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RE: iTunes & Linux (Debian)

Frohliche Neue Jahr Michelle! (couldn't resist, my German is very
rusty...excuse the absence of umlauts, was being lazy).

If you read Apple's fine print on their warranty terms and condition
(which are presented to you when you try and book a warranty repair on
their website), several things are apparent.

1.  You must pay AU $20 or so dollars for shipping back to them.  Now, I
can ship this iPod mini back to Apple much cheaper than that...under the
Trade Practices Act, it is ILLEGAL for a manufacturer to charge more for
shipping than what it is in reality.  Like most big companies world
wide, it seems that Apple seems to be immune to laws that affect the
rest of us mere mortals...

2.  Apple's fine print also says that they reserve the right to charge
you AU $100 if they cannot fault the unit.  Now, working in the
industry, not all faults are easy to find.  Intermittent faults in
electronic devices are very common, and are very hard to spot, let alone

I was not prepared to pay Apple's 'sign this warranty agreement and
agree to our unfair terms and services or don't get your iPod fixed'.  I
chose the latter.  

The iPod minis batteries are deliberately designed by Apple to have a
very short finite lifespan.  Worse, the replacement battery is so
heavily overcharged by Apple as to make it better to just buy a new
unit...this is very bad practice imho.  Furthermore, it's not good for
the environment as it encourages a throw away society.  Replacement
batteries for Apple iPod minis are available for much cheaper from the
Internet etc, but repairing the units is particularly tricky for the
average person. 

Most people do not read the fine print; they just click and accept
whatever license flashes up on the screen etc.  I like to read what I'm
agreeing to.  

I was going to file an official complaint with the ACCC over this, but
in the end I said **** it.  It wasn't worth my time, anger or brain
power to do so, especially when the system is designed to protect these
bastards and screw the consumers.  Our government system, as well as
that of most 'modern' developed countries are despicable, pandering to
corporate business at the expense of everything else.  I prefer not to
try and worry too much about these things now, because in the end, 95%
of our population are just dumb zombies without a single original
thought.  This is, of course, what governments want - mindless zombies
are much easier to control than people like me.  



Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that
--Martin Luther King Jr. 

-----Original Message-----
From: Michelle Konzack [mailto:linux4michelle@freenet.de] 
Sent: Tuesday, 9 January 2007 7:57 PM
To: debian-laptop@lists.debian.org
Subject: Re: iTunes & Linux (Debian) 

Hello David and *,

        first of all Happy new Year!

Am 2006-12-28 08:29:05, schrieb David Pastern:
> seriously looking at buying one.  My iPod Mini died in the ass after
> around 9 months of usage and I was NOT prepared to accept Apple's
> illegal warranty agreement.  Sadly, being the lazy bastard that I am,

I am courious about what you mean...
Can you explain please?

Thanks, Greetings and nice Day
    Michelle Konzack
    Tamay Dogan Network
    Debian GNU/Linux Consultant

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