“I have just finished reading an opinion piece that, even by the lenient standards of opinion pieces, does a severe injustice to Apple, Inc.,” David Zeiler blogs for The Baltimore Sun.
“The sensationalist attack starts with the article’s title: “The Pusher of Cupertino.” The author, James Daley (who apparently works for The Independent newspaper of the U.K., though the piece appears on the MacNewsWorld Web site), goes on to speculate that Apple sabotages its iPods with software updates with the intent of disabling them,” Zeiler reports.
“His sources for this very serious accusation are the unfortunate iPod experiences of his wife and the anecdotal stories of friends and people on unnamed Internet forums. No facts, figures or studies, despite his claim of a ‘growing body of evidence,'” Zeiler reports.
“There’s usually nothing wrong with offering up some opinions based on anecdotal evidence. You want to complain about the shorter-than-expected life span of your iPods, fine,” Zeiler writes. “But Daley is accusing Apple of a criminal act. I think that calls for stronger facts than his wife’s conspiracy theories, his friends’ problems and some rants he read in a few Internet forums.”
Full article here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Intruder” for the heads up.]
We have a third-generation 40GB iPod (pre-click wheel; the one with the four buttons above the scroll-wheel) that was purchased in spring 2003 which has all of Apple’s software updates installed and it still works just fine, thanks. (Yes, it did get a new battery installed by Apple in sometime in 2006).