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MacBlog: The New iPod mini - is Smaller Better?

“But if you ignore the price issue, there is another question that could make or break the iPod mini: its size. Is smaller better? Are people willing to plunk down $249 (plus tax) for a device that’s small enough to be easily lost or forgotten? A friend recently told me that when shopping for a new cell phone she wanted the largest one she could find, because phones are all so small that they’re easy to misplace.”

iPod 10GB for $249

Dealmac: ExperCom has stock of the discontinued iPod 10GB (third-generation) for $249. It’s the same price as the new iPod Mini 4GB and the lowest price we know to be available for a new, factory-sealed unit. (The latest 15GB model costs $50 more.)

AppleMatters: iTunes At Your Local Record Store

“With the success of the iTunes Music Store, traditional record stores are starting to get worried. There has been a decline in CD sales for a quite a few years now. With illegal music downloading sites starting with Napster and with Kazaa, record stores with their $17 cds just simply could not compete. The one saving grace that stores had, however, were the PC users and the music shoppers who had a conscience. This has all changed. iTunes is available to Windows users and AOL users. It is now legally possible to preview music and download it to your computer and legally burn more than 1 copy. And with websites cropping up offering scans of the cd booklets, you could pretty much duplicate the entire music shopping experience without leaving the comforts of your house.”

SmartProtec Annnounces New Security Feature for iPod

“SmartProtec is a security feature for iPod and other mobile devices that helps protect devices and data against loss and theft. Lost and stolen items are not recovered mainly because owners can not be contacted. When your item such as iPod, cell phone and laptop is lost or stolen, SmartProtec allows the finder or the police to contact you immediately with the serial number of your item without disclosing your personal information.”

iPod 10GB clearance $249/$219 with Educational Discount

I went to my local Apple store to get some info on the 15GB iPod.  While there (the 15GB’s were not) I asked if they still had any 10GB’s left.  They did, and are clearing them out at $249.  I asked if they had a Educational Discount on top of the clearance and they did. I bought my 10GB iPod for $219 + tax out the door. I just wanted to pass this on.  Now that I have an iPod, I’ll be back to visit a lot more.

CNET: HP, Apple harmonize on iPod

  • January 8, 2004
  • iPod

“‘Apple will manufacture the player, which will not have the iPod name but will have the same design and features as Apple’s third-generation iPod players, Phil Schiller, senior vice president at Apple, said in an interview. Also, the HP music player will come in “HP Blue,” he said.

“The way we look at it, HP will be reselling an iPod device,” said Schiller, who noted that the device will display the Apple logo at start-up and will work with all of the accessories made for the white-hued Apple varieties. [...]

The deal with HP involves only the traditional iPod design and not thenew iPod Mini models, which use a 1-inch hard drive that has 4GB of storage, Schiller said; though, he added, that’s “obviously something we can look at in the future.”

Schiller would not say whether Apple may look to craft similar deals with other computer or electronics makers. While that part of the deal is not exclusive, Schiller said HP’s promotion of the iTunes Music Store through its PCs is a “multiyear, exclusive” deal.”

iPod mini comes with iPod mini software 1.0 (and other notes)

The iPod mini does not use the same software as the iPod itself. iPod mini uses iPod mini Software 1.0. iPod Software 1.3 cannot be installed on iPod mini. iPod software 2.0 CAN be installed on an iPod mini, but when you turn the iPod mini on, you will receive a screen with a folder and exclamation mark. This can be fixed by using the iPod mini Software 1.0 installer to reinstall the iPod mini Software.

Target.com: 10% off $50, includes iPods

Dealmac: Target.com cuts 10% off a purchase of $50 or more via coupon code “TCSAVEN4JAN2”. This coupon applies to iPods sold at Target.com. (To find them, search for “iPod”.) The iPod 20GB
costs $359.99 after discount and the iPod 40GB costs $449.99 after discount. Sales tax and about $6 in shipping are extra. (The new iPod 15GB is not yet available from Target.com, which still sells its 10GB same-price predecessor.) Offer ends tomorrow. Other Target.com coupons are available.

HP and Apple Partner to Deliver Digital Music Player and iTunes to HP Customers

“LAS VEGAS, Consumer Electronics Show, January 8, 2004 - ”Working to provide consumers with the most compelling digital content whenever and wherever they desire, HP and Apple today announced a strategic alliance to deliver an HP-branded digital music player based on Apple iPod the number one digital music player in the world, and Apple award-winning iTunes digital music jukebox and pioneering online music store to HP’s customers.

As part of the alliance, HP consumer PCs and notebooks will come preinstalled with Apple iTunes jukebox software and an easy-reference desktop icon to point consumers directly to the iTunes Music Store, ensuring a simple, seamless music experience. This offering is yet another way that HP is helping consumers enjoy more from their personal digital entertainment content.”

Another iPod lawsuit on the horizon

  • January 8, 2004
  • iPod

It seems another lawsuit is on the horizon regarding iPod batteries - this time out of Florida.

“In the last year, many iPod owners got bad news after their iPods’ lithium-ion batteries died. The owners were told there was no replacement battery available and so therefore they should go buy new iPods! With the smallest-capacity iPods starting at $250 on eBay, that seemed like a very expensive solution. In response to numerous complaints, Apple recently instituted $59 extended warranties and $99-battery-replacement programs for iPod. If you are unhappy with your iPod’s battery performance and you want a confidential, no-cost consultation about your rights, please e-mail us by filling out the form below.”

NY Times: Early adopters will snap up all the iPod Minis that Apple can make

“The actual price is $250. That’s only $50 less than the 15-megabyte, full-size iPod, which holds nearly four times as many songs.

Apple argues that that’s the wrong comparison. It points out that the Mini is only $50 more than a 256-megabyte, flash-memory-based player like the Rio Cali. Such players hold only about 60 songs (and, of course, lack the elegance of Apple’s hardware and software).

In any case, early adopters and gadget fetishists may well snap up all the iPod Minis that Apple can make, even at this price; Apple can always lower the price later.”

Lajo Announces exo Inferno case

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“Inferno is the launch of exo, exo2 and exo3 art cases.  #### a well known professional Canadian artist for over twenty years, who’s work has sold from 1,000 to 20,000 USD has now taken his exo, exo2 and exo3 design to the art level. After months of experimenting #### is ready to release inferno.  Inferno symbolizes the heat and passion of music. Every week there will be new releases, in addition silk screened, air brushed and hand painted cases will be part of his gallery collection.  The first silkscreen designs will be launched within a few weeks starting with the works of Aaron an extremely talented artist. The prices of these cases will vary depending on the creation and the artist. The #### Gallery will offer artists an opportunity to create designs and if the are selected they will be paid for each case sold through ####’s realtime Key Program.  Over the next few weeks you can find these cases by clicking (just released) on his main menu or if you know the name of the artist you can search all of that artist’s work by using the search function.”

Guardian: iPod mini outcry prompts price review

“Apple Computer is set to review the UK pricing of its iPod mini music player, launched on Tuesday, after complaints about a substantial mark-up for non-US buyers of the device. The iPod mini will go on sale next month in the US for $249 - which would translate to a UK price of £162 including VAT if today’s exchange rates were applied. Yet Apple’s UK arm announced on Tuesday that it plans to sell the device for £38 more, at £199, immediately sparking an outcry from the company’s European customers.”

Used iPods from $149

Dealmac: A reader found the used first- and second-generation 10GB iPods for $169 each at PowerMax. That’s $20 off our last mention and the lowest price we know to be available. A used first-generation 5GB iPod is also available for $149. Each carries a 30-day reseller warranty.

Belkin Corporation: 50% off no minimum

Dealmac: Expo special. Belkin.com cuts 50% off sitewide with no minimum required via coupon code “35491”. (Refurbished units are excluded.) Offer ends January 30.

Apple 1984 commercial side-by-side video comparison

  • January 7, 2004

iLounger Marcus Kirsch has posted a side by side comparison of the original 1984 commercial and the new 2004 Edition 1984 commercial featuring the iPod.

Ironic iPod Tshirts Announces Gollum and iPod

A recent addition to the Ironic iPod Tshirts line – from Lord of the Rings. Gollum is featured in silhouette holding his ipod in front of the bright colored backdrops we have come to love from the iPod ads. The “my precious” iPod tshirts start at $17.

MP3 Gym Announced - Your iPod as Personal Trainer

Your very own personal trainer to help you work off those excess pounds and turn fat into muscle through your Apple iPod. Personalized Workout Systems (PWS) unveiled their latest and most innovative product – MP3 Gym, the very first audio personal trainer recorded on mp3 files for multi-gigabyte mp3 players like Apple’s iPod. MP3 Gym is a revolutionary breakthrough for tech-savvy fitness buffs and is specially designed and programmed for your health and exercise commitments.

BusinessWeek: A maxiPrice for Apple’s miniPod

  • January 7, 2004
  • iPod

“Macheads witnessed a Cube moment the other day at MacWorld San Francisco when Jobs trotted out the new iPod mini as a highlight of his much anticipated keynote speech. It’s an iPod that comes in many bright, funky colors. The miniPod, as it’s already being called, has far less capacity than the previous versions, but it costs about the same (only $50 less the previous lowest-price model). And it weighs just three ounces less than the heftier iPods. [...]

Even Jobs’s Jedi-esque powers of reality dispersion can’t alter the unfavorable math behind Apple’s new offering. Here are the hard numbers. The new miniPod will cost $249. That’s about $100 more than the rumor sites had posited. It will offer 4 gigabytes of capacity on its hard drive. By comparison, the entry-level iPod now costs $299 and has 15 gigabytes of disk space. The miniPod’s cost per gigabyte is $62.50. In the entry-level iPod, it’s about $20.”

TheMacMind Day 1 Video

For a fun and humorous look at Macworld, iPods and even a shot of myself (iLounger), check out TheMacMind video of Day 1 at Macworld San Francisco. TheMacMind crew kept me entertained while iPod minis swirled in my mind.

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