iPod Vending Machines?

Michael Calore at Wired.com and the Atlanta Journal Constitution are reporting on a new trend in major airports: multi-purpose vending machines.

The biggest news is, of course, the iPods that travelers in Atlanta can buy at a high-tech vending machine in Concourse A. Zoom, the company that owns the machine, says the machine sold $55,000 worth of gadgets in a month. Good business.

Zoom says that customers have shown little resistance to charging up to $300 on their credit/debit cards at the machines. In fact, some non-travelers find the 24-hour machines convenient when the urge to buy an iPod arises in the wee hours of the morning.

The article also mentions that vending machines are becoming increasingly popular in cramped concourses, selling everything from toiletries to calling cards. Zoom also has plans for a music download machine elsewhere in the Atlanta airport.

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