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iPod mini worldwide July 24, iTunes EU hits 1.5m

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By Jeremy Horwitz

Editor-in-Chief, iLounge
Published: Wednesday, July 7, 2004
News Categories: iPod mini

With an expected delivery/on-sale date of July 24, 2004, Apple has announced that it is now taking iPod mini pre-orders from customers across the world. Prices for the iPod mini differ by territory, and are as follows (including tax):

Continental Europe: 279 Euros (259-269 in certain countries, inc. Germany and Austria)
United Kingdom: 179 Pounds.
Japan: 28,140 Yen (26,800 Yen pre-tax).
Australia: A$399.
Canada: C$349 including the $15 Blank Media Levy, but excluding VAT.
Singapore: S$458 (excluding rebates).
Hong Kong: HK$1,900.

Of special interest: At current exchange rates, the pre-tax Japanese and non-tax Hong Kong prices for the iPod mini are actually slightly lower than the current American retail price, whereas other territories are receiving the mini at a slight premium. iPod mini ordering options and prices for mainland China, India, Latin America, Mexico and South Korea were not yet available.

Each iPod mini will include headphones, a power adapter, a belt clip, FireWire and USB 2.0 cables, and iTunes 4.6 for Mac and Windows. The same five colors (silver, blue, green, pink, and gold) previously introduced will be available internationally.

In a related story, Apple has announced the combined sale of over 1.5 million songs through its European iTunes Music Stores (U.K., France and Germany) since its launch on June 15, 2004. The rate of sales is slightly lower than the initial launch of the iTMS for United States-based Macintosh customers in April of 2003, following which two million songs had been sold by the 16th day of operations. Canadian, Latin American and Asia-Pacific region launches of the iTunes Music Store have not yet been announced.

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1

Finally!!! I live in Canada and I already have one through eCost, though. Lots of people have been waiting for this announcement for a long time, and it’s finally here! Good luck to all of you world-wide who are going to be buying iPod minis! Believe me, you won’t regret it!!!

Posted by crazyonskis on July 7, 2004 at 7:20 AM (PDT)

2

Jeremy, in the Apple Austrian Store the price is EUR 269 not 279.

Posted by ginalee on July 7, 2004 at 7:37 AM (PDT)

3

Gina: Thanks, we’ve updated the story to reflect additional pricing details.

Posted by Jeremy Horwitz on July 7, 2004 at 7:47 AM (PDT)

4

“...the pre-tax Japanese price for the iPod mini (26,800 Yen) is actually slightly lower than the current American retail price, the only territory where the iPod mini is not being sold at a slight premium…”

Is FALSE. Just above this is the price for Hong Kong, HK$1900. The exchange rate is 7.8, so that works out to less than $244. And Hong Kong has NO sales tax, so that’s our final price. Good deal, eh?

Posted by tonton on July 7, 2004 at 8:05 AM (PDT)

5

Tonton: Fixed, and thanks. Blame Apple’s currency calculator for missing Hong Kong dollars. wink

Posted by Jeremy Horwitz on July 7, 2004 at 8:19 AM (PDT)

6

Wow, i’m in the States and I placed my order on March 29th and I’m still waiting for it.  Where are the International iPod mini’s going to come from if Apple can’t meet demand Stateside.

Posted by http://homepagemac.com/cherrypop/ on July 7, 2004 at 8:22 AM (PDT)

7

Well i gues that the rest of the world should get some minis now, or are americans something special that they had the oportunity to buy them since Feb.!
i don’t tink so!!
I orderd my mini today!!

Posted by Jan on July 7, 2004 at 8:55 AM (PDT)

8

The wholesale price in Europe is about EUR 220 (excluding tax, if you get one unit only)

Posted by isi on July 7, 2004 at 9:22 AM (PDT)

9

Well I’ve put in my order for a silver mini at EUR 249 (educational discount!) and I’m curious to see if Apple can really deliver in two weeks time smile

Posted by ginalee on July 7, 2004 at 9:24 AM (PDT)

10

Great news….My Mini has been on b/o for 3-1/2 weeks, I am really glad Apple is not going to oversell their current supply, wait what supply…oh well should have bout a Dell(jK)

Posted by back_order_mini_man on July 7, 2004 at 9:27 AM (PDT)

11

” slight premium”! since when was 50% more expensive than the US a slight premium!!!

Posted by midifix on July 7, 2004 at 9:31 AM (PDT)

12

i pay 237 in educational discount
where have you ordered it?

Posted by Jan on July 7, 2004 at 10:13 AM (PDT)

13

okay..here’s my experience…i just ordered the mini with the educational discount here in Canada (10% off) thru apple.ca…then i called to confirm….the problem is the CSR said it’s going to take 4-6 WEEKS before shipping, which means the July 24 date is nothing but a scam!!!!!

Posted by iamCanadian on July 7, 2004 at 12:56 PM (PDT)

14

FINALLY! an actual date! i can finally sleep in peace…

err not… not until i’ve ordered mine.

Posted by Hanako on July 7, 2004 at 2:06 PM (PDT)

15

c’mon possible 4th Gen release [i can feel it in my bones]

Posted by Harrison in Melbourne, Australia on July 7, 2004 at 4:43 PM (PDT)

16

AUD$399? The 15gig is AUD$449, so it’s a very small difference. Like US$30.

It’s probably cheaper to buy one from Amazon.com at the US$250, as it works out to AUD$360.

Posted by Elithrar in Perth, Australia on July 7, 2004 at 6:09 PM (PDT)

17

I thought it was Aus$370 for mini in Australia. Then Aus $375. Apple is not pricing there problem properly base on current rates. Australia $ is almost the same as Canada $, one time even better. No wonder not getting a lot of sale in their ipods here.

Posted by NS on July 7, 2004 at 6:43 PM (PDT)

18

Australian price ipod mini should only Aus$347 at Aus$0.72 per US$ as today’s rate. I am just worndering where did Apple Corporate Accountants get their current conversion rate.

Posted by NS on July 7, 2004 at 6:50 PM (PDT)

19

Holy crap! $399 (US$290) for a Mini here in Australia.

That’s just too cruel.

Apple hits Aus and the UK really hard.

Posted by Redux on July 7, 2004 at 7:01 PM (PDT)

20

i was so going to buy an iPod mini in australia, ive been waiting since march deciding if i wanted a 15gb or a mini, i was expecting the mini to be ~$375AUS, but receiving an email from Apple telling me the pre-order price was $399 is a joke… i think im going to see if the price will fall a little bit and if it doesnt then im just going to go buy a 15gb

Posted by Cooks on July 7, 2004 at 8:13 PM (PDT)

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