I got my first iPod yesterday. Oh I know, it’s only been like what, 43 years since the initial launch of the iPod? I can’t say there is one reason why I never joined the revolution… I just never felt the need to take music with me everywhere I went.
But then Apple launched the iPod Touch. At first I didn’t think anything of it. I didn’t want an iPod, so why would I want the Touch? Then my friend got one, and another friend showed me his iPhone. Suddenly, the iPod had a lot more appeal. It wasn’t just about the music anymore, it was the music, the apps, the games, the cool touch screen, etc. Still, I didn’t need one. So I decided to wait.
The Early Adopters Tax
The iPod Touch was launched 2 years ago in two configurations — 8GB and 16GB, which were priced at $299 and $399 respectively. At the time there were few apps and little more than the promise of being a little cooler and more intuitive than the traditional iPod. But as time went on the technology improved, the price dropped, more developers created apps for the iPhone and iPod Touch, and it became a lot more appealing.
Today you can buy an iPod Touch from the Apple Store in 3 configurations: 8GB for $199, 32 GB for $299, and 64 GB for $399. Or, you can save on those prices and purchase an Apple-Certified Refurbished iPod, which is what I did. The current refurbished prices are $50 less on each model and they come with the full Apple Warranty. Mine came out of the box looking brand new. The only difference I could tell was the brown box it was shipped in vs. the standard glossy box, and I didn’t have the option of having my iPod engraved, which you can do for free if you purchase it through the Apple Store.
It was worth the wait
I’m not the kind of person who needs the latest gadgets. I don’t enjoy constant upgrading, tinkering, and tweaking, and I don’t want to buy something when it launches, only to see the performance double and the price drop by half in the first year. But I understand why some people do, and that’s cool too. Early adopters spur the industry and lead to the development of new and cheaper technology. It comes with a price though, which is often known as the early adopters tax… and it’s something I try to avoid.
Thoughts on the iPod Touch
First off, I can say this was definitely worth the wait and now I understand what all the fuss is about! The functionality is intuitive, the apps are great, and it’s just plain fun. I’ve already downloaded apps from the iTunes Store, including the Kindle Reader, Stick Wars, and a couple other games and tools. I look forward to getting a lot of use out of my iPod Touch. But of course, new technology leads to a new dilemma…. now I want an iPhone! But I’m not getting one… yet.
Why I am not getting an iPhone
I plan on skipping the iPhone for now. It’s basically an iPod touch with a built in phone, and I know it is much more convenient to carry one multi-purpose tool around instead of a phone and an iPod (especially if you don’t have available wi-fi for the iPod). But I just can’t justify getting the iPhone right now.
I currently have a great deal with the Sprint SERO plan and I have no desire to break my contract and pay early termination fees. My entire immediate family is on Sprint, so I would also lose out on free mobile to mobile minutes. Signing up for the iPhone would cost me close to $100 per month for the phone and data plan, plus early termination fees, and I would be charged for my minutes when talking to family. At this point I just can’t justify giving up my $35 per month plan for a cool phone. So I’ll wait until the iPhone moves to other carriers and then I’ll see how things shake out. I’m not closing the door on it for good. I’m just waiting until the time is right.