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Made for iPod: the safety badge we’ve hoped for?

picWhile potentially a mundane topic to some of iLounge’s readers, Apple today introduced the “Made for iPod” certification, a badge that iPod accessory developers can display to differentiate their Apple-authorized accessory products from unauthorized ones. The Made for iPod badge addresses a subject of increasing concern to iLounge in recent weeks - the proliferation of certain low-quality and potentially dangerous iPod accessories that may harm your hardware, even when used as advertised and intended. Currently, it appears that vendors receiving the badge are only those whose products interface electronically with the iPod, rather than case makers.

According to some vendors on the show floor at Macworld San Francisco, Apple’s motivations behind the Made for iPod program may be equal parts financially driven, marketing driven, and consumer protection driven, perhaps in that descending order of importance. iLounge was told that the Made for iPod badge was originally proposed as a potential royalty stream for Apple - a means by which the company would collect revenues from sales of “authorized” accessories, and suggested that vendors might be able to charge even more for officially sanctioned accessories. Key to the program is Apple’s continued interest in licensing its proprietary male Dock Connector plugs and female ports - now also called the “iPod Connector” - while warning iPod owners about the dangers of insufficiently tested accessories that may create electrical disruptions in iPod hardware.

Like other company seals - such as Nintendo’s once-famous Seal of Quality - the Made for iPod program may have benefits for consumers, or may just be an opportunity to increase company licensing revenues while offsetting marketing costs. As iLounge has itself witnessed and heard external accounts of peripherals that wreak havoc with iPods and their batteries, but remains concerned about the slowly upward-creeping price of iPod accessories, we will continue to closely monitor this story in the months ahead.

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Comments

1

About time.  So what’ll be the first iPod Accessory to feature the new badge?

Posted by j4y_7 in Los Angeles on January 11, 2005 at 9:37 PM (PDT)

2

that couldn’t have been put more perfectly Jeremy

Posted by seven5 in richmond on January 11, 2005 at 9:46 PM (PDT)

3

Again, just another money making scheme for Apple. Then again, people will be reasured that their product is regognised by Apple, and not some cheap imitation from a boat off the shore of Hong Kong…

...Nice move Apple, although i buy several hundred accessories for my ipod mini and would like to collect points and reedem them for other overpriced Apple products….

Posted by >nATHAN in UK on January 12, 2005 at 9:04 AM (PDT)

4

>nATHAN, Apple is a company.  A company wants to make money - that is the only reason companies exist.  Apple saw a problem with many iPod accessories coming out that were potentially harmful.  They also saw a money making idea.  Why wouldn’t they try and make money from this?

Posted by polycarbon in Ontario, Canada on January 12, 2005 at 9:30 AM (PDT)

5

oh snaps!

Posted by J. Tro on January 27, 2005 at 8:22 PM (PDT)

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