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iPod shuffle: 2,000* sold in first 4 hours (updated x3)

Updated: Though multiple vendors on the show floor at San Francisco Macworld Expo told iLounge yesterday that Apple’s retail store in San Francisco had sold 20,000 iPod shuffle units in its first four hours of availability this week, it appears that the impressive number may just be the result of an Expo ‘telephone game.’ Other iLounge sources have subsequently reported that only 2,000 were sold at the store, a rate of roughly 8 shuffles per minute rather than the 80+ per minute required by the higher number. We apologize for the original report.

As iLounge notes in its upcoming review of the iPod shuffle, while some individuals purchased four, six, and nine of the 512MB, $99 units, the day’s record was apparently set by someone who purchased 24 at once. iPod shuffles are currently shipping to Apple retail stores.

Update 3: Reader David C. notes that Apple’s online store is already shipping 512MB iPod shuffle orders, with hardware leaving Ontario, California and “two-day shipping” delivery dates estimated at January 17. “This is well before the ‘1 week’ Apple.com was quoting,” says David, who is “VERY PLEASED!” However, reader Joe M. says that his 1GB iPod shuffle online order is listed with a 1/26 ship date.

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Posted by schaaking in Minneapolis on January 13, 2005 at 9:34 PM (CST)


Hmmm, I’m sure there were record Star Trek sales at a Star Trek convention as well.

Posted by Taphil on January 13, 2005 at 9:39 PM (CST)


When can we expect a full review? I’m really looking forward to it.

Posted by inkmonkey in Canada on January 13, 2005 at 9:42 PM (CST)


still a lot of ipods.

Posted by schaaking in Minneapolis on January 13, 2005 at 9:43 PM (CST)


When is the giveaway contest coming?  I want to win one before I just go and buy one.

Posted by Gatsby003 in New York on January 13, 2005 at 9:44 PM (CST)


Hmm ... let’s see - 20,000 in 4 hours sold - yeah, no one will want one, that’s for sure.

I think it’s great. The fact that it has no screen like the other iPods will not make any difference to most people. I mean, your talking 240 songs or so - that’s plenty for a workout or whatever. Score another one for Apple!!

Posted by kurt in Maryland on January 13, 2005 at 10:23 PM (CST)


that is big time
i will be contributing to this no. soon

Posted by BIGP in Texas on January 13, 2005 at 11:01 PM (CST)


my order from Apple.com for a 512k shuffle HAS SHIPPED! they are coming folks….!!!

Posted by canyonblue737 on January 13, 2005 at 11:31 PM (CST)


I just got back from macworld today and these things are wicked.  They are almost the same size as a bic lighter.  Height width & thickness.

Posted by Go-Zania! in San Jose, CA on January 14, 2005 at 12:13 AM (CST)


It is going to be an interesting first quarter for the ipod shuffle me thinks.  If it turns out to be a big hit, then the competition might have to eat their words or at least drop the prices on their products.  Either way I look at the consumer will win in the end.

Posted by jlb2003 in Cincinnati on January 14, 2005 at 1:35 AM (CST)


If half were 512 and half were 1 GB, that’s 2.5 million dollars bought in 4 hours.

Anyway, they will die off. Nobody wants a player THAT compact and light. And nobody can tolerate LED indicators in place of a screen.

Besides, you can get a thumbdrive for more money. Why pay less and get a free iPod?


Posted by Nagromme on January 14, 2005 at 2:26 AM (CST)


Damn they havn’t come in to the Santa Rosa store yet. I thought for sure they would have been there by today since we are only 50 mile north of SF. The girl told me they were getting them in on the 22nd. I hope she mixed up that date with the Mac mini date.

Posted by BigFil on January 14, 2005 at 2:31 AM (CST)


BTW, I wonder how many sold in the first 4 hours if you count the REST of the world… in other words, online orders? Probably a few more…

Posted by Nagromme on January 14, 2005 at 2:32 AM (CST)


I’m just curious also as to how long it takes Creative to sell 20,000 flash players. How much you wanna bet each of the other major flash companies have a no screen budget unit in the next six months. Creative may have had one 4 years ago, but how many people were buying MP3 players 4-5 years ago. Apple seems to wait until the market is ripe before deciding to jump in.

Posted by BigFil on January 14, 2005 at 2:35 AM (CST)


I love how other companies who make flash-mp3 players were saying that the iPod shuffle is 4 year old technology and it’ll do poorly.

If that’s the case, then why are they selling so quickly?

Either these companies are completely stupid, or they are just desperate.

Either way, I’m waiting for the figures on the mini Mac.


Posted by narco in Burbank on January 14, 2005 at 2:38 AM (CST)


This just shows that if apple designed a toilet brush it would sell 20’000 in the first 4 hours

There are far better flash players out there. Most with full display and FM radio.

However I love my click wheel ipod and can’t wait for itunes store to open in Australia

Posted by crimsontiger6 on January 14, 2005 at 3:29 AM (CST)


Those other flash players also COST more (see Amazon’s top 50 MP3 players) and are larger and heavier.

If you need a screen and and FM radio, and don’t need iTunes autofill to make a low-capacity player more useful with less work, and don’t want to shop at iTMS, then maybe it’s worth your spending more money on one of those.

Otherwise, perhaps paying LESS and getting an iPod makes sense. Perhaps an iPod Shuffle is BETTER for your needs than a bigger player with screen.

Posted by Nagromme on January 14, 2005 at 4:31 AM (CST)


Geez… 40,000 sold in 4 hours? people are completely nut for ipod shuffle. they are all crazy. well, either am I. mine was already shipped today. it will arrive on 1/18 with standard shipping.

I see that ipod shuffle will be big hit with ipod family.

Posted by crazypod in St. Louis, MO on January 14, 2005 at 4:54 AM (CST)


Again… There may be flash players with more features, but few have the Apple customer service or warranty. Have you ever tried to wrench customer service out of Creative or Sony?

Remember that the Shuffle is going to have stupendous third-party support, as the iPod and Mini have gotten… What third-party items are out there for the Sony, Rio, Creative, and other flash players?

Also, the use of iTunes is a very attractive feature for some people. I love iTunes and AllofMP3.com and wouldn’t bother with Napster, RealNetworks or Rhapsody. The Shuffle makes iTunes affordable and practical for everyone.

Posted by Wilder_K_Wight on January 14, 2005 at 5:06 AM (CST)


20,000 in 4 hours is 83 units PER MINUTE. How big is this store that they can run 83 units per minute through the cash registers?
How long were the queues?
I think there is some marketing hype in these numbers.

Posted by K1W1 on January 14, 2005 at 6:14 AM (CST)

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