Among the many announcements, Jobs excited the crowd of Apple-faithful with new applications for the iPhone and the iPod Touch devices. The iPod Touch now comes standard with Mail, Maps, Weather, Notes and Stocks applications. These new features make extensive use of the Touch’s Wi-Fi connectivity.
However, Jobs also announced that anyone who had already bought an iPod Touch would have to pay $20 to get the firmware upgrade that included these new applications.
Needless to say, that message has not been well received by Touch owners, who are now in the process of venting their frustrations with the Cupertino CA based company in the form of an online petition. As of the writing of this post, the petition has received over 8,700 signatures. Since Apple hasn’t released sales numbers for the iPod Touch specifically, it’s hard to know what percentage of Touch owners this petition represents.
I also have it on good authority that Touch owners who have iTunes store accounts, are actively encouraged to download the new applications, which will be billed to the user’s iTunes account.
What are your thoughts on this move by Apple? Should these new apps be considered as part of the standard firmware upgrade process and be made freely available to all Touch owners? Does Apple have the right to make some money on their hard work? Is it fair that iPhone owners are getting the same functionality without having to pay extra?
Let us know!