Found: 1 black 30 GB video iPod. Is it yours?

Found: 1 black 30 GB video iPod. Is it yours?

Summary: If this isn't a test for how the blogosphere can get things done, I'm not sure what is. As a part of this test, if you happen to read this blog entry and you have a blog, please spread the word and let's see if the viral nature of the blogosphere can help this iPod find its owner.

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If this isn't a test for how the blogosphere can get things done, I'm not sure what is. As a part of this test, if you happen to read this blog entry and you have a blog, please spread the word and let's see if the viral nature of the blogosphere can help this iPod find its owner.

Last week, I found a beautiful, sleek, black video iPod. It's one of the 30GB models that looks very much like the one pictured to the left. The owner of this iPod has been taking very good care of it by keeping it in a case. My guesses are that the owner lives in the New England area and flew on United Airlines on or about October 9th or 10th. The reason I haven't posted this notice until today is that I had to wait to get a hold of a charger to charge it up in hopes of finding some clue as to who the owner is. Sadly, the owner did not elect to have any contact information engraved on the back of the device. Also, I don't know much about iPods, but it seems as though there should be an easy way to load it with the owner's contact information and have it "boot" to that screen. I searched high and low through the device and about the only clue I could find was the text "De Monstrow."

If any of this means something to you and you've recently lost your iPod, contact me at david.berlind@cnet.com. The photos on this device clearly have some sentimental value. So, it would be great if we (the blogosphere) can help it find its way home. Of course, you'll need to prove to me that it's yours which shouldn't be too difficult.

Update: A reader suggested I try calling Apple's Customer Care at at 800-275-2273 and I did. The idea was that I might be able to reunite the iPod with its owner through the device's serial number. Perhaps Apple has a record of who the owner is in its warranty files. So I called and was eventually told that I'd have to be passed to another department that would require me to wait on the phone for 30-45 minutes. They suggested trying again in the morning when the phone lines would be a little bit shorter. It's interesting to me how Apple actually makes it hard for me to be a good Samaritan in this case.

2nd Update: The iPod's owner was located.  See this post.

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  • Address books on iPods

    iPods can be set up (at least on a Mac) to automatically import the latest iteration of your address book. Given the numbers though, I'd assume your iPod comes from a Windows user, not sure if any comparable data transfer is available for them.
    tic swayback
    • Address Book

      You can synchronize your address book on the windows version too, with iTunes and Outlook.
      biggtimm
  • D'oh!

    Poor guy! I usually attach my iPod to my body.

    http://opensourcepro.googlepages.com/classicimages
    opensourcepro
  • Hoping for success

    I lost my digital camera a few months back and tried to use my blog to get it (or just the pictures) back. No luck. http://www.livedigitally.com/2006/08/11/lost-digital-camera-full-of-memories/
    jtoeman
    • It's absurd that these easy-to-lose devices..

      don't have an "owner" function that's easy to set up. The old Pocket PCs had this. The Moto Q (also based on Windows Mobile) has an owner information area. But, unlike with the Pocket PCs, I see no check box to make that information display itself on the home screen. This should be very standard, par for the course, for any mobile technology with a display.

      db
      dberlind
      • That does make sense

        Of course it assumes that the finder is actually looking to return the device to the owner.

        Cel phones are much easier--at least you can always call it and talk to whoever picks up.
        tic swayback
        • Not every problem has a technological solution

          Hoping that someone who finds a device to try to give it back is one thing... expecting them to figure out how to use the thing is something else.

          No, I say just encrave or Sharpie your name onto it, and call it a day. It is a universal method that any one can understand and does not require the device to be working or charged.

          Why make something more complex than it needs to be? Not every problem has a technological solution.

          J.Ja
          Justin James
      • Owner Function

        When you set up your iPod you can give it a name. I used mine. You can set up your iPod to display this name as mine is. Also, when you use it as a harddrive, it will display this same name. Maybe I should go back and add my phone number too!
        biggtimm
  • Another Tracking Service (for iPods)

    Have you tried this one? The owner has to be registered, but maybe he/she is! Give it a try!

    http://lostipods.com/
    metilley@...
  • Customer Service

    Have you considered sending customer service a Fax this rather ancient form of communication often produces surprising rapid results
    marchese@...
  • Try STUFFBAK.COM (next time)

    In this case the damage is done and I hope the owner and their 'Pod are united.

    In terms of future prevention try StuffBak.com I've used it for years starting right after I lost my first really important gadget. The big advantage is that it's anonymous - your identity and address etc is protected. Go take a look.
    adnf51@...
    • Trackitback Works!

      Guys - this company is amazing. Best customer service that I've seen in years. I lost my camera that had a Trackitback on it and they had back to me in 4 hours. Very cool.
      www.trackitback.com
      lostsock
  • IPOD

    I hope this service is coming to india soon. As i lost my ipod. I have a lot of favorite<a href="http://hubpages.com/hub/Ipod_Music_Video"> ipod music videos</a>, movies and music in it.
    chankya
  • Free iPod Games

    Recently I've found this useful website for downloading ipod games for free: <a href="http://free-ipod-games.com">Free iPod Games</a>

    Hope this helps others too!
    modthoz