“The best portable hard-disk players, no contest, are Apple’s iPod line. The regular iPods are already svelte; about the size of a pack of playing cards and weighing only six ounces,” Mike Langberg reports for The Mercury News.
Langberg reports, “On Jan. 6, Apple founder and Chief Crowd Hypnosis Officer Steve Jobs whipped the crowd at the annual Macworld convention in San Francisco to a state of near-frenzy by unveiling the even slimmer Mini (http://www.apple.com/ipodmini), with a 4-gigabyte drive able to accommodate about 100 CDs worth of songs. The Mini is due in stores later this week, most likely Friday. Apple lent me a Mini last week and I couldn’t help being seduced.”
Langberg reports, “When it comes to personal tech gadgets, they can never be too small or too thin. The Mini is probably as close to perfection in dimension as possible with today’s crop of miniature hard drives. My only big complaint with the Mini is the price.”
“Apple’s 15-gigabyte iPod sells for $299, offering almost four times the capacity for just $50 more; the 20-gigabyte model is $399 and a 40-gigabyte model is $499. My digital music library is now 8 gigabytes, so it wouldn’t fit in the Mini. But it would fit in the 15-gigabyte model with lots of room to grow,” Langberg reports. “Competitors are pushing the price barrier even harder. The 15-gigabyte Dell Digital Music Player, for example, was on sale last week at $224, down from the regular $249. Creative Labs sells its 30-gigabyte Nomad Zen Extra for about $250.”
Langberg reports, “This cools my love-at-first-sight reaction to the Mini. I don’t yet own a portable hard-disk music player, although I’m seriously contemplating a purchase this year. But it won’t be the Mini; at the moment, I’m leaning toward the 15-gigabyte iPod.”
Full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: Exactly, Mike. Exactly. You’re still ending up buying an Apple product. Congrats! The mini is going after high-end flash players, not el cheapo iPod knockoffs like Dell’s Digital Junkbox. The iPod mini pricing is dead on target and Langberg has just helped cement that fact a little bit more.
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Apple’s ‘iPod mini’ pricing vs. other alternative players – January 27, 2004