Year of the iPod?

Mac fans certainly think so. Our Reader Survey found that most would have no problem paying over $400 for Apple's snazzy music player

Apple Computer's new iPod MP3 player is a hit with Apple aficionados -- many of whom would like to share the riches with their misguided brethern who still use Windows PCs.

Of the 180 readers who replied to our Apr. 2 online Reader Survey some 80% have used the iPod. That includes virtually all of the 82% who identify themselves as owners of Apple computers. Logically, in light of that, 62% of respondents to the survey said they would be willing to buy a Mac in order to use the iPod, and 74% said they would be willing to pay $400 to $500 for the music player.

A smaller majority -- 52% -- said they think Apple should sell versions of the iPod that work with other computers, a step that might boost Apple's revenues and the popularity of its products.

Please remember that this was an unscientific survey, since anyone who chose to could participate. With that caveat, here are the full results of the survey:

Have you ever used Apple's iPod MP3 player?

Option Total %  
Yes 142 79.33 %
No 37 20.67 %

From what you know about the iPod, would you be wiling to buy a Mac in order to use it?

Option Total %  
Yes 111 63.43 %
No 39 22.29 %
Not sure 25 14.29 %

Should Apple sell versions of the iPod that work with other PC brands?

Option Total %  
Yes 93 51.67 %
No 53 29.44 %
Not sure 34 18.89 %

Would you be willing to pay $400 to $500 for an iPod?

Option Total %  
Yes 133 74.3 %
No 29 16.2 %
Not sure 17 9.50 %

Do you now own any model of Apple computer?

Option Total %  
Yes 148 82.22 %
No 32 17.78 %
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