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19th Sep 2005, 19:49
What can I say, nobody loves BA.....

From The Register

Story Link (http://www.theregister.co.uk/2005/09/19/apple_war_on_nigels/)

First Apple came for the bloggers. Now they've come for ... the Nigels.

Although Apple allows punters to personalize iPods bought at its online store, it operates a bizarre discrimination policy, a Register reader has discovered.

If you want to engrave it with your name, you had better not be called Nigel. Or Nige. The text is rejected as "Inappropriate"

It's not the first example of bizarre censorship from Apple. The company's online music kiosk lumped Miles Davis in with gangsta rappers by preventing browsers from seeing the full title of his 70s classic Bitches Brew.

But there's good news if you're a pervert. You can proudly engrave your iPod with the words "Paedophile" or "Nonce" - positive discrimination, perhaps? - while "Mofo", "Bumwipe" and "Arse Candle" are also cheerfully accepted.

Sparing you the usual "Apple declined to comment", we turned instead to the excellent Unofficial Apple Weblog, where readers confirm that racist and sexual keywords are typically banned.

"Makes a lot of sense of you think about it," writes one fan, defending the policy. "If Apple allowed such words/profanity the value of their products will go down."

Quite so - but popular forenames, too? Is an iPod engraved with a "Nigel" really worth less? The Nigels of the world must unite and stand firm. Or before we know it, Apple will be coming after the Kevins.

(Thanks to reader Nigel Gamble for alerting us to this).

19th Sep 2005, 22:00
I know I am from the Wrong Side of the pond originally, but after having lived hither and yon for years this is still a new one for me...

Nigel= inappropriate?

Will someone please enlighten me??? :8

21st Sep 2005, 08:09

Are you sure? If you click here (http://store.apple.com/Apple/WebObjects/ukstore.woa/90801/wo/9j6VpiZDxXOM2mRy5i411ZUr4Zd/ you'll be taken to the UK Apple Store site, at the point where you select your engraved message. Whatever you type in will be immediately shown as a preview on the back of an iPod.

It appears 'Nigel' is fine. I was able to click through to the checkout page with no 'innapropriate message' warning at all.

Perhaps the engraving preview application was over-zealously interpreting the N-I-G.....? Whatever it was it seems that Apple have taken notice of TUAW's/El Reg's articles and refined their database!

Jx ;)