Ask Different is a question and answer site for power users of Apple hardware and software. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I tried syncing my iPod Touch, but the recently purchased/acquired apps were not sent to iTunes. Then I tried to update the iPod and got a message that before updating, I should move the apps to the iTunes library (the implication was that they would be erased if not in the iTunes library). That seems like a lot of work just to update my iPod, especially since I don't know of any actual benefits resulting from the update. What benefits will I get from updating my iPod Touch?

share|improve this question

migrated from May 15 '11 at 21:55

This question came from our site for computer enthusiasts and power users.

While I could agree on those updates being somewhat of a pain sometimes, I think the answer to the question is pretty obvious, and I'll state it as another question: "why update any piece of software?" If you don't care about potential fixes, or new features (I have no way of knowing what benefits you might be getting of the update in question) you can just as well skip updating. Nobody is forcing you to do anything you don't want to. Of course you might be missing out of potentially useful stuff – posdef May 15 '11 at 21:59

Depends on which version of iOS you're on. You gain all features and bug fixes implemented since then and possibly support running more software, or get more features with the software you have. The same as with any computer, really. This Wikipedia article might give you an idea.

If you're happy as-is, you might not want to bother. But don't come crying when a long-fixed bug, or maybe a hardware problem (no backups?), eats your music and apps.

share|improve this answer
And, I might add, the location data privacy fixes!! – Nathan Greenstein May 15 '11 at 22:02

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.