It happens all too often. You turn your back, and bam! Your iPod is gone. It's been pinched. Jacked. Stolen. In fact, well over 50 million iPods have been taken illegally. One tragic murder has been attributed to a stolen iPod, and consumers have spent millions of dollars replacing their jacked players. If you're one of the victims of this gadget crime spree, how pissed off would you be if you discovered that Apple has the ability to report, disable, or at least help track these stolen goods? After the jump, I'll take a look at what can be done.
But after millions of complaints about their inability to track, recover, or at least disable stolen iPods, Apple has finally decided to make a move. In a recent patent application, Apple is proposing a plan that if an iPod is plugged into an unauthorized recharging device, it will not recharge. Rendering the iPod useless after the remaining charge runs out, this is a huge step in the right direction.
A bigger step would be to actually track the units when they're plugged into a computer. It's easy to see that Apple wishes to help out honest consumers, but doesn't want to get into the policing business (even though it willing does so when it comes to copyrights), but it seems to me that more can be done, and if you have any suggestions, by all means put them in the comments below. As an iPod user, I'm just glad to see that steps are in motion to make my iPod less attractive to Apple Jackers.
An audio engineer based in Atlanta, Leslie Shapiro has been covering consumer electronics for almost a decade. Her work has appeared in many publications, including Sound & Vision, Crutchfield Advisor, and How Stuff Works as well as AOL. A longtime consultant and legal advisor for the electronics industry, she has a penchant for Bianchi and Colnago Italian bikes, and her favorite word is "synchronicity."