What is an iPod Touch used for?

iPod vs. Streaming: What do we still need an MP3 player for today?

The classic iPod has its charm: The storage space is limited, it can only accommodate selected music. The question is: do we even want that in the times of Spotify, Apple Music and Co.? A comment.

I got my first MP3 player for Christmas when I was seven. Only about 50 songs fit on it. But at the time I was completely happy with it. I could always carry my favorite songs with me and hear them whenever I wanted.

Of course that changed with my increasing interest in music. I started to listen to more bands and, in addition to selected songs, wanted to pack entire albums for on the go. With so little storage space, it's not that easy.

But I was lucky. When I was at school I got my first iPod from a good friend. It was a third generation iPod Nano - a whole four gigabytes. Compared to my old MP3 player, that was a lot of storage space for me and my favorite bands.

iPod vs. Streaming: Goodbye albums, hello playlists!

Today everything looks a little different. After switching from my iPod Nano to an iPod Classic with 128 gigabytes in order to really carry around all sorts of genres, bands and songs, the first iPod Touch and Spotify came into my life at some point.

Suddenly (almost) the whole world of music was just open to me - and that's still the case today.

I've always been out and about and never left the house without an iPod. But where I used to own songs and albums and had to lovingly select in iTunes which of them were allowed to travel with me and which were not, everything suddenly became very easy with Spotify.

My mobile music library shifted from my private digitized collection to the Swedish music streaming giant.

I no longer selected entire albums for on the go, but just kept putting together new playlists at home with the songs I liked to hear at the moment. All of a sudden they were all available.

Convenience transcends romance

At first I was walking around with an iPhone and an iPod Touch, which somehow felt like I always had two phones with me. That changed with my first power bank.

I sold my iPod and only listened to music on my iPhone while on the move, so I didn't have to worry about the battery level anymore. That hasn't changed until today. And I think that's a shame.

I don't own an iPod anymore. But sometimes I want one back. A 128 gigabyte iPod Classic that can hold hundreds of albums and thousands of songs. The ones that I bought myself, that I got from friends on a USB stick and - of course - also pulled them from the Internet myself.

I miss the romance that comes with an iPod. The feeling of only being able to listen to music and not receive any news. Sometimes I think the convenience of Spotify doesn't make me appreciate music as much as I used to.

Apple officially only sells the iPod Touch

In my world, iPods and MP3 players have died out.

I don't know anyone who still plays their music on their mobile device via iTunes or another media library. But friends who still run into the record store to physically buy old and new favorite albums. Listening on the go is then via Spotify. I handle it exactly the same way.

Apple has also got used to the new way of listening to music. Officially, the company from Cupertino only sells the iPod Touch including Apple Music in the Apple Shop. All other models are only available from third parties.

Even the small, square iPod Shuffle, which was so perfect for jogging, is no longer sold by Apple. Streaming is the thing of the hour, an offline media library for on the go has become unnecessary.

And if you think about it like that, the iPod Touch doesn't add any value if you have a smartphone anyway - unless you want to own a separate MP3 player.

In addition, Apple CEO Tim Cook stated at the beginning of 2019 that wearables such as Airpods or the Apple Watch have long since exceeded the maximum that the iPod had ever achieved.

The streaming wins

If you don't want to do without the romance of a classic iPod, you hardly need to think about buying a normal MP3 player today. Even as a great music lover, I get along wonderfully with my iPhone and Spotify Premium - as probably most of us do.

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But the MP3 player has not yet given up: there are now modern models with streaming functions such as the Mighty Vibe *, which plays Spotify music and podcasts offline without a telephone.

The streaming obviously wins against the classic MP3 player. Actually, we no longer need the small devices. But if you want to give your smartphone a break, you can still get nice nice-to-have products with modern MP3 players.

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