Jan 13, 2004, 04:13 AM
For some bizarre reason loads of the UK media picked up that really old iPod battery replacement story yesterday, such as Channel 4 (http://www.channel4.com/news/2004/01/week_2/12_ipod.html), The Times (http://www.timesonline.co.uk/printFriendly/0,,1-3-960449,00.html) and ZDNet (http://comment.zdnet.co.uk/rupertgoodwins/0,39020691,39119035,00.htm). The Channel 4 broadcast version also showed clips from Mac Expo of the iPod mini even though they didn't acctually talk about it, and it also had people moaning about how long it takes for stuff to come out here after the US, which is weird for a news show. The worrying thing about articles like these is if people reading them then write-off the iPod when they're thinking about buying it. For example, in The Times buyer's guide (http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2103-958422,00.html) they review alternate players to the iPod, saying many people are looking at them because of battery problems, even though the players they review seem unlikely to have replacable batteries. However it could just be there excuse to acctually bother reviewing MP3 players when everyone knows that the iPod is the best.