Thursday, November 14, 2013

Is Apple killing your old Apple Products?

On the Mac side of the Apple world things aren't so bad, we just got a rather nice OS update that works fairly well on older equipment, as far as I know anyway, I just have 1 Mac and it's a 2010 Mac Mini I use as a Media center.  The fact that they made an OS that would work with any mac 2007 and higher is however impressive to me.

On the iOS side of things however I feel like Apple is trying to just down right make products useless.  Let me try and explain why I say this.  I have an iPod Touch 4th Generation, I bought it as soon as it came out in 2010, so it's 3 years old but when I look at it, it still has a very nice screen and I keep thinking that I should still be able to do quite a bit with this.  The problem however starts with the fact that I got the iOS 6 update.

Ever since my iPod Touch got the iOS 6 update it is practically useless for anything other than music.  Which you'd think is good because that's what you buy an iPod Touch for right?  Well not exactly, I bought it because I'm an Android guy but every now and then there is an iOS app I like so the iPod Touch was a great alternative to an iPhone.  When iOS 7 was announced for some reason I thought it would make my iPod faster, but they didn't even make it available to the 3 year old device.

I understood why my 3 year old device wasn't getting an update, 3 years is a long time in the tech world I guess.  The iPod Touch is still a very nice device though, if I could downgrade it to iOS 5 it would run faster again and I'd be able to use non iOS 7 apps.  So I go and I try to figure out how to downgrade to iOS 5 but apparently I can't.  Ok so I can't really use my iPod Touch for apps much, I can use it to check facebook and a few other apps but everything is so slow that I would rather not really do that.  I would use it for music but I use Google Music and apparently there is no iOS version yet.  So what could I possibly use this little device for?

Since I started making my Podcast I have also been listening to a lot of podcasts.  I have a 1 hour commute so it's been great.  Subscribing to podcasts on iTunes seems nice and easy, even adding my own podcast to iTunes was painless, so I figured, most of the podcasts I listen to are weekly podcasts, I could load the little guy up on Monday mornings and keep it in the car all week!  Perfect!

I go to the iTunes app and find my podcast and try to subscribe.  I'm told I need the podcast app.  Ok fine, I'll download the podcast App.  Oh wait, I can't download the podcast app because it requires iOS 7. What about the older version of the program?  Nope, I am not given the option to download an older version of the Podcast app.  So I can't even do that with the iPod Touch.

I don't want to have to buy a new iPod, the screen on the one I have is great, the battery still lasts a good amount of time, there is still so much I could do with it if it wasn't running so slow, so come on Apple! Just let me downgrade my devices!

UPDATE Nov 15th 2013: So 1 day after I write this post stating there is no Google Music app for iOS, today Google Released an iOS version of Google Music All Access.  I have not been able to test it with my iPod Touch yet, hopefully it doesn't require iOS7.  That'd be funny, if Google kept my iOS device alive. Will update more later.

Javier "STUFF" Torres

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