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Mix: France/Apple, Third-grader, Radio erosion, Abilene Univ.

France Trade Minister Christine Lagarde said yesterday that Apple shouldn’t be surprised at the country’s proposed law to sever the link between the iPod and iTunes Music Store. “Any time a company restricts competition in a market, it gets the attention of regulating agencies. We have to play by the rules of the game,” she said.

A California third-grader received a formal letter from Apple’s legal department after she mailed a note to Apple CEO Steve Jobs with suggestions on how to improve the iPod nano. Following a report by a local CBS news team, an Apple legal counsel called the girl and apologized.

 

Podcasting and MP3 players such as the iPod are contributing to a drop in terrestrial radio listening. According to a survey by Bridge Ratings, 27% of people 12-24 attribute their reduced use of radio to MP3 use, while 22% attributed it to tired radio programming.

Abilene Christian University in Texas has redesigned two of its graduate programs so course materials can be downloaded onto video iPods. “The program will allow busy graduate students to enhance their education while meeting the responsibilities of jobs and family, said Dr. Gary Tucker, director of distance education.”

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1

I don’t see how the 3rd-grader’s letter response can be a big deal, let alone making the news..

I guess she and her naive family, just don’t understand that no company in ANY industry are allowed to receive any unsolicited letters (regarding ideas/improvements..) from anyone.

Posted by 3canada on April 14, 2006 at 1:46 PM (CDT)

2

do they really expect the CEO of one of the biggest companies in the world to answer letters from little kids. i also agree with 3canada about unsolicited letters. (especially hers which was to put song lyrics on the ipod during the song)

Posted by specialk on April 14, 2006 at 1:53 PM (CDT)

3

You’re missing the point.  Apple, who has always patted themselves on the back for being “educators”, could have picked a better format for their response to a third-grader.

Posted by Chahk on April 14, 2006 at 2:16 PM (CDT)

4

I agree all above. What I thought was really funny was her letter. Its telling Steve to “slip a chip” for song lyrics and she says that she hopes the chip won’t add to the “bulkiness” of the iPod. lol how cute

Posted by adams on April 14, 2006 at 2:22 PM (CDT)

5

A letter from a 3rd grader… fine, but Apple has been sued so many time that they can be expected to CYA.  What if in the future, they do put lyrics on the ipod? Is the girl or her family going to sue Apple for a share of the profits?  The only thing Apple did wrong is letting their bonehead lawyer handle it in bonehead fashion and not in a more kid friendly manner.

Posted by vnman on April 14, 2006 at 2:28 PM (CDT)

6

About the 3rd grader, I don’t understand why they responded at all. I know nothing about corporate law, but I can’t believe that they would be under any obligation to respond. If they used her ideas, I don’t think they would be liable because her advise was unsolicited and unacknowledged. I think the fact that they sent a letter at all surprised me more than the content of the letter itself.

Also, Abilene Chrisitian is my alma mater! It’s good to see they’re taking steps to integrate multimedia and technology in education!

Posted by Jason Martin on April 14, 2006 at 3:19 PM (CDT)

7

“Any time a company restricts competition in a market, it gets the attention of regulating agencies. We have to play by the rules of the game.”

Last time I checked, there was a lot of competiton to iTMS/iPod.  Practically every week a new “iTMS/iPod killer” makes the scene.  Where is the restriction of which she speaks?  You have a choice to use Apple’s or use one of the many competing solutions.

I can’t believe these bureaucrats are so dumb that they can’t see the ridiculousness of their own statements.

Posted by The Raven on April 14, 2006 at 3:58 PM (CDT)

8

vnman, I’m not sure how you can claim that it was Apple’s lawyer who handled this in a “bonehead” manner. The letter, from what little we saw of it, seemed perfectly appropriate and even thanked the girl for her interest in the product. That’s about all the lawyer can do. If Apple wants to soften these by including free stickers or something along those lines, that’s a matter for the marketing department.

Posted by elo on April 14, 2006 at 4:07 PM (CDT)

9

I thought newer iPods were capable of displaying lyrics, or was that only the 5G?

Posted by Nobody on April 14, 2006 at 4:31 PM (CDT)

10

Meanwhle if Microsoft responded this way to a third-grader, you Apple fanboys would shout from the rooftops that it was proof of how evil they are in Redmond.

Apple is a giant faceless evil corporation just like all the others and it’s about time we stopped pretending otherwise.

Posted by stark23x on April 14, 2006 at 4:47 PM (CDT)

11

The Nano has always had the ability to display lyrics. This story had to have run on the slowest news day of the century.

Posted by ort on April 14, 2006 at 4:48 PM (CDT)

12

Raven, yes there are ipod/itunes killers coming out all the time, but the point is that since iTunes has such a large market share and the same for iPods, by restricting them to each other no content distributors will be able to compete with iTunes and get their content on the iPod (Real tried with Harmony and Apple changed it specifically to continue their monopoly) and new mp3 players cannot thrive because they are not compatible with the majority of the music content that people have purchased online. You may or may not agree with this, but it is not completely ridiculous.

Posted by catboy17 on April 14, 2006 at 4:53 PM (CDT)

13

A kid acting like an adult gets an adult response. Big deal. The world needs to quit coddling children so much because sensationalizing non-stories like this are rediculous. Why doesnt anyone investigate the questionable parents who feel the need to put a 3rd grader on television just for their own personal ego-boost?

Posted by Cole on April 14, 2006 at 5:15 PM (CDT)

14

Honestly, I feel worse for that cat stuck in a wall in NY than I do for this rich brat who’s parents think its ok to clog their kids ears with music at age 8.

Posted by Haley on April 14, 2006 at 5:28 PM (CDT)

15

“Meanwhle if Microsoft responded this way to a third-grader, you Apple fanboys would shout from the rooftops that it was proof of how evil they are in Redmond.

Apple is a giant faceless evil corporation just like all the others and it’s about time we stopped pretending otherwise.”

Oh wait, I forgot, Apple wasn’t the company in danger of being permanently divided into two separate companies due to a monoply…

Posted by stark23x on April 14, 2006 at 5:59 PM (CDT)

16

You vengeful Apple apologists are oh so FUNNY. Coming here makes a visit to the comics page superfluous.

HOWEVER, considering all the great lawyer jokes you all missed out on…your routine could stand some polishing.

Posted by flatline response on April 14, 2006 at 5:59 PM (CDT)

17

“Honestly, I feel worse for that cat stuck in a wall in NY than I do for this rich brat who’s parents think its ok to clog their kids ears with music at age 8.”

So what are you saying? Only people of a certain age can listen to music? Grow up (no pun intended).

Posted by ChaosTitan on April 14, 2006 at 6:01 PM (CDT)

18

“Raven, yes there are ipod/itunes killers coming out all the time, but the point is that since iTunes has such a large market share and the same for iPods, by restricting them to each other no content distributors will be able to compete with iTunes and get their content on the iPod (Real tried with Harmony and Apple changed it specifically to continue their monopoly) and new mp3 players cannot thrive because they are not compatible with the majority of the music content that people have purchased online. You may or may not agree with this, but it is not completely ridiculous.”


if thats the case look at microsoft with their windows monopoly…. every software maker should be “FORCED” to make there software work with linux, Mac, and any other OS thats out there… ;-)

Posted by ejrizo on April 14, 2006 at 6:11 PM (CDT)

19

This is why local television news is nothing but shite.

Posted by proanim8r on April 14, 2006 at 6:24 PM (CDT)

20

yea RAVEN,

I don’t see how Apple is viewed as a monopoly. They are NOT forcing other MP3’s to stay out of the market and Apple is NOT stopping Napster, Wal-Mart, Yahoo, etc from selling songs for a Sony or Creative MP3 player. The people of the planet have chosen Apple because they like to total package.
It’s a winner by CHOICE.

anyone is free to put an MP3 on the market and make it compatible with Windows play for sure sceme.

Blows my mind how people think.

Posted by deedubya on April 14, 2006 at 6:29 PM (CDT)

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