This is a bit of a rant.
Back in October I bought myself a 16GB iPod Touch. It came with firmware version v1.1.1. I upgraded to v1.1.2 when it came available. One of its more important additions was the ability to add calender events on the go. Now, after the MacWorld event, I find I can update to v1.1.3. I did this last night. It is a 170MB file. I thought, "WOW! This is a huge update it must be something major". I quickly did a search as to what it contained and found that it enabled users to used e-mail, Google Maps, Stock Market, Weather, etc. I was very excited as it was now even more than before, an iPhone without a phone. Upon downloading and installing it I was disappointed, the new icons weren't on the screen. The only that had changed was there was a pointless new button in the web browser and the home screen graphic was a little different. Thinking something was wrong I realised that the additional applications and additional features included in v1.1.3 will cost me $AU25! The equivalent iPhone update costs nothing! Of course, when you buy a new iPod Touch now, it will have these applications included.
Now, Apple pulled a similar stunt on a larger scale when they released the iPhone, hacking $200 off the price a few months later. They really are not being nice to us early adopters. I know its only $25 but the device costs me $550, surely they can give me a measly software update for free.
Apple really needs to be stopped. My first thought is that I shouldn't get it, I shouldn't pay for something that should have been free. But I want it. I really want the extra functionality. And then it dawned on me. Apple can keep doing this as much as they like. The consumers aren't going to vote with their wallets, if they want it, they're going to buy it. No matter much much Apple's going to rip them off.
Someone else needs to step in. Some consumer group/market watchdog has to step in and stop Apple doing this, it is blatantly a rip off and very unethical. Apple really does have me and its other customers wrapped around its little finger if even though I recognise its a rip off, I'm very prepared to go out and pay the money for it. Heck, if this update was more that $AU25, I'd still go out and buy it.