MacDirectory has posted an exclusive interview with the producers of the now infamous iPod’s Dirty Secret video.
“‘We placed three calls to the Apple customer service line,’ says Neistat. “Then we went into the Apple store in Manhattan for help, and then we contacted the Apple executive offices directly. They all confirmed that there was no iPod battery replacement program and they all recommended that we buy a new iPod.’ Regarding the Neistat’s claim regarding the iPod’s 18 month life, Neistat says, ‘They [Apple] didn’t specify 18 months, but they said that it was understandable.’
But, according to the Neistats, the story gets better. ‘We then purchased a third-party battery online. I’m very proficient with electronics, but it’s a very difficult thing to change the battery on the iPod, and that’s why I think Apple doesn’t offer the option… When I put in the new battery, I broke my iPod. So then I had to buy a brand new $400 iPod.’ According to Corey Neistat, it’s then that the fury that fueled the video truly kicked in.”
Dave Shroeder has emailed us in his own words about the events that took place between the Neistat brothers and himself. Click ‘Read more’ to read the letter.
According to Dave Shroeder, the Neistat brothers (producers of the iPod’s Dirty Secret movie) had no intent on letting people know that there were solutions available for replacing the battery in iPods. Dave had provided the Neistat brothers with a mirror (server space) for their website, ipodsdirtysecret.com, to host their now infamous movie. Dave did this with one condition, that they place a link to Apple’s iPod Battery Service along with the movie. At first the Neistat brothers agreed, but then never posted a link to Apple’s website. Dave has since removed the mirror to the website and has posted a text file containing the email conversations that took place between Dave and Casey Neistat. Dave told us, “Please spread the word on these brothers who’d rather spread lies than the truth.”
At today’s all-day shopping event Apple Stores nationwide are offering 10% off music related products including the iPod.
Recieve 10% off all iPods and iPod accessories ordered online at Apple.com - today only.
Macworld UK talks with Apple’s UK general manager Mark Rogers on digital media’s future and the iPod’s push into several UK retail stores, including 165 Virgin music shops.
“‘Many interesting things are going to happen in the whole digital media area,’ Apple
In its December 2003 issue, Stereophile magazine has named the iPod as the Editor’s Choice and Budget Product of the Year. Our informant, Bill S. notes that the Editor’s Choice ‘usually goes to $30K CD players and so forth.’ Click ‘Read more’ for an excerpt from Stereophile magazine.
Deals On the Web: MacResQ offers the 10GB 2nd Generation (2002) iPod for $189.99. Use coupon code “GOBBLE” to get Free ground shipping. The iPods are demo models and carry a 90-day reseller warranty. Coupon expires 11/30/03.
Deals On The Web: MacResQ has the Griffin iTrip 2 FM Transmitter for iPods with a dock interface for $34.99. MacResQ also has the original Griffin iTrip for iPods with a FireWire port for $29.99. Use coupon code “GOBBLE” to get Free ground shipping through 11/30/03.
Unfortunately, iPod’s in Australia are etchnically in breach of copyright if you copy CD’s to them! Plus, iTunes music service is not available in Australia anytime soon.
Dealmac: MacResQ offers the reseller-refurbished Apple 30GB iPod with the Sennheiser MX500 portable headphones for $389.99. (Add both to your shopping cart and apply coupon code “IPODHP” to drop the headphones to $0.) We couldn’t price the pair separately for less elsewhere. The iPod is covered by a 90-day MacResQ warranty.
CNET News has posted information on how the recent iTunes DRM hack works.
For all those Aussies and Kiwis that seem to be excluded from any competitions to win an iPod (as they are based in US), we now get a healthy option! Blackmores is offering one of 3 Canon Digital Video Cameras, 5 10GB iPods, and 10 World Music Chill Out CD Packs to winners of a simple and fun quiz. Competition closes 12th Dec 2003. Good Luck!
“Digital music download services are exploding, with the number of US consumers downloading tracks doubling in the first half of 2003.
Ownership of MP3 players such as Apple’s market leading iPod is also climbing: 19 per cent of US music downloaders own such devices - up from 12 per cent in December 2002.
A quarterly digital music behaviour report from research firmIpsos-Insight shows that in late June 2003, “roughly” one out of six (16 per cent) of US music downloaders aged 12 and older had paid to download music online. The company says this is the equivalent of 10 million people.”
Dealmac: ExperCom has stock of the factory-refurbished Apple 5GB iPod for $149 plus $10.50 shipping. It’s the cheapest iPod we’ve seen. A one-year Apple warranty applies.
Execute once and get open and permament access to hidden iPod audio files, directly from the Finder and from the iPod itself, without third party utilities. Volume limit removal for European iPods, complete filesystem dump and indepth device system info. Easy drag and drop installation, native OS X brushed metal interface.
AppleCare has a new article on 3G iPod batteries:
I daveloped an iTrip station locator together to help the iPod & iTrip users out there. It was a pain to go through the MANY stations to find the best one to use with my iPod. Now you can add your favortie iTrip station to the list so others may easily find the best station in their city!
Based on my conversations with a Griffin Technology representative at the Mac Expo London, I have discovered Griffin Technology is about to release a new product, called the iTalk. The iTalk is to be a device similar to Belkin’s Voice Recorder, but with more advanced functionality.
I’ve posted an article on my blog about using the iTunes Music Service as a means to obtain new tracks that are included in greatest hits collections without having to buy the entire album. I thought I’d pass it along in case the other readers of this site would be interested.
Deals On The Web: MacResQ has the 30GB 3rd Generation (2003) iPod for $389.99. Add the Griffin PowerPod iPod Auto Charger ($20 value) to your shopping cart along with the 30GB iPod, and then use coupon code “30POD” to get the charger for Free. The iPods are demo models and carry a 90-day reseller warranty. Coupon expires 11/26/03.