Originally Posted by Jumbie
I would assume that if there is no way to trace the item and no one claims it then finder's keepers.
However, even if the item is legally yours and they can use iTunes to track it (I don't think this is possible although I know the iPhone has some kind of tracking; possibly through an app) then it would be a dick move to keep it.
It still burns me to this day that I didn't get so much as a thank you (ungrateful bastards) that a couple years ago I found a wallet in the parking lot with several hundred dollars in it and drove a couple miles out of my way to return it. Was near to Christmas and was snowing which annoys me even more however I still do it if ever in such a situation again.
Obviously not the same scenario but I think the principle of the matter still holds. What if it were your iPod and you were able to trace it and the person says "Finders keepers. Too bad, so sad."
Jumbie - well put. Sometimes I am a bad person. Not sure what I will do. I have been reading up on this particular issue, and it seems that Apple which is the only person with the ability to look up Ipod ownership (and then only if it was either a) registered or b) used to purchase on itunes), is notorious for not helping people (why should they, you will go buy a new device). I will contemplate this over the weekend before doing anything with it.