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iThingy flinger Apple has decided enough is enough with poor old Greece, helping solve the EU nation's debt crisis with an offer of free iCloud services - for a month, anyway. In an email obtained by iPhoneHellas the company said it would offer the one-month only deal to customers currently unable to maintain their …

  1. Jay 2

    Playlists may not be entirely safe if you've upgraded to iOS 8.4 and iTunes 12. There's a few bugs around regarding iTunes Match/Apple Music, one of which is that it may trash your library/playlists.

    Not suffered from anything quite that nasty myself, but none of the artwork from iTunes has made it onto the iPhone (but the iPad is OK). Not the end of the world, but annoying if you've been an bit anal and made sure that everything actually has artwork...

  2. Glenn 6

    Just what the Greek people need - another socialist hand-out they didn't earn.

    1. Dan 55 Silver badge

      Who are the Greek people? You seem to be under the impression that corrupt officials and tax-dodging shipping magnates are the same as families scraping by with €400 a month or less. So using the same logic I hope HS2's working out for you, British person. *

      * Or whatever pork-barrel job which is also a supply of directorships applies to your nationality.

      1. John Tserkezis

        "Who are the Greek people?"

        Look at my name. I have family in greece, we do talk, and I get a good idea of what's happening. You can equally blame the goverment, as well as the people for ripping off each other. NOTHING will change till you entirely revamp the attitudes of BOTH.

        Oh, and good luck with that.

        1. Dan 55 Silver badge

          Does that mean they should be austeritied with extreme prejudice until they are German?

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      It's just the drug dealer model

      "Hey friendo, have a hit on me anyway, you can pay me later!"

      (comment also applies to national debt...)

    3. 45RPM Silver badge

      @Glenn 6

      The trouble with this shocking lack of generosity that the world, and particularly the nationalist right wing world, is showing towards nations which find themselves in a spot of barney should be obvious. Apparently it isn’t though, so I’ll spell it out. As you sow, so shall you reap. And if we aren’t prepared to show compassion and kindness to those in need then we really can’t expect compassion and kindness when we find ourselves to be in trouble - as we most surely will be one day.

      It works on a smaller scale too. If one isn’t prepared to be generous to ones neighbour, whether ones neighbour is a newly arrived immigrant or the old buffer next door, then one really can’t expect help in ones own hour of need.

      Religion may have given the world a lot of wars and silly superstitions, but ‘Do unto others as you would have others do unto you’ would seem to be the only ‘right’ way to live.

      As for Apple extending iCloud subs for free, well. That’s just good business. Move along, nothing to see.

      1. psychonaut

        great sentiment, bit cheeky to claim that it wasnt around before the bible though....otherwise, there wouldnt have been many people around to have invented the bible in the first place...

        1. 45RPM Silver badge

          @psychonaut - I'm claiming nothing other than that a) it's a great sentiment and b) the exact words are from the bible*. The sentiment clearly pre-dates the bible (as do most of the stories contained therein, in fairness).

          * well one of the editions anyway. The King Arthur's New English Fairytale Edition perhaps?

      2. Velv

        Ironic that your religious references to "‘Do unto others as you would have others do unto you" is practised most in the least religious countries of the world (Sweden, Denmark, Norway, all of which have great social systems), and ignored in the more religious countries (USA, Saudia Arabia, Isreal, Somalia)

        1. 45RPM Silver badge

          @velv. I know. The irony hadn't escaped me. It seems that the religionists are happy to talk the talk, but not walk the walk. In most cases, anyway. There are exceptions, I'm sure.

          But there is poetry and beauty to be found in the religious texts, of any stripe. Rather like a tosheroon in a sewer.

      3. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward


        @45RPM: "The trouble with this shocking lack of generosity...."

        What a load of old cock. The Greeks cooked their books so they could get into the EU club (with the help of some major financial institution and the EU itself). Oddly enough banks don't like to lend you money if you don't/can't pay it back and you have a history of such.

        It's got bugger all to do with being right wing and everything to do with not throwing money at Greece when they haven't got a snowball in hells chance of paying it back -in other words good business practice.

        1. 45RPM Silver badge

          Re: @45RPM

          @AC There's no doubt that the Greek government got Greece into this through a combination of greed and incompetence. But that applies to nearly every national disaster, and it is the mark of greatness to show compassion, forgiveness and generosity in order to help rebuild suffering nations and give succour to their people.

          Greece fucked up. No doubt. But their crime was minuscule compared with, for example, the crimes of Germany or Japan in the last century. We showed compassion to them - and think of what further disasters might have befallen the world if we hadn't.

  3. Slap

    This is actually quite logical

    I think Apple has reacted in the best way here.

    There are people in Greece who use Apple's cloud and despite having the money to pay for it can't due to the closure of banks as a result of the ineptitude of the government.

    So Apple give them a month free. That's right, free. Not a loan, not something that needs to be paid back later, in order to ensure that nobody loses data or functionality. It's simply a tiny bit of relief for the Greeks

    I'm no fan of Apple's business practices, but the people criticising this move by Apple are utter wankers. Doesn't the average Greek person deserve a bit of leeway at the moment? (Tip, if you say no then you're an utter wanker as well)

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