Apple reveals Mac mini, iPod Shuffle

It looks like the rumors were right. Steve Jobs unveiled a flash-based iPod and headless iMac in his Macworld keynote. Dubbed the Mac mini, the headless iMac features a slot-loading DVD/CD-RW drive, USB 2.0 and Firewire 400, and DVI output. The Mac mini weighs less than three pounds and will be available in two flavors, one with a 40GB hard drive and 1.25GHz G4 processor for $499, and another with an 80GB hard drive and 1.42GHz processor for $599.

After revealing the Mac Mini, Jobs turned his attention to music, claiming that Apple has sold over 230 million songs via the iTunes Music Store and produced more than ten million iPods. Apple apparently sold more than 4.5 million iPods in the last quarter alone, and with a new flash-based player on the way, iPod sales should continue to grow. The flash-based iPod Shuffle is smaller than a pack of gum, weighs less than an ounce, and will be available in 512MB and 1GB capacities for $99 and $149, respectively. Unlike hard drive-based iPods, which tend to be pricier than the competition, the iPod Shuffle should be less expensive than other flash-based audio devices.

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