If I was going to spend $400 or more I'd just get another ipad. My 5 year old DD loves my DHs ipad. It's abit heavy and expensive for her to use unsupervised though. A lot of apps work on both ipads and the ipod touch.

post #30 of 33


Also remember that you can easily change the music on your ipod. My dp has an 8GB and it runs all of his apps and he just rotates his music choices.

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I don't know the price difference between the 32 and 64GB versions (ETA: just looked it up -- the 32GB is $299), but if it's significant you should check how many GB you have on iTunes and see if you'd need the 64GB or if you could get away with the 32GB. If you open iTunes and look at the bottom it'll tell you your total GB of used space; for example, mine says 7.08GB for all my music, podcasts, videos, and apps combined. I guess it doesn't all fit on my 8GB iPod Touch because some space is taken up by stuff that comes preloaded on the device. So anyway, if you only have, say, 10GB of data stored on iTunes, then you'll probably be fine with the 32GB iPod, you know? My experience so far has been that the apps don't take up much space at all. 



 

post #31 of 33

If you want the camera, you have to go with the 4th gen.  I have a 3rd gen and it does not have a camera.  We have 32GB, and my DH was able to load about 300 CDs worth of music onto it (over 4K songs), plus DS' baby pictures.  I don't have nearly as much music on mine, but I do have over 50 games on it. 

post #32 of 33

This is TOTALLY cute and educational move to give iPod touch for 2nd Birthday! Love it :)!

post #33 of 33
Our was free so no choice in the matter, give away with computer. So probbly 8 or so. That being said I'm plenty happy with it. I don't store much music on it and simple games so not a huge demand
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