"More to the point, why does Europe get two 8GB clip color choices while the US only gets one? Consumer electronics companies can be so capricious. "
Because it is selling better in some countries, Like Germany. In the US pepole buy Shuffle at twice the price of the CLIP. I bet that If Sandisk had come out with such an overpriced crippled DAP, they would be selling nada. But, you know. Apple is cool…IPOD is sexy…Herd mentality!