iPod Mini Countdown

Discussion in 'MacRumors News Discussion (archive)' started by arn, Feb 17, 2004.

  1. arn
    macrumors god


    Staff Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    Apple's website now reflects a countdown to the iPod Mini's public release. The teaser page reads "iPod mini: The world's smallest 1,000 song digital music player. For Mac and Windows".

    Apple also announced that the iPod mini has received over 100,000 pre-orders since its introduction in January. According to Phil Shiller, "The response to iPod mini has been off the charts".

    As previously reported, the iPod Mini will be in stores February 20th at 6pm
  2. macrumors member

    Feb 9, 2004
    Just in Time for the weekend... 6 pm which time? US or where?
  3. macrumors 68040


    May 27, 2003
    Fletcher, NC
  4. macrumors member

    Feb 9, 2004

    Now all Apple needs to work on is an elegant iPod-Dock for the car. Imagine putting all your fave tunes on the iPod and then docking it to your car-audio system... Way cool idea
  5. Moderator emeritus


    Jul 24, 2002
    Unless Apple have changed their roll out this is all US only. Europe (and I assume Australia, Asia and other teritories) are not coming out till March or April...
  6. macrumors member

    Nov 19, 2003
    Wow. I must say that 100,000 pre-orders are beyond what I thought the initial demand would be...nice!

    I'm anxious to hear about the battery life and if they can hold up as well in jarring situations as a flash-memory player (such as working out).
  7. macrumors 68000


    Jun 14, 2003
    Re: iCar-Pod?

    Alpine has developed a stereo system where you can plug in and access your iPod. It reads the track info, your rating... it even recharges your iPod when connected.

    Alpine iPod Ready

  8. macrumors 68000


    Aug 11, 2003
    Re: iPod Mini Countdown

    So much for the predictions by some that it would be an overpriced flop...yet again Apple proves the critics wrong. :p
  9. macrumors 6502a

    Sep 16, 2003
    Akron, OH
    I like the pre-order numbers. From what I've heard, the battery life actually exceedes the said 8 hours!
  10. macrumors 65816


    Dec 9, 2003
    Hopefully this will kill all the "$50 more for...", "the mini will do poorly" arguments.
  11. macrumors 6502

    Feb 22, 2003
    USA (often) and Adelaide, OZ
    LOL! LOL!

    Oh, now where were we...? Moments before this news came out I was reading the 'negativos' in these fora. I can barely type for the tears- and my sides are splitting....
  12. macrumors newbie

    Nov 7, 2003
    Relative Cost

    For those who rant that it is too expensive, doesn't mean that other's will not buy it. I've seen comparisons to the Cube, but we are talking a few hundred bucks here, not a thousand.

    4GB Lexar Compact Flash = $1,080.00 (solid state memory)
    4GB Hitachi Microdrive = $499.00 (stand alone CF hard drive)
    4GB Creative Muvo = $299.00 (uses 4GB Hitachi MD)
    4GB Apple iPod = $249.00 (uses 4GB Hitachi MD)
    256MB iRock 860 = $150.00 (uses flash memory)

    You really can't compare the iPod mini to the bigger brother because it isn't the SAME SIZE! You pay for all that technology crammed into a smaller space. I don't see why people don't get that?

    As for the many different flash memory mp3 players out there, they don't even come close to 1gb for the price of the iPod mini. And their interfaces are not as elegant.

    In fact, the 4gb muvo is considered "cheap" enough to take apart just for the flash drive!
  13. macrumors 603

    Dont Hurt Me

    Dec 21, 2002
    Yahooville S.C.
    its a regular M.O for Apple to charge a little more for a new product and then reduce price 6 months later. Lets stop the crying. If it says Apple it means you pay more for the best. This is S.O.P. I think those are nice numbers for a product that just shipped. I hope they come out with matching Imacs with a built in dock.
  14. macrumors 6502

    Sep 27, 2003
    Indeed. I quickly got tired of listening to people complain about the price. It's like:

    "Who in their right mind would actually pay $24,000 for a BMW Mini when they could get a 325Ci Coupe for $30,500?!?? Man... BMW are idiots!!"

    It's just ridiculous. Form factor does hold value for many people... Hard Drive size is not the only thing everyone cares about.
  15. macrumors 6502

    Oct 24, 2003
    I wonder what sales of the original iPod have been like lately.
  16. macrumors 6502a


    Dec 18, 2003
    Complainers' Logic (or lack of)

    Typically, the user who complains about price vs HD space ratios are the same typical PC user who would rather spend hours building their own PCs and spend hours getting their peripherals to work, so that they could save a few dollars off retail.

    In doing so, they're making the same amount of money as a Chinese or Taiwanese assembler in a third world country, yet they value their money but not their time. Makes sense.

    And to those who will wait for the iPod Minis to drop by at least $50, are really not interested in getting an mp3 player anyway. Their logic is so flawed. Here's the reason why. Suppose you decide to wait 6 months as is typical of Apple before they drop the price. Since they will be buying at $199, their logic is saying that for just $50 more... they would rather deny themselves portable music for 6 months? Break it down, that's about $8 a month (or about 25 cents a day) they are not willing to pay to have music. No wonder they won't buy! THEY ARE SO FRICKING CHEAP; as to not pay 25 cents to listen to their music. Obviously this tells you two things, 1) they don't value their music, 2) they are unbelievably cheap (or stupid).

    So it's this logic which I find bemusing, when people say they are gonna wait until it drops $50 in price as if it's some sort of magic number. Why not $149, or $99 dollars before they buy. What a bunch of morons! You know who you are.
  17. macrumors 65816


    Sep 27, 2003
    Charlotte, NC
    Re: Complainers' Logic (or lack of)

    Some people just like to build computers and enjoy the time spent building and tweaking their systems. Also, you never know what you get when you buy a complete system from some vendors.

    Also, I am not going to buy a mini iPod, because I just don't listen to music enough to justify the cost. (a $199 mini iPod wouldn't change that)
  18. macrumors 6502a

    Jan 29, 2003
    According to the Apple store the original iPod is not even among the 20 best selling products in the store, while the mini is nr. 1 (and has been since macworld).
  19. macrumors regular

    Oct 26, 2003
    Re: iCar-Pod?

    This is an absolute must. My next car needs to be able to dock an ipod.
  20. macrumors member

    Nov 19, 2003
    Re: Complainers' Logic (or lack of)

    Errrr......what the he// are you talking about? People that are saying about purchasing the iPod mini at $200 are referring to their price/value ratio in their heads. You can use that same argument if the iPod mini was introduced at $299, and dropping $50 in the next 6 months. It's about what the consumer decides is worth buying. Me, I purchased a 40GB iPod. Yes, it's expensive, but I think it's worth it. Obviously, many people don't. If the price dropped a hundred dollars, are the people that rush out and buy it morons because they could've been listening to it for 6 months now?
  21. .a
    macrumors regular

    Dec 5, 2001

    does anybode believe in those charts ?¿! for sure ipod mini is nr 1, but all the other stuff ... it looks too weird to me ...
  22. macrumors regular

    Jan 7, 2004
    Clearwater, Florida
    Re: Re: iPod Mini Countdown

    more of an overpriced success!
  23. macrumors G3


    Mar 20, 2003
    San Francisco
    There's a sucker born every minute.
  24. macrumors regular

    Dec 1, 2001
    On sale at 6 PM means the local time from Pacific to Eastern and all in-between. East coasters get first dibbs on the mini.
  25. macrumors P6


    Oct 20, 2002
    The pre-sale figure is very impressive. Selling like hot cakes certainly applies.

    Now to see if the "all hands on deck" for the 20th will produce any other surprises.

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