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Help! How do I charge a new iPod Touch 4G?

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mothermirth Wed 13-Jul-11 13:12:11

Can anyone talk me through it? I want to charge it ready for my son when he comes home from school (it's his birthday present). The instructions only mention downloading the latest version of iTunes; I don't even know how to do that. <technophobe emoticon>


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mothermirth Wed 13-Jul-11 13:15:11

hopeful bump

BecauseImWorthIt Wed 13-Jul-11 13:16:12

Do you have iTunes at all? If not, you need to download it. (Google it and you should be able to download it that way - most recent PCs come with iTunes already installed though).

In the box you should have a white cable - it slots into a USB port on your computer and will charge the iPod up via the computer.

The reason you need iTunes is that you first have to register the iPod, but you can charge it without having to do that bit.

mothermirth Wed 13-Jul-11 13:28:07

Thank you BecauseImWorthIt. I'm on a Mac, so I do have iTunes. So do I plug the wide end of the white cable into the port at the bottom end of the iPod? I've tried to do this but it doesn't seem to fit and I don't want to force it.

mothermirth Wed 13-Jul-11 13:30:27

Sorry to be so hopeless. I hate gadgets.

bran Wed 13-Jul-11 13:31:22

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mothermirth Wed 13-Jul-11 13:35:22

Great, got it in at last. Ah, I see I need to download the latest version of iTunes (am such a technophobe I've been putting off downloading it). <slaps self>

littlelapin Wed 13-Jul-11 13:37:57

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mothermirth Wed 13-Jul-11 13:39:20

Thank you Bran.

iTunes is telling me I can't download this version (10.3.1) because 'this package type requires Mac OS X 10.5. I don't know what version of OS (whatever that is) I have.

<feels like wailing>

<wails despite knowing that geeks are out there>

LawrieMarlow Wed 13-Jul-11 13:53:24

My iPod touch didn't come with a mains charger (although I have since got one from ebay).

Am no help on the OS front - hopefully someone else is.

mothermirth Wed 13-Jul-11 13:56:37

No, no mains charger here either. How can a tiny silver rectangle be so overwhelming?

littlelapin Wed 13-Jul-11 13:56:48

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littlelapin Wed 13-Jul-11 13:58:43

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mothermirth Wed 13-Jul-11 13:59:05

Eek, I'm on version 10.4.11.

Which means… er? How do I upgrade my operating system? This is sooo complicated confused

mothermirth Wed 13-Jul-11 14:00:07

You lot are great.

Pity I'm gadget-illiterate.

CrystalQueen Wed 13-Jul-11 14:02:53

You have to buy a copy of the new OS. Do you have a PC anywhere? There was an article in the Guardian a few weeks ago about this very thing, new iTunes runs fine on any old version of Windows but you need a fairly upto date version of OSX.

mothermirth Wed 13-Jul-11 14:09:30

Yes, there's a PC laptop in the house. <Don't go near it myself>

Think this is too tricky for me to tackle. Seems it's time to bow out and trust that my boy will have the savvy to do it himself when he gets home.

CrystalQueen: do I need a new(er) version of OSX for my own use anyway? For general stuff? <Or for if I ever want to steal borrow the scary beautiful iPod Touch>

mothermirth Wed 13-Jul-11 14:11:09

Thanks everyone for trying to solve this techie problem for me. Need to get on with work now so am going to leave it for my DS to sort. They're born hard-wired aren't they?


littlelapin Wed 13-Jul-11 14:12:48

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mothermirth Wed 13-Jul-11 14:16:36

Sounds like a plan. Cheers Littlelapin. Usually I adore Apple but I'm not feeling the love today. Will get my DS to investigate the PC option.

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