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Japan waiting up to 6 weeks for iPod mini

“The iPod mini, a digital music player by Apple Computer Inc of the United States, has proved extremely popular since hitting the Japanese market a month ago.

People interested in owning the credit card-size gadget are waiting an average of four to six weeks for it to be delivered to them.”

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Big surprise.  Now they know what everyone else feels like…


Posted by bikepodmini on August 24, 2004 at 1:44 PM (CDT)


Same thing as what is happening in the US…

I was told by a retailer that they had -800 pink ipod minis alone.  Good luck for me getting one any time soon

Posted by jointheclub on August 24, 2004 at 2:54 PM (CDT)


Apple sucks at meeting demand.

Posted by captainobvious on August 24, 2004 at 5:40 PM (CDT)


Im so glad i dont live in japan. I thought 1 week was a long time to get one :)

Posted by Paul on August 24, 2004 at 7:30 PM (CDT)


waited 1 month for my 4g iPod (dominican Republic)

Posted by Brayeta on August 24, 2004 at 9:51 PM (CDT)


I`m live in Tokyo, Japan.  There is Apple Store in Ginza.  Mini come out 7/24/04, and
about 6,000 people line up a couple hour beofore open time.  4,000 I pod mini sold out 1 day !

Posted by KAZU on August 24, 2004 at 10:09 PM (CDT)


Certain stores get preference. I was at the San Fransico store Saturday and they had about 25 iPod mini’s in stock. They also said they would be gone by the end of the day.

Posted by tussery on August 24, 2004 at 10:33 PM (CDT)


Well… I d like to know where this news come from… I m living in Japan and you can find any Mini iPod you wanna buy. I would say popular but not so popular. So many japanese still think mp3 is directly linked with illegal things…


Posted by Izo on August 24, 2004 at 10:58 PM (CDT)



Don’t know where you get your info. in Tokyo as we speak and everywhere I checked gave no difinitive answer about delivery time..BIC, Yodobashi. When the Apple Store in Ginza said they could not tell me delivery time, despite having dozens on display, I ordered from Apple online. Status is shipment 9/24.

Posted by charms55 on August 25, 2004 at 2:26 AM (CDT)



The Apple Store was out of everything but the 40G iPod, but did have the 3rd generation iPods in stock. Wanted to wait for hte click wheel.

Posted by charms55 on August 25, 2004 at 2:28 AM (CDT)


well there’s a shitload of the things in MediaMarkt here in Cologne…

Posted by rojack on August 25, 2004 at 4:28 AM (CDT)


I don’t see the big deal here…..

I waited 5 weeks for mine from Apple back in April/May.

Posted by jwc110869 in Rochester, NY on August 25, 2004 at 6:08 AM (CDT)


The big deal is the machines opened with a splash here and they are advertising the hell out of them. Maybe a little goofy, but I found myself getting more and more frustrated as I walked in to stores that only one week earlier were advertising that the iPods were coming, then to see them absolutely dolled up….massive displays, dozens of machines to try, but not a one to buy and then the line “we really have no clue when we will get another shipment.” The silver lining: no empty promises, just vacant stares.

Apple dropped the ball on this one, obviously worldwide if people were waiting weeks even in the States for these little beasties. This is similar to vaporware in the software biz. And while one could say, “gee, it’s not their fault…blah blah blah” the reality is it is their job and business to get it right.

Unlike some I will wait and hope it will be worth it. I am not a Machead by any stretch of the imagination. As a matter of fact, this will be the first Apple product I will have personally owned…ever. I am switching from another similar product with the realization that I am getting a compromise: better UI for less storage space (wma gets more bang for the Gig) The only thing that is helping is that at least here in Tokyo, the rep I dealt with on the phone was pleasant, and helpful. It remains to be seen if that will continue as my patience wears thin. Fingers crossed.

Posted by charms55 on August 25, 2004 at 8:17 AM (CDT)


I think Izo is seeing the signs selling the iPod mini but noticing the often smaller sign that says ‘yoyaku-machi’ which means order and wait until moon turns blue.
All the stores are ‘selling’ them but none of them have them on hand.

I ordered mine from Apple.com about 2 weeks before the 7/24 release date. Came two days later :) By the way, I live in Kobe, Japan.

Posted by Terrandabo on August 25, 2004 at 8:22 AM (CDT)


Sorry, made a mistake in my last post. Should say ‘NOT noticing the often smaller sign…’

Posted by Terrandabo on August 25, 2004 at 8:24 AM (CDT)


I agree with Terrandabo.
I live in Kobe also and I work at Osaka, so I shop around at Yodobashi often (isn’t it a great place?) Anyway, I stopped at Yodobasi yesterday and, yes they “show” you mini in all color line-up, but they say that you have to reserve them.

My boss’s wife ordered one of them early this month and as far as I know, she is not getting it yet.

Posted by Ellie in Japan on August 25, 2004 at 11:01 PM (CDT)


Thanks for the update from “out West” in Kobe. I’ll be over in Osaka next week, likely for a meeting.

Yeah, everytime I went in a store and finally saw them on display, I got my panties all bunched up thinking I was actually going to walk out the store with one in hand. At the Tachikawa BIC, they had a row of signs showing each color, and only one marked “not in stock” or what ever. So I asked the logical question, “Does that mean only Pink is out of stock?” Within minutes they fixed that…tired of hearing that question!

Posted by charms1955 in Japan on August 26, 2004 at 2:40 AM (CDT)


ah…. the irony. japanese waiting for american electronics.  who the hell would’ve thought that?


Posted by nox on August 26, 2004 at 12:07 PM (CDT)


this is wrong. Ipod mini can be found in Gonza apple store, biccamera yurakucho etc…

Posted by pierre on August 27, 2004 at 9:43 AM (CDT)


I live in Norway, and i have two weeks left of my four week waiting period for my blue iPod mini! I can’t wait! :D

Posted by TigerDaniel on September 1, 2004 at 10:29 AM (CDT)

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