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What's up with Apple charging for the new upgrade for the iPod touch??? I just bought mine a couple weeks ago, right when they provided the free upgrade for Calendar. They don't usually charge for upgrades to begin with. Does anyone think they might allow recent buyers to upgrade for free, similar to the deal they did with the iPhone?


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I don't own an iPod touch and to be honest - as much as I've been tempted to get one - chargeable updates has put me right off.

I don't know what the deal will be for recent purchasers I think your best bet is to give Apple a buzz and see what, if anything, they can offer.

Did they do a similar thing with charging MacBook owners for enabling 802.11n on their MacBooks or was that just some rumour based on no facts?
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They don't usually charge for updates? Because I bought my MacBook just before Leopard was announced, and I'm really mad they wouldn't upgrade me for free!
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They don't usually charge for updates? Because I bought my MacBook just before Leopard was announced, and I'm really mad they wouldn't upgrade me for free!
An OS is a bit different - Leopard is a great OS.

The Touch update is just 5 applications which I think (note: I have no idea, complete guess here ) would be 'fairly simple' to port from the iPhone anyway.

I guess I do think Mail will bring a little more to what already looks like a great device.

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Oh yeah; Maps looks pretty cool as well. The other 3 - to be honest I think they should have been available from the beginning
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Did they do a similar thing with charging MacBook owners for enabling 802.11n on their MacBooks or was that just some rumour based on no facts?
Yea, they charged $1.99 for the 802.11n enabler for "accounting purposes"

I really don't like the concept of charging for the apps. Sets a bad precedent of doing the same for future iPhone updates.


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I have no problem with charging for apps in theory, but if the product seems unfinished in the first place, that's a different story.

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I don't have anyhting against charging for apps either, but for in this case they should have been there anyway, as someone else said. And besides the Mail and Maps, the others more more like widgets than full-blown apps. I mean, stocks and weather? And Notes isn't much at all either. Maybe $5-10, at best.

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Ok, this is more of a rant than anything else. I am currently an iPod touch owner since it came out along with many others. I am glad they released more applications for the iPod Touch. I am extremely disappointed that they are charging $20 for the applications. And even more so they are now selling iPod touch WITH the extra applications at the SAME price!! I really don't understand this. /end of rant.
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I think I'm still in my return period (got it for Xmas) -- perhaps I'll just return it and get another one with the apps installed.

Edited to add: I think it's ridiculous that apple is charging for this, particularly for new purchases (given the timing of Xmas).
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^^ you'll end up paying a restocking fee more than the price of the apps.

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True, it is unfair to charge a whole $20 (maybe $10 would of been better) but I can't say much because I'm going to purchase it anyway.

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An OS is a bit different - Leopard is a great OS.

The Touch update is just 5 applications which I think (note: I have no idea, complete guess here ) would be 'fairly simple' to port from the iPhone anyway.

I guess I do think Mail will bring a little more to what already looks like a great device.

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Oh yeah; Maps looks pretty cool as well. The other 3 - to be honest I think they should have been available from the beginning
Fairly simple to port is an understatement, it is extremely simple. They both use the same version of the program. "Porting" for apple was writing a script that unpackaged the programs and put them in the necessary folder. Anyone who has jailbroken their touch would know that they use the exact same programs and installing it was a matter of drag and drop. This is complete bunk that they would charge users $20 for something they offer for free on new touches that are otherwise exactly the same. Apple, anyone with half a brain will jailbrake their touch and install the programs that way if they already didn't do that.
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I have no problem with charging for apps in theory, but if the product seems unfinished in the first place, that's a different story.
If it seemed unfinished, why buy it in the first place?

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I don't have anyhting against charging for apps either, but for in this case they should have been there anyway, as someone else said. And besides the Mail and Maps, the others more more like widgets than full-blown apps. I mean, stocks and weather? And Notes isn't much at all either. Maybe $5-10, at best.
No offense, fleurya: your comments and others like it made me chuckle. Using wi-fi to check your email from an iPod is SWEET. Seeing your current location live on a map in your hand and searching for the nearest ______ is too cool. You say you'd pay $10, so you're begrudging Apple $10 over these totally sweet apps. $20 is not a lot of money!
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If it seemed unfinished, why buy it in the first place?
Well, most fools buy things assuming there will be updates for free. Since Im not one of them, I bought an iPhone instead.

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No offense, fleurya: your comments and others like it made me chuckle. Using wi-fi to check your email from an iPod is SWEET. Seeing your current location live on a map in your hand and searching for the nearest ______ is too cool. You say you'd pay $10, so you're begrudging Apple $10 over these totally sweet apps. $20 is not a lot of money!
I agree that the Mail app is sweet. In fact, I was alluding to the fact that it and Maps are the only apps worthy of purchase, or even being called an app. The other are more like simple widgets, which are normally free.

But then I realized that, as far as I know, the Google Map app is free on pretty much every other handheld/cell phone platform, so why should Touch users pay for it. Basically, that leaves only the Mail app worthy of a price tag. Should you buy it? If you have Gmail, no. Google has done a good job of optimizing it's web apps for iPhone. But if you have multiple emails, it's worth something. Too bad you have to buy all that other "bundled" stuff. Feels somewhat Microsoft to me.

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