While iPod minis may remain scarce in the UK, Chinese music fans are beyond the starting gate.

A report on the Beijing Macintosh Union Web site explains: "On a sudden visit to AppleCentre Wangshibaili, I found the shop inundated with hundreds of boxes, with iPod minis in all colours". 200 of each.

Meanwhile in the UK, last available information from inside Apple's reseller channel indicates that approximately 70,000 iPod mini pre-orders remain unfulfilled.