Steve Jobs sends Chilean miners iPods

The story of the Chilean miners is nothing short of extraordinary. After surviving the collapse of the mine and then surviving for 69 days underground, 33 men have quickly captured the hearts of all who followed this incredible rescue operation. 

For the men, who averaged about $1,600 a month working in the mine, this is has been a life changing experience on many levels. While book deals, movie deals and a generous singer giving each of them $10,000 all are on the list of things they have received, Steve Jobs has reportedly also sent each of them a brand new iPod, as reported by Reuters.     

The donation of the iPods does not distinguish if Steve Jobs made the donation or if Apple itself gave them the new iPods, but either way, it makes for good marketing. 

The events that unfolded in Chile, while traumatic for those who were trapped, has ended with the best possible outcome. All 33 miners have made it safely back to the surface after the nightmare that will surely go down as one of the greatest rescues of all time.

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TIP OF THE DAY: Did you know Apple products have a retail price in Chile of twice the amount a normal US customer has to pay?? So if an iPod price is $200 in US, the price in Chile will be $400 (and it is not a matter of currency conversion!)... Don't forget there's a BIG difference between the household incomes of these two countries.

Shame on you mr. Jobs!! At least afford a decent way of promoting your products.

Michael Schumacher donated 10 million dollar to the Tsunami disaster, so I don't see why 33 iPods should get headlines....seriously...sigh

Everyone going on about the sun glasses company im sure they where asked to help since the miners did need glasses...... for medical reasons as for steve jobs if he wanted free publicy with the money he and apple have they could have donated 33 million usd one million for each of the miners and there familys but ipods give me a break............ PS all the people going on about how poor they think chilly is remember there are people living on 19k in the us and uk.

ipods? what a dick, he should at least given them money and not some ipod that is said to be "new" and not used. If he really wanted to help them, he should have given them money or at least an apple product to sell on ebay that would get them some money.

probably has been said already. what would have been a nice gesture is an iPhone with a 5 year subscription plan to make sure they are always connected to the outside world. An iPod? what in the world was he thinking?

If I were trapped for over 2 months the last thing on my mind would be getting a shiny toy from Apple. But obviosuly it worked: It made many headlines and there's already over 100 comments on Neowin's post alone. Steve Jobs could sneeze and make the evening news. It's absolutely phenominal to observe.

C_Guy said,
If I were trapped for over 2 months the last thing on my mind would be getting a shiny toy from Apple. But obviosuly it worked: It made many headlines and there's already over 100 comments on Neowin's post alone. Steve Jobs could sneeze and make the evening news. It's absolutely phenominal to observe.

Yes, you've made 2 comments yourself. What's your point?

Ha ha, good gesture? He should of sent them their most expensive MAC, he just did this so they go spend what little cash they have on their products.

I always try to resist reading the comments on these news articles because it's extremely frustrating and depressing to see how many pompous retards their are.

I'm curious ... isn't this old news???

I read somewhere that Steve Jobs did send iPods to the Chilean miners but WHEN THEY WERE TRAPPED not after being rescued.

Unless this is a deja vu ... x.x

Ridiculous. Lame publicity. Come on, an ipod?? Gotta be kidding. Oprah gave one CAR to every person in her studio audience. Apple Inc , ok, Steve Jobs...(!!!) gave the miners what, $100 to build ipods? Makes me want to puke...

Assume that they did it for publicity. If so:

So. What.

If it makes even a few of these miners happy, that's all that matters. Find it a bit pathetic really that some people always focus on the negative side of things, especially given who was the sender in this case.

It's a nice gesture but kind of late -- they should have sent them once they knew about them being trapped down there! That would have kept them busy and entertained...

Donations that I saw....

Apple - Donated iPods to get their name out
Oakley - Donated Sunglasses to help the miners transition from the darkness to the light AND to get their name out.
Singer - Donated 10k each out of the kindness of their heart
Business man - Donated 10k each - Donated 10k each out of the kindness of their heart

Those iPods preloaded with iDigit?
Apple should rather take care of the people making the iPhone, they are propably worse of than the miners (no disrespect). And yeah, giving each of them 400 bucks is way better then an ipod!

It's sad how in this day companies do not give items for compassion, but for their marketing/public image.

I don't see this is "you just went through something terrible so we want to give you this because we care" as much as it's "if we give you these iPods it will make our company look like we actually care about people."

Mwright91 said,
So Bill Gates gives millions to numerous causes....Jobs gives Ipods..Nice

Nobody really compares to Bill Gates when it comes to charity.

tmaxxtigger said,
So to all the complainers, what did YOU give, yeah, thought so...

If I had the money to give, I would. I have also given way more to charities this year than what an iPod is worth.

tmaxxtigger said,
So to all the complainers, what did YOU give, yeah, thought so...

So to you, do you have a billion dollars sitting in your pocket, and only donate $5,000? Oh no, that's just Steve Jobs.

How the heck does this effect any of you. You werent the ones trapped for 69 days. You really arent paying for them to recieve the free items.. Some of you have no sympathy for other people.

I dont think they 'deserved' the presents, its not like they didnt know the dangers of working that far underground.

At least they now get to go on a nice holiday above ground and out in the open listening to thier ipods

keith101 said,
I dont think they 'deserved' the presents, its not like they didnt know the dangers of working that far underground.

At least they now get to go on a nice holiday above ground and out in the open listening to thier ipods

You are right. They should have given them to the rescuers.

Tha Bloo Monkee said,
Another cheap publicity stunt. "Look how generous we are! Write news articles on how nice we are!".

I'm curious if Apple wrote the Press Release for this story. I bet they did. They're a disgraceful company (So is Sony, Oakley, and the others that did this)

andrewbares said,

I'm curious if Apple wrote the Press Release for this story. I bet they did. They're a disgraceful company (So is Sony, Oakley, and the others that did this)

Yea, but Sony send the PSP while they were still in the hole to help pass the time until they could get them out. I agree with Oakley tho just wanting to get their name out.

And they will sell those ipods as they most likely don't have Macs to hook them up to, or the money to go about buying MP3's off the itunes store.

shakey said,
And they will sell those ipods as they most likely don't have Macs to hook them up to, or the money to go about buying MP3's off the itunes store.
yeah, because you need a Mac to use an iPod

and i'm pretty sure they'll be flocking to the iTunes store to pay for music

timster said,
yeah, because you need a Mac to use an iPod

and i'm pretty sure they'll be flocking to the iTunes store to pay for music

Well, itunes does work a lot better on a mac... It just wasn't coded to be friendly to non apple pc's.

ncoday said,
Anyone want to take bets on how fast those ipods will be sold?

Depends on if they want them or not, but it's more money in their pockets that they deserve.

ahhell said,

That's kind of a ****ty thing to say.

I think you missed what he said. He did not say "than they deserver", but "that they deserve" implying they deserve the money

If there ever were a time I'd want an iPod it'd be stuck down a mine shaft for two months while Lassie gets help. Not, however, when I got out.

Rather odd timing....

Anything free is worth taking, specially if it's a modern gadget.

Doesn't matter if the reason behind it is just to jump on the bandwagon, it's free stuff.

Looks like some jewish business man gave 10k each to the miners as well....Apple has dropped the ball, again. Individuals donate/give more than a company worth billions...

techbeck said,
Looks like some jewish business man gave 10k each to the miners as well....Apple has dropped the ball, again. Individuals donate/give more than a company worth billions...

Dropped the ball? Jeez man, it's free iPods ... Apple didn't have to do anything. But they game them free iPods. Pretty much not dropping the ball there.

Spirit Dave said,

Dropped the ball? Jeez man, it's free iPods ... Apple didn't have to do anything. But they game them free iPods. Pretty much not dropping the ball there.

At most a $400 device that they may or may not be able to use. Individuals donated a hell of a lot more that a company worth billions. So yes, Apple had an opportunity to do something big as well as good and they dropped the ball and took the cheap way, again. And yes, they didnt have to do anything but some times doing nothing is better than making a weak effort.

techbeck said,

At most a $400 device that they may or may not be able to use. Individuals donated a hell of a lot more that a company worth billions. So yes, Apple had an opportunity to do something big as well as good and they dropped the ball and took the cheap way, again. And yes, they didnt have to do anything but some times doing nothing is better than making a weak effort.

i think you need to explain this one... how is not having an ipod better than actually having one???

your logic seems flawed. heavily flawed.

houlty said,

i think you need to explain this one... how is not having an ipod better than actually having one???

your logic seems flawed. heavily flawed.

Giving someone a device they may not be able to use or half assing a donation...think about it. Shows Apple only cares as long as they get their name out and in the news....especially when individuals are donating more. And apple picked on of their cheapest products to give as well.

My logic is not flawed, your understanding is.

houlty said,

i think you need to explain this one... how is not having an ipod better than actually having one???

your logic seems flawed. heavily flawed.

just give it up. techbeck is known for being an apple hater on the forums. to him, owning anything apple is a flaw so he cant comprehend how having something apple is better than not having something apple. everyone with any non biased form of logic will agree that giving people something for free is better than not giving anything at all.

ILikeTobacco said,

just give it up. techbeck is known for being an apple hater on the forums. to him, owning anything apple is a flaw so he cant comprehend how having something apple is better than not having something apple. everyone with any non biased form of logic will agree that giving people something for free is better than not giving anything at all.

Right, because I am the only one here saying Apple could of done more or that an iPod is a useless gift to give to them.

Troll someplace else please

houlty said,

i think you need to explain this one... how is not having an ipod better than actually having one???

your logic seems flawed. heavily flawed.

Let's look at some logic:

Miner's Annual Income: $19,200
$1,600 a month * 12 months

That's not much to live off of. Maybe Apple could have donated actual cash (and something worthy, not $400) so that the miners could better feed and care for their family.

The ONLY reason Apple donated iPods was to gain more attention, marketing their products. And you guys are actually praising Apple??? Seriously, think about it. Someone who makes a donation for the sole reason of getting credit for it definitely doesn't have their heart in the right place.

techbeck said,

Right, because I am the only one here saying Apple could of done more or that an iPod is a useless gift to give to them.

Troll someplace else please

where did i say you were the only one claiming it? the difference is you are on all apple posts flaming the company. you are in an argument with someone with a valid point and your bias blinds you. yes i am the troll here. grow up kid

ILikeTobacco said,

where did i say you were the only one claiming it? the difference is you are on all apple posts flaming the company. you are in an argument with someone with a valid point and your bias blinds you. yes i am the troll here. grow up kid

I dont post in every Apple thread. If you think so, then prove it. And I even post positive crap about Apple as well so get a clue dude. And yes, they were valid points people were making but I have a different opinion and I will express it. Its called debating and freedom of speech. Look it up.

And its funny how you single me out here....and hence the reason why you are a troll.

andrewbares said,

Let's look at some logic:

Miner's Annual Income: $19,200
$1,600 a month * 12 months

That's not much to live off of. Maybe Apple could have donated actual cash (and something worthy, not $400) so that the miners could better feed and care for their family.

The ONLY reason Apple donated iPods was to gain more attention, marketing their products. And you guys are actually praising Apple??? Seriously, think about it. Someone who makes a donation for the sole reason of getting credit for it definitely doesn't have their heart in the right place.

i am assuming you are accounting for the fact that the reason the richest in the nation donate to charities is for the very large tax breaks they get. thats just how america is. everyone wants something in return. very few people donate and dont want the tax breaks. THOSE are the people with hearts that give for something other than self gain. its easy to donate 1million a year if it means you only pay 1 million in taxes instead of 3 million. its a free 1 mil in your pocket.

ILikeTobacco said,

i am assuming you are accounting for the fact that the reason the richest in the nation donate to charities is for the very large tax breaks they get. thats just how america is. everyone wants something in return. very few people donate and dont want the tax breaks. THOSE are the people with hearts that give for something other than self gain. its easy to donate 1million a year if it means you only pay 1 million in taxes instead of 3 million. its a free 1 mil in your pocket.

I donate all the time and never claim it on my taxes. And how do you know that people who get the tax breaks dont have a good heart? They are GIVEN the tax breaks, they dont ask for it. If they asked or demanded the tax breaks, the I would agree with you.

techbeck said,

I donate all the time and never claim it on my taxes. And how do you know that people who get the tax breaks dont have a good heart? They are GIVEN the tax breaks, they dont ask for it. If they asked or demanded the tax breaks, the I would agree with you.

you arent rich are you? im talking about the ones where they get taxes a good chunk of their income. if they had a good heart, they would take that money left over from the tax break and give that too as it was money they wouldnt have gotten anyway.
lets say your income is 10 million. you pay your 1/3 in taxes so you are left with 6.6 million. or you give 1 million from that 10 million and get a tax break leaving you with 8 million. IF you did it because you have a good heart, you would give the 1.4 million you wouldn't have to a charity.

ILikeTobacco said,

if they had a good heart, they would take that money left over from the tax break and give that too as it was money they wouldnt have gotten anyway.

How do you know they dont do this? At least some of them. You are assuming a lot.

techbeck said,

How do you know they dont do this? At least some of them. You are assuming a lot.

And you are assuming that they do. You are right that some do do it but some != all or even most. You the one that is all adamant about how Apple and SJ are inherently evil. You tell me. Do you think Job's gives out of his heart that you think he doesn't have?

As far as the the comment on they don't ask for them. Who pays for the campaigns for the politicians that make the laws regarding tax breaks? Some how I don't think its the poor people that don't get tax breaks anyway. They are "given" the tax breaks by the people they help to get into that position. they don't ask for the tax breaks, the make them happen.

techbeck said,

Giving someone a device they may not be able to use or half assing a donation...think about it. Shows Apple only cares as long as they get their name out and in the news....especially when individuals are donating more. And apple picked on of their cheapest products to give as well.

My logic is not flawed, your understanding is.

yeah i guess you're right, if someone was handing out free stuff worth a few hundred dollars, i'd tell them to **** right off. /sarcasm

secondly, as for these good samaritans, why are they donating money?? they're miners, they knew the risks. what about all the families of the numerous miners who acutally die doing their job every year? i dont see rich people lining up to line their pockets, but i guess those people don't get the TV coverage. sucks for them i guess.

ILikeTobacco said,

And you are assuming that they do. You are right that some do do it but some != all or even most. You the one that is all adamant about how Apple and SJ are inherently evil. You tell me. Do you think Job's gives out of his heart that you think he doesn't have?

Never claimed that Apple or Jobs is evil. Just said I didnt like them. Also, I never assumed anything about the rich giving the tax breaks as donations. I just asked how you knew that some of them dont.


As far as the the comment on they don't ask for them. Who pays for the campaigns for the politicians that make the laws regarding tax breaks? Some how I don't think its the poor people that don't get tax breaks anyway. They are "given" the tax breaks by the people they help to get into that position. they don't ask for the tax breaks, the make them happen.

Right, because every rich person does this.

houlty said,

yeah i guess you're right, if someone was handing out free stuff worth a few hundred dollars, i'd tell them to **** right off. /sarcasm

Depending on what it was, I sure would and have done so in the past. Tho I dont say **** off I said no thank you.


secondly, as for these good samaritans, why are they donating money?? they're miners, they knew the risks. what about all the families of the numerous miners who acutally die doing their job every year? i dont see rich people lining up to line their pockets, but i guess those people don't get the TV coverage. sucks for them i guess.

There are still people in the world that give out of the kindness of their heart. Do you really need any other reason but that?

techbeck said,

Never claimed that Apple or Jobs is evil. Just said I didnt like them. Also, I never assumed anything about the rich giving the tax breaks as donations. I just asked how you knew that some of them dont.

Quote for me the part where I said that all rich people do this. Otherwise you are just making assumptions in what I think.

ILikeTobacco said,

Quote for me the part where I said that all rich people do this. Otherwise you are just making assumptions in what I think.



im talking about the ones where they get taxes a good chunk of their income. if they had a good heart, they would take that money left over from the tax break and give that too as it was money they wouldnt have gotten anyway. .

When you paint with a broad brush, others misinterpret things. And thats the last I will say to you on this subject.

techbeck said,

When you paint with a broad brush, others misinterpret things. And thats the last I will say to you on this subject.

So you admit to assuming. That, my friend, makes you a hypocrite. Don't call out someone for assuming something when you are assuming they are assuming.

ILikeTobacco said,

So you admit to assuming. That, my friend, makes you a hypocrite. Don't call out someone for assuming something when you are assuming they are assuming.

Yea, I admit when I make a mistake...unlike others. And if you would word and phrase what you are saying correctly instead of being in a hurry to slam and bash me, then maybe people would know what you are talking about and not assume.

And it is funny that you like to name call and cannot have a civil conversation. And that my friend is called being a troll.

Want to talk more, PM me but you wont like all the others.... I am done here and will go off and be a hypocrite someplace else. /s

Edited by techbeck, Oct 14 2010, 6:33pm :

techbeck said,

At most a $400 device that they may or may not be able to use. Individuals donated a hell of a lot more that a company worth billions. So yes, Apple had an opportunity to do something big as well as good and they dropped the ball and took the cheap way, again. And yes, they didnt have to do anything but some times doing nothing is better than making a weak effort.

Erm. No it's not. You need to understand the concept of cool free stuff.

andrewbares said,

Let's look at some logic:

Miner's Annual Income: $19,200
$1,600 a month * 12 months

That's not much to live off of. Maybe Apple could have donated actual cash (and something worthy, not $400) so that the miners could better feed and care for their family.

The ONLY reason Apple donated iPods was to gain more attention, marketing their products. And you guys are actually praising Apple??? Seriously, think about it. Someone who makes a donation for the sole reason of getting credit for it definitely doesn't have their heart in the right place.

Whats the cost of living in Chile?

What an odd gesture. An iPod isn't something that springs to mind as something I would give these people. A Mac, maybe. If they enjoy it, though, then I guess it's hard to argue that it was a bad gift. At least they're safe.

Mike Brown said,
What an odd gesture. An iPod isn't something that springs to mind as something I would give these people. A Mac, maybe. If they enjoy it, though, then I guess it's hard to argue that it was a bad gift. At least they're safe.

They will be able to mine with their music in the ears, this is pretty useful IMO. I'd be the first to mine with music on...
I understand that a computer is a better gift and everything, but how will they mine with a computer?

PsykX said,

They will be able to mine with their music in the ears, this is pretty useful IMO. I'd be the first to mine with music on...
I understand that a computer is a better gift and everything, but how will they mine with a computer?

I don't think they are going to need to mine for quite a while with all the money they will be receiving, each one already got 6 months wages from a singer.

Astral said,
What a disgusting ploy on behalf of Jobs and/or Apple. Philanthropy, this is not.

I don't see an Apple press release saying "Apple Provides Chilean Miners iPods in an Unprecedented Philantrophic Move."

It's just something fun for their long boring time there, give them a break.

Grayski said,
Could have done with those BEFORE they came up to keep them entertained

Lol this is beyond stupid... but I had the exact same thought XD

Its cool and all, but Apple could of done MUCH MUCH more. However, the singer, whoever they are, giving them 10k each is really cool. Makes me want to get stuck in a hole for a while... Also, Oakley gave each of them $400 sunglasses.

techbeck said,
Its cool and all, but Apple could of done MUCH MUCH more. However, the singer, whoever they are, giving them 10k each is really cool. Makes me want to get stuck in a hole for a while... Also, Oakley gave each of them $400 sunglasses.

No, they are $180 sunglasses

chisss said,

No, they are $180 sunglasses

I saw 400 one place, and 180 others. But Oakley did the same thing as Apple. They just want to get their name out and in the news.

techbeck said,
Its cool and all, but Apple could of done MUCH MUCH more. However, the singer, whoever they are, giving them 10k each is really cool. Makes me want to get stuck in a hole for a while... Also, Oakley gave each of them $400 sunglasses.

You think of Oakley, you think of sunglasses & not billions in profits or products selling for thousands of dollars. So now they can buy from iTunes -- how wonderfully altruistic of Jobs/Apple. MS was providing logistical support which could benefit all involved. Apple could have, maybe should at least support something like an organization for mine safety that would have some sort of impact. That said, on the plus side they didn't contribute to the design of the capsule that lifted the miners to safety. ;-)

Mr Spoon said,
Huh?
I bet they don't even have computers to put music on the silly devices, which aren't even MP3 players!

Why aren't they supposed to have any computers?

Mr Spoon said,
Huh?
I bet they don't even have computers to put music on the silly devices, which aren't even MP3 players!

They aren't MP3 players? This is strange, because I own at least 2 thousands of MP3s on my iPod since the last 5 years.

PsykX said,

They aren't MP3 players? This is strange, because I own at least 2 thousands of MP3s on my iPod since the last 5 years.

I believe the files are actually converted into something else.

Stupid. So what, are they suppose to hook it up to that $1,000 Mac they own? Then log into iTunes and spend hundreds of dollars to download music? What a worthless gift.

no-sweat said,
Stupid. So what, are they suppose to hook it up to that $1,000 Mac they own? Then log into iTunes and spend hundreds of dollars to download music? What a worthless gift.

... You don't need a Mac to use an iPod. I hook it up through my Windows 7 laptop. You also don't need to spend hundreds of dollars to download music if you have the music already. You can just put it all into iTunes. It even converts WMA for you if you imported your music through WMP already. So "worthless gift" is a pretty poor choice of words.

no-sweat said,
Stupid. So what, are they suppose to hook it up to that $1,000 Mac they own? Then log into iTunes and spend hundreds of dollars to download music? What a worthless gift.

Everything about this comment is just wrong

DMPeyerStrikesBack said,

... You don't need a Mac to use an iPod. I hook it up through my Windows 7 laptop. You also don't need to spend hundreds of dollars to download music if you have the music already. You can just put it all into iTunes. It even converts WMA for you if you imported your music through WMP already. So "worthless gift" is a pretty poor choice of words.

If they don't have a computer, then they can't use the iPod. He should have at least loaded it full to the brim with a lot of music. But he's not Gates after all, donating doesn't click in Job's mind.

no-sweat said,
Stupid. So what, are they suppose to hook it up to that $1,000 Mac they own? Then log into iTunes and spend hundreds of dollars to download music? What a worthless gift.

If it's an iPod Touch you can buy music directly on the device through the iTunes store, assuming you can find WiFi somewhere. So you don't need a Mac or a PC to drive it if you don't want. And I'd be surprised if they didn't throw in some kind of voucher for iTMS store credit.

andrewbares said,
If they don't have a computer, then they can't use the iPod. He should have at least loaded it full to the brim with a lot of music.

Yeah, computers definitely don't exist in Chile, everybody like me knows it's an underdeveloped country, so there's a 0% chance that the guys have a computer. Jobs should have given them a Mac, and electricity, and water. And an iPhone with a cellphone provider.
andrewbares said,
But he's not Gates after all, donating doesn't click in Job's mind

Indeed, the iPods concerned by this article, he never donated them, because donating never crosses his mind.

Edited by PyX, Oct 14 2010, 7:42pm :

I can hear Microsoft slapping their foreheads saying: doh! why didn't we think of this and give them new WP7 phones as a marketing tactic?

vincent said,
I can hear Microsoft slapping their foreheads saying: doh! why didn't we think of this and give them new WP7 phones as a marketing tactic?

I cant hear MS saying that. MS does a lot for charities as well as Mr Gates.

techbeck said,

I cant hear MS saying that. MS does a lot for charities as well as Mr Gates.

It doesn't get publicised though, this ipod give away is a nice marketing ploy due to all the attention the story is getting. Giving millions to charities isn't noticed but when you give 60 Chilean miners ipods it is news worthy

vincent said,
I can hear Microsoft slapping their foreheads saying: doh! why didn't we think of this and give them new WP7 phones as a marketing tactic?

Microsoft would give them either money or food, considering that's what they need most right now.

vincent said,
I can hear Microsoft slapping their foreheads saying: doh! why didn't we think of this and give them new WP7 phones as a marketing tactic?

Funny enough, that's exactly what I was thinking BEFORE reading this article.

stablemist said,

Microsoft would give them either money or food, considering that's what they need most right now.

Yeah I bet they need a US company to provide that for them...

I guess after being stuck underground for almost 3 months th first thing you'll want to do is go jogging and/or jam to some tunes

Good on Jobs tho

SHoTTa35 said,
Good on Jobs tho

How is that good? He didn't even "donate" anything! Jobs donating 33 iPods is like me donating a sock. So Jobs should definitely be praised...

SHoTTa35 said,
I guess after being stuck underground for almost 3 months th first thing you'll want to do is go jogging and/or jam to some tunes

Good on Jobs tho


Wouldn't it have been a lot more useful to give them loaded iPods WHEN they were stuck down there rather than now?

andrewbares said,

How is that good? He didn't even "donate" anything! Jobs donating 33 iPods is like me donating a sock. So Jobs should definitely be praised...

Is it a nice sock? And, can I have its mate? Seriously though, you are right, an iPod each is just a publicity scam.

andrewbares said,

How is that good? He didn't even "donate" anything! Jobs donating 33 iPods is like me donating a sock. So Jobs should definitely be praised...

Oh, I know. What a dick! HuH? /s

andrewbares said,

How is that good? He didn't even "donate" anything! Jobs donating 33 iPods is like me donating a sock. So Jobs should definitely be praised...


Yeah what an ******* for sending them a gift! What the hell is he thinking?!

Shadrack said,

Oh, I know. What a dick! HuH? /s

There were times when BillG and co would send computers with software to schools in low-income areas. They were criticized for not also sending Macs, Linux computers, etc. because if the kids in the school were only using Windows, then that is all the kids would learn to use, then later in life they would buy Windows computers rather than Macs or Linux boxes.

I enjoy watching how, for years, Apple fans would criticize. But the same happens now and it is "LEAVE STEVIE ALONE!"

I'd be more excited about this if Mr. Jobs also included a line of iTunes store credit... Sure, he's giving them iPods... How about when they have to fill them with tunes? That's certainly not free and I somehow missed the part were they were loaded with songs/itunes gift cards being included...

Though they seem to be in a good spot right now with the publicity and everybody wanting to jump on the bandwagon, I don't know, it just doesn't seem like much to write a press release about. I have to admit, if the story was 'Steve Jobs spits on small child' I wouldn't make the same complaints of it not being 'news.' Stupid bias!

.Neo said,

Yeah what an ******* for sending them a gift! What the hell is he thinking?!
He's thinking how can he get more face time for his iProducts in Chile. That's what he's thinking.

Gift for getting out alive? HA!

.Neo said,

Yeah what an ******* for sending them a gift! What the hell is he thinking?!

Yeah! Hear, hear! It's not good enough for us on Neowin, so you better listen up, Steve!!

.Neo said,

Yeah what an ******* for sending them a gift! What the hell is he thinking?!

He could have donated one of everything that Apple makes to each one of them AND all the rescuers and Apple would not have missed it!!

agreenbhm said,

Wouldn't it have been a lot more useful to give them loaded iPods WHEN they were stuck down there rather than now?

Lol true...

A prize that requires the winner to spend more money to load it with apps, music, games, etc... is known as a booby prize. I can't think of any prize draw that would give away a gaming console without at least one included game.

nohone said,

There were times when BillG and co would send computers with software to schools in low-income areas. They were criticized for not also sending Macs, Linux computers, etc. because if the kids in the school were only using Windows, then that is all the kids would learn to use, then later in life they would buy Windows computers rather than Macs or Linux boxes.

I enjoy watching how, for years, Apple fans would criticize. But the same happens now and it is "LEAVE STEVIE ALONE!"

I can picture how he sent the ipods.

steve calls secretary: "send those Chilean miners an ipod"

Calls press secretary: "We are sending the Chilean miners ipods!!! Get the word out NOW!!!"

Chuckles to himself...

agreenbhm said,

Wouldn't it have been a lot more useful to give them loaded iPods WHEN they were stuck down there rather than now?

That's exactly what I was thinking when I read the article...

Intrinsica said,

That's exactly what I was thinking when I read the article...

The miners requested to have MP3 (lets assume some have them) sent down but the rescue crew decided against it as it promotes anti-social behaviour in a stressful situation. And that someone listening to an iPod is less likely to hear any calls if there is any immediate danger. I see their point. So Jobs' iPods won't reach them even if he sent it on the first day.

Eddo89 said,

The miners requested to have MP3 (lets assume some have them) sent down but the rescue crew decided against it as it promotes anti-social behaviour in a stressful situation. And that someone listening to an iPod is less likely to hear any calls if there is any immediate danger. I see their point. So Jobs' iPods won't reach them even if he sent it on the first day.

I can see their point. I'd go mad without my music though. There's only so many times you can play rock, paper, scissors.

rdburke said,

He could have donated one of everything that Apple makes to each one of them AND all the rescuers and Apple would not have missed it!!

He could have done many things, including not sending them anything at all...