The iPod Touch Is This Generation's Tamagotchi

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All these wonderful things we're learning today, from data! First, we find out that Android is a guy thing. Now, we discover that the iPod Touch shares more demographics with glittering vampires than smartphones. iPod Touch: Kid stuff.

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The age distribution makes a lot of sense, especially with the direct available comparison of the iPhone: the iPod Touch is a good gift, a plausible purchase, and a good investment for a young person right now. An iPhone with a $70-a-month minimum contract is a tougher sell, either to parents, or to kids mostly supported by their parents.

And these kids don't just buy different gadgets than adults—they use them differently, too. For example, they looooove apps:

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But they're stingy little bastards, these kids:

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Buying an app can be tough without a credit card, so again, this isn't shocking. But it does poke a little hole in the idea of the iPod Touch as a massive moneymaker for Apple. Hardware sales are tremendous and highly profitable, sure, but once the devices are in users' soft little baby hands, they don't keep raking it in like the iPhone does. [AdMob]

DISCUSSION

norwoodismyhero
NorwoodIsMyHero

Okay, I know you guys are Jitterbug haters around here, but I never thought you'd stoop this low.

You guys are so trying to hide Jitterbug's success with the AARP crowd that you won't even put them on this graph.

Gawd, I can't stand how you guys love Apple/MS/Google/Palm and RIM so much but hate on Jitterbug.

You guys think you're some sort of cross between a blog and a journalistic outfit, but until you're willing to begrudge Jitterbug it's complete domination of the geriatric division, you guys are just a a bunch of Apple/MS/Google/Palm/RIM fanboys. It makes me sick.