So I’m sure you’re all aware of today’s iPod news – Apple replaced the iPod mini with the new iPod nano – super tiny, thin, looks like a cute little shrunken iPod color/photo. Here are some of my inital thoughts.
I think the iPod shuffle is one of Apple’s most popular recent products. Everyone I know that has one loves it, and everyone I show mine to wants one. My wife uses it at the gym, and says it makes her feel cool. The nano is replacing the mini, which was apparently Apple’s most popular model, and I have no doubt that the nano will be the must-have gadget of the season.
If you look on the iPod page, the lineup is pretty much complete from top to bottom:
$99 – 512MB Shuffle
$149 – 1GB Shuffle
$199 – 2GB Nano
$249 – 4GB Nano
$299 – 20GB Color
$399 – 60GB Color
Only thing that’s missing is the super-high-end $499 spot, where the 60GB Photo used to live. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a monster 80GB or 100GB iPod slot in there, but at the same time, who has that much legitimate music? Even with podcasts, I’m sure Apple knows that anyone with that much music is likely a pirate. And as careful and protective as they are of their relationship with the music industry, I’m not sure they’d want to send that message.
At any rate, I predict that the nano will be a huge seller. Evidence: I have 3 iPods already (a 40GB 3G, a 512 MB Shuffle, and a 20GB Color), so I’m the last person in the world that really needs another MP3 player, let alone another iPod. But I have this uncontrolable urge to buy one. It’s just so freaking tiny, and beautiful! I can’t use the “buying it for my wife” excuse again, because she just started using the shuffle. We’ll see how long I can hold out, or if reason finally prevails. 😉