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iPod mini still a popular choice

While the iPod nano and new video iPod are receiving all of the attention this holiday season, Apple’s discontinued iPod mini is still at the top of many Christmas lists and is fetching top dollar at online stores and auctions.

“Patrick McHenry of Eerie, Pa., for example, just bought a pink 4GB Mini, which holds 1,000 songs, on eBay for $275. That’s $76 over the original $199 price tag,” reports CNET News.com’s Michelle Meyers. “But it’s also less than McHenry would have paid at Compu-America—one of the few electronics retailers with the Mini in stock. The store is selling the same model for $349. And sellers on Amazon are listing prices for the 4GB Mini at more than $400.”

eBay spokesman Dean Jutilla said that about 36,000 minis have sold on eBay in the past three months, with an average of 15 to 16 bids per auction. Jutilla also noted that the average price per mini—whether 4GB or 6GB—has gone up from $173 to $229.

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1

I don’t understand why anyone would choose a mini over a nano if they want a smaller-capacity player.  Plus, I think them selling higher than MSRP on Ebay is because people get overzealous with bidding and focus more on winning the auction than how much they’re going to end up paying.

Posted by Anna on December 12, 2005 at 4:37 PM (CST)

2

I’d also love to have an iPod mini. I sold my 4GB version a while ago, hopeing Apple would come out with a 8 or 10 GB version…

The nano is cool, but 4GB simply doesn’t cut it for me…not to mention how easily it scratches. I don’t feel like buying a case for my iPod, not just because of the money, but also what’s the point of having a super small device if you put it in a case that increases its size?

It is such a shame that the iPod mini was discontinued…

Posted by sean on December 12, 2005 at 4:58 PM (CST)

3

Kept my ipod mini 6GB blue in mint condition and resisted the urge to sell it when the nano came out. SCORE. :P

Ebay here I come, weeee.

Posted by Eugene on December 12, 2005 at 5:12 PM (CST)

4

Why on Earth would someone pay $375 (or even $275) for a mini when they could have several times the capacity, greatly advanced functionality, and a color screen in the form of a 5G 30gb or 60gb for just a smidge more. I don’t get it.

Posted by Hrothgar on December 12, 2005 at 5:14 PM (CST)

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Those of you who don’t understand why one would want a mini over the nano underestimate the color factor.  I know several girls that are disappointed that they can’t get a pink or green iPod anymore.  Yes, the Nano is better tech (IMO, anyway), but it’s only in two color choices.  And these girls could care less about the tech, they just want a fashionable music player.

I have a feeling that Apple may remedy that in the future, perhaps with the 2nd rev. of the nano (assuming there is one).

Posted by Cameron T. on December 12, 2005 at 5:26 PM (CST)

6

“And sellers on Amazon are listing prices for the 4GB Mini at more than $400.”

when does supply and demand give way to price gouging?

Posted by dustin on December 12, 2005 at 6:20 PM (CST)

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I got jealous when the Nano came out because I just bought a 4 GB Mini 2 months previous.  Now I’m glad I did get the Mini, my only regret is I didn’t get the 6 GB. Why do I like the Mini vs. the Nano?  Well for one thing it is less prone to scratching.  Although not as small as the Nano, it still is very compact and more durable.  The top connector next to the headphone jack is missing on the Nano so you have to use the dock connector for most attachments.  Why is this bad?  Well say you have a FM transmitter like the iTrip attached to the dock connector.  You can’t charge the Nano at the same time because the dock connector is used.  I don’t have that problem with my Mini.  Sure there are other options, but having things only work with the dock connector and having it so close to the headphone jack does cause limitations.  Plus the Nano is so thin that any attachment to it looks weird and even the nicely designed iTrip for the Nano adds more than twice the thickness.

Being able to display photos is cool, but I don’t think I’d update my photos enough to make it useful, plus the screen is rather small.  If anything I’m more jealous of the video iPod where you can display your photos on a TV.

Ideally I’d like the Nano to drop in price to replace the Shuffle and they bring back the Mini with color screen, photo capabilities and bigger hard drive.  Of course not to mention FM reception.  I got to the gym so it is nice to be able to tune into the TVs while I work out.  Plus most people who rant agains the iPod point out the missing FM tuning that most mp3 players have.  Adding that will shut them up!

I do think it is crazy to spend that much for a Mini but people do weird things when they can’t have something.

Posted by Kyle on December 12, 2005 at 6:44 PM (CST)

8

The mini is a superior product for anyone who actually carries and uses their iPod in a variety of environments.  It’s a tough, durable machine that doesn’t scratch and takes falls well.  I wish the entire product line was made from aluminum and the plastic used in the screen.

Posted by stark23x on December 12, 2005 at 7:15 PM (CST)

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Reasons why the mini is better than the nano:
-more memory for cost (based on MSRP)
-tougher shell, less prone for damage
-Size can make it easier to hold and manipulate
-color adds a “coolness” factor
-more accessories (at the moment)
-headphone port at the top
Reasons why the nano is better:
- Flash memory
- Smaller, lighter
- Color screen with photo capability
- Black or white slick ipod feel

I think it’s pretty easy why someone might prefer either one over the other.

Posted by bluecow on December 12, 2005 at 7:24 PM (CST)

10

You realize the nano i9s more durable then the mini but people see the nano is bad just because it scratches.

Posted by Macromedia on December 12, 2005 at 7:55 PM (CST)

11

I had a chance to buy either a 6GB iPod Mini or a 2GB iPod Nano.

Guess what I chose?

And, IMO, I think I like the Mini’s looks better. ^_^

Posted by christian on December 12, 2005 at 8:00 PM (CST)

12

MediaWorld in Italy (MediaMarkt group) is selling 4000 4gb Minis for €99 each this Christmas, that’s €109 off the original price… bargain! But I guess they’ll go pretty quickly, if they haven’t sold out yet.

Posted by lucavix on December 12, 2005 at 8:24 PM (CST)

13

Ack. Apparently, I chose to sell my (mint condition) 6GB iPod Mini at the worst time- right when the Nano came out. I only got $175 for it. :-(. Who would’ve thought that demand for the mini would go UP after it being discontinued?

Posted by chuck on December 12, 2005 at 9:05 PM (CST)

14

I sold my ipod mini 4gb 2nd generation silver on ebay a few weeks ago, got 230.40 plus 10.00 shipping. I tihnk I did great. Just got my 60GB!!

Posted by Josh on December 12, 2005 at 10:20 PM (CST)

15

If women want a colored iPod, why don’t they just buy a 5G Nano or Video iPod and go to ColorwarePC.com and have it painted in whatever color they want.

Spending $275-400 for a Mini is just stupid and a waste of money.  You can get a brand new Nano for $250 or a new Video iPod for as low as $300, and have ColorwarePC paint it almost any color you want for about $60.

That would be a much smarter move.

No one with any sense would spend $300 or more on a Mini.  When they’re walking around with their Minis watching everyone else with color screens looking at photos and watching movies, trailers, and shows, the whole “color” fad will wear off quick.

Posted by Neo7 on December 13, 2005 at 12:30 AM (CST)

16

“No one with any sense would spend $300 or more on a Mini.  When they’re walking around with their Minis watching everyone else with color screens looking at photos and watching movies, trailers, and shows, the whole “color

Posted by Mike on December 13, 2005 at 12:34 AM (CST)

17

Now ColorwarePC offer their new X2 scratch resistant coating.  It’s a bit more than $60, but still nice.  They’ll even paint the body one color, and the wheel another color.

Pretty slick if you ask me.

Posted by Neo7 on December 13, 2005 at 12:37 AM (CST)

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I still don’t get why you’d pay a premium for a mini. If you want colours, buy the Apple silicon skins. And it’s STILL smaller than a mini, cheaper than these e-bay mini prices, and you get 5 colours for the price of one, and it probably holds up BETTER to scratches than a mini. And you get the colour screen. The only small thing is the battery is probably better in the mini, but that can’t explain this phenomenon. What gives?

Posted by Countach on December 13, 2005 at 1:03 AM (CST)

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There are a lot of Minis, here in the Philippines. They’re even on sale this Christmas Season. I guess the Minis from the developed countries ended up here when the Nano came out.

IMO the mini was cute, but the nano is definitely sexier. I got rid of my mini as soon as the nano was released

Posted by Riane on December 13, 2005 at 1:42 AM (CST)

20

I don’t blame those people. I love my 6gb blue mini and i certainly am not about to trade it for a nano. Apple should ‘recontinue’ them. The mini is still selling in the grave! :P

Posted by Azza on December 13, 2005 at 4:25 AM (CST)

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