Mediafour, makers of MacDrive and XPlay, today announced the release of XPlay Photo Browser, new Windows 2000/XP software that enables iPod photo owners to browse photos, save photos and view slideshows directly from their iPods. XPlay Photo Browser also includes a screensaver that automatically displays an iPod photo slideshow. The software is available as a free download.
Apple plans to open a Japanese version of its iTunes Music Store by March 2005, the Nihon Keizai newspaper reported on Thursday. The newspaper said that Apple is planning to offer more than 100,000 mostly Japanese tracks. The iTunes Music Store is currently available in the US and 12 European countries. A Canadian store is expected to open before the end of the month.
New additions to Apple’s iTunes Music Store this week include: Encore, the latest release from rapper Eminem; an iTunes Originals 5-song EP from Jack Johnson; Rearviewmirror, a new greatest hits album from Pearl Jam; a special Black Eyed Peas EP created for The Urbz game; and a new remix album, Amotion, from A Perfect Circle.
O’Reilly has announced the release of “iPod & iTunes Hacks” by iLounge contributor Hadley Stern. The $24.95 book offers 100 hacks for iPod enthusiasts who want to “explore and experiment, create shortcuts, and unearth cool and unexpected things to do with their iPod that have never even occurred to their friends.” Hacks in the book show iPod owners how to: use their iPods with both Macs and PCs; turn the iPod into an FM radio station, portable stereo, or wireless jukebox; use the iPod as a portable hard drive, and access “hidden” music files; turn the iPod into a universal remote control or voice recorder; play and create games for the iPod; and more.
Engadget has posted a step-by-step article on how to use your iPod photo to give PowerPoint or Keynote presentations.
The Censtron iBend “brings the Heavy Metal experience everywhere” inside the case of a 3G iPod. It comes with “four rocking guitar solos,” the “Censtron bend wheel,” and an “extreme pitch knob.”
iLounge staffer and “iPod and iTunes Hacks” author Hadley Stern asks if the iPod photo is breakthrough device or a work in progress.
One large bank plans to give every employee an iPod so they can listen to earnings calls and other business related audio.
Belkin has been honored with seven CES Innovations Distinctions, including awards for TuneBase FM for the iPod mini and Digital Camera Link for the iPod.
InnoPocket has announced a new protective metal case for Apple’s 4G iPod. Made of anodized aircraft-grade aluminum, the form-fitting metal case features neoprene lining, a removable belt clip and post system, and access to headphone jack, remote port and all vital iPod controls. The InnoPocket Metal Deluxe Case is available now for $29.99.
The iPod eBook Creator is a Web-based tool to convert books (or any text) to the iPod Notes format that you can add to your iPod for reading on the go.“This utility/PHP script loads large text file and splits it into notes for use on iPod. It is easy to read your book in plain text format on your iPod via Notes functionality. All notes will be automatically linked, so you can move from one to another with absolute ease. It’s as simple as turning pages of the book.”
Apple’s iPod U2 Special Edition ($349.00) is now available for purchase in bricks-and-mortar Apple Stores, and iLounge has exclusive first pictures of the newest iPod’s packaging and pack-ins. Our full gallery will go up shortly, but for now, click on Read More for a collection of eleven shots to tide you over.
Shipments of the U2 iPod to fulfill Apple Store online pre-orders commenced several days ago, with anticipated delivery dates over the next several days. As noted in our earlier news stories and the iLounge Buyers’ Guide 2004, each U2 iPod includes a $50 coupon towards the purchase of The Complete U2, a digital box set of U2 music from iTunes, and a fold-out poster including photographs of the band. Other than its packaging, black casing, red Click Wheel and band-engraved back, the U2 iPod is the same as a 20GB fourth-generation iPod, and includes standard white accessories.
View the U2 iPod gallery
In an apparent attempt to unify its iPod product names, Apple has tweaked the name of its iPod Photo to iPod photo (lower case “p”). The product’s name now matches that of the iPod mini. Apple’s Web site appears to have been quietly made over to reflect the name change. According to readers, Apple resellers and members of the Apple Consultants Network received confirmation of the change from the company earlier today.
The NBA has informed Toronto Raptors star Vince Carter that he is no longer allowed to use his iPod during pregame warm-ups. “The 27-year-old shooting guard had been listening to music on his trendy iPod on the basketball court during pregame warm-ups, chilling privately with his tunes while practicing jump shots with his teammates. Yesterday, the NBA said Carter’s quest for inner peace through his headphones did not conform to the league guidelines on proper attire on the court. The league has asked him to put the music player away. Carter was shocked when told the news yesterday afternoon after practice. ‘It’s going to hurt [my routine] big time,’ Carter said. ‘I like to listen to music when I’m working out, doing all that. That was my chance to really kind of relax yet focus in. I focus in when I have music on.’”
Griffin Technology said today that it is now shipping the iTrip-Black FM transmitter for the new iPod U2 Special Edition. Like the original white iTrip, the new iTrip-Black retains its most popular features such as unlimited station frequencies and battery-free iPod mating design. The new model with its jet-black exterior and red LED light perfectly matches the new U2 iPod. The iTrip-Black is priced $35.
Acme Made has introduced two new stylish iPod and iPod mini cases. The iPod Wallet features an Italian box leather exterior and “Cashmere” finish microsuede lining. It sports a magnetic tab closure, cable access, an internal headphones strap, and card pocket. Available in pink, lime and blue, the Acme Made iPod Wallet for iPod costs $59.95, while the iPod mini version sells for $49.95. Also announced was the iPod Traveler, a protective travel case specifically designed for the iPod and iPod mini. The leather case comes in red or black and features a suede lining, a polished YKK zipper (with protective flap lining), internal headphones pocket, and rear headphone port (mini version only). The Acme Made Traveler is priced at $59.99 for iPod and $49.99 for iPod mini.
Japanese company Bird Electron is offering limited edition iPod speakers that are handmade from actual gourds.
PortalPlayer, which makes components for Apple’s iPod, plans to go public this week, selling 6.25 million shares at $11 to $13 a share.
Wired’s Leander Kahney found the fIRSt evEr prOTotyPe dDArwIng Of tHe IPOd.
The EPodium is yet another new iPod stand made from crystal-clear acrylic. The stand comes in two versions—a plain version for $15.95 and a customizable version for $18.95 which you can personalize with a laser-engraved name or symbol. The EPodium, which will fit all iPod models (mini, 20GB, 40GB, and the new iPod photo 40GB, and 60GB), also has a slot on the bottom for the dock connector cord.
Burberry is now offering two new iPod cases in its signature plaid designs. “This nifty, leather-lined case shields your portable jukebox from the perils of pocket and purse. As an added bonus, the iconic exterior, available in traditional Nova or cheery Candy plaid, complements the cover of Le Tigre’s latest album.” The Burberry London iPod case sells for $195 and is available at Burberry stores in New York City, San Francisco, Chicago, Houston, and King of Prussia, PA.
While Apple CEO Steve Jobs calls the iPod the “Walkman of the 21st century,” Microsoft and its allies are hoping to make it the Betamax of the 21st century, according to a report in the New York Times. “The iPod dominates its market in a way that no Apple product has done in a generation, raising the possibility that the company is becoming more than just a purveyor of computers with high design and low market share. If Apple continues to ride the wave of consumer electronics products, it may become the Sony of the 21st century. For that to happen, however, Jobs must do what he failed to do last time: prevail over his old nemesis, Bill Gates, who sees entertainment as Microsoft’s next great frontier. Microsoft is working hard to make sure that the iPod is less like the Walkman and more like the Betamax, Sony’s videocassette format that was defeated in the marketplace by VHS.”
Tune Belt today announced a new style armband carrier with an open view for Apple’s iPod mini. The $16.95 product fits the iPod mini right side up or upside down so that you can read the device’s screen when viewed on the arm. The Tune Belt iPod mini Armband Carrier, which is adjustable up to 20-inches, also features a clear protective mylar window with access to the Click Wheel; access to the headphone jack and hold button; a flap to hold down excess cord length; and a mini pocket for the earbuds when not in use.
Panic has officially retired its Audion MP3 application and made it a free download. The company has posted an amazing story by co-founder Cabel Sasser on the history of Audion, including very interesting details on the early days of MP3, a failed AOL deal, meeting Apple CEO Steve Jobs and how Audion almost became iTunes.
The French Competition Council has dismissed a case brought by Virgin’s French arm against Apple for alleged abuse of market dominance.
The Think Different Store now has the new iSkin eVo 2 in stock for fourth-generation iPods.
Geek Culture’s Joy of Tech comic reveals the Dirty Secrets of iPod Socks.
Anapod Explorer 8.6.4 from Red Chair Software is the latest version of the iPod utility for Windows. This update adds the ability to install Griffin iTrip Stations onto your iPod via Anapod Explorer. Improvements have also been made to streaming playback performance, Xtreamer security, and MP3 tag handling.