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Mix: Zeppelin, O2, Battery, Translator

A recent Guardian report claims that the Led Zeppelin collection “Mothership” will be available on iTunes when it hits stores November 12. The tracks, chosen by Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, and John Paul Jones, include “Stairway to Heaven,” “Whole Lotta Love,” and “Kashmir.”

Another report claiming O2 will carry the iPhone in the UK has appeared. While refusing to confirm that it has signed a deal with Apple, O2 chief executive Peter Erskine said: “We’re excited about this product and we certainly hope to be marketing it later in the year when it launches.”

New York’s Consumer Protection Board has raised complaints about the iPhone’s battery and Apple’s return policies. “I encourage Apple to redesign the iPhone in order to provide for a replaceable battery,” Mindy Bockstein, chairwoman and executive director of the Board, wrote to Steve Jobs, chief executive of Apple, in a letter dated July 17. Bockstein later said, “A high-end cell phone shouldn’t have to have low-end customer service.”

Coolgorilla has announced its iPhone Translator, sponsored by online travel retailer lastminute.com. The web-based application offers text and audio translations of common phrases in French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, and German. The translator can be accessed by visiting coolgorilla.com/iphone.

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1

Once again NY flexes it’s nanny-state muscles.  It’s called free market people.  The fmarket will decide what should or shouldn’t be done with the iphone, not bureaucratic advisory board.

Posted by bobdigi76 on August 1, 2007 at 4:35 PM (CDT)

2

Hear hear. If you don’t like the iPhone, don’t buy it.

Posted by Penner on August 1, 2007 at 4:50 PM (CDT)

3

I agree. And have they not noticed that Apple has some of the best customer service of any electronics company.

Also, I’m not sure its safe to say that the battery is going to be a problem. I’ve had many cell phones and have never replaced a battery on any of them. I really wish these politicians would learn to read and not just assume that The New York Times and USA Today always tell it as it is. Maybe they should go after laptop manufacturer’s that sell you replacement batteries for more than half the cost of the original computer. I don’t want this, but that is where that mind set should lead.

Posted by jeremy i on August 1, 2007 at 4:50 PM (CDT)

4

Apple has some of the best customer service of any electronics company.

This must be an Apple from the Bizzaro world.  The Apple I’ve got stories from certainly doesn’t fit that bill. 

Just because their gadgets get your hormones going doesn’t mean they don’t need to be kept in line.  Does the “free market” always have to get a class action lawsuit in order to point errors out to Jobs?

Posted by superape on August 1, 2007 at 5:56 PM (CDT)

5

“Does the “free market” always have to get a class action lawsuit in order to point errors out to Jobs?”

Who says it’s an error? I’m sure they very consciously sealed the battery in, just as they have with over 100 million iPods.

If people don’t want to buy the iPhone, they don’t have to buy the iPhone. As long as Apple isn’t misleading people about replaceable batteries (and in my mind, they aren’t), there should be no problem.

I don’t want New York’s Consumer Protection Board (or any other government agency) being involved in any design decisions, unless they directly involve safety or fraud.

Since Apple has made no claims of a replaceable battery, and have a fair return policy, I see no fraud here.

Posted by BJ Nemeth on August 1, 2007 at 6:51 PM (CDT)

6

Just because Apple is being honest about their practices does not mean that those practies are acceptable. If Poland Spring water came with a label warning that it contained sewage, would it be okay for them to pour sewage in there? They don’t need to put in user-replacablr batteries if they don’t want to, but I find it unacceptable to charge so much for a replacement battery, and then to charge for a rental phone during the interim. It is one thing to have such a policy with iPods, which are by and large luxury entertainment products, but to not have a phone for several days is a huge, and for many an unaffordable, inconvenience. To then charge such extortionate fees for this service is irresponsible. Personally, as a New York resident, I’m glad to see this addressed, even if it ultimately cannot bring about real change.

Posted by Bradley on August 1, 2007 at 8:28 PM (CDT)

7

And great news about the Led Zeppelin collection. If only the Beatles would show a little regard for their fans and get on their now.

Posted by Bradley on August 1, 2007 at 8:29 PM (CDT)

8

I’d say your sewage analogy definitely falls under the category of safety, and *should* be regulated. That has nothing to do with the iPhone battery.

Who’s to say that Apple is charging too much money to replace the battery? Has New York’s Consumer Protection Board studied the engineering and come up with their own suggested retail price?

It’s also a near-certainty that third party companies will step in with iPhone battery replacements, just as they have for the iPod.

I still say the fact that a battery is or is not replaceable by the user is a design issue (with both pros and cons), and *not* an issue of consumer safety or fraud.

Anyone who requires a user-replaceable battery should *not* buy an iPhone. Problem solved. There are those of us who don’t care about it, and prefer the smaller, sleeker form factor.

Posted by BJ Nemeth on August 1, 2007 at 8:43 PM (CDT)

9

Led Zep, that is hilarious.  This is funnier than when people we “waiting” for the Beatles to show up on itunes.  Any one who wanted this music has already downloaded it from allofmp3/alltunes/mp3sparks.  Itunes….ha overpriced!!!

Posted by kber45 on August 1, 2007 at 9:34 PM (CDT)

10

FWIW, you can get Led Zeppelin’s “The Complete Studio Recordings” on 10 CDs, NEW from Amazon.com for only $60.00.

Posted by Galley on August 1, 2007 at 11:14 PM (CDT)

11

Oh free market crapperati…

It is beyond ludicrous that Apple wants to charge for a replacement phone even during the warranty period.

My iphone developed a problem with homepage button and went to have it repaired.When the geniuses at the store wanted me to pay 30 bucks for the replacement ,I blew up and the Chief Genius then waived the charge off.

I am surprised other people havent taken it up.A rip-off if there ever was one.It aint a stupid xbox or ipod or something.A cellphones a vital instrument and you are accepting that yes,its a fault in our manufacturing and yes,its our duty to have it repaired for free BUT pay us 30 bucks for the replacement!!That policy needs to be changed…period.

Posted by nfa on August 2, 2007 at 12:06 PM (CDT)

12

“A cellphones a vital instrument and you are accepting that yes,its a fault in our manufacturing and yes,its our duty to have it repaired for free BUT pay us 30 bucks for the replacement!!That policy needs to be changed…period.” said by nfa. I totally agree with you. Also the battery replacment charge isn’t that much. The only thing crazy is not having a phone for a couple of days. Not everyone can own two phones or go without a cell phone from day to day.

Posted by Matt on August 2, 2007 at 9:22 PM (CDT)

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