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the 15 Gig Ipod come swith a dock and remote now
Authored by: SOX on Jan 07, '04 12:30:08AM

Looking at the apple web site they did more than simply add 5 gigs tot he 10 gig model, they also bundled it with the dock and remote units that used to come only with the 20 and 40 gig models. these alone are worth over $50. In fact it now makes the price of the 20 gig uint anomolous: 100 more gets you just 5 more gigs.

The screen display on the mini looks to be one line of text smaller vertically and the same size horizontally. moreover if you buy the ipod at mac mall, the 15,20 and 40 gig units also come with a rubber ipod jacket plus a set of speakers. the mini's dont. With the mini you dont get a dock for free, dont get a remote for free, dont get the extra goodies.



So what it comes down to is styling. the mini is well smaller, and you should expect to pay a preimum for being smaller. I also think its all aluminum case is nicer too. Presumably its more robust than the plastic one on the maxiPod. Plus it works directly with the belt clip without having to harness it in a clumsy jacket. Its in color! it weighs less too and is thinner.

technically, it's usb cable can charge it unlike the maxiPod, so thats a major plus for Windows people. And it has mechaincal tactile buttons which to many people are better too. Apple just switched batter manufacturuers and these may possibly have the new fluidic lithium batteries--could avoid the sporadic battery issues or possibly have more charge cycyles.

So ecomincally there's no benefit on a raw storage/functionality basis. in fact it cost more if you were to add the accessories. But its small and cool. that's worth something.

what the mini is really is for is the up-sell price point. You think about a rio 4 gig unit for 225$ then say well crap for $25 more I can get a 4 gig mini ipod which is a zillion times nicer and the ear buds alone are worth the difference. then you say well crap for 50$ more i can get a whole ipod. and poof that 294$ sticker shock doesn't seem so bad anymore.

the price point really is no surprise. I mean why should the mini cost much less? after all all the parts in it cost the same as the parts in the MaxiPod: battery, screen, dial, eag buds, cpu, case, cables, adapters. heck even the disk drive costs the same, its just smaller in size.



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the 15 Gig Ipod come swith a dock and remote now
Authored by: SOX on Jan 07, '04 01:07:16AM

I just called mac mall to order the 15 GB unit and they say its a mis print on the web site. It does not come with the dock and remote unit. bummer.



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the 15 Gig Ipod come swith a dock and remote now
Authored by: Eravau on Jan 07, '04 02:47:31PM
Sox said:
You think about a rio 4 gig unit for 225$ then say well crap for $25 more I can get a 4 gig mini ipod which is a zillion times nicer and the ear buds alone are worth the difference.
That's true...the additional features of the 4 gig iPod Mini is worth the difference in price between it and the Rio. But that starts with the assumption that any 4 gig mp3 player is worth $225+. I can't justify that in my head. Shoot...I can't even justify 15 gig for $300. I don't think most consumers are going to jump on the bandwagon for any toy that cost more than $150 - $200.

Just look at DVDs. They didn't really start exploding everywhere (where "everywhere" means non-geek homes and stores) 'til people like Apex started releasing sub-$100 DVD players. Now you can get dozens of DVDs, not just at your local electronics superstore, but at Wal-Mart, convenience stores on the corner, gas stations, etc.

Now a sub-$200 iPod that also has the slick iPod interface and enough storage that nobody need scoff...that would sell like hot-cakes.


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Consumers LOVE the iPod
Authored by: gigabarth on Jan 08, '04 11:58:08AM

>>>I don't think most consumers are going to jump on the bandwagon for any toy that cost more than $150 - $200.<<<

Um, 2,000,000 iPods SOLD to date. I'm afraid your concepts about consumers is a little off.

http://www.apple.com/pr/library/2004/jan/06ipodmomentum.html

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