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Apple Let’s Rock 2008 Event Online; Download iPod Touch 2.1 Firmware NOW

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In case you missed it yesterday’s big iPod announcement from Apple, you can see the entire event online by clicking here. One of the biggest highlights from yesterday was the heavily updated iPod Touch and announcement of iPhone firmware 2.1.

We’ve all been eagerly awaiting the release of 2.1 iPhone firmware. Lots of people have been experiencing slowdowns going from application to application, random App crashes, and just general sluggishness. Let’s hope when 2.1 firmware is available to download this Friday, it will address most of these issues.

Should I Buy an iPod Touch or iPhone 3G?

Get ready to hear this debated to death online this Fall. With Apple’s update to the iPod Touch, it is looking very similar to the iPhone 3G. However, the only differences are the lack of camera, bluetooth, GPS, and phone function.

Many people will be thinking, why not just buy the iPhone and have an all in one device? Others will be arguing, forget the iPhone and its high monthly cost, I’m getting the iPod Touch! So what device should YOU buy? Well, that’s entirely up to you. If it was me I would still get the iPhone 3G because having an all-in-one device is just priceless. The days of carrying my iPod and cellphone are over now that I have my iPhone 3G. This is even better when you’re traveling abroad. One less device to charge and worry about losing!

The iPod Touch does have some interesting points going for it though. The new design is pretty sexy and the new pricepoints are going to get more people to dip into their wallets this holiday season. Starting at $259 for the 8GB, it’s a much better deal than paying $299 for the older 8GB. But where it gets humorous is how our neighbours to the south are paying less for their iPod Touches ($229USD), yet our dollar almost remains at par! Go figure!

iPod Touch Gaming is Coming your Way!

What I also thought was interesting was Apple’s emphasis on GAMING for the iPod Touch. In a nutshell they are opening up a big can of worms by focusing the Touch on not just music, but gaming too! Now that there is an accelerometer in the iPod Touch, gaming possibilities are going to get very interesting as they demonstrated yesterday. How much marketshare could the iPod Touch take away from Nintendo? The Nintendo DS Lite is the iPod equivalent in the portable gaming world. I think it’s going to take a lot more than just touch contols and the App Store to steal gamers from Nintendo.

Oh, on a side note it seems as though iPod Touch owners can download 2.1 NOW. Plug your iPod Touch into iTunes to update, or click here to download.

Okay, so the iPods have been updated. Bring on the MacBook updates anytime now please, Apple!

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  • Nitar

    big mistake apple. Don’t make an iPod touch almost as good as your flagship product, it steals from people who would have bought an iPhone

  • Nitar

    big mistake apple. Don’t make an iPod touch almost as good as your flagship product, it steals from people who would have bought an iPhone

  • Nitar

    big mistake apple. Don’t make an iPod touch almost as good as your flagship product, it steals from people who would have bought an iPhone

  • Nitar

    big mistake apple. Don’t make an iPod touch almost as good as your flagship product, it steals from people who would have bought an iPhone

  • Jeremy

    I don’t think it’s a big mistake. Think about it a little longer. Certain people have been reluctant to buy a 3g because they refuse to deal with Rogers/Fido, can’t afford the monthly recurring costs, or are locked in a current cell plan. Think about college students, which is a prime example of a group of customers which would have to think long and hard about purchasing a 3g for its feature set. Now if they could choose a product that lacked only a few of the features, it would come as NO shock to me to see sales on that product absolutely sky rocket for specific age groups, and customer types. Stealing customers? Nah, giving appropriate customers what they need. It’s a VERY smart business model. THANK YOU APPLE!

    PS: Yeah, I have a 3g, which I use 23.5 hours a day. Gotta sleep sometime, right?

  • Jeremy

    I don’t think it’s a big mistake. Think about it a little longer. Certain people have been reluctant to buy a 3g because they refuse to deal with Rogers/Fido, can’t afford the monthly recurring costs, or are locked in a current cell plan. Think about college students, which is a prime example of a group of customers which would have to think long and hard about purchasing a 3g for its feature set. Now if they could choose a product that lacked only a few of the features, it would come as NO shock to me to see sales on that product absolutely sky rocket for specific age groups, and customer types. Stealing customers? Nah, giving appropriate customers what they need. It’s a VERY smart business model. THANK YOU APPLE!

    PS: Yeah, I have a 3g, which I use 23.5 hours a day. Gotta sleep sometime, right?

  • Jeremy

    I don’t think it’s a big mistake. Think about it a little longer. Certain people have been reluctant to buy a 3g because they refuse to deal with Rogers/Fido, can’t afford the monthly recurring costs, or are locked in a current cell plan. Think about college students, which is a prime example of a group of customers which would have to think long and hard about purchasing a 3g for its feature set. Now if they could choose a product that lacked only a few of the features, it would come as NO shock to me to see sales on that product absolutely sky rocket for specific age groups, and customer types. Stealing customers? Nah, giving appropriate customers what they need. It’s a VERY smart business model. THANK YOU APPLE!

    PS: Yeah, I have a 3g, which I use 23.5 hours a day. Gotta sleep sometime, right?

  • I have to disagree… sorry! 🙂 Based on the new iPod touch ads, I strongly believe that Apple is targeting the younger / up and coming generation for the touch It’s basically a “toy” that plays music and games first and foremost. Notice his main focus was music and games (not e-mail, maps, contacts, etc… that it can also do). The iPhone is a more “grown-up toy”. It’s not really a toy, but look at the ads… they are aiming the iPhone at the business world, the older generation as a communications device that provided the convenience of everything you need on your phone.

    So, although the iPod touch is an iPhone without the phone, I sincerely think Apple knows what they’re doing when it comes to how they are marketing their products. They are after all, quite successful at what they do!

  • I have to disagree… sorry! 🙂 Based on the new iPod touch ads, I strongly believe that Apple is targeting the younger / up and coming generation for the touch It’s basically a “toy” that plays music and games first and foremost. Notice his main focus was music and games (not e-mail, maps, contacts, etc… that it can also do). The iPhone is a more “grown-up toy”. It’s not really a toy, but look at the ads… they are aiming the iPhone at the business world, the older generation as a communications device that provided the convenience of everything you need on your phone.

    So, although the iPod touch is an iPhone without the phone, I sincerely think Apple knows what they’re doing when it comes to how they are marketing their products. They are after all, quite successful at what they do!

  • I have to disagree… sorry! 🙂 Based on the new iPod touch ads, I strongly believe that Apple is targeting the younger / up and coming generation for the touch It’s basically a “toy” that plays music and games first and foremost. Notice his main focus was music and games (not e-mail, maps, contacts, etc… that it can also do). The iPhone is a more “grown-up toy”. It’s not really a toy, but look at the ads… they are aiming the iPhone at the business world, the older generation as a communications device that provided the convenience of everything you need on your phone.

    So, although the iPod touch is an iPhone without the phone, I sincerely think Apple knows what they’re doing when it comes to how they are marketing their products. They are after all, quite successful at what they do!

  • I have to disagree… sorry! 🙂 Based on the new iPod touch ads, I strongly believe that Apple is targeting the younger / up and coming generation for the touch It’s basically a “toy” that plays music and games first and foremost. Notice his main focus was music and games (not e-mail, maps, contacts, etc… that it can also do). The iPhone is a more “grown-up toy”. It’s not really a toy, but look at the ads… they are aiming the iPhone at the business world, the older generation as a communications device that provided the convenience of everything you need on your phone.

    So, although the iPod touch is an iPhone without the phone, I sincerely think Apple knows what they’re doing when it comes to how they are marketing their products. They are after all, quite successful at what they do!

  • Jeremy

    iPod Touch software now let’s you turn off system sounds independently of each other instead of “all or nothing” as before. So now I can turn off the Incoming Mail sound but leave the other clicks and beeps on.

  • Jeremy

    iPod Touch software now let’s you turn off system sounds independently of each other instead of “all or nothing” as before. So now I can turn off the Incoming Mail sound but leave the other clicks and beeps on.

  • The new iPod Touch is nice, but I have to agree with Tim, in that they seem to be targeting a younger generation.

    I think now that you can get the new earphones with the mic built in for voice recording on the iPod Touch, it may not be long before someone creates a VOIP app to use the iPod as a phone. This would only work in WIFI hotspots, but I think the door is open for developers to look at this option.

    I’m still holding out for 32GB, before I upgrade from my iPhone Edge, to the iPhone 3G!

  • The new iPod Touch is nice, but I have to agree with Tim, in that they seem to be targeting a younger generation.

    I think now that you can get the new earphones with the mic built in for voice recording on the iPod Touch, it may not be long before someone creates a VOIP app to use the iPod as a phone. This would only work in WIFI hotspots, but I think the door is open for developers to look at this option.

    I’m still holding out for 32GB, before I upgrade from my iPhone Edge, to the iPhone 3G!

  • Nice…it’s starting to look more and more like an iPhone without the phone!

  • Nice…it’s starting to look more and more like an iPhone without the phone!

  • Anthony

    does any one know the release date for the ipod touch and all the other ipods that are coming out?

  • Anthony

    does any one know the release date for the ipod touch and all the other ipods that are coming out?

  • You can order them on-line right now. They say they ship in 2-3 days. The stores locally here in Calgary tell me they will be getting their stock in next week. Hope this helps! 🙂

  • You can order them on-line right now. They say they ship in 2-3 days. The stores locally here in Calgary tell me they will be getting their stock in next week. Hope this helps! 🙂

  • Nitar

    I guess I didn’t see it that way:(). Thanks for ending my doubt of apple guys:)

  • Nitar

    I guess I didn’t see it that way:(). Thanks for ending my doubt of apple guys:)

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