Now, when I first read it, I was like, “Damn, Mitch is calling people like me out. And he’s a lot smarter than me. This sucks.”
But, I looked into it a bit more. Now, it may be the case that Apple is trying only to stop people from using the word pod, but I think we get into semantics at this point. For example, here.
The whole thing has been revolving around Podcast Ready, and Apple’s trying to get them to stop using the terms Podcast Ready and myPodder. Sure, they may be trying to go after the “pod” portion, but if that’s the case, then aren’t they in effect going after the term podcast by extension?
iPod? I understand that, it’s their product and they have every right to protect it.
Pod? Well, that’s just a vessel to get me delicious peas, so I have a problem with that.
And, because pod is part of podcast, they are in effect trying to trademark podcast or at least stop people from using it because removing pod would stop the use of the word podcast.
So, while Apple may not “technically” be trying to stop people from using “podcast”, their efforts to get people to stop using pod is virtually the same thing with the same outcome if they are successful. And I think there’s a bigger issue here.
People seem to go on and on about Apple being this wonderful company and being so “with it” and forging new ground. Why, when they try to stop people from using words in the English language, do they get a pass? What do you think would happen if Wal-Mart tried to get contractors to stop using the word “wall?” Or if Microsoft tried to stop people from telling each other to open the windows?
Oh, I forgot, they’re the big, bad corporation and Apple’s just the little guy, right?
Update: Now that the letter is out there, does this change things? Yes and no. I think that some of the language in the letter was overblown and taken out of context, but I still have an issue with one part.
Namely, the statement that the term “POD has been adopted and used extensively in the marketplace by consumers as an abbreviation to refer to Apple’s IPOD player.” This still is a focus on the term POD, which I struggle with. Besides, if the CONSUMER adopted the abbreviation, shouldn’t Apple be going after the consumer?
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