My first MP3 player was a transformative experience. Cassettes would begin to warp and break after a few plays in my Walkman, and skipping between tracks with fast-forward and rewind was a nightmare. The portable CD player I ‘borrowed’ from my dad was very picky about the CDs it would play and would skip and jump at the slightest knock, and the case of CDs I took around with me to play on it was once stolen at a party. But the Creative Zen I got in 2004 was perfect. I carried it everywhere I went, listening whenever I could, and only taking one earphone out when I was in a conversation.
MP3 players are not as popular as they used to be. Nowadays, I store my music on my smartphone, which is more than adequate. Some would say the market is dying or is already dead, but the Apple iPod Touch could reinvigorate it once more.
The iPod Touch is nothing like my Creative Zen. It’s less an MP3 player than an iPhone that you can’t make calls on. The thin, lightweight machine provides internet access through iOS 7. It can play all the apps you’d want to play, can visit websites, can use messenger software and can even communicate with Siri. If the 16GB of storage available on the iPod Touch isn’t enough for your music collection, then why not use the MP3 player to access Spotify and listen to a whole world of music?
The device also contains a five-megapixel iSight camera that can capture 1080p HD videos, with face detection, filters, tap to focus, an LED flash and advance optics making the iPod Touch not only more powerful than MP3 players from 2004, but more powerful than most of the cameras available at that time.
Because it can’t make calls or send texts, the iPod Touch is considerably lighter than iPhones, and at £199, the iPhone 5S and 5C are more than twice as expensive.