…I’m seriously considering buying an iPod Mini. My student discount brings the price down to a very reasonable £165 (an 8% reduction), and it’s £65 cheaper than the 15GB iPod which is £230 (again with a discount).
My current player, a 128MB memory stick made by a random Korean manufacturer, appears to be on its last legs so I’d like something to replace it. That cost me £130 last year and when you consider that the Mini has 16 times the capacity and far superior build quality for £165 it’s probably worth it.
What I do want to know is if there’s anything else out there that would offer better value. I don’t have that much music so around 4GB is enough for me (I only have 5GB in total). Argos have this Thomson player which supports MP3, WMA and mp3PRO (who uses that?) for £200 – it’s got a 20GB HD and is about the same size as the normal iPod. There were also some Archos players that were good value but they look to be quite big – coming from a Flash player I’d like something small.
By the way, if you are considering an iPod Mini, Amazon are taking pre-orders for £175, saving you £5. They’re due out officially on July 24th.