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More iPod muggings in UK

  • March 30, 2004
  • iPod

Back in Febrary we we reported that the “This is London” website was reporting that iPod owners were being targeted by criminals. Today, “The Register UK” is reporting a person was mugged for their iPod.

“West Midlands police have issued a stark warning to iPod users: ditch the white headphones or pay the price.

Fashion-conscious music lovers are apparently being targeted by muggers. The Times tells the sorry tale of 22-year-old language student Roland Baskerville, who lost his 20GB model on the mean streets of Birmingham: “I was walking down the road near to my home when a man who was walking the other way pointed at my headphones.”

The thief then asked Baskerville if he was listening to an iPod and, receiving an affirmative answer, he “pulled a knife out and started waving it at me, saying: ‘Well hand it over, then.’ I gave it to him and he ran off. He must have known I was wearing an iPod because of the white headphones.”

Negotiate a price for an iPod in India’s grey market

  • March 30, 2004
  • iPod

“It’s been sometime since we gave you a sneak peek on the grey market scene; hence we decided to pay a little visit to the grey market and catch up on what’s hot and what’s not. With the official prices of gizmos and drool “maal” hitting the roof, the grey market is still the preferred choice for all fellow geeks to feast on the goodies and catch a steal or two. [...]

All the prices are negotiable and you can test your negotiation skills as long as you are serious about buying them.”

iPod retail expands in Australia

  • March 30, 2004
  • iPod

“Apple Australia has signed deals that will see the retail presence of the iPod expand.

iPods are currently only available from Apple centres and resellers, David Jones and the online Apple Store. From April 1 the popular music player will also be available in Myer, Megamart, Target, and Domayne – all high-street superstores.” introduces iPod repair and modification services is offering several iPod related repair and modification services, including screen replacement ($85), battery replacement ($40), general repair ($20 general repair diagnostic), harddrive backup (5 gigs for $5), replacement HD ribbon cables ($25). “iPodMods has been doing repairs of iPods and many other different small electronics for over 3 years. They have opened the doors to the public and would like to help out iPod owners across the globe with their top notch support. They offer a wide variety of parts for most models and do repairs on ALL iPod types.”

Two weeks left to win an iPod on

  • March 29, 2004
  • iPod

Answer all the quiz questions correctly and work out who the artist is by 16 April to go into the prize drawing. The winner receives a cash prize which is now £4012. The more of you who play, the more we pay. Over 100 runners up will win either iPods or the artist’s new album.

New PodGear CarDock in car charger/holder released

pic Disruptive Technology Channels recently announced the launch of the PodGear CarDock, a unique in-car cradle and charger and the first product in the PodGear line of accessories for the iPod. Unlike existing iPod car-chargers on the market, the PodGear CarDock offers completely cable-free charging so that your iPod remains easy to access, fully powered and no threat to in-car user safety (& iPod safety!) while you are on the road. Suggested retail price for the CarDock is £34.99 including VAT, and it will be on sale in stores this week.

Lajo releases “dock friendly” exoflp case for iPod

picToday #### released a new addition to his lineup of silicone cases named the exoflp. The exoflp features button and wheel protection (like the exo3), a back slit which makes the exoflp dock friendly, and is designed to fit tight with anti tear rings at each end. Exoflp can be found at, click just released or enter exoflp into the search engine. “#### designs iPod cases with the philosophy that no on design, or color, or pattern will meet every one’s needs and as a result his exo series for 3rd gen iPod has four case, over 50 colors, a variety of interchangeable accessories including screen protectors in a variety of colors and his just release SWVclip which can be color coordinated with you exoflp to make you the talk of the town.” The exoflp costs $21.50 (case only) plus $5 shipping to anywhere in the world.

iSkin releases iSkin eVo iPod protector

piciSkin Inc., today released the iSkin eVo, its new and improved protector for the third generation Apple iPod that the company refers to as “proof of eVolution.” Improving upon the existing eXo2 the new eVo features; a redesigned rotary RevoClip that’s made of a lightweight, non-shattering polymer, an improved screen protector with soft contact points, and the eVo now allows the connecting of devices like the iTrip by featuring a new thinner top surface with beveled edges. The eVo comes in nine colors including new Ultra-Glo (glow-in-the-dark) skin tones and costs $29.99.

iPod, you Pod, everybody iPod

  • March 26, 2004
  • iPod

“The Apple iPod is just about the size of a pack of cigarettes, and just about as addictive.

‘Oh, it’s so addictive — it’s my new crack,’ jokes Kawan Prather of College Park, a senior vice president of Sony Records.
For people who have one, the iPod is a status badge, a fashion statement and an obsession. The sleekly designed little pocket jukebox holds up to 10,000 songs individually selected by the user and is insanely portable and easy to use — a mix of minimalism and maximum enjoyment. Perched right on the cutting edge of cool, it’s also crossed over into the realm of cute with the new line of pastel-colored Mini iPods.”

Apple patents iPod user interface

  • March 26, 2004
  • iPod

MacObserver has discovered that Apple yesterday filed a patent for a “graphical user interface and methods of use thereof in a multimedia player.” The following is an abstract from the patent application.

“In a portable multimedia device, a method, apparatus, and system for providing user supplied configuration data are described. In one embodiment, a hierarchically ordered graphical user interface are provided. A first order, or home, interface provides a highest order of user selectable items each of which, when selected, results in an automatic transition to a lower order user interface associated with the selected item. In one of the described embodiments, the lower order interface includes other user selectable items associated with the previously selected item from the higher order user interface.”

XO Play announces new “BUM” iPod game

XO Play launches ‘BUM’ adventure game for the iPod. This follows the success of XO Play’s last two iPod games ‘The Rise Of The Lost’ and ‘Herbert’s Big Adventure’ The adventure story game puts you in the role of Rufus, a BUM looking to hit the big time and become a millionaire. You’ll do anything you can for a meal, a dollar to get you through the day and a step closer to your dreams. The choices and decisions you make will lead you to the life of rich spoils as a millionaire or stuck digging through trashcans. As you read through the adventure you will be asked to choose your destiny by selecting from a number of options found at the bottom of the page. Similar to the ‘choose-your-own-adventure’ series. The game costs $14.99 and is played via the notes section on your iPod.

Lajo announces exomini case for iPod mini

pic####, the designer of 3G iPod silicone cases, exo, exo2 and exo3 is pleased to present exomini. Like the exo series cases, the exomini is made from the highest grade Japanese silicone with 2.0mm of silicone protection on all sides, and features access to all functions. The exomini costs $17.50 and is currently available in Asphalt (black) only. Over 50 colors and Art designs are planned as new colors will be added weekly. Exomini accessories include iShade a TPU multi colored screen protectors, bungee a TPU multi colored safety strap and over 70 color combinations of ####’s newly introduced SWVclip belt clip. Upcoming accessories include an armband, hand strap, a “revolutionary” belt clip, car mount etc.  #### accessories are interchangeable and you can use your existing or newly purchased accessories with any one of the ####’s exo series for the 3G iPod or iPodmini. To view a larger picture of exomini go to, click on just released then click on exomini.

Hitachi drive shortage delays iPod mini worldwide

“Tight supplies of the hard drive at the core of the player forced Apple to delay increasing manufacturing until July, it said.

“We’re actually consuming just about all the 4 gigabyte, 1- inch drives they make. As they make more, we’ll get more,” said Greg Joswiak, vice president of hardware product marketing for Apple.”

Refurbished 5GB iPods for $199

Deals On The Web: A reader informs us that PowerMax has stock of factory refurbished 5GB iPods at $199.00. Stock is limited.

iPodResQ iPod Battery Replacement Kit for $38

Dealmac: MacResQ offers its iPodResQ iPod Battery Replacement Kit for $37.99 via coupon code “REV1” for original models and code “REV3” for third-generation models. That’s $7 off. Tools to open the iPod and instructions are included. Offer ends March 31.

Mac: iPod MP3 Enabler 1.2 released

This is a tool to give you easy access to the MP3 files stored on your iPod by making the files visible in a “Music” folder at the root level of the iPod. Inside that folder will be subfolders labeled “F00—Fxx” inside those folders is your music. You can drag either the “Music” folder or any of the “Fxx” folders to iTunes to import that music into a library so it can be played from the iPod.

Apple delays release of iPod mini worldwide until July

“Apple today announced that it is moving the worldwide availability of iPod mini to July due to the much stronger than expected demand in the U.S. far exceeding the total planned supply through the end of June. Apple expects to ramp up its manufacturing of the iPod mini to meet worldwide demand in the July quarter.

‘The iPod mini is a huge hit with customers in the U.S. and we’re sure it will be the same worldwide once we can ramp up our supply in the July quarter,’ said Tim Cook, Apple’s executive vice president of Worldwide Sales and Operations. ‘The iPod mini adds further momentum to the iPod, which is already the leading digital music player in the world.’”

Forbes editor has issues with iPod mini

  • March 24, 2004

“Apple Computer’s iPod mini looks as if it was designed for adolescent girls who like their electronic devices to look like their candy. The new portable MP3 player comes in five shiny new colors: blue, sliver, green, gold and pink. Apple describes the iPod mini as the “ultimate fashion statement”—a line that could have been pulled straight out of Tiger Beat magazine.

If you cut through the layer of teeny-bopper marketing, however, you will find Apple’s (nasdaq: AAPL - news - people ) iPod mini is a decent player that deserves to be marketed as more than a fashion accessory—it works well, it’s easy to use and the simple design is friendly and functional.”

RIAA strikes at college campuses

“The recording industry filed lawsuits Tuesday against 89 people suspected of illegally sharing songs using the computer networks of 21 major universities, including Stanford University and UC Berkeley.

The Recording Industry Association of America filed 532 new lawsuits in the trade group’s battle against individuals who share songs for free using programs like Kazaa. The new round of suits includes 13 people identified as John Doe defendants in three lawsuits filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco.”

Macworld iPod mini survey: size is best, price is worst

“According to the survey, 45 percent of the panelists cited the iPod mini’s small size as its best feature—far and away the most popular response. However, nearly two-thirds—64 percent—said the price was the iPod mini’s worst feature. Among respondents who said they were likely to buy the iPod mini, small size remained the favorite feature of 37 percent, but another 31 percent cited the iPod mini’s overall design. However, even among likely iPod mini buyers, the $249 price tag remains the least liked feature.”

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