Apple has launched its HomePage Creativity Contest for .Mac members, and released a free puzzle game for download by .Mac members.

However, UK subscribers to .Mac are furious that the HomePage contest is for US subscribers only; they call this an anachronistic US-centric bias that is inappropriate to a company delivering Web services to an international user base.

Up for grabs for creative HomePage makers is a 20GB iPod and 1GB of iDisk space (first prize). Second prize is a 5GB iPod.

The company is looking for submissions in the following three categories: Creative – which it describes as "fabulous photos, wacky invites and fun personal pages"; Humorous iMovie footage; and Incredible Pets.

Macworld Online reader Ian Parkinson said: "It's not very good really. We pay the same subscription fee for .Mac. Apple is happy to take the money internationally for .Mac - but cannot send an iPod if a non-US HomePage wins."

The company is also giving away a free game, Super Nisqually from Gamehouse. Gamehouse began publishing its collection of puzzle-based titles for the Mac this year. Apple is also offering its .Mac members a $5 discount on Super Collapse from GameHouse.