By Robert Menta 7/17/02
The iPod has been such a succcess for the Apple that quite a few Windows users went to the effort of purchasing the previously Mac-only device, bought 3rd party software to run it, and then added a FireWire card to allow it to tranfer tunes between the unit and the PC. To them it was better than waiting for a Windows version to appear.
Needless to say, you knew Apple was not going to ignore the PC potential for very long. Yesterday at Macworld the company announced it will be shipping a Windows versions of iPod.
The new unit will be available in 5GBand 10GB versions as well as a new 20GB version also introduced at Macworld. The 20GB unit will sell for $499, what the 10GB unit sold for before the price drop that accompanied the refresh of the iPod line. Music transfers will still require a FireWire card, which should drive FireWire adoption in more new PCs, the real coup for Apple. File transfers are handled using MusicMatch.
Prices for the iPod are now $299 for the 5GB unit, $399 for the 10GB, and as we said before $499 for the 20GB. For more information, check out Apple's site here
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