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iPod shuffle too hot for Apple Stores

In a survey of the 98 Apple retail stores across the U.S., Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster said he was unable to find any iPod shuffle units available for purchase. Munster said that most Apple Stores have waiting lists for both the 512MB and 1GB models and that while the lists vary from store to store, the average waiting list is 120 customers long. The analyst also noted scarcity of Apple’s low-cost Mac mini.

“The majority of stores have no idea when they will receive product,” Munster wrote in a research note to clients obtained by iLounge. “Those stores that do have an indication of when they will receive product suggested that limited quantities of the Mac mini and iPod shuffle will be in stock within 2 weeks. Lastly, the stores generally expected to have ample supply by the end of February.”

Munster stated that “initial demand for the Mac mini and the iPod shuffle has exceeded what Apple had been expecting.” The analyst also pointed out that “virtually every Apple Store we spoke to suggested ordering the Mac mini and iPod shuffle online instead of adding our name to the waiting list.”

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Comments

1

Damn, I’m glad I got mine already, I LOVE THIS THING! They always mentioned the other iPods as being a means to have a soundtrack for your life but as small as they are they aren’t nearly as portable as the shuffle! I’ve already wore mine to the grocery store and it saved me from the Muzak in a long line at the bank.

I still love my 40 gig though.

Posted by jasontho in Phoenix on February 1, 2005 at 2:33 PM (PDT)

2

Wait… let me get this straight: You WORE it to the grocery store?? And by “wore” you mean yu had it hanging from the LANYARD around your neck?? And you want me to take you seriously? LOL! (just kidding). Enjoy your Shuffle. I’m holding out buying any more iPods (big or small) until I see the 5G offerings. smile

Posted by FallN in New York, NY on February 1, 2005 at 2:47 PM (PDT)

3

5 g won’t be out until Sept

Posted by Iown24ipods in SF on February 1, 2005 at 3:51 PM (PDT)

4

Yeah, I think you’re better off picking up a shuffle first.  It’s not like your funds won’t come back up to par by September, anyway.  That’s plenty of time to save up your pennies. ^_~

Posted by SilentDeath911 in NJ on February 1, 2005 at 4:56 PM (PDT)

5

does apple keep its supplies low for marketing reasons?  because it obviously has marketing value, but you’d think that a company would like to have its products as widely available as possible.

Posted by dethbrakr in Tacoma, WA on February 1, 2005 at 5:36 PM (PDT)

6

I had placed an online order for my 1G shuffle, but was disappointed that I would have to wait for so long…
Thank God I found 1G shuffles at my local Best Buy (Burbank) and bought mine right away (and subsequently cancelled my online order).
It’s a pretty neat addition, next to my 60G photo model. I love them both and they serve totally different purposes…

Posted by digiplay in Los Angeles on February 1, 2005 at 5:50 PM (PDT)

7

I saw a few shuffles in stock at a Micro Center in Cleveland, so people might want to try some of the resellers instead of the Apple stotes themselves.  I however ordered mine online the day after they came out, seems like I made the right decesion.

Posted by jlb2003 in Cincinnati on February 1, 2005 at 5:53 PM (PDT)

8

My Apple Store in Md had plenty of the 1 gig model in stock the other day!

Posted by Lowell Denning on February 1, 2005 at 6:14 PM (PDT)

9

Best Buy has them in force now… head on over and ask for one!

Posted by Donvitoviti on February 1, 2005 at 7:51 PM (PDT)

10

“Gene Munster.” 

That’s funny. 

You’re kidding right? 

What? 

You’re not…...?

<clears throat nervously>

So uh….now ABOUT those iPod Shuffles….?

Posted by Capnquirky in Shell Pile New Jersey on February 2, 2005 at 7:30 AM (PDT)

11

Microcenter in Chicago has a lot of the 512 and 1 gig shuffles if anyone is looking.

Posted by chicubipod in chicago on February 2, 2005 at 11:14 AM (PDT)

12

wait, are we talkin about a 5 gig shuffle?

Cause that would be awesome^

Posted by lmwfy on February 2, 2005 at 2:17 PM (PDT)

13

No , that’s 5th generation….like the 4G Ipod….

Posted by jimlat on February 2, 2005 at 5:37 PM (PDT)

14

Microcenter seems to have plenty, the one in Dallas off of N. Central Expressway has quite a few in stock, got mine tonight, and they still have a couple of shelves full right when you walk in the door.

Posted by AaronM on February 2, 2005 at 8:18 PM (PDT)

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