iPod American iPods in Europe


macrumors newbie
Original poster
Jul 10, 2007
iPods in Europe usually have the same pricetag as in the USA "in amount", not in worth. For example: in Belgium an iPod Nano 8Gb costs €259, in the USA the same iPod costs $249. iPods are a lot cheaper in the USA since 1 dollar is worth about 0.73 eurocents.
So I was thinking on buying a new iPod on Amazon and let it ship to Belgium. That would save me at least $100. I'm just wondering if there's a difference between European iPod models and American iPods? They charge via USB so that shouldn't be a problem. Could there be another problem?


macrumors G3
Aug 30, 2003
The only real difference you may care about is if you get a charging adapter with it, the blades will be wrong. But you can borrow the proper local ones from any other recent Apple adapter. You may also want to check into warranty issues carefully, that you will still be covered.


macrumors newbie
Feb 25, 2003
Child of the world
Could there be another problem?
Belgian customs? I don't know what the laws are there, but in England for instance, the local customs folks would impose a tax on the import so you may end up paying the same price as if you had bought it in Belgium.


macrumors newbie
Original poster
Jul 10, 2007
I bought a lot of things on Amazon recently just because it's so cheap and I never had a problem so far. The iPod would be the first electronic device, so I don't know? Maybe there's a law on importing electronic devices?


macrumors 603
Jan 23, 2002
East Coast
One other thing is that the US iPod might be louder than the European iPods. I think the EU (or maybe it's just a few Euro countries) has some sort of law that limits the audio output to 100 dB.

This was an issue about 3 years ago (when the original Shuffles came out). I think the US iPods were about 2 dB louder.

Jaffa Cake

macrumors Core
Aug 1, 2004
The City of Culture, Englandshire
Warranty claims maybe?
iPods and laptops have a worldwide warranty on them I believe, so that shouldn't be a problem.

nfonteijn – it's important to remember that the listed US price doesn't include sales tax, which varies from State to State. Apple's European websites on the other hand include tax in their costs so do bear this in mind when you're making your calculations.


macrumors regular
Jun 7, 2007
Yes... there is a bi difference in the maximum volume. I was speaking to a bloke at an Apple Store... and he said the American iPod's have a higher maximum volume than the ones that Europe gets. The maximum decibel rsestrictions are in place in Europe for a reason... but... if you don't mind having bleeding ears.. then buy one for


macrumors 68000
Jun 16, 2007
i'm from belgium too and i would like too do this too but now that i've heard all these things with warranty, tax things and so , i think i won't do it.. :(