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Apple iPod Touch review | Functions

Published on: Monday, December 10th 2007                   Written by: Ralf Jurrien - Photography by: Mark Peters

Apple iPod Touch music player

Apple iPod Touch music player

Apple iPod Touch - Music

Connecting the iPod Touch to your computer will automatically upload the program iTunes to the computer. Next you will be asked if you want to synchronize the iPod with the music on your computer. This all happens very fast and enables you to listen to the music that you were only able to listen to on your computer before. The music on the Apple iPod Touch is categorized straight away and therefore easy to find again. The songs can be found through the albums that carry the songs or they can be found through type of music and artist name. Play lists also belong to the possibilities in order for you to play your favourite songs sequentially. When Touching the icon: 'Songs', all songs will be rendered separately. And if you use the handy Alphabet on the right side of your screen, you will quickly find the first letter of the song you want to hear.

Apple iPod Touch - Music quality
The music quality of the iPod Touch in combination with the included earplugs is amazing. Personally I have never before heard such a beautiful, clear and pure sound from 'normal' earplugs. The only disadvantage I can think of is that the music can't be played without earplugs. It would have been a surplus function if the iPod Touch would have had integrated speakers.

Apple iPod Touch playing music

Apple iPod Touch playing music

Apple iPod Touch - Music playing screen

When playing music, a bar appears on the bottom of the screen for adjusting the volume. Right above it three buttons are rendered to play or pause the song and it lets you choose the next or previous song. On top of the music playing screen the song, the album and artist name are rendered. Touching once in the centre of the screen a bar will appear indicating how long the song has been playing and how much play-time is left. Sliding this bar lets you forward or rewind the song. When Touching twice in the centre of the music screen all songs of the album the song belongs to can be found. This function is also accessible by Touching the album button top right on the screen of the iPod Touch. When you want to listen to a different song from this album or a different type you have to use the same button. When you turn the Apple iPod Touch, the screen rotates and all albums are rendered in order for you to quickly select a different album; a nice additional function. And again the Touch screen works perfectly and lets you scroll through the albums with ease and select the desired one.

 

Apple Touch 16GB

Apple Touch 16GB

Supported music structures

• AAC (16 till 320 Kbps)
• Protected AAC (from iTunes Store)
• MP3 (16 till 320 Kbps)
• MP3 VBR, Audible (2, 3 and 4)
• Apple Lossless
• AIFF
• WAV

Apple Touch Earplugs

Apple Touch Earplugs

Supported file structures

• MPEG-4-video (till 2,5 Mbps)
• 640 x 480 pixels
• 30 frames per second
• Simple Profile with AAC-LC-audio
• 48 kHz
• Stereogeluid in .m4v
• .mp4 file format
• .mov file format

iPod Touch Main menu button

iPod Touch Main menu button

In the box

• Apple iPod Touch
• Earplugs
• USB 2.0 cable
• Dock adapter
• Polishing cloth
• Stand
• Quick Start guide

 

Apple iPod Touch Videos

It is just as easy to put videos on the iPod Touch as it is to put music on it. These videos can be obtained through iTunes but also movies and videos already on your computer and not obtained through iTunes can be uploaded to the iPod Touch. While playing videos you can switch between normal reproduction and full screen by double-clicking the Touchscreen. To play/pause, rewind or forward the videos the Touchscreen has to be Touched once after which a bar appears that lets you manage these options. The volume is adjustable through the volume bar on the bottom of the screen. When a video is abruptly stopped, for whatever reason, it will start again the next time exactly where it stopped before. The quality of the videos, when the video itself is of good quality is excellent. Well, it won't be the Apple iPod Touch's fault!

Apple iPod Touch iTunes

The menu option iTunes is available via the main menu of the iPod Touch. To download iTunes the iPod has to be connected to the internet via WiFi. After Touching the iTunes button a list appears called 'recommended'. Furthermore, the obtainable iTunes songs can be selected and put in a top ten or you can manually search for a song. Entirely bottom right, the download button is placed to enable checking the selected downloads. The entire iTunes menu is very user-friendly. Complete albums can be downloaded or separate songs. Before purchasing a song, it is possible to listen to the first 30 seconds of it, the so-called preview.

 

iPod Touch Pictures

T he Apple iPhone lets you take pictures with the built-in camera and view them afterwards. Unfortunately the iPod Touch has not been equipped with a camera. It is possible however to synchronize the pictures from your computer with the iPod Touch through iTunes. Once the pictures are on your iPod you can watch them by Touching the Pictures icon in the main menu on the iPod screen. Clicking on a picture will make it appear in a medium size in the centre of the screen. And also here, just as is the case when playing music, the picture is automatically rotated when turning your iPod into a different direction. If you turn the iPod one quarter, the picture will be rendered on full screen. The icon that tells you the number of the picture and a second one that lets you go on to the next or previous picture are still visible and available. When the Touchscreen is touched once again on a spot clear from icons, the picture will be rendered fully. Instead of having to use the icons to go to the next or previous picture you can slide your finger to the left or the right on the Touchscreen and the next or previous picture will appear. An additional amazing function on the Apple iPod Touch multimedia player is zooming in on pictures.

Apple iPod Touch review

Not so much amazing that this function is offered but more so because of the way it is carried out. You have to place your fingers on the exact spot you want to zoom in on and then move them apart. After that you can move to the right or the left sliding on the screen. Double-clicking on the Touchscreen will undo the zooming again.

 
 
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