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G4scott
Dec 10, 2002, 07:40 PM
I'm not sure how many have seen this, but I think it's relatively new. The Madonna iPod (http://www.apple.com/promo/ipod/madonna.html)

Kinda cool. I'd kinda wish they offered sigs of other artists, but I guess it's all right if your a madonna fan... It's the ultimate must-have. I wonder how much these things will sell for in 2-3 years, or later on. They're definitely collectors items.

vniow
Dec 10, 2002, 07:45 PM
Wow kinda cool.

Not bad prices either, I'll bet they'll sell for twice as much on eBay in a year.http://img.ranchoweb.com/images/veronica/ppphhht.gif

Maybe a good investment, buy about three, keep them in the origional packaging, sell two on eBay, keep one for myself (I luv Madonna!)

ibjoshua
Dec 10, 2002, 07:49 PM
Here's tha challenge to all you bored folk with nothing better to do.

Keep trying the following url but change out the word madonna for your favourite artists until you find something.

http://www.apple.com/promo/ipod/madonna .html

then come back and tell us. :)

You never know it's worked before.


i_b_joshua

dricci
Dec 10, 2002, 07:50 PM
Gah, Madonna sucks. :mad:

Gag me with a firewire cable, please. :rolleyes:

mymemory
Dec 10, 2002, 07:59 PM
Nothing, there is no a Depeche Mode iPod.

beez7777
Dec 10, 2002, 08:04 PM
howd you come across this, anyway?

RBMaraman
Dec 10, 2002, 08:22 PM
http://www.apple.com/promo/ipod/beck.html

I Love Beck! I want one so bad now!

Mr. Anderson
Dec 10, 2002, 08:43 PM
Originally posted by RBMaraman
http://www.apple.com/promo/ipod/beck.html

I Love Beck! I want one so bad now!

wow, that was random! I wonder how many others are there.

I tried Sting, Bjork, Stones, RollingStones, Jagger, Bowie, Elfman. If they have Madonna and Beck, there have to be others. Who else was in their iPod commercial.....

D

Mr. Anderson
Dec 10, 2002, 08:48 PM
So there is no indication on the site about these special iPods, yet I went and did this....

What is this all about and how did you find out about it?

D

medea
Dec 10, 2002, 08:54 PM
woah this is really random, the page doesnt even have the regular links up for the store so I'm guessing the promo isnt official yet, how did you come across this?

medea
Dec 10, 2002, 08:57 PM
ok there is tony hawk as well
http://www.apple.com/promo/ipod/tonyhawk.html

Mr. Anderson
Dec 10, 2002, 08:58 PM
I did a search at apple.com on Madonna and there was nothing directly, but the 7th link brougt up www.madonna.com/madonna and when you go there you get a little popup window ;) !!!!

Just till the 8th of January, so you better move!

Oh, and no such popup at www.beck.com

D

Skandranon
Dec 10, 2002, 09:02 PM
So what sites link to the Beck and Tony Hawk iPods? Man. I want one with my sig.

;)

RBMaraman
Dec 10, 2002, 09:04 PM
So it continues until MWSF. Maybe Apple's planning on announcing more artists then? This is a really cool idea. I would love to see a Weezer and a Ben Folds iPod.

Chaszmyr
Dec 10, 2002, 09:07 PM
Could this be an indicator of an iPod2 at MWSF?

nickmcghie
Dec 10, 2002, 09:38 PM
wow.. this is awesome.. these things could really become collector's items

btw, has anybody seen the music video for Jennifer Lopez's "Jenny from the Block"?... the ipod makes numerous appearences in it.. it just goes to show how "cool" the ipod is... its no longer just a geeky gadget for us computer nerds, but something that everyday people can use.. but we all knew that didn't we.. hehe :)

funkywhat2
Dec 10, 2002, 09:51 PM
Maybe this means that one will be avble to handwrite, or draw something and they will engrave it - at a much higher cost than these are going for.

But, all in all - WHY? IT'S SUCH A WASTE OF MONEY AND EFFORT - NOT TO MENTION R&D! WHY! GIVE US THE G5!!!!!

G4scott
Dec 10, 2002, 10:02 PM
I just saw an article about the madonna one at www.macminute.com , and figured that no one here had mentioned them yet. I wonder how many different artists there are?

dricci
Dec 10, 2002, 10:04 PM
Could this be an indicator of an iPod2 at MWSF?
YES! This means that Inkwell is coming to the iPod 2 along with the Newton OS for Handwriting recognition. Also expect bluetooth for Blazing USB 1.1-speed wireless sync, and more!

It's true! I have a friend that knows the father of the priest that baptized a janitor at Apple, so he's practicly an expert!

Durandal7
Dec 10, 2002, 10:20 PM
Originally posted by crazy_will
Maybe this means that one will be avble to handwrite, or draw something and they will engrave it - at a much higher cost than these are going for.

But, all in all - WHY? IT'S SUCH A WASTE OF MONEY AND EFFORT - NOT TO MENTION R&D! WHY! GIVE US THE G5!!!!!
What does Apple R&D have to do with the G5? :confused:

RBMaraman
Dec 10, 2002, 10:32 PM
Originally posted by crazy_will

But, all in all - WHY? IT'S SUCH A WASTE OF MONEY AND EFFORT - NOT TO MENTION R&D! WHY! GIVE US THE G5!!!!!

First off, R&D would have nothing to do with this. It's a promotion, so therefore it was created by the marketing department.

Secondly, if R&D was involved, it's not like everyone in the entire department sat around and debated the idea. They have specific teams that work on each product.

Thirdly, if you think you can run Apple so well, then apply for a job with them and prove it. When you put them in bankruptcy, we'll all be sure to thank you.

bousozoku
Dec 10, 2002, 10:35 PM
I thought that the Madonna version would have two dials or something. :D I guess she's reformed now that she has a child.

mnkeybsness
Dec 10, 2002, 10:41 PM
i don't understand why anyone would want someone else's name on their ipod

NoWonder
Dec 10, 2002, 10:49 PM
Lame.

Now, if they included all of the artists songs preloaded on the iPod, that would be something.

no radiohead.

--nw

brossow
Dec 10, 2002, 10:59 PM
NO DOUBT

http://www.apple.com/promo/ipod/nodoubt.html

Ya heard it here first. Oh, and don't miss the fact that Apple's offering the $29.05 discount on these, too -- just like with the other custom engraving. Add one to your cart and see for yourself. :-)

uberman42
Dec 10, 2002, 11:21 PM
i love it when someone rants about Apple R&D when it is a marketing thing that requires very little engineering. What? Programming the laser engraver is gonna prevent the release of the G5? A whole new program management team was formed to figure this out, preventing the dual processor Powerbook from being released next march? 10.3 delayed because the Coldplay and Shaquille O'Neil iPod took up two engineering teams?

Anywhoo. If Microsoft did this, they would have laser engraved mice with the Monkees on it and a picture of Ballmer.

Just imagine the return on investment of this limited ed. thing....I'll take two madonnas and a beck pleez.

Timothy
Dec 11, 2002, 12:11 AM
Am I the only one who thinks this is much too cheesy for an Apple product?

I'm a bit embarrassed by this. What's next, a flower power Brittany Spears iPod?

These are lame.

macdop
Dec 11, 2002, 12:26 AM
Waiting for NIN/Trent Reznor iPod or a Tool/MJK iPod...

LethalWolfe
Dec 11, 2002, 12:30 AM
Originally posted by macdop
Waiting for NIN/Trent Reznor iPod or a Tool/MJK iPod...

You and me both. :)


Lethal

Dandee
Dec 11, 2002, 12:57 AM
Why don't they drop the price and put in a bag full of sticker with your favorite artist in it. Then you make the choice, like in a real democratic world. Maybe I'm just making this statement because I know the're will never be a iPod with Carter USM on it.

iwantanewmac
Dec 11, 2002, 02:45 AM
I actually think it's not even worth the money.
bah
you are stuck with an ipod with some goofballs name on it.
Try selling it when it's used.....
(and when there is a new version)

usersince86
Dec 11, 2002, 04:09 AM
One word:

WHY?!?

More words: but hey, it a free country, and the market will say whether this was a good move. You've got to think Apple did some "focus group" research and determined this was a money maker.

szark
Dec 11, 2002, 04:38 AM
Judging from the codes on the order review pages, I think there may still be more to find, or at least they considered others:

IP00008 - Beck
IP00009 - Madonna
IP00010 - Tony Hawk

IP00012 - No Doubt

jjustiz
Dec 11, 2002, 05:20 AM
For people trying as hard as I am to find other iPod engravings, here's the best piece of advice I can give.

No Doubt and Beck are both under Interscope (one of which is specifially handled by Geffen). Madonna is Warner. Read into that what you want, maybe Apple signed deals with the labels and not the artists. I went down the Interscope roster and tried different variations, but nothing. Oh well. Good luck, and find me some better ones than those 4!

barkmonster
Dec 11, 2002, 05:21 AM
Why don't they offer a Lars Ulrich iPod just for the irony ?

szark
Dec 11, 2002, 05:38 AM
Originally posted by jjustiz
For people trying as hard as I am to find other iPod engravings, here's the best piece of advice I can give.

No Doubt and Beck are both under Interscope (one of which is specifially handled by Geffen). Madonna is Warner. Read into that what you want, maybe Apple signed deals with the labels and not the artists. I went down the Interscope roster and tried different variations, but nothing. Oh well. Good luck, and find me some better ones than those 4!

Not sure if it's relevant, but No Doubt, Beck, and Madonna are all members of the Recording Artists' Coalition (http://www.recordingartistscoalition.com/artists.html).

TheT
Dec 11, 2002, 06:33 AM
If anyone knows how to download all images in one directory, the directoy of the iPod promo pics is http://www.apple.com/storenews/promos/ipodb/images/ or

http://a772.g.akamai.net/7/772/51/81fdbe02272553/www.apple.com/storenews/promos/ipodm/images/
The pics are named <name>ipod.jpg, i.e. beckipod.jpg
Good Luck!
<edit>I've just noticed that it's not this easy :D
Every artist has an own directory, with ipod and the first letter of their name... So for Beck, it is http://www.apple.com/storenews/promos/ipodb/images/ , for Madonna there's a m ...
So basically, the directory is http://www.apple.com/storenews/promos/ or http://a772.g.akamai.net/7/772/51/81fdbe02272553/www.apple.com/storenews/promos/
</edit>

ibjoshua
Dec 11, 2002, 07:12 AM
I see a whole lot of moanin' and groanin' about how cool it is or isn't and not a whole lot of sleuthing. It's not whether you like the idea or not it's whether you can find the hidden pages.

Come on folks, find the other artists.

i_b_joshua

G4scott
Dec 11, 2002, 07:18 AM
Originally posted by iwantanewmac
I actually think it's not even worth the money.
bah
you are stuck with an ipod with some goofballs name on it.
Try selling it when it's used.....
(and when there is a new version)

You don't get it, do you? These aren't just anybody's name, they're names of artists, groups, or celebrities. While it may seem a little silly to pay more for one, they're more like collectors items. If you keep in in mint condition, or don't even open the box, then they'll be worth much more, since Apple is only going to make so many of them. I like my 10gb iPod just fine, with no laser engraving, but some madonna, beck, no doubt, or tony hawk fans would probably think that it's cool to have these names on their iPods...

Mr. Anderson
Dec 11, 2002, 07:52 AM
Originally posted by TheT
If anyone knows how to download all images in one directory, the directoy of the iPod promo pics is http://www.apple.com/storenews/promos/ipodb/images/

That's a good start, but Apple's servers don't allow you to go to the directories, so I went and got a file from the Madonna page that is on every page

www.apple.com/storenews/promos/ipodm/images/spacer.gif

m (http://www.apple.com/storenews/promos/ipodm/images/spacer.gif)

As you can see there is one for

b (http://www.apple.com/storenews/promos/ipodb/images/spacer.gif)
nd (http://www.apple.com/storenews/promos/ipoddb/images/spacer.gif)
th (http://www.apple.com/storenews/promos/ipodth/images/spacer.gif)
I've checked all the single letters of the alphabet, no luck there. Then I got as far as 'dz'

Anyone care to check the rest?

Good luck,

D

jelloshotsrule
Dec 11, 2002, 07:59 AM
as much as i like tony hawk... why would anyone want an ipod with someone else's name? just doesn't make sense to me.

ahh well. then again, i don't "not" like the move. i mean, if some folks buy it, then sweet.

irmongoose
Dec 11, 2002, 08:24 AM
Originally posted by jelloshotsrule
as much as i like tony hawk... why would anyone want an ipod with someone else's name? just doesn't make sense to me.

ahh well. then again, i don't "not" like the move. i mean, if some folks buy it, then sweet.

Why do some people have tatoos of the Apple logo? Or why do WE even hang around and waste our time on Mac sites talking all geek talk?

It's all about fanatics.

It's a limited market, but that's why it's a limited edition. They just have to add some more artists and they're surely on to something.




irmongoose

brossow
Dec 11, 2002, 08:39 AM
Jeez, people. I can't believe the lengths you're going to when the answer is right under your noses. Here's how I found No Doubt last night, and it's the same way I know that there are no other offerings at this time:

Look at all of the links to purchase on the existing pages. Take Madonna's page, for example. Here are the six links:

http://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/click?id=2XRDyQ9h1tY&offerid=45228.10000260&type=3&subid=0

http://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/click?id=2XRDyQ9h1tY&offerid=45228.10000261&type=3&subid=0

http://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/click?id=2XRDyQ9h1tY&offerid=45228.10000262&type=3&subid=0

http://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/click?id=2XRDyQ9h1tY&offerid=45228.10000263&type=3&subid=0

http://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/click?id=2XRDyQ9h1tY&offerid=45228.10000264&type=3&subid=0

http://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/click?id=2XRDyQ9h1tY&offerid=45228.10000265&type=3&subid=0


See a pattern here? Note the "offerid" code in each URL. Now, change that first code by -1; you get the last item in the Beck line. Change the last code by +1 and you get the first item in the Tony Hawk line. Add 6 more and you get the first item in the No Doubt line. But beyond No Doubt, there are no more offerings and the URL will take you to the main page of the Apple store. Ditto for numbers before the Beck line. Obviously, if there were more bands/people at the present, they would be sequential just as these four offerings are.

Not trying to be a huge jerk, but I'm flabbergasted at the amount of work some of you are putting into this when there's nothing more to be found ... for now.

Schlomo
Dec 11, 2002, 08:45 AM
I think this is a way to advertise in a cool way. Hardcore Madonna fans will go to Madonna.com, but arent likely to go to apple.com. So a pop up ad is welcome, because it has somethnig to do with their celeb. I think it is a cheap way for apple to 1. squeeze a little more profit from the ipod 2. Advertise to a new audience in a welcome way. How much do you thnik it really costs to carve a sig into the back of the ipod? Try no more than it costs to carve my name in. They likely pay maddonna a cut of each one sold, which covers their costs.

I dont like any of the artists listed enough to want them on my ipod, but I dont think this entails a huge risk.

(and if they want to make brittney ipods, who cares? No one is making you buy one)

luiss
Dec 11, 2002, 09:11 AM
After getting stuck with some 'copy prevented' CD's I stopped buying CDs last year. There are a number of CDs out there I want to buy, but I don't want to get stuck again with un-rippable CDs. It's prevented me from also purchasing an iPod, since I'm afraid I won't be able to purchase enough non-copy-prevented CDs to fill it.
Does anyone know if the CDs of the artists (not including Tony Hawk) in these custom iPods, are actually readable in a Mac ?
It would be pretty ironic if they can't be properly ripped by iTunes.

TheT
Dec 11, 2002, 09:24 AM
Originally posted by luiss
After getting stuck with some 'copy prevented' CD's I stopped buying CDs last year. There are a number of CDs out there I want to buy, but I don't want to get stuck again with un-rippable CDs. It's prevented me from also purchasing an iPod, since I'm afraid I won't be able to purchase enough non-copy-prevented CDs to fill it.
Does anyone know if the CDs of the artists (not including Tony Hawk) in these custom iPods, are actually readable in a Mac ?
It would be pretty ironic if they can't be properly ripped by iTunes.
I've never had any problems at all with copy protected CDs; even those who had a warning on em worked fine with my Mac and iTunes... I also own an iPod, and as of now, never had a single issue... so go out, get an iPod and buy CDs again, and don't steal music ;)

gernb
Dec 11, 2002, 09:49 AM
Originally posted by Timothy
Am I the only one who thinks this is much too cheesy for an Apple product?

I'm a bit embarrassed by this. What's next, a flower power Brittany Spears iPod?

These are lame.

No freaking joke. What...Apple is TOO high brow to sell t-shirts, key chains or other swag in their stores, but THIS is ok? Give me a break. This is one of the dumbest ideas to come out of Cupertino.

Too bad Apple doesn't have an outlet store or you'd probably be able to pick one of these up in a couple of months for 50% off.

TheT
Dec 11, 2002, 09:57 AM
You don't have to buy one, nobody's forcing you to. Apple will make profits with those LEs, especially now in Christmas Time. And I agree with the others, they will be worth more in a couple of months, because they are just colletor's items. It might not be typical for a computer company to offer stuff like this, but then again, they didn't promote it on their site, did they? It's simply a lifestyle product, and for some poeple it'll be a reason to buy an iPod, show it to their friends who bill buy some as well, and so on. And the ones who don't like this can buy a regular one or one with 'I love Mom' or something else on it... it's all your choice, but for Apple as a company, an excellent way to gain customers and make money.

Chaszmyr
Dec 11, 2002, 10:00 AM
Originally posted by szark
Judging from the codes on the order review pages, I think there may still be more to find, or at least they considered others:

IP00008 - Beck
IP00009 - Madonna
IP00010 - Tony Hawk

IP00012 - No Doubt

I would say youre right... with the missing 11... but its not there. i was playing with URLs, and it goes up by one starting with the first Beck to the last No Doubt... but there is no gap between the Tony Hawk and No Doubt... Curious.

kansaigaijin
Dec 11, 2002, 10:02 AM
aren't they in Target or Best Buy already? and windows versions?

hey it is christmas, buy one for the Madonna nut in your family.
Apple is milking it for all it is worth while it can, and probably clearing out units before it launches a new version next January. Same as they did with the original form iMac, first basic, then colours, patterns, new features, but the basic form stayed the same. 5,000,000+ units later . . .
people who would buy a madonna version probably won't be too burned if a newer unit comes out soon after xmas.

usersince86
Dec 11, 2002, 10:15 AM
Originally posted by G4scott


You don't get it, do you? These aren't just anybody's name, they're names of artists, groups, or celebrities. While it may seem a little silly to pay more for one, they're more like collectors items.

We get it. We just won't be getting it.

Get it?

d2photo
Dec 11, 2002, 10:48 AM
If apple really wants to make some serious coin.

SELL SWAG.

I get some of my stuff from a friend working at Apple.

Apple could be making some serious cash selling this crap to the people who really want it. Think of the markup on a Pen.

G4scott
Dec 11, 2002, 11:03 AM
You don't have to like these things, but is Apple loosing any money here? They still offer the normal iPod's. These are just little 'extras'. They already do custom laser engraving. Besides, I'm sure it doesn't take much for them to put any logo or image on the back of an iPod...

funkywhat2
Dec 11, 2002, 11:18 AM
Originally posted by RBMaraman


First off, R&D would have nothing to do with this. It's a promotion, so therefore it was created by the marketing department.

Secondly, if R&D was involved, it's not like everyone in the entire department sat around and debated the idea. They have specific teams that work on each product.

Thirdly, if you think you can run Apple so well, then apply for a job with them and prove it. When you put them in bankruptcy, we'll all be sure to thank you.

They have to RESEARCH the idea to see if people wil want it.

To the guy that aked what then next processor would have to do with Apple R&D, Apple is part of the PowerPC "trio". They spend money on the DEVELOPMENT of the processor.

I did try to get to job at Apple. They said 15 was too young.

Timothy
Dec 11, 2002, 02:17 PM
While not the end of the world, here is why I don't like these iPods...

The Apple brand is very important to the continued life of Apple. Everything they choose to do and release with their brand name on it works to enhance or diminish the value of the brand.

These celebrity-stamped iPods come off as cheesy to me, and hence work to diminish the value of the Apple brand in my mind. It's one thing to get the artist to endorse an Apple product in an ad, an entirely different thing to co-brand an Apple product with the Artists's name.

Now, can anyone imagine someone who might not already have been inclined to buy an iPod choosing to do so now because they can get it with Madonna's sig on it? And if there are such creatures, do we really want them as Apple customers? :D

Finally...I'd be willing to bet that such items would never be considered collector's items. I'll be watching eBay in the next year to see if my prediction is correct, but a tech item that is mass-stamped with an artists sig will never appreciate in value. Now, if Moby had personally taken a sharpie to the iPod that he handled in the promo video for the original iPod, that would be an item that might gain in value.

G4scott
Dec 11, 2002, 02:34 PM
Just an idea... Who would buy one of these if it had Steve Jobs' or Jonathan Ive's signature on it?

RBMaraman
Dec 11, 2002, 02:40 PM
Originally posted by G4scott
Just an idea... Who would buy one of these if it had Steve Jobs' or Jonathan Ive's signature on it?

I'd buy one if Steve Jobs signed it. I'd also buy one if Woz signed it. I'd even buy one if John Skully signed it. It's a great marketing idea. They should have a Steve one.

chewbaccapits
Dec 11, 2002, 02:55 PM
I can't think of anything more useless than this...Hey Apple, what about making something useful like MAKING AVI'S WORK SEEMLESSLY IN QUICKTIME! ****!

vniow
Dec 11, 2002, 03:06 PM
Wow I can't believe the amount of senseless bitching over this.

IT'S A ******** COLLECTORS ITEM!!!

It's no different then collecting Baseball cards, autographs, cars or whatever.

It is NOT disrupting precious R&D nor is it a waste of resources. It probably costs less than $20 to do the engraving, no more than the 'Holiday Engraving Promtion' they have going now.

Oh no, having Madonna's or Beck's signature on an iPod is going to desecrate the Apple name!

Geez people. You act like having a signature on your iPod is the ******** end of Apple or something, get over it.

boobers
Dec 11, 2002, 03:08 PM
Originally posted by RBMaraman
http://www.apple.com/promo/ipod/beck.html

I Love Beck! I want one so bad now!

ya since his brothers are the hansen brothers!!! That would be sooooooooo cooll man'!!
lol :D :D :D :D :D

RBMaraman
Dec 11, 2002, 03:25 PM
Originally posted by boobers


ya since his brothers are the hansen brothers!!! That would be sooooooooo cooll man'!!
lol :D :D :D :D :D

Beck is not related to the Hansen brothers. Their last names are the same, but they are in no way related.

powerjack
Dec 11, 2002, 05:49 PM
This has had me laughing out loud all day.

We're in the process of setting up an iPod engraving service at my company, and will offer engraving on our own metal products, as well.

This is done on a 40 to 70 watt YAG laser marking machine that costs between $40K and $70K. There's another from $2K to $4K in annual maintenance, if it's in 24/7 operation.

The sig is about a 12 to 14 second burn time.

In other words, this operation actually costs Apple about 60 to 80 cents apiece... including machine depreciation, maintenance, machine/shop rate, and operator labor. They are burned in batches, all from the same file, so there's not even a part to part adder for custom graphics setup.

At $50 apiece, Apple would make $49 pure profit. At $30 apiece, it's only $29 in pure profit.

I'm a shareholder. The more high-priced air Apple can sell, the happier I am.

Go Apple!

ibjoshua
Dec 11, 2002, 06:23 PM
Originally posted by edvniow
Wow I can't believe the amount of senseless bitching over this.

IT'S A ******** COLLECTORS ITEM!!!

It's no different then collecting Baseball cards, autographs, cars or whatever.

It is NOT disrupting precious R&D nor is it a waste of resources. It probably costs less than $20 to do the engraving, no more than the 'Holiday Engraving Promtion' they have going now.

Oh no, having Madonna's or Beck's signature on an iPod is going to desecrate the Apple name!

Geez people. You act like having a signature on your iPod is the ******** end of Apple or something, get over it.

hear hear!

I get a wee bit concerned when I see how much fussin' n fightin' such a trivial issue can cause on this forum.

Get over it kids, it's not important but it is quite interesting.

I don't normally go for these types of gimmicks but if they did a De La Soul, maybe...

i_b_joshua

G4scott
Dec 11, 2002, 07:18 PM
well, we know one thing for sure. You can't please everyone...

Mr. Anderson
Dec 11, 2002, 08:14 PM
Well, I do find it curious that Apple isn't advertising them on their website. They might see it as a flak attraction ploy - considering how much of that is flying around here.

It really isn't that big a deal. What I think is cool is that if they can get away with those designs, whats to keep you from doing your own? Just don't do a signature, companies could put a monochrome version of their logos on them (why, I don't know) - you could draw a picture of yourself and submit that - any number of things.

D

Talon1138
Dec 11, 2002, 11:48 PM
Wast of money if you ask me. Although it would be cool if they would custom engrave anything on there. Image your own custom-designed little icon or logo....

yuri_koval
Dec 12, 2002, 07:42 AM
iThink that they should enable enscribing your own designed logo on your iPod I will buy it, cuz I don't really like Madonna n stuff

big
Dec 15, 2002, 12:43 AM
I think it's kinda "Hip", the iPod is hip, so why not? The sigs are nice too... and about the flowery Britney Spears POP iPod, didn't Apple have a Dlamation iMac & a Flower Power iMac?

All these iApp names are kinda silly too, but they work amazingly....

crazyastro
Dec 19, 2002, 04:06 PM
This has descended into utter ridiculousness.

If you don't like it: Don't buy it.

If you thought about it for a moment, and listened to what other people are saying, you'd find out that is a pretty smart move, on Apple's part:

First off: Apple is already charging for engraving. As mentioned, it costs them nothing to engrave these iPods differently from the others. They are already offering an engraving service, so this is not an exception. Why the big deal? Engraving takes place POST-assembly, there are not a bunch of iPods out there with Madonna's/Beck's/etc. name on it, it is a custom job. They only get engraved if you ask for it.

Second: The iPod is already immensly popular: this seems like a move to make it even more savvy and attractive to even more people. How many other phenomenally cool MP3 players out there offer custom engraving - with the option to have your favorite band/group/singer/athlete/etc name engraved on it? Yes, it is a collector's item, FOR COLLECTOR'S. If you are not interested in these people, then of course you wouldn't opt to get the engraving done (unless you saw some financial gain in selling one later).

For those if us who think its pretty cool: I wish they had more bands; well, particularly ones that I would *want* engraved on my iPod. However, I won't be rushing to replace my 20GB just because there is another one with someone's name on it. However, if this option is continued to be offered, and they come out with a drastically different iPod worth upgrading to, I might be tempted to get one with a Radiohead insignia engraved on the back. However, at present, that doesn't seem like a future option. (Aside: There are many places locally that can offer the same service Apple offers - In Canada, they do not offer the engraving AT ALL, so I checked around, and the exact same service can be done for a lot cheaper. They can also take custom designs and engrave those.)

iwantanewmac
Dec 19, 2002, 05:39 PM
What exactly did you contribute that others didn't allready?

kansaigaijin
Dec 19, 2002, 07:18 PM
you want? are you going to apply that rule to all threads? Not permitted to repeat another posters points? So you might have two or three post threads then right?