Apple's third-party resellers face a squeeze in iPod supplies, while Apple's retail stores have stock in hand, an analyst claimed last night.

Late last week, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster found that eight of ten Apple stores he checked had stock, but just two out of twenty third-party resellers had music players to sell.

"Based on the lack of iPod supply at third-party retailers, we continue to believe that some Wall Street estimates for iPod unit shipments for the December quarter are too high," he warned.

Munster expects Apple to ship nine million iPods this year and rates the stock as an "outperform" with a $79 price target.

Mac users who complain at the seeming iPod focus from inside the walls of Cupertino need a little patience. Munster believes 2006, "will be a more robust product year" than this, Forbes reports.