Better Big Brother?

Would you want Apple to help track down your stolen iPod?

I decided to research stolen iPods online. I found J. Alain Ferry's website, StoleniPods.com. On it, Ferry suggests that there is something Apple could do. "Apple maintains records of stolen iPod serial numbers," the website reads. "Apple's iTunes software records the serial number of the last connected iPod. Apple sells songs to people that enter their billing information into the iTunes software. So why isn't Apple doing anything to prevent the sale of songs to the person with YOUR stolen iPod?"

On the one hand, it seems intrusive and subject to potential problems (think eBay and the secondard sales markets). On the other hand, they’re already keeping all that information anyway, and it seems like a reasonable thing to expect them to do in return.