MacMinute reader Grey Mull wrote in to tell us about his brother’s iPod mini themed wedding cake. “Just returned from my brother’s wedding where the Groom’s cake was none other than an iPod mini,” Grey said. Apparently, Grey’s brother, Adam, is not your average iPod fan—he loves the tiny gadget so much that he wanted his wedding cake in the shape of a green iPod mini. Just take a look at the photo he sent us. MacMinute would like to congratulate Adam and Kinsley Mull, who were married on June 26!
The MTV Movie Awards will be offering up the iPod mini and accessories by Digital Lifestyle Outfitters (DLO) to presenters and performers attending the event. Stars like host Lindsay Lohan, Halle Berry, Tom Cruise, Snoop Dogg, the Beastie Boys, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Christina Aguilera, Vin Diesel, Kirsten Dunst and more all receive a luxurious gift package arranged by LA based Branded Entertainment. The basket includes, in addition to the iPod mini and DLO iPod mini accessories, an XM Satellite Radio, Microsoft Xbox, Logitech Webcam, Electronic Arts games and more. DLO’s gift basket includes the TransPodFM All-in-one Car Solution for iPod and iPod mini, the Jam Jacket Pro mini workout case with armband and the Podfolio mini leather case. The show airs Thursday, June 10 at 9p.m. ET.
Recently we reported that X10 was offering iPods and iPod minis at discounted prices. Some of our readers reported that X10 did not have actual iPod or iPod minis in stock but were taking orders nonetheless. We contacted X10 regarding the situation and they assured us that they’re doing everything in their capacity to remedy the situation, and apologized .
Apple’s “yellow, green, pink, purple” iPod ad created by TBWA/Chiat Day is up for a D&AD (Design and Art Direction) Award, known as the Oscar’s for the creative industry. “The iPod took a much-coveted Gold Award in 2002.” The winners will be announced on May 26.
iCompositions has announced its iPod mini Giveaway. On June 1st, they will give a blue iPod mini to a randomly selected iCompositions user. All currently registered users are already entered and new users can simply register to enter the contest. Stay tuned for more song related contests!
“The six-week waiting list to get a popular iPod Mini digital music player from Apple Computer Inc. is likely to get shorter by the end of the year.
Hitachi Ltd’s (Tokyo:6501.T - News) hard disk drive unit said on Sunday that it will spend about $200 million to double the disk drive output of its Thailand factory, including the 1-inch, 4-gigabyte disk drives that are found in the iPod Mini. [...]
In March, Cupertino, California-based Apple (NasdaqNM:AAPL - News) said it would delay global sales of the iPod Mini because it couldn’t get enough of the hard drives to meet U.S. demand, which had then surpassed supply through June. Apple now plans to sell iPod outside the United States starting in July.”
Editor’s note: You can also read more about the Hitachi microdrive shortage in a report from The Mac Observer with specific comments from Hitachi and Apple executives.
“When Apple releases its “iPod mini” digital music player in international markets this summer, thousands of people in the U.K. will already have them.
Dozens of sellers in the U.S. are offering the diminutive devices for sale on the British eBay online auction site at a big markup on the $249 list price.
For years, European buyers have been breaking down traditional retail distribution channels by using online auction sites to buy small electronics goods for lower prices than available locally.”
“‘They are a point of differentiation for the individual and they’re almost a status symbol,’ said Tim Bajarin, an analyst at Creative Strategies. ‘Because of the colors and its small size, it really is an expression of personality.’
Phil Leigh, an analyst at Inside Digital Media, says: ‘Even though those white ear buds aren’t really that great, people want to wear them with an iPod so others know that they’re carrying an iPod’”
“The Apple of my wife’s eye is a pink iPod mini. Nothing else for Mother’s Day would do. I was elated at her request. No painful tours of snooty jewelry stores. Just a quick stop at the big box electronics store and a $249 charge. I figured it would be the easiest Mother’s Day ever. I figured wrong.
Here’s what I learned about this business card-sized digital jukebox that stores up to 1,000 songs:
If you want to be assaulted by a humiliating burst of laughter, go to Best Buy, Circuit City, CompUSA or even Apple Computer’s own stores and ask for an iPod mini. Tell them you want it in pink and insist that you need it now. [...]
But you cannot buy one. You can only put your name on a six-week waiting list.”
Editor’s note: MacBidouille is reporting that the Apple Store Soho in NY has a new stock of iPod minis. Also, our forums report Circuit City has silver minis in stock. Call your local iPod mini resellers (Circuit City, Target, Fry’s, Best Buy, Apple Stores, etc.) and see if they have stock, you might be surprised. You could always try eBay, but you’ll pay inflated prices.
“Apple’s new iPod mini, which debuted in January, has been a hot seller at online retailer Amazon.com in the days leading up to Mother’s Day this Sunday.
‘We’ve been selling out of the iPod mini as soon as we get them,’ Frank Sadowski, vice president of consumer electronics at Amazon.com (AMZN: Research, Estimates) told CNN/Money, though he declined to divulge sales figures for the product.
An eBay auction has turned up a lavender iPod mini. We don’t know what to make of this, but we are checking with the auctioner for more proof. The ‘Buy It Now’ price has been set at a whopping $575. Buyer beware.
How popular is the iPod mini? Point your browser to eBay and search the words ‘iPod mini’ and you’ll get over 10 pages of results. Most auctions are selling the mini for well over $300 and pink is the most expensive color with some auctions over $400. The most popular color with three pages of listings is the silver mini. You’ll find pink iPod minis selling for up to $485 ‘Buy It Now.’ eBay UK just sold an iPod mini Pink for [url=http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=41002&item=3093835719&rd=1]
“The online survey found that 90 percent of consumers have no more than 1,000 songs on their PCs. And 77 percent of the consumers Jupiter questioned said they’d be interested in purchasing a portable media player with a capacity of 1,000 songs. The 4GB hard drive included in Apple Computer’s iPod Mini, and in MP3 players from some Apple rivals, holds roughly that number of songs.
The Jupiter Research survey also found that 20 percent of consumers said playing MP3 files is important, versus 7 percent who would prefer files in Microsoft’s WMA format and fewer than 1 percent who prefer the Advanced Audio Coding format, an open standard that was developed by the Moving Picture Experts Group and which is supported on Apple’s iTunes music store.”
The Mac Observer reports that in yesterday’s Q2 earnings report conference call, Tim Cook, Apple’s Executive Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Operations, said the number of reported cases of audio problems is “extremely small.” Cook also said, “We’re highly confident with the (iPod) minis that we’re shipping,” Mr. Cook said. “We’ve seen some of those reports. They’re isolated online reports. We’re investigating those because we want to very much understand those. But I would tell you that the number of complaints that we’ve had from customers through AppleCare tech support is extremely small. However, anyone that is listening to the (conference) call that has a problem, please call the AppleCare because we want to take care of the issue.”
A MacSlash reader is reporting that Apple has notified him that his iPod mini is delayed and will not ship on the estimated date, and is offering an upgrade to a 15GB iPod at no additional charge.
“Apple Computer said late Monday that it is looking into some users’ complaints of sound problems with the iPod Mini.
Complaints ranging from crackling sound to interrupted play have been making the rounds on Apple enthusiast sites, including iLounge.
“Apple is aware of a few isolated reports online of iPod Mini audio static,” the company said in a statement, adding that the device is covered by the company’s standard one year warranty.”
Many forum members have been reporting that their iPod mini is creating audio distortion when used. One such member claims to have discovered a major ‘design flaw’ in the iPod mini, which results in sound distortion when placing pressure anywhere on its surface or headphone port. The source of the noise may be a weak connection between the headphone port and the main circuit board.
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“Tight supplies of the hard drive at the core of the player forced Apple to delay increasing manufacturing until July, it said.
“We’re actually consuming just about all the 4 gigabyte, 1- inch drives they make. As they make more, we’ll get more,” said Greg Joswiak, vice president of hardware product marketing for Apple.”
“Apple today announced that it is moving the worldwide availability of iPod mini to July due to the much stronger than expected demand in the U.S. far exceeding the total planned supply through the end of June. Apple expects to ramp up its manufacturing of the iPod mini to meet worldwide demand in the July quarter.
‘The iPod mini is a huge hit with customers in the U.S. and we