Michigan's children are hiding their disappointment this week as plans to give every schoochild an iPod have been dismissed.

Lawmakers in the state rejected the future-focused education move last night.

The notion had attracted international controversy, amid accusations that lawmakers responsible for the original proposal had been flow to California at Apple's expense.

The three legislators flown to California as part of their research into the project have now revealed plans to pay the $1,700 air far back to Apple. according to the Detroit Free Press.

Representative Tim Melton dismissed the whole affair. The whole iPod for kids story had "spun completely out of control," he said. The $38 million plan to getting more technology into the classroom was never an "iPod plan", he said.

While they appreciated the value of the portable media player as an educational tool, they had proposed the plan as part of an overall approach to improving technological resources for education.