Apple has produced many different models and versions of their iPod portable media device, with each geared at a different type of person. If you know you want an iPod but aren't sure if you want a Shuffle, a Touch, a Classic or one of the other versions, you can help make this selection easier by making a list of your priorities and seeing which model they match up with.
Find out how much physical hard drive space your music collection takes up. All of Apple's iPod devices have a limited hard drive capacity, with some allowing for more music than others. If you have 16GB worth of music on your computer, for example, you know that you need to purchase an iPod that can hold at least 16GB of space in order to contain your entire collection.
Think about what type of media you want to play on your iPod. Certain iPods, like the iPod Shuffle, can only play audio files. Other iPods (like the iPod Classic and iPod Touch) can also play video files. If you only want to play audio files and have no interest in portable video, there is no sense in paying for an iPod with video capabilities that you'll never actually use.
Decide if you want a portable media player or a portable data assistant that also plays media. Apple's iPod Touch is essentially a portable data assistant, with the ability to go online and download applications in addition to playing music and video. The iPod Touch is the exact same device as the iPhone (including front and back cameras) without the capability to make calls. If you want a portable data assistant that can also play media, you need to buy an iPod Touch.
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