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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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41

Justin:

well picked, I should add that since at least 2003 (the period when the 3rd Gen was out)
I was able to show lyrics and it even showed a “play” button so you could “sing along” if were so inclined.

It was with a program called “Pod2Go” it worked so seamless that I had mistaken it for
an actual iPod feature.

I guess the little kid wrote the good people at Pod2Go first

Posted by Coolgato in Australia on April 16, 2006 at 3:52 PM (PDT)

42

After watching CBS, I am glad to hear that Apple changed its policy on how they go about replying to letters from kids. To a kid their idea seems like the greatest thing in the world at that point in time although to an adult in might seem wierd or funny.

Let’s give the kids a break and let them say how they feel about their “little wonder” (the Ipod).

I guess Apple never expected to receive emails from kids well, nobody is perfect and we all learn from our mistakes. I was also happy to hear that Apple apologised to the little girl.

Thanks Apple for coming back to Earth wink

Posted by pcguy760 on April 17, 2006 at 12:55 AM (PDT)

43

Apple has their head up their rears. In America, this is the worst kind of publicity.
Corporate double talk in response to a child is poisonous because it always makes the news. Steve Jobs should have called her and offered her an ipod. That would have made them look like heroes and got free publicity, now they look like corporate hacks. Stupid

Posted by Patrick on April 17, 2006 at 8:47 AM (PDT)

44

Oh, and regarding the French law thing…  Why is it allright for Apple to tie ITMS with Ipod while it’s not allright for Microsoft to build Internet Explorer or Media Player into Windows?

I do understand Apple though.  Who in their right mind would continue paying $1 per track if they could get unlimited downloads from any of those subscription services (Napster2Go, Yahoo Music Unlimited, etc.) onto their Ipods?  Apple’s closed system architecture has always been and always will be affraid of the competition.

Of course as competition brings the prices down, Apple’s profits disappear, as they still have contracts with the record companies.  And that, my friends, is what it all boils down to.

Posted by Chahk on April 17, 2006 at 2:07 PM (PDT)

45

Apple can just do no wrong to some people, eh (that or get hung up on supercilious details)? They sent an inappropriate response. Yes, they are in various patent infringements suits on both sides fo the bar, and yes it is common practice to reject unsolicited ideas, but their corporate policy needed changing.

One speaks to one’s audience, especially if one wishes to continue to keep the loyalty of consumers and potential consumers.

I am glad they had a meeting to change their policy when responding to children. Most companies actually already do. Even, of all people, Microsoft!

I was very disappointed in Apple when I heard about this but cheer them for recognizing they were wrong and fixing it. Shame some of the diehards cannot see that even Apple, like Homer, nods.

Posted by Whistler on April 18, 2006 at 5:47 AM (PDT)

46

Perhaps Job’s lawyer should’ve stuck the girl in a wall.?!

Posted by CODACAT on April 19, 2006 at 2:49 PM (PDT)

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