Spotty shortages abound for Apple’s iPod, especially the 20GB model

“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… 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.”

Full article here.


  1. Was in South Coast Plaza store this past Friday. They had plenty of iPods and iPod minis in store, but they appeared to be going fast, especially after I helped my mother pick out a pink iPod mini for my young sister. Earlier in the week, I was in Honolulu, Hawaii for the 2004 Marathon, but didn’t have a chance to visit the Ala Moana store. DAMN!!!!!

    Will visit next year.

  2. Olga, a girlfriend of mine was in a large book store – ‘Hugeldubel’ by name – here in Berlin. They’d set up a relatively small ‘Apple corner’, selling iPods, iBooks, and Power Books and, as she intends to buy a Power Book, she stayed a while and talked to an assistant.

    Olga told me they sold three Power Books in half an hour and the iPods – particularly the minis – were flying off the shelves.

    She was amazed – as I am, because Germany has been lagging behind in iPod and Mac sales – until now apparently. And this was a book shop! – not one of the four or five Apple dealers here in Berlin.

  3. I just remembered that while shopping at a Sam’s/Price Club in Cali, the had a skid of “Apple iPod from HP” which in itself tells me a lot. iPods are in demand. If these large club stores are willing to stock their shelves and floor space with a product, it has to be a top seller. I couldn’t find another other serious MP3 competitor device around.

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