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.)
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.
“‘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.”
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.
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.
“LAS VEGAS, Consumer Electronics Show, January 8, 2004 -
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
“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.”
“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
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.
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.
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.
A recent addition to the Ironic iPod Tshirts line
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
“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.”
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.
“In a world increasingly absorbed by digital entertainment, an electronic phenomenon called the Apple iPod reigns as king of right-in-yer-ear mobile music. Its significance is not in the clarity of its pop tune delivery but the speed with which it has created a series of flourishing new enterprises.
Suddenly there is a new multibillion-dollar industry. More than 50 accessories are available for the tiny white MP3 music player - skins as funky as those made for mobile phones, ear buds, holsters, microphones, FM transmitters - and much else.”
Editor’s note: The Age states iLounge attracts 4 million unique visitors per month, but it should read 3.5 - 4 million page views per month.