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Old 01-06-04, 02:02 PM
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Ipod Mini announced 4GB $249

- So, the iPod. Now I want to go back to this market share data. I want to drill down into this a little more. Now, we look at this, and the iPod has the 31% marketshare. What's the rest? The big chunk is flash... about 60% of that. 30% are Flash players between $100-$200. Equal 30% that's under $100. We looked at this high end flash market and we want to go after that. The under $100 flash players get put into a drawer since they don't hold enough songs.

- Also these players have a bad user interface.

- We are going to introduce the second member of the iPod family today. to go after these guys. It's called the iPod Mini.

- Instead of 256MB, it's got 4000MB (or 4GB). Instead of 60 songs, it holds 1000 songs. It is half the thickness of these other MP3 players. And we are going to sell it for $249.

- Even smaller then the iPod. It is the size of a business card.

- When you turn it on, you don't get some cheesy user interface, you get the same user interface as the iPod. We added buttons to the solid state scroll wheel.

- Supports both Firewire and USB2. Can charge from USB2 or Firewire. both cables are supplied. And we supply a new belt clip with it. Two accessories. A dock, and am armband.

Just one more thing... about the iPod mini. It comes in colors. Gold, Silver, Blue, Pink and Green. A whole family of colors. Anodized aluminum.



Also we are updating the 10GB to 15GB today for the same price $299.
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If it's the size of a business card, how small will the screen be?
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Although obviously larger in size, my wife is enjoying the Dell Digital Jukebox 15 GB player I got her for Christmas which cost me $199.
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this is some insane news
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Just check out the specs. If you want small, this is the one to get. With the anodized aluminum shell, it looks better than the full size iPod. But it looks like they're using the old control pad from 2nd gen iPod.
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this is Great news. The reason I never got the last Ipod's were because of the size and lack of arm band for working out - this is it!

Now... where can I find a deal on this?!
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In the mac related forums, this has really gone over poorly. They're (almost) all saying that the price is too high for the product. If you're getting an Ipod, why not spend $50 more and get an additional 11GB?

Interesting, considering that those forums are clearly pro-Apple and always willing to find any positive that they can... If your own supporters are thinking this, what will the general public think?
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Originally posted by FuzzyBallz
Just check out the specs. If you want small, this is the one to get. With the anodized aluminum shell, it looks better than the full size iPod. But it looks like they're using the old control pad from 2nd gen iPod.

no the control pad is not like any of the others the buttons are on the track pad itself.
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Lower the price to ~$80 and we'll talk.
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Put it at 10 cents and i might consider...
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I am willing to give up 11gb for the size. Yes you read that right. I am in the demographic where I don't care if I carry a huge mp3 collection - i just need something SMALL, especially when I workout.

Which is why i'm still using my 128mb iAUDIO CW200. I like the apple interface and the styling of it. The only negative is it does not have a FM radio!
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BTW, I'm reading if you're a student you get a $30 discount. Does anyone know any other ways to bump the price lower?
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Originally posted by Phil L.
Although obviously larger in size, my wife is enjoying the Dell Digital Jukebox 15 GB player I got her for Christmas which cost me $199.
I got one too for the same price and love it. Yesterday I put it to the test and took it snow skiing. It performed like a champ never skipping and handling the cold weather. I have 1200 songs loaded on mine and still over 10 GB left.

Apple still does not get the big picture - THEY ARE OVERPRICED!!!
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Originally posted by MitzEclipse
BTW, I'm reading if you're a student you get a $30 discount. Does anyone know any other ways to bump the price lower?
$20 discount. Drops from $249 tp $229.
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Originally posted by GMLSKIS Apple still does not get the big picture - THEY ARE OVERPRICED!!!
Why should Apple? Apple fanatics see overpriced Mac products as a sign of having superior quality over all other products. That's why you see some idiots buying $4 Apple branded DVD media instead of $1.20 FujiFilm and Memorex.

You know I thought I'd never see the day when Apple fanatics scream overprice for anything Jobs pumps out.
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$250 for 4GB of space? I don't care how small the thing is, that's ridiculous. For the same price, I got 30GB in my Zen NX.
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Yes, this is very dissapointing. Its way too expensive for that amount of storage when the 15gb model cost only 50 more. I don't care about the size, the iPod is small enough. If it was $200, I might have considered it, but not at $250. Too bad.
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Originally posted by OtherAdam
Yes, this is very dissapointing. Its way too expensive for that amount of storage when the 15gb model cost only 50 more. I don't care about the size, the iPod is small enough. If it was $200, I might have considered it, but not at $250. Too bad.
exactly. $50 more. If you are putting up $250 surely $50 more won't break you though. The thing is, if they price it too low, then no one would buy the more expensive versions.
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Originally posted by Phil L.
Although obviously larger in size, my wife is enjoying the Dell Digital Jukebox 15 GB player I got her for Christmas which cost me $199.
Originally posted by GMLSKIS
I got one too for the same price and love it. Yesterday I put it to the test and took it snow skiing. It performed like a champ never skipping and handling the cold weather. I have 1200 songs loaded on mine and still over 10 GB left.

Apple still does not get the big picture - THEY ARE OVERPRICED!!!
IIRC I got it for that price due to your post in Hot Deals about the $50 off deal.

Thanks, and glad to hear that it's performing well out on the slopes.
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But..but...

it's..

Pink

And..

Sarareku

and..

No..

= ( =(

I might actually have to buy an Apple product
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Too expensive for me. 100-150 probably would have sold me.
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Heehee, I love the point at the bottom

1. Compared to any cell phones sold in the US!!

HEEEHEEEHEE

THIS WILL GO GREAT WITH MY PANASONIC GD55 and future Panasonic G50.... the I pod will look huge compared to it

You know what would be a great feature though?

Include a compact flash or SD media slot, just for the sake of extra space and added use.

That way if you're out with somebody, and they take pictures on a digital camera, they can just pass you the card, and you can copy the files to the Ipod..

or if you are at work or school and someone has a song you've been looking for, just pass the card and upload it..
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Originally posted by fumanstan
Too expensive for me. 100-150 probably would have sold me.
Same here.
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John Mayer: "Steve, I think the screen's on the other side."

Steve Jobs: "Sorry, I'm looking at the price tag."
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I said this in 'Hot Deals' and I'll say it here as well.

I just ordered the mini iPod -- my first Apple purchase ever. I never caught with Napster and built a large mp3 collection, so I never jumped on the first (second, and third) wave of iPods. Now, I'm looking for an mp3 player that I can use while riding my working out and riding my bike. I used an FM radio previously, and there is nothing worse than hitting a spot where you can't get FM (this is in Chicago -- not Des Moines, Iowa).

I think 4gb is perfect for their target audience -- the person looking for a lightweight mp3 player. Remember, they are using this product to compete with the flash memory mp3 players (Rio). According to Apple, that's 1,000 songs -- and at an average of about 12 songs a CD, that's 83 CDs!!!. I don't know about you, but that's a LOT of CDs.

Good job Apple!

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