Today, I got my daily email ad from ecost.com and they have discounted their iPods. Now they only discount iPods for one reason: new iPods have been released. That is also the only reason Apple will let them discount their products. The only other option I can think of is that they are going to stop selling Apple products all together, but whenever they have a closeout sale, they anounce it as such. For instance, there is a closeout of an HP laptop advertised as a closeout sale right next to the iPod ad. Take that how you want. This summer is rumored to be the release timeframe of the 6th gen iPod.