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Despite dropping the “Classic” line of iPods, Apple won’t let its iconic brand die. In fact, they’ve probably just designed the best iPod ever — but is it enough to get you to buy one?

Now in its sixth generation, the iPod Touch has always played second fiddle to the iPhone — retaining the same OS and software ecosystem What's New in iOS 9? What's New in iOS 9? Want to know what features your iPhone will be getting with the release of iOS 9 in September? Curious as to whether your device will be compatible? You're in the right place. Read More , while foregoing cellular connectivity, GPS navigation and other flagship features.

So, if you own an iPhone — or any smartphone for that matter — why should you buy an iPod in 2015?

Introducing the New iPod Touch

The iPod Touch is essentially an iPod that runs iOS, Apple’s mobile operating system that powers the iPhone and iPad. This revision brings the iPod’s essential innards in sync with Apple’s current range of iOS devices, sporting a speedy iPhone 6-equivalent A8 processor and M8 motion co-processor, 1GB of RAM and a new 8 megapixel iSight camera.

Today I’m taking a look at the gold 64GB model which retails for $299, with 16GB, 32GB and 128GB variants available for $199, $249 and $399 respectively.

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The 4″ touchscreen is essentially identical to that of the iPhone 5s, running at 1136×640 with a pixel density of 326 pixels-per-inch — being able to see individual pixels on-screen is a thing of a past. The new iPod Touch is Apple’s first iOS device to come with the new Bluetooth 4.1 specification, promising more user friendliness and energy-efficiency in future interactions with external devices.

Despite launching alongside a new Nano and Shuffle, the iPod Touch is the only device in the iPod range that can be used with Apple’s new Music streaming service Getting Started With Apple Music — What You Need to Know Getting Started With Apple Music — What You Need to Know After the purchase of Beats last year, Apple has finally unleashed its streaming music service upon the world. Read More . The Nano and Shuffle are still purely personal music players, and lack the connectivity-focused approach of the iPod Touch. Apple did this to stop you being able to download gigabytes of music to your Nano, cancel your subscription and keep it forever.

The iPod is a media-focused device, though you’ll need to transfer your music using the archaic iTunes interface (or use a third party app like VLC Ditch iTunes & Use VLC For iPhone & iPad Media Ditch iTunes & Use VLC For iPhone & iPad Media VLC for iOS does rather a lot that Apple would probably rather it didn't. It's also better than iTunes for media on the go. Here's why. Read More ) if you’re not using a streaming service like Apple Music or Spotify. In terms of local playback, the iPod Touch is compatible with: AAC (including Protected and HE-AAC), MP3 (including VBR formats), Audible (2, 3, 4, Enhanced, AAX and AAX+), Apple Lossless, AIFF and WAV. Supported video codecs include H.264 and MPEG-4 (both in .M4V, .MP4 and .MOV files), and M-JPEG (.AVI).

It’s hard to ignore what the iPod Touch represents in terms of device convergence Should You Still Buy MP3 Players? Should You Still Buy MP3 Players? Remember how everyone used to have an MP3 player? In the days before the iPhone, MP3 players were a must-have item. Smartphones have eaten into MP3 player sales over the years -- why purchase a... Read More , and just how far we’ve come in the last decade or so. Trying to find a comparable device from a rival manufacturer is difficult — Samsung’s Android-powered Galaxy Players were the closest in terms of app compatibility and a focus on media consumption, but they’ve been discontinued.

Instead you’ll have to look into the realm of the “dumb” MP3 player or the emerging high resolution audio player market, both of which exist at roughly the same price point as the iPod Touch. Cowon’s poorly-rated X9 comes with 32GB capacity and a disappointing 480×272 resolution screen for around $160 on Amazon (with an RRP of around $230).

Sony has a range of “high resolution” audio players in the Walkman range which will scratch your 24bit itch and allow you to play FLAC, like the NWZ-A17 which retails for $298 and comes with a 50-hour battery and expandable memory, but doesn’t run anything comparable to iOS for communication or software compatibility. Similarly FiiO’s second-generation X3 looks like an iPod Classic and ticks the high resolution boxes, but also lacks a “proper” OS and retails for between $200 and $300.

The iPod Touch really is a unique device — there’s nothing quite like it.

The Lightest, Thinnest iOS Device Ever

If you thought the iPhone 5 and 5s were perfect in terms of size, the sixth generation iPod Touch may leave a bitter taste in your mouth. This is essentially what the iPhone 6 could have been iPhone 6 Plus Review and Giveaway iPhone 6 Plus Review and Giveaway The 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus is Apple's latest and perhaps strangest addition to its range of tablets and smartphones. Read More , give or take a few millimetres extra thickness for a GPS receiver, NFC chip and cellular radio.

In the hand the iPod Touch looks and feels like someone put the iPhone 5S on a diet and sanded the the back down to shape. The device is perfectly weighted, coming in at just 88 grams (compared to the iPhone 6 at 129 grams) thanks to a textured, lightweight aluminium chassis. You’ll want to avoid dropping the iPod Touch without a case for this reason: aluminium is a soft metal that doesn’t bruise well, and is prone to denting and scratching.

The sheer thinness of the device is enough to make it feel slightly flimsy — that’s not to say it is flimsy (Apple has surely learned its “bendgate” lesson by now), but the thickness has been reduced to such an extent that I’m now worried about snapping it in half. A few years of enjoyment from my iPad Air and (admittedly less time with the) iPhone 6 would suggest my fears are unfounded, however.

Compared to the fifth revision, this new iPod Touch only includes one major physical difference: there’s no longer a loop on the back for attaching a wrist strap or similar.

Not Quite an iPhone

While sharing the same OS as the iPhone, an iPod Touch is certainly no replacement for Apple’s best-selling gadget. Connectivity has been crippled as the iPod Touch lacks a cellular radio or GPS receiver, instead relying on Wi-Fi for its Internet and geo-location needs. Apple Maps is included Is Apple Maps a Reliable Navigator Yet? Is Apple Maps a Reliable Navigator Yet? After replacing Google's navigation, Apple Maps endured a rocky start, heaps of criticism and some very funny jokes – but has all been forgiven? Read More , but it’s completely useless without a Wi-Fi connection.

One department where the iPod Touch triumphs over its better-connected relative is battery life, with a music playback runtime of 40 hours (or 8 hours of video). Under real-world use you can expect to get less than that, depending on whether you’re using Wi-Fi or playing Angry Birds, but the lack of a constant mobile data connection means less notifications and a more dependable battery life.

I charged the iPod Touch on Monday before loading it up with tracks from Apple Music, then I used it for three or four hours a day while working remotely on and off Wi-Fi. By Friday I was approaching 40% battery after using it purely as an audio player. Because of this I didn’t feel the compulsive need to charge the iPod all the time, like you would with an iPhone or iPad.

Unlike the iPhone, there’s no fingerprint scanner and thus no Touch ID, a smart move by Apple to keep the price down on a device that has little need for biometric security. On the back Apple has left out the true-tone flash used to balance skin tones on the iPhone 6, though raw picture quality is on-par under natural lighting.

The camera isn’t quite as technically impressive as its iPhone counterpart, shooting 8 megapixel still images but only managing 1080p video at 30 frames per second (the iPhone 6 can do this at 60 frames) and slow-motion 720p at 120 frames per second, compared to 240 frames on an iPhone.

Interestingly, the M8 motion co-processor means that the iPod Touch can track your movement and push statistics like total steps walked to your Health app. The only problem is that — unlike your iPhone — you probably won’t take your iPod everywhere you go. It does make for a nice expensive pedometer though.

The inclusion of iOS means access to the App Store, as well as handy apps like Calculator, Clock (for alarms and timers) and a highly capable (if a little squishy) web browser when you find a Wi-Fi hotspot. It’s also loaded up with a few “premium” Apple apps, like Keynote, Numbers and Pages; as well as the more predictable Podcasts app — all of which you can uninstall if you want to.

It’s true that the iPod Touch does a lot of what an iPhone does, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you have to use it for such tasks. Apple has built a very capable device, but truth be told it’s probably overkill considering its intended real-world use.

Who Is the iPod Touch 6G For?

And so we come to the biggest problem with the iPod Touch — just who is going to buy one? If you own an iPhone (or any smartphone for that matter) there seems to be little sense in spending more money on another device that lacks features you already have.

Children are an obvious choice. The iPod Touch provides parents with an opportunity to keep young ones entertained without providing unmitigated access to the Internet. It’s also easy to restrict certain iOS features, and link accounts together under Apple’s Family Sharing scheme.

Maybe you travel a lot and need a dedicated entertainment device to keep you occupied on long car journeys or flights. An iPod Touch would take the strain off your smartphone’s battery, but it’s something else to carry. Looking for a new point and shoot camera? The iPod Touch takes great photos, if you can live without optical zoom or removable storage.

Perhaps you’re a curious Android user who wants to dip your toes into the Apple ecosystem without jumping ship entirely. While the iPod Touch is a part of the iOS ecosystem, you’re still missing out on a large part of the core iPhone experience that “makes” iOS for many users.

Maybe you’re just sick of relying on your smartphone for your media consumption needs and want a capable, dedicated media player that can also keep your children entertained.

The Last iPod Ever?

It’s ironic — the best iPod ever could be the last iPod ever, purely because it’s been replaced as a device by do-everything smartphones and ultra thin tablets. If you can find a reason to buy one, you won’t be disappointed.

This is the best device of its kind, but the real question is: who needs one?

Our verdict of the iPod Touch (6th generation):
Buy it, if you can find an excuse.
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  1. Shelbybutler
    July 26, 2016 at 3:18 am

    Ok so I really want an ipod6 because I have no electronic exept a cracked iPad mini 2 and I want something smaller and my dad doesn't wanna buy me one because he thinks it's to much money but I really wanna win this give away a lot and I hope you understand so Ya

  2. atiyyah
    July 22, 2016 at 5:21 pm

    can I plz have one my brother reallyy needs it ?

  3. Nicholas
    June 20, 2016 at 7:36 pm

    I really need that iPod 6g for my son because he is done with cancer and
    He really want one

  4. shereef
    June 11, 2016 at 10:00 am

    can i have one pls

  5. Sera
    May 9, 2016 at 10:24 am

    Can I please have a iPod 6 with a pink design case please?.... Y if u ask me and my sister was playing and I drop her IPod please I need one.....I can contact me at Seraadimate@gmail.com.. thanks

  6. Imran
    April 17, 2016 at 8:11 am

    you guys give me a ipod touch I really want one for my best friend

  7. Imran
    April 17, 2016 at 8:09 am

    you guys give me a ipod touch I really want one for small brother

  8. Priscille
    November 25, 2015 at 4:58 pm

    Can you guys give me a ipod touch I really want one .

  9. Davis Parker
    September 27, 2015 at 8:46 am

    I'm a total Apple lover, but my parents won't let me get a too expensive iPhone or iPad, though the iPod does seem like quite an option. I've watched a ton of reviews for this iPod,and i want it so badly, i'll give anything to win this giveaway!!!

  10. Ishu Singh
    September 13, 2015 at 6:28 am

    I really hope to win this Ipod _/\_

  11. Hermann Lago
    September 2, 2015 at 3:21 am

    Just because my old iPod Touch is a 4G that operate on iOS 6 and the battery it's dying, I can have an excuse to buy an 6G with 128 GB

  12. Susan Linehan
    September 2, 2015 at 1:34 am

    An iPod touch is perfect for reading in bed, particularly if you have arthritic hands. But I've got two, and won't be needing the new one.

    • Mihir Patkar
      September 2, 2015 at 7:15 am

      That... actually makes sense. My mom-in-law is arthritic and tablets end up stressing her hand. I actually never thought of an iPod Touch instead. Hmmmmm...

      • Susan Linehan
        September 2, 2015 at 11:13 pm

        Reading on apps for Kindle, Oyster, or Scribd is actually easy and rather faster than on a larger reader, I think because your eyes get used to reading a whole line at one time. I'm reading a history book whose author writes loooong paragraphs and even on an Actual Kindle I keep losing my place, for lack of breaks. Much easier to pay attention on the iPod

  13. Jim Arnold
    September 1, 2015 at 12:30 pm

    I'm in wifi range most of the time. It's becoming easier and easier to find wifi out in the world. I've used the iPod Touch 5G as my main device for 3 years and a cheap T-Mobile pay-as-you-go plan for the times I need to make calls when I can't via the iPod Touch and Line2. I have no need or desire for a monthly cell plan.

    The new Touch is MUCH faster, but it comes at the expense of battery life. The 5G really was a champ considering the size of the battery.

    Am considering a Bad Elf GPS to the Touch for mapping.

  14. Adrian Brown
    September 1, 2015 at 10:57 am

    As a music player, which is what I would be interested in, the iPod is pretty poor. The average sound quality and the lack of audio codec versatility means that I'd rather buy a Sansa Clip and spend the rest of the money on something else. Currently I use a Cowon D2 which has awesome sound quality and plays virtually any codec, plays music for 52 hours non stop and has enough output for even power hungry headphones. The Cowon even accepts Beats headphones but it struggles to make them sound good. Oh and it can accept SD cards.

    Why indeed would I buy an iPod? I would accept it as a prize though.

  15. alfred chan
    September 1, 2015 at 5:59 am

    Great gadget!!

  16. Ravi Rao
    September 1, 2015 at 4:08 am

    awesome. my son's looking forward to this. the original media device with loads of fun

  17. Crystal Sandoval
    September 1, 2015 at 3:45 am

    Well thank god I found this when it started, my iPod just broke two days ago, and my parents are not gonna buy me a new one. But FINALLY AN SEMI UPDATE OF THE IPOD TOUCH

  18. thrtk3
    September 1, 2015 at 1:30 am

    having trouble logging in. see if this appears.

    • Mihir Patkar
      September 1, 2015 at 7:14 am

      Yup it does! :) Still having trouble?

  19. Edmond Leung
    September 1, 2015 at 12:48 am

    Wow, prize ipod is fab. & splendid. 2 fingers snap. It is tight, fly & off the chain. Thank you for the awesomeness, the contest, and generosity. :) Pick me, pick me!

  20. Nicky K.D Chaleunphone
    August 30, 2015 at 5:15 am

    I think that Ipod Touches today are becoming the Digital cameras of today.

    • Mihir Patkar
      August 30, 2015 at 5:27 am

      I kind of agree, but there's still some room for the iPod Touch for people who just want a media player and nothing more. Load up your photos, your songs, your videos on it and it becomes your family album + music player.

      • Nicky K.D Chaleunphone
        August 30, 2015 at 5:32 am

        That's the thing with IPOD's today. They are becoming the next digital camera and sony walkman in one. Even for little kids, it's perfect for them to get started on learning how to use apps before jumping into the smartphone. With Wifi calling being more popular, I think IPOD's will have a niche and a place.

        • Mihir Patkar
          August 30, 2015 at 5:35 am

          I hadn't thought about the kids part, that's a great point, Nicky!

        • Nicky K.D Chaleunphone
          August 30, 2015 at 5:41 am

          IPOD's are perfect way to train your kids on how to use a Smartphone and WIF calling. It's even perfect to teach those who never had a smartphone on how to use one. With WIFI calling being very popular and on the Rise. IPOD's are primed to be the next WIFI phone. Which is why it's perfect for Elementary to Middle school kids who need something to learn how to use a Smartphone before getting the real deal.

  21. Patrick Hockenson
    August 29, 2015 at 7:32 am

    Two contests in a row with broken Gleam entry methods. What's going on?

    • James Bruce
      August 29, 2015 at 10:25 am

      I suck. Try now.

      • Patrick Hockenson
        August 30, 2015 at 10:02 am

        The "Refer Friends For Extra Entries" still has the wrong description. Also, ALL the Twitter entries (including refer) for the Vantrue R1 Pro dash cam have the wrong descriptions. They're all for the Quantum mini PC, which is over.

        • James Bruce
          August 30, 2015 at 11:18 am

          Wow, I'm really not on the ball this week. Thanks.

        • Mihir Patkar
          August 30, 2015 at 2:20 pm

          GODDAMMIT JAMES!

  22. Noah Smith
    August 29, 2015 at 12:34 am

    I assume the video review mentioned in the contest entries isn't posted yet?

    • James Bruce
      August 29, 2015 at 10:25 am

      Well, it should have been up already, but I forgot. It's there now!

  23. Tom Six
    August 28, 2015 at 11:38 pm

    Also the share link for twitter says something completely different it links to another item and article? what is going on?

  24. Tom Six
    August 28, 2015 at 11:34 pm

    I don't see a link for the video review or the "Read more about Transpose"....please help.

    • James Bruce
      August 29, 2015 at 10:24 am

      Try now. Note to self: remember to upload videos.

      • Mihir Patkar
        August 30, 2015 at 5:42 am

        Goddammit James!

  25. Bill McGovern
    August 28, 2015 at 5:13 pm

    OK, I surrender. Where's the video review?

    • Qboss
      August 28, 2015 at 5:36 pm

      And link for "Read more about Transpose" :)

      • James Bruce
        August 29, 2015 at 10:25 am

        Added, try now.

    • James Bruce
      August 29, 2015 at 10:24 am

      Ahh, I see the problem. The video is sitting on my desktop waiting to be uploaded. I do believe I suck on numerous levels. Fixed!

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