iPod Nano Class Action Suit

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Several readers report on a class action lawsuit filed by users regarding Apple's new iPod nano device.

The lawsuit charges screens on the tiny flash-based digital audio players “scratch excessively during normal usage, rendering the screen on the Nanos [sic] unreadable, and violating state consumer protection statutes… and causing Plaintiff class members to incur loss of use and monetary damages.”
iPod screen scratching complaints have been previously reported. Apple dismissed the issue in a previous comment stating that the nano was made of the same materials as the 4th Generation iPod.

Apple was previously sued by iPod owners due to battery failure and performance.
 

Lacero

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Apple always royally screws up like this. It's like they didn't learn the lessons from their 1G and 2G iPods, and are doomed to make the same mistakes with the nano and the video iPods.

Only the 4G and minis had the best scratch resistance. Shame for Apple.
 

mlrproducts

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Thats funny, my nano is fine. And what? They want a share of the profits? Hell i bet the RIAA is backing these suckers.

This won't go anywhere. Why can't people just go out and find a job and earn a living. These people should be shot for frivolous lawsuits (and no, not put in jail, that is a waste of money, they should just be shot).
 

plinkoman

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this is ridiculus, the nano screen is made out of the same material every other iPod ever has been made out of, this is just a bunch of greedy bastards taking advantage of the false claims of how easy it scratches.

of note, i have a 3rd gen iPod, you know, the one with the 2 hour battery :rolleyes: and after almost 2 and a half years of owning it, i still get over two days of regular use on one charge. these people are full of it...
 

gorbster

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Ass action lawsuit

Bloody idiots. They want a refund, a cut of profits AND to keep their Nanos.

It would have been smarter to use all those tens of thousands of dollars going to into the attorneys' pockets, and invest in a decent case for the iPod.

Apple's consumer-base is definitely moving outside the 'intelligent customer' bubble.

Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go file a class action lawsuit against VW for the scratches on my car.
 

drewpage

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ugh! These people!

I don't understand all this uproar about the Nano scratching. I know people with Nanos and they don't scratch any more easily than any other unprotected iPod. iPods have always scratched easily unprotected. I am on my 4th iPod and I keep it in Apple's iPod carrier when its not in use. Otherwise, it would have scratches all over it. I think people just want to make a few extra bucks at Apple's expense.
 

hyperpasta

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Maybe

If rubbing a nano with a paper towel renders the screen unreadable, then something is wrong. But I have a sneaking suspicion that they exaggerated a bit.
 

ZicklePop

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I love Apple but I hope they lose. They need to learn how to make a solid product that DOESN'T SCRATCH. First rule of product making: Don't build it like butter.
 

gregarious119

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Choice to buy

Don't they lost a certain amount of ground for the case when they choose to spend the money on purchasing an iPod? They didn't have to buy one. Apple didn't force it upon them.

You buy it, it's your own darn responsibility to keep it from scratching. Whoever's putting their nano in their pocket with keys and coins deserves to get it scratched up.
 

QCassidy352

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This is nothing but whining. I'm sure it scratches fairly easily, but unless ordinary use actually renders it unusable, which I highly doubt, then this is crap.
 

Eevee

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Although the screen is made of the exact material as the other iPods, the screen scratching issue on the Nanos is a very serious problem that Apple has been denying for a while now. I hope this lawsuit will make Apple to correct this problem.
 

Kobushi

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Right behind you.
mlrproducts said:
Thats funny, my nano is fine. And what? They want a share of the profits? Hell i bet the RIAA is backing these suckers.

This won't go anywhere. Why can't people just go out and find a job and earn a living. These people should be shot for frivolous lawsuits (and no, not put in jail, that is a waste of money, they should just be shot).

I agree. Buncha bums trying to profit from another company's success...the little sycophants.

plinkoman said:
this is ridiculus, the nano screen is made out of the same material every other iPod ever has been made out of, this is just a bunch of greedy bastards taking advantage of the false claims of how easy it scratches.

of note, i have a 3rd gen iPod, you know, the one with the 2 hour battery and after almost 2 and a half years of owning it, i still get over two days of regular use on one charge. these people are full of it...
I have a Genration 2 iPod, and to this day, it doesn't have a single scratch on the screen. Why? Because I have a cheap little case that has prevented it for the past 3 years! My wife made herself one for her ipod out of some cheap, albeit nice-looking, fabric. Are people really not this self-sufficient that they have to blame everyone else for their lack of vision?

922 said:
If rubbing a nano with a paper towel renders the screen unreadable, then something is wrong. But I have a sneaking suspicion that they exaggerated a bit.

Buy better paper towels. If anyone bothered to read a manual once in a while, they'd know to use a "soft, lint-free cloth" on just about everything (tv screens, cd's, dvd's, computer monitors, etc)
 

yellow5

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People need to quit whining. Buy a case, or don't buy a nano.

Products show wear from use. Get over it.

People are so sue happy nowadays.
 

Lacero

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Eevee said:
Although the screen is made of the exact material as the other iPods, the screen scratching issue on the Nanos is a very serious problem that Apple has been denying for a while now. I hope this lawsuit will make Apple to correct this problem.
Yes. It might be the exact same material as the older iPods, but Apple is selling millions more nanos and new iPods now. This only exacerbates the problem ten fold. Running a paper towel over a screen should not scratch it. To have it scratch this easily, is simply ridiculous. I hope Apple wises up and makes the necessary improvements. Go back to the mini form factor and materials. There were very few issues of scratches with the minis.
 

JOHNGAETANO

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Sure, and today after I drove over my iPod with my truck, my ipod was smashed into a million pieces. Apple has clearly made another faulty product.

GET A LIFE AND A JOB!!!!!!!!!!!

John
 

plinkoman

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Eevee said:
Although the screen is made of the exact material as the other iPods, the screen scratching issue on the Nanos is a very serious problem that Apple has been denying for a while now. I hope this lawsuit will make Apple to correct this problem.
umm, i hate to break it to you, but if its made of the exact same materials, which it is, then it will scratch no easier or no less easy then previous models, you cant have something made of the exact same thing, but responds to stimuli completely different, thats not how things work
 

devilot

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Kobushi said:
My wife made herself one for her ipod out of some cheap, albeit nice-looking, fabric. <snipped and joined two of your responses> Buy better paper towels. If anyone bothered to read a manual once in a while, they'd know to use a "soft, lint-free cloth" on just about everything (tv screens, cd's, dvd's, computer monitors, etc)
But even conscientious users savvy with how to take care of tech products have noted scratches coming from soft cloths as well... If that is indeed the case, then that would be why these consumers are upset-- because even upon following the manual's suggestions, the iPod is still getting scratched up (but the paper towel thing is a bit out of line).
 

SiliconAddict

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Since I've yet to even see a nano let alone use one at length I'll stay neutral in this. However..I'm dubious of the claim that

"“scratch excessively during normal usage, rendering the screen on the Nanos [sic] unreadable"

Of course with the size of the screen only a couple scratches would be needed to cover up a few lines.... :confused:

Hmmm..
 

Sun Baked

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Apple lawyers will probably get this kicked out of state court into the federal court system where it'll die quickly, and thank Bush for signing the Class-Action Fairness Act of 2005.
 

MM2270

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gorbster said:
Apple's consumer-base is definitely moving outside the 'intelligent customer' bubble.
I suppose this is what happens when you start bringing more Windoze users into the fold. :rolleyes:

And I'd LOVE to see how any lawyer's going to prove that because a plastic screen can get scratched when it comes in contact with sharp devices, it somehow means the product is "defective" Idiots!
 

Lertie32

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Nano nano boo boo

Hmm... the only thing I wonder about in particular is even though it may be the same material used on the other iPod versions, is it in THINNER form? That could account for some weakness I suppose...

I have a 40G iPod Photo, but it's been in a case since the day I bought it, so I have no point of reference on iPod scratching. It seems to me that Apple should intelligently be able to assess these issues and exchange iPods if needed. IF they're being really unhelpful, a lawsuit may be necessary to get them to refund/exchange these, but I doubt it. I suspect it simply requires time and recognition of a problem trend. People are indeed awfully quick to sue many times.

On the flip side, it's awfully soon for people to be having problem issues with the Nanos that could be attributed to normal wear and tear. I'd be really ticked if I dropped a few hundred dollars on one and it started scratching too easily. If Apple told me tough luck, I could see persuing other options to resolve the matter.

I dunno... I'm on the fence about this one. Too little information available about if, how much, and why the Nanos scratch too easily. Maybe Macworld or somebody will do a lab test or comparison evaluation...
 

rosalindavenue

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Sun Baked said:
Apple lawyers will probably get this kicked out of state court into the federal court system where it'll die quickly, and thank Bush for signing the Class-Action Fairness Act of 2005.
Uh, according to the linked article the case was filed in U.S. District Court in the Northern District of California; so its already in Federal Court.

With respect to the merits, the case seems on first glance to be both stupid and greedy; seeking punitive damages and "a share of nano profits."

/defense lawyer
 

fixyourthinking

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Kobushi said:
Buy better paper towels. If anyone bothered to read a manual once in a while, they'd know to use a "soft, lint-free cloth" on just about everything (tv screens, cd's, dvd's, computer monitors, etc)

exactly ... what kinda sh1++y paper tower leaves scratches or swirl marks on even vaseline?

and ... what kind of idiot doesn't protect a $200 - $500 investment?