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# 18612 16-Jan-2008 11:04
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Announced at Macworld this morning, the native applications present on the iPhone but missing from the iPod Touch (Mail, Maps, Weather, Notes and Stocks) are now officially available on the iPod Touch. The catch:

* Existing iPod Touch owners who want these apps need to pay $27.99
* Anybody who buys an iPod Touch from here on gets the apps included free
* Plus - and here's the stinger that hasn't happened in the US - the retail price for the 8GB model has dropped from $479 to $449.

So, in summary:

* Early adopters pay $479 + $27.99
* New owners pay $449

This is a real kick in the guts to existing owners. Think of all those who have just had one for Xmas, or parents who have shelled out for one for the kids, and now they will need to shell out another $27.99.

On the plus side, this makes the iPod Touch a killer device, rivalling many full-blown PDAs out there. What will be interesting to see, though, is whether this waters down the desire for the iPhone in countries where this device hasn't been released yet.

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  # 105223 16-Jan-2008 15:43
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steve98: Announced at Macworld this morning, the native applications present on the iPhone but missing from the iPod Touch (Mail, Maps, Weather, Notes and Stocks) are now officially available on the iPod Touch. The catch:

* Existing iPod Touch owners who want these apps need to pay $27.99
* Anybody who buys an iPod Touch from here on gets the apps included free
* Plus - and here's the stinger that hasn't happened in the US - the retail price for the 8GB model has dropped from $479 to $449.

So, in summary:

* Early adopters pay $479 + $27.99
* New owners pay $449

This is a real kick in the guts to existing owners. Think of all those who have just had one for Xmas, or parents who have shelled out for one for the kids, and now they will need to shell out another $27.99.

On the plus side, this makes the iPod Touch a killer device, rivalling many full-blown PDAs out there. What will be interesting to see, though, is whether this waters down the desire for the iPhone in countries where this device hasn't been released yet.

Steve


Jeez, some people just can't be pleased! Tongue out

The question is, because sooo many people are complaining about it (and quite rightly so) will Apple make a U-Turn by stop charging for it and refund those people that have already paid for it. After all - that's what they did when they dropped the price of the iPhone.

I doubt it will happen but it would be great to see.





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  # 105226 16-Jan-2008 16:16
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I'm sure quite a lot of early adopters are now wishing they bought theirs on Boxing Day.




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