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Analyst: 5G iPod sales ‘ahead of expectations’

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By LC Angell

Contributing Editor
Published: Thursday, November 3, 2005
News Categories: iPod

Sales of Apple’s video-enabled fifth-generation iPod are stronger than expected, according to one Wall Street analyst. “In our recent proprietary checks with industry and channel sources, we believe sales of 5G iPods are coming in ahead of expectations,” American Technology Research analyst Shaw Wu said in a research note provided to iLounge. “In some cases, in Apple’s own channels, including its physical stores and online store, we believe 5G iPods are surprisingly outselling even the very popular iPod nano.”

Wu said he believes that buyers of the new iPod are “mostly installed base users attracted to its high storage capacity, video capability, and reasonable price points,” while more mainstream customers are purchasing nanos. “We do not believe this trend is true through all distribution channels, particularly retail including Amazon.com, Best Buy, and CompUSA, where iPod nano remains the best seller,” he said.

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1

What high storage capacity? It’s still 60GB max like 4G, zero improvement there. I would *love* to buy a new high end iPod, but it has to come with 80GB.

Posted by Bad Beaver on November 3, 2005 at 9:35 AM (PDT)

2

You just can’t make some people happy no matter what you do. 10 x 10000000 to the 16th power will still not be enough storage.

Posted by Don Trammell on November 3, 2005 at 10:20 AM (PDT)

3

Bad Beaver:

It’s mainly the 30 GB model.  There are many, many people who bought 10, 15, or 20 GB iPods who may either be running out of space or else are tempted by all the new features compared to their own models (colour screens, larger screens, photos and video, longer battery life, and so on).

Also, don’t forget that 60 GB only became the ceiling a year ago.  There are many people who might have what was once the highest-capacity model (say, a 30 or 40 GB 3rd-gen) but now want yet another uber-iPod.

Posted by Commodus on November 3, 2005 at 1:48 PM (PDT)

4

Commodus hit the nail on the head.  I’ve been holding off on replacing my 3rd-gen 15GB iPod and now have my sights set on the 60GB 5g.  For my application, 60GB is just about the perfect amount of space, allowing me to fit my entire music collection on the once device while still leaving a few GB for photo storage.

Posted by Darek on November 3, 2005 at 6:42 PM (PDT)

5

Have you ever thought of deleting some songs???

Posted by Dave on November 6, 2005 at 9:17 AM (PDT)

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