Analysts say Apple ‘has seriously underestimated 20GB iPod demand this Christmas’

“Technophiles in the UK could be bitterly disappointed this Christmas as companies are warning of a possible gadget shortage for British consumers. The most popular ‘must-have’ item this year appears to be Apple computer’s iPod, which is low in stock at both online and offline retailers,” Contractor UK writes. “Analysts say the PC maker has seriously underestimated demand for its 20GB device that stores up to 5,000 songs, and pulls in more seasonal good will than its scaled down rival, iPod Mini.”

“Retail site Amazon says the sought after 20GB model will be ‘in stock soon,’ while online at the iPod store, the pledge of delivery within three business days is being reassured,” Contractor UK writes.

“However, shoppers are being warned that the hottest gadget for iPod users this Christmas, the iTrip, may be tempting but is considered illegal, under UK wireless & telephony laws. The device lets an iPod user attach it to the player so their favourite tracks can be broadcast through FM radio,’ Contractor UK writes. “Although over 10,000 of the add-ons have been sold, regulator Ofcom has condemned the device as being identical to a pirate radio station, and said they will act if they receive broadcasting complaints.”

“Legal add-ons from Apple, proving just as popular this Christmas, include a widget to turn iPod into voice recorder, as well as the group’s Air Port Express. This popular little device resembles a large plug that allows users to extend the range of their musical network, so melodies being played in the mull wine cellar can be sent along to the study,” Contractor UK writes.

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27 Comments

  1. … guess they were listening to the analysts that predicted that the iPod was going to lose market share to cheaper rivals. Analysts suck ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”raspberry” style=”border:0;” />

  2. The iTrip is identical to a pirate radio station – with the range from your car’s driver’s seat… to the front antannae (forget it if the wire is in the back).

    Get a life!

  3. There are stupid laws that are stupid laws all around the world.

    You couldn’t wear hemp fabric in the USA, for example, because that would be a federal offence. Even though your hemp shirt would have no psychotropic properties, may have been made from a hemp variety that had no smokin’ value at all and even though hemp grows wild on the roadside in much of the USA anyway.

    If you got busted three times, once for wearing a hemp shirt, once for hemp trousers and once for hemp socks, that could potentially get you life in a federal prison, banged up with murderers and rapists.

  4. Apple made sure U.S. customers got first dibs on iPods, all varieties. That’s the way it is. Sounds more like sour grapes then anything. (Or spoiled – spoilt- egg nog to me). Happy Holidays.

  5. Apple made sure U.S. customers got first dibs on iPods, all varieties. That’s the way it is. Sounds more like sour grapes then anything. (Or spoiled – spoilt- egg nog to me). Happy Holidays.

    Look at the Apple Stores.. the point is propping up the Mac line.. and face it.. US Marketshare matters more than anything else.. If tomorrow you read that Apple now had 10% of sales for the quarter in the US.. everyone around the world in IT would say, “Something’s going on.. Apple is back.” .. Better focus energy on the big advertising nation than.. say.. Ireland etc

  6. Yeah, I think Apple having 10 percent of the US market would mean more to the IT world in general than having 90 of the Irish Market. Although it would probably be mentioned a lot….. Do you think Apple COULD capture 90% of the Irish market????……….. Nevermind, I think I have been wearing too many hemp shirts.

  7. I wonder how many analysts can point to a specific prediction they have made that specifically identified the 20GB model as being the most in demand model. Nothing more that wasted press space. We would almost be better off reading fiction these days than listening to any press outlet.

  8. “…regulator Ofcom has condemned the device as being identical to a pirate radio station, and said they will act if they receive broadcasting complaints.”

    …I didn’t know that a 40ft broadcasting range (if you’re lucky) was so bad. What is that, like 1/100th of a watt? What about toy Walkie Talkies? Sheesh…

  9. theloniusMac,

    “… like a fox” is right! US $300 for a 20GB model, throw in a free-standing dock connector for another $40 — wait, for another $60 you can have double the capacity AND the dock thrown in, too!

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