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fatmanatee on the iPod touch update:

[…] they added a speaker!  Fun.  Lowered the prices!  On board.  No GPS!  What?  I would have liked to have that one, rather than this Nike stuff.  Aren’t GPS chips cheap now?  You’d think that Apple would really kill off the standalone-GPS industry by doing this.  I’m a bit surprised.

GPS doesn’t make a lot of sense without a cellular internet connection unless you intend to have all maps available offline (which needs a lot more storage than Apple’s willing to give it).

But with excellent standalone GPSes that are more optimized for this task (sun-friendly screens, very loud speakers for voice directions, better battery life, etc.) already in the $200-300 price range, why bother?