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Since 2004, Apple has had a nifty product called Airport Express, a $100 wireless router with an audio jack that works with iTunes. Run an audio cable from the gadget to your stereo system or TV sound system, and you can play back iTunes from any computer in the house that has wireless access. It's a great way to listen to your MP3's and purchased iTunes over your best speakers. For years I've coveted Airport Express, but held off buying one, making do with a wired connection from an old iPod.
Last week, however, I finally decided "what the heck," and sauntered into an Apple Store to buy one. Guess what. They were all gone, and they didn't know when they would get some more. I tried other (non-Apple) stores, and was told of a rumor that Apple would be coming out with an new model very shortly. Today I called back the Apple Store and they were still all out, though the online store said they were available in "3-5 days."
I searched online forums and found no confirmation, just echoes of the rumor that Apple was coming out soon with an updated product. The Apple store told me that the new Time Capsule devices, coming out "in February" had no audio port.
Now, much as I want to get an Airport Express, I don't want to buy one immediately if Apple will be coming out with a new version soon.
Since the disappearance of the Airport Express from store shelves is mysterious, I began to imagine all kinds of scenarios, ranging from the most likely to the most paranoid:
Meanwhile, I've still got my old iPod hooked up to my even older stereo system, and I'm waiting for Apple's announcement of the new, improved, faster, more stylish, eco-friendly glass and aluminum $75 Airport Express, available in March.Permanent Link to This Entry | | | Technorati Tag: iTunes blog comments powered by Disqus Comments (View)
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