Bart Says Everything Steve Jobs Probably Only Says, Off the Record, to NYT Reporters.

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Last Sunday The Simpsons took the piss out of Apple: the brand experience, the cult of the white earbuds and even Steve Jobs' sermons on the mount.

To incentivize the watch for hardcore ad-heads, wait 'til the end, when a dude with a mallet recreates Apple's "1984."

Magical. Experience Mapple -- "It's so sterile!" -- below the drop (courtesy of Hulu).

by Angela Natividad    Dec- 2-08   Click to Comment   
Topic: Brands, Good, Spoofs, Television, Trends and Culture   

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Amazingly relevant. I've always been astounded by Apple's ability to position themselves as the number one tool for today's creative mind, while placing itself well outside the price point of any starving artist. Kudos Simpsons.

Posted by: Travis Parker on December 2, 2008 1:26 PM

Ehhhhxcellent
(said in Mr. Burns voice while tenting hands)

Posted by: Stevie the K on December 2, 2008 2:00 PM

Oh the thought of all those smug Apple consumers getting all upset over this is just great.

Posted by: EMG on December 2, 2008 3:23 PM

You've been linked on Reddit.com

Posted by: El_Pinata on December 3, 2008 2:33 AM

I think crapple blows. Give me some real stuff. Not all this white electronic crap. I want a real apple I can eat. Fuck one that plays music through stupid white headphones. She's pussy is retarded.

Posted by: bocefus on December 3, 2008 2:39 AM

yep, cuz of the picture of that apple on their ipod, they jack up the price on those thing, you can get a chinese made one for way cheaper that pretty much does the same thing

Posted by: stafd on December 3, 2008 8:05 AM

"I've always been astounded by Apple's ability to position themselves as the number one tool for today's creative mind, while placing itself well outside the price point of any starving artist."

What an incredibly stupid statement. About the only pricepoint that work work for someone who is starving is free and even at that would require costs to running it. If you cannot buy food pretty much everything is out of your price point.

Posted by: RatFink on December 3, 2008 12:29 PM

Me and my Creative Zen Vision M enjoy what we saw. I don't think I will ever buy and over priced apple product.

Posted by: Fish on December 3, 2008 6:51 PM

this episode was edited entirely on a MAC.

guess who wins? not microsoft. go buy a zune you fucking dorks.

Posted by: Dude on December 3, 2008 7:52 PM

this episode was edited entirely on a MAC.

guess who wins? not microsoft. go buy a zune you fucking dorks.

Posted by: Dude on December 3, 2008 7:53 PM

Smug, lazy cheap shots at an easy target? Yep, looks like a recent Simpsons episode.

Man, what happened to that show?

Posted by: Scott on December 4, 2008 9:49 AM

Cue the Apple fanatics throwing temper tantrums and making shots at the Simpons while simultaneously perpetuating the stereoptye Simposons is satirizing.

Posted by: Steve Jobs on December 4, 2008 1:18 PM

Reading these comments, I'm struck by how analogous this situation is to the "Starbucks vs. Dunkin' Donuts" phenomenon.

There are the hard-core devotees on one side, and the rabid rejectionists on the other; each possessing the fervor of religious fanaticists in their preference.

Regardless of one's position on Apple (or, for that matter, Starbucks), they are both examples of successful application of branding as complete experience, and they've both raised the stakes of the competitive game in their respective marketspaces. We've all benefitted from their presence.

Posted by: Stevie the K on December 4, 2008 1:24 PM

Why does this make so much sense... if they were REALLY out to help out every lowly, aspiring artist and give the world cleaner technology.. then why is is that their cheapest computer, the Macbook a minimum $1300?!?!?! The Dell 1720, which is one of Dell's high-end models, starts at $999 with generous hook-ups!! The Pro, which needless to say in not much better than the 1720 in ANY respect, is also $1000 more expensive!! This is a perfect example of how the "green" solution does indeed require the most green to obtain... greedy bastards...

Posted by: LZO on December 4, 2008 2:29 PM

Why does this make so much sense? If Apple really stuck to its intentions of giving the world a "greener" solution to technology, then how come they demand the most green just to own a piece of it? If Apple consumers want to talk about how their equipment is so much more sophisticated and reliable than other computers, I'll first talk about the price. The Macbook, which is the "cheapest" model they have is $1300! Then there's the performance; the Pro is a minimum $1999 and it sports a 2.4 Ghz processor with a 250 GB SATA HD plus a 256 MB graphics card. But! The Dell 1720, starts at $999 with similar hookups. Mine has a 2.0 Ghz processor with a 320 SATA HD and a 512 MB Graphics card. At a price of UNDER $2000. Most people who buy a Mac don't even know what all that means!!! They just know that it's pretty and it has a light-up piece of fruit on it! Not to mention the fact that Apple is more after aesthetic appeal rather than versatility and custom upgrades and mods. Basically, a PC has endless options and the only reason one might complain over using one is because they have no idea what the hell they are doing. If you are mentally unsound, or computer illiterate, and you need some training wheels, then Apple is perfect for you. Good luck with fruit-cups.

Posted by: LZo on December 4, 2008 2:44 PM

I think you meant, "Good luck, fruit cups" haha

Posted by: Yummie Tummie on December 4, 2008 2:49 PM

"Smug, lazy cheap shots at an easy target? Yep, looks like a recent Simpsons episode.

Man, what happened to that show?"

I agree 100%, Scott. And before anyone says it, no, I'm not an Apple fan. Scott has put into words what I have been thinking for quite a while now. All the 'pop-culture references' in old simpsons had...style, subtlety, or just plain wit. Scott's right, anyone could come up with the stuff that's on the Simpsons now.

They should've quit while they were ahead, and that was waaaay before the simpsons movie.

Posted by: Kate on December 4, 2008 3:59 PM

Smug, lazy cheap shots at an easy target? Yep, looks like a recent Simpsons episode.

Man, what happened to that show?

Posted by: Scott on December 4, 2008 7:07 PM

Woot! That thing places Minnie Rippleton lol

Posted by: Ashely on December 4, 2008 11:10 PM

I can't believe how many of you, and tons of other people for that matter, are throwing some big fit because Apple products cost so much. Sure there are alternatives, but Apple has style. That, and the label, is really all there is to it. Of course that's how it is.
Apple is hardly the only brand name that overcharges for their products. That is how things work in general, with everything from electronics to groceries to clothing.
If you don't want to spend money on a label, buy something else. Apple sells things for whatever people will spend on them. It's very simple.

HOWEVER, I will say that before the iPod, there was really nothing like it. Same with the iPhone. There are now less expensive products out there that you can go for instead, but they are all replicas. Some are better, some are not as good. Just saying that no matter what, Apple really did come up with most of this stuff.

Posted by: Heh. on December 5, 2008 12:18 AM

dude above me is most correct. all of you complaining about the price of their products are probably the same people who cant figure out why some prefer not buy their clothes at wal-mart. "DURR BUT MY PANTS ARE JUST AS GOOD AS DIESEL BUT ONLY COSTED $15"

oh my god! $300 more for an infinitely more stable OS thats a fraction as likely to encounter some fucked up virus!

if you dont like people buying apple products, maybe you should go do something about it... like go fuck yourself!

Posted by: Dude on December 5, 2008 2:04 AM

to "dude": have fun trying to upgrade your hardware when your shit gets out dated. I know that ain't cheap.

Posted by: Hi.ImaPC on December 5, 2008 5:22 PM

dude above me is most correct. all of you complaining about the price of their products are probably the same people who cant figure out why "some prefer not buy their clothes at wal-mart. "DURR BUT MY PANTS ARE JUST AS GOOD AS DIESEL BUT ONLY COSTED $15"

oh my god! $300 more for an infinitely more stable OS thats a fraction as likely to encounter some fucked up virus!

if you dont like people buying apple products, maybe you should go do something about it... like go fuck yourself!"

And until someone figures out how to idiot-proof wallets so morons like you can't open them, unprincipled crooks like Apple and Diesel will continue to thrive.

Stable OS... It's stable because it's based on Free BSD. Free. BSD. FREE.

People too stupid to use pure nix distros deserve the reaming they get at the register.

Posted by: blondlot on December 7, 2008 1:11 PM

I should probably clarify that I'm not a rabid nix fan. I use Vista and Red Hat at home, and a variety of ms, Linux and Unix platforms at work. My Vista box at home crashes about as much as my Linux box, ie never, because I don't do stupid shit with it, then blame the manufacturer for giving me greater freedom over how my machine works.

When I think of Mac elitists I think of them as a kid with a pocket calculator doing arithmetic while talking shit about an engineer with a slide rule, because the calculator is "easier" so therefore he's smarter.

Posted by: blondlot on December 7, 2008 1:21 PM

Seriously if you are happy with a kernel basic utilities and a shell, then all the power to you. Really what makes a Mac a Mac is the technology (such as Auqa) that sits upon that BSD kernel. As an electrical engineer I am forced by my software to spend 90% of my time on windows and various unixes. And quite honestly I am happy most of the time with those soltions, but I certianly can apperciate from a hardware standpoint the quality of their products. As a matter of fact I have apple hardware exclusively running windows for this simple reason.

"When I think of Mac elitists I think of them as a kid with a pocket calculator doing arithmetic while talking shit about an engineer with a slide rule, because the calculator is "easier" so therefore he's smarter."

Considering you just called people who buy macs morons I find that comment rather ironic.

P.S. It's hard to take you seriously when say you are using Redhat Linux, a company that killed their consumer and desktop products 5 years ago.

Posted by: RatFink on December 7, 2008 6:07 PM

HOWEVER, I will say that before the iPod, there was really nothing like it. Same with the iPhone.

There were plenty of better MP3 players on the market when the iPod came out...the first that comes to mind is the iRiver (hmmm that name sure looks familiar...)

Posted by: Jeff4379 on December 9, 2008 12:41 PM

"There were plenty of better MP3 players on the market when the iPod came out...the first that comes to mind is the iRiver (hmmm that name sure looks familiar...)"

iRiver didn't release a Hard-disk based player until 2003, nearly 2 years after the iPod. Heck they didn't release their first flash based player until 2002. The HanGo PJB-100 did predate the iPod but it was quite a bit larger then the ipod and almost double the weight and didn't sell all that well.

Posted by: RatFink on December 9, 2008 3:15 PM

hehe.... in NZ we call our money "money" or "cash" and we call weed "green". Yo man, how much green you got on ya???? lol.

Posted by: ross on December 15, 2008 6:04 AM

I'm a huge Apple and Simpsons fan as well. I found the episode about "mApple, mIpods and Steve mObs" hilarious and clever. I've had three iPods and have watched Simpsons for years. Some may take satire too seriously.

Posted by: Danyel on December 16, 2008 12:12 AM







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