Wal-Mart begins selling Apple’s iPod mini in select stores

“Wal-Mart Stores has quietly begun selling Apple Computer’s popular iPod Minis in select stores, the mega retailer’s first big move into the market for the enormously popular digital music players. The discount chain is selling Minis in a ‘limited number of stores,’ a Wal-Mart representative said Monday. The representative declined to elaborate on how many of the company’s nearly 5,000 stores are carrying the device,” Alorie Gilbert and Ina Fried report for CNET News.

“The Mini is one of the few Apple products the discount chain sells, but that may soon change. The companies are rumored to be working out an agreement for Wal-Mart to begin selling the iPod Shuffle, a music device Apple unveiled last month. A report on enthusiast site AppleInsider speculated that Wal-Mart may order as many 250,000 iPod Shuffles,” Gilbert and Ina Fried report.

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24 Comments

  1. It’s official: Thanks to the iPod, Apple is now unstoppable.

    Who in the H#LL would’ve ever thought that Sprawl-Mart would cave so quickly? Next they’ll be selling the Mac mini.

    Everyone else (Gates, Glaser, Dell, etc.) must be kicking themselves now that the sleeping giant known as Apple has awakened. But hey, tough s*#t for them — it’s not as though they didn’t have several YEARS since Jobs returned to try and do better than Apple. It’s just that they CAN’T!

    Buncha f#&^ing losers. I hope Apple pulverizes them all.

  2. Wal-Mart is famous for pressuring its suppliers into lowering their prices just to be able to get their products into Wal-Mart, in fact there has been speculation that the recent Procter & Gamble/Gillette merger was primarily designed to give the new company more power in dealing with Wal-Mart. Now Apple, a company that is well known for being unwilling to cut prices just to get a sale is going into Wal-Mart as well, could this be seen as chinks in the armor of Wal-Mart?

  3. I like Apple, but not enough to get me into a Wal-Mart. Really, I think this is a mistake. People bitched the other day about Best Buy… where are the whiners now? Where are they going next… to the “Everything’s a Dollar” store.

  4. When you think about the fact that Apple has beaten the likes of Sony, Dell, Virgin, Real Networks, and apparently Wal-Mart in the hottest commercial market space makes one shake their head. Maybe that is why Bill Gates is sooooooo stressed these days.

  5. I don’t necessarily like Wal-Mart (I much prefer Target), but I noticed that there is a fundamental difference from Wal-Marts in California and ones in the Midwest. In my opinion, the WM’s in the Midwest are much nicer than the ones in CA. Overall, I still prefer Target anywhere over WM anytime.

    Other than that, I think that Apple is finally getting noticed by some major people and inroads are slowly being made. Yes, that means that the average Joe may have an iPod and it won’t be exclusive to the rich, hip, etc. Who cares? It gets Apple more notoriety and consequently, more money, which means more R&D, more innovation, and better products. I don’t think this is such a bad thing. In this case, the iPod is a product (and Mac stuff in general) that really is better and for once the best is winning, at least in the case of the iPod, and hopefully soon Macintosh computers.

    I just want to see the Microsoft giant crumble.

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