The iPod Mini, based on a 4GB hard drive, beganin February. But its because of higher-than-expected demand in the United States and a limited supply of hard drives.
The new product will be available in international markets starting July 24 through Apple?s online store as well as retailers and resellers, for $249.
Apple expects that greater supplies of the iPod Mini's 4GB hard drive will be available this summer, said Greg Joswiak, vice president of hardware product marketing at Apple.
"We hope to catch up with demand for the iPod Mini by the end of September," he said.
Last month, Appleof its iTunes music store to British, French and German customers.
CNET News.com's John Spooner contributed to this report.