Since Apple has kept its classic iPod model updated throughout the years, but has also presented a second model called the iPod Touch, let’s take a look at what differentiates them so that you can make yourself an opinion on which one suits best your needs.
Technical Capacities of each iPod
To compare the two models, let’s use the 6th generation for both while looking at their advancement throughout the years. This will provide you with indicators to enable you to make your choice.
The iPod Classic
The iPod Classic was launched in 2007 and quickly became a favourite to many music lovers around the world. When it came out, the original memory capacity was 80GB. It was revisited just one year later to bring it up to 120GB. Then, it took six years before the memory was brought up again to 160GB, in September of 2014. Ever since the beginning, and still today, recharging the iPod is done through a USB cable.
The iPod Touch
Also brought to the market in 2007, it has been revisited throughout time, just like the iPod Classic. Technically, what stands out most, is that it can be acquired with various amounts of storage capacities, which are 16, 32, 64 and 128GB. Its battery was built strong to resist long hours of play, as it can last up to 40 hours of audio files and 8 hours for videos. The 128GB model that was released also features a new camera and an A8 processor. You still need to charge the battery through a USB cable.
The Top Features of the latest iPod Classic (160GB)
The 160GB version of the iPod Classic features a simple interface which lets you listen to music and watch videos easily. You can store up to 40 hours of music inside it which you can access through its click-on wheel, which really identifies the look of the iPod. With the 80GB and 160GB versions, music lovers will be able to download all of their favourite albums on the device.
Its sleek all-metal look gives it a very cool feel, and its pocket size (4.1 x 2.4 x 0.35 inches) makes it easy to carry everywhere we go, especially since it barely weighs 7 ounces. This 160GB iPod Classic version is therefore thinner and more compact than all previous generations. With its bright and large display, it is also easier than ever to shuffle songs as you please.
Watching movies and series is quite easy to do on the iPod Classic. You only need to acquire them from the iTunes store and then play it on the device, which has enough battery power for eight hours of playing time. Additional features include accessing audio books, various video games and pictures.
The Top Features of the latest iPod Touch (160GB)
There is no doubt that the 6th generation of the iPod Touch is a cut above the previous ones. Built on a 64-bit architecture and powered by an A8 chip, any comparison to previous ones will present this one as being above everyone’s expectations.
It starts with a 4 inch diagonal retina display with multi-touch IPS technology, featuring a resolution of 1136 x 640, delivered at 326 ppi. Add to this the contrast ratio at 800:1 and a fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating display and you have the top of the line. Just like the iPod Classic, this iPod Touch is lightweight (4.5 ounces) and pocket-size (3.9 x 1.4 x 2.2 inches).
Its movement is controlled by the M8 motion coprocessor, which enables its continuous movement. Combined with a gyroscope and an accelerometer, it brings added power to this small device built to deliver high quality of sound and images.
Adapted to Windows Users
The 1st generation of iPod was only meant to service Mac users. However, it became so popular that the company decided to adapt the product for Windows users as well, when they launched the 2nd generation. To do so, Apple added Musicmatch Jukebox. Since Apple had already rendered iTunes compatible to Windows in 2003, they loaded the software into the iPod, making it possible for users to play it on both operating systems.
Making a Choice
It is certainly difficult to choose between the iPod Classic and the iPod Touch, especially if you consider all the new features both come with, as described above. Their quality compares favourably to the best items that can be found in their category today, on the market.
The increase in storage space and battery life is certainly the main differences with the older versions, but there is more as we’ve seen as well. So, how will you decide? It is easy to think that those who are used to the iPod Classic will buy its new version and that the reverse also applies. But if you have to choose and are unsure, let’s say that for the music lovers, the iPod Classic is still the best device in the industry.