Posted 15 November 2012 - 01:20 PM
As a 26 year old, I can say, just pony up and get the iPod Touch.. the 5th gen. Guarantee its what the 13 yr old would want. You can use apps, play games, surf the web... basically its a iphone without the phone function. Check the refurbished site. If not, the current ones don't seem to go on sale very often.
For what its worth, the music doesn't have to be purchased on itunes to use on a ipod. It just has to be in iTunes (im sure theres some back way around it but i don't know it or do it). You can load CDs in to iTunes, there are also programs (at least there used to be) to convert MP3 files into iTunes. Pretty easy stuff.
In terms of syncing, you can only sync the iPod with one library. So if he is using his brother's library he would just sync it there.
Size wise, I believe the 5th gen (the current one) comes in a 32gb and a 64gb... the 32 I would suspect would be plenty big enough. You can also save money by going with the 4th gen. The 4th gen touch is still nice it just doesnt have as fast of a processor, as nice of a screen, camera, etc. Really still has most of the bells and whistles just not as advanced. They have a 16 and a 32 on the site. The 32 is only $50 less than the 5th gen though.
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