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Not if they wanna keep the prices down
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Hoooldup! Do you need to use the Itunes store for all the songs or just Itunes?
    
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Not if they wanna keep the prices down
Exactly! The $199 price tag is what makes me wanna get it now. I was looking at getting a Shine, then the Black Shine(friend got the silver ) then I heard this and was like I looked at the old ones like 2 weeks before for $599 and said that is stupid to pay that. I wouldn't get the all the internet and stuff but I still want it for the WLAN, touch screen and 8GB of storage memory.
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Hoooldup! Do you need to use the Itunes store for all the songs or just Itunes?
I'm hoping its just for adding songs, thats what I would think since it's bassically an Ipod touch with a camera, GPS, and cell phone.
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I would be shocked if they are paying $23 for 8GB flash memory in bulk. Other costs would include the cost of the case?
Ya no kidding! I can get a 16GB flash drive for $50 bucks right now.
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Exactly! The $199 price tag is what makes me wanna get it now. I was looking at getting a Shine, then the Black Shine(friend got the silver ) then I heard this and was like I looked at the old ones like 2 weeks before for $599 and said that is stupid to pay that. I wouldn't get the all the internet and stuff but I still want it for the WLAN, touch screen and 8GB of storage memory.
Most of the low price tag comes from the subsidies used instead of revenue sharing. The unsubsidized price is $599 IIRC.

I'm not sure how much I buy this analysis. In the article it states that this is a preliminary estimate based on guesses, because they don't have an actual unit to look at. If the iphone's multitouch screen really costs $20 I think I'll pick up a few for some home projects...
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