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Apple warns of counterfeit iPods


Apple has reportedly begun notifying its service partners of illegally manufactured digital audio players designed to closely resemble iPods. The counterfeit devices, usually imitations of the iPod nano and iPod shuffle, have strikingly similar designs but lack features such as a dock connector, functioning click wheel, and Apple operating system. Apple said the counterfeit iPods can be sold in very Apple-like product packaging and sometimes even come stamped with Apple logos and valid Apple serial numbers.


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Where is the pictures of the fake one? I only see two official iPod nanos in the pic :(

Posted by Jack Bauer on April 19, 2006 at 5:38 PM (CDT)


I believe the person who said the black one was real, because it looked just like his was being sarcastic as well.

Posted by revmike on April 19, 2006 at 5:41 PM (CDT)



Posted by Noah Gomberg on April 19, 2006 at 5:48 PM (CDT)


Oh Man, too funny ahahahahaha. I was in South east asia late last year. In some places, they were everywhere. They even had the fake 5G too. The funny thing was the locals were scooping them up. I wish i had the box, its funny cus the 5G black box was sooo real until you look inside.

Posted by Kastor Troy on April 19, 2006 at 6:12 PM (CDT)


If anyone is actually stupid enough to buy one of those fakes, they deserve it.

Posted by Jay on April 19, 2006 at 7:15 PM (CDT)


All these people are complaining on how the black one is soooooo fake. But what if the company that made the fake one was trying to make an Mp3 player that would fool people into thinkinf it actually was an iPod, without apple killing them… They could really be brilliant…Except the fact that theirs is really lame…

Posted by Violet on April 19, 2006 at 9:57 PM (CDT)


Sarcasm—or more precisely, the understanding of it—is such a lost and underdeveloped skill…particularly on the internet when one has to deal with so many teens.

Posted by flatline response on April 20, 2006 at 3:40 AM (CDT)


I think you’re all being a bit harsh with your ‘if you can’t tell which one is a fake you’re an idiot and you deserve it’ comments. To us.. iPod owners, yes… we WOUULD know the difference.

But there are a LOT of iPods bought as gifts for people by partners, parents, children… people who may not have ever seen an iPod in their lives, only heard about them.

And if they saw something like this? (which by the way if it was in an official looking Apple box they wouldnt see it) and they were being sold AS iPods… then they WOULD buy it.

We can tell the difference… but then these aren’t aimed at us, they are aimed SPECIFICALLY at people who don’t know the difference. And that is where the worry is.

So lighten up, and quit being so hard on people who don’t know any different.

Posted by hunky_artist on April 20, 2006 at 3:50 AM (CDT)


The white one is so fake. My black nano has a vol button and a nice screen. The white nano doensnt have a vol. button and play/pause.

Posted by Betty Koyle on April 20, 2006 at 7:08 AM (CDT)


There’s something about the fake one though, they can play movies!!!! The fake nanos can play movies!!!

Posted by hoho on April 20, 2006 at 9:30 AM (CDT)


What the hell is an ipod?!

Posted by gabe on April 20, 2006 at 10:39 AM (CDT)


hahahha if anybody buys that black one, then they dont deserve to be an iPod owner

Posted by indi3drummer on April 20, 2006 at 11:34 AM (CDT)


Lol, Anyone that can’t tell the difference and buys one gets what they deserve.  I wonder what the proprietary software is like? :shudders:

Posted by N on April 20, 2006 at 3:57 PM (CDT)


i’d buy the black one as a joke so i could say to people “hey, look at my iPoop!” then theyll say “u idiot y would u buy a fake iPod?”. then i take out my real nano and say “cuz i already have the real one” =P

Posted by KoRnHoLiO360 on April 20, 2006 at 8:19 PM (CDT)


hey that black one is just like my nano! it’s so awesome! 128mb of memory to hold your pirated music, batery life is about 15 minutes, which is great for commuting, one way, and finally, it is truly a fine piece of technology. You can really appreciate the precison put forth to make this ipod. Not to mention, it was only 200 bucks!

Posted by lexmarkx73 on April 20, 2006 at 11:06 PM (CDT)


i believe the real ones are made in china also.

Posted by name on April 21, 2006 at 1:30 AM (CDT)


duh what’s an ipod

Posted by petseno on April 21, 2006 at 6:29 AM (CDT)


Umm… it is obvious that the black is the fake. The screen is crap, the clickwheel is crap, and it doesn’t have a glossy coating over the black plastic. lol

Posted by Monica on April 21, 2006 at 12:58 PM (CDT)


Oh my god, can’t someone take a joke? So someone says ‘lol, damn those chinese fakers, damn you all to hell!’, and immediately, someone goes “OMGOMG, U RACIST, IT’S RUDE TO ASSUME THEY WERE CHINESE.” pfft, I’m azn, and I can take the joke :-P. Heck, I’m [jokingly] the most racist out of all of my friends.

Unless you’re older and don’t know crap about technology, few people are in danger of buying a fraud when some suspicious vender comes up to you ;-).

Posted by Aiwendillie on April 22, 2006 at 1:16 AM (CDT)


I have this “fake nano” its fantastic, very cheap and has got radio inside. No way to buy orginal and pay extra for something that must be in standard :)

Posted by noname on April 22, 2006 at 4:37 AM (CDT)

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