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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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21

My mini’s taken quite some knocks and just keeps going. Also, its size is fine. Maybe Apple should look at moving the larger capacity models to the mini form factor? If they can get the colour video screen in, that is.

Posted by PhilB on December 13, 2005 at 2:52 AM (PDT)

22

the obvious question is how Apple will re-introduce colour into the iPod line up. The current line-up doesn’t really leave a price point for another iPod (say, in the the 6-12 GB range). Suppose they re-introduced the mini, what would it cost? Perhaps it makes more sense for them to transition one of its existing lines into a mini form factor.

Consumers have shown that they are willing to pay the same price for far less capacity to have a form factor and colour scheme that they like. So, maybe just having a 10GB mini for $250 would work.

Posted by mike in boston or toronto on December 13, 2005 at 6:34 AM (PDT)

23

sweet.. maybe its time to sell my RARE Gold Ipod Mini !!!

Posted by psxp on December 13, 2005 at 11:00 AM (PDT)

24

Quite frankly, I just do not understand all the hype about the Nano.  What, exactly, is “sexy” about it?  Sure, you have a color display but do you really want to have to squint to see photos or album art on a tiny screen, especially when that screen is all scratched up?  I bought the 6GB mini back in June and had it painted candy apple red by ColorWare and am very happy with it.  Personally, I like to be able to feel something in my hand and think the mini is just the right size.  Yes, it would be nice if it had a color display, but I use my iPod to listen to music, not art.  It is very unlikely that I will join the Nano craze ... unless they give it better protection and come out with a 10GB version.  I bought the 40GB iPod Photo back in January right before they discontinued it (for $100 less than regular price) because I did not want to spend the same amount on an iPod with 10GB less capacity.  Therefore, I have no intention of getting rid of my 6GB mini for a 4GB Nano.

Posted by Jeddak in Louisville, KY on December 13, 2005 at 5:42 PM (PDT)

25

I would prefer an ipod that can hold more but that’s just me.

Posted by don't worry about it on December 14, 2005 at 2:01 PM (PDT)

26

Personally I prefer the nano’s form factor over the Mini, and I like flash players over HD DAPs specifically anyways. But my wife still chooses to use her 1Gen Mini over her 4GB nano most of the time.

To her, the click wheel isn’t as good on the nano (which I agree with), the thinness of the nano makes it feel fragile (and considering the LCD cracking issues, it IS more fragile than a Mini), the Mini’s size and proportions just feels right in her hand (I feel that way about the 3G/4G), and with the nano there’s only black and white colors to choose from. And there’s still the issue with the nano’s soft and easily scratched finish. For the longest time she considered getting a second Mini just because of the available color selection alone, but the aluminum case was also more desirable as well.

IMO, Apple discontinued the Mini WAY too soon; there’s a lot of dollars Jobs left on the sales table that Apple missed out on. Considering how OLD and paid for the design was, the Mini was a serious cash cow that Apple’s product managers could’ve continued to milk (pun intended).

Posted by flatline response on December 15, 2005 at 6:58 AM (PDT)

27

I have both a ipod mini and a nano and i think that they both are very good for different purposes. You could use the ipod nano in traveling and you could use the mini for when you are just hanging out. I would recomend the ipod mini for many different reasons but the nano is also very good. It all depends on what you like i guess…

Posted by Emma on December 25, 2005 at 10:18 AM (PDT)

28

i have a mini 6 gb mint condition and i love it. i think its better than nano, less scratch durable and cool blue color. they should’ve never discontinued the mini’s.

Posted by gene jaucian on June 18, 2006 at 11:49 PM (PDT)

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