Apple’s iPod is Coming to a Best Buy Store Near You
CUPERTINO, California and MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota—September 3, 2002—Apple® and Best Buy today announced that iPod™, Apple’s wildly popular portable digital music player, will be available at all Best Buy retail locations and on BestBuy.com beginning September 15. With more than 500 retail stores in 47 states throughout the U.S. and 16 million visitors to its online store each month, Best Buy is the nation’s leading specialty retailer of consumer electronics.
“We’re thrilled to be working with Best Buy to bring the iPod to even more customers,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s executive vice president of Worldwide Sales and Operations. “The award-winning iPod is already a huge success, and now it’s available to Best Buy customers everywhere.”
Now shipping for both Mac® and Windows, 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 in. iPod is available in three configurations: a 5GB model that starts at just $299 (US); a 10GB model that is 10 percent thinner for just $399 (US); and a 20GB model that can hold 4,000 songs for just $499 (US). Both the 10GB and the 20GB models feature the industry’s first solid-state touch wheel for incredible precision, accuracy anddurability, and include a new Apple carrying case and wired remote.
Best Buy will offer three iPod configurations in their retail stores—the 10GB iPod for Windows, the 20GB iPod for Windows and the 10GB iPod for Mac—as well as the entire line of iPod portable digital music players on their commercial Web site at www.BestBuy.com.
“As the preferred place to shop for portable MP3 players, Best Buy strives to offer our customers the latest technology and the most popular brands,” said Mike London, executive vice president and general merchandise manager for Best Buy. “By adding Apple’s iPod to our portable MP3 player selection, we’re providing a new level of style and usability that’s a perfect fit for Best Buy’s techno-savvy shoppers.”
With iPod’s built-in FireWire® port, a massive 4,000 song library can be downloaded in just over 30 minutes versus the more than 13 hours it would take to transfer 4,000 songs with USB-based devices. The iPod’s battery provides up to 10 hours of continuous music and recharges automatically whenever iPod is connected, using power supplied over the FireWire cable. For Mac users, the newest iPod includes the new iTunes™ 3, Apple’s award-winning digital music software.* For Windows users, the iPod works seamlessly with MUSICMATCH Jukebox, the number one selling music software for PCs.
All iPod models include earbud headphones, Apple iPod Power Adapter and FireWire cable. 10GB and 20GB iPod models include carrying case and wired remote; optional remote and carrying case are available for 5GB iPod models. iPod for Windows also includes a 4-pin-to-6-pin FireWire adapter. iPod for Mac includes iTunes 3; iPod for Windows includes MUSICMATCH Jukebox software.
iPod for Mac requires Mac® OS X version 10.1 or Mac OS 9.2, iTunes 2.0.4 and a Macintosh® with built-in FireWire port. iPod for Windows requires a PC with built-in FireWire or a Windows-certified FireWire card and Windows Me, Windows 2000 or Windows XP Home or Professional.
*Some iPod features require a Mac and iTunes 3.
Best Buy Stores, owned and operated by Minneapolis-based Best Buy Co., Inc., is the top U.S. retailer of technology and entertainment products and services. Best Buy was founded in St. Paul, Minn. in 1966. Best Buy Stores reach an estimated 300 million consumers per year through more than 500 retail stores in 47 states and online at BestBuy.com. For more information about Best Buy, visit the virtual pressroom at http://onlinepressroom.net/bestbuy.
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