iPod mini delay extended, Apple offers customers on backorder 15GB iPod for no extra charge

Apple has sent out email messages to people on the iPod mini backorder list, as reported by MacSlash:

“The demand for the iPod mini has been incredible. We are shipping them as quickly as possible, but we cannot meet the ship date we previously estimated for you. We now expect to ship your iPod mini in three weeks. If we do not hear from you prior to shipment, we will assume the revised date is acceptable, and will ship your order. We apologize for any inconvenience. Your business is very important. If you would like an iPod sooner, we are offering to replace your iPod mini with a 15GB iPod at no additional charge. This model usually ships within 24 hours.”

MacDailyNews Take: Not a bad deal, if you can live with the iPod form factor and the additional 11GBs of space.


  1. Interesting for Apple to do something like that.

    I wonder if I order an eMac and it is on backorder, would they offer me a G5 for no extra charge? ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”grin” style=”border:0;” />

  2. It must be that worldwide aluminum shortage.
    Stevenote in WWDC better be better than excellent this year. Otherwise it takes the whole SF Pride to make me relax ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />

    (Those who don’t know what the WWDC is = Apple Worldwide Developers Conference is in San Francisco and it is at the same time when SF Pride is)

  3. This is a great way for Apple to give something to people inconvenienced by Hitachi’s inability to keep up with the huge iPod Mini demand. Hitachi’s problem, Apple’s solution, all to the benefit of Apple customers.

  4. Wow! Apple’s offering 15GB iPods at no extra charge in place of the mini?! I think I’d consider trading in my month-old, mint condition silver mini for one. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

  5. If Hitachi had been told by Apple to expect this level of sales volume, they could have planned to ramp up production, BUT that doesn’t make this anyone’s fault. The mini is a far bigger hit than the original iPod at the same point in their respective product cycles, and no one could really have expected it (witness the initial whining about the price). That said, Apple is still doing the right thing in offering a 15GB iPod for those who need it right away. Shows they care about customer perception/needs…

  6. People don’t realize, you build up a music collection over time, it would be very advised to those who got a free upgrade to 15 GB to TAKE IT.

    The physical size difference between the original iPod and the mini is nominal. Both fit into pockets just fine. But the 15 GB holds immensely more music, plus files and can be used for other things as well.

    I got a original 20GB which quickly got filled up, so I only keep my favorite songs on it and use it on road trips. I have a 40GB now that holds “everything” and it’s a joy to hold 10,000 songs in one hand and take my entire collection anywhere.

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