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Analysts: iPod mini pricing too high?

updated 02:15 pm EST, Wed January 7, 2004

iPod mini pricing too high

The Washington Post notes some disappointing reactions to the iPod mini's pricing, with some analysts remarking on the (too) : "'With only $50 difference with the bigger one, why wouldn't I buy the bigger one?' Bob O'Donnell, director of personal technology at market research firm IDC, told the Los Angeles Times. 'You get four times the amount of music. The iPod Mini should have been more like $170.' O'Donnell said other MP3 player manufacturers will unveil players that cost less that $200 and hold more memory at this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas."




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  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    Ipod mini

    Is far to much money.
    I think Apple may have a problem selling these little
    fellas.
    Though they have sold stuff on just style before..
    Who knows

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    Perhaps the whole point

    of the iPod mini is to sell more iPods. Why would someone who wants a $250 iPod mini not end up with a $300 iPod that stores over 3x as much music? I wouldn't be surprised if by Apple decreases the price of the base model iPod mini by an additional $50 by the 2004 Christmas season.

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    Not a mini price

    Apple,
    The iPod mini costs TOO much! As the man said, for $50 more I can get a 15gb iPod. Drop the price to not a penny more than $199.

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    Way too high!

    I have to agree with this guy. I have a 40gb iPod, and I was going to buy a mini for my son's 16th birthday. For $50 more, he's going to get the new 15gb iPod! Why would anyone pay $250 for 4gb when for $50 more they can get 15gb!!!

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    They'll probably lower

    They will have to come down in price....If they were less then $200 I would have gotten one...but I think I'll look at the 15 GB instead.

    Unfortunately they probably couldn't cut the price too much, I'm sure the Scroll wheel, screen, and hard disk are pretty high priced.

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    Price is good

    That price is fine. You pay to have things mini. Think of cell phones; I paid double because my phone is smaller than the other (my provider only offers two phones with all the features I wanted). And the other one was colour, my phone is not.

    Besides it's got a way nicer case and it has the armband, I know my room mate is getting one for working out. And I think I am going to get one to replace my original iPod.

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    Wrong target market...

    Apple owns the $299+ market.

    Apple is targeting the $199+ market. Remember the $199 market is just as large as the iPod market, even tho for $100 more then can join the iPod market. Now for $50 you can join the iPod market.

    Apple will eventually lower the price. If Apple started them at $199, there would no way Apple could keep up with demand. And don't forget rev. A syndrome.

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    geez

    I wasted $50 of my time just reading all of your bitching and complaining over $50

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    wrong

    people said the same thing about the original ipod... who's going to pay $400 for a 5GB MP3 player, when i can buy a rio for $150... well apparently a lot of people.

    and for everyone saying "but for $50 more i get 3 times the storage", well you're not the target market. you are computer literate people who understand the economics of things like dollars per megabyte. the ipod mini is targeted at the market that cares nothing for mega-whatsits and mp-thingy-mabobers. it's for the 16 year old girl who wants a cool pink mp3 player, or the business man who wants to take an audio book with him on a plane, or the entire country of japan.

    the ipodmini is NOT a cheaper ipod, just like the imac is not a cheaper powermac, it's a different product for a different market segment and apple will sell a ton of them.

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    Price is fine

    I am not getting one, but I bet that for a while, they will not be able sell the ones they can make. After production is up to speed, I bet they will drop the price to 199. Why give up any revenue when you are going to be catching up to a backorder anyway?

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