Apple today announced that electronics manufacturer
and electronics retailer
will both sell the company’s popular iPod digital music player.
Bose plans to carry the 15GB and 30GB iPod models in its retail stores, while Circuit City will offer the 10GB, 15GB and 30GB models. What’s more, iPods will also be available online through Circuit City’s e-commerce Web site. Both companies will begin selling iPods starting in August.
Apple’s third-generation iPods feature a slimmer design than previous models, and sport a dock connector that enables them to plug in to either Macs or PCs. The new units feature a “no moving parts” navigation wheel and backlit touch buttons.
Mac connectivity requires a FireWire port and Mac OS X v10.1.5 or higher; PCs require either FireWire or USB 2.0 with various flavors of Windows. Apple has developed the iPod to work hand-in-hand with its iTunes Mac OS digital music software; it also ships MUSICMATCH Jukebox Plus 7.5 for use with Windows.
The 10GB iPod model is available for $299; the 15GB unit costs $399; and the 30GB unit runs $499.