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  • Free iPods to the Rescued Chilean Miners... But From Who?



    Assuming, of course, that you haven't been stuck in a hole yourself, there's a good chance you've heard about the thirty-three rescued Chilean miners who were recently plucked from the bowels of the earth following a harrowing two month arrest beneath tons of rock and equally insurmountable odds against their survival.

    Well, amidst the deluge of public support from every corner of the globe, Apple CEO Steve Jobs is also showing his love to the freed miners through a free donation of iPods to each of the men who had been perilously trapped beneath the earth. In addition to other generous gifts and donations that have come from a wealth of both prominent and unknown contributors, each miner - who reportedly earns only $1,600 per month - is now being courted about everything from book deals to feature film offers.

    But the free iPods seem to be generating the most attention, although there have been mixed reports as to whether the devices came directly from Jobs or the marketing people at Apple. Either way, the Cupertino tech-giant has netted some favorable headlines as a result of the donation, which - all things considered - is actually one of the smallest offers to the minors from a company the size of Apple. Still, it's understood that the rescued men greatly appreciate the gesture.

    Reuters
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Free iPods to the Rescued Chilean Miners... But From Who? started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 38 Comments
    1. jeffhuys's Avatar
      jeffhuys -
      That's cool! And ofcourse they "appreciate the gesture"! Free iPods!
    1. Snozberries's Avatar
      Snozberries -
      I'm trapped in the bowels of Springfield, MA and I don't see any iPod/iPod touch getting mailed to my sorry @$$!!
    1. dq13's Avatar
      dq13 -
      It was 3 months, not two (69 days) and it was more than a few tons of rocks, actually, the rock that trapped them was 700.000 TONS !!! holly crap!!

      like said on the OP, a free ipod is the smallest donation they have gotten, but still free ipod is sweet and considering that apple has nothing to do with the news, its nice to see them getting involved
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      "minors". Lol.
    1. ~Steve Jobs~'s Avatar
      ~Steve Jobs~ -
      Last weeks news on MacDailyNews.
    1. boxxa's Avatar
      boxxa -
      I am sure it would have been a lot better received if they did this while they were trapped and not after they are back on the surface.
    1. mirogster's Avatar
      mirogster -
      With all respect to Apple marketing team, this is pathetic and abusive expoitation of that case. Running on their 'fame', good luck and hype.
      If'd they all die, then what....free ipods for families??
    1. alexevo's Avatar
      alexevo -
      Good story Mike
    1. TheYoungHustla's Avatar
      TheYoungHustla -
      Who CARES where they are coming from? Seriously
    1. Jahooba's Avatar
      Jahooba -
      The joke is on the miners: none of them own a computer to link with iTunes...
    1. calebratm's Avatar
      calebratm -
      +1 ^ lol maybe jobs should have coughed up 33 mbp's that would have been a hell of a donation
    1. anekin007's Avatar
      anekin007 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jahooba View Post
      The joke is on the miners: none of them own a computer to link with iTunes...
      Haha true most of my family in 3rd world countries wouldn't know what to do with one. What's the price of the iPod $100? Instead of a useless iPod why not give them a good meal? More cigarettes? Or even a hooker! lol
    1. EskimoRuler's Avatar
      EskimoRuler -
      Quote Originally Posted by anekin007 View Post
      Haha true most of my family in 3rd world countries wouldn't know what to do with one. What's the price of the iPod $100? Instead of a useless iPod why not give them a good meal? More cigarettes? Or even a hooker! lol
      I agree, the gesture is nice don't get me wrong, but I hope they are getting support in other ways as well. Like on there houses or payments, being stuck for two month Im sure has put a toll on the families and their incomes
    1. macman05's Avatar
      macman05 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jahooba View Post
      The joke is on the miners: none of them own a computer to link with iTunes...
      I was thinking the SAME thing! lol - most of em sound like they live in third world living arrangements, some dont even have power or internet..

      They will have a shiny ipod, a flat one that needs charging and then its just a shiny object with no computer to link it too.

      Apple should of given em the macs to go with the dam things!

      Disgraceful.
    1. nicolas9977's Avatar
      nicolas9977 -
      Some of the comments here are just wrong. I was born and raised in chile and moved to the states in 1989 and I can tell you that as a society the chilean culture is much like Europe. Their love of electronics and gadgets is as strong as Americans. From experience I can tell you that the majority of the population there knows how to Skype and their cellular phone structure and plans would make any American jealous. There is a reason why those miners came out alive. The country rallied around and got the job done.
    1. madczech's Avatar
      madczech -
      Quote Originally Posted by macman05 View Post
      I was thinking the SAME thing! lol
      whats so funny about that??
    1. tudtran's Avatar
      tudtran -
      Those guys are famous
    1. AnthonyGiola's Avatar
      AnthonyGiola -
      No really... Did Messany really misspell Miners?

      "Minors"
      LMAO
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      Maybe I should go in a hole for 2 1/2 months...
    1. NSXrebel's Avatar
      NSXrebel -
      Quote Originally Posted by Zokunei View Post
      "minors". Lol.
      +1

      Quote Originally Posted by Jahooba View Post
      The joke is on the miners: none of them own a computer to link with iTunes...
      You're a effin' ID10T. And you don't necessarily need a Mac to sync to any iDevice. There is also iTunes for Windows.

      Quote Originally Posted by ViiOLENT.HD// View Post
      No really... Did Messany really misspell Miners?

      "Minors"
      LMAO
      This guy, how did he get to "write" "stories" on this site? Is he personal friends with the staff? Some journalist he is. Surprised he's not writing another BS VZW/iPhone rumor.