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May 25, 2007, 01:03 PM
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grapes911
May 25, 2007, 01:05 PM
Probably a good idea. I wouldn't be surprised if they started blocking lots of sites.

Spizzo
May 25, 2007, 01:11 PM
That's pretty sad. Hanging out at any store just to get on the internet. Esp. since it's myspace people are wasting their time with. :rolleyes:

Turkish
May 25, 2007, 01:18 PM
Thank God if itís true.

Our local Apple Store is almost unapproachable on weekend evenings due to all of the kids yelling, screaming and blasting rap music from the MySpace pages. Itís a real turn off, honestly.

They donít have much choice. The smaller stores are running out of room, and the AppleTV display already took away three iMac computers. The iPhone display will likely take up another section. With the traffic the iPhone will generate, they canít afford to have the stores clogged up with 13 to 16 year olds checking their MySpace pages and taking up computers that real interested buyer should be able to use.

Thank you, Apple.

footandmaff
May 25, 2007, 01:18 PM
I don't know if this is the same across the board, but I remember going into my local apple store in Manchester, UK and not being able to access the apple education section of their website, a little frustrating if I want to see how much I'd get knocked off the retail price.

Eraserhead
May 25, 2007, 01:22 PM
Probably a good idea. I wouldn't be surprised if they started blocking lots of sites.

Definitely a good move.

JasonElise1983
May 25, 2007, 01:23 PM
I bet they block MacRumors. lol

jklps
May 25, 2007, 01:24 PM
That's pretty sad. Hanging out at any store just to get on the internet. Esp. since it's myspace people are wasting their time with. :rolleyes:

I was actually using iTunes on a 20" and 24" iMac (one at a time) to test the difference in the speakers on a Saturday at an Apple Store in a local mall, and some j$#$ off trying to make airline reservations reached over me and hit the mute button, and proceeded to yell at others to turn theirs down(he was on the phone).:mad:

juanster
May 25, 2007, 01:24 PM
I don't know if this is the same across the board, but I remember going into my local apple store in Manchester, UK and not being able to access the apple education section of their website, a little frustrating if I want to see how much I'd get knocked off the retail price.
you could have just ask anyone (staff obviously)they would let you know

Turkish
May 25, 2007, 01:25 PM
I bet they block MacRumors. lol

Nope. Up until this, I have not been able to sense that they block anything. I heard a store employee complain about someone leaving porn on a machine during one visit.

MLeepson
May 25, 2007, 01:31 PM
I have a friend who used to work at an Apple Store and when people were on MySpace he'd go over to them and make them get off. I remeber once someone asked someone at the stor if they person could connect their own iPod to get the music from computers. :rolleyes:

Eraserhead
May 25, 2007, 01:32 PM
Nope. Up until this, I have not been able to sense that they block anything. I heard a store employee complain about someone leaving porn on a machine during one visit.

I've been on MR in an Apple Store before, though I don't know about now.

juanster
May 25, 2007, 01:36 PM
I have a friend who used to work at an Apple Store and when people were on MySpace he'd go over to them and make them get off. I remeber once someone asked someone at the stor if they person could connect their own iPod to get the music from computers. :rolleyes:

ahah wow now that just deserves a slap on the face....:eek:

swingerofbirch
May 25, 2007, 01:37 PM
I for one support the ban. MySpace is a cesspool of deviants, ne'er-do-well's, misfits, and sexual piranhas. And those pages are so flashy and loud they could send even a mild-tempered passerby into an epileptic state. Better Apple should associate itself with classier websites, and send these MySpacers off to the Dell Boutique!

jklps
May 25, 2007, 01:37 PM
I've been on MR in an Apple Store before, though I don't know about now.

If I go to Macrumors at the store I use the "private browsing" thing in Safari lol..

Mydel
May 25, 2007, 01:52 PM
They have my full support! I think its a great idea!

ham_man
May 25, 2007, 01:55 PM
I have a friend who used to work at an Apple Store and when people were on MySpace he'd go over to them and make them get off. I remeber once someone asked someone at the stor if they person could connect their own iPod to get the music from computers. :rolleyes:
What a moron. If you're gonna take their music, you damn well shouldn't tell the employees...:rolleyes:

eyebeaz
May 25, 2007, 02:02 PM
Awesome idea.

Silverbird0000
May 25, 2007, 02:15 PM
I have a friend who used to work at an Apple Store and when people were on MySpace he'd go over to them and make them get off. I remeber once someone asked someone at the stor if they person could connect their own iPod to get the music from computers. :rolleyes:

I was actually at a Comp USA store and my ipod had gotten partially erased and the apple guy there plugged it in, reformatted it, and put like 100 songs from an iMac onto my ipod!! I then ripped them from the ipod back to my Mac at home!! LOL! I didn't even ask him to do this, I just wanted him to look at it while I was there buying a Powerbook a few years ago.

Silverbird0000
May 25, 2007, 02:17 PM
I for one support the ban. MySpace is a cesspool of deviants, ne'er-do-well's, misfits, and sexual piranhas. And those pages are so flashy and loud they could send even a mild-tempered passerby into an epileptic state. Better Apple should associate itself with classier websites, and send these MySpacers off to the Dell Boutique!

Not everyone on myspace is like that. I admit some are, but not all. Many of my friends and I are on myspace. It is a good place to reconnect with friends you have not seen in a long time. It is also a good place to find out about happenings in your area and to promote your business.

Turkish
May 25, 2007, 02:25 PM
Not everyone on myspace is like that. I admit some are, but not all. Many of my friends and I are on myspace. It is a good place to reconnect with friends you have not seen in a long time. It is also a good place to find out about happenings in your area and to promote your business.

Most of the people who are coming into the Apple Store to use MySpace are low lifes, however.

PlaceofDis
May 25, 2007, 02:26 PM
good move, and totally understandable. the only sites that i'd be upset with apple blocking access to are standard email sites like gmail. its nice to be able to check it quick if you're stopping by. :p

Eraserhead
May 25, 2007, 02:31 PM
good move, and totally understandable. the only sites that i'd be upset with apple blocking access to are standard email sites like gmail. its nice to be able to check it quick if you're stopping by. :p

I agree, I think that writing an email is a pretty good way to test out the keyboard, which is legitimate, also you're hardly gonna spend hours on GMail.

MagicUK
May 25, 2007, 02:44 PM
Changing from PC to Mac was a *really big* step for me but I was told how friendly the MacBots were so I popped along to my nearest :apple: store, Regents Street - London.

All I can say is it's probably the largest Internet enabled transport cafe I have ever seen. That said however I, being the nosey type, chatted to several of them in order to find out a little bit more about the :apple: experience. Two of the people I spoke to, in limited English, admited that they didn't actually own a computer just worked close by and used it to communicate with friends and family.

Once I grabbed a MacBot and told him I wanted to leave with a MacBook Pro *today* he soon cleared some space. Better still I have been out with the South African girl he kicked off the first machine twice.

Live, learn, ENJOY!

Qunchuy
May 25, 2007, 02:55 PM
MySpace is a...

...reasonably undistorted reflection of offline reality. Any large enough collection of people will show the same pattern. And media attention will unfortunately -- albeit predictably -- focus on the garish and extreme.

That said, the people who would abuse the internet connectivity of a retail store will probably tend to fall nearer the extreme. Again, it's a common pattern, as the relative few ruin it for everyone.

five04
May 25, 2007, 02:56 PM
this isn't a new thing. myspace was blocked for a couple of months last year too.

winmacguy
May 25, 2007, 03:47 PM
Better still I have been out with the South African girl he kicked off the first machine twice.

Live, learn, ENJOY!

Good value those SA girls, ma bro, I certainly had some great times with them at the many South African bars around London in the mid 90's, the Aussie girls aren't too bad either.

If she likes a Mac then its even better. ;)

MLeepson
May 25, 2007, 05:12 PM
I have a friend who used to work at an Apple Store and when people were on MySpace he'd go over to them and make them get off. When that happened, I asked him why Apple just didn't block MySpace and he responded saying that Apple was about expressing yourself and creativity and stuff like that. I wonder why they're doing this now, or at all.

PlaceofDis
May 25, 2007, 05:18 PM
When that happened, I asked him why Apple just didn't block MySpace and he responded saying that Apple was about expressing yourself and creativity and stuff like that. I wonder why they're doing this now, or at all.

as the article said. because people were just hanging out in the stores on myspace consistently. basically, its to get rid of loitering.

MLeepson
May 25, 2007, 05:39 PM
I knew that. But this isn't a new thing I wanted to knoow why they started blocking MySpace now.

Turkish
May 25, 2007, 05:44 PM
I knew that. But this isn't a new thing I wanted to knoow why they started blocking MySpace now.

Certain stores have done it in the past, so while it isn't new for specific stores, the chain-wide practice is.

someguy
May 25, 2007, 05:45 PM
You mean I can block MySpace!? Someone tell me how!

Gymnut
May 25, 2007, 06:12 PM
Loved this response to the article:

artface wrote on May 25, 2007 at 10:45:

when I worked at an AS last year, we used to combat the Myspace scourge with Remote Desktop from the back room - Hilarity would ensue as retarded kids got F'd with!

psychofreak
May 25, 2007, 06:19 PM
Here comes 'Windows FTW cos teh MAC cant even run da intanet propaly!!!', get ready...

someguy
May 25, 2007, 06:28 PM
Here comes 'Windows FTW cos teh MAC cant even run da intanet propaly!!!', get ready...
roflcopterzz!!11

Eraserhead
May 25, 2007, 06:31 PM
Here comes 'Windows FTW cos teh MAC cant even run da intanet propaly!!!', get ready...

I'm sure it'll come up with a message saying that it's blocked.

solvs
May 26, 2007, 01:14 AM
They did this at a job I had too. Blocked MySpace and eBay and the like. It'll just pop up a message saying it's been blocked. I use MySpace for bands and stuff, even though it sucks, and totally agree that they should block it. It's not an internet cafe people. Sucks that they have to, but there it is.

Foxglove9
May 26, 2007, 02:10 AM
I discovered this last week when I went into the Apple store right near me to check the new faster macbooks and at the same time check my email and myspace mail and not only couldn't I check my email but I couldn't access myspace at all. Crazy! Still can surf the web though, just like everyone else in the store does all day.

Aranince
May 26, 2007, 02:12 AM
Yea...blocking MySpace is a good idea.

Scottcop
May 26, 2007, 03:42 AM
It may be an idea to have Macs that aren't connected to the interweb, and marked as so.
So other people can check out the apps and other Apple goodness.

tangerineyum
May 26, 2007, 04:13 AM
i have fund that the majority of myspacers at my local apple store spend most of their time taking pictures with photobooth and then uploading them to their myspace.

p0intblank
May 26, 2007, 10:05 AM
I admit I go on MySpace while I'm there, but I mainly use the Macs to test drive the pro applications I don't own and use at home. This is definitely for the better, because at least half of the store's users are usually on MySpace. Now YouTube... I consider that to be different and that should stay.

twoodcc
May 26, 2007, 10:16 PM
doesn't bother me

psycoswimmer
May 26, 2007, 10:42 PM
Yeah, this is definitely for the better. I seriously can not stand when certain people are standing there, taking up the 30" MacPro with the keyboard (that I usually like to test out in GarageBand), on MySpace, blaring rap music. And the Apple Employees usually just stand there and act like they don't know what to do.

someguy
May 27, 2007, 09:02 AM
Yeah, this is definitely for the better. I seriously can not stand when certain people are standing there, taking up the 30" MacPro with the keyboard (that I usually like to test out in GarageBand), on MySpace, blaring rap music.
I bet you wouldn't mind so much if they were "blaring" whatever type of music you listen to throughout the store.

sparkyms
May 27, 2007, 09:40 AM
I'm pretty glad they've done this, and hope they implement it in the UK, it's really annoying to go into the apple store, and not be able to look at the computers for people just socializing on the internet.

It's not an internet cafe!

I can imagine it deterring business, for one, prospective customers can't use the computer to see if they like it, they're not going to want to hang around to wait for the opportunity. It's taking away the chance for the real buyers to look at some superb products, in favour of time wasters. Which isn't fair.

psycoswimmer
May 27, 2007, 10:56 AM
I bet you wouldn't mind so much if they were "blaring" whatever type of music you listen to throughout the store.

If anyone, playing any kind of music on MySpace, stood in front of the Mac and started dancing, yes, I would mind.

solvs
May 28, 2007, 01:52 AM
I bet you wouldn't mind so much if they were "blaring" whatever type of music you listen to throughout the store.

It usually is music I listen to, and it still bothers me.