I’m feeling much better this morning, thankfully. Still a little stuffy, but not miserable like I have been.
iPod Watch – Day 3
I received an email from Apple stating that they had received my iPod and would let me know as soon as it’s repaired.
Apple Watch 2005
There are reports around the web of a couple interesting moves made by Apple today, which I will summarize for you here.
Firstly, Apple and WalMart have come to an agreement which will be putting Apple’s new $99 iPod Shuffle into WalMart stores. This seems like an odd move for WalMart, because they will most likely be required to sell them at the MSRP. However, Apple’s pricing of the iPod Shuffle is extremely aggressive as it is, but WalMart may consider that good enough. The terms of the deal call for a 50-unit inventory in each neighborhood WalMart store, with significantly higher inventories in higher-traffic locations. Someone (not me) did the math and came up with a very low-end figure of at LEAST 250,000 iPod Shuffles devoted solely to WalMart’s retail locations initially. Seems to be pretty substancial given than you can’t even find the devices at Apple’s own retail stores at the moment.
Secondly, Apple and Best Buy are working together again. Reports are the Best Buy will be carrying the 1.4Ghz Mac Mini in their retail stores. This would represent the first major distribution of Apple computers to Best Buy retail locations in several years. While this initially looks like an exciting opportunity for Apple, there are reasons to believe it might not last long. Best Buy tends to encourage shoppers to buy PCs over Macs, largely because Best Buy makes more money off of PCs. They do, after all, sell virus software and tech support, two things that PCs require much more of than Macs. And Apple has shown it does not like to play second fiddle to anyone. By contrast, CompUSA’s store-within-a-store concept, manned by staff that are very Apple-friendly, has seemed to work well for both CompUSA and Apple. Either way, maybe Best Buy will do better the second time around. If they do, it could be a great thing for Apple.
General Life Stuff
Clearview Foursquare is having a baptism this Sunday. I’m going to be videotaping the whole thing. It should be a lot of fun! I’m trying to get a 2-camcorder, 2 or 3 digital camera setup going. Then I can just suck all the media into my computer and build some pretty cool stuff with it! I’m thinking about a DVD with an uncut video of the baptism, a little 3-4 minute video to music, and maybe a slideshow from the photos. That would pretty much give everyone something to watch. Anyway, back to work.