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A look at the iPod mini

Well, the nicest thing about th iPod mini, from my perspective, is that it’s only a matter of time before there’s a 10gb version, and then a 20gb version.

Currently I’ve got a 10gb 1st gen iPod, and I’m waaay to spoiled by the capacity to even think about buying something with less storage… that is, unless it’s a $50.00 flash-based, pea sized unit to be used just for jogging.

Posted by Another Dave on January 15, 2004 at 8:38 AM (CST)

A look at the iPod mini

I would be willing to buy one for you and ship it to the UK, of course for an extra convenience charge.  Let me know if you’re interested.  My email is:  .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

You can check my trading credibility on ebay.  My user id is:  HEQUIBAL (90 positive feedback, 100% positive)

Posted by Mike on January 15, 2004 at 8:36 AM (CST)

A look at the iPod mini

The most annoying thing is, I just paid

Posted by Matt on January 15, 2004 at 8:25 AM (CST)

A look at the iPod mini

steve and other seem to not understand how the iPod mini scroll wheel works…

First off the scroll wheel DOES NOT TURN. It is a solid state wheel just like the 2G and 3G iPods. What it does do is slighly rock in and out at the 4 cardinal points of the wheel. Basically you smoothly move your finger over the wheel for turning functions and push inward causing a true movement inward to push a button.

The wheel DOES NOT ROTATE. do not think this is like the 1G wheel, it is NOT.

Posted by Dave on January 15, 2004 at 8:12 AM (CST)

A look at the iPod mini

steve and other seem to not understand how the iPod mini scroll wheel works…

First off the scroll wheel DOES NOT TURN. It is a solid state wheel just like the 2G and 3G iPods. What it does do is slighly rock in and out at the 4 cardinal points of the wheel. Basically you smoothly move your finger over the wheel for turning functions and push inward causing a true movement inward to push a button.

The wheel DOES NOT ROTATE. do not think this is like the 1G wheel, it is NOT.

Posted by Dave on January 15, 2004 at 8:12 AM (CST)

A look at the iPod mini

I agree with RS, but i’m pretty sure the holes arent’ meant to transfer anything, i think theyre just meant to anchor any peripheral into it… :)

Posted by fnarfy in j on January 15, 2004 at 8:09 AM (CST)

A look at the iPod mini

marco: The reset sequence is different for the iPod mini.

Posted by Atomic Bomb in Mid-Atlantic on January 15, 2004 at 7:14 AM (CST)

A look at the iPod mini

Wow…they edited screw holes…..  so you know what I was saying…they are like nails, but you use a screwdriver to fasten them.

Also this business about your entire library fitting on it….It never was really intended to put all your music on it…it was simply intended to be smaller and easier to use while doing more physical activities, to compete with the flash technology ones that are great because they are small and easy to use while working out and so forth.  And I know I cannot fit all of my music on one of those flash ones.  They simply serve a different purpose.  Might I remind you that it will still take more than 3 days listening to your iPod continuously before you will hear every song on a 4 GB drive.

Posted by rs on January 15, 2004 at 7:06 AM (CST)

A look at the iPod mini

You mentioned the small holes in the bottom of the iPod mini….are you sure they are for 3rd party devices?  I had read that the iPod mini was supposed to be easier to open up in order to replace batteries and such, and since most 3rd party developers are more than likely going to use the dock port for anything, I would guess that the small holes are nothing more than screw holes.

Posted by rs on January 15, 2004 at 6:58 AM (CST)

A look at the iPod mini

I have a first generation iPod and love its scroll wheel.  My music library is far too large for its 5GB disk, but I hold onto it as I dislike the current wheels on the full sized ipods

Hopefully this new wheel will come to the full sized line!

Posted by steve on January 15, 2004 at 6:52 AM (CST)

A look at the iPod mini

Amazon price is correct.  $249 is suggested list price.  So far the color most ordered is silver.  Interestingly the “new” wheel is very similar to the original one with the buttons around it.  Only the way it works is slightly different.

Posted by Peter on January 15, 2004 at 6:18 AM (CST)

A look at the iPod mini

ipod mini is listed at $249.00 at Amazon.com for pre order

Posted by Paul Rouse on January 15, 2004 at 1:55 AM (CST)

A look at the iPod mini

wow joao you sound real smart and persuasive :)

if u think everyone likes exactly what u like… who’s stupid?

my pink mini is on the way… wish it was febuary!

Posted by Mac Beth on January 14, 2004 at 11:06 PM (CST)

A look at the iPod mini

Joao, you’re a liar or an idiot!

The Muvo 1.5G is $200 and the 4Gig lists at $350. It is “on sale” right now for $299 or $50 more than the iPod mini. Although this is as small as the mini, it has a display that is totally unusable and micro controls that will not be nearly as easy to work with as the iPod mini.

The iPod was successful not only because it was small and stylish, but because it had a killer interface. Apple didn’t compromise anything and people were willing to pay the price. The mini is the same thing all over again.

BTW - I have not seen this in person but it appears that everyone who has, really likes the look.

Posted by Doug Petrosky on January 14, 2004 at 10:38 PM (CST)

A look at the iPod mini

ridiculous machine…
1st point: there was a MUVO 4Giga before this mini ipod…sorry guys, this ipod is an imitation concept and that muvo is way cheaper… Apple keeps loosing points (there are superior devices that the real ipod… and for less)

this mini is UGLY! and I of course, like any person with a minimum sense of style prefer the original one… that back mirror is beautifull and is the reason why the ipod is so attractive…this new alluminium crap in the mini is = to Jukebox NX! same crap… nothing speacial! and yu guys like it? just because fo teh fingerprints issue (whihc is perfectly normal?) BAH!
idiots… sorry, but it’s pure stupidity.
liek this mini ipod: expensive, ugly, looks like it’s been cut off, ugly colours… no extra funtions…
a sell out…
fuck it! I hope the 4G has NOTHING TO DO WITH THAT ON


the only positive thing: the whell (perhaps…)

Posted by Jo on January 14, 2004 at 9:45 PM (CST)

A look at the iPod mini

anyone else hear that the power per channel(mw) was lowered? I have heard a couple people say that you have to turn it up more to equal the output of the 3rd gen ipods?

Posted by Halvie on January 14, 2004 at 8:16 PM (CST)

How to create smart playlists in iTunes

Thanks for the great article.  I’ve used iTunes for awhile, but didn’t know much about the smart playlists.

Posted by What the? on January 14, 2004 at 7:54 PM (CST)

A look at the iPod mini

I already ordered one (pink) for my wife’s Valentine’s Day gift - those things are sweet!
And, I gotta tell ya, I’ll likely order one for myself - the style, quality, and size rock.
They will sell, but they will sell more once the drives grow and/or the price drops.

Posted by sb on January 14, 2004 at 7:24 PM (CST)

A look at the iPod mini

sorry marco, I just had to say it :-p

Posted by dav on January 14, 2004 at 4:59 PM (CST)

A look at the iPod mini

One of the news items here linked to a story that mentioned the “two buttons at the same time” question.  Apparently it is possible to press two buttons on opposite sides of the scroll wheel at the same time, which can reset the mini, and then pressing two different buttons directs you to a diagnostic menu where you can select a variety of options (including firewire disk mode, I imagine).

Posted by Meredith on January 14, 2004 at 4:56 PM (CST)

A look at the iPod mini

spread your fingers…well, thats actually a good idea…but wait…oh, thats what i already thought of…anyone who understood my question?

Posted by marco on January 14, 2004 at 4:23 PM (CST)

A look at the iPod mini

I have way too much music for a minipod… however I hope that the anodised finish and the new click wheel make it to the next gen of ipods.

Posted by camson in Melbourne, Australia on January 14, 2004 at 3:51 PM (CST)

A look at the iPod mini

you spread your fingers.

Posted by dav on January 14, 2004 at 3:47 PM (CST)

A look at the iPod mini

i really wonder how you would manage to reset it or force it into firewire mode since it seems wuite difficult to press two buttons at the same time?!

Posted by marco on January 14, 2004 at 3:42 PM (CST)

A look at the iPod mini

The article should be corrected to say the mini iPod is 2.0” wide, not 2.9”.  I kept looking at the picture thinking there’s no way that thing is 2.9” wide unless it’s some weird angle!  After pulling out my credit card and realizing the mini is even smaller than that, I’m really thinking about getting one.

Posted by chinhster on January 14, 2004 at 3:27 PM (CST)

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