Macworld UK reports that Apple sold about 125,000 iPods in the UK during the last quarter — about 17 percent of global iPod sales, according to the publication, and the largest single market for the MP3 player anywhere in Europe.
iPods were a hot commodity this past holiday season, with many retailers in the UK selling out of the diminutive devices before consumers could lay their hands on them. At Macworld Expo last week, Apple CEO Steve Jobs reported that Apple sold about 730,000 iPods total during the quarter. More than 2 million of the devices have been sold since they were first introduced.
Among last week’s announcements included the introduction of the new iPod mini, Apple’s attempt to claim the same territory now owned by high-end flash-based MP3 players. It’s a US$249, 4GB hard-disk based device that uses the same operating system as the iPod and works identically, save some different navigation buttons. It’s expected to be available in Europe following its introduction in North America. Apple also introduced a 15GB iPod to replace its 10GB model, at the same price of $299.
More details about iPod sales should be released following this afternoon’s quarterly call with financial analysts. MacCentral will provide further color as it becomes available.