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Merrill Lynch expects photo, flash iPods early 2005

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By Dennis Lloyd

Publisher, iLounge
Published: Monday, October 25, 2004
News Categories: iPod

Merrill Lynch says that Apple Computer will likely introduce two new offshoots of its popular iPod MP3 player by the first half of 2005. “We believe Apple could introduce a flash memory-based iPod in the first quarter of 2005,” it said, adding that a photo display iPod was also likely.

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1

whatwhatWHAT?

TWO new offshoots?  Maybe that just refers to two different memory-size options?

Posted by AngerBoy in Dallas, Texas on October 25, 2004 at 9:00 AM (PDT)

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Figure one to be a flash-based player and the other to be a photo iPod with 60 GB of storage.  I bet the announcement will thus cover both ends of the storage spectrum.

The thing is…do we have to wait for 2005 before these babies become available???

Posted by Yukon Corneleone on October 25, 2004 at 9:32 AM (PDT)

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My only problem is that I just bought my 40GB iPod a month ago.  Apple should institute an ‘upgrade’ plan for those consumers, like me, who would have waited a few months to get the best.  I know technology changes rapidly, but this would keep customers happy…

Posted by James on October 25, 2004 at 9:50 AM (PDT)

4

i think they do have an upgrade plan, it costs $599 though.  a bit steep if you ask me.

Posted by Oly on October 25, 2004 at 10:09 AM (PDT)

5

James they dont have a plan that is worth that much and the first thing they will tell you if you complain about this is O well too bad welcome to the real world.

Posted by k4sh on October 25, 2004 at 11:11 AM (PDT)

6

If the ipod has a color screen will the games get better? Also if u can view picture will u be able to watch movies? Will the batterie life be a little better?

Posted by WOLF MAN on October 25, 2004 at 11:33 AM (PDT)

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No offense “James” (if that is your real name), but why would Apple go and do something stupid, like have an upgrade plan.

Does you new iPod do EXACTLY WHAT YOU THOUGHT IT WOULD WHEN YOU BOUGHT IT?

Obviously it does. End of story.

You said it yourself. Technology changes rapidly.

Posted by Awesome-O on October 25, 2004 at 12:47 PM (PDT)

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> why would Apple go and do something stupid, like have an upgrade plan.

Yeah that would be dumb.

I managed to take out the 5GB drive in my old 1G iPod and replace it with a new 40GB Hitachi drive for around $120.

It wasn’t easy, but it was worth it. I can’t see Apple offering a service like that for much less than the price of a new iPod.

Posted by bigger and better on October 25, 2004 at 12:59 PM (PDT)

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Yeah, not like my Alienwear, where i can send my computer into them for as long as i own it and get upgrades at wholesale cost with no charge for labor…..  Why would Alienware go through that?  To make sure that if i buy a computer again, i buy it from them. 

Posted by Elliott on October 25, 2004 at 12:59 PM (PDT)

10

Wait… so iPodlounge doesn’t post even the most substantiated rumors, but gladly posts some stock analyst’s best (i.e. based on rumors) guesses?

Posted by huh? on October 25, 2004 at 1:37 PM (PDT)

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bigger and better:

a 40 gig 1g? thats too cool, how can I do this?

Posted by dude on October 25, 2004 at 5:19 PM (PDT)

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how does merryl lynch know this lol?

Eric

Posted by lilsuprano on October 26, 2004 at 3:57 AM (PDT)

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how does merryl lynch know this lol?

Eric

Posted by lilsuprano on October 26, 2004 at 3:57 AM (PDT)

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Is this event going to be shown live?

Posted by jj on October 26, 2004 at 5:08 AM (PDT)

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Merrill Lynch doesn’t have any better idea about what Apple is going to do than anyone else does.  Everyone knows that Apple keeps things close to the vest.  There is no reason they would give Merrill Lynch some exclusive peek at their future product cycles. 

This is a simple case of an stock analyst saying what he’d “like” to see happen, or what he’s guessing based on rumors floating around.  Anyone else have some ideas of what they’d like Apple to do?  Anyone heard some juicy rumors about color screens and 60GB drives?

Yeah.  Your ideas have just as much chance of coming true.

Posted by Jim on October 26, 2004 at 6:02 AM (PDT)

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yes stock analysts are hit and miss, but boy, i bet your face is red.

Posted by hamp on October 31, 2004 at 10:08 PM (PDT)

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