Queen Elizabeth has purchased the world’s hottest gadget — an Apple iPod — a 6GB silver iPod mini to be exact. “The 79-year-old monarch despatched a flunkey to buy the mini digital music player which has become all the rage,” John Kay reports for The Sun.

“‘The Queen loves music and was impressed by how small and handy the iPod is,’ a royal insider told The Sun. “Obviously it is quite complicated to download songs, but I’m sure one of the courtiers will do it for her. Prince Andrew will probably also help out because he’s a real dab hand with gadgets,” Kay writes.

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: “Thy choicest gifts in store, on her be pleased to pour…” It’s not at all complicated to download songs from the iTunes Music Store — Queen Elizabeth could do it — but if we had courtiers, we’d probably make them do it, too. If by “downloading,” Kay really means “ripping” instead, those courtiers would definitely be doing it for us, complete with artwork. GSTQ!

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