Solid Oak Software: Apple counting on porn to increase iPod video demand?

The following is an unedited press release distributed by Send2Press Newswire from Solid Oak Software, Inc.

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — With the release of the new video capable iPod, pornography purveyors are already eyeing a lucrative new market. What may become known as PodPorn or PornCasts will be the next challenge to publishers of Internet content filtering software. Solid Oak Software, Inc., publishers of the popular CYBERsitter Internet filter has already begun research on the mechanics of filtering the coming onslaught of adult oriented video content for the iPod.

Brian Milburn, president of Solid Oak Software, and the original developer of CYBERsitter loves the iPod. He has four of his own, gives them as gifts to friends and family and is eagerly awaiting delivery of his new, shiny black, video capable iPod. Milburn also knows how pornography purveyors do business.

“Gone are the days when little Johnny would steal his dads’ Playboy and share it with the other kids behind the dumpster during recess. Now they will be showing full color, stereo, high definition porn clips,” says Milburn.

According to Milburn, the immense success of the Internet has largely been driven by pornography as were the BetaMax and VHS home video players years before. Making adult content easily available has been the genesis of many technologies. In fact, the early uses of GIF and JPG file formats were primarily by publishers of adult content that posted their efforts on early bulletin board systems and services such as CompuServe, Genie and Delphi. That in turn drove sales of VGA color monitors, hard drives, scanners, and modems.

Marketing executives for hardware manufacturers all know that pornography has been, and still is responsible for a substantial portion of their revenues. “I wouldn’t expect that Apple is any different,” says Milburn. “I would be surprised if they are not counting on adult content to contribute to the demand for their product to some degree.”

Illegal music downloading is what created the demand for products like the iPod. Consumers wanted a way to take their music with them, and companies like Apple responded in a big way. While it will never make the headlines like illegal music downloading has, PodPorn will be a new hot market. “You have to ask yourself whether little Johnny would rather download the latest episode of ‘Desperate Housewives,’ or a steamy adult video,” says Milburn.

After 15 years in computer security and Internet content management, he is pretty sure he knows the answer and vows CYBERsitter will be ahead of the curve. He expects that peer to peer file sharing services, popular with teenagers, will soon adapt to meet the demand for PodPorn.

“The handwriting is on the wall,” says Milburn, “Come Christmas morning when hundreds of thousands of ‘Little Johnnys’ find a new video iPod under the tree, they will already know where to get the porn to put on it.”

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Solid Oak Software’s CYBERsitter will works only with Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP. Accordingly, it’s hardly a huge surprise that Brian Milburn, president of Solid Oak Software, feels comfortable enough to state via press release, “I wouldn’t expect that Apple is any different. I would be surprised if they are not counting on adult content to contribute to the demand for their product to some degree.”

Well, what do you think of that? What does Apple think of that statement?

Now, there’s no question that if a device can display stills or play video and/or audio that porn will find a way onto devices that are purchased in large numbers. It would be great if there was a solid way to protect minors from adult content. But, how desperate for business do you have to be to issue a press release like this? And to insinuate that Apple is counting on porn to help iPod demand? As if iPod demand needs any additional help, but that’s beside the point.

So, thanks so much for the sleazy press release Solid Oak. Solid Oak. Hey, that’s funny! Anyway, we’re so glad to know that you’re working on research and have absolutely nothing else to offer today except a handful of scare tactics and innuendo. Let us know when you can get your crapware working on a real platform and if you ever hire anyone who possesses even a modicum of class, so we can happily continue ignore you and your products forever.

Related MacDailyNews articles:
Podfather: iPod porn is going to be huge – October 14, 2005


  1. Anyone who views porn is scum, plain and simple. Bragging about it just makes it that much sadder. Porn watchers better pray there isn’t a God. It’s sad that the iPod will be party to the sick perversion. If Apple even hints this is a market they want, I’m going back to windows. That’s how disgusted I’ll be.

  2. Oh for a world without porn, eh Crystal.

    Porn doesn’t exist in a vacuum. It didn’t come about because of VHS or 8mm.

    There will be porn for the iPod, just as there is print porn.

    mw NATURE

    Porn on an iPod. It’s the NATURE of the beast. Get over it and enjoy some yourself.

  3. Actually iCrystal, viewing porn is often recommended by sex therapists as instructional or therapeutic for couples (married or otherwise). It is sometimes a good way to spark an intimate relationship. Just because you are too uptight being raised in the bible belt doesn’t give you the right to judge others.

    Of course there’s good porn and bad porn and it certainly isn’t for children. But between consenting adults, it’s not a bad thing. I’m sure God would agree. After all, he/she invented it…..

  4. Look out iCrystal is back with their extremely conservative views!

    Rock on dude! Spread *your* gospel all over to the people who didn’t descend from apes, and are still living on a flat world in the center of the universe praying to their God for deliverance (coz you know, it’s different to my God, and everyone else’s who doesn’t believe in yours.)

    By the way, you can choose not to watch it, and you can choose not to buy it, but why should you decide what others can and can’t do in the privacy of their own homes (providing it’s not harmful to themselves or others?)

    Is there ANY proof whatsoever that porn is harmful in a large way? Any more harmful than say, oh I don’t know, guns for example??

    These writings to not necessarily express the opinions of the author.

  5. ANY device that can play back multimedia can play back adult content, whether it be PocketPC, Palm, PSP or iPod Video. the only thing stopping me from putting a naughty movie on an SD card and playing it back on my handheld is my choice not to.

    this is pure FUD. if you block adult content at the computer level, how would a kid get the stuff on his/her iPod anyway?

    MDN: “police,” as in, “Thank you yet again, Thought Police, for clearing more roadblocks to a sterile, prudish, hyper-conservative future.”

    i’ll conclude this with a comment overheard by a friend the other day: “If God didn’t want us to touch ourselves, he or she would have made our arms shorter.”

  6. > Anyone who views porn is scum, plain and simple.

    Oy. And you probably think Ashcroft was justified in covering up “Lady Liberty’s” exposed breast because it was obscene… right? I’m a politically conserved individual… and comments such as yours… disgust me.

    > Bragging about it just makes it that much sadder.

    The only thing sad (and pathetic) is the socially backwards, sexually repressed mindset you’ve adopted for yourself.

    > Porn watchers better pray there isn’t a God.

    Let’s examine that statement… “pray” there isn’t a “God.” If there isn’t a God, who would these “porn watchers” be praying to? You twit.

    And what does God and religion have to do with this? Its only the extremist, puritanical mindset that finds sex and sexual matters “dirty” and/or sinful.

    > It’s sad that the iPod will be party to the sick perversion.

    And iPod Nano wrapped in a condom and lubed up… that would be a perversion. An iPod with the latest AVN winners on it… is cool… and entertaining.

    > If Apple even hints this is a market they want, I’m going back to windows.

    Because, of course, Windows is such a lily white and pure environment, right?

    > That’s how disgusted I’ll be.

    Sounds like you need to get laid.

  7. There is absolutely nothing that points to Apple promoting pornography in any way.

    There is no way to manufacture/sell anything without the possiblity of it being misused, even if the seller is not complicit.

    logging trees > Playboy
    binoculars > Voyeurism

    But, if they start packaging promotional packages of vaseline with the iPod then it’s time to start complaining. Otherwise, you might as well get rid of television and photos and telephones. And none of that will change the problem of pornography.

    BTW, Isn’t it illegal in some states already to show pornography in your car video screens where others may see it?

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