Immediately = Pretty Soon

{"The new, "," -- with their mini-like click wheels, improved battery life, and simplified navigation -- are worth waiting for.

And you will.

Although Apple's press release claims the iPods are "available immediately," this is not the case if the two Apple Stores I visited today are any indication. The Company Store on the Apple campus had no new iPods in stock nor did the Apple Store at Santa Clara's Valley Fair shopping center.

Supplies of iPod minis also appear to remain constrained. In the last few weeks I've casually checked in with a few Apple Stores across the country and supply of the minis has yet to meet demand -- a dozen or so minis make it to a store and those that aren't already spoken for are snatched up in short order.

But there's good news for those who've been waiting for the "," -- an Apple device that allows you to stream music between your Mac and a stereo connected to the device. The front counter of the Valley Fair Apple Store had a dozen or so of the devices available for purchase. I've got mine and will offer insights as they occur to me. "}

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