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iPod mini (4GB Second Generation)

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At a Glance
  • Apple iPod mini (4GB Second Generation)

The second-generation iPod mini, with its more vibrant sheen and impressively improved play time, is a winner. While we're sorry that Apple chose to cut corners by dispensing with the bundled FireWire cable and power adapter, we understand that many will find sacrificing these items to be no sacrifice at all when they can get a 6GB mini for the same price as the previous 4GB model (or save $50 on the latest 4GB iPod).

--Christopher Breen

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At a Glance
  • This slimmed-down iPod features 4GB or 6GB or of storage (enough for 1,000 or 1500 songs, respectively) and an anodized aluminum case in four fashion colors (three of which have deepended their hues from first-generation models).


    • Outstanding battery life
    • Cool colors
    • Price drop


    • Does not include FireWire cable and power adapter
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