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Lower-cost, colored iPods to debut at MacWorld?

“When Apple Computer Inc. chief executive Steve Jobs takes the stage at MacWorld next month, analysts expect him to unveil smaller, cheaper iPods and hope he will detail the company’s strategy to move into the digital living room.

The lower-end iPods, which are expected to carry a price tag of about $100 and will hold 400 to 800 songs, are a necessary answer to the bevy of MP3 digital music players now on the market that cost $100 or less, analysts said. [...]

In addition to the lower-cost iPods, the Cupertino, California-based Apple is also expected to unveil them with different colors and even in stripes, as well as variously colored cases for Apple’s traditional iPods, according to Enderle and Mac rumor Web site Thinksecret.com.”

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Wolfpacker -
The prediction was 2-4 gigs in the article. And your numbers still don’t add up. A 256 card runs 50-60 dollars minimum. And the housing for the card doesn’t add a large amount to the price.
Even if it was 50% of the cost, you’re looking at 100 dollars per gig for the memory alone. And you must keep in mind that while the hard disk in the ipod is a significant cost, it’s by no means the only cost, and smaller electronics are more expensive, not less.

They might do this, but it’s not going to be multiple gigs in capacity for under 100 bucks. Maybe half a gig. And at that, ipod or no, it’s no more useful than any of th eother flash based players out there… good to load some tunes onto for jogging, but not really enough space. Though a 512 would hold almost as much as a single MP3 CD, which isn’t too shabby.

Posted by JC on December 30, 2003 at 10:29 AM (CST)

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