“Spotty shortages abound for Apple Computer Inc.’s wildly popular iPod digital music players amid Wall Street expectations for a doubling in sales of the devices in the holiday quarter, analysts said on Wednesday,” Duncan Martell reports for Reuters. “‘I was at an Apple store just yesterday and the place was packed with people looking at iPods and iPod accessories,’ said Susan Kevorkian, an analyst at IDC in San Mateo, California. ‘There’s no question that iPods are an extremely hot item this holiday season.'”
“Some financial analysts have forecast that Apple will sell 4 million of the market-leading devices in the current quarter, double the number it sold in the previous period, when they accounted for 23 percent of the Cupertino, California-based company’s overall revenue,” Martell reports. “‘The outages are relatively spotty,’ said Stephen Baker, an analyst at market research firm NPD Group.”
Martell reports. “Yet even so, Apple appeared to be largely prepared to meet the demand, Baker said, noting it was more likely that consumers would find the iPod they wanted at a retailer rather than at online stores such as Amazon.com… While the iPod mini is still very popular — there was a six-week wait when they were first available — it’s the 20-gigabyte iPod that’s topping iPod wish lists this year, analysts said. The 20-gigabyte iPod costs $299 and can store as many as 5,000 songs.”
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