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By LC Angell

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Published: Wednesday, February 23, 2005
News Categories: Deals

The Special Deals section of Apple’s online store is offering the original iPod photo models at discounted prices following today’s announcement of updated models. The 40GB iPod photo is now priced at $379 (was $499) and the 60GB model is priced at $479 (was $599). Keep in mind that today’s iPod photos sell for $349 for a 30GB model and $449 for the 60GB model. However, the original iPod photos came with a number of accessories that today’s models lack—such as an Apple carrying case ($29 retail), photo Dock ($39), FireWire cable ($19), and AV cable ($19). Both the original and second-generation iPod photos ship with Apple earphones, AC adapter, and USB 2.0 cable.

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1

anyone know if there is a difference between the new and the old 60GB?

I know the set up is different (Price..extra bits)

but is the actual ipod unit any different?

Posted by arcsbite in UK on February 23, 2005 at 10:47 AM (PDT)

2

That sucks over $100 price drop and i bought mine last month.  I hate when apple does this!

Posted by Mr Integra in Sacramento on February 23, 2005 at 11:00 AM (PDT)

3

Yer, i thought the 60GB was exactly the same. So it wouldn’t make sense for them to drop the price. Couldn’t they just keep the iPod and get rid of the accessories. Unless something really is different about the new photos.

Posted by iPodNod in London, UK on February 23, 2005 at 11:20 AM (PDT)

4

I spoke with someone at the Apple Store.  The “second generation” 60GB iPod photo is EXACTLY the same as the previous version.  Only the price and pack-ins have changed.  So if you want one, these discounted versions are one helluva deal. 

Posted by sechannell in United States on February 23, 2005 at 12:28 PM (PDT)

5

so if i buy a first generation 60 or 40GB ipod photo then it will still work fine if i decide to buy the camera connector when it comes out? and it will still be compatible with new software for the 2nd generation ipod?

Posted by dwd1 on February 23, 2005 at 12:50 PM (PDT)

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$349 new ipod photo 30gb
$379 old ipod photo 40gb (was $499)

this is a great deal, for an extra $30 you get 10gb more, case, dock, av and fw cables ($106 if bought seperate)... plus they still come with free shipping!

$449 new ipod photo 60gb
$479 old ipod photo 60gb (was $599)

not as good a deal as above, but still…  for $30 extra, you get a case, dock, av and fw cables and save $130 to boot from a few weeks ago!

I can see the older 40gb abd 60gb ipod photo’s becoming very hot sellers on apple’s online store, whilst stock is available…  Now you know why apple asked all their retailers/stores to return the 40+60gb photo models…!

Good deals from apple, just makes those who have bought 40gb and 60gb photo models in the past weeks very sick that they could have saved at a minimum $130 by waiting a short time frame. 

One would guess that there is in the very near future another ipod photo firmare update coming when the ipod camera connector is released, either that or the current ipod photo firmware already has the necessary code to interact with the ipod camera connector…

From my understanding there appears to be NO difference in the firmware for the new 30/60 vs 40/60 ipod photo’s…  if anyone has any additional info, please post.

I do wish apple would release some details of the camera connector (tech specs and some images), what camera’s it hooks up to, could the camera connector be “pictbridge” savvy, as this is becoming somewhat standard on newer camera’s and printers. 

If apple do indeed use pictbridge, this would also give them the ability to print (via the camera connector) to pictbridge compatible printers (latest HP inkjet models), which would somewhat confirm the info portalplayer mentioned earlier this week. Maybe the camera connector will have IR (some HP printers have IR printing), thus allowing wireless printing of photo’s stored, viewed and printed via the ipod photo!

Just some thoughts!

The future of the whole ipod line is looking good, especially the photo versions, cheaper ipod photo’s, new ipod camera connector, maybe printing…  and in the future, games that could utilise flash animations, maybe portalplayer have delevoped a flash player for the ARM7 processor.

Posted by me101 on February 23, 2005 at 12:58 PM (PDT)

7

Mr. Integra,

I thought the same, as i bought mine just 19 days ago, but after seeing that the new models don’t come with all the extras, the real price drop was only $15. I don’t think I would die to loose $15 ... (maybe I will call them and see if I get a refund)

dwd1,

I am pretty sure it will work, they only added the 30GB model and haven’t change the software.

Posted by MuSiCrOoM in The World on February 23, 2005 at 1:03 PM (PDT)

8

Haven’t seen this on the UK Apple store.  Can any UK loungers say if it has been and gone?  Or have we not had it at all?  Are we likely to?

Posted by ChrisMouse in Bristol, UK on February 23, 2005 at 1:05 PM (PDT)

9

Grabbed my iPod Photo right away to replace my 3G 40gb.

With the discounted “sale price” and my govt. rate I only spent $350 for it, and to think I almost bought a U2 iPod just 2 days ago for the same price!

Posted by sp1083 on February 23, 2005 at 1:15 PM (PDT)

10

I’m a little upset.  While I’m not that interested in the extra functionality of a iPod photo, I was very interested in the 60 gig model just for the extra space.  The previous $200 gap between the 40 gig and the 60 gig photo was just too much.  If I had know that just two months later i could get 20 more gigs for 50 bucks I could have waited.  I’m getting a little sick of these frequent changes to the iPod lineup.  I know prices will drop, but $150 drop after a few months just seems silly.  The one thing I do appreciate it Apple’s realization that not everyone wants all these packed in accessories.  The idea of only packing in the most essential items really makes sense from a user point of view.  The one thing i don’t understand at all is that they sell the remote with another set of headphones.  While I’m sure they don’t add that much to the price, I’ve shelled out $170 for a set of E3c’s, why would I want another set of their crappy earbuds?

Posted by purplestallion in Dallas, Texas on February 23, 2005 at 1:19 PM (PDT)

11

Agreed.  It is one thing to be on the bleeding edge of technology and take our hits like we do with everything else, but 5 months????  Seems a little ridiculous.  Now I have an iPod Photo that existed for less than a year?  What is up with that?  Normally I don’t care about price drops or new models coming out but this one really kind of bugs me.  I got my 40GB Photo less than 2 months ago and now find out I could have received a 60GB version of it for $50 less???  I know the accessories aren’t included but the only thing I would add on is the Dock.  The rest of the stuff that came in my iPod box I find virtually useless.  I just would have liked to have the extra 20GB (!) of space for right around the same price.  I’ve said it for years and I’ll say it again, Apple needs to slow down.  If they are going to move this fast, release updates that are worthwhile.  And one more thing, does anyone actually see the sense in them discontinuing the 40GB in favor of a 30GB version???  Why not just drop the price and take out the extras like they did with the 60GB?  Makes no sense to me.

Posted by instantpop in Minneapolis on February 23, 2005 at 2:28 PM (PDT)

12

I’m sure the first gen 60GB photo will work with any upcoming peripherals.  I honestly don’t know what Apple plans to do with the 40gb photos. 

I"m actually kinda disappointed, I liked the 40GB.  Good size, not too big, not too small. I have a 40 GB photo I bought a week or so ago, but I’m going to return it.  I love it, but I don’t like the idea of having a discontinued $500 device.  I mean in a year, who will be making peripherals for a 40GB iPod?

Posted by sechannell in United States on February 23, 2005 at 3:03 PM (PDT)

13

uhmm i think the apple store just stopped sellin the discounted 40 gig ipod photos. can anyone check for me, i might be goin 2 da wrong place ..?

Posted by KAZ in Bronx on February 23, 2005 at 3:21 PM (PDT)

14

There is even better deal than Apple’s. Go to Buy.com and get a 60GB iPod photo (the good old one that has all the accessories). You can get it for just $430, $20 less than on Apple website with student discount. Can’t beat this deal man…....

Posted by mvv on February 23, 2005 at 3:44 PM (PDT)

15

KAZ, they’re still there, you need to hit the SALE tab.

http://store.apple.com/1-800-MY-APPLE/WebObjects/AppleStore.woa/71902/wo/Dv57Y8LSp44G3JTD5trEn4YWOPn/0.0.0.11.1.0.6.7.1.1.1.1

Posted by sechannell in United States on February 23, 2005 at 4:05 PM (PDT)

16

o thanx sechannell

Posted by KAZ in Bronx on February 23, 2005 at 4:16 PM (PDT)

17

Yes, the camera connector will work with the old photo models.  An Apple Vice President confirms it in a New York Times report:

http://www.nytimes.com/cnet/CNET_2100-1041_3-5586848.html?

Posted by yyoo on February 23, 2005 at 4:35 PM (PDT)

18

sechannell,

Most peripherals will still work with the 40GB photo iPod.  Heck, how long did it take for decent cases to come out for them in the first place?  Stuff like connector cables, adaptors and all that stuff will all be the same.  The overall structure of the iPod as not really changed since the very beginning.  I wouldn’t worry about that.  If you really like the 40GB, keep it.

Posted by instantpop in Minneapolis on February 23, 2005 at 9:10 PM (PDT)

19

i waited patiently throughout the holidays for the prices on the photo to go down.  i heard of the overstock, no one was buying them, etc.  of course, as soon as i buy one they lower the price.  i would have bought the 60gig if i could’ve got it for the price of the 40.  does anyone know if apple offers rebates to those of us that got slammed with this new update?

Posted by jmhink on February 24, 2005 at 4:38 AM (PDT)

20

jmhink,

From what I’ve read on other message boards, if you’re outside that 10 day period with Apple orders, you’re out of luck.  I guess it depends on when and where you bought it as to whether or not you can return it or not.  I think Best Buy and Circuit City have 30 day return policies.  Outside of that, there probably isn’t much you can do. 

Posted by sechannell in United States on February 24, 2005 at 5:57 AM (PDT)

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