Press likes the iPod.

Steve is proud of the Apple retail stores, hit the 25 stores by 2001-end-of-year mark (27, actually). Point of stores if to try to convert “the other 95%.” 40% of retail Mac buyers are new Mac owners. 800,000 visitors in December to all Apple stores.

State of Maine equipping all 7th and 8th grade students and teachers with iBooks, statewide. That’s 36,000 iBooks, if you’re counting. Steve says “One down, 49 to go.”