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January 11, 2005

iClunker

ipod shuffleThis thing looks like a loser to me. No menu? No way to see what is on it unless it is plugged into a USB port? I'm not buying it (the premise). Maybe people who already own an iPod and dig the shuffle songs thing - but new users? It is going to be interesting to see how this fares in the next few months. Will it continue the iPod hit parade, or go the way of the Cube?

The Mac mini is just as troubling - it is something brand new, concept wise - the computer, not just without a monitor, but without a keyboard and mouse too... couldn't they have at least thrown in those things for $499? Both of these are very iffy prospects to me. I have been a fan of nearly everything since Jobs came back - all the iMac models, the short lived Cube, the G5s, iPods of course - but these new offerings have the feeling of a stretch in them. We shall see.