Wal-Mart and Apple will team to promote iPod shuffle

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  1. CubaTBird macrumors 68020

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  2. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

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    UK too?

    Will we even see these in our local Asda?

    Would be remarkable if true (for the UK, that is)
     
  3. maya macrumors 68040

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    Its only the shuffle really. At present Wal-Mart carries other flash based players and I think Wal-Mart will only be carrying the 512MB shuffle for now.

    Wonder if there will be a price advantage here. :)
     
  4. maya macrumors 68040

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    That is a little too much green for my envy. ;) :)
     
  5. zelmo macrumors 603

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    And people were concerned that a flash player might "cheapen" the iPod brand.:rolleyes:

    Does Wal-Mart still have its own music store with songs for $0.88 US each? If so, it's strange that they'd sell a player that is not compatible with their site.
    One thing's for sure, though...when your product is available at Wal-Mart, you are reaching a slightly different consumer group than the one shopping in high end malls with Apple Stores.
     
  6. xsedrinam macrumors 601

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    I'll see it when I believe it.
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  7. OutThere macrumors 603

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    Gahhhh! The pinnacle of American electronics teaming up with the pinnacle of American lack of taste. :eek:
     
  8. Lacero macrumors 604

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    Don't blame Walmart. Blame the people who shop there. Responding yet again to another inane posting.
     
  9. OutThere macrumors 603

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    It's not only the people who shop there, it's the fact that walmart offers such inanely low prices that it drives the competition out of business, because you really can save money there. Eventually it turns into the core of a town. There's real america for you, everyone gathered round the walmart.
     
  10. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    But Apple isn't like Wal-Marts typical suppliers, which they strongarm relentlessly to get them to lower their prices.

    Apple is the company that's shown time and again that they will drop anybody from their distribution network at the drop of a hat.

    Actually Apple is probably a Wal-Mart nightmare when it comes to the type relationship the want with a supplier -- aka, Wal-Mart is your god and only customer.

    For Apple this is a good thing for Apple consumers, because it teams them up with somebody that'll be calling Jobs all the time and asking them to lower their prices.
     
  11. Bibulous macrumors 6502a

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    Having lived in a town where the only shopping choice within a 45min drive was a wal-mart, a rural king or a dollar general, I think this is good news, although most of the stuff i bought there was so cheap, both in price and quality, we thought of it as disposable. Glad these folks in this market have a choice for an apple product, maybe the mini is not too far behind.
     
  12. Chip NoVaMac macrumors G3

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    I wonder how this will fit into Walmart's "everyday low prices" strategy? Or has Apple become the next Nintendo/Xbox product for Walmart? At 1/4 million units to start, I wonder what "special value" will be packaged with it to give Walmart the edge they want?
     
  13. Thomas Veil macrumors 68020

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    I give the relationship one year before either Wal-Mart or Apple cancels it.
     
  14. mrgreen4242 macrumors 601

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    I am part of the I'll believe it when I see group... there isn't any reason for Wal-Mart to carry an iPod, as their iTunes "competition" doesn't sell music that will play on the iPod. With the run-away success of all the iPods, seems like it would be a very bad business decision to offer them in store.

    However, if they DO start to sell them, I suspect that they will be $99 (or $98.88 to keep in line with other Wal-Mart products) still, but Wal-Mart will "throw in" an iTunes gift card or something like that. I doubt that Apple would want Wal-Mart to substancially undercut them on price, but if Wal-Mart can afford to give you savings via iTunes cards, then they will... They'll do ANYTHING to get you into their stores.

    Rob
     
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    Well, I don't shop at Wal-Mart, as the stores are dirty and some of the people that shop there scare me a little at times. So this doesn't affect me, but both of these companies are in business to make money, and if Apple thinks that this will help them make money, then they ought to do it. Having said that, I don't think that much of the clientele of Wal-Mart will be all that interested in an iPod, regardless of the price, but that is just me. We'll see.
     

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