The process was entirely uneventful; a textbook example of what a user’s first experience with the new product should be. Except for the usual IQ test associated with the clever, but sometimes opaque, Apple packaging, the physical part of the operation was smooth and intuitive. Even figuring out how to get the darn thing out of the box didn’t take more than 90 seconds.
Plugging the Generation 4 iPod Touch into a computer running a version of iTunes that had synched with an earlier iPod Touch brought up a series of screens with obvious choices, except for whether to call the iPod a new device or restore from the old iPod configuration. Because I still wanted to use the old iPod, I elected to call the G4 a new device. Then came a wondrous screen, in which I could opt to install my previous music library, or just my applications. I chose the applications only, and all of the apps that I had installed on my previous iPod touch were installed on the new, fourth generation, one. I had expected to manually install all the apps. This is much more function, achieved much more simply than I expected.
I’ve had my problems with setting up Apple devices in the past, but this was a purely delightful experience.