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Friday, August 26, 2005

iPod Settlement

Well today top news is all about the iPod battery settlement. The settlement applies to consumers who purchased an iPod model on or before May 31, 2004 and saw the charge of their iPod battery drop to four hours or less on a third-generation iPod, or five hours or less on one of the first two generation models.

The settlement with Apple Computer calls for owners of first and second generation iPod's bought on or before May 31, 2004 to receive either $25 cash or a $50 credit at the Apple store to use however the wish. Third generation owners can either return their iPod to Apple, which will, in its sole discretion, send either a battery replacement or a replacement iPod at no charge, except for shipping and handling fees, or receive an Apple retail store credit of $50 by mail.

Owners of third-generation iPod models are entitled to a free replacement battery if the battery fails. Affected iPod owners have until either two years after the original purchase date of the iPod for which you are making the claim, or September 30, 2005, whichever is later, to file a claim form. Apple will keep its Battery Replacement Program in force for Class Members through at least September 30, 2006, and has agreed that it will not raise the price charged under the program.

iPod owners must submit individual claim forms for each iPod they own as instructed by the Apple iPod Settlement Web site.

Based on the number of people to making claims, the settlement has a minimum value of approximately $15 million.

Well at least the iPod shuffle has some good famous people it will hang with this Sunday. MTV will be handing out bags worth around 26k this Sunday. The bags according to Fox will Include an iPod shuffle with an MTV logo, an orange vinyl Paul Frank watch, a glass checker-set from José Cuervo, also included "six months of guitar strings from Dean Markley, a six-month membership from The Sports Club/LA, two complimentary vacations, Shu Uemura makeup products and a Willy Wonka "golden ticket" redeemable for unlimited Nestle Wonka candy.

Dooney & Bourke triangle duffel bag, Swarovski T-shirts from Americana Couture, a Frederick's of Hollywood herringbone tweed-and-velvet corset, Givenchy perfume, Taryn Rose ballet shoes, Missoni sunglasses and a limited-edition Sean John tee.

And if any of the celebrities have an issue with taking thousands of dollars in free stuff, they can use the $1,000 gift certificate to "life coach" Sherri Ziff Lester, who can help them work through their problems".

Sounds like a fun evening to me.

And lastly MacWorld has a nice article by Gordon Meyeron about turning your old Mac into a home automation system. All the stuff you will need and how to do it. Having a old Mac that can OSX is a plus but not needed.


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