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I Lost My iPod

Two nights ago I left my iPod in a cab. I hailed it at 3:00 AM after working an 18 hour day of lifting and moving. I put the iPod down to take my wallet out and forgot to pick it up. I didn’t take notice of the cab company (there are at least 12 companies in Toronto). I called a few of the majors up and left a description, but I am not optimistic.

I just want people to understand that they need to label their iPods. I had looked into various services of pre-made stickers with serial numbers or having it engraved but I never got around to it. Even if someone found it and wanted to return it they couldn’t.

I bought the 10GB model in August 2002 and I can honestly say that I have used it almost every single day. My next paycheque is going to be dedicated to buying a new 10GB model, but I wish it didn’t have to come to that. I can’t afford the 15 or 30GB models, but I eventually plan on buying the dock and remote.

Please people, even if it’s an ugly sticker with your email address on it, please label your iPod.

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I lost my iPod when I was in Thailand last month.  I was at the beach, lounging in a beach chair.  The chair was of the paid type, where you pay some guy a dollar to use the chair and an umbrella.  It wasn’t until the next day that I realized I had lost my iPod and I immediately thought of the beach chair.  I rushed back to the spot and asked the people who rented the chair to me.  They didn’t speak a lick of English, but I made some hand gestures and the guy’s eyes lit up in recognition.  Wonder of wonders, they actually had my iPod!!  I’m not sure if they were really honest, or if they just had no idea that they were holding onto something worth a couple months of their salary.  In any case, my story had a happy ending.  I’m sorry yours didn’t.  As for the replacement, wait an extra paycheck if you have to and get the 15gig.  Isn’t an extra 5gig worth a two week’s wait?

Posted by tonicboy on May 31, 2003 at 1:05 PM (CDT)


Hi Kenneth! Man what a sad story. I feel your pain. It’s like losing your pet or companion. I always have my IPOD with me and never let anyone touch it but me. I know how hard it is to lose something so valuable that you’ve paid your hard earned money for. If I still had my IPOD 10gb I would sell it to you but, have sold it to buy the new 30gb. My condolenses.

Posted by DJ_JUST in New Jersey on May 31, 2003 at 4:51 PM (CDT)


you must treat your Ipod like cash. as mp3 players are becoming more and more popular thanks to the Ipod. people arent as surprised of seeing one in public and would love to get thier grubby little hands on one for free. may i suggest a wrist strap that way even if you put it down its still attached. i found myself in the habit of putting it into my pocket whenever i need to pull out my wallet. just watch out with keys or change because your bound to scratch it up.

Posted by Jaguares in Bay Area, Ca on May 31, 2003 at 4:55 PM (CDT)


Hey guys, thanks again for the condolances. I’ve decided that the 15 Gig is the way to go. I may have enough this pay, or I might have to wait two weeks.

This time I’ll be sure to have it engraved and make sure it’s on my person when I get into a cab :)

I did register it, btw, and a friend made a good point today. My name is in my contacts list on the iPod. Hopefully someone will be honest enough to bring it back, but I accepted long ago that it is gone.

Now I get a dock, solitaire and I think I’ll buy one of those 20-hour battery packs! Woo hoo!

Posted by Kenneth Armstrong on May 31, 2003 at 5:35 PM (CDT)


Im sorry to hear than man, i really am - !!!! but i have to agree, who would give back a “free” iPod they found :(

Posted by Stu C on May 31, 2003 at 5:36 PM (CDT)


Im sorry to hear than man, i really am - !!!! but i have to agree, who would give back a “free” iPod they found :(

Posted by Stu C on May 31, 2003 at 5:36 PM (CDT)


Check out www.stuffback.com It’s a good way to encourage returns.

Posted by Rob on May 31, 2003 at 11:00 PM (CDT)


I can relate Kenneth. I lost my 20 GB iPod over a month ago. Almost same story as you, after a long day at work. My iPod was attached to my bag but it came loose in lugging it from my car to apartment and I didn’t notice it gone for hours. I had registered it, yet had neglected to put my name in the contacts list or put a label on it. Due to my neglect I had considered it gone forever. Fortunate for me it landed in the hands of a Mac user who was kind.  They went through my contacts and got my mobile phone number from one of them. To say I was shocked that someone in Los Angeles would return it is an understatement. (I even had to beg the person to take a reward). So don’t be suprized if your iPod makes it’s way back to you. Wait a few weeks. And yes, my iPod now has an ugly label on the back and my full contact info as well. I was lucky once.. but I won’t count on luck again.

Posted by Ron on June 1, 2003 at 2:01 AM (CDT)


Wow, that’s an amazing story.

My next paycheque is tomorrow, I’m hoping it’ll be big enough for the 15 Gig.

Rob, thanks for the StuffBack link. I actually looked into that a few months ago. I called them and it is a service available in Canada, I just didn’t order it.

Posted by Kenneth Armstrong on June 1, 2003 at 8:37 AM (CDT)


my friend recently lost his at dulles airport at a security terminal (he set of the detector so when they wanded him he lost it) but i helped him contact the TSA and he was lucky enough to get it back.

what i do is i put my contact information into a vcard for the contacts folder, and keep my name as the title of the ipod so hopefully if i ever loose it someone will now how to return it

Posted by ari on June 1, 2003 at 9:36 AM (CDT)


I lost my PDA and iPod in Tysons Corner once. Walked away from a table where I was having lunch with a friend, only to have him follow me a moment later, sans my gadgets. Went back to the table, and everything was gone.

Luckily for me, it was an honest custodial worker that found it.

Posted by Patrick Scott on June 1, 2003 at 1:13 PM (CDT)


hi.  if you want a dock and remote, let me know.  i live in toronto too!  oh, sorry about your loss.

Posted by terry on June 1, 2003 at 3:13 PM (CDT)


i do

Posted by lakerslover on June 1, 2003 at 3:18 PM (CDT)


What you need is this:

-A pair of cargo pants/shorts

-An asseritve attitude

Mix together and you have a well protected iPod (cargo pocket) and your friends won’t be able to “borrow” your iPod.

My iPod got stolen a day after I bought it. The next day at school, I saw this fat joker come up to me. He knew that I knew how to work computers and stuff and he asked me to help him get “this thing” to work. He got the iPod out of his backpack and handed it to me. I went to the “about” screen and showed him my name. I labeled my iPod with my name. I punched him in the throat when he tried to explain. He stole my gym teachers keys, found the master key to all of the lockers, and went through each one stealing peoples stuff. He got expelled from school the next day.

Posted by Skrit on June 1, 2003 at 10:22 PM (CDT)


lol good idea and good thing u did that

Posted by lakerslover on June 1, 2003 at 11:33 PM (CDT)


I simply named my I pod “if lost please call (my phone #).  Of course they would have to hook it up
to a computer.  There are a few honest people around.

Posted by Eddy on June 4, 2003 at 8:30 AM (CDT)


I bought a 10 new Gig two nights ago and I am very happy with it. I know the 15 Gig is a better deal, but I already have a case and I don’t use the remote so I would have been paying extra for a dock (which I want) and the extra 5 gigs.

My store had 10 Gig models in stock with no 15 Gig models shipping to us, so I jumped at the chance to have an iPod back.

Thanks for all the advice guys. Does anyone know a place in Toronto that will engrave it for me? Will any place that does engraving do an iPod? Do I want just anybody to do it?

Posted by Kenneth Armstrong on June 5, 2003 at 6:11 AM (CDT)


I hear this.

We gave my son a 30Gig for college graduation and it fell out of his coat pocket at an AMC theatre in West Covina, CA. It was the last showing of the night so a cleaning person undoubtedly picked it up since he called that same night to the theatre and was told “no one has seen it”.  Like other’s suggest, the worker probably had no idea how to make the thing work but it looked cool.

It has a registered serial # but that won’t help deter a thief.  Of course, it is also missing the cradle, etc. so it doesn’t have as much value as out of the box but boy, do I wish there was a way for the thing to “phone home”.


Posted by beeblebrox on June 15, 2003 at 10:55 AM (CDT)


that is why i recently applied a stuffbak label to mine! it hopefully will work i ever lose it

Posted by lakerslover on June 15, 2003 at 11:15 AM (CDT)


itunes stinks!!!!
it crashed my computer twice in the same day, and would not let me re-burn a cd I messed up. It it almost impossible to find some bands, and others you’ve never heard of gets twenty songs on there. It isn’t compatible with other media programs, and it takes forever to load! Apple should really work on this, it is nowhere near the best media software. Also, the ipod’s internal battery burns up, and your ipod’s dead in 2 years. Apple has just lost the buisness of me and many of my friends.

Posted by hjk on March 10, 2004 at 4:50 PM (CST)

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