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Ars Technica looks at iPod Mini pricing

“The hefty price tag for the multihued player has left many scratching their heads and wondering what insane devotion to high margins could produce such a price point for a device that Apple is hoping grabs them another 20% of the market. People have been quick to point out that another US$50 will buy you an additional 11GB of storage with the 15GB iPod model. They are right. Compared with the current iPod offering, the iPod Mini is a disappointment in terms of price. However, those who make such comparisons are missing the point of the business card sized player. It is not meant to be an alternative to the iPod, but to the high-end flash-based and other small hard drive-based players. Let’s look at some numbers.”

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21

Everything seems to be at sale rank 158 on Amazon

Posted by Pecker on January 28, 2004 at 5:35 AM (CST)

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Ok fine, some of you disagree…but where are creative’s, dell’s, and iRivers marketing? oh yeah non-existant. You need that for the mainstream…who has it? DING DING DING ..thats right..Apple.

Posted by RegalBegal in New England on January 28, 2004 at 7:37 AM (CST)

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I think that instead of an iPod mini, everyone should go out an buy the iRiver iFP-195T:

http://www.iriveramerica.com/products/iFP-195T.asp

I mean, COME ON PEOPLE, anything that costs $299.99 and holds a whole 512 MEGABYTES has to be awesome!

Seriously, compared to many of other players out there, the iPod mini is a good value for its price.  It’s only when the price is compared internally to the 3G iPods does the conflict arise.  But as stated in posts above, Apple knows what they’re doing.  It’s much smarter to start with a high price and lower it than to start too low and lose money.

Posted by Zim on January 28, 2004 at 10:57 AM (CST)

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I actually have one of these iRivers as well as my iPod. The iRiver is a fine little device - it’s a little pricey but it is a different thing entirely from an ipod, or ipod mini.

For one thing it’s *tiny*. No really, you have no idea. It fits on my keychain. It weighs less than an ounce. It has an amazingly good voice recorder, which I use for taking notes and for recording off the built-in radio. Finally, it runs for around 25 hours on a single NIMH AA, and I can swap batts around in a flash.

I wish Apple would make a good flash ram ipod - I thought that was what the ipod mini was going to be.

Posted by joggergal on January 28, 2004 at 11:59 AM (CST)

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Okay, I’ll give Joggergal 10 points for the iRiver being small and having a voice recorder.  However, I have to subtract 5 points for requiring AA batteries and another 20 points for lousy math skills (unless you thought it said 512 GIGABYTES… but in that case you’d just be an idiot).  However, I’ll give you back 15 points for having a name like “Joggergal” which hopefully means you’re cute.  So all in all, I guess we come out even.

Posted by Zim on January 28, 2004 at 1:44 PM (CST)

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I know the difference between 512MB and 512 GB. I also know the difference between an exabyte, a zettabyte, a yottabyte, a nonabyte, and a doggabyte. Do you?

512MB is smaller than I’d like, but it does the trick, especially with low bitrate encodings. If I could get Audible on the iRiver I would be in heaven because I could dump hours of ebooks there.

I actually see the replacable AA battery as an advantage. If I am off camping, I don’t need to run some weird invertor from a car battery to recharge the ipod, instead I can just bring along a handful of batteries for the iRiver. I know you can get external battery packs for the iPod but they are pretty bulky, and not very elegant. I have used them though, and they are (barely) workable.

Posted by joggergal on January 28, 2004 at 4:16 PM (CST)

27

joggergal got you there lol… the obligatory…

pwNed!!!

Posted by oooo on January 30, 2004 at 12:54 AM (CST)

28

haha, i love how all tech reviewers are mainly MALE.
because all i have to say about the ipod is: IT IS SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO CUTE! and the gold one would match my car and my cellphone!!!

nuff sed…
now if only the price would go down…

Posted by aznrockerchick on February 4, 2004 at 11:02 AM (CST)

29

As if things weren’t looking good for the iPod mini (in all aspects), the price just started to look even worse.  Creative is launching its 4GB Muvo for $199.99 and Amazon is taking orders.

And if anyone’s wondering, sales rank 45.

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B0001BXCFS/ref=cm_ea_pl_prod_1/103-5738294-6927851

Posted by justthatyouknow on February 7, 2004 at 12:01 AM (CST)

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