Rating the iPod minis
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 downloadedlegally, she addedmore 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."
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."
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."