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Briefly: Aussie, US iPod price difference

updated 07:30 pm EDT, Fri April 11, 2008

New Keynote themes

In brief: There is a stark pricing discrepancy for Australian iPods, iPresentee themes for Keynote have debuted, Sonnet has cut prices on its Fusion line of SATA devices, Aspyr has updated its Game Agent and a Middle East Mac newsletter is now one year old ... There are some substantial differences in iPod pricing between the US and Australia. With the Aussie dollar at 0.92 US, you might expect US and Aussie prices for iPods to be relatively similar, but this is not the case. The 1GB iPod Shuffle: USD$49 = AUD$54 exchange, selling for AUD$65. The 8GB nano USD$199 == AUD$221 exchange, selling for AUD$279. The 16GB iPod classic USD$349 == AUD$387 exchange, selling for AUD$479.

iPresentee themes for Keynote debut

iPresentee, the developer of add-ons for Apple's iWork and iLife applications, has released Keynote Motion Themes to be used with Apple's Keynote presentation software. iPresentee presents five new Keynote themes: Orbit, Gear, Balloons, Light and Time. All themes incorporate moving bacground graphics and fourteen master slides. Creating a presentation using Keynote Motion Themes is exactly the same as creating a presentation using the usual themes -- you can add, edit, and format text; add photos or movies; and use Keynote's transitions and special effects.

Sonnet cuts Fusion SATA prices

Sonnet Technologies has announced a price reduction for the company's Fusion line of SATA storage solutions for professional content creation and editing. he The Fusion D400RAID system is available in 2TB to 4TB configurations in a reduced price range of $2,995 to $4,295, and the Fusion D800RAID system is now available in 4TB, 6TB, and 8TB models ranging from $4,695 to $7,195. Sonnet's rackmount Fusion R400RAID also reflects new pricing; it is now available in 2TB, 3TB, and 4TB models ranging from $2,995 to $4,295.

Aspyr updates Game Agent

Aspyr Media has released a free update for the Game Agent application for Mac OS X. Aspyr's Game Agent is free utility that allows you to easily match your computer hardware with the system requirements of Aspyr's game titles. Game Agent will automatically identify which games will run on your current system and determine necessary system upgrades for any other Aspyr games, if needed. It also lets you see what games will run on current Mac models Apple sells, in case you are looking to buy a new computer or want to check system requirements against a different machine.

Middle East Mac mag now one year old

Shuffle, the newsletter of the Emirates Mac Apple User Group has now been in print for one year. The founder writes "We started with 1000 copies and currently print 9000 and we have English and Arabic content. It's written, designed and produced by Apple fans throughout the Middle East. I'd like to thank everyone who has contributed over the year to making Shuffle a publication that we can all be proud of. Without all your help this wouldn't have been possible so a big, collective thank you to all."



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  1. MyRightEye

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    au prices

    Yes, because someone else pays to ship them half way around the world, then support them, and pay the local tax and duty on them.

    morons...

  1. danviento

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    it really is

    Halfway around the world. From just about anywhere... except from China... where the iPods are manufactured... Still, it's gotta make that long drip south to a main port- probably on the continent's southern port.

    This is what happens when you subsidize the "free shipping" by building it into the price. Little hidden fees are still hidden, but you get a realistic figure on what it's going to cost YOU, not the company that makes it, to get the little device to you.

    Were I an Aussie, I'd prefer to be able to pick and choose a shipping mode, not just have it built in to the price and be locked in to one option.

  1. Tsilou B.

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    It's not just Australia

    In Europe, it's the same. The 1GB iPod Shuffle: $49 = €31 exchange, selling for €38 (excluding taxes). The 8GB nano $199 == €126 exchange, selling for €159 (excluding taxes). The 16GB iPod classic $349 == €221 exchange, selling for €277 (excluding taxes).

  1. Mitcho

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    Apple Pricing in Aussie

    It's not just iPod pricing that is a complete rip-off in Australia. For almost any imported goods, Australian's are paying ludicrously high prices.

    The situation is so bad, when I recently wished to purchase a relatively up-market AV receiver, I actually managed to finance a trip to the United Kingdom, purchase my receiver in the UK (which by the way, isn’t renowned for its cheap prices either) and still come out ahead of what it would have cost to buy in Australia.

    Something is seriously wrong here and, given that we now have a trade agreement with the US, most of the pricing discrepancies noted in these forums and elsewhere can fairly and squarely be put at the feet of people profiteering from a relatively small and technologically unsophisticated market.

    There are a number of companies and individuals that have started importing Apple products directly from the US and I would strongly recommend all Australian’s contemplating purchasing Apple products to consider using them.

    Apple has an international warranty on most of their products and the savings can easily run into thousands of dollars.

    Or, alternatively, finance a holiday in the US on the savings you will make from purchasing your Apple products there !

    MDS

  1. sniche

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    US Apple Subsidized

    For years Apple Australia has had propped up there prices so the US could enjoy lower prices. All Australian Apple products are shipped directly from there Asian Manufactures so shipping costs should be lower than the US, this has been complained about in many our Apple publications for years. We call it the BIG APPLE RIP-OFF.

  1. rytc

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    nothing new

    Same deal in NZ. Shipping and taxes are not to blame, the shipping as people have pointed out is no further than all the way to the US, taxes are no higher than in the US. Yet the prices are higher, where the money goes who knows.

  1. rsurtees

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    It's the taxes!

    I am an Australian now living in the US. When I left Australia some 30 years ago, the value-added taxes were mainly grouped into two categories: luxury and non-luxury items. Non-luxury items were taxed at 12.5% while luxury items were taxed at 33.3%. If you ever get a chance to visit Australia, go into a store that sells ornaments and you will discover that most of them have a cork in the bottom and holes in the top. This makes them non-luxury pepper and salt shakers instead of luxury ornaments! So maybe we can convince Apple to put a few holes in the iPhone to reduce the taxes?

  1. vasic

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    It's the sinking dollar!

    Ipods (and all other merchandise, for that matter) cost the same for years in the US. Four years ago, you could get 1 Euro for US$ 1. Today, you need to spend $1.58. Obviously, if the parity was to be kept, iPods (which are manufactured in China, from Chinese parts) should now cost $320 instead of $200 in the US; yet, they don't.

    The global economy is so dependent on the health and size of the American market that vast majority of global manufacturers have agreed to take the severe cuts in their profit margins over the past years in order to maintain their presence in the US markets. This goes for everything, from iPods, to cars, to furniture, to clothing and other stuff. This all in hopes that the US economy would somehow miraculously recover, pulling US dollar back up.

    At the same time, the rest of the global economy, and their currencies, continue along (more-or-less).

    Your iPods (in Australia, Europe or elsewhere) aren't any more expensive than they ever were. Neither are they in the US. This is how business is done today.

  1. Mitcho

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    Simply a Rip-off

    Lets get something straight here ... we're not talking tax differences or shipping. We're talking rip-off.

    In the US Apple store, a 17inch 2.5Ghz MacBook Pro sells for US $2799. In Australia, the same computer sells for AUD $3799. Converted at todays exchange rate the Australian MacBook Pro should sell for $3015. My maths isn't great but that is a discrepancy of almost AUD $800.

    I'm sorry, tax and shipping cannot possibly account for this $800 difference.

    Apple - any comments ?

  1. countach

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    Not a rip off

    Firstly, Australia has a 10% tax which by law must be included in the price.

    Secondly, while the exchange rate has touched 94c, it has moved quite dramatically between about 87c and 94c just in the last few weeks. You can't expect Apple to change their prices every morning according to the exchange rates.

    Once you take this into account, I think the prices are actually pretty close.

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