iPod Touch

iPod Touch
(Photo courtesy of Apple)

The iPod Touch was finally announced yesterday (along with a revamp of the entire iPod line). It’s been rumored for a while, and when the iPhone was released everyone knew it was only a matter of time before the touchscreen technology made its way into a new iPod. We’re definitely going to get one to replace Jordan’s old mini with the busted clickwheel. As for me, I’m not too sure I’ll be getting one on release day. It’s pretty much what I expected/wanted, but why the curious omission of the Mail/Maps applications? I guess they were left off so that AT&T doesn’t jump off a bridge, but the Maps app was the one I would’ve used extensively. Obviously they’re just one software update away from being added, but it irks me nonetheless.

My real problem is that my commute is too short to really listen to music/watch video (especially when I’m on the bike), which is the main reason I’ve survived without an iPod since mine got stolen last year. There’s also that price drop on the iPhone to muddy the picture a little bit, but I feel like Apple will give the iPhone a capacity bump/3G update early next year so waiting makes sense. Plus while I hate Sprint, I’m not sure that going to AT&T would be an upgrade.

The bottom line is that I’m glad they weren’t available immediately, because I’d have rushed out and bought one. At least now I can weigh it against other things (league fees for ice hockey at Chelsea Piers + a new helmet/gloves, for instance).