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Mix: MicroMemo, Advance Auto Parts, iPopMyBaby, 50 Cent

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By LC Angell

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Published: Monday, June 19, 2006
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XtremeMac has added a white version of its MicroMemo audio recorder for fifth-generation iPods. “In response to consumer interest, we have decided to make MicroMemo available in white as well as black,” said the company. “The white units will ship approximately 4-6 weeks after the first black units begin shipping. Both the white and black versions are now available for pre-order via our website.”

Advance Auto Parts is now offering free iPod-compatible car repair “how-to” videos. The video clinics show viewers how to perform a variety of maintenance tasks, including replacing brake pads, changing oil or installing shocks and struts.

iPodMyBaby.com has announced that it has changed its name to iPopMyBaby.com. “We received a letter from Apple to change our website address,” said David Schroeder, co-founder of iPodMyBaby.com. “We own the iPod baby clothing space, which probably scares Apple a little bit as we are selling thousands of iPod baby outfits and they aren’t selling any at all.”

Rap star 50 Cent is reportedly in negotiations with Apple to create a line of affordable computers for inner-city residents. “I’m creating a foundation that will be around for a long time, because fame can come and go or get lost in the lifestyle and the splurging,” Fifty Cent explained to Forbes. “I never got into it for the music. I got into it for the business.” “He [Jobs] is setting a new standard in the music business,” Chris Lighty of Violator management added. “Let’s just say we get each other.”

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1

The whole “apple protecting the iPod name” thing goes a little far in this case if you ask me. I mean come on, no one is going to mistake a baby outfit for an iPod it self. Apple should view this as free advertising.

Posted by JeremytheCamel on June 19, 2006 at 9:16 AM (PDT)

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For the Advance Auto Parts podcast, go here:

http://www.advanceautoparts.com/english/youcan/podcasts.asp

The link on iLounge just goes to a Yahoo! article, and the article does not give good instructions for finding the podcast or give a link.

Posted by Muero on June 19, 2006 at 9:46 AM (PDT)

3

Hmm, Apple are obviously trembling at the thought of adults dressing their children in iPod derived clothes…....

...a concept as sad as companies making clothes for iPods…..

Posted by Bob Levens in UK on June 19, 2006 at 11:02 AM (PDT)

4

I thought my neighbors had some super new-generation iPod…y’know, the really big one in a stroller that drools and screams when you push its center button.  Then I realized they it was just their baby in an iPodMyBaby onesie. 

Glad Apple’s letter clears this misunderstanding up so it NEVER HAPPENS AGAIN.

Posted by PushButtonAction in Atlanta, GA on June 19, 2006 at 12:12 PM (PDT)

5

I pop my baby? Uh.. yeah.

Posted by Josh Powell in VA on June 19, 2006 at 1:20 PM (PDT)

6

“I pop my baby?”

Sounds like some pervert’s myspace address, don’t it?

Posted by Chahk on June 19, 2006 at 1:25 PM (PDT)

7

Apple is going BEYOND typical corporate evil now.  This is getting pathetic, to the point where Apple doesn’t deserve the support of it’s user base.

Posted by stark23x on June 19, 2006 at 1:40 PM (PDT)

8

What you guys don’t get is that if Apple doesn’t protect the trademark, they lose it.

So they HAVE to go after all the infringements, or else when a major case comes up, they may lose the trademark for not enforcing it.

Posted by Cameron T. on June 19, 2006 at 1:52 PM (PDT)

9

So will the new iPod ship with kevlar now?

Posted by Real Reply on June 19, 2006 at 2:05 PM (PDT)

10

Cameron T. got it exactly right.

Check out this little story:
http://interact.uoregon.edu/MediaLit/mlr/readings/articles/Trademark_Battles.html

It points out that Aspirin used to be a brand name, and Xerox is on the edge…If the name isn’t protected, then you lose the copywrite, and lose your heavily-advertised brand name.

Apple’s got no choice.

Posted by Chris on June 19, 2006 at 2:28 PM (PDT)

11

I’m not sure Apple has a trademark on the click wheel control, they should just enjoy the free publicity. I mean - come on - these babies are adorable!

Posted by Corbin Bernsen on June 19, 2006 at 2:31 PM (PDT)

12

Corbin:  That’s why they still sell the products…they just can’t use the name “iPod”

Posted by Cameron T. on June 19, 2006 at 7:47 PM (PDT)

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What you guys don’t get is that if Apple doesn’t protect the trademark, they lose it.

Yeah, and that ALSO explains how Apple can use the name “iPod”...everyone else who had it before them either sold out or stopped using it (apparently).

When it comes to “ipod”, the only “live” pre-Apple filing left at the US Trademark Office is some company called Chrysalis who, according to the records there, apparently made some sort of office furniture system they called “iPOD” (spelled almost the same way as Apple’s; so much for the iMac being the first to use the lowercase “i”, as I’ve read so many fanboys claim over the years).

All this in 1991, back when probably no one besides a few European digital audio engineers had a clue what MP3 was. Or a DAP. Well, cosidering that Googling Chrysalis turned up nothing—at least in office funiture manufacture—Apple may get this one declared DEAD as well. Then NO ONE will know that Apple wasn’t the real creator of the word “ipod”.

US Trademark Office

- Click on ‘Search’

- Click on ‘New User Form Search (Basic)’

- Type in ‘ipod’ in the search box, click ‘Search Query’

- Click on ‘74132201’ (the last record in the list, number 26).

- BOOM! iPOD furniture…before there was ever an ‘iPod’. Imagine that.

The only thing is, someone in 2002 appears to have RENEWED this trademark; some party out there may yet be making the REAL, ORIGINAL iPOD still…hmmm…

Posted by flatline response on June 19, 2006 at 10:44 PM (PDT)

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