January 1, 2004 09:50 PM PST
My first tech comment has to be on the mini iPod rumor:
Reliable sources inside and outside of Apple have confirmed Apple will announce the new pocket-size iPods in a number of capacities and in various colors, including stripes. Capacities will be 2 and 4GB -- meaning users could store some 400 and 800 songs, respectively. Prices will start at around $100US, Think Secret has learned. It is not known if the new product line will be available immediately after introduction.
Enough sources have confirmed this that it could likely be in development. Also, building the device that cheap isn't the problem, using upcoming storage technology
The 1.5-inch GB drive, which has been in volume manufacturing since mid-April, sells for $65 in quantities of 10,000. The company is aiming for $50, Magenis said.
The problem is: Most people are really, really excited about Apple releasing such a device
. When was the last time Apple made a product that was both highly desirable and priced well under any competition? In 15 years of following Apple, I can't remember a time. There has ALWAYS been some catch or drawback to every product, keeping it from being "insanely great". To focus, I'll save that list for another post.
Suffice to say, the miniPod may be announced at MacWorld in a few days, but it will be more expensive than rumored, and it will not be generally available for several months.