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Mix: Podcast station, Hebrew, Dutch levy, Subway crime

Infinity Broadcasting has announced that it will convert its KYCY-AM radio station in San Francisco to a podcast-only format on May 16.

Because of Apple’s lack of Hebrew support in iPods, Israeli developer Edo Mendelson has created a free application that enables the use of the language on the device.

A proposed tax on MP3 players in the Netherlands “could devastate sales of hard disk players, and set up international waves over copyright legislation,” reports The Register.

New York City police told the city transportation board yesterday that 50 iPods have been stolen on subways so far this year, compared to none during the same period a year ago.

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1

OK, so iPod thefts increased by 50 as the iPod became more popular. 50 in 4 months.

Meanwhile, cell phone thefts increased by 117 as THEY continue to become more popular.

All this out of 10 “serious crimes” on the subway every day.

I don’t think the the headline “iPod blamed” is justified.

Nothing new here… Protect your valuables when in unsafe places. That means keeping them out of sight. Yes, the earbuds too.

Posted by Nagromme on April 28, 2005 at 1:32 PM (CDT)

2

Not that I necessarily think a P.O.S. tax is the way to address recouping copyright fees, but this sentence is the very height of bull crap:

“Because of the fact that the great bulk of iPods are used to store legitimate iTunes files which are Digital Rights Management (DRM) protected”

I’d like to see the citation for that fact. Most people’s legal files are from CDs, i.e. not copy protected. If you look at the total number of iPods sold, and the total iTMS tracks sold, nobody would need anything bigger than a 1GB shuffle if the *majority* of files on iPods were DRM protected iTMS files.

I think they’re going to need a better counterargument than that.

Posted by Code Monkey in Midstate New York on April 28, 2005 at 1:54 PM (CDT)

3

Dutch levees, indeed.

Posted by Agent O on April 28, 2005 at 3:44 PM (CDT)

4

The Netherlands is still the most Calvinistic country in the world. We have self righteous and totally sick ideas on justice and fairness.  This usually means that the big industries get everything they want. They just have to tell the politicians what they think is fair and they’ll get it. And all of the Dutch say: we understand and we think it’s a good idea. Ofcourse we’ll pay $ 600,- for an iPod.
This is a sick country. I advise you to avoid it. Also better for your health. It has the worst air pollution in Europe. Because the companies need more roads.

Posted by elppadopi in Amsterdam on April 28, 2005 at 4:40 PM (CDT)

5

If they are going to charge us at the iPod level for our music, should online purchases and CDs, theresore, be free of charge? I might consider that as a viable alternative:)

Posted by ablessg in Tulsa, OK on April 28, 2005 at 11:24 PM (CDT)

6

I reported about the iPod theft “boom” days ago. This is old news…

Posted by FallN in New York, NY on April 29, 2005 at 12:11 PM (CDT)

7

it is very nice to have hebrew on my ipod
but ist not free…not at all….

Posted by billyk on October 1, 2005 at 10:04 AM (CDT)

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