Not sure, call your local Apple store and find out (you may need to bring a valid student ID). Your timing couldn't be better! Apple is starting a promotion for students this summer, they call it Student Union. The short of it is, buy an Mac until Sept 24th via certain student channels, get an iPod Mini.
it's a nice perk... but irks me a little that it's an obvious ploy to move the excess ipod mini inventory before introducing the color version this fall.
still a great deal, but leaves me feeling uncertain as the color mini (most probably 8 gig by then) is what i really want. The 20 gig ipod is a great unit, but slightly bulky when running at the gym (and pretty much the same dimensions as my 1st Gen ipod)... Either way i go, i feel i'll want to trade-up/in to get the color mini come october.
no i'm irked 'slightly' that i'll end up buying something i'll want to turn over in the fall... (i'm assuming with iTunes 5)
by the way, there's a huge difference between a rebate (about 8 weeks processing) and 'giving away' free and clear... makes a world of difference in accounting inventory and cash flow on the books until the new models arrive... rebates, coupons, upc mailers are done for 2 simple reasons... 1.participation/redemption is spotty at best and 2. the time value of money.
They're not giving you the ipod at purchase, they're holding your money for 2 months and the mail-in hoop that 30% of the people will inadvertently miss for whatever reason...
I'm happy they're offering it, but I also see the maneuver to keep the stock price from falling due to excess inventory showing up on wall street's radar...
trust me they'll make a tidy profit on all ends... actually a very shrewd move to push through a slow patch.