Mac mini and iPod Shuffle: Industry Impressions

"The Mac Mini is a great way to get OSX power without the dosh. I'm thinking about picking one up myself."
- John Biggs, Technical Editor, Laptop, PC Upgrade, Surge

"The Mac mini is 2 x 6.5 inches. Your car stereo is 2 x 7 inches. Are you thinking what I'm thinking?"
- Matt Myers, System Administrator, Tru Playa

"I think the Mini is a home run and will only encourage more potential switchers to leave Windows in the dust, although I'm holding out hope that a $699 or $799 iBook is not too far behind.

As for the Shuffle, I'm not to keen on the lack of an LCD for selecting specific tracks. (1GB is a fair amount of music.) But for the price I suspect that even existing iPod owners will snatch one up for their workouts."
- Mark Spoonauer, Editor in Chief, Laptop Magazine

"The most impressive thing to me about the iPod shuffle is the price point - $149 for 1 GB of flash storage is a lot of bang for the buck. The usual impressive Apple styling is there, but I'm dubious on the lack of a screen - what if you actually want to listen to a certain song? The Apple hype machine spit out some pretty text about how cool it is to be "random", but I wonder how well that will work in real life...


Based on what I've seen so far, the Apple Mini is quite impressive. I'm blown away by how small it is - I was expecting some sort of Blade-sever-esque size, but the Apple Mini makes my Shuttle XPCs look like a full tower. The specs for it are absolutely pathetic (167 mhz bus speed? I can type faster than that), but people aren't going to buy one because it will their fast, main computer. They'll buy one as a second or even third computer, something to compliment what they already have, or to fit into a tight space. Hell, I've never owned a Mac (and frequently smack Apple around) and even I'm considering picking one of these up. The Apple OS has always intrigued me, but the price point always put the idea of getting one on the "When I get $2000 that I have nothing better to do with" shelf."
- Jason Dunn, Executive Editor & Publisher, Digital Media Thoughts

"Mac mini = adorable, and sharp market placement to boot. I wanted to hate the ipod shuffle. And I do hate the chumps that are buying 5 at a time just because it's an ipod, but I have to say, the screens on most flash players are useless anyway, and I usually set mine to random anyway. Also $150 for a gig player (if I'm remembering right) is a really goddamn good price for a player, let alone one that apple has deigned to come down from its mountain to bestow upon us.
- Scott Alexander, Senior Editor, Playboy

"I will buy ipod shuffle in the hope that now I don't have an excuse of not getting to the gym. mac mini is going to my five year old niece, so that i can make sure she doesn't get bad habits like windows."
- Om Malik, GigaOm

"Apple certainly needs something at $499, although whether this is it, I don't know. With only 256MB of RAM Apple is going to acquaint a lot of new users with the spinning beach ball.

As for the chewing gum Compact Flash, it sucks for all the reasons Apple said CF players suck."
- Andrew Orlowski, West Coast Bureau Chief, The Register


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