This has happened several times and I wonder if Apple has engineered it...between myself, a very close friend, and one of his close friends (not necessarily a representative sampling) we have 3 iPods, each of which has gone south within days of the warranty expiring. Each of us was within, just barely, the warranty period. Kinda makes you wonder...Anyone else have this experience?
If you'll allow (by continuing to read) I'd like to go on a rant about Apple. They annoy me, plain and simple. They are led by a paranoid who sues his own customers and in the process brings the entire franchise of journalism into peril (the court could very well have chosen to define who is and is not a journalist.)
They ship iPods with headphones that invariably lose their socks...can't you simply design a better headphone and include it? I'd rather pay the extra couple of bucks up front with the iPod then get slapped with an upgrade charge to buy "premium" headphones (I make do without the socks, thank you, though I figured out later that a little modeling glue will do the trick nicely.)
They get tremendous benefit of the doubt from the media that roots for them (witness the cover of Wired magazine a few years back that screamed one word, Pray!) They don't deserve the benefit of the doubt, frankly they deserve more, not less scrutiny, witness the way they screwed their clone partners back in the 90s. I am no fan of Microsoft's products (heavy weight applications that reformat text seemingly at random) but I do respect what they've accomplished and would rather own their stock than Apple's any day.
But I digress. The point is that Apple seems to make the wrong moves in my mind, yet they continue to have a loyal, die hard base of fans (which is also annoying.) I remain convinced that if Sony (for instance) wanted to recapture its lost Walkman market share, they would open up product development to the blogosphere and in the process quite possibly create their own exceedingly loyal base of fans who are vested (based on their input) to the creation of a new product.
On another note...I am now on my 8th Treo 600. Anyone else have this kind of experience? Sprint has replaced each one, no problem, but it is annoying that a $500 phone won't simply work, and work consistently for the 2 years I have it under contract.Technorati Tags: apple ipod treo 600 treo