Nothing like the prospect of a new iPod--albeit based on pure speculation--to get fans of the digital music player talking.
Bloggers have been chewing on a prediction made last week by Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster that Apple Computer will launch new higher capacity iPod Nanos, such as 8 or 10 GB versions, late this summer or early this fall. "Releasing new Nanos during the back-to-school timeframe would allow Apple to capitalize on this seasonally stronger buying period, but, more importantly, we need to see the products in the market by October-November to take full advantage of holiday buying," he wrote.
Munster based his prediction in part on an --the chipmaker behind the iPod--that Apple won't be using its products for mid-range and high-range flash-based iPods.
Some are having trouble buying the prediction because, they say, higher capacity iPods would throw off the iPod pricing structure. Others, however, are already lamenting the idea that their 4 GB Nano might no longer be the coolest iPod on the block.
Blog community response:
"Now supposedly this is just a rumour and no formal announcement has occurred but I find this type of a jump in flash memory to be a bit silly...Apple can't make a Nano for 8GB-10GB for a competitive prices like they have the 1, 2, and 4GB, and anyone who wants a 30GB Full iPod will hardly be interested this 8, or 10GB Nano."
"With ThinkSecret stating that the 13.3-inchwide screen iBook replacement on its way and the 17-inch MacBook Pro being released in a matter of days its hard to see Apple scrounging for holiday product releases...As a proud owner of multiple iPods including a 4GB black nano I can say first hand that the $ to pod ratio is just fine the way it is. Of course this is a just a rumor as of now."
--Yah, I saw that already
"NOOOO!!! i just got my 5g iPod and now they're releasing better nanos!... its happening all over again! This happened when I got my 2g mini!"
--Pt.2k6 on iLounge