Apple iPod Mini Off to a Slow Start

Apples' iPod Minis started shipping this week, and Apple announced that it has received more than 100,000 preorders for the small, colorful, and overly expensive (at $250 a pop) devices. That may seem like a decent number, but consider the following: When Apple announced its first-generation iBook product line in 1999, the company received more than 125,000 preorders, and those machines cost over $1000 more per unit than the iPod Mini. We don't mind paying for quality, but $250 is just too much scratch for what is essentially a tiny 4GB hard disk.

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