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Britain sells out of iPods

“John Lewis had also sold out of the iPod, and was warning customers they may have to wait until mid January to get their hands on the product. Dan Knowles is the company’s director of buying for electrical goods.

He said: ‘We have sold over 2,500 iPods in the run-up to Christmas, which is a lot for such a highly priced product. It just seems to have that cool factor somehow, it’s a truly iconic product already. I don’t think there is a secret to it, it’s just a really, really good product.’

However, those in the industry are unsurprised by the success. Gadget magazine Stuff voted the iPod its number-one gadget from a list of 100 products. Gary Parkinson, deputy editor, said: ‘There has been phenomenal interest in the iPod. I don’t think we have ever experienced anything like it for a gadget.’”

Apple Store Chicago “selling one iPod every 10 minutes”

“What’s the hot seller this holiday season? Digital music. “We’re selling one iPod (Apple’s digital music player) every 10 minutes,” Johnson [Senior VP, Apple Computer] said.”

Investigation of Apple’s iPod - Possible Class Action Lawsuit

An anonymous reader at SlashDot reports that law firm “Girard Gibbs & De Bartolomeo LLP is investigating a potential class action against Apple Computer, Inc. on behalf of iPod owners whose batteries have died or lost their ability to hold their charge.” The firm has posted an online form stating; “If you’ve experienced these or simliar problems and you are interested in helping us in our investigation, please fill out the form below.”

Editor’s note: The page is no longer available.

1.79 iPods sold every minute in 2003

MacMinute reports - “According to sales figures documented in Apple’s annual filing with the SEC, approximately 1.79 iPods were sold every minute in fiscal 2003. Apple said it sold 939,000 iPods for US$345 million in net sales this past year. The iPod is the number one-selling portable digital music player on the market, accounting for 29 percent of all units sold worldwide. The device holds 54 percent of the market share in terms of revenue.”

Apple nets $345 million in iPod sales; 141% increase

MacMinute reports Apple’s Friday filing of its annual report to the Securities and Exchange Commission indicates the iPod continues to be a big winner for Apple.

“Net sales of peripherals and other hardware rose $384 million or 57% during 2003 compared 2002, which follows a $287 million or 74% increase in 2002 as compared to 2001. The current year increase was primarily driven by the $202 million, or 141%, year-over-year increase in iPod net sales to $345 million. All of the Company’s operating segments experienced substantial increases in iPod net sales and unit sales during 2003. iPod sales during 2003 were favorably affected by the introduction of substantially redesigned new models, which are compatible with both Macintosh and Windows operating systems and by the Company’s introduction of its iTunes Music Store for the Macintosh operating system in April 2003. The Company’s iPod digital music player is sold by a variety of resellers, many of which do not currently market the Company’s Macintosh systems. The Company has expanded this distribution network during 2003, which has contributed to the current year increase in iPod unit sales of 146%.”

iPods remain hot buy in the UK

“Mike Khalfey, central buyer for electronics at John Lewis department stores, said so many people wanted an iPod they were having to take orders for delivery after Christmas.

‘The demand is certainly outstripping supply,’ he said, adding that the most popular model was the middle of the range 20GB iPod for

Apple job posting points to video iPod

The following job posting has just appeared on Apple.com:

“Seeking a highly motivated engineer to develop next generation iPod product. Must have experience in overall system design of audio and video products.”

Just as an Apple job posting in early 2003 for a developer of iTunes for Windows was a clear confirmation of that product’s arrival (which came six months later), this posting seems to demonstrate very clearly that the iPod is heading toward video.

Dell stops selling iPods

“Round Rock-based Dell Inc. stopped reselling Apple’s iPods in mid-November, about two weeks after the company launched its own competing MP3 player.

“We’ve stopped selling them permanently,” said Mary Fad, a Dell spokeswoman.

Both Apple and Dell declined to explain why the two companies scrapped their reselling agreement.”

iPod prices jump in Canada

iLounger Alex Horvath reports that Apple Store Canada has raised its iPod prices. “For some reason the price of the iPod has jumped quite a bit in Canada. The 10GB model is now $454CDN ($342USD) from $439CDN ($331USD) and (here’s the whopper) the 20GB model has jumped from $579CDN ($437USD) to $604CDN ($455USD). The 40GB model has jumped to $754CDN, but I can’t remember the original price ...this sucks since I am in the late planning stages of getting one for myself.”

MacInTouch Reader Choice Poll Votes iPod/iTunes Best Product

‘As soon as we began to review the results for this year’s poll it became clear that there was one standout winner: the iPod and iTunes, along with the revolutionary iTunes Music Store. So many people wrote in saying that these products had “changed the way they live’, or they “can’t imagine life without them” that we imagine Apple will use just such a slogan in an upcoming ad campaign.

We have awarded the Best Product award jointly to iPod and iTunes (including the iTunes Music Store). As one reader said, “Even without the iPod or the iTunes Music Store, iTunes is a truly-awesome application, throw in the other two and it’s unstoppable.’”

Change the color of your iPod

Good news for all you people that want something new for your iPod. Now you can change the color by going to Colorwarepc.com. They offer many different colors. Especially since it’s almost Christmas now you can give that special someone something they’ll always remember. They can do it with the new 10, 20, and 40GB iPods. I think they can do the docks as well. Im not sure, but you can find out yourself.

New iPod Battery Technology

Mac Rumors is reporting that Danish website ComputerWorld.dk has written an article which states “that Apple has dropped one of their iPod battery suppliers—a Danish company called Danionics.”

“Danionics supplied polymer lithium-ion batteries for the current Apple iPod, but according to Niels Kryger Anderson, Danionics’ managing director, Apple has now chosen a prismatic (fluid based) lithium-ion battery for upcoming iPods.

Implications/advantages of changing from polymer to fluid based Lithium ion based batteries is unclear.”“

A look at the iPod ads

“Unlike 99% of campaigns, the creatives’ job here is simply not to blow the product’s cool.

The campaign is simple and iconic, a subtle evolution of Apple’s tried-and-tested formula. The only innovation is that it uses neon hues, rather than the traditional white backdrop.

Apple supremo Steve Jobs - who takes a hands-on approach to marketing - needed a little persuading to make even this revolutionary step, according to TBWA agency head Lee Clow.”

iPods in Short Supply

USAToday reports “on Tuesday, Amazon.com (AMZN) was out of stock of the two cheapest models of the popular iPod digital music player, the 10GB and the 20GB. Target.com was out of all three models. Apple had no comment.”

iPod is “this decade’s must-have” device

“It is easy to see why it has become scarce. The sleek, pocket-sized iPod, priced from

iPod in top 5 for holiday wish lists

“In a new online consumer survey conducted by New Media Strategies (NMS), 54% of respondents say they will spend more this holiday shopping season than they did last year. [...]

NMS projects that Hollywood should have another stellar year as movie DVDs dominate wish lists for Electronic Gifts at 43%, followed by video games at 29%. Apple’s iPod (6%), stereo equipment (6%) and plasma TVs (5%) round out the Top Five Electronic Gifts on Holiday Wish Lists for consumers.”

Video iPods?

“PortalPlayer, the company behind the hardware, software and processor technology that powers Apple’s iPod, will soon launch a upgraded version of its chip/firmware combo that paves the way for a Photo iPod.

PortalPlayer Photo Edition will support synchronising digital photos between portable devices and host PCs, along with on-device playback, according to CEO Gary Johnson,interviewed by EE Times.”

Australia: Apple iPod Hats and Buttons

MacMinute forwarded us an iPod related news item from reader Edouard Mouy who reports that Australian Apple resellers are giving away official Apple iPod hats and buttons. “There are some new iPod hats and badges being given out at Apple resellers around Melbourne (Australia).
The hat only comes in pink. Also, showroom staff have been given name tags with the silhouettes from the iPod ads.”

Macworld UK: iPod news frenzy gathers pace

“Apple’s iPod continues to collect column inches here in the UK, with the Times, Observer and others noting the level of demand for the market-leading music player.

In a piece titled: “iPod is favourite stocking thriller as Internet shopping finally booms,’ The Observer notes: “The iPod… has become a cult consumer gift that has achieved a unique festive status over the past few days: it is the fastest-selling item being snapped-up by Internet shoppers.’”

AudioRevolution.com names iPod No. 3 in Top 100

“The fact that the Apple iPod allows you to carry 4000 songs in your pocket is certainly a perk, but now, with their iTunes software and pay-per-download service, the iPod is even more essential. If you love music, you need an iPod to take with you to the gym, to play in the car, to connect to your computer at work and beyond.”

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