I finally got my paws on an iPod, but not without running afoul of the idiocy of Apple’s sales and marketing people. I find it interesting that Apple paid to get most department store catalogues to pimp their products when they refused to deliver said products to the stores in time for the catalogue run.
The monkeys at Next Byte were their usual mindless selves and no help whatsoever. A run around town resulted in the same thing. Finally, a ring around of stores resulted in yet the same story. No iPods. No idea when they’ll arrive. Apple won’t part with information.
There was the distinct feeling that Apple are not making themselves any friends with their retailers, several were more than happy to give tell me their woes. After having to tell customers that they don’t have stock of the advertised product and have no idea when they will, I don’t blame them.
I ended up having to deal with the horror of the online Apple store. That was not a joyous experience. I wouldn’t have minded the inconvenience of their crap ID check if I was informed up front, I object when I get an e-mail on a Friday afternoon that can’t be replied to until after the Apple monkeys have left for the day. Wonderful timing to hold my order up for the weekend through their incompetence. I was no a happy camper. It certainly didn’t help their case that their idea of e-mail looks exactly like a phishing scam.
Now I’m left wondering if it was such a great choice. One of co-workers iPods has died the death and it’s less than a month old. Apple have been keeping iPod problems very quiet, happily claiming that each fault is unique and never admitting to the possibility of a wider reaching series of problems.
Journalist Peter Cotton is now on his fifth iPod and Apple’s
no comment is wearing a bit thin.
I decided it was time to go to the top. I called the managing director’s office, where an assistant heard me out. Within hours I had a call from Apple Australia’s marketing director, Arno Lenior. He apologised for his staff’s failure to return calls but refused to say anything about the five failed iPods.
No commentwas Lenior’s only comment. NotThis is most unusualorSorry about those iPods. No. It wasNo comment, and he said it about 20 times as I peppered him with questions about the efficacy of iPod technology, about other people’s experience of the iPod, and why Apple was prepared to trumpet the brilliance of this music machine but was unwilling to talk when there was a problem. No Comment. So I asked whether Apple ever commented for stories about hardware failure.We do sometimes,Lenior says,but in this case: no comment.
I got a similar idiotic, whining
Nobody else complains, when I queried their business practices. Apple really need to lift their game before they shoot themselves in the foot
Update: My colleague had no problems getting his iPod replaced, aside from the delay of getting a new one shipped out to him. He expected to get stuck in a repair cycle, but they didn’t even suggest that.
His conversation with the store was interesting. The guy stated that this was the first iPod Photo that had stopped working, but he mentioned that the previous generation were buggy and died constantly. These comments are from the store point of view of what is coming back through them, they personally have seen many buggy units, and it would explain the no questions swap.
I had a new power supply for the PC blow a week after I installed it. My friend got the same model at the same time and his went too. Both were replaced with different models without a problem, but it does illustrate that occasionally you do get bad batch runs.
With any luck, my colleague’s problem was an anomoly and is not endemic to the series. Hopefully it shouldn’t affect my iPod Mini or his iPod Photo replacement.