The iPod touch is a handheld music and media player, game console, and mobile Wi-Fi Internet device from Apple that uses the iOS operating system. The iPod touch resembles and is slightly smaller than the iPhone 4S.
Starting at $199, the iPod touch offers a less expensive alternative to the iPhone and iPad, while still providing web access, email, FaceTime video chat (with other iOS devices), camera, video recording, and support for most mobile apps. Further cost savings result from the iPod's not requiring a wireless phone plan.
Like all iOS devices, the iPod touch has built-in accessibility features to accommodate persons with disabilities. Examples include the screen reader VoiceOver and Zoom magnification for the blind and visually impaired, captioned iTunes movies for deaf and hard-of-hearing persons, and an easy-press touch-screen for those with mobility impairments.
iPod touch Setup
To get started, turn on your iPod touch. Press the round, indented "Home" key found midway along the bottom of the device just above the USB cable port.
You press and hold the Home key to turn off or to restart your iPod.
Press the Home key at any time to return to the Home screen. You can also double-click the Home key to cycle among recently used apps.
Follow the onscreen instructions to set up and register your iPod touch. You'll need an Apple ID number and password.
Establishing a Wi-Fi Connection
In order to view web pages, download apps, use FaceTime, or send email, your iPod touch must access a Wi-Fi network.
To establish a connection, tap the "Settings" icon on the Home screen; tap "Wi-Fi," and then select from "Choose a Network."
Tap "Ask to Join Networks" to locate other connections and "Forget a Network" to prevent your iPod from joining a Wi-Fi network.
If you have a computer with a high-speed Internet connection, e.g. Verizon FiOS, you can access a closed Wi-Fi network through its router.
To do this, tap "Other" under "Settings" > "Wi-Fi" and enter the network name, password, and security type. For FiOS users, this information appears on an identification sticker on the router.
When Wi-Fi is available, a blue-bar icon appears beside the word "iPod" in the status bar.
Once you join a Wi-Fi network, your iPod touch will automatically connect to it whenever it is in range. If more than one network is in range, it joins the one used last.
App Store & iTunes
With a Wi-Fi connection established, you can access the App Store. Just double-tap the App Store icon on the Home screen.
Once there, tap "Categories" at the top of the screen, or "Search" at the bottom to browse for apps on for anything, from games to social networking and productivity. Many apps are free.
On your first visit, iPod touch will ask if you'd to download its free iBooks app. To do so, click "Yes" and you'll later see the iBooks icon on your home screen.
To purchase and download an app to your iPod touch, tap "Buy Now." You'll need an Apple ID, password, and credit card information.
iTunes works the same way. Tap the iTunes icon on the Home screen to search for music, movies, TV shows, etc., and tap to "Purchase" to download to your iPod touch.
A good first download is the iPod touch User Guide from iBooks. To download this:
- Tap the Safari icon on the Home screen
- Tap the bookmark icon (looks like an open book) at the bottom of the Safari screen
- Select "iPod Touch User Guide" from list of bookmarks.
Note: Most iOS downloads are one-click actions: select an iBook and it lands on your shelf: no install files or setup choices. Many persons with disabilities, including blind and visually impaired persons downloading Audible.com books find this step elimination extremely helpful.
iPod touch Features
Following is a brief overview of some of the main iPod features and how to use them.
Song & Video Controls
While listening to music, rotate your iPod to flick through album art in "Cover Flow." Tap an album to display track listings. Tap a track to play it. Tap outside the track listings to flip back to the cover art.
While watching movies, tap to display onscreen controls; tap again to hide them. Double-tapping a movie switches between widescreen and full-screen view.
You can send free text messages to other iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch users running iOS 5. To do this:
- Tap the iMessage icon on the Home screen
- Type a name in the "To" field or select from Contacts
- Type your message and tap "Send."
Tap the FaceTime icon to begin a video call with another iPod touch, iPad, iPhone, or Mac user. Select a contact and tap the person's email address or phone number. During video calls, you can switch to the rear camera to share your surroundings.
HD Video & Photos
To take a picture or to record HD video, tap the "Camera" icon and select Camera or Video. To record video, tap the "Record" button.
To take a picture, tap the Camera button or press the "Volume Up" button. Select a photo and tap onscreen controls to edit, enhance, share, or print it.
Use iCloud to store your documents, photos, music, apps, calendars, and more. iCloud is integrated into your apps and pushes content to all your Apple devices.
Tap the "Settings" icon and choose iCloud to turn on Photo Stream and other features. You can also download previously purchased music and apps stored on other devices.
When you receive notifications from iMessage, Reminders, and other apps, they appears briefly at the top of the screen without interrupting what you're doing. Ignore it or tap it to respond immediately.
To see a summary of recent notifications, swipe down from the top of any screen. You can access a new notification from the Lock screen by sliding its icon to the right.