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Tuesday, September 27, 2005
No Nano!
[ZOMBiE CyGiG] ranted at 4:38 PM --- Post#112781045275314747

Considering Nano? Read these first:




FRENZIED FANS are returning their new iPod Nanos because the screen scratches easier than a street dog with fleas, the Times has claimed.

The shrine, and shop, to the almighty Apple in Regent Street, London, has received shed-loads of complaints that the colour screen on the reassuringly expensive machine is not up to scratch because it cracks too easily.

Already a website www.flawedmusicplayer.com has been set up for all those iPod fanatics who want Jobs’ Mob to recall the Ipod Nano.

On the site is a disgruntled Apple enthusiast who was careful to keep his nano safe yet after running it only twice the screen showed an off-white rather than its usual beautiful colours.

One guy has claimed the screen cracked just by sitting in the pocket of his ever so baggy jeans. He took out his player to show his friends and discovered that his headphones must have cracked the screen.

Interestingly enough, when people have approached the mighty Apple to get their screens fixed, they have been told that they should buy a new iPod instead.

The official line is that stores will examine requests for returns of damaged players. So far, to the Apple spinsters, total recall is just a movie starring a Californian politician.
Really Broken nano



Re: Slattery v. Apple Computer Inc., No. 05-00037, 2005 WL 2204981 (N.D. Cal. Sept. 9, 2005).

Thomas Slattery has a pending lawsuit against Apple Computer, Inc. alledging the company has created a monopoly with the iPod and iTunes Music Store in violation of California's antitrust and unfair-competition laws. The suit is currently pending certification for class-action. Yesterday, Apple tried to have the whole matter dismissed but a judge in California refused, noting the commanding market share owned by Apple and the lack of compatibility with other devices and services.

Plaintiff Thomas Slattery's lawsuit claims Apple configured the iPod so that it will play only iTunes files and not digital music files from competing vendors of online music. Apple has also encoded its iTunes files so they will only play on the iPod and not any other digital music player, the complaint says.

The suit says another company, RealNetwork, reverse engineered Apple's iTunes format and began selling iPod-compatible music files for 45 cents each, compared with the iTunes price of 99 cents each. Apple quickly changed its software code so that the RealNetwork files would no longer play on the iPod, Slattery says.

"i was in the apple store today and fiddled around with an ipod and a nano. first off the nano was real small. it was impressive. but all the scroll wheels bugged me. they are too sensitive. i kept goin too far when i scrolled even when i was tryin to be careful. is there a way to reduce the sensitivity of the scroll wheel cause all 4 units i tried were oversensitive and really annoyed me."

"if you could use it without the crappy itunes software taking over your computer then it would be very nice"

"exactly.cute? yeah...but can you upgrade the software? nope. USB storage? nope. ogg? nope. flac? nope. video? nope. FM radio? nope.i expect to see these at my gym really soon.i eat 4gigs for for breakfast."

"The first paragraph on Apple's Nano page:
Believe Your Ears
Call it astonishing. Unbelievable. Impossible, even. Then pick it up and hold it in your hand. Take in the brilliant color display. Run your thumb around the Click Wheel. Put on the earbuds and turn up your music. That’s when everything becomes clear: It’s an iPod.

My improved first paragraph:
Call it astonishing. Unbelievable. Akward even. Then pick it up in you hand and accidentally break it in half. Spend $250 on a new one. Then turn on the small screen. Plug in the optional $30 lanyard. Turn up your music and hear that crap sound. Then everything becomes clear: It's an iPod."

Problems surfacing with iPod Nano screen

Nano owner Brian Cason posted one of 250-some threads in response to a recent post on Apple's discussion board about screen scratching.

"I don't really care if the case on my Nano gets scratched but my screen has scratched up so badly that all the images are starting to become distorted," Cason wrote, echoing the sentiment of many others in the discussion. "I have only carried it in my small pocket in my shorts and nothing is in there to scratch it. I still can't figure how the screen looks like it has been rubbed with sandpaper when the entire time it has been safe in my pocket (with absolutely no items)."

But this week, several users also started complaining about screens cracking, or failing, inexplicably. Nano owner Matthew Peterson set up the site flawedmusicplayer.com (formerly ipodnanoflaw.com) to tell the story about how his Nano screen shattered after just four days, to see if others have had the same problem, and to suggest that Apple recall the Nano and use a stronger screen product.

"It is way too fragile. Apple markets it in a pocket. Hell, Steve Jobs himself pulls it out of his when he announces it," wrote Peterson, who himself was smitten with the Nano upon its release. "It was in my pocket as I was walking and I sat down. No, I didn't sit on it."

An Apple official was not immediately available for comment on the alleged problems with Nano screens.

Some Nano owners have written to flawedmusicplayer.com, challenging its premise and arguing that they haven't had any problems with their screens. They chalk problems up to user abuse and reference an Ars Technica report that shows the Nano holds up to extreme circumstances.

Several, however, e-mailed with similar screen failures and debated whether the problem is caused by a design flaw or poor manufacturing, possibly just in an isolated batch.

iPodnn pointed out that at least one iPod repair company, iPodResQ, has temporarily raised the price of Nano LCD repair "due to LCD availability and overwhelming demand."

Last June, Apple agreed to settle several class action suits over the battery life of earlier iPod models, offering extended service warranties and $50 store credits to consumers who lodged complaints.

"Honestly, I have to admit that I'm somewhat dissapointed with the NANO in some aspects.... I had the nano the first day for 4 hours and it has 10000 scratches... I've tried to get a replacement at my local Applestore, (claiming my battery is acting weird) and they have NO IDEA when they will recieve them again!! I think that they should SELL ALONG WITH THE NANO A PROTECTOR SLIDE IN CASE like the PSP. I've called APPLESTORE on the phone and I WAS EXTREMELY UNHAPPY WITH THE SERVICE THEY GAVE ME - IMO APPLE will never be what it used to be...!!!!!!

I DON'T THINK THESE PICS COULD BE REAL.. the NANO disectomy proved otherwise... check it out.

Conclusion: No Nano

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