Shh. Don’t tell anyone, but iPod users have ‘pirated’ stuff on those things

Who would have guessed — iPod users have ‘pirated’ stuff on those things: (From the Wall Street Journal [free feature]) “This intersection between consumer technology and piracy isn’t something most companies are eager to talk about. (Apple declined to comment.) But because Apple CEO Steve Jobs is being touted as the savior of the beleaguered recording industry, it is at least worth exploring how all those iPods he is selling to the public are really being used.”

Sidenote: Is it just me, or does this following sentence seem awfully “bloglike” for a newspaper article:

“It didn’t take long after Apple introduced its new product for crafty Netizens to start sharing movies and TV shows formatted for the device (do a Google search with the words “torrent,” “video” and “iPod,” if you don’t believe me, or visit

I added the boldface: since when do newspaper reporters go conversationally snarky in the middle of a news story? Break it down and this “exposé” of iPod “pirated content” is a thinly veiled how-to guide for iPod users on how to find such content.

Update: I guess this is a column, not a news story, so I stand corrected on the part about the “style” of writing. I still think he’s winking at the reader, however.

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One thought on “Shh. Don’t tell anyone, but iPod users have ‘pirated’ stuff on those things

  1. well tis i guess not new to apple since they’ve been doing this for the past years now since they introduce the ipod.

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