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CNET rates iPod mini “Very good”

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By Dennis Lloyd

Publisher, iLounge
Published: Monday, February 16, 2004
News Categories: iPod mini

The good: Best-of-breed design and interface; comes in five colors; excellent playlist features; clean, configurable sound; smooth syncing; organizes contacts; includes games; functions as an extebrnal drive.
The bad: No FM radio or recording capabilities; nonreplaceable battery.”

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1

I want one!  :-D

Posted by azdude_15gb on February 16, 2004 at 8:57 AM (PDT)

2

Haha, did the rest of the world not get the memo? How are we going to have a $45 battery replacement article on the front page, shortly followed by a CNET review about the iPod not having a replaceable battery?

Do people even do research before writing stuff anymore?

Posted by narco in Burbank on February 16, 2004 at 9:11 AM (PDT)

3

narco—

Regarding USER replacement:

When replacing the battery VOIDS your WARRANTY, the “official” word is that the battery is not user replaceable.

Regarding Apple replacement:

C|Net, in the actual article, did *correctly* note that Apple will replace the battery for a $99 fee.  Do people even read the whole article anymore?!  :-D

Posted by Jerrod H. in TX on February 16, 2004 at 9:22 AM (PDT)

4

are there any proper enthusiast type reviews out yet?

Posted by Nick Pedersen on February 16, 2004 at 10:20 AM (PDT)

5

Haha yeah, maybe I should have read the article!

Posted by narco in Burbank on February 16, 2004 at 10:26 AM (PDT)

6

i doubt how useful are recording capabilities like many other mp3 players.  we finally get rid of the pain to transfer cd to tapes or md, and now we ask for it again to transfer cd to mp3 one by one through analog cables??? (and you even have to devide them into tracks yourself??)

Posted by lok on February 16, 2004 at 10:43 AM (PDT)

7

Though I don’t really need recording capabilities, some people could use that feature to record lectures at school, and that sort of thing….I do not think anybody would use it to transfer their entire Music collection though.  Also good for recording radio / tv audio, etc…

Posted by recording on February 16, 2004 at 11:33 AM (PDT)

8

The OFFICIAL word may be that you can’t replace the battery, but the truth is otherwise.

Under warranty, if the battery fails, not only is it “replaceable,” it’s FREE from Apple!

Posted by Nagromme on February 16, 2004 at 11:42 AM (PDT)

9

so just put your ipod in the freezer for a few weeks at the 11-month mark, and get yourself a new ipod.

kidding, kidding…

Posted by dontcheatwarranties on February 16, 2004 at 12:00 PM (PDT)

10

battery is replacable.

Posted by Stasyna on February 16, 2004 at 12:38 PM (PDT)

11

I’m guessing the writer meant “replaceable” is something you’d press a little button, and the battery pops off, instead of using a tool to crack the case open.  If the minipod only had an exchangeable battery like the Muvo.  Too bad Creative’s interfaces really suck.

Posted by tetro on February 16, 2004 at 1:07 PM (PDT)

12

Why are people so happy for exchangeable batteries. If it was you would have to change battery every few days, who would want to do that? Do you want replaceable batteries in your laptops too? You’ll just have to carry 8 AAs with you for when the power runs out.

Posted by Sparks9 on February 16, 2004 at 2:19 PM (PDT)

13

Sparks9—

I think that is precisely the point.  The batteries in laptops *are* replaceable. 

The word “replaceable” does not imply AA/AAA…. just something that can be swapped out if need be.

Posted by Jerrod H. in TX on February 16, 2004 at 2:50 PM (PDT)

14

Has anyone read the reader reviews yet? How can there be over 100 reviews, many negative, when no one, as far as I know, has one. They’ve only just started shipping.

Posted by Nathan on February 16, 2004 at 6:40 PM (PDT)

15

if iPod have a replaceable battery, if iPod have recording capabilities, if iPod has a build-in radio, i think iPod may not be the smallest hard drive mp3 player in the world.  all those functions base on hardware and make the device bigger.  Apple choose to add functions which is on the software side: memo, calendar, contacts…

and, iPod do record through microphone.  it is an add-on, doesn’t it better than build-in but most people don’t need it, make it complex and bigger in size?

Posted by lok on February 16, 2004 at 6:45 PM (PDT)

16

Most of the reader reviews are complaining about the price. Personally, I think they have a point, as far as I’m concerned, the Mini is too expensive for what it does. The full-blown iPod has many times the capacity for only a little more money.

Posted by Fenn on February 17, 2004 at 2:50 AM (PDT)

17

Many competitors out there (creative, Rio) are also offering mini HD based players and the price they charge for these mini players is about the same as that of the minipod. Fact is, we’re talking about in introduction price plus the smaller the HD, the bigger the cost.

Posted by hhvuong on February 17, 2004 at 4:32 AM (PDT)

18

The mini is selling like crazy.  I bought one because I wanted a smaller mp3 player that fitted into my pocket better.  You can’t find a cheaper 4 gig player that works as good as the ipod.  I have a 3g 10 gig already but I gotta say smaller is better.  I love the idea and the price doesn’t concern me at all.  Go apple for a sweet new product!!

Posted by apthomas on February 17, 2004 at 7:15 AM (PDT)

19

I’ve seen the Creative 4GB for $180 shipped, no tax. That’s a lot less than the iPod Mini.

Posted by 4gb on February 17, 2004 at 7:26 AM (PDT)

20

way to proof read, CNET

Posted by Jon on February 17, 2004 at 1:50 PM (PDT)

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