Rating the iPod minis

By Matthew Hicks  |  Posted 2004-01-06 Print this article Print

Moira Kavanaugh, who said shed recently purchased the $400 version of the full-size iPod for her 16-year-old daughter, said "the $249 mini would have been great" had it been available at the time. Her daughter had already downloaded—legally, she added—more than 500 songs from the iTunes Music Store, which would still only fill half the new model, she pointed out. As for a general overview of the mornings Apple announcement, Kavanaugh said, "If youre really into music, or big servers, it would have been cool."
Although attendees polled by eWEEK.com expressed almost universal praise for the design of the machine, many also claimed the iPod mini was too expensive. Claire Hagan of San Francisco described the iPod mini as "amazing but just too expensive. I have a 5GB iPod, and theres no way Id replace it with the mini."
Overall, however, attendees appeared pleased with the overall tone of the keynote. Sara White, a designer from Cleveland, called the speech "a bit up-and-down, with GarageBand amazing and the iPod too expensive." "GarageBand looks terrific," said Deborah Lancaster, a home Mac user from Sunnyvale, Calif. "Im thinking about how I can use it and how my kids can use it." David Azevedo, who said he was not a regular Mac user, opined, "I thought theyd come up with a more reasonably priced iPod, perhaps under $200." However, he said, hed personally only be in the market for a sub-$150 MP3 player. Roxanna Font, an associate magazine editor at the Commonwealth Club of California in San Francisco, also said she found the new consumer offerings impressive. But she had hoped to hear about new offering for the graphics and production work that she does on Macs. "The keynote didnt so much have a graphics-work focus as a consumer focus," she said. "[But] the keynote did its job of getting people excited."

Matthew Hicks As an online reporter for eWEEK.com, Matt Hicks covers the fast-changing developments in Internet technologies. His coverage includes the growing field of Web conferencing software and services. With eight years as a business and technology journalist, Matt has gained insight into the market strategies of IT vendors as well as the needs of enterprise IT managers. He joined Ziff Davis in 1999 as a staff writer for the former Strategies section of eWEEK, where he wrote in-depth features about corporate strategies for e-business and enterprise software. In 2002, he moved to the News department at the magazine as a senior writer specializing in coverage of database software and enterprise networking. Later that year Matt started a yearlong fellowship in Washington, DC, after being awarded an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellowship for Journalist. As a fellow, he spent nine months working on policy issues, including technology policy, in for a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives. He rejoined Ziff Davis in August 2003 as a reporter dedicated to online coverage for eWEEK.com. Along with Web conferencing, he follows search engines, Web browsers, speech technology and the Internet domain-naming system.

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