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Apple Computer's Mac Mini is finding its way to more store shelves, with Best Buy planning to carry the $499 computer nationwide.

Mac fans have noted that the diminutive desktop appeared on some store shelves last weekend, and Merrill Lynch issued a research note on Monday talking about the potential impact of such a move. Apple confirmed the plans on Tuesday.

"We are pleased to offer Mac Mini at Best Buy stores nationwide," Apple said in a statement to CNET News.com.

Analysts have called on Apple to obtain broader distribution for the Mac Mini, as the company has already done for its iPod. Target's online store briefly listed the Mac Mini shortly after its introduction, but pulled the listing after a rash of orders and uncertainty about when it would be able to meet demand.

Best Buy has been selling Macs online and also carries the iPod in its stores. Back in 2003, the two companies launched a pilot program that saw Macs being sold in some Best Buy stores, with Apple employees in some locations to help push the products.

Kevin Cockett, a Best Buy spokesman, said the retailer was "excited" to begin carrying the Mac Mini in all of its stores. "It's the latest innovation from Apple and strengthens Best Buy's assortment of computers."

Apple said on an earnings call last year that the two companies had decided not to continue the pilot, though Best Buy has continued to sell iPods in its stores.

Macs were widely carried at Best Buy until 1998, when Apple pulled out of several retailers: Best Buy, Circuit City, Computer City, Office Max and Sears.

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The PC weenie sales people diss them, again!
Having them in the store means nothing, that's already been
done. It's waht happens at the point of sale that's the problem:
PC Weenies that no nothing, except the usual biased stuff, about
Macs.

And they should configure them with standard PC screens, mice,
etc. to make the point that Macs are not "proprietary" and use
standards based peripherals.
Posted by technewsjunkie (1265 comments )
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You could do better?
Then by all means, have a go.

I love listening to all the Mac-heads say what isn't done right about their company (most of which generally get pegged on Windows users) and how they know exactly how to fix the problem.

Your limo awaits, Mr. Jobs.
Posted by Christopher Hall (1205 comments )
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The PC weenie sales people diss them, again!
Having them in the store means nothing, that's already been
done. It's waht happens at the point of sale that's the problem:
PC Weenies that no nothing, except the usual biased stuff, about
Macs.

And they should configure them with standard PC screens, mice,
etc. to make the point that Macs are not "proprietary" and use
standards based peripherals.
Posted by technewsjunkie (1265 comments )
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You could do better?
Then by all means, have a go.

I love listening to all the Mac-heads say what isn't done right about their company (most of which generally get pegged on Windows users) and how they know exactly how to fix the problem.

Your limo awaits, Mr. Jobs.
Posted by Christopher Hall (1205 comments )
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This won't work (again)
Best Buy sales personnel (at least in my area) are Windows
oriented teenagers for the most part. I have personally watched
as they trashed the iPod. It's one thing to provide prospective
customers with the pros and cons of various products. It's
another thing altogether to disparage a particular product
because of a personal dislike of the manufacturer. As I said I
have listened to it personally. The Mini will suffer the same fate
at their hands. Best Buy corporate may be enthusiastic about the
Mini. I can assure you the local yokels do not share that
enthusiasm. And of course Best Buy stopped carrying Mac
software years ago. This will be a fiasco for Apple. I can't believe
they are doing this.
Posted by lkrupp (1608 comments )
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This won't work (again)
Best Buy sales personnel (at least in my area) are Windows
oriented teenagers for the most part. I have personally watched
as they trashed the iPod. It's one thing to provide prospective
customers with the pros and cons of various products. It's
another thing altogether to disparage a particular product
because of a personal dislike of the manufacturer. As I said I
have listened to it personally. The Mini will suffer the same fate
at their hands. Best Buy corporate may be enthusiastic about the
Mini. I can assure you the local yokels do not share that
enthusiasm. And of course Best Buy stopped carrying Mac
software years ago. This will be a fiasco for Apple. I can't believe
they are doing this.
Posted by lkrupp (1608 comments )
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Apple sucks because they don't give away iPod's for free like i do!
That's right...you've all heard about it, but how many of you
have taken the time to actually sign up and see what happens??
It's magical, it's insane, and it works! Use the URL below to see
for yourself and to get a FREE IPOD!

www.freeiPods.com/?r=8307812
Posted by macrobaye (6 comments )
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Apple sucks because they don't give away iPod's for free like i do!
That's right...you've all heard about it, but how many of you
have taken the time to actually sign up and see what happens??
It's magical, it's insane, and it works! Use the URL below to see
for yourself and to get a FREE IPOD!

www.freeiPods.com/?r=8307812
Posted by macrobaye (6 comments )
Reply Link Flag
Apple sucks because they don't give away iPod's for free like i do!
That's right...you've all heard about it, but how many of you
have taken the time to actually sign up and see what happens??
It's magical, it's insane, and it works! Use the URL below to see
for yourself and to get a FREE IPOD!

<a class="jive-link-external" href="http://www.freeiPods.com/?r=8307812" target="_newWindow">http://www.freeiPods.com/?r=8307812</a>
Posted by macrobaye (6 comments )
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Apple sucks because they don't give away iPod's for free like i do!
That's right...you've all heard about it, but how many of you
have taken the time to actually sign up and see what happens??
It's magical, it's insane, and it works! Use the URL below to see
for yourself and to get a FREE IPOD!

<a class="jive-link-external" href="http://www.freeiPods.com/?r=8307812" target="_newWindow">http://www.freeiPods.com/?r=8307812</a>
Posted by macrobaye (6 comments )
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