iPods Deal until March 14th?

Discussion in 'Mac Blog Discussion' started by MacRumors, Feb 20, 2003.

  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001
    pyrotoaster wrote in that Apple is now offering a special deal on the 10GB iPod

    The March 14th date has spawned some speculation that updates may be delayed until then, however MacUnderground feels this deal implies that that the iPod line will be revised before March 14th.
  2. janey macrumors 603


    Dec 20, 2002
    sunny los angeles
    Why is it called the XtremeMac Get Connected Kit? well it's still better than iConnect of something...
  3. TMA macrumors 6502a


    Jan 6, 2003
    Well I haven't found where it says they're bundling it for free but here is the blurb on the XtremeMac Get Connected Kit (not made by Apple):

    "The 6-Piece Get Connected Audio Bundle expands the capabilities of the iPod by enabling connectivity to car stereos, home stereo systems, cassette players and computer speakers.

    Bundle Includes:

    * iShare Earbud Splitter
    * Xwire Gold Male/Male & Male/Female Cables
    * Xwire Gold RCA Audio Cable
    * Premium iPod Car Charger
    * iPod Cassette Adapter

    Its listed as an extra for $39.99 but I can't see any mention of a bundle deal? Am I looking in the right place? Perhaps someone else could try looking in case I missed something. No I really can't see anything :confused:
  4. chewbaccapits macrumors 6502a


    Jul 10, 2001
    Torrance, Californizzel
    Whatever..I still say next week on the 24th or 25th.
  5. pyrotoaster macrumors 65816


    Dec 28, 2002
    Oak Park, IL
    When I submitted this, I didn't mean to suggest that the iPod release will be after March 14, but before then.

    If Apple was going to release the updated iPods after the 14th, why would they only offer the deal on the 10 GB model? The 20 GB one is rumored to slim down a bit, but the 10 is supposed to stay the same.

    I strongly believe that this is evidence to support a pre-14th release, not a post-14th one.

    Also, this would appear to confirm that the 10 GB model will not be changing at all in the next update. It also supports rumors of the 5 GB's demise, and the minor 20 GB change mentioned above.
  6. TMA macrumors 6502a


    Jan 6, 2003
    Where did you read about this? I've been checking Apple.com and the online store this morning and this afternoon and I don't see the offer?
  7. sparks9 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 29, 2003
    If Apple was clearing their inventory they would make the offer available to windows podders too. I think this is nothing...
  8. sedarby macrumors regular

    May 29, 2002
    Dallas, TX
    Yes and everyone was convinced that the 18th was the day for new iPods. Whatever...
  9. iBookJay macrumors newbie

    Feb 21, 2003
    iPod Rumors, out of hand and ungrounded!

    Is it me or have the iPod rumors gone out of control, and also, do they have any real basis?
    It seems to me that many iPod rumors, and the status given in the buyers guide stating that we should wait because upgrades are imminent, are less based on real evidence then mere assumptions that upgrades are due.
    I have been waiting to buy an iPod for months now, but first was told to wait for MWSF, then when that didn't happed I was supposed to wait because at any minute they would come. Here I am though, months later - iPodless.
    Now, this isn't a rumors-site-bash-session. I love MacRumors. I am merely saying, that the rumor frenzy over iPod upgrades are just based on people talking it up in forums and no actual real evidence. The only thing close to evidence is the introduction fo the new Toshiba drives, but even that requires some time for Apple to integrate. (2-3 months from what I hear)
    I just wish that the frenzy of iPod rumors was based more on hard info. Even the MacRumors buying guide says that you should wait to buy an iPod because they will be updated soon, BUT this is not based on any hard evidence, just a lot of forum talk.
    So where does this leave me? Frantically checking MacRumors for some real info, and hoping to wake up one morning and see the Apple store stie under construction...
  10. MrBillGates macrumors member

    Jan 29, 2003
    Phoenix, AZ
    Re: iPods after March 14th?

    Apple can change any aspect of the promotion on a whim if they like. I think Steve jobs is just trying to screw with our minds (and enjoying it).... get everyone thinking that we've got to wait another 3 weeks and then... BANG... new iPods next week.

    Bill Gates
  11. seamuskrat macrumors 6502a


    Feb 17, 2003
    New Jersey USA
    For what its worth. The folks at MacWhispers.com have gone out on a limb and virtually guaranteed a next Tuesday release for basic iPods with increased space, same price points. So doube the storage for the same money as iPods of today.
    They seen VERY confident. Of course, its all speculation and rumors.
    But I do feel its logical for Apple to release another product soon and I doubt the PB are ready.
  12. psxndc macrumors regular

    May 30, 2002
    well whenever they update it works for me...

    Because my birthday is March 21st and an iPod is what I'm going to buy for myself.

    But ONLY if it has an audio/mic in. Do you hear me Apple? Add an $.08 mic jack, and you get several hundred dollars. Don't add it, and you don't. Simple. I know several others here that feel the same way.

  13. vanillamike macrumors regular

    Jan 7, 2003
    Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
    This deal wasn't made available to everyone via the promotions on the website was it?

    If it isn't available to all consumers, and only to people with coupon codes then I can't see any reason why a special promotion to a selected few would stop a revision from being released before March 14th, 2003.

    I think this is just insentive to buy a 10GB, however, I am not sure why they singles out the 10GB (and the 10GB only).

  14. pyrotoaster macrumors 65816


    Dec 28, 2002
    Oak Park, IL
    Hi there, considering my username is a central part of this little blurb, I think I should clear up whatever I can.

    What I know:
    - This was an email from Apple, with a direct link to the deal. It only specified the 10 GB iPod, and it doesn't appear to be available through the Apple website, and is not valid at Apple Retail Stores.

    What I think this means:
    - iPod updates before March 14! The blurb says after, but that's Mac Rumors talking, not me.
    If Apple were to update iPods after the 14th, the deal would (in theory, at least) include the 20 GB model.
    - The real gem here isn't the date, it's the model. Let's assume that Apple is updating the iPod line before the 14th (I'd be surprised if they let the "Holiday Demand" excuse run into March).
    That means the 20 GB model is changing. Why? Because it isn't offered in the deal. It's that simple.

    One last thing I want to touch on:
    Upgrades are due. The last revision to the iPod line was at MWNY, and since then quite a bit has changed.
    Most importantly, Toshiba has quit making the 5 GB drive, and forced Apple into not selling the 5 GB iPod. This leaves a gaping hole at the low end of the iPod line. Apple knows that it needs a $299 model, which is what the 10 GB one is supposed to become.
    Maybe Apple will settle for a two Pod line, with a $299 10 GB and a $399 slimmer 20 GB. We are making assumptions about the possibility of a 40 GB model, but there's evidence to back those assumptions up.
    My advice, don't buy an iPod now. You'll have a $100 case of Apple buyer's remorse afterwards.
  15. Floop macrumors regular

    Jan 14, 2003
    Re: iPod Rumors, out of hand and ungrounded!

    I totally agree!

    If they are released next week, then hooray... but does it make me feel the rumour sites have any foresight, or base their information on evidence rather than supposition? No.

    They have been saying "new iPods will be released next week" every week since November. They have to be right some time, but that doesn't make them prophets, and more than if I said "Mac OS X 10.3 will be announced next week", every week, until it is finally announced.

  16. PyroTurtle macrumors regular

    Jul 27, 2001
    10 Minutes from Disneyland
  17. RLB macrumors member

    Feb 4, 2003
    There is no way they can keep up the holiday demand excuse through mid March.
  18. arn macrumors god


    Staff Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    Re: iPod Rumors, out of hand and ungrounded!

    Well... there's a reason these are posted on Page 2....

    Page 2 rumors, I would suggest reading with the same authority as forum posts.

    Reports that I feel are reliable or based in truth are posted on the main page.

    The only iPod rumor that made it to the front page are this:


    So yes... I think iPod updates are coming... but much of the webtalk is reflective of the fact that they haven't been updated in a while, and we know the toshiba drives are in the works.

  19. MacFan25 macrumors 68000


    Jan 5, 2003
    So I wonder if they will discontinue the 10 GB or just make it slimmer.
  20. sparks9 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 29, 2003
    According to the toshiba Hd-specifications the 10 gig should remain as it is now, but the 20 gig should get as thin as the 10 gig.
    The 40 gig will be the size of todays 20 gig.
    The 5 gig will be discontinued.
  21. g30ffr3y macrumors 6502a


    Jul 18, 2002
    buffalo ny
    They have been saying "new iPods will be released next week" every week since November.

    and every week i check the apple page let down for another week... its always something that makes it a sure bet... MWSF... then with the release of iLife... then when the toshiba drives were announced... now after the 10 gig sale... how about when itunes 4 is released in april??? maybe there is just no more ipod as we know it... apple is on to conquer another market... its just as much a sure bet as size bumped ipods on the 25th...
  22. san macrumors newbie

    Feb 22, 2003
    I also got an offer from Apple expiring on March 14 .... for $100 off a Fuji 3800 digital camera!

    Perhaps it is a coincidence that both offers expire on March 14, perhaps not. I should note, however, that Fuji has already announced a new series of digital cameras that arguably makes the 3800 a potential clearance item.
  23. esbod macrumors newbie

    Aug 22, 2002
    ipod update - Jobs promise

    In my opinion one of the driving factors behind iPod speculation is
    Job's promise that 2003 will be the year of NEW products.

    My personal expecation is that Apple plans to bring
    something new about every 4 - 5 weeks. This may be a software
    product like iLife or new digital device or speed bumps to existing
    models. We are seeing a lot of "product turn" in a short time period.
    "New and/or Improved" drives retail. Why drive retail - the stores.

    2003 can not turn out to be "business as usual" because
    Apple has adopted the retail store model. Apple
    must keep the public interested and drive them into the
    new Apple stores. Having retail stores drives the need to
    "turn" you product like to put something new in the window.
    If everytime you walked by an Apple Store there was the iMac
    in the window there would be declining interest.

    What's in the window next week - 3 new iPods. I'd also look
    to see home audio and look for the intergration of home
    digital coming. iHome!
  24. RandomDeadHead macrumors 6502

    Feb 8, 2003
    Anyone here who demands an audio in jack on the new iPod, is NOT a pro audio person. Gripe all you want but, audio in on a iPod would just turn it into a voice recoder like the ones they sell a wallmart for 20 bucks.

    The ONLY way to get DECENT portable recording is to drop $ 2200.00 on a Tascam DA-P1 portable DAT deck. I have used these to record over 300 Grateful Dead , 48 Bruce Hornsby, 35 Dave Matthews band, and 3 snake oil medicine show, concerts live.

    People BEGGED sony for the longest time to make a portable mini disc recorder, and what happend when they did? Now you have children going to concerts with less than $500 worth of gear, makeing the absolute WORST sounding recordings known to man. To top it all off these are the kids that illeagly sell these tapes in the parking lot at shows, (when I see this happining I stand in front of them and offer their customers much better sounding, FREE copyies of concerts).

    Sorry for the rant but it pisses me off when when I lug my $8000.00 rig to a concert and sit becide a kid who has a Minidisc recorder and a pair of wallmart mics, who knows NOTHING about live recording, But thinks he knows it all cuz he has seen phish five times.

    Untill you have(for the love of the music) driven accross the country 12 times, slept in tents camped out on asphalt parking lots more times than you can count, sold grilled cheeze sandwiches in parking lots for gas money to make it to the next show, dodged cops, children, old people, hippies, security guards, and people wasted out of their minds to find your place in the taper section, come home and spin 20 copyies of each show to make shure that it is seeded properley, YOU HAVE NOT THE RIGHT TO BITCH.

    Thats like begging Apple to include pci slots on the iMac, if you need to do something professional than get a Power mac.

    If you need a good quality portable audio recorder, I dont think a mp3 player such as an iPod would be your best choice.

    But if they were to put two xlr jacks on the side of the thing, I would buy one.

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