What is the plural of iPod Touch? Should it be iPods Touch or iPod Touches?


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Consider the following widely-accepted plural forms of popular Apple products whose names consist of two nouns:

  • Macbook Pros
  • iPod Shuffles
  • iPhone 4s
  • Mac Minis
  • Macbook Airs

Just as one wouldn't say Macbooks Pro, so also one shouldn't say iPods Touch. I would always go with iPod Touches. If that sounds awkward to you, then your better bet would be iPod Touch devices or, best, iPods. Most of the iPods being sold these days are of the Touch variety, anyway. More often than not, one will hear iPod Classic when the distinction wants to be made. Thus, an iPod will usually be an iPod Touch.

Also consider Xbox 360 and Playstation 3. One hears Xbox 360s (not Xboxes 360) and Playstation 3s/PS3s (not Playstations 3). Many technical writers use the words units and devices, or find other means to avoid these potentially sticky "plural" situations altogether.

  • It's improper to pluralize words with an apostrophe. iPhone 4s, Playstation 3s.
    – Eric
    Dec 22, 2010 at 9:07
  • @Eric: I’ve seen several people on this site assert that it’s always incorrect to pluralise with an apostrophe; are you sure that’s correct? I don’t have a copy of Fowler or similar to hand at the moment, but I seem to remember it saying that apostrophes were correct for pluralising some things: notably, foreign words that are not yet naturalised, and numbers. As: “1,000’s of negligée’s in the 1960’s”. (Negligée should be in italics there, but apparently you can’t italicise just part of a word in comments.) And I think apostrophes were to be used for some proper nouns as well.
    – PLL
    Dec 22, 2010 at 16:36
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    @PLL: I certainly use apostrophes when pluralizing quoted or italicized words. Back in the day, I'm fairly certain, for instance, that 60's was more common than 60s. But I guess I belong to a school of ancient or erroneous thought. In the examples in my answer, though, I agree with @Eric that the apostrophes should not be there. Old habits die hard!
    – Jimi Oke
    Dec 22, 2010 at 17:15
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    @Brian so you would write “I got all As”? Or, “As As are before Is, what comes before Is is As”?
    – nohat
    Dec 22, 2010 at 22:52
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    @Brian Nixon: not always. Both dos and do's are correct. For dos and don'ts, the British are more likely to write do's, while in the US, it's chiefly dos!
    – Jimi Oke
    Dec 23, 2010 at 4:10

According to this Apple support document, they refer to iPod Touches

Removing all your MobileMe Sync Data will remove the data from MobileMe Calendar, MobileMe Contacts, and from any iPhones or iPod touches you are synchronizing via MobileMe over-the-air syncing.

  • Thanks John, I'd have accepted this as an answer as well but I liked @Jimi's elaboration.
    – tojofo
    Dec 22, 2010 at 22:06
  • No worries, in retrospect, perhaps I should have made this a comment to Jimi's answer, so he could have incorporated it directly - live and learn :-)
    – John Satta
    Dec 22, 2010 at 22:40

iPod Touches, which matches the plural of the computer mouse, "mouses."

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    ...but I always use "computer mice"...
    – user730
    Dec 22, 2010 at 6:34
  • Agree. It's most commonly mice, but, apparently, mouses is also perfectly correct!
    – Jimi Oke
    Dec 22, 2010 at 6:44
  • Surprisingly, you're right, I didn't know about "mouses" before: merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mouses
    – analytik
    Dec 22, 2010 at 13:53
  • thanks also, but an elaboration like @Jimi's would have helped (made) me accept this answer earlier.
    – tojofo
    Dec 22, 2010 at 22:07
  • No problem, I meant to provide more clarification but got hung up on other things. Dec 24, 2010 at 3:19

There's the RIGHT answer, and the right answer.

In English, the rule is generally (adjective) (noun), as in blue car, hot soup, and beautiful sunset. Occasionally, this rule is subverted, as in this case, wherein the noun is IPod and the adjective is Touch. In English, when you pluralize you pluralize the noun, so the correct answer is "Ipods Touch".

Having said that, you'll sound like a pretentious ass. One wouldn't go to Burger King and order two Whoppers Junior. So the accepted plural is IPod Touches, even though you're pluralizing the adjective.

  • But "touch" is a verb or a noun.
    – Kosmonaut
    Dec 22, 2010 at 15:20
  • Not in this case. It refers to the model of IPod. In this case, "touch" is an adjective. Dec 22, 2010 at 15:46
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    Sorry, but it is part of a compound noun: "iPod Touch". This is similar to the way that, in e.g. "bridge crossing", the word "bridge" is not an adjective — it is still a noun. On top of that, because you don't pluralize adjectives in English, you have direct evidence that "touch" is not being used as an adjective.
    – Kosmonaut
    Dec 22, 2010 at 16:44
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    @Chris B. Behrens: Sorry, I think Williams Safire was trying to prove a moot point. Honestly, when it comes to proprietary names, it's best to treat them as compound nouns. I could easily say, "I want two Juniors". But maybe Safire was right and Burger King really named "Whooper Junior" with "Junior" there as an adjective. I would argue, though, that "Touch" does not modify "iPod". It distinguishes but doesn't modify. It's simply the name. Consider: "It's an Acura." "What model?" "It's a Legend." "Wow, an Acura Legend!" "Legend" doesn't modify "Acura". It's simply the name!
    – Jimi Oke
    Dec 23, 2010 at 1:04
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    Chris, you are absolutely right: 'Touch' here is a postpositive adjective, so the plural suffix attaches to the noun it modifies, and don't let anyone tell you any different. Apr 7, 2012 at 17:51

I think "iPod Touch devices" or "Touch iPods" sounds a bit better.

  • I would never use the phrase "Touch iPods" — that's simply incorrect. There's no such thing as a Touch iPod, just as there's no such thing as an Air MacBook, or a Windows by Microsoft operating system.
    – ghoppe
    Nov 20, 2011 at 20:32

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