Where's the 64GB iPod Touch?

Discussion in 'iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch' started by KTMCDO, Jan 13, 2009.


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    OK, now that CES and Macworld are behind us, it's time to take a moment to ponder just what was missing. For me anyway the biggest letdown was the absence of any word on a higher-capacity iPod Touch. As a non-iPhone guy with a slight bit of iPhone envy, I've had my eye on the 2G Touch for the last three months. But like a lot of people, I've been waiting either for the price of the 32GB version to come down or to pay not much more for a 64GB model, which has been making the rounds in the rumor mill and message boards for months.

    Previously, I wrote a column about why it was the wrong time to buy an iPod. So, in a sense, you could call this column, "Why it's almost the right time to buy an iPod...or at least an iPod Touch." I just think the Touch needs one more rev to be a near-ideal device. (Even if Apple doesn't want to sell my products in its App Store, I still have no problem recommending its products to readers.) Of course, a 128GB model would be perfect, but I could live with a 64GB version (or cheaper 32GB model). That would enable you to store a decent-size music collection, a good amount of video, and lots of apps--and maybe even leave you with a little room to grow.

    Sure, this would be a moot point if Apple had given us a micro-SD card slot, but Apple isn't big on the whole memory-expansion concept. Nor does it seem too keen on removable batteries (or stereo Bluetooth, for that matter). While I still find that irritating, at this point the positives appear to comfortably outweigh the negatives. But now I'm looking to maximize my purchase, knowing this precious $400 device might only hold out for 2-3 years if I don't happen to lose it, damage it, or have it stolen.

    I've had pretty good luck with my iPods (for the record, last year I bought a refurbished Nano 4GB for $100). But there's been plenty of copy written about iPods failing right after warranties expire and assorted other iPod disasters. I do think it helps to go with flash memory--which is what's in the iPhone and Touch and has no moving parts--rather than a hard drive. But, of course, the highest-capacity flash-memory chips, at least initially, tend to be rather pricey.

    Which brings us to the questions: so when the heck is the 64GB version coming out and how much will it cost? Well, the prices for flash memory have been dropping precipitously. Once new, smaller, 34 nanometer 32GB chips (just arriving now) start being produced in volume, we should see not only a 64GB Touch but a 32GB iPhone. And if the past is anything to go by, Apple last increased the capacities of its iPod Touch line on February 5, 2008, a Tuesday. So you could look to Tuesday, February 3 or Tuesday, February 10 (Apple tends to make its announcements on Tuesdays) as possible release days.

    As for the price for the 64GB Touch, you'd hope Apple would stick to its "twice the memory for the same price" tradition; in other words, $399 would buy 64GB (rather than 32), $299 would yield 32GB, and $229 would buy you 16 gigs. Hoping for a recession discount? Even in this economy, don't expect Apple to cut prices on its premium iPod model. At least not yet.

    As for the rumored addition of GPS capabilities for the Touch, I'm less confident about those arriving in the near term than a memory bump for both the Touch and iPhone. That said, some folks are speculating that Apple will create a new premium Touch (perhaps the Touch Pro?) that adds GPS and higher-memory capacity at the same time. However, I wouldn't expect that sort of change until later this year, possibly when the company refreshes the line in September.

    What do you guys think? Anybody else holding out for a 64GB Touch? A 32GB iPhone? And what do you think they'll cost?
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  2. DAB

    DAB Mod Emeritus

    Well you know for me with the introduction of the Slacker and Pandora Applications, along with the Slacker 4gb for my on the go music fix, I really don't care as much about a 64gb version of the iPod Touch anymore. Sure I'd like to see them release one, but I doubt at this point I'd rush out and buy one.

    The cost will likely be as indicated in the article. That appears to be the pricing point that Apple is looking for, though they could intro the 64gb for $499, $399 for the 32gb and $299 for the 16gb. I think at this point the 8gb would be discontinued. Though in reality they could drop them all down a hundred and this would certainly be a much more attractive offer.
  3. Jleimer

    Jleimer Active Member

    For me I would rather buy a 8gb Iphone for 149 then a 64gb Ipod touch because I would rather have my apps on the go in the 3G area then around wifi areas.

    I bet the 64gb will be a tough sell because of this crappy economy.
  4. DAB

    DAB Mod Emeritus

    For me I hate having my phone for music because in my opinion they just don't make a good companion. I tried the iPhone and it seemed like every time I was listening to music the darn phone would ring. I found it very annoying and of course returned it due to the poor AT&T coverage area, but my iPod Touch doesn't have that annoyance in that I can continue to listen to music or type email or whatever I am working on and yet with my phone at my ear I can still talk on the phone. Still there are a lot of folks that evidently don't feel as I do for as many of those things as they have sold.
  5. Jon

    Jon Well-Known Member

    I'll probably do something similar, have an iphone for music, and then get an 8GB touch down the road to replace my click-wheel nano. On the one hand it wouldn't make sense to have both, on the other I could use one for music and the phone for, well, a phone as well as the other stuff that comes with it. Then again, I don't get a lot of calls to begin with, and would primarily use the unlimited text feature to keep my minutes down.
  6. Wolf

    Wolf The Lone Wolf

    I probably would be interested in a 64 GB iPod Touch, but I'm guessing on the cost of the unit would probably be $299 or $349? :eek:
  7. GAMER

    GAMER Member

    I think Steve Jobs has it at his house.:smug:
  8. MM

    MM Administrator

    My guess it will be a while before this comes out.

    Apple has it's eyes on other new things, ie. possible netbook, etc... I do understand that there are a lot of rumors out there.

    When Apple is ready they'll tell us the day before.

    Myself I prefer the iPhone. One less gadget to carry. Soon I will need to get the 3G.
  9. Evil_Ernie

    Evil_Ernie Smell my finger

    Same here, but wait before you get one as the 3rd generation iPhone will more than likely be announced soon.
  10. MM

    MM Administrator

    I hope so. My guess is by July. At that point I will decide to stick with AT&T or not.
  11. DAB

    DAB Mod Emeritus

    I already know AT&T coverage in my area sucks cause I have friends that come to my office and they can't even make a phone call. NO THANK YOU!

    I am thinking about getting a Blackberry though and replacing my Moto RAZR2, which has been a very reliable phone for me. This is why I am glad I have an iPod Touch, because it gives me more freedom.
  12. Jon

    Jon Well-Known Member

    Now that I've got it, I do prefer an iPhone. I have my top 100 Most played on there, plus music purchased through the iTunes wifi store. If I want to hear my collection, that's what the Last.fm app is for. Plus slacker and Pandora as well as Wunderradio make up the bulk of my listening.

    If they were to make it possible to stream your entire collection to your iPhone from iTunes, (via Airport Express maybe) that would be the ultimate killer app.
  13. MM

    MM Administrator

    Have you tried the Remote App from the iTunes store?

    I think it will do this. I tried it once and I can't remember.
  14. Jon

    Jon Well-Known Member

    I've tried it but I don't know about that capability. I might play with it a little more later.

    EDIT: The remote feature controls your iTunes library (and Apple TV if you have it) with your iPhone, it doesn't stream to your collection to your iPhone. There is an app that does this from Simplify Media, but it's $4 in the App Store and it can't stream DRM-protected files. Which is fixable.
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  15. DAB

    DAB Mod Emeritus

    Yeah the Remote App does the opposite, it basically just gives you access to your iTunes Library and allows you to control iTunes on your PC, Mac or Apple TV. It doesn't allow you to stream tunes from your iTunes Library to the iPod or iPhone.

    I've never really found the remote application very worth while, but everyone is different.
  16. Jon

    Jon Well-Known Member

    I could see a use for it. It replaces those tiny little white remotes that I'm always losing. :D
    If I had a desktop with a decent pair of speakers I would use it more often. There are apps that are way more useful, though.
  17. DAB

    DAB Mod Emeritus

    I do not think I've ever owned an apple remote.

    I do agree there are other apps that are much more useful!
  18. MM

    MM Administrator

    I got one with my MacBook. I think it's still in the box. :)
  19. Jon

    Jon Well-Known Member

    The problem is I got one with my Macbook and one with my iPod Hifi which I still use. The iPod Hifi also controls my Macbook (even though I don't want it to) when it's in sleep mode and does weird things to it, so I make sure my Macbook is out of the line of sight of the IR on the remote before I do anything.

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