iPod Vending Machines at SFO

I haven’t seen them myself, because it’s actually been a surprisingly long time since I’ve taking a plane to leave the city, but apparently SFO has vending machines which sell iPods. The vending machines were created by Zoom Systems, a San Francisco-based company (of course) and include other pricey items in addition to the iPod. Although they have been dubbed iPod vending machines, they’re called “Zoom Shops” by the company. The idea is that you can pick up the items that you need in the modern world when you realize that you’ve forgotten them, offering the kind of instant gratification that I find easy to find in this city. However, I have to wonder, how do you get the music on to the machine to use during the flight?

YouTube footage of the SFO machines

6 Comments so far

  1. rocco (unregistered) on March 4th, 2007 @ 8:37 pm

    they have them in Macy’s as well. Crazy!

  2. TinMan (unregistered) on March 4th, 2007 @ 8:47 pm

    Zoom Systems must assume that you have your notebook computer with you: just plug the iPod in.

    If I understand correctly, iPods no longer include standalone chargers so if you didn’t have the rest of your gear, you’re still screwed.

    I guess the other purpose for these vending machines is to give the iPods as gifts.

  3. rick (unregistered) on March 5th, 2007 @ 11:55 am

    Yeah, they’ve been in Macy’s (maybe only in the Men’s store?) and at the Metreon for a year or so.

  4. Kathryn (unregistered) on March 6th, 2007 @ 6:47 am

    Giving them as gifts – that makes perfect sense! Wondering why I didn’t think of that myself, being much more of an impulse buyer than I’d really like to admit!

  5. Kris (unregistered) on March 6th, 2007 @ 9:03 am

    They’re not only in the Men’s Macy’s store, but also in the main one in the basement in between the food court area and the kitchenware.

  6. plug1 (unregistered) on March 7th, 2007 @ 10:08 pm

    they have them at the lusty lady, too.

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