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Mix: Speck promo, Bill Gates, Ear infections, Bill O’Reilly

Speck Products has announced a new Holiday Special. From November 20th to November 27th, buy any two regularly priced iPod cases from Speck, and you’ll get a compatible “surprise case” for free.

During a speech at Stanford University last week, Microsoft chairman Bill Gates said the iPod was “phenomenal, unbelievable, fantastic.” He said Microsoft’s goal with the Zune is “more modest” than replacing the iPod. “It’s a growing market… we can get some of the new users and some of the switchers. We need to excite people about the concept - the idea of sharing” music and video through Zune’s built-in WiFi.

In her “Ask The Doctor” column for The Australian, Linda Calabresi answers a question about whether wearing iPod earphones for too long could cause ear infections. “Earphones and ear plugs will not cause an infection by themselves,” she says. “However, with prolonged use they can sometimes irritate the ear canal, making it more prone to an infection. You could possibly reinfect yourself if you used them while you had an outer-ear infection.”

Even though he sells memberships to podcasts of his radio show, Bill O’Reilly recently said on air that the iPod and PlayStation 3 are examples of how “American society is changing for the worse because of the machines.” He later said, “I don’t own an iPod. I would never wear an iPod… If this is your primary focus in life - the machines… it’s going to have a staggeringly negative effect, all of this, for America.”

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Does Bill O’Reilly live in a teepee?

Seriouslt does he own a car? A television? A radio? A microwave?

It’s the same damn thing. He needs to think before he talks about stuff he doesn’t understand (which is a lot, apparently).

Posted by ort on November 21, 2006 at 10:49 AM (CST)


I really like how he says he’ll never “wear” an iPod.  I have a shuffle and a 5th gen video, and I don’t recall ever wearing either of them.  Listening to them though…I do that quite often.

But alas, Papa Bear is right….screw the machines.  That’s right, go ahead and chuck the ol’ telly out the window.  Save yourself from ever having to watch Fox News again.

Posted by Phillip on November 21, 2006 at 11:09 AM (CST)


I own an iPod. Many people own iPods, cellphones, sonyericsson BT watches… and many of those idolize their devices. Bill is right. A machine is there to do your biding, fulfill your needs and generally do something you enjoy or need. But we should never start to consider them so precious that we take care of them more than of ourselves or our fiends and family. Sadly this is not the case. People LOVE (not like… LOVE) cars, computers, iPods (mainly, even though other mp3 players exist, but which are not as iconic or beautifully designed), cellphones or jewelry. Your comment, ort, with the microwave, TV or radio does not stand up because those are mainly taken for granted. Like they should be. But your iPod has its own little clothes doesn’t it? Get my drift?

Posted by Just me on November 21, 2006 at 11:17 AM (CST)


Bill “O Rly” O’Reily just proves he is full of s***t every time he opens his mouth.  Why people still listen to this self-righteous prick is beyond me.

Posted by Chahk on November 21, 2006 at 11:26 AM (CST)


I don’t know what you’re talking about. My microwave is wearing a parka right now.

Posted by ort on November 21, 2006 at 11:35 AM (CST)


I understand that iLounge is simply presenting the news, but man am I tired of hearing how much of an idiot Bill O’Reilley is. I don’t even like reading stuff about him because it makes me wanna show him how wrong he is.

Posted by JuanoTejano on November 21, 2006 at 1:18 PM (CST)


Bill O’Reilly deserves an ear infection.

Posted by FahrenheiPod 451 on November 21, 2006 at 1:26 PM (CST)


so bill o’reilly doesn’t like ipods and will never use one?  that’s interesting because when you go to his official website, on the opening page is a picture of an ipod urging you to subscribe to his podcast.  isn’t that ironic?

Posted by William Ly on November 21, 2006 at 1:31 PM (CST)


Yes, this society is worse because of machines…...

and in the near future, time travelling cyborgs will come back to our time to enslave us and rule the world…..

the only free human….Bill O’Reily and Steve Ballmer

Posted by unreal on November 21, 2006 at 2:21 PM (CST)


Steve Ballmer is human?
I though he was a weird Gorilla-Human Hybrid.

Posted by Dan Woods on November 21, 2006 at 2:43 PM (CST)


Hey Dan, read it again. I only said “Human” not “Humans”

Besides, in this future, gorillas will ally themselves with the Machines and create cyber clones of a giant program called “Machine System” (MS for short) that will suppress human creativity.

Posted by unreal on November 21, 2006 at 3:05 PM (CST)


Bill O’Reilly: Douchebag of the Week.

Posted by alexarch on November 21, 2006 at 3:32 PM (CST)


Bill O’Reilly has a staggeringly negative effect on America. iPods can’t begin to compete (well I guess if you load podcasts from The Factor, Limbaugh, The 700 Club, etc. an iPod could be considered a threat to the country…)

Posted by mrfett on November 21, 2006 at 4:01 PM (CST)


I have a shuffle and a 5th gen video, and I don’t recall ever wearing either of them.

You may not, but others certainly do (see prior article on the new Shuffle commercial; talk about pandering to the consumer’s fashion sense). Way too many consider an iPod and its white earbuds a wardrobe accessory, even if they do actually use them.

As for O’Reilly: leave the sorry sap alone. Why bother commenting on someone who’s not worth commenting about?

Posted by flatline response on November 21, 2006 at 4:10 PM (CST)


Gates sucking up to Apple? ‘Bout time.

Posted by flatline response on November 21, 2006 at 4:11 PM (CST)


Ok, Bill O’Reilly’s a pompous, stupid liar who’s usually wrong.  That’s been established.  This is a guy who thinks that Christmas—probably the world’s most popular holiday and that includes all religions you can name—is under attack by a non-existant group he calls the Secularists.

But what the heck was he trying to say here?  How can the playstation 3 (which nobody has, so it’s not a big deal) and the iPod (which EVERYBODY has, so it’s also not a big deal) make society worse?  If he’s talking about the ubergamers who never leave their houses, who gives a flip?  They’re not PART of society.  Is he complaining that people like and buy machines too much?  Well duh, that’s been the trend since there were machines to buy!

Besides, if memory serves, he lives in New York City.  The iPod has vastly IMPROVED New York City—by giving people something to do while commuting it has decreased the overall stress level in public transit at a time when it should be at it’s highest due to overzealous security measures.

Posted by dasmegabyte on November 21, 2006 at 4:19 PM (CST)


Thank you, Bill. I needed a good laugh.

Posted by jeremy k on November 21, 2006 at 6:00 PM (CST)


Bill O’reilly and Jack Thompson need to get together and have a prime-time show where they walk around for thirty minutes with their heads up their asses. They already do it on a regular basis alone…

Posted by Tinsley-PR on November 21, 2006 at 7:54 PM (CST)


Bill O’Reilly also thinks gay people, feminists, liberals and atheists are destroying America. Might as well throw iPods in as well. I figure fuzzy slippers are next. Or maybe apple pie.

Posted by Dalek on November 22, 2006 at 11:33 AM (CST)


Hmm, apparently you can’t say g a y in a post here. Anyway, that’s the terrible word hidden behind the hashes in my post above

Posted by Dalek on November 22, 2006 at 11:35 AM (CST)

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