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iPod Touch Users Not So Keen on $10 Upgrade to Version 3.0

The first thing I see when I sync my iPod touch is the familiar screen: “iPod touch Software Update.” For a mere $9.95, I can upgrade my iPod touch OS to the latest iPhone 3.0 Software. And so far, the screen hasn’t gone away. Because, to be honest, I haven’t chosen to upgrade yet.

iPod Touch Users Not So Keen on $10 Upgrade to Version 3.0

Apparently, I’m not alone in my refusal to buy the software update. As AppleInsider noted, iPod Touch users, “deterred by a $10 upgrade charge — are adopting the new software at a snail’s pace.” AdMob sketches out the numbers of iPod Touch users who have downloaded the upgrade, revealing a skinny 1% who are now operating on 3.0.

iPod Touch Users Not So Keen on $10 Upgrade to Version 3.0

What’s the problem? “The additional $10 fee to upgrade is clearly limiting uptake,” states AdMob. But it’s not just consumers who are limited by the fee. “Developers looking to sell applications utilizing the 3.0 features can’t be happy with Apple’s decision to charge for the upgrade as it limits their available market size for downloads.”

The meager number of iPod Touches using 3.0 is in direct contradiction to the hordes of iPhone users who have eagerly downloaded the 3.0 upgrade. So, as a member of the snail’s pace tribe, I venture some explanation for my miserly reaction toward the 3.0 upgrade.

Apple states that with the new software update, I can “Buy Movies, TV Shows, and Audiobooks via Wi-Fi.” Somehow, I was able to do that just fine by syncing it with my computer, so I wasn’t convinced. Besides, downloading a move on Wi-Fi? Sounds to me like the download time on that is going to be a problem.

Another come-on that Apple proffers is the “Peer to Peer Gaming” advantage. Since my iPod touch has a whopping 1 game on it so far, I’m not exactly jumping up and down to get peer-to-peer gaming. One potential upside of the upgrade is its stereo Bluetooth ability. Since I spend too much time untangling my earbuds and trying to find a convenient place to put them when I’m done, this could hold some appeal. Only some.

Other functional features, touted by Apple as being great advantages are the “Cut, Copy, Paste” ability, “Landscape Keyboard,” and “Spotlight Search.” Since “cut, copy, paste” is something I normally do in my word processing program, I decline this advantage. Landscape keyboard? What?! Just when I was getting used to typing in portrait? And spotlight search? Hmm. Not enough lost and hidden files on my iPod yet to make it worth it (though my iPod Touch-toting friend claims this is his favorite feature).

In my final analysis, the stereo Bluetooth capability is the coolest feature that 3.0 offers—for me at least. Unfortunately, it’s going to cost me $10 for the upgrade, plus a cool $40 for a pair of Bluetooth headphones. Wait, that comes to $50! Wow. Now my miserly heart is really resistant.

iPod Touch Users Not So Keen on $10 Upgrade to Version 3.0


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