1. Michael Essany's Avatar



    Assuming, of course, that you haven't been stuck in a hole yourself, there's a good chance you've heard about the thirty-three rescued Chilean miners who were recently plucked from the bowels of the earth following a harrowing two month arrest beneath tons of rock and equally insurmountable odds against their survival.

    Well, amidst the deluge of public support from every corner of the globe, Apple CEO Steve Jobs is also showing his love to the freed miners through a free donation of iPods to each of the men who had been perilously trapped beneath the earth. In addition to other generous gifts and donations that have come from a wealth of both prominent and unknown contributors, each miner - who reportedly earns only $1,600 per month - is now being courted about everything from book deals to feature film offers.

    But the free iPods seem to be generating the most attention, although there have been mixed reports as to whether the devices came directly from Jobs or the marketing people at Apple. Either way, the Cupertino tech-giant has netted some favorable headlines as a result of the donation, which - all things considered - is actually one of the smallest offers to the minors from a company the size of Apple. Still, it's understood that the rescued men greatly appreciate the gesture.

    Reuters
    Last edited by Michael Essany; 2010-10-19 at 01:31 AM.
    2010-10-18 06:50 PM
  2. jeffhuys's Avatar
    That's cool! And ofcourse they "appreciate the gesture"! Free iPods!
    2010-10-18 06:53 PM
  3. Snozberries's Avatar
    I'm trapped in the bowels of Springfield, MA and I don't see any iPod/iPod touch getting mailed to my sorry @$$!!
    2010-10-18 06:57 PM
  4. dq13's Avatar
    It was 3 months, not two (69 days) and it was more than a few tons of rocks, actually, the rock that trapped them was 700.000 TONS !!! holly crap!!

    like said on the OP, a free ipod is the smallest donation they have gotten, but still free ipod is sweet and considering that apple has nothing to do with the news, its nice to see them getting involved
    2010-10-18 07:01 PM
  5. Zokunei's Avatar
    "minors". Lol.
    2010-10-18 07:05 PM
  6. ~Steve Jobs~'s Avatar
    Last weeks news on MacDailyNews.
    2010-10-18 07:12 PM
  7. boxxa's Avatar
    I am sure it would have been a lot better received if they did this while they were trapped and not after they are back on the surface.
    2010-10-18 07:13 PM
  8. mirogster's Avatar
    With all respect to Apple marketing team, this is pathetic and abusive expoitation of that case. Running on their 'fame', good luck and hype.
    If'd they all die, then what....free ipods for families??
    2010-10-18 07:16 PM
  9. alexevo's Avatar
    Good story Mike
    2010-10-18 07:21 PM
  10. TheYoungHustla's Avatar
    Who CARES where they are coming from? Seriously
    2010-10-18 08:13 PM
  11. Jahooba's Avatar
    The joke is on the miners: none of them own a computer to link with iTunes...
    2010-10-18 08:13 PM
  12. calebratm's Avatar
    +1 ^ lol maybe jobs should have coughed up 33 mbp's that would have been a hell of a donation
    2010-10-18 08:40 PM
  13. anekin007's Avatar
    The joke is on the miners: none of them own a computer to link with iTunes...
    Haha true most of my family in 3rd world countries wouldn't know what to do with one. What's the price of the iPod $100? Instead of a useless iPod why not give them a good meal? More cigarettes? Or even a hooker! lol
    2010-10-18 08:43 PM
  14. EskimoRuler's Avatar
    Haha true most of my family in 3rd world countries wouldn't know what to do with one. What's the price of the iPod $100? Instead of a useless iPod why not give them a good meal? More cigarettes? Or even a hooker! lol
    I agree, the gesture is nice don't get me wrong, but I hope they are getting support in other ways as well. Like on there houses or payments, being stuck for two month Im sure has put a toll on the families and their incomes
    You don't like the iPad because you don't have one!
    2010-10-18 08:50 PM
  15. macman05's Avatar
    The joke is on the miners: none of them own a computer to link with iTunes...
    I was thinking the SAME thing! lol - most of em sound like they live in third world living arrangements, some dont even have power or internet..

    They will have a shiny ipod, a flat one that needs charging and then its just a shiny object with no computer to link it too.

    Apple should of given em the macs to go with the dam things!

    Disgraceful.
    2010-10-18 08:59 PM
  16. nicolas9977's Avatar
    Some of the comments here are just wrong. I was born and raised in chile and moved to the states in 1989 and I can tell you that as a society the chilean culture is much like Europe. Their love of electronics and gadgets is as strong as Americans. From experience I can tell you that the majority of the population there knows how to Skype and their cellular phone structure and plans would make any American jealous. There is a reason why those miners came out alive. The country rallied around and got the job done.
    2010-10-18 08:59 PM
  17. madczech's Avatar
    I was thinking the SAME thing! lol
    whats so funny about that??
    I don't give a damn about Chuck Norris, Spongebob can grill under water!

    2010-10-18 09:22 PM
  18. tudtran's Avatar
    Those guys are famous
    2010-10-18 09:33 PM
  19. AnthonyGiola's Avatar
    No really... Did Messany really misspell Miners?

    "Minors"
    LMAO
    2010-10-18 10:00 PM
  20. whereswaldo's Avatar
    Maybe I should go in a hole for 2 1/2 months...
    Name? whereswaldo
    iDevice + Firmware? 32GB Black iPhone 4 iOS 5.0
    Computer + OS? Dell Inspiron 15R 2nd Gen i5, 2.3 Ghz, 750GB HDD, 8GB RAM Windows 7 HP
    Location? Toronto
    Found yet? No
    2010-10-18 10:31 PM
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