2104 Views 12 Replies Latest reply: Aug 9, 2009 12:52 AM by Julian Wright
I'm afraid you're out of luck.
From the iPod Touch User Guide:
What You Need
To use iPod touch, you need:
A Mac or a PC with a USB 2.0 port and one of the following operating systems:
Mac OS X version 10.4.11 or later; version 10.5.7 or later is required for syncing Notes
Windows XP Home or Professional with Service Pack 2 or later
Windows Vista Home Premium, Business, Enterprise, or Ultimate edition
Display resolution on your computer set to 1024 x 768 or higher
iTunes 8.2 or later, available at
QuickTime 7.6.2 or later
An iTunes Store account (for purchases from the iTunes Store or App Store)
An Internet connection for your computer (broadband recommended)
You don't need a computer to have wifi-- I guess you need it to put a password on the wifi, but you could just set that up once, and if you don't care about having a password all you need to do is plug in the router and pay the service. Also lots of public places have free wifi these days.
Using my computer or another family member's computer is definitely a possibility, but there aren't any right near where she lives so it would be a little bit more of a hassle, that's why we're trying to find out if its necessary or not.
I think it isn't feasible to use an iPod Touch without a computer. At the very least you will need access to a Wi-Fi network (as pointed out by Anna Sandham) and you would have to use an e-mail account that is supported by the iPod Touch, and you would need to periodically charge the iPod Touch either by connecting to a computer or by using a charging adapter. You might want to download the iPod Touch User Guide from the Apple website and take a look through it. If you plan to use a computer at an Apple store, why not drop in to one and ask your question there?
As soon as I got my iPod Touch, I turned it on right away without plugging it into my computer. From there you can set up email, browse the internet, and even purchase songs or apps if you have an iTunes account. To answer your question, you don't need a computer, but it helps. Also without a computer you will have to buy a wall charger.
I agree, I do not think you need to have a computer. The limitation is that noting is backed up. So any purchases could be lost.
gMail works well as an email server (in case anyone is interested).
And it is always possible for friends and relatives to provide any misc sync'ing services (such as transferring CD based music to a computer and then loading it on the iPod Touch).
It is not difficult to have a wifi network without a computer, nor is it difficult to have a wall charger. I have used my ipod touch for extended periods of time while traveling-- it doesn't spontaneously break if you don't plug it into a computer for awhile. My question is what exactly is needed for the initial set up, since I know how to use it without a computer after that.
+"Before you can use any of the iPod touch features, you must use iTunes to set up and register iPod touch, and to create an iTunes Store account (if you don't already have one)."+
+"Your computer must be connected to the Internet."+
After that, if you don't care about syncing and backp-up, you're good to go.