Yesterday, DailyTech reported
cuts are in store for Apple's iPhone and iPod touch. We reckoned
that it would be nice for Apple to also consider dropping the price
on its lower-end players as well.
It seems as though Apple has answered
our wish with at least one product line: the iPod shuffle. Apple
today dropped the price of its 1GB iPod shuffle from $79 to a more
manageable $49. The price cut is sure to give sales of the tiny,
display-less player a boost.
In addition to the price cut for the
1GB iPod shuffle, Apple also introduced a new 2GB model for a low
$69. Pricing the new 2GB iPod shuffle under the previous price point for the 1GB model is a great move on Apple's part and is sure to anger a few customers who purchased shuffles in recent months.
"At just $49, the iPod shuffle is
the most affordable iPod ever," said Apple VP of Worldwide iPod
Product Marketing Greg Joswiak. "The new 2GB model lets music
lovers bring even more songs everywhere they go in the impossibly
small iPod shuffle."
The 1GB and 2GB iPod shuffles are be
available in silver, blue, green, purple and (PRODUCT) red.
quote: But since the iPod shuffle is competing with the Zen Stone Plus
quote: Having said all that, you don't NEED an iPod anymore, lots of other players that are 'better' (my Creative Zen 8gb is better than the comparable nano in everything except for the bundled software and the user interface), something which still counts a lot with non-technical consumers.