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CNET: Canadian MP3 player tax challenged

“MP3 player manufacturers, including Apple Computer, Dell and Hewlett-Packard, are challenging a recent regulatory ruling in Canada that would impose an extra fee of as much as $25 on iPod-like digital music players.

The Copyright Board of Canada ruled in December that hard drive-based digital music players should be subject to fees aimed at compensating musicians, songwriters and record labels for copyright infringement. Similar fees are placed on blank audio tapes and CDs, and manufacturers typically pass on the costs to the consumer.

A group of retailers, including Wal-Mart Stores and Best Buy, also is appealing the decision, which will be heard by a federal court.”

Solar powered tech jacket can charge iPod on-the-go

“ICP Solar Technologies Inc. (ICP), the world’s largest developer of solar products for consumers, and SCOTTeVEST LLC (SeV), the leading Technology Enabled Clothing® (TEC) company, will unveil the first solar power jacket prototypes designed to allow wearers to carry, connect and charge their portable digital devices, at the 2004 International CES, January 8-11, Las Vegas.”

Inside Mac Radio Macworld Report

Inside Mac Radio has posted its Macworld Special discussing cool new software, gadgets, iPod minis and iPod accessories with over 20 interviews from the show floor, including iLounge. The show is in MP3 format.

20GB iPod: $359.99 Shipped

Deals On The Web: Target now has stock of the 20GB iPod for $359.99, 10% off their regular price. Click the link in this deal post and use coupon code “TCAB2SAVETEN” during checkout to get the discount. Ground shipping is Free.

iPod Mini for $229.00

Deals On The Web: JUMP Systems is taking orders for the new iPod Mini (all colors) at $229.00. At $20 less than the retail price, it’s the best deal we’ve seen on this hot new item. Note that JUMP charges a $9.95 annual membership fee to purchase from their online store.

How to create notes on the iPod

  • January 13, 2004

Introduction

The iPod notes format is a lot more powerful than most people think. It’s possible to create a link that when selected plays a particular song/album/artist right from your notes file!

As far as I know, this information is undocumented and I had to experiment a bit to figure out how to create links in there etc.


What you will need.
An iPod a text editor (Notepad etc. (or Mac alternative)) and a basic understanding of HTML will help, but it’s not neccessary.

The iPod note reader procceses basic ASCII text files. The files can have any physical extension, this has no bearing on it. ‘notes’, ‘notes.txt’, ‘notes.ipod’ etc will all work fine. Just remember that any file you create for the iPod must be saved as ASCII/Plain Text.

Tutorial

Let’s start with an example. Say you wanted an ordered list on your iPod named ‘My Top Albums’, that contains artist information and album name. With this list, you want to be able to click an album name and have iPod automatically start playing that particular album. Here’s how it’s done…

First, using Notepad, create the list of albums you want to include in the list.

Here’s mine:

    My Top Albums 1. The Pixies - Doolittle 2. The Beatles - Revolver 3. Jeff Buckley - Grace 4. Oasis - Definitely Maybe

Now we can create the code around the list, that the iPod can understand. The iPod uses basic HTML Hyperlink/Anchor tags to navigate to music. So, to create a link from ‘Doolittle’ in my Note to the actual music on my iPod, I’d surround the word ‘Doolittle’ with an tag and edit the line to this…

1. The Pixies - Doolittle

Now, when I view the Note on the iPod, the word Doolittle will now be underlined, when I select this link with the scrollwheel and hit the SELECT button, iPod will play Doolittle in track order!.
Now, we can apply tags to the rest of the albums…

My Top Albums
1. The Pixies -
Doolittle
2. The Beatles - Revolver
3. Jeff Buckley - Grace
4. Oasis - Definitely Maybe

Remember, the name of the album you use in the tag must match the name of the album on the iPod, or it won’t work. the tag is not case sensitive however, so ‘Doolittle’ is the same as ‘dOOliTTle’.
Now, save the file you have created to your ipod as MYTOPALBUMS, under the Notes folder (e.g. I:Notes), unmount iPod and have a look.

Notice that your file is displayed as the FILENAME you saved it as. (e.g. MYTOPALBUMS) However, we can change this title to whatever we like, without changing the filename.

In the notes file, we need an HTML

<p> tag at the top. So create a an extra line that reads… </p> <title>My Top Albums

Using the

tag we can make iPod display the name of the file any way we want, this <title><p> tag willnot display in the actual note. </p> <p><b>More Options</b></p> <p>Now we have a full funtioning ‘Top Albums’ list that links to the music, but we could go further… <br /> The <A> tags also work with “genre” and “artist”, so we could also have a link that would play all the songs on the iPod by “The Pixies” by changing your line to this… </p> <p>1. <a href="http://ipod:music?artist=The Pixies">The Pixies</a> - <a href="http://ipod:music?album=Doolittle">Doolittle</a> </p> <p>By changing “music?album” to “music?artist” we are able to play music by different factors. “music?genre” is also available to us. e.g. </p> <p>Oasis - <a href="http://ipod:music?album=Definitely Maybe">Definitely Maybe</a> Genre:<a href="http://ipod:music?genre=Britpop">Britpop</a> </p> <p>This creates a link that plays all your music defined as ‘Britpop’. </p> <p>With the new options availble the finished file will look like this… </p> <title>My Top Albums


My Top Albums
1.
The Pixies - Doolittle
2. The Beatles - Revolver
3. Jeff Buckley - Grace
4. Oasis - Definitely Maybe Genre:Britpop

No doubt there are many more options available, but I have yet to test them. Unfortunately, the iPod will not recognise any formatting tags such as or etc. But there must be more ID3 tags it will recognise.

Apple, HP deal angers Microsoft

  • January 13, 2004
  • iPod

“HP’s move to release an own-branded digital-music player based on Apple’s iPod and to ship iTunes pre-installed on all HP PCs - has angered Microsoft.

General manager of Microsoft’s Windows digital media division David Fester has suggested that iTunes’ emerging dominance would be bad for consumers, because it would limit them to the iPod.”

UK TV reports iPod battery issue

  • January 13, 2004
  • iPod

MacMinute reports: A news story on Channel 4 in the U.K. last night reported on the issue some users are having with their iPod’s battery. “The iPod, by Apple, can cost anywhere from £250 to £400 pounds - but now some users are finding that replacing the battery is so expensive, it’s not worth the bother,” notes the report. Apple Europerecently said, however, that it plans to offer iPod owners AppleCare packages and a battery replacement program soon. Apple’s iPod AppleCare and US$99 battery replacement service were both announced in November in the United States.

HP - No WMA for IPod

  • January 13, 2004
  • iPod

“Contrary to reports, Hewlett-Packard will not be supporting Microsoft’s Windows Media Audio format in its forthcoming HP-branded iPod. [...]

“We’re not going to be supporting WMA for now,” said Muffi Ghadiali, product marketing manager for HP’s digital entertainment products group.

“We picked the service that was the most popular (Apple’s iTunes Music Store),” said Ghadiali. “We could have chosen another format, but that would have created more confusion for our customers.”

iPod 10GB for $237 shipped

Dealmac: Apple’s iPod 10GB MP3 player costs $236.54 with free shipping at Amazon.com. It’s the lowest price we know to be available.

Mac: Pod Decloak 1.0 Released

As you may know if you own an iPod, Apple prevents you from seeing the music files that are on the device even when it is mounted as a FireWire drive.  This means, among other things, that you cannot import the music from an iPod into iTunes and/or move the songs onto your computer.  iPod Decloak allows you to see the songs on your iPod on OS X in an organized manner.

Tech analyst expects $199 iPod mini in 12 months

“‘I think $249 is smart. You can always drop the price. It’s much harder to raise it,’ said Michael Gartenberg, a personal technology analyst with Jupiter Research. ‘I think we could see a $199 iPod in the next 12 months.’

Gartenberg said the iPod mini should help Apple win some of the lower-end sales now going to Sony, Creative Labs and Rio Audio, manufacturers who’ve built a market for sub-$300 digital music players.”

Macworld UK: MS’ video-player plans ‘misguided’ – Jobs

“Microsoft’s planned move into the digital-video player market is misguided, and can never match the success of music players, says Apple CEO Steve Jobs.

In an interview with the New York Times Jobs explains that high price and long up-load times means Microsoft’s move into this business area is “misguided”.

Jobs said: “There’s just no equivalent of headphones. While a music player gives you a concert-hall experience, watching video on a tiny three-inch hand-held screen is nothing like the experience of watching a movie in a cinema or even on TV.”

Announcing TunesAtWork—Leave your music at home, and listen at work. Free.

TunesAtWork lets you listen to your personal iTunes music collection while at your office or lab, even though your iTunes collection resides at home.

TunesAtWork is a specialized web server that runs on your home Macintosh and serves web pages that present your music collection (including playlists) organized visually much the same as in iTunes itself.  This makes it easy to find what you’re looking for.

TechTV to review iPod Battery Replacement Kit

  • January 12, 2004
  • iPod

Tech TV’s The Screen Savers will be reviewing an iPod battery replacement kit tomorrow night (7 pm EST).  This is the first time I’ve seen a TV show review the kit, and their analysis is usually spot on.  Should be interesting to see their take on the issue.

AppleMatters: The HP-iPod Deal is Brilliant

“The recent HP-Apple announcement makes the significance of the iPod mini announcement at Macworld well, look minute. Finally it looks like Steve Jobs has not let his ego get the best of him, and done something that is right for Apple as a public company. Let’s look at what could have been; Apple could have decided to keep the iPod and iTunes an Apple-only product greatly limiting the sales of both. Instead, any PC user can now buy and listen to digital music using Apple products. Brilliant.”

iPod to support Windows Media Audio?

  • January 11, 2004
  • iPod

Connected Home Magazine’s Paul Thurrott predicts the recently announced Apple/HP partnership will bring Microsoft’s WMA format to the iPod.

“HP’s blockbuster deal with Apple will have one exciting side effect. The company will be working with Apple to add support for Microsoft’s superior Windows Media Audio (WMA) format to the iPod by mid-year. You heard it here first.”

Customized iPod auto install

Ryan sent us info about his new website with photos of a shiny, slick, customized docking station being built for his SUV - complete with a backlit Apple logo. “My friend, who is a auto audio installer made this for my Ford Explorer. I am building the site, but am just now learning, so the site sucks but we just wanted the photos up a.s.a.p”

Music industry hopes paid downloads will save the day

“After four straight years of declining CD sales, the recording industry is hanging hopes for a recovery on music fans going digital — and being willing to pay for it.

More than 19.2 million digital tracks were sold online in the last six months, according to Nielsen Soundscan, helping to narrow the music industry’s losses last year. [...]

‘We think 2004 is going to be the year of subscription content on portable devices,’ said Scott Kauffman, head of digital music retailer MusicNow Inc. ‘The notion of figuring out which 12 songs to put on a disc that doesn’t fit in your pocket when you already have 12,000 that fit in your pocket ... that’s just over.’”

Businesses spring to life around iPod

  • January 11, 2004
  • iPod

Ellen Lee for Contra Costa Times has written an article about the cottage industry which has spawned from the creation of the iPod - well known accessory makers DLO, Ten Technology, and Speck Products were mentioned.

“The iPod was the ubiquitous item at last week’s annual Macworld Conference and Expo in San Francisco. Manning the floor were no less than a dozen exhibitors piggy-backing on the growing popularity of the iPod, selling accessories such as rainbow-colored “skins” to clothe the device and an add-on by Belkin to convert the iPod into a voice recorder.”

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