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Project
May 24, 2007, 01:46 PM
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/217/503637222_9b5f32feb4.jpg?v=0
http://www.flickr.com/photos/fimoculous/503637222

This is at the Zune HQ at Bear Creek for MS employees to dump their iPods in. Quite funny methinks.

Gymnut
May 24, 2007, 02:08 PM
Surprised that bin isn't bolted to the floor or someone might walk away with the entire setup.

balamw
May 24, 2007, 02:12 PM
Seems like their expecting a LOT of iPods from their employees with a box that large. :p Just looks funny seeing the box that big that empty.

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kuebby
May 24, 2007, 04:53 PM
I'm confused, MS wants their employees to give up their iPods? It's such a useless measure.

savar
May 24, 2007, 05:34 PM
I'm confused, MS wants their employees to give up their iPods? It's such a useless measure.

Are they giving them Zunes? I don't understand what the incentive is here...

nickster9224
May 24, 2007, 05:57 PM
ill take those ipods for free

Project
May 24, 2007, 06:48 PM
I'm confused, MS wants their employees to give up their iPods? It's such a useless measure.

Consider it this way. If you run Coca Cola would you want your employees coming into work sipping on Pepsi?

Thats all this is. A morale boosting/dogfood kind of thing.

psychofreak
May 24, 2007, 06:52 PM
Consider it this way. If you run Coca Cola would you want your employees coming into work sipping on Pepsi?

Thats all this is. A morale boosting/dogfood kind of thing.

Yeah, but you wouldn't have a 'Give away hundreds of dollars worth of Pepsi for nothing' box...

kuebby
May 24, 2007, 07:15 PM
I would bet that if that is real that the intelligent MS employees just steal those iPods and sell them on eBay.

psychofreak
May 24, 2007, 07:17 PM
I would bet that if that is real that the intelligent MS employees just steal those iPods and sell them on eBay.

Meh...I'm sure the ones put in are either by the box-makers, possibly by the people who started on the Zune after they had an iPod, and those with broken iPods :)

princealfie
May 25, 2007, 11:38 AM
What a joke, I would have taken all of those iPods from the plastic box. Where is this located? :D

ghall
May 25, 2007, 12:41 PM
1 word, 2 syllables: Stu-pid.

iSee
May 25, 2007, 12:59 PM
If I worked there, I'd have to buy a busted iPod off craiglist to dump in there and just keep using my iPod with third-party headphones. Gotta kiss up to management, see? :D

MacBytes
May 27, 2007, 10:10 AM
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monke
May 27, 2007, 10:40 AM
Well MS had to give something out at Christmas. :rolleyes:
They didn't want all their employees walking around with Zunes. :p

psycoswimmer
May 27, 2007, 10:51 AM
...she suspects the bin is meant to be a joke or a "morale booster" for employees at Zune headquarters.

They sure need it. :) What a great idea.

I saw this on Engadget a couple days back. I'm surprised someone hasn't tried to steal the iPods yet... :rolleyes:

mkrishnan
May 27, 2007, 10:54 AM
Are you sure this wasn't at some sort of revival meeting of the Mennonite church?

dukeblue91
May 27, 2007, 11:02 AM
It would be hilarious if some employees would exchange their Zunes and take an iPod out of the bin :D

DMann
May 27, 2007, 11:59 AM
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/217/503637222_9b5f32feb4.jpg?v=0
http://www.flickr.com/photos/fimoculous/503637222

This is at the Zune HQ at Bear Creek for MS employees to dump their iPods in. Quite funny methinks.

Sad, sad paranoia.........

thejadedmonkey
May 27, 2007, 11:59 AM
My friend in the dorm has a Zune, and he says it's really good. He prefers it over his iPod. It's got a larger screen, built in radio, and who knows what else. He thinks that the wifi will be really kick ass once they get it right, and when it works he loves it. Unfortunately he sent it into MS about 2 months ago and still hasn't gotten it back:rolleyes:

twoodcc
May 27, 2007, 12:05 PM
that is pretty funny

montex
May 27, 2007, 12:10 PM
It's pathetic. Microsoft is a much larger company than Apple and, as I'm sure you've all heard, they have some giant share of the operating system market. But why do they feel so threatened by the iPod that they have to do this?

If I were a MS shareholder (and I'm NOT) I would expect a little more dignity from them. The fact that the tub is nearly empty says it all. And seriously, how many people would like to reach in and take the discarded iPods? I know they're trying to picture the iPod as garbage, but if even one person wants to take them from the bin, then by definition they are not without value.

I don't hate MS and I have worked for them on a few projects. But this is tacky and pointless and just makes them look like buffoons. Well, this and monkey boy bouncing around on stage.

nagromme
May 27, 2007, 12:39 PM
Kudos to the guy who tossed in a rubber iPod-shaped sleeve-case instead of a real iPod :)

Benjamin
May 27, 2007, 01:00 PM
Looks more like a way for upper management to get free ipods.... so where is this fabled box? ;)

Quboid
May 27, 2007, 01:00 PM
Too funny, i expect this from a company tha actually makes a decent player. Say creative.

Captain Brooks
May 27, 2007, 01:39 PM
All the iPod's in there are probably just broken, outdated versions of the iPod.

mkrishnan
May 27, 2007, 02:26 PM
All the iPod's in there are probably just broken, outdated versions of the iPod.

Outdated iPods? Blasphemy. I'm rocking my 3G until it d-i-e.

myjellyass
May 27, 2007, 03:17 PM
Definately an opportunity for them to rip open some ipods, put them back together again and sell them off as the all original exclusive MSPod!!! :p

nagromme
May 27, 2007, 03:44 PM
All the iPod's in there are probably just broken, outdated versions of the iPod.

Correct! The article said no recent-model iPods were in the bin. (You can tell by how thick those older ones are.)

I'm sure it's just a joke, in any case. Even if they gave away Zunes in trade (which they probably do), I'm sure they never expected a whole lot of takers.

wmmk
May 27, 2007, 04:33 PM
Somebody should do it, take their new Zune, then throw it in with all (4 or so) of the iPods. Now that'd be funny!

RedTomato
May 27, 2007, 05:40 PM
The iPods in there are all glued down to stop people taking them. Plus the bin is in a secure location with CCTV and security nearby.

miketcool
May 27, 2007, 06:15 PM
Correct! The article said no recent-model iPods were in the bin. (You can tell by how thick those older ones are.)

I'm sure it's just a joke, in any case. Even if they gave away Zunes in trade (which they probably do), I'm sure they never expected a whole lot of takers.

There is at least one broken iPod in there because of the battery, the shattered plastic pieces and a lone backing. If you look in the reflection you can pick out a silver mini.

Makes you wonder how many M$ employees prefer Apple to their company.

miketcool
May 27, 2007, 06:19 PM
Surprised that bin isn't bolted to the floor or someone might walk away with the entire setup.

You're suprised this setup at MICROSOFT isn't more secure? Microsoft, secure, think about it.

SPUY767
May 27, 2007, 08:57 PM
Outdated iPods? Blasphemy. I'm rocking my 3G until it d-i-e.

Hell, I still use a 1G 5 Gig iPod. Works like a champ, battery will do about 6 hours and its never been replaced.

On a side note, it looks like MS got a deal on 4G iPods in bulk, cause all those iPods are exactly the same. The only thing that would be more priceless would be if someone took an iPod out of that bin, and left a post it that said, IOU and had a picture of the ZUNE on it.

ezekielrage_99
May 28, 2007, 03:17 AM
LOL, they are punishing people for having a quality digital music player :D

yagran
May 28, 2007, 01:16 PM
lol, stupid microsoft. an ipod throw away bin , empty. a zune give away box, full.

http://flickr.com/photos/tarkwyn/513911705

ezekielrage_99
May 28, 2007, 11:21 PM
lol, stupid microsoft. an ipod throw away bin , empty. a zune give away box, full.

http://flickr.com/photos/tarkwyn/513911705

LOL priceless

SMM
May 28, 2007, 11:23 PM
I knew Bill was a cheapskate, but I thought he could spring for his own iPod and Christmas gifts!

axis360
May 29, 2007, 10:10 AM
:cool: Realize that all of these iPods will head to tech dept-
There they can open up to see the heat beat, break down the intestines of the iPods and send them to china to see if they can be cloned as well as the fake iPhone which are selling so well on ebay- if that fails they can have something to listen to on the weekend as they are away from the office.