I was surprised when the iPod arrived how much the iPod "package" has been paired down. A while ago I was musing about how cheap iPods are now, relative to when they first came out, and I put it down to scales of production and the iPods popularity. But actually, the accessories the iPod *doesn't* come with any more, more than make up the shortfall in cost. My 3G ipod, which cost about £300, came with -
- a belt clip carry case (£19)
- an external power supply with integral 13A plug (£19)
- a dock (£25)
- an in-line remote control (now only available as FM Radio Remote £35)
- headphone foams (£8)
So, if you do the maths, iPods are actually more expensive now than they were four years ago.