updated 11:45 am EDT, Wed July 16, 2008
Sharp iPod touch discounts
Apple has dramatically lowered the prices of refurbished iPod touches, listings reveal. Two models -- the 16GB edition and the defunct 8GB one -- have been assigned "special pricing" at Apple's online store, dropping their costs by $100 each over retail. An 8GB Touch therefore costs $199, while the 16GB model is selling for $299. A refurbished 32GB player still costs $430, only $70 less than the retail price.
The discounts could signify several possible trends at Apple. Most likely is that the company is simply attempting to clear outdated stock, particularly as the numbers of 8 and 16GB Touches have dwindled. This could also however be a precursor to the introduction of updated devices, mirroring Apple's decision to let 2.5G iPhones fall out of stock before the announcement of the 3G. Apple may alternately be having a harder time selling old Touches given the feature superiority of the 3G.