MacMinute reports the Crystalmini is a custom made iPod mini decorated with Swarovski crystals. The product is handcrafted with about 1,000 Swarovski crystals to match your 1,000 songs in the music player, according to the company behind the creation. “One crystal per song to represent every song you love. This is a one of a kind crystal digital music player that is crystallized from front to back with fine Swarovski crystals. It is carefully designed and crafted. Every fine crystal is placed mindfully with accuracy to allow easy navigation on the innovative scrolling wheel.” They will sell for US$699.
MacMinute reports that digital video recorder maker TiVo is offering a 20GB “Limited Edition Apple iPod” to members of its TiVo Rewards program, which combines points for user referrals and use of a TiVo-branded MasterCard. Collect 20,000 TiVo Rewards points and get the special iPod, which TiVo explains is unique because “the TiVo logo is etched on back!” (Okay, their choice of punctuation may be a little dramatic, but sure, it’ll be a collectors’ item of sorts.)
Like toys? iLounge reader Richard L. has used Legos to create unique iPod stands that are described as “100% handmade and unique” with “designs [that] will not be used again.” For pictures, check out the link below. These unique Lego stands are now being auctioned on eBay.
Incase is set to release three new iPod mini cases. The nappa Leather Sleeves are named after the designs appearing on the cases; Flower, Flame and Turntable. All cases feature a suede lined interior, built-in belt clip and open access to the hold switch and earphone port. The Leather Sleeves cost $29.95 and are expected to ship October 15. Click ‘Read more’ for exclusive photos and info.
iPodControl is for people who use their iPod on multiple computers (like me who switches between Mac and PC twice a day). For some reason, iTunes saves it’s local preferences on the iPod—making them not local. This means that if you have your music library on one computer, and use the other computer just to play the music, you’ll constantly be threatened that iTunes is about to destroy all your music. Obviously not cool.
Among other things, iPodControl fixes this problem by providing a launcher for iTunes which keeps track of your local preferences—updating them for you when you launch iTunes, then restoring them to their previous state when you quit or dismount the iPod.
O’Reilly has announced a new book titled “iPod & iTunes Hacks: 100 Industrial-Strength Tips & Tools” by Hadley Stern. “For those people who want to get more much more out of their iPod “iPod & iTunes Hacks” is brimming with undocumented tips, tricks, and trade secrets for getting the very most from your iPod.” O’Reilly has posted ten free hacks for download in PDF format. O’Reilly is accepting pre-orders for $24.95 with shipping expected to begin in early October.
The iPoDonut silicone sticker is now available for 4G Click Wheel iPods and the iPod mini. “It protects your iPod’s touch wheel from scratch and stain. Peel the back sheet off and place the ‘Donut’ on the touch Wheel. The silicon adhesive layer does not leave any stain on the surface.” There are several designs to choose from, all glow-in-the-dark, and cost $9.95 each. Screen protector film is also included.
Citing comments from research and investment house Susquehanna Financial Group pertaining to memory maker Lexar Media’s sales of NAND flash memory, CBS Marketwatch reports that “Susquehanna… added that the popular Apple iPod also uses the NAND type of flash memory and that demand is strong, with Apple and Hewlett-Packard planning to ship about 1 million iPods per month starting in October.”
If accurate, the projected volume of shipments would represent an increase of approximately three times known monthly sales of iPods for the preceding quarter, and suggests that Apple and HP anticipate a banner holiday season for iPod sales.
“Instead the music industry should embrace file-sharers, said technology journalist and author Andrew Orlowski in a keynote speech at the Interactive In The City conference being held in Manchester. [...]
The inclusion of a small surcharge on monthly internet subscription fees that was given to record labels to pay artists could solve the problem, he said.”
Newer Technology (NewerTech) and Other World Computing (OWC) today announced a second model of the popular NewerTech RoadTrip!(TM) FM transmitter. The new “RoadTrip!” model allows users of Apple Computer’s iPod and other digital music players to listen to their favorite audio files through a car stereo system using the 87.7 FM radio frequency. The original “RoadTrip!” model broadcasts using the 107.7 FM frequency. Both are available at www.macsales.com for $19.99.
Costco will begin selling an iPod mini bundle for $269.99 starting October 1. The bundle includes an Apple iPod mini Armband and a gift certificate for 15 songs from the iTunes Music Store. Costco is currently accepting pre-orders on its website with shipping expected to start October 1, 2004. Only Pink, Silver and Blue iPod minis are available.
Eliot Van Buskirk, Section Editor, Technology for mp3.com has discovered that Apple is not responsible for designing the Scroll Wheel. “I’d always assumed that this bit of design genius sprung from Apple’s R&D labs, but, in fact, I discovered that a company called Synaptics, which primarily makes touchpads for laptops, actually designed this little piece of navigational heaven, in accordance with Apple’s stringent design requirements.” Synaptics designed and manufactured the Scroll Wheel/Touch Wheel and the current Click Wheel.
eMusic is set to relaunch their MP3 subscription service to make it easier to find independent artists and their songs. “As in its previous incarnation, the service will offer unprotected MP3 files from independent labels, a sharp contrast from services such as Apple Computer’s iTunes or Microsoft’s new MSN Music store, all of which wrap their songs in copy protection.” And unlike services such as MSN Music Store and Napster, eMusic MP3s can be played on the iPod. Subscription prices are set at varying tiers, 40 songs a month for $10, 65 songs for $15, or 90 songs for $20 a month.
Urban clothing designer Paul Frank recently released two flip-cover cases for 3G iPods (15, 20, 30 and 40GB). Both cases feature a belt clip, soft interior lining, and are made from vinyl. Each case also features Paul Frank’s trademarked designs. The light blue case is printed with Julis the monkey and the yellow and blue case with a pattern of retro audio visual equipment. The cases sell for approximately $22 at Paul Frank stores and retail outlets.
CopyPod allows to backup - copy - transfer iPod Music to your PC. Ideal to make a secure backup of the iPod, to move your iPod Music between computers, to backup the iPod before sending it for repair.
EarphoneSolutions.com is offering the New Etymotic 6i earphones for $119 + shipping (around $5). Enter coupon code F119POD88 during checkout. EarphoneSolutions.com coupon is an exclusive and private offer for iLounge. EarphoneSolutions.com is an Authorized Etymotic dealer and the earphones come with a full Warranty by Etymotic and a 30 day money back guarantee (some fees may apply).
If Then Software presents the “iPod ActionPak,” which is 3 great utilities for your iPod ($9.95). The ActionPak includes “Pod2Pod” which exactly duplicates the entire contents of one iPod to another, “Note2Pod,” which is a full-featured note manager for your iPod, and “iPod Battery Monitor,” which allows you to chart and track the progress of your iPod battery with the ability to save the report to the iPod, print it or send it to an eMail address. iPod Battery Monitor will also change your battery indicator to a numerical value for more accuracy during testing. The iPod ActionPak (screenshots) can be found at If Then Software’s website.
iPodder automatically downloads new mp3 files when they become available from any of five sources (you can change these if you wish) and copies them to playlists in iTunes based on the channel name. If you have an iPod, connecting it to your computer will load the songs automatically. This software is currently under development as a SourceForge project.
“Bose has introduced the SoundDock digital music system, designed to deliver a new standard of audio performance for Apple’s iPod and iPod mini. No headphones, cables or adaptors required—the new speaker system lets iPod owners access, control and listen to their stored music with the ease of dock and play.
The SoundDock system includes a proprietary acoustic design that delivers clear, full sound across the entire musical spectrum. Using an integrated system approach, the amplifiers, equalizers and speakers are matched; there is no need for the user to make complex adjustments to ensure superb acoustic performance. Patented integrated signal processing automatically adjusts tonal balance, so music sounds natural at any volume. [...]
This free iTunes plugin allows you to download tracks from your iPod to your iTunes library.
Editor’s note: This software is no longer available for download. All links to the software were removed at Apple’s request.