Friday, 1 February 2013

11 Ways to Use Your iPod Touch

When Apple first introduced the iPod in 2001, it was essentially capable of doing one thing: playing music. As the iPod line has matured, they are now capable of much more than that. Apple's newest iPod model is the iPod Touch. This device can do so many things; you may at first be overwhelmed with the prospect of learning what it can do. Here are a few ways that you can use your iPod Touch.

1. Use it as a Music Player

Apple's first slogan for the iPod was "1,000 songs in your pocket". The iPod's original function was to play music, and the iPod Touch still excels in this regard. Now it can hold a lot more than 1,000 songs, it will allow you to instantly sort through your music library by browsing through your albums with a swipe of your finger, and it can even let you know the title and artist of the song that is playing if you ask it with the new Voice Control technology.

2. Use it as a Movie Player

Besides playing music, the iPod Touch is also a widescreen movie player. You can download movies and episodes of your favorite TV shows directly to the device, or you can hook your iPod up to your computer to manually transfer them.

3. Use it as a Phone

Did you know you can use your iPod Touch as a phoneall Well, kinda. If you download the free Skype App from the App Store, you can place calls all over the world as long as you are in a WiFi zone. You can place long distance and international calls at a much cheaper rate than most cell phone or landline phone rates using this method.

4. Use it as a Game Machine

The iPod Touch has proven itself to be a worthy competitor to both Sony's PSP and Nintendo's DS in the portable gaming market. There are currently more than 25,000 games available in the App Store, so it's likely you'll be able to find a few that you like. Even better, there are thousands of games for free.

5. Use it as an eBook Reader

You can also find tens of thousands of free eBooks for your iPod Touch. If you are a fan of the classics, then you'll be in reading heaven with this device. Download the free Kindle App or any of the myriad available standalone eBooks available in the App Store.

6. Use it as a Web Browser

This iPod has possibly the best internet browsing experience available on a handheld device. This isn't the "mobile internet"; you get the real deal with Apple's Mobile Safari browser.

7. Use it for Email

The iPod Touch makes it easy to setup your Gmail, Yahoo, or any other email service you might use. Once you're past the initial setup, you can easily check your email with a single tap without the need to login online all the time.

8. Use it as a Map

You might want to throw out your maps and atlases, because you won't need them anymore. The iPod Touch comes equipped with the Google Maps app, which will let you pull up street and satellite information anywhere on earth.

9. Use it to take Notes

The iPod Touch gives you two great ways to take notes. You can either use the Notes app to jot down your thoughts, or you can download a free voice recorder from the App Store.

10. Use it as an Organizer

There is no need to tote around a day-planner or PDA anymore; the iPod has you covered. The Calendar App will let you keep track of your daily, weekly, and monthly to-do lists. You can even sync it with the calendar on your computer.

11. Use it to get Social

There is probably no easier way to keep in touch with your friends than if you have an iPod Touch. The Twitter and Facebook applications can keep you up to date with everything that is happening in your social world, even when you're away from the computer.