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New manufacturer for iPod mini named

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By Dennis Lloyd

Publisher, iLounge
Published: Friday, September 3, 2004
News Categories: iPod mini

“Asustek Computer has received OEM orders for the iPod mini digital music player from Apple Computer, according to market sources. Asustek is the second Taiwan-based manufacturer of the digital devices since Inventec Appliances also produces the iPod for Apple.”

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1

Excellent… hopefully this will help with supply.

Posted by Jerrod H. in TX on September 3, 2004 at 8:03 AM (PDT)

2

Asus is now makeing iPod’s WOW!!
I wonder if they plan to make an Asus+iPod Mini’s That’d be so cool At least the Production quility should improve. If Asus is known for one thing it’s quailty!!

Posted by Ichijoe on September 3, 2004 at 8:06 AM (PDT)

3

Ichijoe, is that supposed to be sacastic? :D

Posted by Funny on September 3, 2004 at 9:09 AM (PDT)

4

True, asus has amazing quality and manufacturing style.

Posted by Nick on September 3, 2004 at 9:25 AM (PDT)

5

wow. so weird that my favorite PC mobo maker is making iPods!

Posted by Kev on September 3, 2004 at 9:28 AM (PDT)

6

That comeing from a Wintel User?
How do you figure that being sarcastic?

Posted by Ichijoe on September 3, 2004 at 9:44 AM (PDT)

7

Its good to hear a good prestigious company is going to make ipods. Especially a PC not MAC related company. I have always bought ASUS boards.

Posted by MofoPod on September 3, 2004 at 12:27 PM (PDT)

8

Yep, this is what I call a good sign. I have used Asus boards exclusively for some years now.

Posted by Code Monkey on September 3, 2004 at 4:55 PM (PDT)

9

Asus. Amazing quality? Right…

They’re one of the manufacturers that still use cheap capacitors.

P4C800, K8V Deluxe, and few others are have been hit.

Posted by Neutral on September 3, 2004 at 5:28 PM (PDT)

10

Woo!
An iPod mini made by Asus. That’s the kind of bragging right I want. =P

Posted by Redux on September 3, 2004 at 5:52 PM (PDT)

11

They’ll make it exactly to Apple specs, so it will be Apple quality.

Now… if Apple NEEDS another mfr. ... does that mean more HDs are becoming available to use? That would be welcome news. If not, then maybe Apple’s just dumping Inventec soon (or at least dumping Inventec for the Mini, and leaving them to make regular iPods).

Posted by Nagromme on September 3, 2004 at 8:14 PM (PDT)

12

Thank God they aren’t making them in the US.  Lord knows what would happen if we got some manufacturing jobs back.

Posted by Alden on September 3, 2004 at 8:43 PM (PDT)

13

If you want US manufacturing jobs back, you have to make it worth a company’s MONEY to make things here.  Or be ready to pay 10 to 25% more because if the ridiculous restrictions we put on businesses here.

Are you ready to pay 25% more for your iPod?  It;s easy to say yes until you have to whip out the wallet.

Posted by stark23x on September 3, 2004 at 10:27 PM (PDT)

14

You’re talking to the guy who looks at his pay stub and wishes the feds had taken more of his money and given it to people who needed it.  I woulnd’t mind paying more for and iPod if it meant there were a few more people with livable wages.  Sure, I probably would have gotten a 20gig instead of a 40, but I still would have bought. 

The real key to this is to make it not so profitable for companies to send the jobs overseas and make it easier for them to keep the jobs here, while remaining nicely profitable.  The fist step to this it to vote Bush out, as he is the first president to lost net jobs during his term since the Great Depression, many of which were lost overseas. 

Posted by Alden on September 4, 2004 at 7:05 AM (PDT)

15

And the RIAA will give sell you a Song’s. For a Song aswell. Get over it Wether you like it or not, the World at large is largely a Capitalistic One. Therefore Market drives Capital to buy low and sell high….

Posted by Ichijoe on September 4, 2004 at 8:18 AM (PDT)

16

O’DOYLE RULES!

Posted by Billy Madison on September 4, 2004 at 8:49 AM (PDT)

17

Alden… feel free to vote Bushie out of office, but it will not stop some jobs going overseas. Kerry admitted the other day in a town hall meeting that Globalization is here to stay. He said the future was in the Government getting involved in job re-training for those affected.

As far as your guilt in not paying enough taxes… simple, don’t take any write-offs. That will solve your problem.

Posted by dede on September 4, 2004 at 9:48 PM (PDT)

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I am very suprised some of the Mac Users did n’t know that ASUS is also the OEM for iBooks(If not tell me who produces it). Probably, some people who commented about a WinTel company, owns a ASUS product already without knowing it.  BTW, Asus also becomes the OEM for IBM Thinks lately. 3 months ago, I bought a OEM laptop made by Asus, M3700 (design resembles like iBook but has 1400x1028 res), PCLinuxOS is running on it. That’s how I know about these things.

Posted by NS on September 5, 2004 at 2:48 PM (PDT)

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Here are the links:

ASUSTeK and Apple iBook
http://www.xbitlabs.com/news/other/display/20030331164844.html


IBM - Asus
http://www.digitimes.com/NewsShow/Article.asp?datePublish=2004/02/23&pages=PR&seq=201

http://www.neoseeker.com/news/story/3144/

Just to show to you that this is not a product of my imagination. grin

Posted by NS on September 5, 2004 at 7:36 PM (PDT)

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I have been demoing my music to potential clients with a Rio][url=http://www.digitalnetworksna.com/shop/_templates/item_main_Rio.asp?model=262]Rio]http://www.digitalnetworksna.com/shop/_templates/item_main_Rio.asp?model=262]Rio[/url] Nitris , but I hear the Ipod stores more. But it also costs more. Which one do you guys use?

I also saw that 1-800-Flowers is giving away a new Ipod everyday for a month. So i am hoping to win one. You can enter without purchase too, although I did by some flowers for a cutie smile The giveaway is here: 
http://www.1800flowers.com/contests/ipod_sweep.asp

Posted by John Scott on September 8, 2004 at 5:48 PM (PDT)

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