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BusinessWeek: A maxiPrice for Apple’s miniPod

“Macheads witnessed a Cube moment the other day at MacWorld San Francisco when Jobs trotted out the new iPod mini as a highlight of his much anticipated keynote speech. It’s an iPod that comes in many bright, funky colors. The miniPod, as it’s already being called, has far less capacity than the previous versions, but it costs about the same (only $50 less the previous lowest-price model). And it weighs just three ounces less than the heftier iPods. [...]

Even Jobs’s Jedi-esque powers of reality dispersion can’t alter the unfavorable math behind Apple’s new offering. Here are the hard numbers. The new miniPod will cost $249. That’s about $100 more than the rumor sites had posited. It will offer 4 gigabytes of capacity on its hard drive. By comparison, the entry-level iPod now costs $299 and has 15 gigabytes of disk space. The miniPod’s cost per gigabyte is $62.50. In the entry-level iPod, it’s about $20.”

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21

Is your 10 GB ipod the 3g or 2g model?

My 3G 15GB ipod fares horribly while running.  The music will last about 20-30 minutes at the most, even when I have the iPod in my hand, instead clipped to my waist.

I have heard that the 2g models work much better, though.

Posted by James on January 8, 2004 at 11:15 AM (CST)

22

James - good observation. Mine is a 2nd Gen (model M8737).

Posted by Atomic Bomb in Mid-Atlantic on January 8, 2004 at 11:39 AM (CST)

23

Alas i have a 3G model. Im worried about the vibrations it gets off my in car holder, it shakes sometimes if im caning it on the motorway!

Posted by dmeineck on January 8, 2004 at 12:31 PM (CST)

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Atomic - The fact that the Hitachi drive is very lightweight surely helps but consider this.. According to Hitachis documentation (http://www.hgst.com/tech/techlib.nsf/techdocs/A136D80F0D64067386256D8D005719B8/$file/3K4Micro_spec.pdf) the 4G drive allows for a operating shock pulse of 98m/sec^2 for a duration of 11 milliseconds. That’s roughly 1G. It’s not very difficult to generate that kind of force while jogging. While you may not be experiencing any problems with your iPod while jogging, believe me your wrecking havoc on you iPods drive.

-MarcW

Posted by MarcW on January 8, 2004 at 1:09 PM (CST)

25

MarcW - Well, since my iPod continues to work flawlessly after a year and a half of that kind of use, the havoc doesn’t seem to be affecting it much, eh?

I shall continue to wreak away.

Posted by Atomic Bomb in Mid-Atlantic on January 8, 2004 at 1:15 PM (CST)

26

Atomic - it was only advice man. Better to be safe than sorry with

Posted by dmeineck on January 8, 2004 at 2:42 PM (CST)

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