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Emperor David Pogue over at the New York Times had an interesting blog post a few days ago wherein readers begged him for information relating to product cycles. Think, "Shoot, I just bought that trendy MP3 player last week and today they announce the new one!" It's quite a conundrum. So what's Mr. Pogue's advice?

In the other realms, it's a matter of watching patterns. Apple updates its iPods and Mac models about twice a year, too. Waiting for January is always a good bet, because the company often saves up big announcements for the Macworld Expo.... If anyone else can shed any light on the gadget-release cycles for other categories, please chime in!

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And chime in we shall. What do you hip cats think? In fact, does knowing product cycles affect your purchasing habits? I smell a poll...

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Personally, I haven't bought an iPod since the very first rumors of a "real" video iPod began to surface. But then again, I'm crazy like that.

Clues to Gadget-Release Cycles [Pogue's Posts - New York Times Blog]

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