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Apple may run into problems following its decision to opt for iPod as the name for its new "breakthrough" MP3 player - from Intel.

The chip giant already has a product on the market called... er... iPOD. You'll note the capital letters - enough, perhaps, to save Apple's ass - which stand for Phone Over Data.

The Chipzilla offering is essentially just a digital PBX system - the kind of kit used by big business to hook together all its phone and data lines - and appears to have been introduced last week.

Of course, the two systems are completely different, addressing totally separate sectors of the market, but the archly litigious Intel has in the past fired off lawsuits with less provocation.

Intel at least has yet to be granted the name iPOD as a trademark, but we'd be surprised if it has not attempted to do so. And so, presumably, has Apple - it isn't on the company's list of trademarks as of September 2001.

We look forward to watching this one develop... ®

Thanks to reader Michael Tripper for the Intel link

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