“The Apple of my wife’s eye is a pink iPod mini. Nothing else for Mother’s Day would do. I was elated at her request. No painful tours of snooty jewelry stores. Just a quick stop at the big box electronics store and a $249 charge. I figured it would be the easiest Mother’s Day ever. I figured wrong,” Al Lewis writes for The Denver Post.
“Here’s what I learned about this business card-sized digital jukebox that stores up to 1,000 songs If you want to be assaulted by a humiliating burst of laughter, go to Best Buy, Circuit City, CompUSA or even Apple Computer’s own stores and ask for an iPod mini. Tell them you want it in pink and insist that you need it now… you cannot buy one. You can only put your name on a six-week waiting list,” Lewis writes.
“Apple has sold more than 3 million iPods since the devices debuted in November 2001, dominating the market for MP3 music players. Apple now sells more iPods than computers. And its iTunes digital music service is changing the way consumers buy music,’ Lewis writes. “So in desperation, I bought an original iPod – about the size of a cigarette pack – with accessories for about $400. This modern marvel is actually a better machine than the mini. It holds about 3,000 songs versus only 1,000 for the mini. Only problem: It wasn’t pink.”
Lewis writes, “My wife unwrapped it Sunday morning and suggested I take it back. Comparing iPod to its mini counterpart is like comparing Apples to oranges. After breakfast in bed, she got online and ordered herself a pink mini on the Apple website. I could sense her excitement as the site took her credit card number. Then she found about the unbearable six-week wait.”
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