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Mix: Training wheels, CBS, iPDA, Hoodie

During a Q&A session following this morning’s “Mum” press event, Apple CEO Steve Jobs made a statement regarding the iPod touch. When CEO of O2 UK Matthew Key was asked whether he knew the iPod touch was coming during iPhone negotiations, he dodged the question, leading Jobs to comment: “Well, one’s a phone, and one’s not. The iPod touch is training wheels for the iPhone.”

CBS has said it does not plan to fight Apple over iTunes pricing. “We’re sort of staying out of the battle,” CBS Chief Executive Les Moonves said at the Merrill Lynch Media & Entertainment conference. “We like our relationship with iTunes.” He added, “We look at iTunes as much as a promotional vehicle for our shows as a financial vehicle.”

ZappTek, makers of iPod personal information transfer application iPDA, has posted a list of some of the issues it found in its testing of the iPod classic and third-generation iPod nano. Among the problems are missing fields in contact entries, incorrect display of notes in calendar events, and notes links behaving “strangely.”

ipodHoodies has announced the re-release of its extremely popular Bubblegum Pink Hoodie (£12) and Hoodie Nano (£10). Stock of the color is said to be extremely limited, and is being sold on a first come, first served basis.

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The “training wheels” comment is pretty irritating. I wanted a touch because I can’t afford to pay $60+ per month for an iPhone, and I also wanted more storage, which was only offered on the touch anyway. Why insult your customers by saying that those of us interested in the iPod touch just aren’t ready for the iPhone? Also, why cripple the touch when there is already a huge distinguishing trait (the phone, as he noted)? The iPod touch should have the Mail, Notes and uncrippled Calendar applications of the iPhone. I’ll still be getting a touch because I can’t afford an iPhone, but the crippling doesn’t give me good feelings about Apple now, and I’m a long-time user and fan of theirs, since the days of the SE30.

Posted by sjonke on September 19, 2007 at 10:24 AM (CDT)


It really appears that Jobs’s ego is getting way out of control. His recent track record is really starting to show that he has no problems insulting and belittling his customer base. As a person who’s invested a lot of time and money in Apple products, this is very concerning to me, because the next logical step for him is to go the way of Dell.  That means we could all sit back and watch Apple begin to “coast”, with product quality falling and abusive tactics against consumers increasing, all because Steve thinks he knows better than his captive market….

Posted by elCaballero on September 19, 2007 at 11:28 AM (CDT)

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