Apple iPod Touch (4th generation)

The Good The fourth-generation Apple iPod Touch, winner of CNET's 2011 Editors' Choice Award for portable media players, has been upgraded with new software and a boost in capacity.

The Bad The fifth-generation iPod Touch offers a larger screen, faster processor, and superior photo and camcorder quality.

The Bottom Line The fourth-gen iPod Touch is Apple's second-best portable media player, with a price that will help you forget about No. 1.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 8.0
  • Features 9.0
  • Performance 8.0
8.2 Overall


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Editors' note (May 30, 2013): Apple has discontinued this version of the iPod Touch and replaced it with a $229 16GB fifth-generation model that boasts a larger 4-inch screen and faster processor, but has no rear camera. The 32GB and 64GB fifth-gen (2012) Touch models (with rear cameras) also remain on sale for $299 and $399, respectively.

If you're buying an iPod Touch for someone, this is not the iPod he or she wants. Trust me, people will want to open the box and see a shiny, colorful new fifth-generation iPod Touch. Your loved one will know the difference. The fifth generation has a wider screen, and a noticeably updated design, and is an all-around more smile-evoking device.

But if you're buying an iPod for yourself, there are plenty of things to recommend the fourth-generation iPod Touch. The most obvious being the $100 you get to keep in your wallet.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $229
  • Brand Apple
  • Type digital player
  • Sound Output Mode stereo
  • Frequency Response 20 - 20000 Hz
  • Color black
  • Capacity 8 GB
  • Diagonal Size 3.5 m
  • Run Time (Up To) 40 hour(s)
  • Weight 3.56 oz
  • Supported Digital Audio Standards AAC, AIFF, Apple Lossless, Audible, Audible AAX, HE-AAC, MP3, WAV
  • Installed Size 8 GB
  • Type LCD
  • Type 1 year warranty
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