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Mexican airline renting iPods

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By LC Angell

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Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2007
News Categories: iPod

Low-cost Mexcian airline Volaris this month began handing out iPods to passengers in a test run, and will soon start charging 50 pesos (about $5) per flight. Volaris currently offers 30GB fifth-generation iPods filled with Mexican TV shows and popular music, but the airline plans to also load U.S. sitcoms and other music genres. “We’re the first to use iPod’s. We like it because no one else has it,” said public relations officer Alfonso Collantes. “We just went out and bought a bunch of iPods and started giving them out to passengers.” U.S giants Continental Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines announced last year that they planned to add iPod connectivity into seat-back video screens.

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Are there any legal implications to the airline making money ($5 a head) from a rented iPod that is loaded with copyright(ed?) content?

Posted by puzzled on February 20, 2007 at 9:50 AM (PDT)


wouldnt the ipods get badly scratched and look horrible and get broken easily>

Posted by eric lewis on February 20, 2007 at 10:21 AM (PDT)


It’s possible they may have licensed the content like they do for their in-flight entertainment.

Posted by Galley in Greenville, SC on February 20, 2007 at 10:22 AM (PDT)


Volaris is co-property of Televisa, which is one of the largest Latinamerican TV networks, plus they own several record labels, so I don’t think they would sue themselves for copyright infrightment.

Posted by Korpil on February 20, 2007 at 12:12 PM (PDT)


I’m on a mexican radio
I’m on a mexican radio
I wish I was in Tijuana
Eating barbequed iguana

Maybe Wall of Voodoo can do a special version for Volaris?

Posted by Elcoholic in So Cal on February 20, 2007 at 5:25 PM (PDT)


I wonder how many iPods will be ‘lost’ into carry-on baggage.

Posted by Michael Collins on February 20, 2007 at 6:04 PM (PDT)

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