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Old 03-09-2005, 08:35 PM
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Why does the iPod scratch so easily?

I am just wondering, plain and simple, why does the iPod scratch so easily? I mean, it scratches while it is in my cloth pocket...

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The plastic coating is pretty weak. There are alot of other mp3 players that scratch easily. When I had my Rio Karma, the front LCD wasn't bad but the rubbery plastic began to peal.



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Old 03-09-2005, 09:16 PM
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Its a marketing plot from Apple to make people buy their cases ;-)



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You know, I wish that Apple would spend some more time perfecting the out case more. I mean that they should make the out shell more scratch resitant and have the click wheel more scratch resistant. I bet that if they come out with a iPod 5th generation they will have the scratching issue fixed. Atleast I would hope so. Otherwise, I love the iPod.

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i dont really mind scratches, i just hate how iPods suck every last drip of oil from your skin.




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I bet that if they come out with a iPod 5th generation they will have the scratching issue fixed
Everybody always seems to think that all the problems will be solved in the next generation...which is odd, given how similar every generation is to its predecessor.
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I bet that if they come out with a iPod 5th generation...
If? Seriously, you think they're going to just stop at the 4th generation?



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The iPod gets scratched, just like any portable device. I think that people notice the iPod scratches more though, because it's such a good looking music player and scratches are more easily noticed
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I bet that if they come out with a iPod 5th generation they will have the scratching issue fixed.
There will be a 5G iPod, have no doubt about that...




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They make it so scratch prone so that Apple and other vendors can make a killing on cases. I don't doubt that for a second.





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Old 03-10-2005, 11:14 AM
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You know, I wish that Apple would spend some more time perfecting the out case more. I mean that they should make the out shell more scratch resitant and have the click wheel more scratch resistant. I bet that if they come out with a iPod 5th generation they will have the scratching issue fixed. Atleast I would hope so. Otherwise, I love the iPod.
Geez, get over it - it's PLASTIC. Plastic is softer than most other materials. It scratches. Period. If you're that concerned, buy a case for it. That way people who don't care about scratches don't have to pay for scratch protection. That's why Apple dropped the dock, Firewire cable, and case from their current lineup - not everybody uses them, and it's cheaper for the consumer.

Sure, Apple has the means and the technology to pretty much do anything with the iPod. That's not the issue though - the issue is whether or not their buyers are willing to pay for such a feature.

If Apple made an iPod with a titanium case and synthetic sapphire glass so it was completely scratch resistant, would you buy it if those features tacked on an extra $200 to the price? Or if they gave you a choice between that and regular plastic for $200 less with an iSkin for $20, which one would you buy?

Anyone here can make a list of cool things they wish an iPod could do, but whether anyone is willing to pay for them is a completely different story.
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They make it so scratch prone so that Apple and other vendors can make a killing on cases. I don't doubt that for a second.
Then you're not only clueless, you're ignorant.

I bet you believe that game software companies release software that requires high-powered video cards so vendors can make a killing on those too, right? Or car manufacturers make cars that require premium unleaded gas so people have to pay more for gas?

The bottom line is that Apple had to strike a balance between features, durability, and cost. That's it. Obviously, with the millions and millions of iPods sold around the world so far, they've struck that balance quite well.
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The fact that you'd say something that blatantly assinine astounds me. Maybe you have your head in a hole in the ground or up another hole in your backside, but it was just reported here on iPolounge (are you blind, deaf and dumb??) as well as all over the papers, news, financial forecasts, etc. that the average iPod owner spends a minimum of $150 on accessories alone! It's been even coined "The iPod Economy". Apple is WELL aware of it. And guess what's at the VERY top, #1 spot on the list?? A CASE!!

I do have to admit that your delicate balance of arrogance mixed with outright stupidity is quite amusing. Thanks for the laugh.

Now, you sir, have a good (clueless) day.





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The fact that you'd say something that blatantly assinine astounds me. Maybe you have your head in a hole in the ground or up another hole in your backside, but it was just reported here on iPolounge (are you blind, deaf and dumb??) as well as all over the papers, news, financial forecasts, etc. that the average iPod owner spends a minimum of $150 on accessories alone! It's been even coined "The iPod Economy". Apple is WELL aware of it. And guess what's at the VERY top, #1 spot on the list?? A CASE!!

I do have to admit that your delicate balance of arrogance mixed with outright stupidity is quite amusing. Thanks for the laugh.

Now, you sir, have a good (clueless) day.
Stupidity, eh? Takes one to know one, obviously.

Your iPodLounge report proves what? Absolutely nothing. Your conspiracy theory that Apple makes the iPod scratch-prone on PURPOSE in order to sell cases is still ridiculous, and your citation above doesn't prove it either. All it says is that average iPod owners spend money on accessories. Even if Apple is aware of it, you're reading too much into it - that doesn't mean that weaknesses in the design of the iPod were purposefully introduced into it just to sell accessories. Show us a source that backs up what you say. We're not interested in your stupid semi-associations between fact and your imagination.

Keep trying, moron. All of us here are still waiting for your proof. By the way, how many more times are you going to recommend that people report their stolen iPod serial numbers to Apple? Idiot.

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LOL! You're a flaming joke! I swear, you've actually cracked me up. I haven't had such a hard laugh in a few days. Thank you SO much for the giggles.

Ahh.. a moron? "Takes one to know one"- isn't that what you said? Dude, you need some better material! You're a laugh and a half. Thanks again!

Imagination? You seem to have a pretty vivid one. I'd like to come and visit you in your little dream-like world. Poplulation: CRAZY! And who's "All of us"? You and all of your psycho personalities?? I don't see anyone else above asking the same knuckle-head questions as you. And you have the gaul to come into this thread and outright attack and flame people for their personal obseverations and views. Flamefeast 2005: Flamestarter= YOU! Congrats a-hole. You get a prize! Your virtual a$$ served on a platter.

It's funny because I'm still waiting for ANY proof from you that Apple DOESN'T intinitally make it so darn scratch prone! Ahh... but there IS NONE! All we have is solid, hard, REAL WORLD, hands-on proof that the iPod is a Hell of a lot more scratch prone than it needs to be. I have a ton of other PLASTIC portable electronics/appliances. Are they made of similar material? HELL YES! Do they scratch like an iPod?? HELL NO! So what is Apple doing to their iPods that makes them so delicate and WHY?!?

You're seriously stupid if you don't think it's actually methodical/intentional. You don't think that they pay literally MILLIONS of dollars to a design and tech team?? And don't you think that MILLION dollar design and tech team take into account the materials and possible problems with said materials??

You're a bigger a$$ than I initally thought you were if you don't think that Apple is fully aware of their scratch magnet iPods and have BUILT THEM THAT WAY ON PURPOSE! Nothing about the iPod is an "accident". Steve Jobs is too much of a prefectionist to do otherwise and he's made his billions because of it.

Now, here's a quarter, kid: go buy yourself a clue and with the leftover change buy yourself some manners.





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FallN and Interpol: enough with the bickering back and forth. I'd prefer to leave this thread open, but if you two can't get along I will close the thread.




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