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Robo
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2005-02-22, 17:05

Details from AppleInsider

Apple Computer on Wednesday is expected to unveil a major overhaul to its iPod product offerings, according to a multitude of reports.

Following requests that dealers return their remaining stock of iPod photo players, sources say Apple will discontinue its 40GB iPod and iPod photo models, replacing them with a 30GB iPod photo for $349 and a 60GB iPod photo for $449.

The iPod maker will reportedly keep its 20GB monochrome display player at $299 for the foreseeable future, or until supplies are exhausted. Both the new 30GB and 60GB iPod photo models are expected to debut with Bluetooth wireless connectivity, sources added.

As previously reported, Apple will also debut 4 new models of its iPod mini player, which will retail for $249 with a 6GB drive and color display. Sources said the company will continue to sell its current 4GB iPods, sans the 'Gold' model, for $199 until supplies run dry.

It remains unclear what will become of the Special Edition 20GB U2 iPod, which currently retails for $349 -- the same price point the company will target with its new 30GB iPod photo.

Also unconfirmed is whether the new iPod photo players will continue to ship with a carrying case and docking station at their new price points, or if these accessories will now be sold separately.

An official announcement is expected at 8:30 am EST on Wednesday morning.

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I dunno...sounds a little convoluted to me. That's an iPod at $99, $149, $199, $249, $299, $349, and $449. Wow - what happened to $100 increments?

I think it's weird that the old iPod line-up was 20/40/60 and this is 20/30/60. They're shrinking!

Still, nice to see updates to the Minis. But no new colors?
 
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2005-02-22, 17:13

Seems like they're serious about being price competitive. The mini (color screen) will even undercut the Zen Micro Photo by $50 if those are the true price points. I'll assume one can also view photos on it, and it's not just a color screen for seeing 'album art'.
 
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2005-02-22, 17:18

My friend bought an iPod a week ago. I think he got the 20GB version. Maybe he'll trade it in for a 30GB/color/BT version for $50 more.

The 20GB iPod really isn't much of a deal at all right now. Especially since it doesn't come with the case, remote, etc. Although, again, those might not come with the new iPod photos (I hope they do).
 
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2005-02-22, 20:08

either that in 5 wednesday's from tomorrow people will still be 2nd guessing themselves :-) at least I did during the whole PowerBook of '05 wait and buy issue... hmmm 2005 and G5!!! I think I found an other link to us getting G5 PB's this year :-) LOL


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2005-02-22, 20:11

Quote:
either that in 5 wednesday's from people will still be 2nd guessing themselves :-)
ummmm....what?
 
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2005-02-22, 20:32

just fixed it I think? Just comparing it to that monster thread a few weeks ago.
 
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2005-02-22, 22:17

Well this poses a dilemma, as I was all set to buy the 1 gig shuffle--actually had my hands on a 512 but decided to wait for the 1 gig--but for $50 bucks more I can get a mini? These rumors make me crazy, but they keep me from spending money!

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2005-02-22, 22:53

What do I think?
Either a) this will not happen at ALL, or b) There will be some slight changes

On the iPod mini and photo series,which are running in tight supply (5-7 biz day wait for an iPod mini, 2-4 biz days for an iPod photo), something has to happen.

Both the 20GB and 40GB iPod models are still in plentiful supply. There is, however, a definite chance the 40GB monochrome iPod could be dropped.

Who knows? Maybe even a 20GB photo with a 15 hour battery life.

The U2 special edition could stay around for a while longer, but I won't be suprised if that ends up getting updated.

The remaining stock of Gold iPod minis could be sold at clearance prices ($179, maybe) to clear out the stock (BTW, who owns a gold iPod mini? I sure dont).

But most likely, the 4G iPod is here to stay 'til early 06. Well, maybe not.


This is just my speculation. No guarantees.

Last edited by ASZ993 : 2005-02-22 at 22:57. Reason: add on something
 
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2005-02-22, 23:09

If it's true, I'm glad I got my 40gig when I did. I don't need no stinkin' color screen.
 
pscates2.0
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2005-02-22, 23:50

I think the new ones will be thinner (the higher-capacity ones - 30, 40, 60, etc. GB) will be as thin as the current 20GB. Just speculating, but I bets they will.
 
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2005-02-22, 23:53

pscates,

I think that makes sense. I remember reading somewhere that one HD manufacturer made a breakthrough and will have 30GB/platter drives or something like that. That would make the 30GB very slim and maybe the 60GB slimmer? I'm not sure of the specifics, just recall reading something along those lines. It would explain the apparently odd increase/decrease in capacities
 
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2005-02-23, 00:05

Quote:
Originally Posted by torifile
If it's true, I'm glad I got my 40gig when I did. I don't need no stinkin' color screen.
Shuffle users dont need a screen at all!
 
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2005-02-23, 00:12

I think that the announcement will be exactly as they say it is.

One question is when they announce it, is that when it will be available in the online apple store or in physical retail apple stores?
 
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2005-02-23, 00:15

It should be available for ordering immediately after the announcement - actual shipping date may vary. I'm not sure about physical apple stores, but they usually have some product available immediately after an announcement.
 
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2005-02-23, 00:18

Like how immediately?
 
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2005-02-23, 00:20

I had a 10GB 3G ipod, but it broke for some unknown reason (it wont be recognized by any kind of computer, can only use songs already loaded on it), and i have to pay 250 bux for a new one anyways, so I might as well get a cool new ipod mini 6GB w/ color screen, right?
 
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2005-02-23, 01:11

Quote:
Originally Posted by podcritic
I had a 10GB 3G ipod, but it broke for some unknown reason (it wont be recognized by any kind of computer, can only use songs already loaded on it), and i have to pay 250 bux for a new one anyways, so I might as well get a cool new ipod mini 6GB w/ color screen, right?
Right-O!
 
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2005-02-23, 01:29

Here is what I'd like to see in the new revisions:
iPod photo:

60GB iPod Photo ($449)
40gb iPod Photo ($349)
A 80GB model later in the year

New features:
-Win- many camera's memory cards appear as mass storage devices (in Explorer), iPhoto photo should do too-similar to how the iPod shuffle is miunted when used as a flash drive. Sync with other photo organisers (eg. Jasc PSP Photo Album, ACDSee, Microsoft Digital Image Suite's DigitaL Image Suite)-instead of just Adobe products supported.
BT support
iPod :
20GB and 40GB iPod with color screens
SE editions- U2, Michael Jackson, John Mayer (he has appeared at Apple keynotes, perhaps preloded with some of his music). HP:Gwen Safani, Not likely Nickelodeon (not likely at all, but would be cool),
My SE edition idea would be a Invader ZIM iPod
Nickelodeon SE-I haven't seen any type of MP3 layer with one of there brands (eg. there are cd players)
20GB, in green/ silver back
(well, there are DVD's, action figures, etc and there is a iPod mini that is green and love the show)

Available in the current style, different colors (green, brushed metal look?)
iPod Mini 5/6GB current price and color screens
iPod shuffle as is

Last edited by InvaderZim : 2005-02-23 at 02:08.
 
Zorn
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2005-02-23, 01:41

A poster on Neowin claiming to work at an Apple store says they already have some of these in the back. So apparantly at least some stores will have them immediately following the announcement.
 
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2005-02-23, 07:49

All Apple stores DOWN
 
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2005-02-23, 08:11

what you mean by down?
 
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2005-02-23, 08:12

Check the Apple Store website, it says they are "updating" it, and you hav e to check back within an hour to see the revisions. Awesome!
 
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2005-02-23, 08:16

only 14 minutes till they announce it!
 
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