The third generation iPods, which hold up to 7,500 songs in a stunning enclosure that’s lighter and thinner than two CDs in their cases, will be sold in all Bose retail stores and Circuit CitySuperstores.
â€œBose and Circuit City are great additions to a lineup of retailers that have helped get over one million iPods into customers’ hands,â€ said Tim Cook, Apple’s executive vice president of Worldwide Sales and Operations. â€œWith our new iPods flying off the shelves, we are thrilled to make them available to even more people nationwide.â€
Bose retail stores will carry the 15GB and 30GB iPod models, and Circuit City will offer all three iPod configurationsâ€”10GB, 15GB and 30GB. Consumers can call 1 (800) 444-BOSE or visit http://www.bose.com/ to find a Bose retail store near them, and call 1 (800) THE-CITY or use the Store Locator at http://www.circuitcity.com/ to find their nearest Circuit City store.
â€œBose is driven by research and technology, and our stores showcase the results of that commitment,â€ said Shelley Miller, Bose director of stores. â€œOffering the iPod to consumers in our stores is the right fit, and complements our vast selection of high-quality audio systems and portable products.â€
â€œCircuit City is excited to incorporate Apple’s iPod into our wide selection of digital music players,â€ said Kim Maguire, executive vice president and chief merchandising officer for Circuit City. â€œThe addition of iPod reflects Circuit City’s commitment to offering a full range of products with different features and prices to our customers.â€
iPod is the only portable digital music player with Auto-Sync, an innovative feature that automatically downloads an entire digital music library into an iPod and keeps it up-to-date whenever the iPod is plugged into a MacÂ® or Windows PC. The new ultra-portable iPods are available in three models: a 10GB model for a suggested retail price of just $299 (US), a 15GB model for a suggested retail price of $399 (US) and a 30GB model for a suggested retail price of $499 (US). All three models are compatible with MacintoshÂ® and Windows PCs and feature a solid-state â€œno moving partsâ€ navigation wheel and all touch buttons for enhanced sensitivity and precision over mechanical buttons. The buttons are backlit for easy operation in low light and enable easy, one-handed operation.
All iPod models include earbud headphones, an Apple iPod power adapter, a FireWireÂ® cable and a 4-pin-to-6-pin iPod FireWire adapter. 15GB and 30GB iPod models also include the iPod Dock, carrying case and wired remote; these optional accessories can be ordered for 10GB iPod models through the Apple StoreÂ®. iPod requires a Mac with FireWire port, MacÂ® OS X version 10.1.5 or later (Mac OS X v10.2 or later recommended) or a Windows PC with FireWire or USB 2.0 port, or Windows-certified FireWire or USB 2.0 card, Windows Me, Windows 2000, or Windows XP Home or Professional. A CD containing iTunesÂ® 4* for Mac OS X and MUSICMATCH Jukebox Plus 7.5 software is included with iPod purchases.