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