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Apple to unveil low-cost iPod?

By Julio Franco
Dec 29, 2003
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  1. Shnig

    Shnig TS Enthusiast Posts: 175

    I got me a zen 60GB. its savage I wouldnt touch an ipod. 8 hours battery life (zen has 14) pah my zen laughs at it with its suppiorior audio fidelity.
     
  2. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,551   +301

    Man, seems like I'm late to the show here :)

    Yeh, its definately a good idea to drop the cost and storage of the iPod, my sister just got one and I'm debating telling my parents (who bought it for her as a 'Santa' present) about this new one. Probably shouldn't tell them :)

    I have a 64 meg mp3 player that runs on flash memory and 2 triple As, I can buy an expansion card to bump that up, which I probably will do once I start running or biking more, and that will do me just fine for the capacity - I don't need thousands of songs to listen to at once, fire me up about 3 cds or so and I'm happy.
     
  3. Shnig

    Shnig TS Enthusiast Posts: 175

    I love flash based mp3 players my old one was a brillent intel pocket concert but it only held like 128megs :(
     
  4. Vehementi

    Vehementi TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,199

    Well it would take a long time for the iPod battery to not hold a charge anymore. We're not talking you have it for a month then it doesn't work anymore. I don't know alot about batteries, but of course the stock one would last a few years.
     
  5. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,551   +301

    18 months according to the link in the thread in meeting spot.

    What is the battery type? I know NiCads aren't going to last real long if you continually charge them when they still have a charge. Basically you want to run them dead - then fully charge them.
     
  6. JawaSnack

    JawaSnack TS Rookie

    I have also heard that the batteries crap out in the ipod and can't be replaced by the end user!! I also heard that Apple has now decided that they will replace the battery for around $100.00 if your battery does die on you! (that's still way too much for a battery)

    As for the cost of MP3's on i-tunes, $1.00 a song is WAAAYYYYYY too much money. I look at it like this: the average cd you might buy at a retail store holds 15+ songs and costs around $12.99-$13.99, if wanted to get the whole album off i-tunes then it's MORE expensive from the start!!

    This needs to be a cheaper (MUCH cheaper) alternative to buying the cd from a retail store. It needs to be $0.25 per song before I'm going to jump on the i-tunes bandwagon. some people may think that's not enough, but if an artist has a hit song and say just 1 million people buy it for .25 cents = $250,000.00 Thats a lot of money! plus, most artist have more than just one hit song per album.

    i'm done ranting for now...........
     
  7. chuonthis

    chuonthis TS Rookie Posts: 38

    Actually, some of the albums on iTunes cost $9.99 if you buy the whole album at once. And also, if it cost 25 cents a song, Apple would probably be losing a lot of money because of the royalties it has to pay to the RIAA and the processing fees from the credit card companies. Then they actually wouldn't be able to charge your card until you bought 2 songs cuz most of the time, the minimum you have to spend to use your card is 50 cents.
     
  8. Vehementi

    Vehementi TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,199

    Granted that is a lot of money, but it's not enough for 90% of the artists out there today who want to produce the least amount and quality of music for the most amount of money.
     
  9. xtrmn8r

    xtrmn8r TS Rookie Posts: 62

    the batteries used in the i-pod are lithium-ion batteries, nothing like nicad batteries. the best way to ensure the longetivity of them is to try to keep them as fully charged as possible, rather than running them down.

    i always thought what sngx1275 said was true, you need to run them down and fully charge them, but this is only true with nicad batteries. i regularly use a nimh battery pack without discharging it, and it has lasted for well over a year without building up a noticeable memory.

    at the end of the day it all comes down to how the person uses it, if its kept as full of charge as possible the battery will last for a long time, but if it is run out regularly then the life of the battery will be shorter.
     
  10. somekid007

    somekid007 TS Rookie Posts: 369

    id be the first in line at futureshop to buy one if they ever come out.
     
  11. Vehementi

    Vehementi TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,199

    I would buy a $100 iPod as well, but not now as I have a perfectly functional MP3 CD player.
     
     
  12. Godataloss

    Godataloss TS Rookie Posts: 501

    If they come out with a 5 gig player for anywhere near $100 it will be a huge hit. I will buy 4- one for the car, my computer, my stereo and my girlfriend. There is no player on the market at that price with even 512mb of memory that I am aware of.
     
  13. xtrmn8r

    xtrmn8r TS Rookie Posts: 62

    considering 10gb is still about triple that then i doubt they will be able to produce a 5gb one for around $100. i was wondering wether it was going to be another hdd or flash memory, as the cheaper ones are usually flash memory.

    i think for $100 512mb would be very reasonable, 256 built in and another 256 on a card, or some other form of removable media.

    anyway i dont think its possible for them to screw it up, its stil got the i-pod name so people will still buy it!
     
  14. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,551   +301

    Good to know - I didn't mean to imply (if I did) that thats how the Ipod batteries worked - I was just stating thats how it works for NiCads and was wondering about other types.
     
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