“IPOD SHORTAGE ROCKS APPLE,” reports the Wall Street Journal. (Subscriber only). Here’s the most amazing bit: “The iPod line is now a crucial piece of Apple’s business, accounting for 23% of Apple’s $2.35 billion in revenue in its most recent quarter.” Nearly a quarter of Apple’s revenues. Wow.

And I can attest to the shortages. I wound up ordering this one, by HP, because the Apple model said it wouldn’t ship until mid-January.