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Apple improves product availability, dominates Amazon list

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By LC Angell

Contributing Editor
Published: Thursday, March 31, 2005
News Categories: iPod

Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster says that Apple’s product availability is improving based on the shorter estimated ship times on the company’s online store, particularly for both versions of the iPod shuffle and Mac mini. In a research note provided to iLounge, Munster says that over the last several weeks, the ship time on every Apple product — from desktops to iPods — either remained the same or was reduced except for the special edition U2 iPod. The 512MB and 1GB iPod shuffle models are now ready to ship on the same business day from 1-3 days and 5-7 days, respectively.

Munster also noted that in a recent check of Amazon.com’s Top Seller list for MP3 players, 8 of the top 10 were versions of the iPod. “This is the first time we have examined the iPod’s popularity on Amazon.com, but we believe it shows that Apple continues to be the dominant producer of portable MP3 players,” he says.

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Comments

1

Isn’t this chatter about iPod being such a hot seller getting boring???

I’m a happy iPod owner, but as a tech buyer I want to see things get mixed up a bit.  Will someone please save us from having to hear endless iPod domination stories by coming out with something that can put up a fight.

I would love to see Creative, Dell, iRiver or even Microsoft get their act together and impress us with something new.

Like I said, I’m a happy iPod owner and have been for a few years now.  I understand that some people are new to the iPod and not yet tired of it, but I want something new. 

Hell, I would be happy if Apple had a paradigm shift and impressed me with something fresh.  Each iPod does improve, but I want a radical change without the loss of functionality.

Shuffle was radical change, but you lose a lot when you go down to that.

Mini wasn’t so radical…just smaller.

Someone give me something new.

Posted by Talking Madness in Los Angeles on March 31, 2005 at 10:25 AM (PDT)

2

I agree.  Someone needs to give Apple some decent competition to pressure them into developing more usefull features that we’ve been asking about for quite awhile now.

It’s been about two years now where the only real noticable inovations, other than size, have been the click wheel and color/photos.

Then again, I guess it’s just typical Apple.  Sit back, play it safe and reap the benefits of being the innovator.  Then take the backseat as soon as M$ figures out how to capitalize on your design.

Posted by ACLeroK212 on March 31, 2005 at 11:21 AM (PDT)

3

The new extra-long battery length on recent models is an innovation, for Apple.

Posted by Demosthenes on March 31, 2005 at 1:50 PM (PDT)

4

I noticed the ship time for an iPod photo dock in the UK has fallen from 3 weeks to 24 hours. Now I will actually order one as nowhere else seems to have them (None on Ebay or Amazon UK).

Posted by Daveoc64 in UK on March 31, 2005 at 2:07 PM (PDT)

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