A Photo of a Burn From a Flaming iPod

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By now have probably heard a story or two about flaming iPods. After a lengthy investigation, a Seattle TV station managed to score documents from the Consumer Product Safety Commission that shed light on how common this problem really is.

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It took more than 7-months for KIRO 7 Consumer Investigator Amy Clancy to get her hands on documents concerning Apple's iPods from the Consumer Product Safety Commission because Apple's lawyers filed exemption after exemption. In the end, the CPSC released more than 800 pages which reveal, for the very first time, a comprehensive look that shows, on a number of occasions, iPods have suddenly burst into flames, started to smoke, and even burned their owners.

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Within that 800 pages of information, 15 minor burn and fire related incidents reported by iPod owners are discussed. KIRO goes on to describe several of these incidents and how Apple knew that there were defective batteries out there, yet did nothing about it. With over 170 million iPods in circulation, it's not surprising that Apple is trying to keep things quiet. A recall would come at a huge expense—and with that amount of product on the shelves, there is bound to be a few anomalies here and there. The CPSC agrees with this point, claiming that there are not enough cases thus far to warrant any further action.

It probably doesn't matter anyway. As Fake Steve points out, the Seattle connection points to a Microsoft conspiracy. And the burns? Masochists with cigarettes looking for a quick buck most likely. Besides, even if iPods did burn you, you still wouldn't buy a Zune. [KIRO 7 via Fake Steve / Image via Daily HaHa]

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LindsayJoy
LindsayJoy's MBP is into S+M

Getting second and third degree burns from my beloved Apple products seems like ritual now. I feel like they are branding me.

Burns from Apple products = S&M love!

This is a message. They are telling us we are their slaves and how we have to constantly "chase the keynote" by getting that high of having what is new for the next 6 months. Until we HAVE TO buy again. Unless we will never get that thrill again.

Ahhh....that perfect packaging. The Apple Stickers. The long black envelope that you pop open on your new computer to get to the install disks, that power cord so beautifully wound from the factory, and that computer in its clear condom protecting it from scratches .

That feeling of warmth when you know you one year old MacBook Pro is now obsolete and what a beautiful "secondary" computer it will be.

Or how that 160GB iPod will be used so well disk in mode while you peel off the clear "faux screen display" from your $400 32GB iPod touch with the apps printed on it.

Wait...what was I talking about? I need a fix! I'm coming 3k 17 inch unibody MackBook Pro!