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Apple Bundles Cover To Stymie iPod Nano Scratching

The nano now includes a white fabric-and-plastic slipcover that resembles the one shipping with the new video iPod, according to posts on several iPod fan sites.

Apple Computer has quietly begun bundling a cover with its scratch-prone iPod nano portable music player, company customer support representatives confirmed Friday.

According to posts made Thursday and Friday on several iPod fan sites, the nano now includes a white fabric and plastic slipcover that resembles the one shipping with the new iPod video. A number of photos of the nano cover have been posted here.

Two Apple customer service representatives confirmed that the nano now ships with a cover. "I'd call it more of a dustcover than a case," said one.

"It's very much like what's included with the video iPod," said another.

Although Apple's corporate office didn't immediately respond to a call for comment, this is the first concrete step the Cupertino, Calif.-based computer and electronics maker has taken in response to criticism -- and several pending class-action lawsuits -- that the iPod nano scratches too easily.

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