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All Duke University freshmen to get new iPods

MacMinute is reporting that “as part of a pilot program, Duke University has teamed up with Apple to give iPods to all 1,800 incoming freshmen this fall. The fourth generation iPods will be pre-loaded with school calendars and other information. Students will also be able to download supplementary class material in addition to being able to play music.” Lucky Blue Devils. Will these iPods be used for Intro to Copyright Law, or Music Appreciation 101?

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Looks like I might have to visit Duke’s lost and found in a couple months…haha jk

Posted by sneakypete on July 19, 2004 at 1:58 PM (CDT)


Duke Sucks
/Obigatory Fark Cliche.

Why?  This is just asking for trouble, IMO.  Sure you can put PDA stuff on the iPod, but that’s not what students are going to use them for.

Posted by Cameron on July 19, 2004 at 2:04 PM (CDT)


Yeah, Duke Sucks.

Posted by seandavid010 in So Cal on July 19, 2004 at 2:46 PM (CDT)


I wish all colleges gave away free kit like this.

Posted by Z on July 19, 2004 at 3:14 PM (CDT)


I wonder if there’s gonna be a new $300 “orientation” fee for incoming Dukies…

Posted by crimsonsentinel on July 19, 2004 at 3:36 PM (CDT)


no doubt. universities are known for pulling this kind of crap. yay every student gets a free ipod…cha ching $300 added to tuition even if you already own one.

Posted by dumb on July 19, 2004 at 5:08 PM (CDT)


So true, Dumb.  And why Duke?  How about giving these to recent grads instead.  ;)

Posted by Layla on July 19, 2004 at 5:15 PM (CDT)


wth? first their Daddy pays these ivy league brats’ tuition then they get a free ipod.. what kind of society do we live in? WTH??

yes i’m jealous… how about an ipod to people who bust their ass off everyday at crappy jobs???

Posted by Sfafuj on July 19, 2004 at 6:14 PM (CDT)


Why don’t you study so you can get into an Ivy League school and stopping complaining.  Not everyone at an Ivy League is a brat, they might actually be smart.

Posted by Jim on July 19, 2004 at 6:23 PM (CDT)


Why don’t you study so you can get into an Ivy League school and stop complaining.  Not everyone at an Ivy League is a brat, they might actually be smart.

Posted by Jim on July 19, 2004 at 6:24 PM (CDT)


$40,000 for a free iPod. Hmmm…. I’ll just pay a few hundred.

Posted by MikeM on July 19, 2004 at 6:29 PM (CDT)


you realize that duke isn’t an ivy, right? haha.

wish my school was doing this :(

Posted by Umm on July 19, 2004 at 7:59 PM (CDT)


Stop your complaining.  If you spent half of your time studying as you do posting on message boards you might be able to get into a decent school.  Or then again, you are probably still in high school and bitter because you don’t have an iPod.  Either way you are an idiot.  Thanks for playing the game though.

Posted by grad school mofo on July 19, 2004 at 10:32 PM (CDT)


I go to Dartmouth College, which actually is an Ivy League school. If the administration tried to give iPods to incoming students, I’m sure there would be some sort of uproar. Nothing, literally NOTHING, is free in college…like crimsonsentinel and dumb pointed out, the iPods will just be added to their bills…most likely under the “activity fee” category.

Posted by jebous on July 19, 2004 at 11:24 PM (CDT)


I’m not jealous… I already have both an iPod and a college education from a real Ivy League university.

The iPod just doesn’t seem like it’s so important that it should be given to incoming freshmen and positioned as a device that will help students with their education.

Yes, the iPod is the best thing for listening to music, but many other devices would be far better suited for keeping a calendar… hell a paper calender is better than the iPod when it comes to this.

The article also says the students will be able to download Duke related content… what would that be?  Will record labels see this as a way to get new sample music to 1,800 consumers at once… 1,800 consumers who will be fooled into thinking the music is a required download?

More power to Duke for trying to be hip, but isn’t this iPod craze of acting like the iPod is the answer to everything getting a bit old?

More power to Apple for doing whatever it can to get back in classrooms, but this isn’t the right approach. 

I hope Duke is also giving all the students a laptop… or do they have to buy that?  A laptop is much more integral to a college education than an iPod.

Posted by Big Sid on July 19, 2004 at 11:27 PM (CDT)


I have to agree with a lot of the comments here.  Indeed, nothing is free.  I should have called it something else other than “free kit”.  It absolutely isn’t free.  Apple isn’t in the business of giving away anything and someone has to pay for it, which of course, would be the students or who ever else is paying for their tuition.

I also agree with Big Sid’s comments.  Ipods are great, but the Ipod “frenzy” is getting a bit old.

I’ve been thinking about this a bit more, and it seems to me that although it would be “exciting” to have a shiny new Ipod, these aren’t truly going to be used for anything other than music - this is clearly about being trendy rather than giving the students something they’ll actually need.  Pocket PC’s are what they should be given.  Far more useful, versatile, and the device of choice for keeping track of events and managing one’s life and info.  Who in their right mind is actually going to make use of an Ipod for keeping track of anything other than music?  You want to keep your life in order and manage info?  Get a Pocket PC, which is what Duke should be promoting.

Let the students get Ipods on their own.

Posted by Z on July 20, 2004 at 12:58 AM (CDT)


well, i’m one of the lucky 1600 kids who will be receiving a (relatively) free ipod from duke in a month.  i checked my current bursar’s account detail, and in addition to the exorbitant tuition and room/board fees, i have a $92 “recreation fee”, a $35 “residential programming fee,” and a $25 “Quad Dues” fee.  All those were entered before july.  The only new charge in july is a $15 “residential programming fee.”  now if a paltry $15 is all it takes for me to get an ipod, i’ll take it.  i was planning on shelling out for the duke education anyway, despite it not being ivy league, even though “shelling out” may not be the correct term since duke meets “100% of demonstrated need,”  whatever that means.  it’s a lot better than a lot of the local private institutions.

Posted by cc on July 20, 2004 at 1:22 AM (CDT)


o yea.  the article from says that duke is paying for the project with “strategic planning funds that it has set aside for one-time innovative technology purposes.”  you can be sure that 1800 ipods will garner a pretty nice bulk discount, too.

Posted by cc on July 20, 2004 at 1:26 AM (CDT)


i’ll be getting one in a month at duke as well…and i’ve already had my 3g one for over a year.  i’m not going to say no to a free 4g one, but i can see people’s complaints.  in particular, we’re going to get a lot of flak from upperclassmen….realistically, the 500000 dollars spent on this program could’ve been put to use for more than .25 of the student body.  but at the same time, i’m curious to see how it will integrate lectures and audio samples…and if there will be an itunes discount or the like.  and no, it’s not an ivy league school, but we like it that way.  i’m wondering what the bulk rate turned out to be for the ipods….and how many people will use it solely for music.

Posted by lex on July 20, 2004 at 1:37 AM (CDT)


yeah, smart like you Jim - posted it twice?  hmmm…

Posted by full tartan jacket on July 20, 2004 at 6:48 AM (CDT)

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