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Mix: Popkomm, iPod tattoo, Next verse, iPod ants, Price war

Eddie Cue, Apple’s vice president of applications, will deliver a keynote speech at Popkomm, a leading European music and entertainment industry event that takes place September 14-16 in Berlin, Germany.

iLounger James McHugh has gotten what could be the first iPod-inspired tattoo.

In an article entitled “What’s the Next Verse in Apple’s Song?”, BusinessWeek’s Peter Burrows says: “As Jobs remains on his current course, Apple could face a rebellion among partners and consumers who want more alternatives and more flexibility out of digital music’s current king of the hill.”

A New Zealand man found a colony of Singapore ants inside the packaging of a new iPod he had purchased at a Fiji airport. “About 50 live Singapore ants—highly destructive ants that can eat through plastic and wiring—were crawling around the iPod.”

Reuters reports that the “cut-throat pricing battle in the portable music segment has been decisively won by Apple” and that Asian MP3 player makers are “targeting higher-margin devices with sleek designs to wow fashion-savvy users as they struggle to survive.”

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Comments

1

How did Singapore ants (from south east asia) travel 1/2 the world to build a colony in an iPod in Fuji (in the pacific islands)? How were the suspects identified? :P

Posted by cavatina on September 6, 2005 at 11:24 AM (CDT)

2

By law, all Singapore ants are required to provide valid passport identification when traveling abroad.

Posted by Jeremy Horwitz in East Amherst, NY, USA on September 6, 2005 at 11:40 AM (CDT)

3

iLounger James McHugh’s tattoo isn’t really the iPod controls, just generic symbols from RW, Play, Pause, FF and Stop

Play and Pause are seperate “buttons” and there is nothing else to suggest it’s an iPod control he was going for.

Posted by skw on September 6, 2005 at 12:32 PM (CDT)

4

hence the ‘inspired’

I wouldn’t have got it done, but then I don’t like tattoo’s, fair play though, pretty cool.

Posted by silver_haze20 on September 6, 2005 at 2:04 PM (CDT)

5

Erm, I’m Singaporean, born and bred, but I’ve never heard of “Singapore ants”!

Maybe they’re like “Singapore noodles” - they don’t exist.

Posted by chews on September 6, 2005 at 11:13 PM (CDT)

6

chews: Suggest you Google for them; it would seem that the breed exists, and are indeed destructive to electronics and plastics. A number of the hits seem to be from Australia, so it sounds like the pests have hitched across to other countries in the region.

Jeremy: I have news for you…ALL aunts are required to provide valid passport ID, regardless of whether or not they originate from Singapore or not. Homeland Security wouldn’t have it any other way. Why just the other day my aunt was really seething over her body search…er, oh, <u>ants</u>...heh…never mind…

Posted by flatline response on September 8, 2005 at 3:10 AM (CDT)

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