AtAT2 News: iPod Shuffle Class Action Lawsuit Filed
SACRAMENTO, California (AtAT2) -- 103 owners of Apple iPod Shuffle portable music players filed suit today in California over reported loss problems.
"At first it was working fine," says former Shuffle owner Trey Adams, one of the plaintiffs named in the suit. "Then I began seeing scratches on its casing, and within weeks it had completely disappeared."
Adams says he contacted Apple for a replacement under warranty, but was declined. "I spent $99 on my Shuffle and Apple refused to replace when the loss problem cropped up in less than a month. This will most definitely be my last purchase from Apple."
John Flanahan, an attorney representing the plaintiffs in the suit, blames the loss problem on the music player's small size. "We believe Apple is fully aware of the players extreme ease in being swallowed by a pet or flushed down a public toilet, yet continues to refuse to acknowledge the problem."
Flanahan says he was initially hesitant to take on the case, but changed his mind after Apple's release yesterday of the second-generation Shuffle, which is even smaller than the original model. "Clearly Apple is thumbing its nose at its loyal customers," Flanahan said.
Meg Jefferson, another iPod Shuffle user who was forced to withdraw from the lawsuit after finding her player under a pile of dirty laundry, says she's troubled by Apple's redesigned Shuffle model for other reasons. "The metal clip is very frightening," Jefferson said. "As a mother, I am worried it could cause serious harm if clipped onto an infant's finger or an open wound."
Representatives from Apple could not be reached for comment.