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I've never before rated an iPod above other MP3 players. They're really irritating, because they don't support Microsoft's WMA format, which means they have half the capacity of any other player. But the iPod Touch has won me over. It is just superb.

Its big, clear screen gives great visuals and sexy intuitive controls. The sound is excellent, and the ability to connect to a wireless internet means you can access the web from anywhere in the house (or a WiFi-enabled location like McDonalds).

Okay, it has a couple of limitations. I found the on-screen keyboard too small for my fingers, and because the screen is capacitative, you can't use a stylus, it has to be fingers. And there's still no WMA support, which means the cheapest touch can only take 2,000 songs. (Oh and you can't replace the battery yourself, which is poor design, and liable to illegal in Europe in a year or two.) But it's so lovely and fun to use. As long as you are young at heart (or just love a good gadget), nothing can do portable music better.

I'm sorry for sounding so gushing. I've always thought iPods were a triumph of style over substance, but the Touch is entirely a different matter.

If you desperately need more capacity, something cheaper or something smaller, the Creative Zen X-Fi is, without doubt, the next best thing - but try a Touch first. I defy you not to fall in love.

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Reviewed by Jo Reed


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