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    Some low-down, dirty, rat**** mother****er stole my iPod out of my truck last night, along with the Belkin car-charger I had.

    Apple knows the serial number of every iPod sold. They also know serial number of each iPod that has been connected to iTunes (along with the IP address from which the connection to the internet is made). In addition, they have the name, address, and telephone number of everyone who purchases music through iTunes.

    So why the **** doesn't Apple have the ability to do anything when someone reports their iPod stolen? They should easily be able to maintain a list of serial numbers from stolen iPods and ensure that, at the very least, anyone in possession of that iPod is able to obtain music or other services from iTunes. At the very most, they should be reporting users who attempt to attach stolen iPods to their computers and iTunes to the police.

    I know, I know. There are so many of these things that it'd be a major hassle for any law-enforcement office to do anything about it. That's not the point. The point would be that maybe these things wouldn't be such hot commodities if they were trackable in a way similar to cell-phones.

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    I got a new and way better iPod courtesy of my insurance co. when mine was stolen.

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    What insurance did you claim it against?
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    Renter's.

    I agree that there needs to be some kind of compensation for the actual songs you've purchased for download through the iTunes store. Apple needs to be responsible for that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FlyBoeingJets View Post
    Apple knows the serial number of every iPod sold. They also know serial number of each iPod that has been connected to iTunes (along with the IP address from which the connection to the internet is made). In addition, they have the name, address, and telephone number of everyone who purchases music through iTunes.
    A couple of issues here:

    1) Apple DOESN'T know the serial number of every iPod sold. At least not to the point that they can tie them to an individual. You honestly think sellers on eBays are reporting their sale info to Apple?

    2) iTunes does not even require an internet connection to function.

    3) Apple may have billing information, but I'm not sure they are legally able to use it for anthing else without proper authorization.

    4) Which doesn't really matter, because I'm going to bet money on whoever stole your iPod isn't going to be purchasing music online with it in the first place. I bet they aren't going to use it at all.

    Can anyone confirm that the serial number of the iPod is even broadcast to iTunes? I can purchase and download music without an iPod even connected. I can then disable my internet connection, connect my iPod, and then transfer said music to the player. At what point is the iPod information transmitted to Apple if at all?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fooferah View Post
    Renter's.

    I agree that there needs to be some kind of compensation for the actual songs you've purchased for download through the iTunes store. Apple needs to be responsible for that.
    Aren't the songs stored on the actual iPod nothing more than copies of the original purchased music on the host computer?

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    sorry to here about that. that sucks. that guy's an *******! my buddies ipod was stolen too, but thats his own fault. he left it out in the middle of a lockeroom. anyways, i think the poster above is right. apple only knows your serial number if you register it with them and even then its nearly impossible to track. i don't think itunes picks up your ipod's serial number.
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    We need to hunt down this mofo and bludgeon him with a silver spork!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dgrycan View Post
    Aren't the songs stored on the actual iPod nothing more than copies of the original purchased music on the host computer?
    Yeah, but let's say your house gets robbed. They take your electronics... iPods, computers, etc. Now say you have downloaded a hundred songs from iTunes over whatever period of time. You're out $100. As far as I know, they don't let you recover those files even though you've paid for them.

    Wasn't this a topic here a while back? It seems so familiar. Or maybe it was that my roommate at the time of the apartment theft asked the insurance co. about it.

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