iWish iHad an iPod mini

In: Personal

9 Aug 2004

I know I pointed out 5 reasons not to buy an iPod 6 months or so ago. I take that back. I caught the iPod bug. More specifically, the iPod mini bug – don’t really fancy the larger iPod, even if it’s much better with the 4G version.

I’m really getting it as something to soothe me and make my sad life a little brighter (believe it or not, pathetic as that sounds). I haven’t got any gadgets yet and this will probably be the first time I’m (modestly) splurging my salary. Yes that’s right. I don’t have an MP3 player, no palmtop device, no 3G phone (I kinda like my trusty Nokia 8250). I don’t even have a Discman that works.

Anyway, the sadness of my gadget-deprived life is besides the point. The point is, I want an iPod mini. And I wish I can get my hands on one tommorrow against all odds. Well, someone at an Apple reseller told me that there was a national shortage of iPod mini with interminable queues. Pretty disheartening, especially when I got a couple of colleagues to go down with me to buy it. And we were arrogantly told by the sales person (I reckon he was a Mac evangelist) that “Apple does not intend to include FM radio in the iPod or in the future”. (It really was more arrogant-sounding then that, but I forget the exact words to quote him verbatim.)

Good news is, a friend told me that she saw iPod minis selling around a tech place today. Well, at least she saw the boxes. And someone at the Mac Users Group (Singapore) posted that he bought an iPod just today. It just might happen! Will be calling a few places to check on their iPod mini stocks 10 hours from now. Fingers crossed.

15 Responses to iWish iHad an iPod mini

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Dave

August 9th, 2004 at 10pm

Good luck on your quest man, I know I love all of my gadgets.

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Roshambo

August 10th, 2004 at 3am

After you get an iPod be sure you get a Sumajin SmartWrap. It’s been the best accessory I’ve ever purchased and, lucky for you, it’s ships from Singapore.

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Donglai

August 10th, 2004 at 11am

Hey I know exactly how you feel. I didn’t have any gadget for a long time…well not the music kind at least. So one day I just went the Apple Store to check out the 4G and mini. I knew right then that I must have the mini. I was told the same story about the supply shortage.

I was told however that Apple Store receives shipment of ‘things’ everyday around noon. Your best bet is to call your local Apple Store each day around 1pm and ask if they have new shipment of mini. After just over a week of calling, I got my mini! I then cancelled my online order which had a 4 week waiting time.

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jbelkin

August 10th, 2004 at 3pm

Never read your original five reasons but you’re pretty much wrong on all five:

Yea, battery life is important but that’s like saying gas mileage is the most important criteria so why not get a scooter. That’s fine if you live 2 blocks from work or you need to fly to Europe every week AND you have to have music from the moment you sit down to the time you land – honestly, where do you live where you are not 6-12 hours from an outlet? ANd unlike some other players, the ipod will charge in your car (with an adapter) or even from your laptop with firewire – but then again, you are not in range of the north american power grid every 6-12 hours?

Jogging – well, I certainly do not look cool jogging, I need to lose weight but I enjoy the time away so I jog with my FIRST GENERATION ipod and believe me, I pound the pavement. Never a skip – the ipod has a 30-minute buffer, I believe. My ipod works great – still has about a 5-hour charge so unless you need to wade across a 10-foot stream everyday – jogging is not a problem as far as I can tell.

Expensive – how expensive can the greatest personal invention in the past 3 years be? For people older than 30, it’s a day’s pay – for people under 30 – it’s two days pay? If you like or love music and you have more than 5 CD’s – the ipod is simply brillant – everything else is second class or third class. If you’re not 9 years old and you have a job or an income and you like to listen to more than 5 CD’s – an ipod is like a can of cold bottled water after you walked through Death Valley. It is THAT GOOD and that life nournishing. You can settle for drinking well water and from the dog bowl but WHY?

The ipod is an mp3 PLAYER – Apple did not sell it as an mp3 RECORDER. See the difference? Just because you’re a journalist and need to record notes does not mean EVERYBODY needs that feature. By that measure, the Olympus recorder I have is one hell of a crappy music player but since they sell it as a VOICE RECORDER, I don’t expect it to do EVERYTHING for all people. You can buy an add-on if you cannot carry more than one device – that’s not exctly a tragedy.

itunes Music Store – Why do you even care about the WMA stores – they’re harder to use and they ALL carry the exact same number of tracks that MS encodes for them … and since MS has been busy trying to get the XP thing pack out, they don’t seem to have encoded any new tracks for the other stores so the itunes has even more tracks now – so, why exactly do you want a more inconvenient store selling you less tracks that are more restrictive?

And as for the ipod, while not all the colors are in stock, they seem to be at most of the Fry’s I pass by so maybe you’re just not looking hard enough.

Not to be rude but maybe you shouldn’t get one because you might be focused that the cord is not up to your standards or some other off-the-wall focal point. Don’t focus on the negatives in life – focus on what’s good and dare to believe something is actually great.

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flatrabbit

August 11th, 2004 at 2am

All my friends told me to get an iPod when I was looking for an mp3 player but I went the Creative Muvo2 route.

The 4GB version is great and I haven’t had a single problem with it.

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Luke

August 12th, 2004 at 4am

Tee hee. I love biased rants that are supposed to be taken as advice. Sorry jbelkin, but your credibility self-defenestrated the moment you balanced “never read your original post” with “and this is why you’re wrong” =P

I’m going to throw my lot in with the iPod camp though. It’s one of the better investments I’ve made (I had a 10gig first generation before it was stolen. at work! poo.). Feature wise, it doesn’t always stand up to the competitors. A great part of why people buy it is, I think, the look of it: both the design of the iPod itself as well as how one looks with an iPod. Still, Gizmodo.com said it well when it noted that you’re really buying into a whole market segment. Get an iPod, and you have 20 bajillion accessories with which to customize it (if that’s your thang). And ok, that scroll wheel design is just muy muy awesome.

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KissDaDookie

August 16th, 2004 at 5am

I just bought my iPod mini! Very easy to get! The secret behind this is that the apple online store states that there is a 4-6 weeks for delivery of the mini and all other retail outlets do not have them. So how did I purchase mines at the 249.99 list price instead of incredibly inflated prices in other retail stores which have these in stock? I went to the apple retail store! Check on the apple site for the closest one to you. The one I went to here in SoHo NYC had tons of pink and silver models.

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serialdeviant.org(y)

August 10th, 2004 at 8pm

Singaporean weblogs roundup.
Otterman writes on the upcoming film, Cages, “a Singapore-US feature film that aims to raise awareness of the handicapped in Singapore.” He also links to an interesting piece on Toronto’s Bicycle/Motor-Vehicle Collision Study.

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ClockRocket

August 17th, 2004 at 2am

iDon’t want an iPod
Ok, so I’d be the first to admit that Apples iPod and iPod Mini are two sexy looking bits of kit, but I’d never buy one. In response to Cheah Chu Yeow’s post pointing to ‘Five reasons not to buy…

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ClockRocket

August 17th, 2004 at 2am

iDon’t want an iPod
Ok, so I’d be the first to admit that Apples iPod and iPod Mini are two sexy looking bits of kit, but I’d never buy one. In response to Cheah Chu Yeow’s post pointing to ‘Five reasons not to buy…

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ClockRocket

August 17th, 2004 at 2am

iDon’t want an iPod
Ok, so I’d be the first to admit that Apples iPod and iPod Mini are two sexy looking bits of kit, but I’d never buy one. In response to Cheah Chu Yeow’s post pointing to ‘Five reasons not to buy…

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cowkiller6

August 28th, 2004 at 7am

Look( http://www.ipodsfree.tk), its legit. It was on cnn and wired.com. Has the proof on the site.

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vwanga

October 4th, 2004 at 8pm

yeah, that’s true, all you have to do is sign up for some stupid promotions & cancel them during the trial period after they give you credit. Get a few friends to do the same and they ship it free! My friend just got his a couple weeks ago! Im only two away. Anyway here the links:

Free Ipod:

http://www.freeiPods.com/default.aspx?referer=9889748

Free 17″ LCD:

http://www.FreeFlatScreens.com/default.aspx?referer=9891332

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Jesica Menlis

April 18th, 2006 at 8pm

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