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MPs divided over 'iPod Gate'

Battery life up for debate

The House of Commons is split this morning over issues surrounding the battery life of Apple's iPod, with two MPs offering their support to the company following concerns raised over the limited lifespan of the iPod's rechargeable batteries.

A motion was tabled earlier this week calling for Apple to ensure that replacement batteries are in plentiful supply and priced at a reasonable level.

Two amendments have since been added by MPs. Liberal Democrat MP for Southport John Pugh feels that the concerns raised by Labour MP for Chorley, Lindsay Hoyle, were based on a "misunderstanding".

The original motion suggested that "when people come to buy replacement batteries they find that they cost £100 and that they have little knowledge of where such batteries can be obtained from".

In an amendment to the original motion, Labour MP for Sittingbourne and Sheppey, Derek Wyatt, highlighted that: "Every iPod comes standard with one year of hardware service coverage and 90 days of phone support and that iPod owners can enrol in the iPod out-of-warranty battery replacement program anytime after the one year warranty has expired."

He also added that: "Over two million iPods have been sold worldwide and that customer response to the product has been very positive."

John Pugh stated that he: "Notes the revolutionary impact of the iPod and Apple's iTunes system in making legally downloadable music accessible to millions at an affordable cost."

He also commended Apple for "their imagination and technology; records that Apple products represent a real alternative to the over-dominance of the computer and software marker by a limited number of very large companies."

Pugh's amendment concludes: "Both the difficulties with and cost of replacing batteries has been for some reason widely exaggerated in the press."

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