October 10, 2005
iPod Cult

Just another sign that Apple puts some sort of addictive, reason-sapping chemical into their products.

People are actually buying iPod Nanos, which evidently scratch when exposed to a summer breeze, and then dunking them in soapy water to slide a protective case over them.

Why are people accepting Apple's selling of such an obviously defective product?

Apple's iPods appear to be so fragile that an entire industry has developed to protect them.

Top it off with the fact that if you lose the files you bought from iTunes, Apple won't replace them, because... Well, there's no good reason for them not to replace them since it's bits not atoms, but people accept Apple's answer anyways.

If Microsoft pulled half the crap that Apple did, such as suing bloggers and trying to shutdown sites, the blogosphere would be outraged.

By some nefarious means, Apple has convinced their cultists in the Wisdom of Steve in which they obediently type in their credit card number for whatever new item or upgrade that is foisted upon them.

Posted by michael at October 10, 2005 09:09 AM


I declare Shenanigans!

"Things I am tired of hearing about
Dear Internet, Please give the following topics a break for a while. I am sick of them.
1) IPods..." - cruftbox, Sep. 20

Posted by: Mister P. [http://misterp.blogspot.com] on October 10, 2005 10:02 AM

Do as I say, not as I do...

Posted by: Michael [http://cruftbox.com] on October 10, 2005 10:35 AM

I don't have a Nano, but I've had my iPod for awhile now (and had another before that) and never used any sort of protection or case for it. It does get scratched up, but it's still perfectly functional and I still love it.

The crap about Apple not replacing the files is ridiculous though, and I don't buy from the ITMS. A friend of mine had his laptop stolen and Apple said there was nothing he could do to replace the music except buy it all again.

Posted by: alan [http://www.geekandproud.net/] on October 10, 2005 11:29 AM

No Mike I do believe that is a legitimate Shenanigans call and a suitable punishment will need to be devised and enforced.

Posted by: LittleKenny [http://littlekenny.com] on October 10, 2005 12:44 PM

The scratches are only noticable if you take the Nano, tilt it slightly, and shine a black light at a scientifically precise angle.

The whiners are Windows fans trying to stick it to Apple, or Apple bloggers trying to look edgy.

Microsoft HAS pulled WAY more than half the crap that Apple has. It's called Windows (insert flavor here.)

Posted by: BillB [http://squidly.com] on October 11, 2005 3:58 AM

Actually, the scratching only affected the first batch of iPod Nanos. Apple has since fixed the problem.

Posted by: Ian [] on October 11, 2005 7:50 AM

Having gone through a couple of hard disk "issues" in the past 14 months on my primary Powerbook I know that Apple will, under certain circumstances, "reset your music for download again"

How many times, well I have done it twice in 14 months.....would they do it twice a month?, probably not.

What is interesting is that both times I sent an email to them, I got an automated response to the request, but it never said anything specific about my request, and then within a few hours, music started downloading again.

What should happen is that Apple should have a web site that would allow me to "reset" all authorized systems, whenever I want (say 3 times a year, just to make sure I am not sharing my music against their wishes) and I should be able to at least once a year, or even better, whenever they come out with new Macs, allow us iTunes addicts to redownload music to a new system.....

as for me being a member of the "Apple Cult"......I would not say that, I have less than 20 Macs....

Posted by: jim [http://www.jamesmcmurry.com] on October 11, 2005 3:42 PM

What is an iPod Nano?

Oh. And why do I have to keep writing my Email Address and URL when I comment now? I didn't before.

Posted by: Mom [http://momonthealert.com] on October 11, 2005 11:48 PM

What is an iPod Nano?

Oh. And why do I have to fill in my e-mail address and URL everytime I comment now? It was done automatically before. Does that have something to do with getting rid of my cookies?

Posted by: Mom [http://momonthealert.com] on October 11, 2005 11:53 PM

An iPod Nano is a small, extremely cool looking, mp3 playing device. (Technoligically advanced Walkman.)

If you had a Mac you wouldn't have to type in everything over and over again (I'm kidding - deleting your cookies is what caused the problem.)

Moms are supposed to make cookies, not delete them!

Posted by: BillB [http://squidly.com/] on October 12, 2005 9:38 AM

If I do something stupid and set my CD collection on fire, can I go back to Best Buy and demand replacements? I'll even offer to pay $1 per CD to cover materials.

Posted by: Mister P. [http://misterp.blogspot.com] on October 12, 2005 5:02 PM

Thank you for the explanation Bill

Oops, I didn't mean to send the last message, Mike. You can delete the last one and this sentence if you want.

Posted by: Mom [http://momonthealert.com] on October 15, 2005 12:34 AM
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