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Reader: Apple iPod ads \"branded\" with smear message

updated 09:35 pm EST, Mon December 1, 2003

iPod ads branded with smear

A MacNN reader reports that disgruntled iPod users have vandalized advertisements for the music player in Manhattan. "Just noticed as I walked down 6th Avenue in Manhattan, only a few blocks from the Apple store [...] all iPod posters have been "branded" with a smear-like message," the reader reports. The branding reads, "iPod's unreplaceable (sic) battery lasts only 18 months." Last week we reported on a on their "sensationalism" message; however, the Neistat brothers have subsequently updated their page with more (accurate) information.




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  1. MacNN.com Reader

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Wow...

    Welcome to last week, MacNN.

  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    all true - so then...

    you get off your a** and get it replaced for $99. i have a 1G original model that still holds a 6 hour charge. what part of this is worthy of vandalism?

  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    Thank you, Capt. Obvious!

    Gee, this news of defaced iPod ads comes as a TOTAL SHOCK, I mean, we only saw the friggin' video of them DOING IT!

    It has been documented that those guys who made the movie are dicks who are only interested in smearing Apple-- someone was willing to mirror their little film on the condition that they include links to Apple's battery replacement info, and they refused. Apple should consider going after them for libel, if they insist on continuing the smear campaign.

  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    and wild postings are leg

    One thing- does Apple have the right to go post iPod posters anywhere they want?
    Last I checked- wild postings are illegal almost everywhere-

  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    ya know....

    for the money he's spent on spray paint alone, he could have had a new battery per the iPod Battery Replacement Program Apple is offering. "It only lasted 18 months..." For a portable, that's pretty damn good... I've had many a portable cd player, even a few laptops, that encountered more problems than this guys iPod.

    But what can you say, everyone wants their 15 minutes of geek fame.

  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    misleading

    It is not true that iPod batteries only last 18 months.

    It may be that SOME iPod batteries have died after 18 months, but that has not been my experience. In fact, out of the millions of iPods that have been sold, I have only heard of a small percentage of cases were the batteries have died prematurely.

    Also, these vandals claim that it is impossible to replace the iPod batteries. This is, of course, also not true.

    I can understand why these guys might be unhappy about their iPod battery experience, but that does not give them the right to vandalize, libel, etc in effort to infict their revenge upon Apple.

  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    check again

    "One thing- does Apple have the right to go post iPod posters anywhere they want? Last I checked- wild postings are illegal almost everywhere-"

    Apple's iPod posters were legally posted. They were illegally vandalized.

  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    last weeks news

    maybe mommy and daddy could buy them new ipods

  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    Only 18 months? Not true!

    Two years, and still ticking, for my 5G model iPod. The only problem? Ran out of space and had to get a 10G. But I gave the 5G to my kid, and it's still running great.

    I strongly disagree with this quasi-news coverage of vandalism. For civil disobedience to have any moral impact, it can't just be anonymous damage.

  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    wanna bet?

    How much you want to bet that the morons vandalizing the iPod ads are employees of Dell?

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