US Bans sale of iPods to North Korea

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  1. Katharine macrumors member

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  2. Queso macrumors G4

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    Somehow I would think Kim Jong-Il and the ruling elite won't be at all effected by this, but a few North korean diplomats across the Western world will lose their lunch hours as they head to electronics shops.

    Away from Kim Jong-Il I imagine the market for consumer electronics amongst North Koreans to be rather tiny, considering the country turns off the power at 9pm anyway.
     
  3. thewhitehart macrumors 6502a

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    I'm sure that most North Koreans have never even heard of the iPod. However, they have heard of Sputnik. Dear Leader makes them perform mass scale card turning exercises at Kim Sung Il sports stadium, and "Space and Aviation" is one of the favorite themes. It shows a picture of a sputnik type satellite flying through a camp 1960s astro-montage straight out of the Jetsons.
     
  4. ChickenSwartz macrumors 6502a

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    Well North Korea has to change its to do list:

    1. Perfect nuclear weapons
    2. Figure out how to make own "IlPod"
    3. Feed its citizens
     
  5. Sherman Homan macrumors 6502

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    They are eating mud and bugs cooked over grass fires and we are going to prevent them from charging a $350 dollar iPod that syncs to a $5000 MacPro? Gosh.
     
  6. Max Payne macrumors 6502a

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    Amazing. I'll be waiting for His Highness Kim Sung to beg George Bush the a$$h0le for an iPod or two.

    Best of luck NK.
     
  7. MacBoobsPro macrumors 603

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    What I want to know is how they recharge them with no electricity?
     
  8. Queso macrumors G4

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    Heat from nuclear testing. Either that or they just buy new when it runs down ;)
     
  9. princealfie macrumors 68030

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    Looks like the North Koreans will be switching to Zune eh? :D :D :eek:
     
  10. Queso macrumors G4

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    Yeah, they can burn them to generate electricity :D
     
  11. Eraserhead macrumors G4

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    Except he will surely be able to get one on the black market, so the ban has no effect, other than more free advertising for Apple.
     
  12. KipCoon macrumors regular

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    I see a huge business opportunity for M$ here.. Absolutely.


    But seriously, thats just a dumb move, will it honestly have any affect? Not likely with the economic status of that country.
     
  13. thewhitehart macrumors 6502a

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    HAHA, Il-Pod :D
     
  14. Thomas Veil macrumors 68020

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    U.S. bans sale of iPods to North Korea

    Seattle P-I

    I have to agree. Creative but totally ineffective. It's not like someone can't get this stuff for Kim. It's an annoyance to him, but that's all.
     
  15. leekohler macrumors G5

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    Quick! Somebody at Microsoft! This could save the Zune! Bill! We gotta get our foot in that Korean market! :D
     
  16. bearbo macrumors 68000

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    i swear there's another very similar thread...
     
  17. Dont Hurt Me macrumors 603

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    Sanctions never hurt the dictators they are aimed at, and allways hurt the people. Thats my view. Look at all the sanctions on Saddam, his quality of life never diminsihed until troops were knocking on his spider hole.
     
  18. MacPanda macrumors regular

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    Well i don't think they will care - they will just get a device from south korea ;) - or just go with the zune - i am sure ms will give them some free ones to boost marketshare :D :D :D

    macpanda
     
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    What would North Korea do with the iPods without having the computers to download the songs from? :confused:
     
  21. solvs macrumors 603

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    Well, I guess we had to do something. Our glorious leader seems to have run out of ideas, but I guess that iPod of his gave him something to run with. Not that it will do any good, but what else can we do.
     

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