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How hard is it to spell “iPod?”

“iPOD, IPod, i-Pod. I’d hate to think what would happen if these people had to do a story about e e cummings. Let’s kick off the parade of humiliation with a story by The Inquirer. No, not the one where you can get all the Ben Affleck news you need, but the online news source that looks to steal more than a bit of its design from The Register. While reporting that Virgin Mobile is planning to sell music via its mobile handsets, it repeatedly refers to the iPOD, perhaps feeling it has to balance that lower-case “i” at the beginning of a proper noun with LOTS OF CAPS. Wouldn’t want it to tip over.”“

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21

who gives a flying F@#$

Posted by Dmo in Montreal on February 3, 2004 at 7:38 AM (CST)

22

how is this news?  note to ipodlounge: you don’t HAVE to post news everyday.  I’d rather read nothing at all than this kind of garbage.

Posted by J on February 3, 2004 at 8:41 AM (CST)

23

Like iCare.

Posted by TommyT in Birmingham, AL on February 3, 2004 at 8:50 AM (CST)

24

...Then don’t read it.

Poor elite iPodders, the news here is never up to snuff for some of them, wasting their precious time. One could have spent the 32 seconds it took to read the article to do something productive like browse porn, but here iPodlounge has once again cruelly snatched away this precious, fleeting opportunity. To add insult to injury, you then had no choice but to spend another 10 seconds typing a complaint. Why even think about anything else going on in the world, when iPodlounge lets you easily do your own small part for humanity by complaining about the quality of the news articles featured.

There can only be so much news surrounding a music player, you know. You don’t need news to enjoy your iPod. You don’t even NEED an iPod contrary to how we may feel. So even looking for news is a waste of time if you want to be technical about it. Let us please get some perspective on the matter?

Posted by monkedsel on February 3, 2004 at 9:00 AM (CST)

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I think many of you are missing the point. The author of the piece didn’t criticize misspellings of the word “iPod” on message boards or even noncommercial Web sites. He’s pointing out news organizations that fail to spell correctly. Presumably the media subscribes to some style book. I work at a newspaper that follows AP style, and if I ever let a word like “iPOD” slip into a story, I’d be writing a correction the next day.

Apple spells it a certain way and it’s not too much to ask the rest of the world, particularly the publishing industry, to spell it the same way. What if the local news did a story about a guy named Tom, but decided his name should be spelled tOM? Wouldn’t Tom be upset? Wouldn’t he think some nimrod spelled it wrong?

It doesn’t bother me when Joe Schmoe from the iPodlounge forums spells the name of his own mp3 player wrong, but it does when a published report does.

Posted by jerseyfreeze on February 3, 2004 at 12:11 PM (CST)

26

Stole it’s design from the register? Both the register and the inquirer were started by the sam person, Mike left the register to start the inquirer and took his site design with him as he was entitled to do.

Posted by Alex on February 3, 2004 at 12:23 PM (CST)

27

Great article… BULL!

CRAP news.

Posted by Stasyna on February 3, 2004 at 1:31 PM (CST)

28

i think, just to f@#$ with people’s minds, apple should make an iPod, iPOD, ipod, i-Pod, i-POD, i-pod, IPod, I-Pod, I-POD, I-pod…. and make them all be very different (ie, one is a camera, one is a printer, one is a monitor, etc. etc.)

not only would this alleviate the problem of misspellings, but it would also create mass confusion

PS- actually, it wouldnt fix the misspellings.. but it could make reading the news a lot funnier

Posted by on February 3, 2004 at 3:57 PM (CST)

29

to answer the admins concern - its fun to make fun of stupid articles like this -  so please keep them coming and yes i will continue to make fun of them -  iHate steve jobs

Posted by gabe on February 4, 2004 at 8:40 PM (CST)

30

Rush Limbaugh said “ipod” on the radio today, but I could not tell if he said with the proper caps or not… could anyone possibly find a “news” story about that?

Serriously… I guess when the motto is “All Things iPod” it means that if someone any where in on the net happens to use the word “iPod” it must be worthy of letting the world know.

This is kinda sad you know… anyhoe just my worthless input to this thread…

Posted by me on February 5, 2004 at 2:17 PM (CST)

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“I’d hate to think what would happen if these people had to do a story about e e cummings.”

Let’s put to rest this literary urban legend: the poet you mention did not refer to himself or sign his name in lower case letters: he is “E. E. Cummings”.

Where did the confusion start? Early jacket designers of his book, duplicating the lower-case wordplay of his poetry, typeset his name as “e. e. cummings” on the jackets of his books. It was a design element, not the way Cummings wished to have his name written.

How do I know? I currently work for that same publisher, which still owns the rights to and publishes Cummings’s work. The correct spelling is with capital letters, not in all lower case.

Picky? Yes. But no less picky than devoting a whole piece to the proper spelling of ‘Ipod.’

Posted by John DiBello on February 5, 2004 at 7:32 PM (CST)

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