Posts Tagged 'ipods'

Most music on iPods not legit

Teenagers and students have an average of more than 800 illegally copied songs each on their digital music players, the largest academic survey of young people’s music ownership has found.

The research also showed that half of 14 to 24-year-olds were happy to share all the music on their hard drive, enabling others to copy hundreds, or thousands, of songs at any one time.

Although illegal copying has become widespread, the scale of the problem uncovered by the University of Hertfordshire left the music industry surprised. On average every iPod or digital music player contained 842 illegally copied songs.

Fergal Sharkey, former lead singer of the Undertones and now chief executive of British Music Rights, said: “I was one of those people who went around the back of the bike shed with songs I had taped off the radio the night before. But this totally dwarfs that, and anything we expected.” (link)


Tech companies helping schools

On a recent visit to a school library with his sons, the co-founder of U.S. tech giant Sun Microsystems noticed that not one book was off the shelf.

Instead, students were working on their laptops, instant messaging with their cellphones or listening to their iPods while doing their homework. “I looked around and not one person was looking at the books,” said Scott McNealy. “They go to the library because it’s quiet. It’s insulated with all of these books.”

McNealy, now chairman of California-based Sun Microsystems, and Mike Zafirovski, the CEO of Canada’s Nortel Networks Corp. (TSX:NT), are looking to the Internet to bridge what they call the digital and educational divides. (link)

ValueClick settles with Federal Trade Commission

Another company has settled charges today with the Federal Trade Commission over violations of the CAN-SPAM Act, netting the FTC another $2.9 million in civil penalties. Online advertiser ValueClick and its subsidiaries were charged with using deceptive e-mails, banner ads, and pop-ups to drive traffic, as well as a failure to secure customers’ financial information. The settlement is the largest in CAN-SPAM’s five-year history, says the FTC, and bars the companies from any further violations.

ValueClick and subsidiary Hi-Speed Media’s e-mails and online banners promised free gifts like iPods, gift cards, PS3s, laptops, and plasma TVs, among other things. But when unsuspecting users clicked through, they were greeted with a number of third-party offers that they were required to sign up for before receiving their “free” gifts. It was ValueClick’s failure to disclose that users must first sign up for other offers (ones that cost them money) before collecting the prize that was a violation of the 2003 CAN-SPAM Act and the FTC Act. (link)

iPods and road safety

Who says iPods haven’t changed the way the world works? Even governments are aware of the dangers of iPods. Even crossing the road can get you killed.

“… in Sydney, Australia and the New South Wales Police Force have released a road safety print campaign to raise awareness of the fact that teenagers are dying from crossing the road while listening to their iPods.” (link)

What happened to look both ways before you cross? Isn’t that a universally taught lesson? Next up: iPods with air bags.  I can see the slogan now: “Protect your dumbass with the latest iPod, new and improved, available with side impact air bags.”

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