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1

The new colors are much better; I hate pastels.

Posted by Galley in Greenville, SC on February 24, 2005 at 10:14 PM (PDT)

2

Good reivew.

No regrets about my 1G mini purchase a few months ago, but wonder if I can have the best of both worlds.

Wonder if I can get Apple to put one of the new 18-hour mini batteries in my Silver Nemesis under the battery replacement scheme...

Posted by gadgetboy1 in Australia on February 24, 2005 at 10:19 PM (PDT)

3

The changes are for the better, though it doesn't make my wife (with her less than 8 hr. charge Mini) very happy. Still, aside from desire for a colored player, the price for the small form factor makes little sense to me, especially given that I'm running out of room on my 40GB 4G, and having a tough time figuring out what songs not to carry as a result.

You can see it coming...now that Apple has upped the stakes with the new Mini, all the rest of the compact HD DAP makers will be scrambling to get out their retaliatory 7 and 8GB players.

The mini hard drive manufacturers have got to be loving this.

Posted by flatline response on February 24, 2005 at 10:34 PM (PDT)

4

i think apple must be joking... i mean, they dont include a firewire cable? that is so anti-mac, and furthermore no ac adapter? apple better be kidding with this.

Posted by Smorzander on February 24, 2005 at 11:09 PM (PDT)

5

What about 1st Generation add-ons, like iTrip and other gadgets - will they work with the 2nd Generation minis??

Michael

Posted by MSS on February 24, 2005 at 11:24 PM (PDT)

6

to the above post: yes they will.

y know what i was just thinking... i didnt see any black fuzzies w/ the headphones... did apple cut them off too?

Posted by Smorzander on February 25, 2005 at 12:16 AM (PDT)

7

I've bought a gold iPod mini 1st gen last Sunday.

Before you'd start to think what a colossal mistake I just made, there was no blip on the iPod rumours radar on that day. I'm sure I won't have any regrets about it.

Look at this way, a year or two down the road, when I'm through with my gold, Apple will probably have 20GB iPod mini photo on sale.

Posted by Augustus Thoo in Malaysia on February 25, 2005 at 1:19 AM (PDT)

8

Augustus Thoo, I'd look after that baby if I were you, it may well become a retro collectors item. One of my close friends LOVES the gold mini.

I don't regret my mini either, I found my full sized iPod too big for the gym and despite a range of armband solutions it would always jam up a mile or so into a run. My mini has never done this. I think the shuffle a bit simplistic for my requirements and this represents a great middle ground.

Posted by ChrisMouse in Bristol, UK on February 25, 2005 at 3:36 AM (PDT)

9

Augustus...

A blip?
http://thinksecret.com/news/0502ipodmini.html

I think that counts as a blip. ^_~

Posted by SilentDeath911 in NJ on February 25, 2005 at 4:35 AM (PDT)

10

Jeremy: Do you know if the new 18 hr batteries can be retrofitted to the original mini?

Posted by BriPod2 on February 25, 2005 at 7:09 AM (PDT)

11

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Posted by Squeedle in Santa Clara, CA on February 25, 2005 at 10:12 AM (PDT)

12

I think Apple deserves some praise for reducing the packaging for the minis. While it is cheaper for Apple, the changes nearly halve the volume of trash that iPod mini customers have to throw away, and nearly doubles the number of iPod minis that can be transported in the same space. I am always for reduced packaging, even at the expense of warm fuzzies. While the out-of-box experience lasts a few minutes, the gas burned is gone forever, and the trash lasts. . . well, a really long time.

Posted by Squeedle in Santa Clara, CA on February 25, 2005 at 10:15 AM (PDT)

13

BriPod2, The new battery is not compatible with the old minis.

Posted by dukka on February 25, 2005 at 10:18 AM (PDT)

14

As to the battery, 2 things:

1. I wonder if this indicates that very long play life is in store for larger iPods later this year? I wouldn't mind a 20GB iPod with an 18 hour playtime.

2. For owners of 1G minis, I doubt that changing the battery will just "give you" 18 hours of playtime. I would wager that Apple changed the hardware and firmware in order to accomplish this feat, and so a replacement battery would not do the trick.

Posted by BradPDX in Portland, OR USA on February 25, 2005 at 10:24 AM (PDT)

15

Augustus posted:

"I've bought a gold iPod mini 1s*** gen last Sunday.

Before you'd start to think what a colossal mistake I just made, there was no blip on the iPod rumours radar on that day. I'm sure I won't have any regrets about it."

Augustus - We too bought a 4 GB mini last week (2/14/05 from an Apple store). After the announcement of the new models this Wednesday my wife brought it back to the Apple store where they swapped it out for the new 6 GB model...no charge, even exchange.

You may want to check with the vendor you purchased from to see if this is an option...

Posted by snazzle on February 25, 2005 at 10:30 AM (PDT)

16

no firewire cable and no power adapter. so it isn't really $50 cheaper.

on the positive side. I like that blue as shown here in iPodLounge's photo. It didn't look so good on the Apple website.

Posted by Nipith in Los Angeles, CA on February 25, 2005 at 10:35 AM (PDT)

17

Talking about FM radio and a speaker phone thing: I really don't want that CRAP on my iPod. I never used any of it on my discman.

I think that the lack of power adapter on this 2G mini is really a bad idea. I use my power adapter on my 1G mini more often than I use the cable attached to my computer. In my book, the iPod mini just went down a few notches. It is stupid to sell an iPod without a power adapter. I've seen cell phones sold without one also, and I will never buy one without a power adapter.

I never, ever want to see crap like an FM tuner or a speakerhone on an iPod. To me it just takes up way too much space on a device I bought to download alreaded owned music on.

Posted by STUMPY2 in LAYTON on February 25, 2005 at 10:57 AM (PDT)

18

The official word from Apple is that the second gen Mini battery isn't compatable with the first gen, but this is coming from a company that seems to think your computer needs to go everywhere with you in order to charge the mini; hence the extra cost for a charger which truly shocks me that it's an optional item.

So, all it'll take is a resourceful person out there to buy a second Gen battery, open up their first Gen Mini and give it a shot.

Just because Apple says it wont' work doesn't mean that's it. Corporations want money. Corporations will tell you anything to keep them getting your money. Whether the battery is or isn't the only reason for the impressive battery life on the second Gen mini, the fact is the second Generation should, in theory, at least double the battery life of the first Generation mini.

Posted by LTM on February 25, 2005 at 11:00 AM (PDT)

19

USB charging is s-l-o-w compared to mains->DC.

None, of course, has the iPod's controls or access to iTunes, but they have their advantages.

That's not entirely true. You can get iTunes plugins to mount a motley assortment of non-iPod players within iTunes for synching. Apple probably regards these plugins dimly.

Posted by Demosthenes on February 25, 2005 at 11:31 AM (PDT)

20

Apple also says the new mini won't work OR charge using USB 1. I bought one Wednesday and although slower than on USB 2, it works just fine--and charges too.

Posted by MOSOXFAN on February 25, 2005 at 11:55 AM (PDT)

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