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French castle uses iPods for audio tours

updated 07:40 pm EDT, Sun April 4, 2004

French castle uses iPods

Chenonceau Castle in France has started using , a MacNN reader notes (page is in French). The iPods are loaded with eleven languages of the castle's guided audio tour, which visitors can borrow and listen to at their leisure around the famous property.




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  1. Eriamjh

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Stoeln iPods?

    Wonder how many get returned...

  1. rok

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    stealing...

    they likely require you to leave a photo id and credit card at the main desk (well, that's what i would do). that way they can identify you, and, if need be, charge someone for any lost or damaged devices.

    all in all, though, this is a cool idea. especially the multi-language part.

  1. PookJP

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Zoink!

    ::runs::

  1. skyweir

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Chenonceau

    correct spelling

  1. Dash

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    iPod madness

    Funny how they actually promote the iPod at the museum as a reason for going there ! « Come see our castle cause we have the iPod tour !!! » as opposed to it just being a tool they happen to find useful. I've never seen a product with this kind of ravenous, sustained publicity. It is by the way, a perfect tool for the museum cause you can put all those languages on there. I remember a « Treasures of the Tsars » Russian tour when there were sony walkmans and all these different tapes. There must have been a small economy just based on the sales of batteries.

  1. fleveneur

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Excellent for Apple

    This is excellent news for Apple. If you go the the chenonceau web site (which is pretty cool by the way) you'll learn that important persons (ministers, scientific...) will be the first to use the iPod.
    This is good for Apple in France. Apple's got to attack the french market seriously.
    Tokyo museum is using the iPod now. Do you know how many museum there is just in Paris?

  1. kristofor

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    In addition...

    An option to load the audio program onto your own iPod would be nice too.

  1. cebritt

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    I remember...

    ...walking through a museum exhibit in Houston years ago that used Newtons with headphones. You pushed a button on the screen when you got to each display. They worked very well.

  1. Feeling_Macish

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    This is cool!

    Chenonceau is, in my opinion, the best of the Loire Valley castles. One of the most historic too. Lots of wealthy tourists visit - my wife and I (not wealthy) went through it with a Russian "new rich" guy and his young wife that we met while in Paris back in 1998. I'm sure now there are even more Russian tourists there now. Good way to make it a status symbol in Russia and help the brand overall there.

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