Analysts expect video iPod from Apple, discuss price points

“On Tuesday, Apple fanned the flames of interest by sending out and e-mailing invitations to an Oct. 12 event at the California Theater in San Jose, Calif., enticing invitees with the text ‘One More Thing…’ accompanied by a picture of a closed red curtain,” Rex Crum reports for MarketWatch. “Speculation has immediately centered around another change to Apple’s line of iPod music players, and the company has precedent on its side. It was almost exactly a year ago that Apple used the same venue to debut the iPod Photo and U2 iPods at an event that featured Bono and The Edge of the band U2.”

“Industry analysts believe Apple is set to show off a long-awaited video iPod that can play music videos and other visual programming. Performance upgrades to Apple’s line of Macintosh computers could also be on the agenda,” Crum reports. “Gene Munster of Piper Jaffray said that a video iPod would definitely have a “wow factor” upon its release but that it would need to cost less than $400 and have a sizable library of downloadable videos available when it launches in order to avoid becoming a niche product. Shaw Wu of American Technology research echoed Munster’s comments about a video iPod’s price, adding that a $299 price tag would be preferable for the new product as anything higher could make it difficult for Apple to spur rapid sales. Wu said that, based on channel checks and industry sources, the first video content through Apple’s iTunes service would come in the form of music videos and video podcasts, with movies possibly arriving at a later date. Wu also said he believes Apple will refresh its Macintosh link with faster PowerPC processors as the company enters [its] transition to using Pentium chips from Intel Corp.”

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“A video player might also help Apple boost the iPod’s average selling price, Banc of America Securities analyst Keith Bachman said. As Apple has introduced lower-cost players, including the $99 iPod shuffle, the average selling price for the devices fell to $179 last quarter from $290 a year ago… The company also may introduce faster Mac computers next week… Bachman wrote in notes today to clients.”

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We love it when the analysts speculate on retail prices for unannounced products with unknown features and capabilities almost as much as we loved hearing from them that the iPod mini was “overpriced” upon its debut.

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23 Comments

  1. “We love it when the analysts speculate on retail prices for unannounced products with unknown features and capabilities almost as much as we loved hearing from them that the iPod mini was “overpriced” upon its debut.”
    Of course you do. That’s why you quote their articles all the time.

  2. I predict:

    Video
    80GB $599 US
    40GB $499 US

    no change in current iPod prices, hopefully
    The iPod line currently tops out at $399 US, and in my memory, Apple usually keeps a$599 US top model for early adopters to buy.

  3. From Dave:

    “I can’t imagine Jobs would call a “Special Event” just to announce speed-bumped PowerPC Mac products as Think Secret claims. That’s just nonsense.”

    Think secret is rearely wrong but this event has to be for something that the general media writes about. The WSJ never runs stories on powermacs. They love the iPod, they love the Mac Mini, they love iTunes, they would LOVE a Movie Store, they would (and so would I) LOVE intel macs earlier than predicted but I’m not sure developers are ready, unless rosetta is actually as good as apple claims it is.

    it has to involve one of those, or something entirely new that no one has ever thought of.

    The analysts are wrong to think that the device will cost only 299. That would be nice but Apple knows they could get more for it than that. They will probably try to keep it below 600, because only mac heads buys things at that price, but for christmas people spend more money than normal and they could probably get non mac heads to buy it for anything less for 450. that’s assuming its actually a video ipod. if its something else whats the point of price speculation.

    Remember when apple speculation completely lacked discussion of price, because the faithful were going to buy it anyway? I sorta miss not caring if anyone else would buy it; it felt like apple was our company and made things for us.

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