Apple sets ‘iPod mini’ international availability for July 24

Apple today announced that iPod mini, the smallest portable music player ever to hold up to 1,000 CD-quality songs, will be available internationally on July 24. iPod mini offers music lovers the ideal combination of ultra-portable design, style, song capacity, ease-of-use and audio performance.

“The iPod mini has been a smash hit in the US, and we’re thrilled to finally be able to offer it to music lovers the world over,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO in the press release. “iPod has changed the way people listen to music and is now the number one digital music player in the world.”

iPod mini is the world’s smallest portable music player to hold up to 1,000 CD-quality songs, weighs just 3.6 ounces and is encased in an ultra-portable, lightweight anodized aluminum body, available in five colors — silver, gold, pink, blue and green. iPod mini features Apple’s Click Wheel for effortless one-handed operation, along with the same award-winning user interface as the rest of the iPod family, and works seamlessly with Apple’s iTunes, the number one online music store.

iPod mini for Mac and Windows is currently available in the US and is expected to be available worldwide through the online Apple Store, Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers on July 24 for $249 (US).

iPod mini comes in a choice of a silver, gold, pink, blue or green 4GB model and includes a belt clip. All iPod minis include earbud headphones, an Apple iPod mini power adapter, a 1.2m 30-pin to FireWire cable, a 1.2m 30-pin to USB 2.0 cable and a CD with iTunes 4.6 for Mac and Windows computers.

Optional accessories with the following suggested retail prices include the iPod mini Dock for $39 (US), in-ear headphones for $39 (US) and arm band for $29 (US).

iPod mini can be charged with either the FireWire or USB 2.0 cable and gets up to eight hours of battery life (battery life and number of charge cycles vary by use and settings. See [url=][/url] for more information). iPod mini requires a Mac with a FireWire port and Mac OS(R) X version 10.1.5 or later (Mac OS X v10.2 or later recommended); or a Windows PC with a FireWire or USB 2.0 port, or a Windows-certified FireWire or USB 2.0 card and Windows 2000, XP Home or Professional.

More info about Apple’s iPod mini here.


  1. Realistically, 50,000 orders would be more reachable initially. The iPod mini is now shown on the UK Apple site. The entire European market doesn’t quite equal the U.S. in potential sales… just take a look at iTMS as an example.

  2. The fact that the mini will be available on July 24 confirms the problems Apple is having with getting enough Hitachi drives. Hitachi said a few months ago that they would be increasing production by the end of this quarter. Supplies will still be constrained, unfortunately. Another drive, from Segate, was recently announced. But announcing is not the same as full production and availability.

  3. Me happy. Want one now! Here in the Netherlands, price is 269 euro. In Germany price is 259 euro and in France price is 279 euro. These prices include taxes. Oh, price in pound sterling is 179. Great prices. In comparison, a Philips HDD060 with 1.5 GB HD cost about 220 euro. Most MP3 players available here are flash-based. And these are usually very expensive. Consider an iRiver iFP-795 with 512 MB RAM; price is between 300-329 euro. Consider an iRiver iFP-595T with 512 MB RAM; price is between 329-359 euro. I’m not going to buy these. To go on, a Creative Zen Xtra 30 GB Jukebox varies between 300 and 400 euro. A Creative MuVo-2 4 Gb costs 338 euro. Worse is that if I buy an iPod in a store, the 20 GB can cost up to 399 euro, but at the Apple online store it’s only 349 euro.

    So considering all options, 279 euro including free shipment is very nice indeed.

  4. U.S.A. iPod Mini $249, iPod $299 and up

    Canada iPod Mini $349, iPod $399 and up

    Canada’s Mini should only be priced 1/3 more than U.S. or about $332

    I guess supplies are still low on these items, oh well…

  5. Where are the next generation iPods? Considering the delay of the Minis I half expected them to be introduced with bigger capacities. The bigger iPods will propably not be updated until after the Minis go on sale (outside USA) for marketing reasons. iPod Minis would not look so hot if a next generation iPod was announced before they became available.

    Having said that I would love to have a Mini. They seem better suited for jogging.

  6. pkradd “Realistically, 50,000 orders would be more reachable initially.”

    Too right. Everyone in London who wants an iPod mini has one already. Hence the shortages in the US ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”grin” style=”border:0;” />

  7. uhh, how are they going to fill international orders when they can’t even keep their apple retail stores in good supply? i work at an apple store in california and ipod mini stock is a joke.

  8. A cold December night with snow flurries flitting through a nondescript alleyway somewhere off Ginza. Here and there, minimalist signs project from old timber dwellings, pointing out discreet entrances of little establishments. Etched in a square slab of grey cantilevered over a potted dwarf maple is a single stylized character of obscure meaning, unlit tonight. A suited young man uncharacteristically stands guard, occasionally bowing deeply in regret to would-be patrons — the club is Kashi-kiri … moshiwake gozaimasen.

    Inside, five executives are being entertained by six girls — four of them blondes — one of them singing enka in a preposterously foreign accent and waving a fan with exaggerated gestures. The Sony man is pleased, observes the mama-san with unerring eyes; the Hitachi guests are roaring in approval and the man from MITI yells encouragement at the girl. Tonight all will profit. Apple will just have to wait a bit for their micro-drives.

  9. So now folks in the Netherlands will be able to duplicate the experience of shopping for iPod mini in a US Apple Store.

    Which raises the question: how do you say “We ain’t got none” in Dutch? ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />

  10. Lissen, Dutch, we ain’t got none so beatit before I kick you from here to Casablan…? Oh, you mean Dutch? They all speak English there. And German. And French. And… Dutch, of course, though nobody else speaks that. Now where’s that bottle?

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