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Amazon offers discounted 3G, 4G iPods

Looking for a fourth-generation iPod at a discount? is selling new-in-box units at the following shipped prices, with no sales tax outside of Washington State:

Fourth-Generation 20GB iPod: $284.04
Fourth-Generation 40GB iPod: $379.04

These are great prices; just be aware that iLounge remains cautious in recommending fourth-generation iPod purchases until Apple resolves the audio interference issues we previously identified.

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Cool that’s where I got my 3G 15GB at that same price!

Posted by Joshdude in Long Beach, CA on August 3, 2004 at 4:18 PM (CDT)


got a 40gig this weekend and have no problems at all. Throw caution to the wind and get one.

Posted by Tripp on August 3, 2004 at 4:38 PM (CDT)


Aren’t those audio problems very isolated? A few people have noticed and reported, while the vast majority have no issue?

Posted by Nagromme on August 3, 2004 at 4:41 PM (CDT)


How does this compare to getting it from Apple and claiming you’re a student? ;)

Posted by Mongrel on August 3, 2004 at 4:43 PM (CDT)


Or just buy one in a sotre so you can exchange it if it’s a lemon.

Those are sweet prices however but is it worth the fuss to return/exchange through the mail if it’s bad?

I’d rather pay the extra $25 and get it from Best Buy. I’ve already gone 3 days w/o my ipod and it will be tomorrow before I get my 4G so….

Posted by yomo on August 3, 2004 at 5:19 PM (CDT)


Ships in 1-2 weeks?  Forget it.

Posted by yomojo on August 3, 2004 at 5:20 PM (CDT)


“Vast majority” would be a serious understatement of what people have been reporting here.

As we previously mentioned, responses to our previous story weren’t scientific, but responses ran around 36% with audio problems, 64% without. Even if it was 1 out of 5 or 6 units with a problem, it would be significant. Instead, our best information was 1 out of every 3 units, which is pretty spooky. We were concerned when we personally got two bad ones out of three, and then had three bad ones out of five.

Sure, the first new iPods off the line might have been in a bad batch, and the problem may turn out to be isolated, but Apple has not provided a full update yet. We’ve asked, as recently as late last Friday. Until the problems are restricted to say, 5%, we wouldn’t feel comfortable saying that the “vast” majority of people won’t have issues.

Posted by Jeremy Horwitz on August 3, 2004 at 5:38 PM (CDT)


I’ve got three 40g ipods in a row with the audio problems from three diffrent stores. I’ll just have to follow Jeremy’s advice.

Posted by raisin on August 3, 2004 at 5:45 PM (CDT)


I just order my 4G iPod yesterday from after looking for a few days and finding out they are all sold out around here. I used my student dicount and got it for $269 and $289 after shipping. I recieved a shipping confirmation this morning saying it shipped from China and that included the engraving already. Hopefully my unit will arrive by Friday as I am leave for a quick trip. I am excited to be upgrading from my 2G 10gb iPod. But i think is a better deal when you just order it through the education department because they ship right away instead of 1-2 weeks.

Posted by John on August 3, 2004 at 5:46 PM (CDT)


Add iPod Mini to those discounted prices $231 shipped.

Posted by bikepodmini on August 3, 2004 at 6:47 PM (CDT)


Oops, that was yesterday.  Now it’s $236.54.  Now if they would just ship them.

Posted by bikepodmini on August 3, 2004 at 6:50 PM (CDT)


I ordered a 4G 40gb from Amazon last Wednesday.  It arrived Friday!  Talk about SERVICE!  Fortunately, mine does not seem to exhibit the noise problem.

I started to contact Amazon about the $20 price drop (I paid $399), but at the time of my order they were offering a $50 gift certificate, so I actually got the player for $349.  Not bad at all!

Posted by Ricardo on August 3, 2004 at 7:42 PM (CDT)


i got my 4G 40GB ipod two days ago. Ordered online from Apple Store Australia. No audio problems so far.

very happy :)

Posted by player on August 3, 2004 at 7:50 PM (CDT)


it is cheaper if you use the education discount from apple

Posted by tussery on August 3, 2004 at 8:10 PM (CDT)


it’s not cheaper through even with education discount since tax will negate the discount. also take into consideration apple’s measly 10 day return policy compared to amazon’s 30 day policy where return shipping is covered. amazon sends the replacement order in advance of you sending the defective unit back as well.

past the 10 day w/ apple, you always have the possibility of getting a refurb unit instead of a completely new unit as you would from amazon. also, even if your item is defective apple will have you go through their warranty and not just send you a new order unless you complain. i wouldn’t pay over 300 for an iPod and be forced to have it replaced by a possible refurb.

Posted by sc on August 3, 2004 at 8:47 PM (CDT)


how do you use the education discount if you are in college?

Posted by matt on August 3, 2004 at 8:50 PM (CDT)


They aren’t offering the 3G ones with a discount anymore: the 20gb 3G is now $300 which is more than the 4G…

Posted by mark on August 3, 2004 at 9:24 PM (CDT)


are you sure that apple replaces defective units with refurbs? Is that true?


I ordered a 4G. 20 gig and i got it engraved. If its defective (hardware problems) then will i be able to still return it?

Posted by David on August 3, 2004 at 10:56 PM (CDT)


Per’s return policy, yes.

Posted by Chris on August 4, 2004 at 5:24 AM (CDT)


Ordered the 4G 40 from Amazon last Monday (July 26), so it was eligible for the $50 gift certificate. But wait…also called Amazon yesterday about the price drop and they refunded me the difference in price.  So, if you bought one before the price drop, call and get your credit. Wish I had the number handy, but I don’t.

FYI, even though they might be out of stock, they deliver fast and for free. I ordered on Monday 7/26. It wasn’t in stock at the time, but according to the tracking, it left the warehouse that following Wednesday 7/28 at 12:30AM (just past midnight) and got to me at 2PM…that same day!

Here’s the kicker. I ordered with free (budget) shipping and it got to me in about 14 hours. Now that’s service.

Posted by jon on August 4, 2004 at 7:29 AM (CDT)

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