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Waiting in line for an iPod mini

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.

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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Posted by BIGP in Texas on February 21, 2004 at 11:47 AM (CST)


of coarse the apple worker is not going to say yea wait 3 months and itll be cheaper…what kind of sales/marketing is that…if you went to your bmw dealer and wanted to by a car for 30k and he said wait three days and itll be 20k yea you would wait…

Posted by rivlinm on February 21, 2004 at 12:55 PM (CST)


Well, for me, the iPod mini isn’t my choice…
What about the sound difference betwenn mini and 3Gen?

Posted by Philipp on February 21, 2004 at 1:04 PM (CST)


Just wondering…all the people here who are commenting that the mini isn’t good for them or whatever other reason the mini is no good.  Have any of you actually held one in your hand?  If you haven’t, then I respectfully submit..you haven’t got a clue.  You just can not get it until you see it.  Try having a look at one in person then tell us how bad it is.

Posted by Matthew on February 21, 2004 at 1:44 PM (CST)


“i also think they shoul have concentrated on creating a 4G iPod with better battery, smaller, choice of colours and possibly more choice of capacity - but then again th mini iPod is pritty damn good”

Having more models will help Apple stay in front of the mp3player competion.
Don’t worry Apple ARE working on the 4th gen too. At least I think so. :)

Posted by Sparks9 on February 21, 2004 at 2:05 PM (CST)


If you’re a fan of the mini and in love with your new mini iPod, good for you.

What I think is funny is seeing comments from people who just bought a mini, and are suddenly knocking their 3G iPod.  How all of a sudden it’s a big clumsy piece of junk…gimme a break.

As for people saying Apple should of released a 4th gen iPod instead, don’t think about that for awhile.  This past xmas Apple sold bundles of the iPod, do you really think they’re in a hurry to release a new version and make everyone feel they’re stuck with an obsolete iPod?

Posted by Ryan on February 21, 2004 at 2:08 PM (CST)


green and silver seem to be the favorite

Posted by BIGP in Texas on February 21, 2004 at 3:23 PM (CST)


I think the price vs. capacity is very good for Apple.  Think about it.  “Well sir, we’re currently out of the mini in green, but for only $50 more you can get a 3G iPod in Signiture White with almost 4x the capacity.  Throw in another hundered and you get all the accessories you were planning to buy too.”

I love the mini.  I don’t have nearly enough music for my 20 gig, but I’m working hard on it.  I might even think of adding a mini for day-to-day use, but that would be this summer, and I plan to buy a powerbook too, depending on how much money I make this spring and summer and how much I can save.  Because for me, a mini would really be a luxury purchase.  I think I’ll probably hang on to my original.

Posted by Taco John on February 21, 2004 at 4:15 PM (CST)


AS & Others…......
Here’s some quick comparison numbers….........................

        ***  Ipod Mini ***  Ipod (15 GB model)
H         ***  3.6”    ***      4.1 ”
L     ***      2”    ***        2.4”
W   ***      .5”    ***        .62”
Weight   ***  3.6oz   ***      5.6oz
HD size   ***  4 GB   ***        15GB
Song Cap***  900   ***        3400
Price     ***  $249.00   ***  $299.00

As you can see size is a non-issue between the normal Ipod and the Mini (your comparing a pack of extra long cigarettes to a normal pack of cigarettes)........Big deal.
I guess you have to ask yourself if the $50 for almost 4X more capacity is worth it to you.
It’s would be a no-brainer to me…..........

Posted by Brian Fenner on February 21, 2004 at 4:32 PM (CST)


a mini would make sense for flash peolpe or those of who already have a 3g ipod like me

Posted by BIGP in Texas on February 21, 2004 at 4:52 PM (CST)


size dosnt always MATTER!!!

Posted by BIGP in Texas on February 21, 2004 at 4:54 PM (CST)


Hi Brian,

Trust me, until you’ve held one, you wouldn’t know about the size differential.  I was skeptical too.  But then I held one, and b/c of the scrollwheel, I’m SOLD.  I bought one on the spot, and I couldn’t be happier.

Posted by cleanr bob on February 21, 2004 at 4:59 PM (CST)


Brian Fenner, you obviously have not held one in your hand, because the dimensional difference by the numbers do not do it justice. It is very small and air light compared to even the 15GB iPod. And the button on the scroll wheel is great.

Posted by Agent Orange on February 21, 2004 at 5:10 PM (CST)


Expect a full review of the iPod mini from us on Monday or thereabouts, but to answer the sound questions - so far, we have not detected any discernible audio difference between the mini and the iPod 3G.

Posted by Jeremy Horwitz on February 21, 2004 at 5:14 PM (CST)


4GB players from Rio and others are also MSRP’d at $249 but you don’t hear any whining about their prices.  It’s a matter of choice and what you need.  If you absolutely need higher capacity then go to the regular iPod.  But don’t diss people who don’t need it.  The mini is going to drop in price until the end of the year.  Don’t count on a price reduction in 3 months.  There is no need for Apple to do so.  I expect the possiblity of a 8 GB mini at Xmas.  It will have to be somewhat thicker to hold the double disc drive.

Posted by pkradd on February 21, 2004 at 5:26 PM (CST)


There have been several comments that the mini does not provide much of a physical size advantage to the white iPods.  I beg to differ.  Don’t look at the numbers….hold them in your hand.  I travel a lot and have found that the size becomes an important issue.  The mini will be spectacular as I float through airports and such.  I like to carry the iPod in my shirt pocket…..the white iPod would weight down the shirt and become somewhat of a bother after awhile, so I found myself changing the location I carry it to mix it up.  Also,  I could always tell it was there.  The mini “gets lost”.  I am traveling tomorrow for a couple of days and will report when I get back.

Secondly, the mini is serving a purpose for several people (obvisouly).....not everyone.  If more storage is imporatnt to you…..get the 3rd gen iPod.  The storage and size comes down to technology and the capacity of the drives that are curretly available.  Heck, just two years ago, the capacity was 5 gig and the form factor was larger.  Apple has been able to increase capacity and slim-down from that original iPod in a very timely manner.  Now they have introduced a svelt iPod that will appeal to many.  I could careless what market Apple is after with the mini (harddrive vs. flash-based).  Bottom-line, I (and others) are the benficiaries of this new iPod.

For those of you with a new mini….enjoy.  For those of you with a previous model….enjoy.  Regardless of your poison, the iPod line is the best digital music player on the market.

Posted by Kropelli on February 21, 2004 at 7:15 PM (CST)


What I think is funny is seeing comments from people who just bought a mini, and are suddenly knocking their 3G iPod. How all of a sudden it’s a big clumsy piece of junk…gimme a break. <<

I think that’s *exactly* the point some people here are making. Once you’ve used a mini for a few minutes, the 3Gs do seem, well, clumsier. Bigger. Heavier. And the poor button design just stares at you like four red-glowing eyes.

I love mine, and I was a skeptic.

And the sound does sound “better.” I think it may be a volume issue - a bit more oomph in the volume means less distortion if you’re pushing it to the final 3/4 of the volume. Today at the gym I definitely heard more music and less ambient noise.

Posted by tim on February 21, 2004 at 8:26 PM (CST)


I stopped in to the Apple store today to pick up an accessory for my 20gb, and asked one of the associates if Apple was happy with the sales numbers for the Mini.  Her response was “not really”.  Sounded like they (Apple corporate) thought they would completely sell out of all product no matter what color was in stock.

Posted by schaaking in Minneapolis on February 21, 2004 at 8:39 PM (CST)


I am living in Canada and am angry Apple did not release it here!  Does anyone know when it will come out and what the price will be in Canada.  I am very anxious to get one.

Posted by Ed on February 21, 2004 at 9:39 PM (CST)


Went to the Apple store in Orlando and hooked up a silver one.  This thing is the bomb.  Went jogging with it and it worked like a champ.  I do have 2 questions though:

1) When I add songs (manual, not using sync feature), it doesn’t keep them in order.  Do I have to use playlists to play my albums in the correct order or am I doing something wrong?  The tracks I’m adding are numbered like 01 songname 02 songname but the pod removes the number and seems to just put the tracks in alphabetical order.

2) When you browse for music, if the album name goes off the edge of the screen, is there a way to read the rest of it without selecting?

Posted by turn1200 on February 21, 2004 at 9:56 PM (CST)

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