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Apple: 4G iPods shipping online, perhaps at retail

Following up on our Backstage report from yesterday, Apple is now shipping fourth-generation iPod orders placed online through the Apple Store. Shipments are coming from Shanghai, China, and at least some orders appear to have missed the cutoff time for delivery tomorrow.

After canvassing roughly a dozen bricks-and-mortar Apple retail stores in major cities around the country, all but one report that retail locations have not yet received the new iPods for sale. East Coast stores tended to indicate that they are expected in the next 24-48 hours, while Midwestern and West Coast stores have been less committal, stating that they will be available by week’s end.

A representative at one Apple retail store in Westchester, NY indicated that he believed that the store had received and sold out of its initial shipment, however, the representative said that he had not been at the store when it happened. Please feel free to use the comments thread of this news story to report your experiences in ordering, locating, and/or receiving the new iPod.

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1

BS. Overnight charge has turned into a waste of my money…

Jul 20, 2004 10:18 pm
 
Left FedEx Origin Location
 
SHANGHAI CN

  10:17 pm
 
Pickup status
 
SHANGHAI CN
 
Package received after FedEx cutoff time


I feel like I got taken advantage of here, why has this happened?

Posted by jpt1 in Fresno on July 20, 2004 at 12:33 PM (CDT)

2

You got Shanghaied!

 

...sorry I couldn’t help it.

Posted by Drew-tang on July 20, 2004 at 12:38 PM (CDT)

3

True to that!  HA HA!

Bummer though… Since selling my 3G yesterday I am PODLESS.

PODLESS - Withought Joy or musical direction to life.

Posted by jpt1 in Fresno on July 20, 2004 at 12:49 PM (CDT)

4

Someone recieved theirs…

http://www.macbytes.com/link.php?sid=20040720142557

Posted by jwm on July 20, 2004 at 12:54 PM (CDT)

5

I know it doesn’t help the issue, but I’m still amazed that we even consider overnight from Shanghai. Wasn’t so long ago that the best we could get was a week. My how things have changed.

Posted by Aceon6 in New England, USA on July 20, 2004 at 1:00 PM (CDT)

6

I ordered mine yesterday at about 10am Central time and just took the free shipping.  Does that mean that Apple will take longer to process my order or will it go out with the faster shipment types?  Is there any hope I’ll get it before next week?

Posted by Drew-tang on July 20, 2004 at 1:17 PM (CDT)

7

Compusa, Norfolk, VA Apple rep (actually employeed by Apple not compusa) says they will be in store on Friday.

I ordered mine yesterday 6:27am PST, paid for overnight shipping, and as of 10 minutes ago the status is still open, NOT shipped.  Shipped my 3rd gen 40g off to the highest bidder yesterday, I’m ready for my new 40g.

Posted by dawntreader101 on July 20, 2004 at 1:30 PM (CDT)

8

I called best buy today in houston and they said they had them, but I am not sure if the guy was confused with the old ones, It is hard to say the difference especially when they have the same hard drive sizes so I will have to go soon to see if he knows what he is talking about or not

Posted by Seth on July 20, 2004 at 1:31 PM (CDT)

9

Do you guys think it’s really worth it to upgrade?  I already have 40 GB iPod.  Do I really need another 40 GB iPod with more battery life for $100.00 less.  I think the new iPods are fine for 1st time buyers but I don’t feel it’s really necessary to upgrade for existing users.  Feel free to disagree.

Posted by Tchocky on July 20, 2004 at 1:46 PM (CDT)

10

The BestBuy stores will not have them in stock for almost two weeks in stores. BestBuy.com will start selling them this Thursday or early Friday. This comes from a reputable source and unless you have a relative high enough working at BestBuy corp. and can make that person change the schedule, this is as solid as it gets.
It seems that most of the Apple stores will be receiving their first shipment 7/21/04. I have called 6 of them and that was the answer from all 6. But I am sure they are not certain on that issue.

Posted by SolidGun on July 20, 2004 at 1:49 PM (CDT)

11

I agree with Tchocky. The new iPods are fine for people who haven’t had an iPod before (or as an upgrade from a 2nd gen or 1st gen) but it’s for most of us it’s not worth it getting the new one.

Posted by dino in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada on July 20, 2004 at 2:20 PM (CDT)

12

Just checked Apple Store Short Pump (posting on new Cinema Displays, ooohhh) and they have none, but they are LOADED with 15, 20, and 40 gigs!!!! Their whole genius bar and sales counter is full of them. The sales counter has them stacked 4 high, all the way across!

Posted by jwm on July 20, 2004 at 2:23 PM (CDT)

13

The iPod isn’t meant to make 3Gs obsolete. 3Gs are still great. I’d wait for 5 or 6G if I had a 3G… or just keep the 3G forever!

But the new iPod isn’t a flop just because it doesn’t obsolete the old model. It’s a great evolution, and tempting to me as a non-iPod owner. Especially if Minis are hard to get.

Posted by Nagromme on July 20, 2004 at 3:02 PM (CDT)

14

What happened to my post?

Posted by Lancer on July 20, 2004 at 3:02 PM (CDT)

15

Tchocky, don’t give me permission to disagree with you, OK?

4G iPods are good for those who don’t have one already or people who haven’t upgraded since 1 or 2G, BUT it is also for peple who really like the 3G iPod but really want more battery life.
It’s a portable music player and i can’t really call it say 3G iPods are good for people who aren’t at access to a outlet every eight hours.
So i say the 4G iPods are really worth it if your someone like me who would like to have thier enitre music collection at hand for extended periods of time with less recharging.

Posted by jazzbop on July 20, 2004 at 6:21 PM (CDT)

16

how much do you really save, when you don’t get a case or a remote?

Posted by brandon on July 20, 2004 at 8:16 PM (CDT)

17

Columbus store did not have any on monday or tuesday…....when asked when will you be getting them in I was told…....later in the week !....when asked how many they would get in I was told PLENTY…..How many does that mean again…..PLENTY…...obviously not plentiful on the customer service here…...

Posted by ohio on July 21, 2004 at 4:29 AM (CDT)

18

Good thing I didn’t want the case or remote…  but the dock would be nice for the 20G…

Posted by Drew-tang on July 21, 2004 at 7:04 AM (CDT)

19

Ordered my 20 gig unit from the Apple web site on Monday, it shipped free via FedEx, delivery expected Friday.  BTW, its my first IPOD.

Posted by music man on July 21, 2004 at 1:35 PM (CDT)

20

Santa Monica, CA Apple Store just got a pretty huge (took the UPS guy 2 trips with a large cart) shipment in around noon today.  Picked up a 40G, my first.  Charging now…

Posted by gfrblxt on July 21, 2004 at 1:44 PM (CDT)

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