Will Mini iPods Delete Bigger iPods?
from the just-wondering dept
Well, as every other tech site in the world is now telling you, the not-so-secret rumors that Apple was coming out with a “mini iPod”, cleverly named “iPod mini” are completely true. The other big story people are focusing on are that Apple has gotten past their Henry Ford-style color options, and will offer the iPod mini in multiple colors. You can read all the details at other sites, but in looking over the stories about the device, I’m wondering if the iPod mini will replace the iPod itself as the popular music device of choice. Personally, I don’t own an iPod or any portable digital music player (I barely have any digital music – so buying such a device would only mean I need to rip all my CDs, which is a project I’m still not ready to bother with). Still, the iPod mini seems to make a lot more sense to me than many other portable music devices. The early MP3 players had way too little memory, but once you get up into the 4 gigabyte range, I wonder how much more some people need. Historically, of course, that’s a dangerous viewpoint to take – since we’ve always figured out ways to fill up empty storage space. With Apple even advertising games, calendars and other iPod apps – you can imagine that the memory will go. However, if I were in the market for such a device, I’d definitely go with the mini iPod version right now: it’s a better size for carrying around and it’s “good enough” in terms of storage space – not to mention that it’s cheaper. Thus, while I’m sure there are some people who simply need to have more storage space, I’m wondering if this mini iPod will steal marketshare away from its big brother.