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Japanese customers line up for iPod touch

updated 12:05 pm EDT, Fri October 5, 2007

iPod touch in Japan

Roughly 100 eager customers lined up in front of a Japanese Apple Store today to get their hands on the company's new iPod touch, signaling high demand for the portable player in that region. AV Watch reports that the iPod touch went on sale today and that the first man in line to purchase the device arrived as early as 1:30 a.m. local time. The 10:00 a.m. opening saw around 100 people waiting for their units, suggesting a high possibility of iPod touch selling out in Japan as well as China. Apple introduced the iPhone-like portable player in two versions on September 5th during a special event in San Francisco, pricing an 8GB model at $300 and another 16GB model at $400. The Apple Store in Ginza, Japan is charging customers around $315 for the 8GB version and $420 for the 16GB device.

by MacNN Staff





  1. umijin

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Why line up?

    You mean the 'official' sale date'?

    I'm in Japan and I've had my Touch for 3 days now.

    Of course I pre-ordered.

    But I was under the impression that some Touch units were already available here - as I read some customers were trying to return units with problems related to Japan's iTunes store or something similar.

    So, it's mystifying why anyone would line up for Touches when they could have pre-ordered or gotten one of a few units that must have previously been sold at Apple stores if they were lucky.

    Then again, this is the culture than lines up around the block just to get Krispy Creme donuts on a daily basis for the last 5 months.

  1. mullum

    Joined: Dec 1969


    japanese prices

    I thought japanese Apple Store prices were better than in the US store (after some conversions) ?

    anyone know from experience ?

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