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Apple iPod touch 8GB - Black - 4th Generation (Latest Model - Launched Sept 2010)

by Apple
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,336 customer reviews)




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  • Personal music player with video and camera capability
  • FaceTime feature lets you make video calls in real time
  • Retina display technology for graphics as good as the eye can see
  • Enhanced high definition video recording and editing
  • Game Center to play, invite friends and compare scores
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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 5.8 x 0.7 cm ; 100 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 454 g
  • Item model number: MC540BT/A
  • ASIN: B0040GIZTI
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 1 Sep 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,336 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 868 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Manufacturer's Description

Facetime comes to iPod touch. Don't just say hello. smile.

Video calling is in full effect on iPod touch. Now your friends can see what you're up to, when you're up to it. With the tap of a button, you can wave "hi" while standing in a foreign country, get a second opinion on a pair of boots, or have your friends bear witness to the everyday pranks, bets and dares they otherwise might have missed - new iPod touch to new iPod touch or iPhone 4 over Wi-Fi. And come face-to-face with even more fun.

diagram of facetime
FaceTime brings video calling to iPod touch
Tap for a more instant, instant message.

Take "LOL" to the next level and actually see friends laughing. Or bring "XOXO" to life when you blow someone a kiss from miles away. FaceTime on iPod touch makes it possible. FaceTime works right out of the box - just enter your Apple ID and email address. Or create a new email account just for FaceTime. Using FaceTime is as easy as it gets. Say you want to start a video call with your best friend over Wi-Fi. Just tap the FaceTime app and find her entry to start the call. An invitation pops up on her iPod touch or iPhone 4 screen asking if she wants to join you. When she accepts, FaceTime begins. It's all perfectly seamless. And it works in both portrait and landscape. See how much fun you can have.

Two cameras make either side its fun side.

iPod touch has two built-in cameras, one on the front above the display and one on the back. The front camera has been tuned for FaceTime. It has just the right field of view and focal length to focus on your face at arm's length. So it always presents you in the best possible light. Which is particularly handy when you're talking to someone who's more than just a friend.

The back camera-- see and share.

So your roommate had to work late and couldn't make it to the concert. You can share the encore with a FaceTime call. As the band takes the stage and starts playing one of her all-time favourite songs, just tap a button. And before the lead singer can belt out his first note, iPod touch switches to the back camera and to the sure-to-be-legendary performance. Another tap switches to the front camera and to you. Simple, fast, and fun.

Retina display comes to iPod touch. Seeing is still not believing.

Thanks to the Retina display, everything you see and do on iPod touch looks amazing. That's because the Retina display's pixel density is so high your eye is unable to distinguish individual pixels. Which means images in games, movies and photos pop off the screen. Text in books, web pages, and email is crisp at any size. And everything is sharper. No wonder it's called "cutting edge."

diagram of a two cameras
With a remarkable 960x640 resolution,
everything you see and do on iPod touch
looks even more incredible
More wow per inch.

Behind the screen of iPod touch, there's some serious technology going on. By developing pixels a mere 78 micrometres wide, Apple engineers were able to pack four times the number of pixels into the same size screen found on earlier iPod touch models. This many pixels packed this close together - 326 per inch - make graphics and text look smooth and continuous at any size. Prepare to be glued to the screen.

LED backlighting.

The Retina display includes LED backlighting and an ambient light sensor that automatically adjusts the brightness of the screen for the best viewing and battery life possible. So you can focus on more important things. Like destroying aliens.

HD video recording comes to iPod touch. Ready, and action.

Because your iPod touch - and its built-in HD video camera - go with you everywhere, you're always ready to record when the moment strikes. And now you can do it in stunning high definition. An advanced backside illumination sensor delivers brilliant video in both bright and low-light settings. And when you're done shooting, you can edit and share your movie in just a few taps. With iPod touch, you're the only film crew you need.

diagram of iPod touch HD playback
iPod touch lets you record,
edit and share stunning HD video
Built-in editing gives video a fun-tuning.

No need to wait until you're back at your computer to edit video. With basic editing built into iPod touch, you can get right down to business. Just drag to select start and end points on a filmstrip. Keep only the parts of the video you want, and turn it into something you and your friends will watch again and again.

Make mini blockbusters in just a few taps with iMovie on iPod touch.

Say you're on an epic road trip, and you want to create a video postcard of everything you've seen and done. Just use the iMovie app. Built for iPod touch, iMovie lets you combine and edit video clips, give them that extra something with dynamic themes and transitions, add music and photos, and share your finished movies with the world.

Make a movie. Starring you.

The next time you venture out on say, an amazing hike, don't just tell your friends about it. Show them. In addition to the high-definition camera on the back, iPod touch has a VGA-quality camera on the front, above the display, that lets you see yourself on the display while you record. It's perfect for turning the camera on yourself. No more guessing if you're in the frame or accidentally cropping yourself out altogether. So get ready for your close-up.

Shoot what you want. Share where you want.

Ever find yourself in the middle of typing an email when you see something that words just can't describe? Just launch the camera and record on the fly. Then upload your HD movie directly to YouTube. Or select some video from the Camera Roll and attach it to a new email message, ready to send. Posting to your Facebook page or blog is also just a tap away. And you can easily sync all the video you shoot on iPod touch back to your Mac or PC.

Point and shoot.

An awesome view. A decked-out cupcake. Your dog looking unbearably cute. If you want to take a quick photo to upload to your Facebook page, either camera on iPod touch can also capture stills. Just tap on the screen to adjust exposure. Then post to Facebook and let the comments begin.

Advanced engineering at play

Pioneering technology built into iPod touch is how you're able to flick, tap, and pinch. It's what makes a racing game feel so real. It's why you're able to see a friend crack up at your jokes from across the globe. And it's the reason iPod touch is the most incredible iPod you'll ever own.

Looks can be amazing.

iPod touch has an all-new design that makes it the thinnest, lightest, most amazing iPod touch ever. Holding one is all the proof you need. With its curved design, iPod touch is now a mere 7.2 millimetres thin. Its engineered glass front and stainless steel back feel sleek and smooth in your hand. Turn it on, and you're instantly blown away by the brilliant Retina display. iPod touch is the perfect combination of stunning design and revolutionary technology - brilliant from the outside in.

diagram of a two cameras
iPod touch has two built-in cameras,
one on the front above the display
and one on the back
Retina display. A blast from the future.

There are lots of reasons you won't want to take your eyes off the new iPod touch. The 960-by-640 backlit LCD display, for one. It packs 326 pixels per inch, making it the highest-resolution iPod screen ever. To achieve this, Apple engineers developed pixels so small - a mere 78 micrometers across - that the human eye can't distinguish individual pixels. Even though you can't see them, you'll definitely notice the difference. Text is remarkably sharp and graphics are incredibly vivid.

Apple A4 processor. More power to you.

The Apple A4 chip is behind, or rather underneath, all the fun you can have on iPod touch. Apple engineers designed the A4 chip to be a remarkably powerful yet remarkably power-efficient mobile processor. With it, iPod touch can easily perform complex jobs such as multitasking, editing video, and placing FaceTime calls. All while maximising battery life. And fun.

Gyro + Accelerometer. Smooth moves.

iPod touch just learned some new moves. It now includes a built-in three-axis gyroscope. When paired with the accelerometer, the gyro makes iPod touch capable of advanced motion sensing such as user acceleration, full 3D attitude, and rotation rate. Translation: More motion gestures and greater precision for an even better gaming experience.

Two Cameras. Double the fun.

iPod touch captures video with two built-in cameras. It shoots amazing HD 720p video from the back camera. And with its advanced backside illumination sensor, it captures beautiful footage even in low-light settings. All while the built-in microphone records conversations, music, or any audio at the same time. And on the front of iPod touch, the built-in camera is perfect for making FaceTime calls1 and shooting self-portraits. It's surprising how much fun can fit into something so small.

Multi-Touch. Control at your fingertips.

When you put your finger on iPod touch, how does it just start doing what you want it to do? It's a chain reaction, really. The Multi-Touch display layers a protective shield over a capacitive panel that senses your touch using electrical fields. It then transmits that information to the Retina display below it. So you can glide through albums with Cover Flow, flick through photos and enlarge them with a pinch, zoom in and out on a section of a web page, and control game elements precisely.

Game Center. Way more than two can play that game

Game Center is a new app that lets friends, and soon-to-be-friends, in on all the action. Invite someone to join, then get a game going. Or choose to automatically go up against people you don't know from anywhere round the world in a multiplayer game. It's your world. Everyone else is just playing in it.

diagram of a HD Ready TV
Game Center is a new app that lets friends,
and soon-to-be-friends, in on all the action
Gamers rejoice. Game Center is here.

The new Game Center app on iPod touch lets you expand your social gaming network. Exponentially. All anyone needs to play is an iPod touch or iPhone running iOS 4.1. With iOS 4.1, you'll see a Game Center app on your Home screen. Just tap it and sign in with your Apple ID, and you're ready to go. You can create a different nickname that will be visible to friends and the gaming community. You can also assign several email addresses to the Game Center app, making it easy for more friends to find you. Download any games you see by tapping links in Game Center. Games can be started straight from the Game Center app. And the best part, once you sign in to Game Center, is that you're always connected. Until you decide to sign out.

Friends. Soon to be opponents.

Bring your friends along for the ride. Or match. Or mission. Once you're signed in to the Game Center app, you can invite someone by sending a friend request using their nickname or email address. Your friends show up in a separate Friends list in the Game Center app. Tap on a friend's name, and you can see what games they've been playing. You can also check out pending friend requests you receive and add as you see fit.

Leaderboards and achievements. Score some bragging rights.

Take a look at leaderboards and see how your score ranks against your friends, as well as all players of each game. You can also compare game achievements with your friends. Check out leaderboards and achievements in the Game Center app and in each individual game app.

Meet your match.

Say you want to get a multiplayer game going. Auto-match will prioritise your friends if they happen to be looking for an auto-match, too. Otherwise, it will set you up with a soon-to-be-friend from anywhere around the world. You can also choose to invite friends and have auto-match fill the number of players needed for a game.

App Store. There's an app for that. Hundreds of thousands, actually.

Browse Apps

Shop the App Store a number of ways. Tap Featured and get a list of new apps and to see what's hot. Peruse by category. Check out the Top 25 apps. Or if you know exactly what app you're looking for, find it with a quick search.

Genius Recommendations for Apps

There are hundreds of thousands of apps in the App Store, with more added every day. And iPod touch makes finding cool new apps even easier with Genius for apps. It works just like Genius for your music. Tap the Genius icon and get recommendations for apps you might like based on apps you and others have downloaded.

App Store icon
Download Apps

When you find an app you want, buy and download it wirelessly to your iPod touch from anywhere over Wi-Fi, and start using it right away.

Update Apps

iPod touch tells you whenever an app update is available, so you'll always have the latest and greatest versions of your favorite apps.

Box Contains

  • iPod touch
  • Earphones
  • Dock Connector to USB Cable
  • Quick Start guide


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    Customer Reviews

    Most Helpful Customer Reviews
    1,393 of 1,431 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Way, way exceeded my expectations 27 Dec 2010
    By Rufus Firefly TOP 1000 REVIEWER
    Colour Name:Black| Size Name:8GB|Verified Purchase
    I have been bowled over by this little device.

    I bought it thinking that it would be a good replacement iPod for my ancient model, with a bit of mobile browsing thrown in - very useful as I didn't want to be chained to my laptop.

    But the iPod Touch turned out to be so, so much more than this. It takes a generational leap forward in gadgetry, browsing, and multimedia. It's just so darn intuitive.

    Click on the 'Photo' widget. Take a snap. Touch the option button and immediately send it to somebody's email address. Or take a video recording, follow the same process, or store it in your computer's video library.

    Download the free Skype app. Your iPod Touch is now a mobile phone thanks to its built-in mic.

    Click on the web browser. Go to iPlayer and watch all the latest BBC TV shows. Touch the email widget and get access to all of your emails.

    Buy an app called TuneIn Radio for around 1.50. Touch the widget on your screen. Boom, you have access to streaming radio from all over the world, from local BBC radio to international jazz stations.

    Get a games app like Monkey Island. You've just passed the six hours on that long plane ride.

    Amazingly, you can get a TomTom app and use your iPod Touch as a SatNav in your car. You can even get an app to turn the device into a remote control for your other digital devices.

    When they say there is "an app for everything", they ain't kidding. Whether it's calorie counting, nuggets of trivia from QI, styling your photos, or checking flight times, you can do it all.

    Now I understand the hype about the iPad, which is effectively a bigger version of this.
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    931 of 963 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely worth waiting for!!! 13 Mar 2011
    Colour Name:Black|Size Name:8GB
    (A kids review but still read it please 11yrs old)

    It took me a long time to save up for this and persuade my parents to let me get it. The best deal was definitely Amazon. Very pleased with delivery and price; it came 4 days early.

    I've never owned anything like and ipod touch before. It's an amazing device with great apps (alot free too), great sound quality and loads more.

    Set up:
    It took and 30-45mins to sync the ipod and set it up. It isn't that long to wait since once it's done there's not really any more setting up required.

    Good points:
    The apps(even free ones are brill); Good qaulity picture and sound.
    The video is the best bit and the camera is ok. It's not amazing but it's not poor.
    Screen is all very fast and responsive with every click, important i think you may agree. I noticed it went a bit blue, but this was when i tipped it at a stupid angle.
    Internet access is quick and easy to use. I've not yet tried facetime but i'm sure it will be good.
    Easy to download music off itunes.
    It was rapped it tighly and safely to prevent damage to the ipod on delivery.
    My friend has a 3rd gen and the 4th is a very good upgrade. It's lighter, slicker and this one has a camera. Also the volume buttons have a space between each other.

    The bad points:
    It's easily broken so i would get a case. (What do you expect though)
    A finger magnet and can get scratched easily.
    Apple doesn't supply a mains charger so to charge you must use the USB cable.
    When playing apps the battery runs out.
    As far as i'm concerned i have no more bad points.
    When you first turn on the ipod a little apple comes up. If you turn the screen to the side it goes gold, but it was tilted at a stupid angle.
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    320 of 339 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Thoughts from an Ipod newbie 22 Oct 2010
    Colour Name:Black|Size Name:32GB
    The Ipod hype train has passed me by again and again and again without making me take notice of Apples latest mp3 masterpiece so this one certainly went straight over my head. The media and consumer voice have made a lot of my decisions about Apple, that they are money hungry and sell products that break within days. Then there was the fiasco about the Iphone 4's signal and that story certainly didnt impress me.

    But after ignoring the temptation of an Ipod too long I succumbed, because I was in need of something to replace my trusty Zen Stone, which is now resting in pieces thanks to my son :(. I went big on the purchase with one of these; I thought that if I wanted to experience an Iphone without paying the ridiculous monthly tarriffs this was the best choice. I didnt prepare myself for love but thats what happened.

    Too hold it in your hands is idescribable, it feels beautiful, slim but satisfyingly heavy. Set up was done in moments on my windows pc and itunes. I started to explore the phones features. So I tried the web browser, which is the best I've used on any mobile device. Then I set up all my emails so they would come straight to the device. How about the apps? I must hold the world record for apps downloaded within an hour.... there are news feed, mobile banking... AND ebay! Christ, I love ebay, and its a damnsight better than the ebay I get on my blackberry.

    Lets not forget the games and the graphics on this kit... PWOAR is all I have to say. The graphics are incredible; I've heard that the pixels are closer together than the 3rd generation but I've never used one of those. Its just PHWOAR.

    Now the touch interface was something i was worried about because I have fingers like german sausages.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    4.0 out of 5 stars After 3 months owner ship of device we are still happy with it
    battery life does not last very long, but it is all right for the price. my kids have been having many happy hours with it.
    Published 2 days ago by David dugwell
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    I bought this to replace my ipod classic 80GB which died, however I am unable to transfer my itunes list to it from my computer so am pissed off with Apple. Read more
    Published 3 days ago by Ken Fourey-Jones
    5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
    I bought this as a replacement for my iPod shuffle as I wanted to have a device that played apps as well as music. I was amazed by this IPod touch. Read more
    Published 4 days ago by Sarah Greatorex
    5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic
    I'm really am happy with this item it had no marks or scratches it didnt come with a charger but i did order one,it was a great deal and is very helpful with all those app i am... Read more
    Published 6 days ago by MRS BD LINN
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great thank you
    Perfect for all of your needs and mp3 playing, small sylish, affordable what more can you want, as with all apple devices, trustworthy and you get what you pay for, quality
    Published 8 days ago by Mr. M. Cleghorn
    5.0 out of 5 stars very pleased
    it didn't take long to turn up. In very good condition, only thing I had to do was deleted the last owners 3 pictures that were left on it. Read more
    Published 15 days ago by paula bryant
    4.0 out of 5 stars Ipod touch 64 gb
    Very happy with this but did not come with connection cable . Easy to use and in good condition .
    Published 15 days ago by richard cross
    5.0 out of 5 stars birthday present
    bought this for a family member- delivery was prompt so no problems there! Son in law was delighted as he downloads lots of music for his gym sessions.
    Published 17 days ago by Angela Rothwell
    4.0 out of 5 stars good
    God fast delivery though the actual product seams to have temperamental issues as a heavy finger is required at timea to get it to respond
    Published 18 days ago by elaine chow
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    This was sold as new, on receipt it was already registered to another person. On informing Amazon their stock response was un-helpful, the more so following a chat with... Read more
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