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RealNetworks' online petition backfires

Peter Rojas

Hoping to get a little people power on their side in their battle to try and get Apple to open up the iPod to downloads from their online music stores, RealNetworks launched a "Hey Apple, Don't Break My iPod" online petition which quickly turned against them and filled up with such witty anti-Real chestnuts as, "REAL CRAP. rob you are a loser!" and "If you guys dare to touch my iPod!! Oh Boy…! Im so going to rip out your…". They ended up removing the link from their site and putting up another one which only lists people's names and nothing else.

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