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Report: New iPod to have wireless capabilities

Apple may soon introduce a new iPod with wireless capabilities, according to DigiTimes. In a brief report, the publication claims: “Apple is expected to launch soon a new iPod that supports wireless capabilities so as to compete with Microsoft’s planned year-end launch of its Zune-branded MP3 players, according to market sources. Apple’s headquarters has begun dispatching its staff to its major markets in Asia, to teach local sales how to demonstrate the new products, the sources noted.” It has been reported that the Zune player will feature Wi-Fi support for sharing music with other Zune users and for downloading music without a computer.

Razer debuts keyboard with iPod dock

Razer Pro Solutions has introduced a USB computer keyboard with an integrated iPod dock. The Pro|Type Multimedia Keyboard also features 32kb of onboard memory, specialized keys for programs such as iTunes, 10 programmable hot keys for storing macros and keystrokes, an ergonomic design, two USB Ports, and line-out ports for other devices. According to the gadget gurus at Gizmodo, Razer also plans to release a version of the keyboard designed to work with Microsoft’s upcoming Zune player. Pricing and availability was not announced.

Nordic regulators to discuss legal action against Apple

Consumer regulators from Norway, Denmark and Sweden will meet in Iceland this month to discuss possible legal action against Apple if the company doesn’t address their iPod and iTunes concerns. At the meeting, which will be held Aug. 24-25 in Reykjavik, the countries will discuss whether they will file a lawsuit against Apple, and whether they will address the company individually or jointly. In June, consumer agencies in the three countries claimed that Apple is violating contract and copyright laws by making iTunes Music Store downloads only compatible with the iPod. In a reply, Apple defended its restrictions and asserted that it was not willing to change its business model.

Apple posts free iTunes video section

Apple has created a new page on the iTunes Music Store that compiles all of the available free TV show downloads. The section currently offers 14 videos from a variety of networks. Highlighted shows include “Blade: The Series,” “Project Runway,” “30 Days,” “Psych,” “Prison Break,” “Who Wants to Be a Superhero?” and “Tabloid Wars.” [via TUAW]

Seagate promises 120GB iPod-ready hard drives

Hard drive manufacturer Seagate plans later this year to introduce a 120GB version of its 1.8-inch drive that could end up inside future iPods. William Watkins, Seagate’s CEO, told BusinessWeek that the company will have 60GB and 120GB 1.8-inch drives ready before the end of the year. “We have this new opportunity in 1.8-inch drives, which is starting to grow for handheld video,” Watkins said. “Apple’s iPod is one, but there are a lot of people putting out handheld video devices. We did not have a drive for that business that will come in capacities of 60 and 120 GB, and so we will have one in the December quarter and we think that will be a nice little driver for us. We feel a whole lot better about things than Wall Street does right now.”

Sonnet drops prices on replacement iPod batteries

Sonnet Technologies has reduced prices on its line of high-capacity replacement iPod batteries. The company is now offering batteries for first through fourth generation iPods and iPod minis for $20—a reduction of $10 to $20. Each battery “provides significantly longer playtime than the original battery it replaces,” and comes packaged with all of the necessary tools to open the iPod case and replace the battery, as well as a CD-ROM with installation instruction videos.

Mix: HBO, iScorch, Profit Pod, Hollywood

HBO has released its original documentary film “Too Hot Not To Handle” as a video podcast on the iTunes Music Store. The film offers a guide to the effects of global warming in the United States, and is available in four downloadable parts.

iScorch is a short downloadable video/photo of a flame that can be shown on your iPod at concerts. “The next concert you go to, you’ll be paying homage to the band not with a lighter but with iScorch and iPod. Download iScorch for iPod Video, Nano or Photo and hold your iPods high! Be the first to usher in a new era of musical appreciation.”

Apple: Steve Jobs is healthy, despite rumors

Following his keynote presentation at Apple’s Worldwide Developer’s Conference (WWDC) last week, a number of publications and attendees expressed concern that Apple CEO Steve Jobs looked unwell. Most pointed out that Jobs, who underwent pancreatic cancer surgery two years ago, looked “very thin, almost gaunt” and noted that it was very odd that Jobs handed off the majority of the presentation and product announcements to other, less charismatic Apple executives, as if he was tired and needed rest. According to an Apple spokesperson, however, Jobs is definitely healthy. “Steve’s health is robust and we have no idea where these rumors are coming from,” Katie Cotton, Apple’s VP of worldwide corporate communications, told InformationWeek.

Fox to sell full-length movies, TV shows online

Fox plans this Fall to sell full-length movies and TV shows online that will only be compatible with Microsoft Windows Media Player. At launch in October, movies will include “X-Men: The Last Stand,” “Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties,” “The Omen” and “Thank You for Smoking.” TV offerings such as Fox’s “24” and “Prison Break” and FX’s “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” will also be offered, with new episodes being made available within 24 hours of broadcast. Movies will sell for about $20 and TV shows for $1.99 an episode. Fox will use a platform called Direct2Drive, currently used to sell video games, for controlling the download and playback of the content. The movies and TV shows will be limited to playback on two Windows computers, each supporting one portable device.

Nasdaq warns Apple of possible delisting

Apple has been notified by Nasdaq that the company isn’t in compliance with requirements for continued listing on the tech stock market because of Apple’s delay in filing its quarterly report. Apple said it will request a hearing before a Nasdaq panel, and that its shares will remain listed pending the panel’s decision. Apple spokeswoman Katie Cotton told the Wall Street Journal that the company expects the Nasdaq hearing to be a “multimonth process.” Apple announced last week that it would delay filing its quarterly report with the Securities and Exchange Commission because of irregularities related to the issuance of stock-option grants.

TEAC debuts iPod-ready flat-panel speaker systems

TEAC has announced two new iPod-ready stereo systems—the CD-X10i and MC-DX22i. Both systems feature NXT SurfaceSound flat-panel speakers, an AM/FM tuner, and a built-in CD/CD-MP3/CD-R/RW player with motorized vertical loading door. The CD-X10i ($250) features a detachable iPod dock, while the MC-DX22i ($300) sports an integrated dock, and both use Apple’s universal dock design to work with any dock connector iPod. Both systems also feature a headphone jack, backlit LCD display, and a digital clock with timer and sleep functions. [via Gizmodo]

Newly added: For popular, recent content, look left

imageThis weekend, we’ve added another new feature to the main page of iLounge: a way to let you quickly scan only the new site updates you care about. Look off to the left hand side of the page and you’ll see these: colored header bars leading to many different sections of the site, including Reviews, First Looks, Articles, Tutorials, Ask iLounge, Backstage, our Forums, Library, and more.

Hundreds of new pages are added to the site each month, some of which are publicized on the main page, others not. With this new expandable bar - use the rotating arrow on the right to expand or collapse the list of most recent or popular additions - you can easily see only the pages that interest you. A cookie will save your preferred open or closed view for each category; the default position for all of them is “closed.”

We’re continuing to develop new bars for popular topics, and have some other enhancements to this feature planned for the near future. Enjoy!

Win Shure earphones in iLounge’s iPod Countdown Contest

As the world anticipates Apple’s next-generation iPod this Fall, we have launched a new contest to collect your artistic interpretations of what the new iPod will look like. Just submit your creation to our iPod Countdown Contest and you’ll be entered to win one of three prizes from Shure—one Grand Prize winner will get a pair of E500PTH Sound Isolating Earphones ($550), with two additional winners receiving Shure E4c and E3c earphones, respectively. Contest rules and guidelines are available here - remember, you only have until September 9 to enter.

Axio debuts new Thump, Deluxe iPod cases

Axio, best known for its hard-shell backpacks, has introduced two new cases for the fifth-generation iPod and iPod nano. “The new line of iPod cases are made for mobile music lovers who are anything but boring,” says the company. “Not only do the new cases live up to the famed Axio aesthetic, they are super functional.”

imageThe new Axio Thump Case ($20; right) for the nano features a textured silicone body with precision-molded side bumpers for extra impact protection and grip. The Thump comes with a clear vinyl screen protector and is available in blue, light blue, green, pink, orange, yellow, red, black, and white.

imageThe Axio Deluxe Case for the 30GB fifth-generation iPod ($30; left) and iPod nano ($25) features an ultra-clear polycarbonate body (with or without graphics) and a silicone round-edged bumper. Axio’s colorful designs include: Digi-Camo, Hibiscus Flower, Rockin’ Stars & Hearts, Robot, or plain black and white.


Mix: Apple results, NAND flash, iPod thefts, iPod Bundle

As expected, Apple has told the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that its quarterly report will not be filed on time because of the reviewing of stock option grants. Apple said on Friday it expected “significant changes” to its results from operations for its fiscal third quarter.

According to Digitimes, Samsung is getting ready for a large NAND flash memory order from Apple. Samsung has reportedly started “converting about 4 percent of its current 12-inch wafer production capacity from DRAM to NAND flash to be ready for upcoming demand from Apple, according to sources at distributors.”

PhoneVault aluminum case for Motorola SLVR announced

HelixVault, the company founded by iVault creator and iLounge forum member Greg Gutierrez (aka Helixipod), today announced the PhoneVault case for Motorola’s iTunes-enabled SLVR cell phone. The case is machined from a solid billet of aircraft quality aluminum and features a magnetic closure, black velvet lining, and openings for all controls and ports. Two versions will be available this month—a solid, plain back design for $50, and a perforated back design for $70. Gutierrez debuted the popular iVault iPod shuffle case on the iLounge Forums in February 2005, later partnering with Griffin Technology to produce and distribute the product.

BBC looks to develop radio device for iPods

The BBC is reportedly in talks with technology companies to develop an add-on digital radio device for iPods and MP3 players. While the BBC has yet to confirm compatible devices, The Scotsman reports that the iPod is understood to be one. The newspaper said the device would be “a small tube containing a DAB digital radio chip that clips on to an MP3 player.” Simon Nelson, controller of radio and music interactive at the BBC, commented that the broadcaster needs to “ensure there are devices that can enable people to listen to radio—especially on something they already carry around.”

Report: Terrorists planned to use iPod as detonator

According to CNN, terrorists planned to use iPods to help blow up airliners heading to the U.S. from the U.K. The plotters reportedly were to carry a “British version of Gatorade,” mix it with a gel-like substance to make an explosive, and detonate it with an iPod or cell phone. As is being widely reported today, British authorities arrested two dozen suspects overnight to thwart a massive plot to bring down as many as 10 flights bound for New York, Washington and California. In the U.S., liquids and gels of any kind (except baby formula and medicines) have been banned in carry-on baggage for the time being. Meanwhile, the U.K. has temporarily banned all liquids as well as electronics such as laptops, cell phones and iPods.

Update: While the front page of CNN.com continues to refer to the possible detonating devices as an “iPod or cell phone,” CNN’s latest story on today’s threat refers to only “MP3 players.”

iLounge Editorial: The iPod Bomb? Don’t Panic

Saffire rolls out large iPod accessory lineup

Saffire, the company behind the Jukebox Station announced yesterday, has recently introduced a plethora of iPod accessories. Among the new products are speaker systems, docking stations, cables, chargers, Bluetooth transmitters, cases, and screen guards. Below is a brief summary of the company’s iPod gear.

Lollapalooza teams with iTunes for sampler, setlists, live recordings

Music fans who attended this year’s Lollapalooza, which took place this past weekend in Chicago, were given an iTunes card that can be used to download a special collection of free tracks from artists who performed at the large festival. Lollapalooza organizers also said that live recordings from select bands on the festival’s top four stages will be available exclusively on the iTunes Music Store for 30 days. The live tracks have yet to be posted, however, and no release date has been given. In another partnership with iTunes, Lollapalooza attendees can also send a cell phone text message to receive setlists from the festival. After texting the keyword “setlist” and your email address to 56658, you’ll receive an email that will link directly to the setlists on iTunes.

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