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Members of Parliamant in UK vote on iPod battery issue

“Concern over the lifespan of the iPod’s rechargeable battery has reached the House of Commons, with 11 MPs [Members of Parliament] putting their names to a motion calling for Apple to ensure that replacement batteries are plentiful in supply and priced at a reasonable level.

Labour MP for Chorley, Lindsay Hoyle, tabled the motion, stating his concern regarding the “difficulty people are having in replacing batteries for iPods”.

He notes: “iPods were a favourite Christmas present, with a value of between 250 to 400, but when people come to buy replacement batteries they find that they cost 100 and that they have little knowledge of where such batteries can be obtained from”.”

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1

You’d never see this happen in the US, there is no chance that an issue as small as this would make it to Congress or the Supreme Court (I’m not sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing).  I’m not saying that Congress doesn’t debate trivial things but I doubt an issue over the battery life of an electronic device (no matter how popular it is at present) would reach Congress.

Posted by HunterCU on January 21, 2004 at 9:15 AM (PDT)

2

In the UK, we have stupid journalists who write ill-informed stories.

Unfortunately, we also have polititions who believe what they read in newspapers and then make fools of themselves in this way.

It’s another non-story. The chances of that motion actually being discussed in the House of Parliament are minimal.

Posted by AlanAudio on January 21, 2004 at 9:15 AM (PDT)

3

How do the Brits on this board feel about this?  And what do you think the outcome will be?

Posted by HunterCU on January 21, 2004 at 9:16 AM (PDT)

4

Well if this helps bring down battery price , i think its great smile

Posted by Aspect on January 21, 2004 at 9:35 AM (PDT)

5

Aieeeeee!!!!  Another example of government gone crazy.  The nanny state spreads across the planet.  Help us all!

What’s that punch line about the most feared words known to man? “I’m from the government and I’m here to help.”

Posted by Obadiah on January 21, 2004 at 9:35 AM (PDT)

6

Yeah, well, while I think this must be a hoax or misunderstanding it creates the bizarre notion within me that politicians might be most concerned to protect the innocent and apparently illiterate from being disappointed while they are totally irgnorant to the matter of protecting the whole planet from being bullied and wallet-raped by Redmond. Sometimes one just has to get priorities straight. Go vote.

Posted by Oliver :) on January 21, 2004 at 9:36 AM (PDT)

7

Nothing will come of it. I don’t know whether to be embarassed that the Mother of Parliaments should discuss such an issue, or impressed that the iPod has become such an icon that it merits discussion in such a place. I’ll have to think about it some more.

Posted by Jackson in London on January 21, 2004 at 9:38 AM (PDT)

8

This can’t be true! The UK has got soldiers in Irak and the MP’s are talking about cheaper iPod-Batteries replacement! Get them out of there, give them a ballot!!!

Posted by mafo on January 21, 2004 at 10:18 AM (PDT)

9

Yeah, with our british soldiers being killed in iraq after being ordered to give flak jackets to other soldiers due to known and ignored equipment shortages, why on earth has the goverment got time to devote to consumer electrical issues?!!!

Not that im complaining if i get a cheap battery replacement program (i know hypocrite) but i would be pretty pissed off if i was being rogered by westminster on the other current issues and this topic had time wasted on it.

Posted by dmeineck on January 21, 2004 at 1:20 PM (PDT)

10

This was an Early Day Motion, which is Parliament’s way of nodding at trivial issues without wasting parliamentary time on them. It’s actually an efficient and sensible way of conducting business, highlighting minor issues without distracting from the major ones. What a pity that Mr Hoyle’s researcher didn’t let him know that batteries are easily available, and for less than 60, let alone 100.

And while the flak jacket issue is appalling, I’m inclined to the view that it’s a distraction. British troops were sent to Iraq by a PM whose justification was to prevent the use of Iraq’s non-existant Weapons of Mass Destruction. And perhaps even the War in Iraq was a distraction from the cynicism with which certain countries are butt-raping the environment, refusing to sign up to Kyoto, undermining free trade with tariffs and subsidies, condemning the third world to starvation and famine through farming subsidies to US grain growers and even refusing to sign up to a campaign against obesity because McDs and Coca cola won’t let them. Still at least George Dubya is willing to spend Billions to ‘boldly go’............

It’s all a game…...

Posted by Jacko on January 21, 2004 at 3:52 PM (PDT)

11

Young George had such a short attention span…

Posted by ToBoldlyGo on January 21, 2004 at 4:01 PM (PDT)

12

As a brit I think it is both good and bad. On the one hand it arguably shows large companies that if they don’t look after their customers there are other people they may have to answer to. On the other I think this battery issue has been blown a little out of proportion. I don’t see much evidence that supports the 18 month life claim. Sure, there are some unfortunates but not that many but name me one product that has zero failure rate/problems? And maybe we should stop to consider how much we would have spent on AA batteries if we used our CD walkmans for the same length of time. It will seem less because of the small amount being spent each time but it soon adds up…

Slightly off topic - I’d be interested to hear what Lindsay Hoyle and other Brits feel about CDWOW being ‘forced’ to put their priced up by 2 per CD. This is, IMHO, outrageous. I don’t claim to be in posession of all the facts behind the decision but it all seems a bit pressurised & dubious to me…

Posted by bobsyerunkle on January 22, 2004 at 1:40 AM (PDT)

13

This is great.  Apple is out of control with their accessory prices.  For all you US people 100 is around $175.  This IS a major issue. The fact that Apple attempted to hermetically sealed the iPod, ala the original Mac, is simply just Steve Jobs asserting his control freak nature on the worlds population. 

Most people think that when a battery dies in a product you shoud pop off the back lid and change the battery in a matter of seconds.  Apple want us to Think Different.

Don’t trust anyone over 45 and under 60.

Posted by phasor on January 22, 2004 at 6:47 AM (PDT)

14

Yeah, this could never happen in the good old US of A. We’d rather just join a freakin’ clas action suit wink

Posted by Pete LaV on January 22, 2004 at 9:03 AM (PDT)

15

Why do you keep on harping on about 100?

You can buy them for 55.

And changing the battery is a proverbial piece of pi$$

Posted by Jacko on January 22, 2004 at 10:51 AM (PDT)

16

Phasor, don’t want to be too picky because you’re bang on track with your comment, but the cost is 79, which is $145 dollars. You’re right to raise the issue though, because as you’re probably aware the American market is ‘only’ charged $99! WTF is that all about?!

Jacko, where can you buy the battery for 55? Wouldn’t mind knowing - just in case!

Posted by bobsyerunkle on January 22, 2004 at 12:45 PM (PDT)

17

A quick google would suggest that they can be had for 45 from:
http://www.cheap-battery.co.uk/ipod-batteries.htm

Posted by sockmuppet on January 22, 2004 at 2:44 PM (PDT)

18

What a legend!

Posted by dmeineck on January 22, 2004 at 2:53 PM (PDT)

19

WTF is that all about?

1) The lower exchange rate hasn’t caught up and may be temporary. US products always sell ‘dear’ over here.

2) The US market is perceived as being more price sensitive so international retailers price competitively over there.

3) The US market is huge and in serving it, suppliers enjoy economies which aren’t available here.

4) The UK prices include 17.5% VAT.

Have a look at the FAQs - I listed three e-tailers who sell iPod batteries in the UK, one of which is everything iPod.

Posted by Jacko on January 25, 2004 at 2:27 PM (PDT)

20

I just bought one from http://www.ipaq-battery.co.uk at under £20! Absolute bargain, instructions and tools included.

Posted by maccyd on April 22, 2005 at 3:59 PM (PDT)

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