trivial irritations in General off-topic discussions Posted August 23, 2006 I was actually going to post a bit of a rant here earlier which, funnily enough, relates to this whole topic of marketing and advertising. One company that I really can't stand at the moment is Apple. There has been so much hype about iPods the past couple of years... pretty much everyone I know ran out and bought one. I refused to, mainly due to the hype, and also because I had a perfectly good, albeit less fashionable, mp3 player. Last week someone gave me an iPod nano, and since it was a gift I figured I may as well use it. It is a total piece of shit. It's frustrating to use and ridiculously fragile. I'm handling it with extreme care yet it is already covered in scratches and the wheel thingy is stuffed - I took it into the Apple shop and they told me I would have to PAY to have the wheel calibrated. They then advised me to purchase a plastic cover for it - the cheapest of which cost $50. **** that! I'm listing it on eBay in the hope that some sucker will buy it off me.