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An April Fool’s Day reject

Tiny iPod imageFor the past few years on April Fool’s Day, I’ve run some sort of prank announcement on macosxhints.com–everything from switching to WindowsXP hints to the triple-CPU G5 Cubed to running OS X on an iPod to this year’s 30th Anniversary Mac.

When thinking about what to do for this year, the Apple Music/Apple Computer lawsuit was getting a lot of press. Using that as the setup, I thought I’d run a cool story about a new Apple/Apple agreement that would finally put Beatles music on iPods. I even went so far as to mock up a line of special edition iPods created just for the occasion. Ultimately, I trashed the concept and went with the Intel/PowerPC Mac, but I thought I’d share the Beatles Special Edition iPod designs here (click the image for a larger version):

Beatle iPods

I had written up most of the story, too, but that’s long since gone. The only other thing I have left is the sales flyer sheet I put together with some specs on the units–you can see the full-size flyer by clicking on the small image at the top right of this story. You’ll see a full view of each iPod, along with some tech notes about the units. Be aware that the full-size image is a 173KB PNG file, so those with modems (are there any of you?) may wish to avoid doing that.

In the end, I felt the Intel/PowerPC thing would be more interesting, so that’s what I went with. But when I look at the custom iPods, I think “geez, if Apple offered some sort of custom iPod image silkscreening feature, I’d probably buy one.” I think they’d look much more interesting than the current plain black or white versions, based on looking at even my relatively poor Photoshop work. And it’d be a nice way to customize your unit, by including an image of your choice directly on the machine itself.

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  1. Quick patent the idea!

    Considering that there’s a market for custom laser engraving, this would be a big hit I bet.

  2. Damn that 173KB image! It took a whole second to download. :)

    I second the idea you should patent the silkscreened iPod. I could just image buying the girlfriend an iPod with custom silkscreened picture on the front, and custom laser-engraved message on the back.

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