Arabic iPod users are looking forward to the day when Apple finally manages to release an Arabic iPod.

They may not have too long to wait: Apple already has prototypes of such a device and it will "hit the market soon", according to Gulf News.

Apple is also believed to be working on an Arab language version of Mac OS 10.4, the report suggests.

Elias Abou-Rustom, general manager of Arab Business Machine, Apple's independent marketing company for the Middle East, told Gulf News: "Apple's growing product line has also seen significant success in the Middle East through 2005," adding, "iPods have become an iconic product for people of all ages across the Middle East."

No doubt there's someone using an iPod right now to listen to phenomenally popular Middle Eastern Sufi musician, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, whose record Mustt Mustt electrified Middle Eastern youth across the region when it was released in 2003.