It is driving me crazy - Apple does not show a 3rdG 8GB model on the "identify ipod models" http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1353#ipodtouch and I was sure that was proof one doesn't exist.
I bought one from ebay, checked the serial on Apple site: https://selfsolve.apple.com/agreementWarrantyDynamic.do?newid=y. It came up as a 2G so I can send it back but seller still believes it is a 3rdG 8GB
Then I called 1-800-APL-CARE and the rep sent me to apple repair where 3g 8gb models are listed. Funny how the repair prices are the same for 2nd and 3rd 8gb. I expect it is because so many people think they have one, it was easier to list it than confuse people.
2009 Press Release stated:
Apple Introduces New iPod touch Lineup, New Breakthrough Price of $199
September 9, 2009—Apple® today announced the new iPod touch® lineup starting at the breakthrough price of just $199........And now, the new iPod touch supports Genius Mixes,......... the new iPod touch gives users the ability to play multi-player games......The 8GB model holds up to 1,750 songs, 10,000 photos and 10 hours of video; the 32GB model holds up to 7,000 songs, 40,000 photos or 40 hours of video; and the 64GB model holds up to 14,000 songs, 90,000 photos or 80 hours of video.* The 32GB and 64GB models also include up to 50 percent faster performance and support for even better graphics with OpenGL ES 2.0....... The new iPod touch is available immediately for a suggested price of $199 (US) for the 8GB model, $299 (US) for the 32GB model and $399 (US) for the 64GB model through the Apple Store® .......Existing iPod touch users can update to the latest 3.1 software for just $4.95 (US) to enjoy new features including Genius Mixes and Genius for Apps. iPod touch owners who already have the 3.0 software get the 3.1 software update for free. S
I think they may have screwed up the press release: they wanted the low price of $199 up front, but confused the issue when they lumped the 8 GB with the new ones: "The new iPod touch is available immediately" There is no mention of model number or generation
I wonder who to ask at Apple to get a clear answer with real authority. Any suggestions?