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HP to ship preinstalled iTunes PCs end of March

MacRumors is reporting that “according to the meta-description embedded in the HP Music Site, HP should start shipping iTunes pre-installed HPs by the end of this month.”

“‘The [iTunes] icon will start shipping pre-loaded on Pavilion and Presario computers in late March and these pages will be the first landing site directed towards HP.com/music.’”

10GB and 30GB iPods on sale

The Apple Store has the 10G and 30G 3rd generation iPods on sale in the “Special Deals” section of the online store.  These are new units, priced at $249 and $449, respectively.

JAVOedge announces new iPod cases

pic JAVOedge, makers of PDA cases and accessories has announced two new leather iPod cases. JAVOLeatherCase Design 1 ($30.95) is a sleeve case made of leather with white stitching, elastic expansion band allowing for one-size-fits-all, and access to top and bottom ports. The JAVOLeatherCase Design 2 (29.95) features front access to the iPod, access to top and bottom ports and is also made of leather with white stitching. There is no screen protector and Design 2 fits iPod 15/20GB models.

Update: We have emailed JAVOedge with the concern that you can not connect headphones to the iPod while the top flap is closed on the Design 2 case. JAVOedge has informed us they are currently cutting access holes into the flap of the Design 2 case to allow the connection of headphones while the flap is closed, and should be available within a couple weeks.

Wired editor succumbs to iPod mini

“For several weeks I’ve been avoiding the iPod mini like a nasty disease.

At the grand opening of the new Apple store in San Francisco, the iPod product manager, Danika Cleary, tried to persuade me to check one out, but I refused.

‘No thanks, I don’t want to hold it,’ I told her. ‘I don’t even want to look at it, because then I’d have to buy one.”

I know the seductive power of Apple’s products, and the iPod mini gives off irresistible ‘buy me’ vibes. The mini casts a spell, a shopping hex that pulls you irresistibly toward the cash register.”

PocketPC iPod emulator removed from website

  • March 15, 2004
  • iPod,

Software developers, StartBrite Solutions after being pressured by Apple’s legal department have removed the pPod/pBop iPod emulator software for PocketPC PDAs from its website. “Due to legal pressure from Apple we are no longer able to distribute this application. Sorry for any inconvenience.”

iPod mini 10% off at Target

  • March 15, 2004

AbleShoppers: Target.com has the iPod Mini 4GB coming in soon at $249.99 - 10% off Code “TDAW2SAVETEN” (Expires 3/31) = $225 + $5 shipping. Search for “ipod mini” to find it. If you are in school, Apple Education Store has it for $229 for Students and Educators. Free engraving.

iPodResQ iPod Battery Replacement Kit for $38

Dealmac: MacResQ offers dealmac readers $7 off its $44.99 iPodResQ iPod Battery Replacement Kit ($37.99 after) via coupon code “DNREV12” for original models and code “DNREV3” for third-generation models. It’s the lowest we’ve seen. Tools to open the iPod and instructions are included. Offer ends March 19.

iTunes Music Store sells over 50 million songs

“Apple today announced that music fans have purchased and downloaded over 50 million songs from Apple

More on music disappearing on iPod mini

Last week we reported that a MacFixit reader reported that his music library was inaccessible on an iPod mini. Today, several readers report smiliar problems. “Last week we began covering a problem where the iPod mini loses access to all data stored on its internal hard drive - though the storage space still appears to be occupied.”

“Joe Paolino’s case is typical of the reports we’ve received so far “After charging my mini overnight, I found that the next morning all of my songs and playlists were missing.

The iPod mini: Visceral, Behavioral, Reflective

AppleMatters as written an editorial focusing on the iPod mini’s looks, feel, functionailty and what it says about the user “iPod mini: The physical clicking is back! It is a joy to feel button feedback. Color! Those anodized colors, which are agonizing to figure out which one you should have. Aluminum! The matte feel of aluminum is superior in every way to clammy, greasy chrome and gloss plastic.”

Comedy Central spoofs iPod ads

picA reader has informed us of a Comedy Central spoof on the iPod ads featuring a silhouetted redneck dancer for its “Redneck Weekend” movie promotion. The video shows the redneck dancing to a banjo soundtrack while holding a bottle of beer instead of an iPod and yelling yeeeehaaaaaaa.

Shure E3 earphones for $148

MicrophoneSolutions.com has just released its lowest price ever on the Shure E3 or E3c earphones. Use coupon code F148E3 and this will bring the price of the Shure E3 from $179 to $148 + shipping. Factory sealed units with a 2 Year Warranty and 30 DAY Money Back.

Music disappears on iPod mini

A reader at MacFixit.com reports a never before heard of problem with his iPod mini. “I turned on my iPod mini this morning and all of my music was missing. I did not check my contacts and appointments. The notes I stored on it were still there. My guess is that the root directory on the thing lost a reference to the music directory, but I really don’t know how things are stored. The memory used when I plugged it into iTunes showed that all of the memory was still used up. Then I copied a song onto the iPod and the memory used showed that all the memory was free.” He goes on to speculate that plugging in his iTrip FM transmitter before turning on the mini may have caused the problem. If you’ve had a similar problem with or without the iTrip, please let us know.

iPod mini to boost Apple profit

The iPod mini has “fueled a 22 percent increase in the company’s [Apple] stock in the past two weeks.” “Shares of Cupertino-based Apple have risen to their highest since September 2000 as investors bet the business card-sized iPod mini, released last month, will boost profit.”

How the iPod Selection playlist makes its choices

On www.macilife.com, Macworld columnist and iLife book author Jim Heid describes the five-step process used by the iPod Selection playlist. This playlist debuted in iTunes 4.2 and is designed to automate the process of copying music to an iPod that doesn’t have enough space to hold your music library. But what criteria does it use to choose music? Heid found out, and he describes his findings on his site.

HP launches iTunes website

HP has launched its own HP Music website to promote iTunes and the iTunes Music Store. “HP and Apple have partnered to bring the award-winning iTunes music jukebox software onto your PC and into your digital world,” reads a section of the new site. “Now you can enjoy the revolutionary digital music experience that’s changing the way the world listens, all in the comfort of a Windows-based environment.” Clicking the “Download iTunes” link takes you to a new Apple.com web page to downoad iTunes for HP and Compaq customers. “Available for Windows XP, and Windows 2000, iTunes 4.2 allows you to sign in and buy music from the iTunes Music Store with your AOL or Apple Account.”

Starbucks & HP to serve up music downloads

“Here’s a deal: Sip on a mocha latte while using headphones to listen to any of 250,000 songs you call up on a computer. Then order the ones you like—burned on your own CD—to go. Who’s the dealer? Starbucks (SBUX ).

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iPod ads attack Toronto subway

  • March 11, 2004
  • iPod,

picMacMinute.com reports that “Apple’s iPod marketing team has transformed the St. George subway station in downtown Toronto into an ‘Apple dreamland,’ local resident Jonathan Ta-Min told MacMinute. He noted that iPod ads adorn nearly every object of the station

iPodResQ iPod Battery Replacement Kit for $45

Dealmac: MacResQ offers its iPodResQ iPod Battery Replacement Kit (for both original and third-generation models) for $44.99 with free shipping via coupon code “POWERIT”. It’s the lowest total price we’ve seen for an iPod battery. Tools to open the iPod and instructions are included. Offer ends March 17.

HP to sell HP branded iPod in China

  • March 10, 2004
  • iPod,
“‘China is the largest and fastest growing consumer market in the world today with more than 1.3 billion consumers,” said Fiorina [HP CEO]. “The use of computers is spreading more rapidly here than any other nation.’ Hewlett-Packard returned to China eight months ago after withdrawing in 2001. The company plans to introduce its full range of consumer products, Fiorina said. This includes the HP-branded iPod music player based on Apple’s best selling music player, as well as projectors, entertainment hubs and displays.”

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