Apple disclaimer advises using protective case to protect iPod nano from scratches

Apple has added a disclaimer to their iPod nano web page:

To protect your iPod nano and prevent scratches from keys, coins and other objects, use a protective case.

We do not know exactly when Apple added the disclaimer, but IncyWincy’s cache of Apple Italy’s iPod nano page from October 5, 2005, does not contain the disclaimer. A check of Apple Italy’s iPod nano page today shows the disclaimer. Apple introduced the iPod nano on September 7, 2005.

Apple has not yet added a “case” to their list of “included accessories” for iPod nano (Apple does list a “case” as included with the new 5G iPod), although customers report that iPod nano units are indeed now shipping with a protective case.

“Although it has repeatedly denied any widespread problem with scratching on its diminutive music player, reports appeared on the Web Friday that Apple has begun adding a protective sleeve to new iPod Nano shipments,” Ed Oswald reports for BetaNews. “‘The case we ship with the new 5th generation iPod has received great feedback from customers and we are including a similar case with the iPod nano,’ Apple spokesperson Steve Dowling told BetaNews. According to reports, the fabric sleeve is nearly identical — albeit smaller — to those bundled with the newest video-enabled iPods.” Full article here.

[UPDATE: 3:02pm EST: fixed date of IncyWincy’s cached iPod nano page.]

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Related MacDailyNews articles:
Worthless iPod nano case that nobody’s going to use, but which indemnifies Apple from lawsuits ships – November 11, 2005
Report: Apple relaxes 5G iPod return policy; to include protective cases with future iPod nano units – October 26, 2005
Apple iPods have always been far too scratchable, protective cases required to keep iPods pristine – September 30, 2005


  1. Wear protection on your Nano!

    How long have we heard this warning? Come on, this isn’t the ’70’s people!

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    MDN Magic Word: price, protection is priceless.

  2. I had a Nextel 2-way radio/cell phone that came with a protective case that a clear plastic over the display. That clear plastic and whatever dust got into the non-sealed protective case scratched the heck out of the display. There was no uproar, it’s just what happens when you are not careful.
    My current Nextel is the flip closed kind.

  3. I wonder if the ” do not eat iPod Shuffle” disclaimer is still posted somewhere on the Apple site.

    Caution: Happy Fun Ball may suddenly accelerate to dangerous speeds. Happy Fun Ball contains a liquid core, which if exposed due to rupture should not be touched, inhaled, or looked at. Do not use Happy Fun Ball on concrete. Discontinue use of Happy Fun Ball if any of the following occurs: Itching, Vertigo, Dizziness, Tingling in extremities, Loss of balance or coordination, Slurred speech, Temporary blindness, Profuse Sweating, or Heart palpitations. If Happy Fun Ball begins to smoke, get away immediately. Seek shelter and cover head. Happy Fun Ball may stick to certain types of skin. When not in use, Happy Fun Ball should be returned to its special container and kept under refrigeration. Failure to do so relieves the makers of Happy Fun Ball, Wacky Products Incorporated, and it’s parent company, Global Chemical Unlimited, of any and all liability. Ingredients of Happy Fun Ball include an unknown glowing substance that fell to Earth, presumably from outer space. Happy Fun Ball was shipped to our troops in Saudi Arabia and was also dropped by our warplanes on Iraq. Do not taunt Happy Fun Ball. May cause any of the aforementioned effects and/or death. Articles are ribbed for your pleasure. Possible penalties for early withdrawal. Offer valid only at participating sites. Slightly higher west of the Rockies. Allow four to six weeks for delivery. Must be 18 to read. Disclaimer does not cover misuse, accident, lightning, flood, tornado, tsunami, volcanic eruption, earthquake, hurricanes and other Acts of God, neglect, damage from improper reading, incorrect line voltage, improper or unauthorized reading, broken antenna or marred cabinet, missing or altered serial numbers, electromagnetic radiation from nuclear blasts, sonic boom vibrations, customer adjustments that are not covered in this list, and incidents owing to an airplane crash, ship sinking or taking on water, motor vehicle crashing, dropping the item, falling rocks, leaky roof, broken glass, mud slides, forest fire, or projectile (which can include, but not be limited to, arrows, bullets, shot, BBs, shrapnel, lasers, napalm, torpedoes, or emissions of X-rays, Alpha, Beta and Gamma rays, knives, stones, etc.).

    I wonder if the ” do not eat iPod Shuffle” disclaimer is still posted.

  4. Calling for help.. I know this is not a typical IPod fixit forum but I need help. I’ve googled and googled to no avail. So with all the mac faithful who gather here I’m hoping someone will know the answer to my question.
    I have a 3rd gen ipod (the ones with the 4 navagation buttons above the scroll wheel) It plays music, it charges when Its hooked up to my powerbook, but it does not show up on the desktop or in itunes therefore I cannot access the files and pojects I have stored in the hard drive. It always showed up before, but yesturday I had to reboot it ( hold down menu and play for 5-10 seconds, restest to factory settings, without eraseing contents) and now I have this problem. I’ve followed all the suggestions of shutting down computer while holding down shift… bla bla.. not working. I do not want to wipe it out and start over… any suggestions.. anyone else ever had this problem?

  5. the people that use their iPods for hard disk use are most likely using their computer to hide illicit and explicit material. you know exactly what I am referring to.

    the iPod is designed for music. stop sinning against God’s will. Stand tall for Jesus.

  6. “the iPod is designed for music. stop sinning against God’s will. Stand tall for Jesus.”

    A hard drive is designed to store files. I have 1 year of school portfolio projects on my ipod./ the logic board on my powerbook has gone out 4 times.. once wiping out all my music including all songs purchaced from iTunes leaving my ipod as the only source for those songs. I just don’t wan’t to have to wipe the whole thing out. I have a 160gig external hard drive that I have almost everything backed up on.. but there are 2 school porjects from this week that are only on my ipod.

  7. iCrystal is iLame. I have always thought that the more vigourously someone condemns something the more they are hiding inside themselves. “Porn is Bad for You” really means “I like Porn but am ashamed to admit it due to my screwed up self loathing belief system.”

    Why is it that the most religious types among us are also the least tolerant? Makes me wonder if they ever actually read anything said by Jesus Christ.

    Interesting off topic story

    An engineering professor is treating her husband, a loan officer, to dinner for finally giving in to her pleas to shave off the scraggly beard he grew on vacation. His favorite restaurant is a casual place where they both feel comfortable in slacks and cotton/polyester-blend golf shirts. But, as always, she wears the gold and pearl pendant he gave her the day her divorce decree was final. They’re laughing over their menus because they know he always ends up diving into a giant plate of ribs but she won’t be talked into anything more fattening than shrimp.
    Quiz: How many biblical prohibitions are they violating? Well, wives are supposed to be ‘submissive’ to their husbands (I Peter 3:1). And all women are forbidden to teach men (I Timothy 2:12), wear gold or pearls (I Timothy 2:9) or dress in clothing that ‘pertains to a man’ (Deuteronomy 22:5). Shellfish and pork are definitely out (Leviticus 11:7, 10) as are usury (Deuteronomy 23:19), shaving (Leviticus 19:27) and clothes of more than one fabric (Leviticus 19:19). And since the Bible rarely recognizes divorce, they’re committing adultery, which carries the rather harsh penalty of death by stoning (Deuteronomy 22:22).
    So why are they having such a good time? Probably because they wouldn’t think of worrying about rules that seem absurd, anachronistic or – at best – unrealistic. Yet this same modern-day couple could easily be among the millions of Americans who never hesitate to lean on the Bible to justify their own attitudes.

  8. ya know, i visit quite a few tech/computer forums, but the ones here at MDN almost ALWAYS end up digressing into a political or religious spat. we’re talking about ipod scratches here!
    MW: corps, as in, uhmm… eh, i’ve got nothing

  9. Just try and read right past her posts, guys. Yaah, she’s my sister. Yaah, we’re twins. But a few years ago she went all ‘stiff’ on the family. Became holier than thou. You know the type.

    ‘Course, she’s got a convenient problem with her memory. Doesn’t seem to remember how the both of us used to toke up on Friday nights and get so horny that we’d pick up any old thing downstairs on the corner of 47th and 5th. I mean, we’re identical twins. What guy or girl was gonna resist a little stereo action?

    Nope, she’s totally blocked that shit out.

    iCrystal – Put down the Jesus Juice, honey. Come home to sis. Bed’s still warm!

  10. That was seriously funny, macaholic.

    On topic, I’m encouraged by this suit. When it’s time for me to buy my next iPod, I’m sure scratch-resistance will have been seriously considered. And if it costs me more, fine.

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