Apple wins dispute over ipod.com URL

Apple has now won a dispute to claim the iPod.com web site URL address and will have the site ownership transferred to Apple. Fusible.com reports that the Apple first filed a complaint about the ownership of iPod.com back in May with the World Intellectual Property Organization. The iPods.com URL was first secured by an unknown party way back in 2002, according to an article in TechCrunch. Until recently, the iPod.com address took its visitors to a MP3 download site. It's unknown why Apple decided now was the time to contest the ownership of the iPod.com web site.

Ironically, Apple has won the rights to the iPod.com address at a time when sales of its iPod media player have declined. In the past few years, sales of the iPod line have gone down thanks to increased sales of the iPhone and most recently the iPad.

Apple has had a history of buying web site addresses based on the names of its products and features. The company has reportedly paid millions of dollars in some cases to secure certain URLs. Back in April it was reported that Apple paid a whopping $4.5 million for the iCloud.com URL to the Sweden-based company Xcerion. Apple officially announced its plans to launch its iCloud service in early June but the service itself won't launch until later this fall.

Fusible reports that in June Apple also acquired the iPhone4.com and WhiteiPhone.com URLs. It's currently unknown how much Apple paid for those web site addresses.

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15 Comments

sexypeperodri said,
Good news.

How is this good news at all? Apple has once again bullied a company into getting what it wants. Honesty these are the business practices our government should be looking into.

Kutster said,

How is this good news at all? Apple has once again bullied a company into getting what it wants. Honesty these are the business practices our government should be looking into.

If they paid them off then It's fair right? I mean it may mislead some customers who would go to ipod.com thinking it would relate to an ipod. (You never know some people may).

sexypeperodri said,
Good news.

HOW is this good news?

Apple announced the iPod in 2001, right? ipod.com was registered in _1998_! Yes, very fair...

time to create a device and call it 'neowin' that way I can make neowin mine even though it is x ages old. since I have the device I get the name

FireTalon said,
time to create a device and call it 'neowin' that way I can make neowin mine even though it is x ages old. since I have the device I get the name

Except you would have to get a trademark for Neowin and the hope that what is currently on this URL suddenly dissipaters and the site just becomes some kind of spam site with no real content on it...

Take note of this:

sales of the iPod line have gone down thanks to increased sales of the iPhone

Then remember this when people say that Zune failed or Microsoft was making a mistake by moving on to WP7 which is just the next generation of ZuneHD with a phone.

Being 'classic' to Microsoft's business model, they let go of the direct hardware production, and instead set specifications for OEMs to work with, and produce the WP7 hardware themselves. (Just like Windows did in the early 90s.)

Microsoft originally didn't even want to make the Zune hardware itself; they just wanted the hardware specificaitons upheld and the use of the Zune market technologies. All of which seem common today, but when they were introduced were not common.

Even the 4point pressure sensitive screen on the ZuneHD was truly unique at the time.

The Gorilla Glass on the ZuneHD also gave credibility that the technology worked and could be virtually scratch proof and not shatter easily.

(Apple tried to get use of Gorilla Glass, but failed, and thus tried to implement their own version, which was close in terms of scratch 'proof' but didn't include the 'flexibility', which is why the most common failure of an iPhone or iPod Touch is the screen 'cracking/shattering' due to the lack of flexibility they were not able to reproduce.)

WP7 phones have Gorilla Glass and should hold up better than anything out there. Which for casual users that don't want to worry about screen protectors and sitting on the phone and cracking the screen is comforting. (Too bad this is never used in the marketing, and even the dim bulbs at the Cell Phone stores have no concept of, when they have a customer what wants simple and rugged.)


So ya, Phones and 3G/4G connected devices are the future. ZuneHD and iPod Touch are of the past.

"The iPods.com URL was first secured by an unknown party way back in 2002"

You mean iPod.com, forget the s

sales of the iPod line have gone down thanks to increased sales of the iPhone and most recently the iPad.

Dont agree with this, other apple products are not the sole reason for sales decline. Other devices as well as more people using laptops with all their media on them are all contributing factors to the decline. Who buys an iPad to replace an iPod? its like the family car breaking down so bob goes and buys a truck. Becuase its bigger.

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