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October 19, 2006

Apple Ships Something Extra with Some Video iPods

That something extra is a virus that affects Windows computers, apparently caught from a Windows computer on the production line at one of its iPod manufacturers.  The virus in question is the RavMonE.exe virus which popular anti-virus software should be able to remove.  The RavMonE can affect Windows computers when an infected iPod connects to it.  Macs are not affected.  Less than 1% of iPods sold after September 12th have the virus.

Apple issued a snarky little statement on the incident.  "As you might imagine, we are upset at Windows for not being more hardy against such viruses, and even more upset with ourselves for not catching it."  You've got that right, especially the second part.  Microsoft didn't manufacture the virus, but apparently it takes Windows computers to manufacture an iPod.  What, no one's issued industrial line programs for the Mac?  Or is it possible that developers aren't interested in writing for a platform that has a 4 point something per cent of the computer market.  Apple should work on its quality control instead of taking pot shots at Windows, at least in this context.

More details are in USA Today.

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