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iTunes interface patent awarded to Apple

“Apple Computer has won a patent for the interface of its iTunes music software, underscoring the growing importance of the multimedia business for the company.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued Apple a patent for its media player software interface on May 4, along with several other features of the company’s high-profile products. Other parts of the iTunes software, including the ability to stream songs over a network to another copy of the program, had been the subject of earlier patents.”

JAVOScreen iPod mini screen protector released

JAVOedge has announced the JAVOScreen screen protector for the iPod Mini. JavoScreen is made of non-reflective material

Windows: iPod Agent 0.6.0 beta released

Pod Agent is a Windows program for use with an Apple iPod. It allows you to easily do various tasks that have been relatively hard to do without buying some 3rd party software. iPod Agent currently does the following and more (see website):

 

  • Transfers songs from your iPod to your PC

  • Transfers Outlook mail to your iPod

  • Transfers Outlook appointments to your iPod

  • Transfers Outlook contacts to your iPod

  • Transfers Outlook tasks to your iPod

  • Transfers Outlook notes to your iPod

     

  • PlayFair is back, again

    “The PlayFair free software project is back online, with both the maintainer of the project and the hosting service willing to face a legal challenge from Apple.

    Apple last month shut down the free software project, which enables advanced audio coding (AAC) files downloaded from Apple iTunes to be played on platforms that Apple does not support. It does that by stripping the

    Six week waiting list for iPod mini

    “The Apple of my wife’s eye is a pink iPod mini. Nothing else for Mother’s Day would do. I was elated at her request. No painful tours of snooty jewelry stores. Just a quick stop at the big box electronics store and a $249 charge. I figured it would be the easiest Mother’s Day ever. I figured wrong.

    Here’s what I learned about this business card-sized digital jukebox that stores up to 1,000 songs:

    If you want to be assaulted by a humiliating burst of laughter, go to Best Buy, Circuit City, CompUSA or even Apple Computer’s own stores and ask for an iPod mini. Tell them you want it in pink and insist that you need it now. [...]

    But you cannot buy one. You can only put your name on a six-week waiting list.”

    Editor’s note: MacBidouille is reporting that the Apple Store Soho in NY has a new stock of iPod minis. Also, our forums report Circuit City has silver minis in stock. Call your local iPod mini resellers (Circuit City, Target, Fry’s, Best Buy, Apple Stores, etc.) and see if they have stock, you might be surprised. You could always try eBay, but you’ll pay inflated prices.

    Delkin announces the USB Bridge - copy images from camera to iPod

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    “Delkin Devices Inc., maker of premium quality eFilm memory cards and other innovative products, announces a revolutionary new device that connects two USB devices together without a computer. The USB Bridge fits easily in the palm of ones hand, and enables users to copy files by attaching a digital camera directly to a variety of peripherals such as an iPod (and other MP3 players), USB Flash Thumb Drives, external hard drives, CD-R burners and memory card readers. It links your camera to a wide variety of USB mass storage devices without having to remove the memory card. The Bridge works with all the top camera brands including Canon, Fuji, Kodak, Nikon, Olympus and Sony. Delkin designed the Bridge for the traveling photographer who prefers the convenience of leaving their laptop at home but still needs a solution for storing and transferring files on the fly. The versatile USB Bridge is more than a helpful tool for photographers.”

    Mac: Text to iPod Notes 1.3 released

    Text to iPod Notes 1.3 is a drag and drop AppleScript that allows you to read longer texts segmented into text notes. Drag a plain text document to the application or double-click the application and choose a plain text document. Place the created folder in the Notes folder on iPod. To view text notes, select Extras in iPod’s main menu, then select Notes.

    iPod mini is hot seller for Moms

    “Apple’s new iPod mini, which debuted in January, has been a hot seller at online retailer Amazon.com in the days leading up to Mother’s Day this Sunday.

    ‘We’ve been selling out of the iPod mini as soon as we get them,’ Frank Sadowski, vice president of consumer electronics at Amazon.com (AMZN: Research, Estimates) told CNN/Money, though he declined to divulge sales figures for the product.

    iPodX - new UK iPod accessory store opens

    New online retail store iPodX has announced its official launch into the world of iPod accessories. To celebrate their opening, iPodX has lowered the price on several items; iSkin eVo for

    Apple denies iTMS price increase

    MacMinute reports that Apple on Friday denied a report in the New York Post that it plans to raise the prices of some tracks on its iTunes Music Store to US$1.25 a song. “The rumors aren’t true,” Natalie Secqueira, an Apple’s spokeswoman, told CBS Marketwatch. “We have multi-year agreements with the record labels and our price remains 99 cents a track.”

    Skin EFX releases iPod Skins - stickers for iPod

    picSkin EFX has released a load of new stickers to ‘skin’ your iPod with colors and/or patterns. The stickers are pre-cut forms to place on the front of the iPod, can only be applied once, have a four year outdoor durability, and cost $4.95 for a set of two.

    Major record labels re-sign for iTunes, prices may increase to $1.25 a song

    “The five major record labels have been in negotiations recently with Apple over pricing and other issues associated with the year-old download service, which was launched to great fanfare last April.

    All five of the deals - with Universal, Sony, BMG, EMI and Warner Music - have already been signed, sources say, and the new pricing is already being rolled out for albums.

    EMI and Sony Music, which this week launched its own download service called Sony Connect, were said to be the most aggressive on pricing.

    Under the terms of some of the deals, the prices for some of the most popular singles could rise to $1.25, according to sources familiar with the negotiations. Songs have previously been priced at 99 cents across the board.”

     

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    Mac: iPod Browser 1.5 released

    iPod Browser is an application used to browse your iPod and actually allow you to copy the MP3s back off the iPod to a destination of your choice.

    iPod 15GB for $284 with free shipping

    Deals On The Web: Amazon.com has the factory new 15GB iPod for $284.05. The 15GB model holds up to 3,700 songs and includes earbud headphones, a FireWire cable, PC FireWire adapter and an AC charger. We’ve posted them here recently for less, but with Free shipping, it’s among the lowest prices we’ve seen. Note that Amazon changes their prices frequently.

    European labels scared of Apple dominance

    “Music labels are dragging their feet in licensing their songs to Apple Computer because they fear its long-promised European music download site will dominate the online business, industry insiders say.

    The five main record labels are understood to be scared that Apple, which makes the iPod digital music player, will become as successful in Europe as it has in the US, where it has 70 per cent of the legal download business. That could let it dictate which stars or records succeed or fail by deciding which to promote on its site.”

    iTMS sells 3.3 million songs in one week

    “Apple today announced that music fans have purchased and downloaded a record setting 3.3 million songs from its third generation iTunes Music Store since its launch one week ago. Highlighting the popularity of its innovative new features, iTunes users have already published more than 20,000 iMixes, and those iMixes have been rated by fellow iTunes users over 50,000 times. In addition to the 3.3 million purchased songs, iTunes users have downloaded more than 500,000 free songs from popular artists including Foo Fighters, Avril Lavigne, Courtney Love, Annie Lennox, Jane

    Win one of seven Griffin iTalks

    “To celebrate the release of the Griffin iTalk iPod Voice Recorder, Griffin Technology today announced a promotion with Tune-Watch.com to give away one iTalk per day till May 10. Users can enter the contest simply by visiting tune-watch.com and filling out a short entry form - no registration or purchase is necessary. Winners will be selected each day and contacted to confirm shipping information. The iTalk normally retails for $39.99 and is available now at www.griffintechnology.com.”

    Mo’ Motown comes to iTunes

    “Motown is emptying its archives into Apple’s iTunes Music Store to mark its 45th anniversary. The famed label is making available the first 45 singles it issued as well as 45 hard-to-find albums from such superstars as Marvin Gaye, the Supremes and Diana Ross, the Four Tops and Smokey Robinson, among many others.

    According to Motown, the “vast majority” of these albums are being made available for digital download for the first time. The promotion will run through May 25 and coincides with the May 17 ABC broadcast of the “Motown 45” TV special.”

    Is it time for an iPod IPO?

    Apple would profit nicely from spinning out its digital music biz now—before the market gets"commoditized, which it will be for sure. [...]

    All of this makes Apple a force to be reckoned with in the music business. In fact, its musical offerings have almost single-handedly driven Apple’s stock within striking distance of $30 (it was trading around $26 as of May 4). [...]

    For Apple, the best move right now is to spin out iPod and pocket the cash, because Wall Street’s current euphoria marks the market’s peak. Although Apple would be loath to admit it, digital music players are on the verge of commoditization.”

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