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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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81

The paint on the new minis is not paint at all—the color is fused into the aluminum shell of the device.  Thus, it is impossible to scratch.

Posted by Disco Fever on February 22, 2004 at 6:10 PM (CST)

82

It’s all in your ugly heads. The ipod mini cannot scratch. Quit trying to make people so worried about their ipod minis. Many folks including myself have purchased the ipod mini and also the mini dock we don’t need to hear this bull to worry us when we have spent a lot of money already. Don’t get it twisted…stupid.

Posted by Yo daddy on February 22, 2004 at 9:43 PM (CST)

83

I got my mini (silver) at the local CompUSA. In fact I was the only person to buy one til almost 8:30pm. I guess they aren’t as hot in Fort Worth.

Now, in regards to the price/capacity of the mini. People, listen…this mini uses a Hitachi 4GB MICRODRIVE. These drives are VERY EXPENSIVE!

This isn’t a matter of Apple trying to screw folks for the big bucks. This is simple economiscs. Until these drives go down in price, we are stuck with the cost of the mini.

Do you naysayers realized the size of the drive in the mini? It is the size of a compact flash card. Of course it is going to cost more. Take a quick search of Google and notice that the drives by themselves are $450.00 and up!!!

My two cents worth. Oh, by the way. I cannot get the thing to work with USB 2.0 on my PC or powerbook, yet the firewire works fine on both machines…Hmmmm

Posted by Joe Edwards on February 22, 2004 at 9:57 PM (CST)

84

Did anyone ever stop to think of the customer who is set on buying an iPod mini, but hasn’t really considered the 15gb model?  When they go to buy an iPod mini for $249, then realize that for $50 more, they could get a 15gb iPod.

That’s not bad pricing of the iPod mini, as evidenced by the people in this thread and the lines at Apple stores, it’s a shrewd business move by Apple.  For every person who says to themselves, “heck, for only $50 more, I could get 11 more gigs,” Apple gets that extra $50.  If the mini was priced at $199, there wouldn’t be nearly as many people making the jump from iPod mini to the 15gb model.

Apple is hoping that the customer’s line of thinking is basically “What’s another $50 bucks when we’re already talking at least $249.”  Smart move, Apple.  Bill Gates, eat your heart out.

Posted by turbora on February 22, 2004 at 10:30 PM (CST)

85

Actually, anodized aluminum can be scratched.  Anodization is basically paint that is baked onto the surface of the aluminum.  When anodized aluminum is scratched, the paint comes off, and you see the shiny silver aluminum underneath.

I used to work at a hobby store and worked with anodized aluminum radio control car parts every day.  Granted, they took a heck of a lot more abuse than the iPod minis (hopefully) ever will, but I assure you, anodized aluminum can be scratched.

Now, having said that, it is a much more durable finish than the white plastic and polished metal on the larger-capacity models.  Under normal use, most people won’t get too many scratches on their iPod mini.

Posted by turbora on February 22, 2004 at 10:36 PM (CST)

86

Exactly…Anodized aluminum CAN be scractched…I’m a dirtbiker that has quite a few anodized parts on my bike…They do scratch…So be careful just like with the originals and buy a case.
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Ya know if this thing they call the “MINI” were the new 4th Gen Ipod with an offering of at least 20GB capacity I would have been the first inline. The memory player people (Mini Buyers) here keep saying who needs more than 4GBs at any one time….I agree…But I don’t want to be constantly having to change/transfer songs from my main collection to the player to hear new stuff because they won’t all fit on. I want to do it ONE TIME…So they’re all there…And only have to transfer when I actually add new stuff to my collection…Other than that it’s just a pain the in a**...MINI is not for me…But I’d like to see the next round of real iPods with 20/40/60GB capacity pretty much looking exactly like the Mini…Then I’ll buy…

Posted by DaveI on February 22, 2004 at 11:39 PM (CST)

87

OH WELL…JUST BE FREAKIN CAREFUL WITH YOUR IPOD MINI’S. SOME OF YOU GUYS OVEREXAGGERATE WAY TOO MUCH. IF YOU HANDLE YOUR MINI WITH CARE IT WILL BE FINE. I’M TIRED OF READING PEOPLE BEING BIG BABYS…

Posted by Oh well on February 23, 2004 at 12:50 AM (CST)

88

Those that are saying they want to just put all their songs on their ipod at one time just don’t get it. Many of us enjoy fiddling around with playlists and constantly changing the songs on our ipods. I would rather do that and have fun then to spend 300-400 and never tweak it ever again. you feel me…?The mini is for me! holla at cha boy…

Posted by stupid point on February 23, 2004 at 2:22 AM (CST)

89

True, anodized aluminium CAN be stratched… but anodization make the surface about 10 times more resistant (it’s its goal… it’s not always a coloring process).

Posted by alan on February 23, 2004 at 4:35 AM (CST)

90

[QOUTE]Did anyone ever stop to think of the customer who is set on buying an iPod mini, but hasn’t really considered the 15gb model? When they go to buy an iPod mini for $249, then realize that for $50 more, they could get a 15gb iPod.

Yeah, I did think about that.  The regular ipods are just too darn big for me.

Posted by turn1200 on February 23, 2004 at 7:29 AM (CST)

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<<Did anyone ever stop to think of the customer who is set on buying an iPod mini, but hasn’t really considered the 15gb model? When they go to buy an iPod mini for $249, then realize that for $50 more, they could get a 15gb iPod. >>

Sure, because I “had” a 15GB iPod until today.  As soon as I saw the mini and brought it home I realized I didn’t want or need my 15GB iPod any longer.  It’s smaller and lighter, the battery lasts longer, the navigation is better and the display is brighter and clearer than the 15GB iPod I just sold.  4GB is enough to hold my 600+ song library so it’s all that I need.  I loved my iPod until I got this mini, it’s just superior in almost every way to it’s big brother with the exception of capacity.

Posted by Rob on February 23, 2004 at 11:02 AM (CST)

92

Yeah. okay. Someone asked when the Ipod Mini releases in Canada. But. No one has answered. I currently have a Net Md by sony. The things amazing. Then I saw the ipod mini. My mouth watered. I phoned Bestbuy in canada and they said they weren’t out in Canada. Wow. Was I ever dissapointed. Someone please tell me the release date!

Posted by Brad on July 6, 2004 at 2:36 PM (CDT)

93

I just wordered.  Is there an Ipod thats compaitable with the a Classic MAC with an OS of 9.2.2 and below?

Those who have the older systems are left out for any purchase, as support isn’t there anymore.

Richard

Posted by Richard on August 9, 2004 at 11:16 AM (CDT)

94

I just wondered.  Is there an Ipod thats compaitable with the a Classic MAC with an OS of 9.2.2 and below?

Those who have the older systems are left out for any purchase, as support isn’t there anymore.

Richard

Posted by Richard on August 9, 2004 at 11:17 AM (CDT)

95

im still trying to pick up an ipod mini my parents will not give in

Posted by jon on March 17, 2006 at 7:40 PM (CST)

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