September 30, 2002 5:32 PM PDT

Apple pulls iPod in France

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Apple Computer has pulled its iPod music player from store shelves in France because the device is capable of producing noise levels that exceed government regulations.

The Mac maker confirmed Monday that it has stopped shipments in that country for the next 15 days as it works on a fix that will keep the device from producing more than the 100 decibel maximum allowed under French law.

Although the iPod has been on the market for nearly a year, Apple said in a statement that it has only recently learned of the problem.

"Apple has recently been made aware of an issue with its iPod product line's compliance with French law as it applies to sound output," the company said. "This issue is correctable with a simple software update to any existing iPod, and we are taking a number of proactive steps to make that happen."

The Cupertino, Calif.-based company said it will exchange resellers inventory of iPods for updated models and that it expects a customer update for existing iPod users to be available from Apple's French Web site on Oct. 8.

Apple introduced the original 5GB iPod in October 2001 and has since added 10GB and 20GB models to its lineup.

ZDNet France's Christophe Guillemin contributed to this report from Paris.

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What ever came of French court ruling on illegal software in iPod?
I understood some time back that the French courts ruled that Apple's software in the iPod was illegal in that it had proprietary software (which we all know it has) where it forces one to use their software and even purchase from their iTunes store songs one may already own. Personally, after Apple ruining a Christmas in this home I will not get within 100 feet of any Apple product. They can take that proprietary software and stick it; I'll find other ways to be entertained in this house.

I was just curious what came of that rulilng from the French courts regarding Apple's software...anyone?
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You don't HAVE to use iTunes. If you had looked around on the web for a short time you would know that you can use Winamp along with the ml_iPod plugin and send all your songs through it.

Love Apple, hate iTunes.
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You could always play songs ripped to your computer on an iPod. I'm not sure how you came to the conclusion they had to be purchased through iTunes.
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