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Which iPod Should I Buy for College?

posted Sep 10, 2009, 3:44 PM by Danny Eusebio   [ updated Sep 10, 2009, 3:47 PM ]

So the latest iPods are out and the first day of college is coming around the bend. You might be wondering, which iPod should I buy. Should I get the slightly updated iPod Touch or the new iPod Nano with the latest bells and whistles that have come out. Since the latest price drops, the iPod has become more affordable. And if you use the book buying strategies that we suggest, you'll definitely have the cash to buy an Ipod. So stop daydreaming about which one to buy and actually read up the article to make your buying decision.

Let's talk about the iPod Nano first. Let's make a list of some of the pertinent features.

  1. 8GB and 16GB Models available (Plenty of storage in my opinion)
  2. Built in VGA Camera with 640 by 480 resolution (not horrible, but don't expect to make a blockbuster)
  3. Built in mic enabling recording (this is quite useful for a college student)
  4. FM Tuner (It might be useful to you)

The iPod Nano has come a long way in terms of capacity. Now at up to 16GB, you can store a decent amount of content on their. Some may argue that there music collection is too large for 16GB, but you don't always have to store all your music. You can always have iTunes cycle in as much music as you can on your device. If this doesn't work for you, then you probably want to buy the iPod Classic.

The build in VGA camera will be a useful addition in your slew of school tech. Having the ability to record might actually be handy on your device. However, if you already own a digital camera, the video recording capabilities will probably be just as comparable. In addition, if you happen to have a Flip Mino, they already offer HD recording capabilities. So the camera in my opinion is a situational one. It's useful when you find something useful to record without your camera handy, but you have your Nano on hand.

The mic will be useful while in the classroom. If you ever need to record an important lecture, then the nano is small and discrete enough to record a session in class. Of course, make sure to ask your professor before you record one of their lectures. But honestly, if you have no desire to share those audio notes and you want to keep it to yourself, I don't see why recording a lecture without permission is such an issue. But if you want to stay on the safe side, ask your professor.

The last item is the FM Tuner. If you still listen to the radio then it'll be great for you. That's all I can really add.

Now lets look at the iPod Touch:

  1. Largest Capacity 64GB (Even more storage than before, that's more than enough for normal use)
  2. Touch screen capabilities
  3. Can use App Store Games and Programs
  4. Calendar, Email, Chat, Pictures, and Videos
  5. Web Surfing
  6. Recording Capabilities
  7. Skype/VOIP calling

No more complaining about capacity, you've got plenty of storage capabilities now. The touch screen capabilities on the iPod Touch are top notch. You have a plethora of free and paid apps available to you. The iPod Touch becomes a great multimedia and time management device. You can essentially stay up to speed with friends, family, and etc. Don't forget you can surf the web using the Safari Browser on the iPod Touch. It runs very snappy. Shipping with the new 32GB and 64GB iPod Touch are earbuds with mics.  Now you can actually record stuff. 

The last gem on the iPod Touch is probably the ability to make VOIP calls using the earbuds with mic. If you use one of our tutorials you'll be able to save hundreds of dollars a year using this feature.


I don't own an iPod Nano, but that little guy has sure got a lot packed into it. Unfortunately its somewhat limited on the social aspect. You can't surf the net, use apps like Facebook and Twitter, and you can't email. At the end of the day, an iPod Nano is probably a better workout buddy then it would be a useful college tech device. On the other hand, the benefits of having an iPod Touch is not only the applications you can use, but the social features that its capable of. Sure you miss out on the camera, but I mean taking pictures with a digital camera is probably better at the end of the day. I mean, if you can't live without having the camera, then you might as well buy an iPhone.

Another aspect you want to consider is price. At this point, the cost of the Nano and the lower end iPod Touch are not that far apart. If your planning to buy a higher end iPod Nano, I would go for the iPod Touch. It has half the storage but in terms of capabilities, an iPod Touch is more useful. Did you know you could control your computer using your iPod Touch as well as view your webcam through your iPod Touch? Yes, there are many things you can do with the iPod Touch.

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