It is completely normal?
What a crock of crap.
Absolutely no warrning from apple that the apps on my ipod would stop working and absolutely no support from apple to solve the issue. Probably all too busy flogging the latest gear. Pathetic!!
My ipod is getting long in the tooth and I was thinking christmas might be time to upgrade. I would buy a apple device but I doubt the salesmen will be able to tell me how long they will support it. Thanks apple, you have helped me decide on an android tablet.
MAD AS ****!!!!!
I have no intention in getting into an Android bashing discussion here (I'm tempted by them - in addition to my iPod), but what makes you think an Android device will be any different?
The 2nd generation iPod Touch was introduced in September 2008, around the same time as Android 1.0
Since then, I believe there have been nine subsequent versions of Android and seven updates within those versions. Are you telling us that an Android device from 2008 can run Jelly Bean? ( For the Apple Only brigade, who may be struggling to understand why I'm talking about sweets (candy), "Jelly Bean" is, it's the latest version of Android's operating system. )
Instead of whining on about lack of upgrades, the more sensible thing to do would be to ask Apple to ensure that older versions of an App are available for those of us who only have iOS 4.2.1 (and who have lost their App version) and that App designers are aware of the restriction we face and think twice before making their Apps usable only with iOS 4.3 or higher. Think about it. If a user can no longer use an App that now requires a higher version iof the iOS, then the App designer may lose out too.
But no - you all simply want to concentrate on the wrong thing.
Ah... the party faithful have rushed in with excuse after excuse!
It is a totally unacceptable situation that it is virtually imposible to get new apps for a device, which in my case is only three and a half years old.
Forget the red-herring blather about Android 1.0.
Mobile phone devices have a short life-cycle, and any cell carrier will replace the device for little or no cost after two years.
That is not the case with the iPod Touch.You have every right to be disatisfied with Apple on this.
It underscores the danger of buying a product that is locked down by the vendor, preventing open marketplace solutions.
"Ask" Apple to ensure that older versions of apps are available?
Give me a break. Apple is all about maximized profit margins. It is in their interest, and part of their marketing strategy to force people to buy new Apple devices.
Well, although the cult Apple followers will keep buying Apple, I will not. There are far better alternatives.
Pitch your iPod 2nd Gen, and take it as an expensive lesson in corporate greed.
The idea that Apple made a corporate decision to simply eliminate all older iTouch devices from existence baffles me.
Why would I want to invest in any apple product knowing full well that in a few years I will simply have to throw it away. I don't have a lot of money to invest in things like this. Do you? There is no reason I shouldn't expect to be able to acquire older versions of apps for my older iTouch (read 3G IOS 4.2.1.)
I cannot get ANY ibook reader, no VNC. no mapping software. very few games (not that I care much about games.)
There must be millions of the older iTouch devices out there that are good for nothing but a landfill somewhere.
Someone said all older computing equipment eventually goes away. Not so. I have some older computers that can still run WIN98, (even WIN3.11 if I want.) I can still download old applications for those old OS's. There is no NEED to throw them away. I may WANT to, but I am not FORCED to.
While I am sure the older Android and WIN devices will eventually become less popular, they will ALWAYS be useful. I will always be able to get old apps for them. I can still get old apps for win3.11.
The older Apple device are now actually useless. That is the diffference, and it is a big one. Apple is FORCING us to upgrade. As someone pointed out, it's corporate greed.
So, yes, this and all other posts on this subject should be turned into an Apple bashing, Android vs IOS debate until we eventually get Apples attention.
Really, the only way to get Apples attention on this matter is to switch away from them and hit them in thier greed (which is exactly what I am going to do.)
They came out with the first GUI years ago and made the corporate decision to not keep in touch with thier customers. Now look at them. 98% of all desktops and laptops are running competitors OS's.
The same thing is going to happen with the IOS, but much faster this time. It won't take long for people to figure out they simply have to replace there perfectly good hardware because Apple got greedy.
But, alas, It seems Apple is happy with 2% of the marketplace. Too bad. They made a good product. I guess I MUST put mine in the can under my sink.
You've made very valid points. I for one will not replace either the iPod Touch that is now virtually useless nor the iPhone 4 that will no doubt be heading down the same path to iOS obsolescence... with any APPLE product.
Planned obsolescence is purely about corporate greed. I choose to stop feeding the gluttonous monster.