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“Okay, I’ve unpacked the iPod mini, charged it (it takes an hour for an 80% charge), transferred over my iTunes music and I’m impressed.
Since they aren’t available yet in the stores - indeed my local Apple store only has a handmade cardboard cutout to simulate it’s size and heft - I figured a video demo is the best way to convey my initial impressions until you can see your own mini up close in person.”

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41

What is it with all the photos of hands clutching iPod wannabes?

If these people were smart they’d hire giants with HUGE HANDS to take these pictures.

Posted by hands on February 18, 2004 at 6:13 PM (CST)

42

Hey, “BigSid”, I never said I was “macho” and resent the implication. In my experience the only men that would classify themselves as “macho” are redneck assh*les with single digit IQs.

Obviously, you missed the whole point of my annecdote. The market isn’t rednecks or even “rich college kids with money to burn”... its women and people that don’t give a rats ass about tech specs. Simplicity and style is what sells there, and Apple’s hit it dead on. Its really not even up for debate anymore… the numbers speak for themselves.

Posted by Dignon on February 18, 2004 at 6:27 PM (CST)

43

Whoa, Shaun, are you talking about Course 3 Professor Fink? Cuz if you are, he totally does!

Posted by Andy on February 18, 2004 at 6:52 PM (CST)

44

I know that this might seem like a strange question, but does anyone think the ipod mini is taking away sales from the more expensive and profitable(for apple) ipod?
I’ve talked to kids at my school, and when I showed them the mini online, they were in awe. Everyone knows what an ipod is, its a status icon. But all i hear kids talkin about is the mini. 100,000 pre-orders? Wow. It looks like people never needed all the space afforded by the ipod and only want the coolness factor of the mini. . . . .

Posted by Scribble on February 18, 2004 at 7:03 PM (CST)

45

Dignon,

I’m referring to the Simosons character. Professor Frink. Looks like I missed an R in my original post.

http://www.simpsons.nl/marten/frink.gif

Posted by Shaun on February 18, 2004 at 7:50 PM (CST)

46

we got the mini’s instock, im hoping since i work fri night i can put on out for demo

Posted by tyler on February 18, 2004 at 7:57 PM (CST)

47

Don’t need mini, but it looks very cool, and as I predicted, is doing well. Also, if people are buying it, it isn’t overpriced. Anyone who’s taken economics knows that a market equilibrium develops on any product, where supply meets demand. If Apple isn’t selling enough, it’ll lower the price, and if it isn’t, then shell out the big bucks!
PS- Look at the Korean iPod! It doesn’t even read tags! And the headphones are shaped like stools!

Posted by Sam on February 18, 2004 at 8:04 PM (CST)

48

Some Korean electronics are pretty slick.  That iPod ripoff is not an example, however.

I don’t think Apple has too much to be worried about, in terms of losing market to generic ripoffs over the next few years.  The iPod IS the touchwheel (now clickwheel), and I doubt Jobs was kidding when he referred to it as the “patent-pending” clickwheel at Macworld.  Apple also has a design team that just about nobody in the electronics industry can touch.  Not to mention the “cool” factor, possibly its most valuable asset.

Keep in mind that there were dozens of other MP3 players on the market before the iPod came along, and then the iPod started eating up most of their sales.  If anything, the other guys should be worried about Apple’s continued successes in this area, of which the mini is now clearly another example.  100,000 pre-orders for a product just about nobody has touched?  Yep, another runaway success.

Posted by Nicky G on February 18, 2004 at 8:17 PM (CST)

49

Ah, thought you were referring to a fellow MIT professor.

Posted by Andy on February 18, 2004 at 8:18 PM (CST)

50

*throws 3g ipod at the wall* GRAHR!! no! my ipod! ;_;

Posted by tearba on February 18, 2004 at 9:47 PM (CST)

51

The other obvious market in my mind is those of us who are about to become a 2 ipod family. We’ve got a 30gb IPod, officially my boyfriends but we share and share alike and normally that’s fine. Long car journeys and holidays sat on the beach we have our speakers and our full music collection there with us. There are a lot of times however when we both want our own tunes. There’s no point having our full CD collection in hard copy, and on two IPods and on two computers, that’s getting excessive. Instead I get a mini IPod that I can take to the gym, listen to on planes etc and holds plenty enough music for that but when we want it we’ve got all the tunes at our fingertips on the 30gb.
For this reason I don’t mind paying $250, even if a 15gb is only $50 more I don’t need 15gb. I want something that’s just big enough and as a bonus It’s pink!

Posted by Peachy on February 19, 2004 at 3:12 AM (CST)

52

what is the demographics of the iPod’s target audience?

Posted by marlisa on April 6, 2004 at 8:23 PM (CDT)

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