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  • The Great iPod Shortage of 2009?

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    Here's something you don't hear every day.

    Our friends at Apple Insider are reporting that the iPod line inventory is low as Apple's big September event approaches.

    Speaking with Apple Authorized Resellers, Ars Technica has found that the current stock of iPod models is no longer being
    shipped, and all of the current SKUs are being discontinued. The news is expected, as Apple refreshes its iPod lineup every
    September.

    "According to insiders speaking to Ars, stock of current iPod models is running dry and new ones aren't coming in anytime soon," the report states. "This all but confirms that an iPod refresh is on the way, but we already knew that."
    If your reaction to this news is anything like mine, you're wondering when the alleged "new iPod" lineup will hit stores given that the current inventory is apparently already drying up. Since I don't recall similar inventory depletion leading up to previous September Apple media events, I can't help but see this "leak" as an indication that new models and updates could be ready for purchase or pre-order immediately following the 09/09/09 event. That would be great... otherwise, we may see iPod rationing.

    Rumored for the September roll out are: an iPod Touch updated with camera and various storage size options; iPod Touch Nano with camera but available in color varieties; the end of the road for the Classic; and an iPod Touch Pad built to compete against the Kindle.

    Apple Insider hints at other possible announcements, too.

    Historically, when it comes to announcements from Apple, there's much we can predict and also much that we can't. And just as September is a big month for announcements from Apple, August is the month when Apple is most enigmatic and silent. Since Apple hasnt disappointed our low expectations for August, there's a good chance they won't disappoint our high expectations for September.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: The Great iPod Shortage of 2009? started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 25 Comments
    1. pwnurphone's Avatar
      pwnurphone -
      I am hoping when they do realse a new line that it will have a camera!

      Edit - First post Wo0T!
    1. RonHC's Avatar
      RonHC -
      hmmmmm
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      I hope that they eliminate the iPod touch at this event
    1. Channan's Avatar
      Channan -
      Quote Originally Posted by StealthBravo View Post
      I hope that they eliminate the iPod touch at this event
      _ō Why?

      And people keep talking about a camera, but what about a microphone? Hasn't that been rumored to be on the next iPod touch as well? That would make Shazam, Voice Memos, VoIP apps, and Voice Control, etc possible without having to use iPhone headphones. Seems like that could be more useful than a camera, though both are welcomed.
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      I need a new iPod touch...WITH A CPU like the iPhone 3GS and camera. I hope it's in the new iTouch.
    1. staplerz's Avatar
      staplerz -
      Good thing I just sold my iPod Touch [=
    1. Poseidon79's Avatar
      Poseidon79 -
      I already have an iPhone and a shuffle... what else could I need at this point. A shuffle with a camera is worthless.
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Shuffle with a camera?
    1. sayam's Avatar
      sayam -
      Quote Originally Posted by hR!$ View Post
      _ō Why?

      And people keep talking about a camera, but what about a microphone? Hasn't that been rumored to be on the next iPod touch as well? That would make Shazam, Voice Memos, VoIP apps, and Voice Control, etc possible without having to use iPhone headphones. Seems like that could be more useful than a camera, though both are welcomed.
      I remember posting about a microphone. It was there if it hasn't been posted. There was a rumor...
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      Quote Originally Posted by Poseidon79 View Post
      I already have an iPhone and a shuffle... what else could I need at this point. A shuffle with a camera is worthless.
      A shuffle with a camera is worthless without a screen.
    1. A_DuB187's Avatar
      A_DuB187 -
      I hope Apple doesn't eliminate the iPod classic all together. I love my iPod classic. It can hold a LOT of Movies and TV Shows and I always use it in my car because my in-dash unit is iPod compatible so it plugs in via the dock connector and displays all the playlists and I can watch the video on the in-dash's bigger screen. Some of these newer iPod models aren't compatible for video with in-dash units which sucks.

      If they do get rid of the classic they better still make at least one iPod thats still video capable with in-dash unit's because that's the only reason I have a regular iPod when I already have every iPhone model (which aren't compatible).
    1. The Maestro's Avatar
      The Maestro -
      Does this mean no free iPod when I buy a MacBook they said I had till sept 8
    1. ipodtouch2.2.1's Avatar
      ipodtouch2.2.1 -
      I already have an itouch, iphone 2g, ipod nano 4th gen, and an ipod video 5th gen.


      dnt need this but a mic on the itouch would be awesome!!
    1. rwin84's Avatar
      rwin84 -
      I want a new touch. The 2G is cool but I need more especially since it stays mounted in my car. LOL
    1. GHOSTYAIRO's Avatar
      GHOSTYAIRO -
      Quote Originally Posted by StealthBravo View Post
      Shuffle with a camera?
      Quote Originally Posted by awesomeiPod View Post
      A shuffle with a camera is worthless without a screen.
      Shuffle with a screen
    1. mdc929's Avatar
      mdc929 -
      wonder what the announcements actually entail
      then again i was pretty content with whats out right now
      if its not broken dont fix it right?
    1. algojobathosai's Avatar
      algojobathosai -
      An ipod touch with camera and microphone???
      Isnt it iphone already if ipod touch have all those things???
      what differentiate ipod touch and iphone then????
    1. dale1v's Avatar
      dale1v -
      ^ You won't be able to connect to a network carrier on WiFi.
    1. GregTheWang's Avatar
      GregTheWang -
      Quote Originally Posted by StealthBravo View Post
      I hope that they eliminate the iPod touch at this event
      I do as well.
    1. MetallicaFan1991's Avatar
      MetallicaFan1991 -
      iPod Touch is shite tbh and I hope they eliminate it but Apple won't, I still love my iPod Video 5.5th Gen.