“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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