I was just watching the first episode of the new series of Top Gear on BBC America (not sure when it aired in the UK, but the new season just started airing this past week here in Leftpondia).
On the show, presenter James May pronounced it / ə-pod /, with a schwa as the initial vowel sound. Later in the program (or should I say programme), Richard Hammond pronounced it as / I-pod / or / eye-pod /, which is the common pronunciation here in America.
Are both of these pronunciations standard in the UK? Or is this a peculiarity of James May?