Slideshow doesn't mention ipod support

Bug #538425 reported by Lightbreeze on 2010-03-13
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ubiquity-slideshow-ubuntu (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Binary package hint: ubiquity

In the slide titled "Music and movies in Ubuntu" it reads:
"Plug in an MP3 player to start synchronizing your music collection, or insert a CD to copy its music to your computer."

The iPod brand is a household name and I believe it would be worth mentioning in the slideshow.

Also,,+mp3,+ipod suggests that many more people are familiar with 'iPod' rather than 'MP3 player'.

Colin Watson (cjwatson) on 2010-03-15
affects: ubiquity (Ubuntu) → ubiquity-slideshow-ubuntu (Ubuntu)
Dylan McCall (dylanmccall) wrote :

I was thinking the same thing, Lightbreeze. MP3 player is an odd term to use at this point. Just "iPod" sounds a bit ugly, too, though, mainly because we aren't Apple and can't at all guarantee that the iPod brand will work. Need a snappy way of saying "...a music player, like an iPod,..."

"Portable media player" - they play more than just music these days including talking books, podcasts, videos. Although out of the box we don't have a way of getting video onto these devices (unless they're mass storage devices) because Rhythmbox doesn't care about video.

Amusingly my ancient iRiver IHP-140 has the moniker "multi-codec jukebox". Snappy huh?

Changed in ubiquity-slideshow-ubuntu (Ubuntu):
status: New → In Progress
Dylan McCall (dylanmccall) wrote :

Ah, yes, the good old pocket-sized jukeboxes :)

Latest version almost said "iPod", but I wimped out and the last line ended up:

“Plug in an MP3 player to start synchronizing your music collection, or insert a CD to copy songs to your computer.”
(That particular text is by Matt Griffin, who made it sound much better than I did... although I somehow missed that it changed back to MP3 Player from Portable Music Player. Oh well, strings are rigid now. On the list for Maniacal Mongoose).

As I went about updating the content, Various reasons came to mind for avoiding the brand mention:

As mentioned, Apple has the upper hand there in that they can just say "your iPod" and assume nobody owns anything else. We can't do that ;)
This is a long-term release, iPods are notoriously difficult to support. We really can't expect ANY iPods to work by Lucid's end of life. (Although hopefully the necessary libraries will see some backports; I'm not a _complete_ pessimist).
As I understand it, we would need to add a trademark notice, and I for one hate those things.

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