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iLounge senior editor, Jeremy Horwitz is standing in line (about 45 people so far at 5:55 pm PT) at the Apple Store Costa Mesa in California waiting to purchase a Blue iPod mini. Apple will release the minis for purchase at 6 pm, nationwide. Jeremy reports that there are a large quantity of silver iPod minis on hand while there are far less gold colored minis. One reader in Chicago is reporting that he “called the Chicago Apple Store, who said they had the minis in stock but could not actually sell them until 6pm CST. They did, however, say I could reserve one. They took down my name and color preference and said they’d have it waiting for me at 6pm.” Did you purchase your iPod mini from an Apple Store tonight?

Update: Our senior editor has reported that sales of iPod minis at the Apple Store Costa Mesa were brisk as was sales for the dock followed by the arm band. We got our Blue iPod mini, so expect a full review by Monday with lots of photos. An Apple Store rep informed iLounge of how many of each colored unit was on hand for the release. Approxiamately 75-125 of Silver, 20 each of Blue and Pink, and 4 units each of Gold and Green. All figures are estimates. They expect to sell out of iPod minis tonight.

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Photo of brochure being passed out at Apple Stores to help
customers determine their choice in iPod mini color. Notice
the blue ticket for people with non-reserved iPod mini.
In the brochure, Apple has dubbed the 3G iPod color
as Signature White.

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1

Went to a local apple store here in OK and they only had one which they were using as a display. I ordered mine from apple.com last week, scheduled to ship on or before 3/10. I hope it ships soon!

Posted by Chris on February 20, 2004 at 4:38 PM (PDT)

2

hey, i went to my local bestbuy here on the southern california at about 2 in the afternoon and they had them set out and you could buy them since this morning.

Posted by jc on February 20, 2004 at 4:41 PM (PDT)

3

Scooped a silver one up from Best Buy today at 12:00. They only had silver but I will probably get an iSkin for it when they are released so its cool!!

Posted by CE on February 20, 2004 at 4:45 PM (PDT)

4

you guys are getting ripped off! why not just wait 3 months when they’ll be $50 cheaper?

Posted by austen on February 20, 2004 at 4:57 PM (PDT)

5

Better yet, wait a couple years from now. I’m sure it’ll be really cheap in the year 2010.

Posted by ken on February 20, 2004 at 5:04 PM (PDT)

6

chicago store was insane.

got there at about 5:15 CST, waited in line (outside - 30 degrees) until about 6:05, was let into the store and waited in another line until about 6:15. there were apple store employees with carts full of ipod mini accessories walking around the roped-off line like beer vendors at a baseball game, and people were clawing for armbands and docks.

they also had mini replacement plans for $50, which last for two years.

my silver mini is currently charging as i have some drinks. was quite pleased to find both a firewire cord and a usb 2.0 cord. powerbook owners will be equally pleased.

Posted by michael on February 20, 2004 at 5:14 PM (PDT)

7

Got to the Apple Store in Salem, NH at 5:15 PM Had reserved a green mini last weekend and received a call 2 days ago saying I could pick it up at 6PM.  Right at 6, they began selling to those who had reserved earlier.  Apparently the green minis were in short supply, so I was lucky to have reserved one.  People without reservations could still get minis, but only in silver, blue or pink.

If anything, the minis are smaller and lighter than I had imagined.  This is one way-cool device—and that coming from an iPod user since the original 5 gig model.

The only thing that’s really missing for me is some sort of protective case, since the belt clip does nothing to protect the front of the mini—and the mini is so small it sloshes around in the neoprene camera case I’ve been using for my 3G iPod.

Apple has itself a real winner in the mini IMHO!

M

Posted by Woody on February 20, 2004 at 5:32 PM (PDT)

8

1st one to pick it up at compusa in Torrance, CA. 6pm

Got silver, I love it !!

Posted by Renato on February 20, 2004 at 6:09 PM (PDT)

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Picked up a silver one at Comp USA in HP, IL. No wait—no fuss.  At 6:15pm they had sold 9 units already.  Allocation there was heavy on silver and pink.  Said they expected to sell all they had by tomorrow.

Posted by JS on February 20, 2004 at 6:15 PM (PDT)

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I got mine at the Tulsa, OK CompUSA (as did my Fiance). Blue and Silver. For those who are skeptic, this will NOT be another cube. This will be exactly what it is, another iPod success.

And no, they won’t be $50 in 3 months. Even if they’re $199 in 3 months, that’ll be 3 months worth of usage I will have gotten out of it. Don’t eat out 3 times and I’ve already made up for it.

I’m happy with the purchase! And so is my Fiance!

as

Posted by AaronS on February 20, 2004 at 6:21 PM (PDT)

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I was at the store in costa mesa & bought a silver and the last green one.  They gave me a ticket for both while I was in line, but when I got to the checkout, they said they were out of green. I said, “check again, I’ll wait.”  Sure enough, five minutes later they came up to the front with supposedly the last green one. (I just think they were holding out!)

Posted by GSK on February 20, 2004 at 6:27 PM (PDT)

12

Purchased pink mini from apple on line. Arrived 2/19. Love it. Way cool.

Posted by Jenifer on February 20, 2004 at 6:34 PM (PDT)

13

Any critics of the new iPod mini will quickly be silenced by the overwhelming popular support that is sure to come from this new gem from Apple. Apple set the portable music player benchmark when the original iPod came to market (which nobody has come close to hitting) and now they have raised it again. Itís will worth every penny of the $249 list price.

I ordered by personally engraved green iPod mini last month after the initial product announcement online from Apple. It arrived on February 19, a day prior to the official sell date.  My impression of the iPod mini from a day of use follows.

First impressions start with the packaging around the mini. Apple defiantly gives the consumer a high quality impression just opening the package. Next is the color, the pictures on the web site donít do the green justice; itís beautiful on the aluminum shell. Lastly the size, itís very comfortable small. I say comfortable small because I have tried other small MP3 players that were awkward to hold and difficult to use the controls. The little mini fits your hand like a glove and every function is easily controlled with a slight movement of the thumb.

After the initial battery charge (about four hours), I loaded the software and in less then 15 minutes had several hours of music downloaded to my mini (using only a little less then a quarter of the mini hard drive). It worked flawlessly with my PC running Windows XP.  Appleís iTunes is very easy to use and has many powerful tools to organize your music collection.

Most important last impression of a portable music player is the sound quality which on the iPod mini is superb. Itís unbelievable that so much high quality music can be stored in a device this small. The click wheel allows quick access to all of the music with a few light touches with the tip of your thumb.

They say you canít get enough of a good thing and I already thinking about a second mini purchase. I havenít let my wife play with the new iPod mini yet and I know when I do, Iíll never get back. Iíd better work some OT, because I have three kids who havenít yet got there hands on it. Well, I could get all five colors.

Posted by Ted on February 20, 2004 at 7:06 PM (PDT)

14

I was kind of bummed when I got to the store (Clarendon, VA) because I was told that the only color available was silver.  I was hoping for the green version, but all the other colors were scooped up by folks that had called in and placed them on hold.  However, after seeing all the colors up close and personal, the silver is definitely the best of the bunch, followed by pink and then green!  This thing (silver iPod mini) is so nice!  The photos just don’t do them justice!  And it sounds much better than my G3 10 GB model.  Apple is full of nice surprises!

Posted by The Raven in USA on February 20, 2004 at 7:39 PM (PDT)

15

Sounds better? Why would that be? (Not that I’d complain, since I’m thinking of buying one!)

Posted by Nagromme on February 20, 2004 at 8:43 PM (PDT)

16

I’m curious as to why people are commenting on sound quality.  Have there been any known changes that could explain this, or are people just overly excited with their new toys? 

Posted by A on February 20, 2004 at 8:45 PM (PDT)

17

To clarify one point from the article above, which was reported from a spotty cellular connection, the number of silver iPod minis on hand at the store was between 70 and 100 as opposed to 75 to 125.

For those interested in a few other details - the crowd on hand in Costa Mesa was split almost evenly female and male, generally skewed younger (25-35), and when older people were in line, they tended to be disproportionately female. The men I heard were asking more confrontational questions of Apple Store reps, including the gigabytes-to-dollar ratio (versus the iPod 15GB) questions that we’ve raised here, but even the skeptical people eventually wound up in line, too, as if they were only asking to ask.

We’re looking forward to posting our full review of the iPod mini soon.

Posted by Jeremy Horwitz on February 20, 2004 at 8:50 PM (PDT)

18

It’s clear from these posts that the initial impressions are very positive.  I completely agree.  I got the iPod mini (blue) at the Indy apple store tonight.  It was to replace my 1st gen iPod.

I had been thinking of getting a new iPod for the past few months, but just had not gotton around to it.  I really liked the 20 gig for size and capacity.  I have a lot of travel upcoming, so last week I got serious about getting a new iPod.  At first, the new minis did not really interest me since I wanted all my tunes with me (~1200 and casually climbing).  But the more I looked and compared…..I kept coming back to the mini because of it’s size.  I saw that I could easily manage the tunes without the autosync and that was it.  I can put 500-700 tunes on with room to spare.  For me personally, I can get by with that many tunes no problem.  If I need a little change or get some new music, just spend a few minutes and mix it up a bit.  I do not see that as a hassle.  Besides, I like to fiddle with these types of things and this just gives me an excuse to play around on the computer.

This thing is solid and one of the sweetest electronic gadets I have ever had.  I made the right choice.

Posted by Kropelli on February 20, 2004 at 9:04 PM (PDT)

19

Who is buying the mini?  Are you guys all owners of 1st or 2nd gen iPods and looking at the mini as an upgrade?

Posted by Ryan on February 20, 2004 at 9:23 PM (PDT)

20

I got myself the blue one.  It is completely the best ipod yet.  The controls are so wonderful and simple.  I have owned the 2g and the 3g versions and I love the ipod mini the best.  It has everthing the others had but with a smaller size and a better control scheme. 

Wonderful job apple. 

Posted by apthomas on February 20, 2004 at 10:47 PM (PDT)

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