I absolutely cannot understand why Apple does not advertise what a wonderful little gadget the iPod Touch is. it gets no attention whatsoever. I just watched a TV advertisement about using applications, and it said that it was "only on the iPhone" or something to that effect. that is simply not true! the same company makes another product that also works with almost all applications, and it tries to bill the phone as exclusive!? I don't understand this.
this is how I ended up buying an iPod Touch:
as someone who already had a cheap, not-theftworthy cell phone on a family plan, I did not want an iPhone at all. however, as I did not own any portable music device beyond a CD player, I was vaguely interested in getting something a bit more modern in that department. my primary goal was to find something smaller than my laptop that I could use on the wifi system that is all over campus. I considered a Kindle but too many books I'm interested in reading aren't available for it.
I used to want an iPod Touch because I wanted to play with the touch screen. I didn't realize how much it did.
then I was eating with a friend and she got out her iPod Touch and used it to access the internet and I was like "ah-ha, this is what I will get" and I got it that weekend. it makes my daily travels so much lighter because I can leave my laptop at home (plugged into a million and three cords). I use the iPod so often that it has definitely been worth the cost already.
I just think it is very strange that I had to find out about the iPod's capability by word of mouth, that the company never communicated to me about a product that I would have wanted. I still access a lot of sites that tell me they're using the "iPhone" format, and sometime when I do actions on the sites it shows up saying that I've used my iPhone. I have run into many people who I know don' t live under rocks saying things like "wait, you get on the internet with an iPod? really?" or "I thought that only played music." no one knows!
anyway that's most of the story.
things extracted to keep it comprehensible include:
--the fact that actively avoided iPods and iTunes for years waiting for Apple to make a product I actually wanted. turns out they'd done it but I wasn't aware. I still keep my actual music collection in Windows Media Player.
--the fact that I used to have an mp3 player but it was stolen from a locker room in high school. fortunately I didn't really care-- I just accepted it was gone and never tried to get another one.