iPod Gets Refresh. Cuts Prices
By Richard Menta 2/24/05
The hype over expected iPod announcements by Apple called for an iPod
with bluetooth and a color screen for the iPod Mini. The digerati were
left slightly dissapointed as the actual iPod news did not come through
with anything so dramatic. What Apple did announce were a number of simple
enhancements and some welcomed price cuts to their line of digital portables.
Some of these price cuts were significant.
Below are the details of the iPod's latest revamp:
- The iPod Mini gets a new 6GB version of the player. Many of the pundits
were expecting a 5GB upgrade to match the capacity of most Mini competitors.
This gives the iPod Mini the upper hand again, at least in the area of capacity.
The 6GB iPod Mini will sell for $249, the previous price of the older 4GB
model, which drops to $199.
- Apple has updated the color choices on the Mini, dropping gold and giving
more gloss to the remaining pallette. The iPod Mini also gets a better battery,
extending the life to 18 hours per charge. To accommodate price cuts, the
iPod Mini will no longer come with a power adapter. That is now an option
- The iPod Photo gets a significant price cut, possibly reflecting limited
adoption of a player that many felt was priced too high just for the adition
of a color screen and photo reading capabilities. Apple originally offered
a 40GB iPod Photo for $499 and a 60GB unit for $599. Five months later, the
40GB player has been replaced with a 30GB unit for $349, while the 60GB player
drops $150 to $449.
- The iPod Photo is introduced. The new accessory allows users to connect
their cameras directly to the iPod.
- All iPod lines will no longer come with both a FireWire and a USB 2.0 cable.
USB has won and the FireWire cable is now a $19 option.
The iPod Shuffle is available on Amazon
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