Apple Computer will make its iPod mini digital-music player available internationally starting July 24. A spokesperson for the computer giant says prices will vary for each territory. The mini portabl

Apple Computer will make its iPod mini digital-music player available internationally starting July 24. A spokesperson for the computer giant says prices will vary for each territory. The mini portable player will be available for £179 ($329) in the United Kingdom, €259 ($318) in Germany and €279 ($342) in France. The same portable music player is priced at $249 in the United States.

In March, the company pushed back the worldwide rollout of the iPod Mini, citing better-than-expected demand in the United States; it hit stores there on February 20.

Apple initially said it intended to launch the product outside the United States in April. The iPod Mini is about the length and width of a business card, weighs about 3.6 ounces and holds 1,000 songs.

News on the international rollout of Apple's mini player comes as Sony Corp. prepares to launch a rival to the original iPod. Sony's Network Walkman NW-HD1 can store up to 13,000 songs and is expected to go on the market next week, kicking off in Japan, followed by the United States and then Europe. Sony says its new player would sell for less than $400 in the United States.

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