In a Chicago Tribune report Apple reps boldly defended the iPod—I don't know why they would need to—and also officially said that the iPod has a four year lifespan. Apple defended their iPods from the complaints that have been received lately regarding faulty and dysfunctional players. Apple spokesperson, Natalie Kerris, said that the iPods have a failure rate of less than 5 percent. What exactly defines a failure, though? My battery has shit out on me on my third generation iPod, is that considered a failure? It still works, but for only a couple hours before needed a recharge. Kerris also noted the four-year lifespan of the iPods. Makes sense, really. The lifespan of any new gadget is generally 3-5 years. Image courtesy of podstar.com
iPods have 4-year-life, says Apple [MacWorld]
Update: Larry Angell, over at iLounge, found some truth behind this story. It is simply just a misquote. Kind of funny on the Tribune's part.
Apple spokeswoman Natalie Kerris has confirmed to iLounge that she was misquoted in a Chicago Tribune article on failing iPods published earlier this week. The article had quoted her as saying that iPods have a low failure rate and that they are designed to last four years. Kerris said she told the reporter that the iPod was designed to last "for years"—not "four years." The Tribune has yet to correct its original report.