That Controversial iPod Touch Software Upgrade
I recently got Firmware 1.1.3 for my iPod Touch. So far, the only noticeable difference was a change in the appearance of the dock and some enhancements to the icons.
I was excited to learn that 5 new apps were available for the iPod Touch, notably Mail, Maps and Notes -- previously available only to the iPhone. I really wanted to have these in my iPod Touch. I resisted having to Jailbreak the iPod to install these apps and more. And I waited exactly for the software upgrade.
Only to be disappointed later to learn that the software upgrade wasn't free. In the US it cost $20. Outside, plus taxes, it could cost more.
I made some mental calculations, knowing that the peso had gained against the dollar. The cost would not even reach P1,000 so I started to make a purchase through the iTunes Music Store (ITMS).
But that only dissappointed me more -- since I'm registered in the Philippines, I could not buy anything from ITMS. I would have to get iTunes gift cards and redeem them in order to buy the software upgrade.
As I surfed the web for workarounds, it became obvious that many people were displeased that the iPod software upgrade was not for free. And I got to thinking, they do have a point, actually. Why?
My 16gb iPod Touch cost as much as the 8gb iPhone ($299). The iPod does not have all the apps available to iPhone. You may argue that the extra gigabytes make up for it, but if you consider the other features of the iPhone -- a camera, Bluetooth, and yes, a cell phone -- you begin to see that the iPod deserves more.
So I checked out the petition (Read the TUAW article) but I did not sign because I was unhappy with the wording of the petition itself. Instead, I simply sent a complaint through Apple's website by email and through the forums.