Apple Updates iPods

Remember the iPod? That’s the thing that can play music, run apps, show videos, play games, and lots more, just not make phone calls. (Well, the iPod touch is, at least.)

Today, Apple updated the entire iPod line. The iPod touch gets pride of place with a 64-bit, A8 processor, on 8 megapixel camera, and new colors. It also gets storage options of up to 128 GB, twice that of the previous model.

New ipod touch

The iPod nano and shuffle also get new colors.

I had expected that the nano might get wi-fi, so it could use Apple Music, but I guess it’s not an interesting enough device. And I’m a bit surprised that the shuffle still exists, but it is a neat device to use when working out. It’s got one job, and it does it well.

I’ve ordered a new iPod touch. I have the 5th generation model, which I use for testing iOS betas, and it’s very sluggish with iOS 9. The new iPod touch, with the A8 processor, will last several years. Other than that, I only plan to use it to stream music, so I opted for the 32 GB model.

It’s interesting to note how long these devices have been around since their last update. The iPod shuffle dates back to September, 2010. The iPod nano was last updated in September, 2012. And the iPod touch in September, 2012 as well, though there was a 16 GB model added to the iPod touch line in May, 2013. So that’s nearly five years for the iPod shuffle, and it’s clearly still selling enough for Apple to refresh the model.

Do any of you still use iPods? I’ve got an iPod classic that I use sometimes, listening around the house with headphones. And I do use my touch for streaming, since I don’t want to turn on iCloud Music Library on my iPhone.

50 thoughts on “Apple Updates iPods

  1. It will be prone to the same sync issues we’re having with ITunes; that’s what Apple should be pushing on to solve. My Iphone 6 won’t take any of my own music since the 12.2.1 update. Ridiculous; luckily I have a lot of ITunes bought material, but my own collection? Forget it.

    • Regarding syncing your own music: have you disabled iCloud Music Library on both iTunes AND the iPhone itself? I was able to resume normal syncing of my own music after this.

      Yes, you need to disable the main selling points of Apple Music to use the normal functions of iTunes again…

      • Even if I never ever used those services? Thanks a million, I’ll try it tonight and I love your work by the way; diligent person, I don’t know how I would be handling this stuff honestly. 🙂

      • On my phone, if I try to “sign out” of the Icloud, it says it will delete the its data from your iphone. Since I never used it, does that matter in any way?

      • I think I need a step by step to do this, I gather you have a Mac, I have a PC running windows 7; ITunes may display differently. I’m really scared to screw this up.

  2. It will be prone to the same sync issues we’re having with ITunes; that’s what Apple should be pushing on to solve. My Iphone 6 won’t take any of my own music since the 12.2.1 update. Ridiculous; luckily I have a lot of ITunes bought material, but my own collection? Forget it.

    • Regarding syncing your own music: have you disabled iCloud Music Library on both iTunes AND the iPhone itself? I was able to resume normal syncing of my own music after this.

      Yes, you need to disable the main selling points of Apple Music to use the normal functions of iTunes again…

      • Even if I never ever used those services? Thanks a million, I’ll try it tonight and I love your work by the way; diligent person, I don’t know how I would be handling this stuff honestly. 🙂

      • On my phone, if I try to “sign out” of the Icloud, it says it will delete the its data from your iphone. Since I never used it, does that matter in any way?

      • I think I need a step by step to do this, I gather you have a Mac, I have a PC running windows 7; ITunes may display differently. I’m really scared to screw this up.

  3. The new blue color on the left is sharp.
    On a podcast the other day they postulated they might come with Bluetooth (versus WiFi) as a method for the devices to communicate to Apple Music every 30 days or so (via another internet enabled device) to check if an Apple Music subscription was still valid (to deal with downloaded content on the device). I guess BT didn’t make it.

    • The iPod nano already has Bluetooth. I don’t know if that can be used as you suggest for rights verification for streaming.

  4. The new blue color on the left is sharp.
    On a podcast the other day they postulated they might come with Bluetooth (versus WiFi) as a method for the devices to communicate to Apple Music every 30 days or so (via another internet enabled device) to check if an Apple Music subscription was still valid (to deal with downloaded content on the device). I guess BT didn’t make it.

    • The iPod nano already has Bluetooth. I don’t know if that can be used as you suggest for rights verification for streaming.

  5. iPod Classic user here! I use it at work every day. Only Apple device that fits my entire (local!) music collection.

  6. iPod Classic user here! I use it at work every day. Only Apple device that fits my entire (local!) music collection.

  7. I also have an iPod Classic, though it hasn’t seen much use since purchasing my iPhone 6 Plus. But it’s nice to know it’s still there, and I keep it synced and ready to roll just in case.

  8. I also have an iPod Classic, though it hasn’t seen much use since purchasing my iPhone 6 Plus. But it’s nice to know it’s still there, and I keep it synced and ready to roll just in case.

    • Wow, tacain! I envy you. I had a chance to pick up a black one to use as a backup, and passed it by! Awesome!

    • Wow, tacain! I envy you. I had a chance to pick up a black one to use as a backup, and passed it by! Awesome!

  9. Kirk, I can’t remember one of your columns getting as many comments as this iPod column. I thought the iPod line was circling the drain, but it sure seems to have fans here. I have a 60gb and 80gb classic and a pretty gold (sold online only) Nano, but basically have replaced them with my iPhone 5S.

  10. Kirk, I can’t remember one of your columns getting as many comments as this iPod column. I thought the iPod line was circling the drain, but it sure seems to have fans here. I have a 60gb and 80gb classic and a pretty gold (sold online only) Nano, but basically have replaced them with my iPhone 5S.

  11. I use an old iPod Photo every day in my 45 minute commute. The hardware UI in the iPod is vastly superior to the Touch or iPhone to navigate by touch only in the car. My use case – set shuffle going when I start off, and hit skip by touch on songs I don’t gel with at that moment.

  12. I use an old iPod Photo every day in my 45 minute commute. The hardware UI in the iPod is vastly superior to the Touch or iPhone to navigate by touch only in the car. My use case – set shuffle going when I start off, and hit skip by touch on songs I don’t gel with at that moment.

  13. I still use my black iPod Classic (160GB) in my car everyday. However, the Sync System freaks out when I put too many songs on there. At least I still have 80 GB worth of my favorite songs.

  14. I still use my black iPod Classic (160GB) in my car everyday. However, the Sync System freaks out when I put too many songs on there. At least I still have 80 GB worth of my favorite songs.

  15. Yes, iPods are still being used and loved in the household. My wife has two 2nd-gen iPod shuffles she uses every day (alternating them, of course). I have a 2nd-gen iPod shuffle as well, plus a 4GB blue iPod mini (still going strong), and I’ll hopefully change and upgrade the internal hard drive of my old 3rd-gen 10GB iPod (FireWire iPods, remember those?). We also have a 1st-gen iPod touch but it’s the least used of the bunch.

    Cheers,
    Rick

  16. Yes, iPods are still being used and loved in the household. My wife has two 2nd-gen iPod shuffles she uses every day (alternating them, of course). I have a 2nd-gen iPod shuffle as well, plus a 4GB blue iPod mini (still going strong), and I’ll hopefully change and upgrade the internal hard drive of my old 3rd-gen 10GB iPod (FireWire iPods, remember those?). We also have a 1st-gen iPod touch but it’s the least used of the bunch.

    Cheers,
    Rick

  17. I have a fifth-gen (I think) 16 gig iPod Nano that I use every day in my car; it integrates nicely with my 2009 Honda Fit’s dash unit, whereas a later model or an iPhone or iPod Touch might not be compatible. Plus I can just leave it in the glove box until I need to sync new songs.

    • I’ve got one as well that I use mostly on bike rides (wearing only the right ear bud). I worry about heat from leaving it in the car, though. I live in South Carolina.

  18. I have a fifth-gen (I think) 16 gig iPod Nano that I use every day in my car; it integrates nicely with my 2009 Honda Fit’s dash unit, whereas a later model or an iPhone or iPod Touch might not be compatible. Plus I can just leave it in the glove box until I need to sync new songs.

    • I’ve got one as well that I use mostly on bike rides (wearing only the right ear bud). I worry about heat from leaving it in the car, though. I live in South Carolina.

  19. iPod Touch 1st generation: Woodshop music played through component stereo system, 2 hours/day, average, 10 hours max. iPod Nano 2nd gen: Woodturning studio music played through hi-fi JBL “computer” stereo system w/subwoofer, 3 hours/day, average, 6 hours max. iPod Nano 6th gen (a free extended warranty replacement of Nano 1st gen, through Apple, a year or two ago- 8 or 9 years after purchase!), podcasts, mostly, and some music played through my Honda and VW 30-pin stereo systems, 2 hours/trip, two trips per week, average, 16 hours max on inter-city trips a few times per year. iPod Touch 4th generation: Living room music, played through Apple Stereo (both bought used, separately), 1-2 hours per session, twice a week on average. iPod Shuffle, I forget which generation: exercise and house cleaning, played through headphones, 1 hour per session, twice a week. iPod Nano 5th gen: gardening and outdoor music, played through Altec Lansing portable stereo device, 1-4 hours per session, a few times per month. iPod Touch 4th gen and Shuffle 2nd gen: loaner to friends with selected audio books, from time to time. Another Nano or two sit in a box, never used. Almost all music is ripped from my CDs. Podcasts are mostly downloaded and managed through the iTunes Store.

    My phone is an iPhone 5S, which has a little music on it for when I am stuck somewhere with nothing else. I don’t put much music on it, because of both sync issues and storage space.

  20. iPod Touch 1st generation: Woodshop music played through component stereo system, 2 hours/day, average, 10 hours max. iPod Nano 2nd gen: Woodturning studio music played through hi-fi JBL “computer” stereo system w/subwoofer, 3 hours/day, average, 6 hours max. iPod Nano 6th gen (a free extended warranty replacement of Nano 1st gen, through Apple, a year or two ago- 8 or 9 years after purchase!), podcasts, mostly, and some music played through my Honda and VW 30-pin stereo systems, 2 hours/trip, two trips per week, average, 16 hours max on inter-city trips a few times per year. iPod Touch 4th generation: Living room music, played through Apple Stereo (both bought used, separately), 1-2 hours per session, twice a week on average. iPod Shuffle, I forget which generation: exercise and house cleaning, played through headphones, 1 hour per session, twice a week. iPod Nano 5th gen: gardening and outdoor music, played through Altec Lansing portable stereo device, 1-4 hours per session, a few times per month. iPod Touch 4th gen and Shuffle 2nd gen: loaner to friends with selected audio books, from time to time. Another Nano or two sit in a box, never used. Almost all music is ripped from my CDs. Podcasts are mostly downloaded and managed through the iTunes Store.

    My phone is an iPhone 5S, which has a little music on it for when I am stuck somewhere with nothing else. I don’t put much music on it, because of both sync issues and storage space.

  21. Yes, a classic used every day, often shares a pocket with a 4G ipod touch. Bit worried about what to replace the classic with when the time comes. And quite interested in this new touch.

  22. Yes, a classic used every day, often shares a pocket with a 4G ipod touch. Bit worried about what to replace the classic with when the time comes. And quite interested in this new touch.

  23. I’m in the process of rediscovering some of my old ipods. I have a 2nd gen mini and nano. I plan on upgrading the storage of the mini to 64 or 128GB down the road, for a fun little project if the price is right.

  24. I’m in the process of rediscovering some of my old ipods. I have a 2nd gen mini and nano. I plan on upgrading the storage of the mini to 64 or 128GB down the road, for a fun little project if the price is right.

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