Apple to Ship iPod Minis Worldwide July 24

Great news for people who wanted an iPod mini, but lived outside of the US. Apple announced today that the iPod mini will soon be available worldwide on July 24. Apple delayed the shipment of the iPod mini because of "stronger-than-expected U.S. demand and tight supplies of the hard drive" earlier this year.

Apple Computer Inc. on Wednesday said its iPod mini digital music player would be available internationally, beginning July 24, at a price of $249. In March, the company said it would delay the international launch of the player due to stronger-than-expected U.S. demand and tight supplies of the hard drive, which is at the core of the player.

Apple had originally planned to start worldwide shipping in April. Earlier this year, the company said it had 100,000 preorders for the iPod mini, a smaller version of the popular iPod player that is about the length and width of a business card and holds about 1,000 songs. The company, best known for its Macintosh computers, has found huge success in digital music. Apple has sold more than 3 million iPods and has a 50-percent market share of digital music players. Its iTunes online music service is the most popular legal music download sites, claiming 70 percent of all songs bought online.

News source: Reuters

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