Apple has the Gen-4 iPod on sale now. I just saved an order for later as I consider getting my first iPod. And for a limited time, buyers can get their iPods personally engraved for free (one or two lines). From Apple:
Incorporating the fabulous Apple Click Wheel that was first introduced on iPod mini. Offering up to 12 hours of battery life. Weighing in at just 5.6 ounces. And getting slightly thinner with each new generation. iPod continues to define the perfect digital music player for Mac and Windows. You can now purchase a 20GB iPod for $299. Or a 40GB iPod for $399.
I'll make a decision some time this week.
Update at 12:45pm:
1. Apple has posted an update of the iPod software for all users, although it appears that some features won't work on older iPods.
2. There's some confusion about what exactly comes with the high-end version (40GB). The iPod spec page lists a dock, carrying case and remote. The final page once you place an order only shows a dock. Some MacHeads have complained about this and were promised the remote and carrying case in a separate package. And still others were told that the additional package is standard and will ship with all orders.
3. Are the new iPods available at retail locations? In the official release Apple says yes. When I called the SoHo location, I was told they're not in yet; they expect supplies within a week or so. If I have the chance, I'll stop by today.
4. I deleted my earlier saved order and just saved another for the 40GB version. I'll wait till towards the end of this week to really decide. Of course, by that time I'll probably end up on a waiting list for weeks (if not months).
Posted by ronn at July 19, 2004 08:57 AM