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Business Week: A maxiPrice for Apple\'s miniPod

updated 11:50 am EST, Thu January 8, 2004

maxiPrice for miniPod

Echoing industry concerns over the price of the iPod mini, Business Week Online to the ill-fated Power Mac Cube: "But even Jobs is subject to fits of delusion from time to time. Apple's ill-fated Cube desktop computer is the prime example. The cute blue PC in the shape of a small cube won design awards but failed to spark sales and has since been relegated to the role of novelty item on eBay.... [The 'miniPod'] Less music in a device marginally smaller at about the same price. Get it? I didn't, and few others will, either." The article notes that the iPod mini is almost 50% smaller in terms of total volume and weighs half as much.




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    Blue Cube????

    Since when was the G4 Cube ever blue?

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    Classic Apple blundering

    This is so apropos it's hilarious. Apple always applies the "boutique" treatment to it's much anticipated "low-end" products and effectively eliminates the high volume sales potential of the product. Why they didn't just put a smaller drive into the current iPod (which is plenty small enough) and charge $149 for it I don't know. They would have killed ALL competition including sales of personal CD players.

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    Gimme a break

    Does it escape all these geniuses that Rio introduced essentially the SAME device but BIGGER (4GB) at the SAME price point? Braintrusts.

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    $199 Sweet Spot

    $199 would have been the sweet spot, pricewise. I could see getting one just for file transfers at that price.

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    *cough*confusion*cough*

    "Does it escape all these geniuses that Rio introduced essentially the SAME device but BIGGER (4GB)"
    Um...I thought the iPod Mini was 4GB? How exactly is 4 GB bigger than 4 GB? :)

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    Influence

    How can anyone predict poor sales in such a public fashion without influencing the outcome to some extent? I think Apple wil sell a zillion of the mini iPods to teen and 20-something girls that will love the small size and cute colors.

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    Remember the rants

    Remember how people complained that Apple should only charge 25 cents per song on iTMS or it would be doomed to failure?

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    What he should have done.

    $200 256MB Creative Labs MuVo 256MB
    $200 256MB Philips PSA 256MAX
    $200 256MB Rio Chiba
    $220 1.5GB Rio Nitrus
    $250 1.5GB iRiver iGP-100
    $350 4.0GB Creative Labs MuVo2
    $269 512MB Creative Labs MuVo2 X-Trainer
    $499 1.0GB Creative Labs MuVo2 X-Trainer

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    Rants

    What, a journalist writing what other Mac users have been saying as well is now called ranting? Calm down zealots, you would be more for this device if only Steve asked you to.

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    price

    Um... the drive Apple is using (from Hitachi) had a retail price of $499 up to 1 month ago (I have no idea what it retails for now though). Now we all know that Apple didn't pay retail for the drive but how much do you think they got the drive for?
    I think its pretty amazing they got the price down that low, but I agree that $199 would have been a sweet price point.

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