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Forbes editor has issues with iPod mini

“Apple Computer’s iPod mini looks as if it was designed for adolescent girls who like their electronic devices to look like their candy. The new portable MP3 player comes in five shiny new colors: blue, sliver, green, gold and pink. Apple describes the iPod mini as the “ultimate fashion statement”—a line that could have been pulled straight out of Tiger Beat magazine.

If you cut through the layer of teeny-bopper marketing, however, you will find Apple’s (nasdaq: AAPL - news - people ) iPod mini is a decent player that deserves to be marketed as more than a fashion accessory—it works well, it’s easy to use and the simple design is friendly and functional.”

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It is very true, as T3 and Stuff magazine said its an “ipod for girls”.

Posted by Rich on March 24, 2004 at 12:01 PM (CST)


Well, I’m not a girl. I’m a 44 yr old guy and I love the ipodmini colors. There’s colors for all tastes. If this reviewer had his way we’d all be buying cars in 2 colors. Blue for guys and pink for girls. Come on, so alittle range in your thinking.

Posted by Renderboy on March 24, 2004 at 12:11 PM (CST)


Stupid assessment. Stupid mindset. Insecurities shine through.

Posted by Agent Orange on March 24, 2004 at 12:18 PM (CST)


why not just make a rainbow colored ipod mini

Posted by i got married in san francisco on March 24, 2004 at 12:20 PM (CST)


I wish they had a series of ‘harder/stronger’ colors.

A nice dark blue or red.

Maybe even a flat color.

I bet the HP-iPod will come in darker, less pastel colors.

The wonders the future holds for iPod lovers.

Posted by BigSid in Los Angeles on March 24, 2004 at 12:23 PM (CST)


Narrow minded… Not a PROFESSIONAL review, at all. Forbes: keep on with the good work on economics… leave the tech/fashion world to the users or the ones
that know about it.

And next time, do us a favor, buy a RIO. You don’t deserve an Apple.

Posted by elwilly on March 24, 2004 at 12:24 PM (CST)


Geez, perhaps Forbes should read that article and then do another one explaining why the little multi color mp3 player is selling like hot cakes

Posted by Scott on March 24, 2004 at 12:34 PM (CST)


He probably got the wrong color and is just complaining about it lol. Nothing wrong with the mini.

Posted by Andrew on March 24, 2004 at 12:40 PM (CST)


they should make a mini-ipod that has flame decals, swear words, naked women, and muscle cars on it.

It only goes to show you, even a respected magazine like forbes lets its sexism shine through.

Look around forbes, wife beaters aren’t the fashion.  People, yes STAIGHT GUYS TOO, are wearing more colors.  People are sick of pure black, pure red, and white; boring colors. 

If you’re too insecure to get light blue, or light green; then get silver or gold.

Posted by dave on March 24, 2004 at 12:42 PM (CST)


These color do appeal more to Women. How about Black, Red and Dark Blue colors? You can’t go wrong with black.

Posted by colors on March 24, 2004 at 1:19 PM (CST)


i can see it both ways, while i do agree that many of the colors would appeal more to women than to men, i also think that there’s nothing wrong with a guy having a green, blue, silver, or gold mini.

Posted by kespod on March 24, 2004 at 1:31 PM (CST)


I like how Betsy, the writer, goes out of her way to knock the “silly” extras like the games and contact/calendar synching, (all of which are on the regular iPods) as if having these features makes the mini an inferior product.

Posted by Starboard on March 24, 2004 at 1:55 PM (CST)


I think the appeal of the iPod is partly in its clean look… the dark colors aren’t as pure, as, say, a glacial white.

I wouldn’t mind the darker colors though, mini’s remind me of easter eggs

Posted by esra in PA on March 24, 2004 at 1:57 PM (CST)


she’s like a good ol’ troll… says things she can’t prove.
She doesn’t explain why she thinks iTunes is “clunky and unwieldy”...

Funny that she makes sexist remarks being a woman… :-/

Posted by ssnmx on March 24, 2004 at 2:32 PM (CST)


“She doesn’t explain why she thinks iTunes is “clunky and unwieldy”... “

I think her exact words were, “the application itself is big and unwieldy, and it can be slow and clunky to use.” The old saying is true: The proof is in the pudding. With a 19+ MB installer last time I checked, that’s a heck of a lot of pudding. Especially when I can get other media players with near-equal functionality (if not better) that are under 5 MB. iTunes has been shown to be quite slow on many Windows systems (though I’m sure it runs fine on many others), including mine, so I can see where she got “unwieldly” from.

“Funny that she makes sexist remarks being a woman… “

I’m not sure what remarks were really sexist. The writer felt that Apple was pandering to the teenybopper demographic with the iPod mini, and marketing it as a fashion accessory. She just called them out on that.

Posted by eric on March 24, 2004 at 2:47 PM (CST)


Stop being so oversensitive. Just because it has to do with an iPod, the Apple-washed masses have to rise up and defend poor old 3% of the market Apple.

Fact is, the whole multiple colored plastics/translucent electronics was to cater to the teenybopper demo.

VTECH phones, staplers, planners, lamps, and now the iPod Mini. If you’re an adult that’s 44yrs old and like the colors then fine big woot to you, but don’t think that apple necessarily made the colors to cater to you.

Geesh, the way some of you people think, would make it seem that all marketing, demographical and statistical studies were *insert favorite type of discriminatory term*.

Lighten up and don’t cancel your subscription to Forbes just yet.

Posted by bakaka on March 24, 2004 at 2:58 PM (CST)


“She doesn’t explain why she thinks iTunes is “clunky and unwieldy”...”

ITunes on both my boyfriend’s Mac and my PC *is* slow. It is slow to read in file tag data, slow to update the screen, and slow to search. Considering that it supports so few file formats and no video formats I find that unacceptable.

iTunes also had issues with libraries over 150GB - it crashes or hangs trying to read in the file data.

iTunes also doesn’t let you really customize the interface or create custom playback screens. It’s really behind the curve when it comes to personal jukebox software.

Posted by Slow iTunes on March 24, 2004 at 2:58 PM (CST)


This guy is a douche.

Posted by Joel on March 24, 2004 at 3:08 PM (CST)


I read your post, Renderboy, and now I can’t stop laughing. Almost all my cars have been blue (one was yellow) and my first reaction to the article was ‘I thought they WERE marketed to teenage girls.”

The ironing is delicious.


Posted by Dennis on March 24, 2004 at 3:08 PM (CST)


Have You ever SEEN a mini? First they are NOT plastic.
Secondly,, when you touch/ see one you will realise that (silver atleast) looks as good as a normal iPod. It is BMW-ish. You my friend, have no clue what you r talking about

Posted by bakaka on March 24, 2004 at 3:09 PM (CST)

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