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More on iPod battery woes

  • February 20, 2004

“Which brings us to the hate part. Heinke has had battery problems with every single iPod he’s ever owned — the first, the second and now the third. Even the most avid Macintosh enthusiast, he says, will tell you the iPod has a chronic problem with overstating its battery life and how long it lasts.

‘The good side is you’re just so happy to have one if you’re working out. It’s small and it fits in your pocket,’ he says. Then he adds with a laugh, ‘You just have to know how much power you have to have in the damn thing.’”

RIAA sued for racketeering

“A New Jersey woman, one of the hundreds of people accused of copyright infringement by the Recording Industry Association of America, has countersued the big record labels, charging them with extortion and violations of the federal antiracketeering act.”

iPod mini review round-up

The iPod mini officially goes on sale today at all Apple Stores at 6 pm. Here’s a list of today’s reviews to get you acquanted with the iPod mini.

Music industry settles over CD price fixing

“The five largest music companies and three of the USA’s largest music retailers agreed Monday to pay $67.4 million and distribute $75.7 million in CDs to public and non-profit groups to settle a lawsuit led by New York and Florida over alleged price-fixing in the late 1990s.

Attorneys general in the two states, who were joined in the lawsuit by 39 other states, said that the industry kept consumer CD prices artificially high between 1995 and 2000 with a practice known as “minimum-advertised pricing” (MAP).

The settlement will go to all 50 states, based on population. Consumers may be able to seek compensation.”

iPod helps Apple’s bottomline, profits jump 552%

  • February 20, 2004
“The big resurgence in capital spending lifted tech companies sharply, as corporations began investing again in information technology. Earnings for the computer industry soared 210%. Apple Computer Inc. (AAPL ) recorded the largest increase for the group, a 552% jump in annual profits to $137 million, thanks to strong sales of its computers and the iPod. IBM’s (IBM ) yearly profit increased 43%, to $7.6 billion, on the strength of consulting services and software sales. And hardware sales accelerated sharply in the fourth quarter. IBM Chief Financial Officer John. R. Joyce recently told investors that ‘2004 is the year when the IT industry will begin its next growth cycle.’”

iPod supports WMA, but locked by Apple

“Chip manufacture Portal Player in San Diego US build the embedded PB5502B-C chip in Apple’s iPod. This is the chip that allows the playing of AAC and MP3 - However what is interesting is that the chip firmware by default also allows the playing of WMA. It looks like for some reason this is locked by Apple.”

Best Buy stores now selling iPod mini?

Reader Daniel W. F. notes that his local Best Buy store has already begun selling the iPod mini. “Just wanted to let you know that the Best Buy in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania already has the iPod mini on sale (I paid $249)... for those without an Apple Store within driving distance.” We’ve called a couple local Best Buy stores in Southern California and all have confirmed that they didn’t sell any iPod minis through its retail locations, but sold out of the iPod mini through its online store. Check with your local store for availability.

RIAA places FBI warning on music

“Music, software, video-game and DVD packages shortly will carry the famous FBI stamp and warnings about piracy, in a move to hammer home the message that stealing copyright materials is a serious crime, industry officials said Thursday.

The new antipiracy seal, which was announced at a press conference at the FBI’s Los Angeles office, will look much like the warnings already seen at the beginning of movies on DVDs or video tapes. Individual companies will decide where to place the seal and if they want to use it at all. The seal might be printed on a CD itself, on the packaging, or might pop up on screens when a customer downloads and purchases a digital music file.”

Speck Products announces SkinTight iPod mini skins

picToday, Speck Products announces it’s shipping the newly designed rubberized skin for the iPod mini. The SkinTight Mini Skins features a removable lanyard and a super-slim profile that emphasizes the mini’s core values; small & fashionable. They come in 5 translucent colors (Pink, Clear, Gold, Lime, Blue) and are sold individually for $19.95 and as a 3-Pack (Clear, Lime, Blue) for $29.95.

CNET video review of iPod mini

CNET editor Eliot Van Buskirk takes a closer look at the iPod mini in a video review.

HP dumped Napster for iTunes

“It was a breakthrough deal that would have put the Napster kitty on millions of Hewlett-Packard computers.

But in the days leading up to Napster’s re-launch in late October, HP suddenly—and without explanation—returned Napster’s $250,000 check and canceled the agreement to install a link to Napster’s online music service on its computers. Worse, in January HP announced a surprise partnership with Napster rival Apple Computer to feature the iTunes Music store on HP computers and sell Hewlett-Packard branded iPod music players.”

MacFixIt: iPod losing charge if connected to a sleeping Mac

  • February 19, 2004
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“A MacFixIt reader recently sent us a very thorough report on an issue that has occurred across several different iPods and a number of long conversations with AppleCare support representatives. The overall conclusion is that leaving an iPod in its dock (or, presumably, connected directly to a Mac via the dock/FireWire cable) while the Mac is asleep can drain the iPod’s battery. Below are a few key excerpts from this reader report:”

Film company requests iPod people for interviews

  • February 19, 2004
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A Seattle production company is filming iPod owners as they talk about the product and their appreciation of music.  We are looking for people to do an interview, or ‘testimonial’, as to their love for music, and how much they enjoy owning an iPod – how the iPod has made a difference in their lives.

We are specifically looking for the people who fit the demographics below – but if you have an iPod, please feel free to call, even if you do not match this list.

  1. Women – any age that own an iPod.
  2. Musician’s
  3. People 30’s and up who use the iPod on a regular basis.

This is an independent film company working on a terrific project.  Please give us a call today!  The filming is on Saturday Feb, 21st in Seattle only – so respond quickly. 

Apple is aware of this filming, and has given their OK for us to produce this project.

iTMS adds ‘Tell a Friend’ feature

The iTunes Music Store now features a “Tell a Friend” link for sharing with others. Simply click the link, fill out the form and tell a friend about your new discovery. “‘Tell a Friend’ links let you send email (that includes an album cover and a link back to the iTunes Music Store) to all your friends. You can even include a personal message. Try it today.”

It’s not about iPod, it’s about standards

“Because ultimately it’s not about the player. It’s about the music you put on the player.

The iTunes Music Store sells music only in the AAC audio-encoding format and the iPod is the only portable music player that supports this format. The rest of the online music world has settled on a different audio standard—Microsoft’s .wma format.

The same people who buy inexpensive players are also purchasing music online from sources other than the iTunes Music Store and thereby amassing collections of music that are incompatible with the iPod. What are the odds that these people will become iPod owners if their music collections won’t play on it?”

Pepsi iTunes Music Giveaway: How to cheat and win

MacMerc has posted instructions, photos and a diagram on how to “spy” the inside of specially marked bottles of Pepsi, Diet Pepsi and Sierra Mist to make sure it has a winning code. “The secret is the angle. I’ve found it to be 25 degrees, but that’s really no use when you’re out in the field. Just tilt it until it seems about that, and look up towards it (hold it above your head). With luck, you should be able to see under the cap.”

iPod mini video review

  • February 18, 2004

“Okay, I’ve unpacked the iPod mini, charged it (it takes an hour for an 80% charge), transferred over my iTunes music and I’m impressed.
Since they aren’t available yet in the stores - indeed my local Apple store only has a handmade cardboard cutout to simulate it’s size and heft - I figured a video demo is the best way to convey my initial impressions until you can see your own mini up close in person.”

Apple says ‘size and capacity make iPod mini worthwhile’

‘[Danika] Cleary [Apple’s iPod worldwide product marketing manager] told Macworld: “The iPod mini is smaller and at a slightly lower price. It’s very fashionable, so it may appeal to women or younger people who may not have considered an iPod previously.’ [...]

Cleary clearly does. She said: ‘We really do think the price is right, and that’s because of a couple of reasons. The first is: when you really look at the flash-based players on the market, for around $200 you can get one - but for just $50 more you can get 16 times the amount of music in a package that’s not much bigger than any of the top-selling players in that category.’

Size matters, she stressed: ‘In terms of what people are buying, competing products are not really much smaller than the iPod mini – and in some cases they are larger than it. The size and capacity make iPod mini worthwhile.’”

Reader receives iPod mini

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“I received my silver iPod mini today. I ordered minutes after the keynote speech at Macworld SF on January 6th when they were first made available online at the Apple Store. I ordered silver and pink, and the silver one arrived today. The pink one is still in Indiana (I am in Chicago).”

Editor’s note: The iPod mini package includes two cables; FireWire and USB 2.0.

Mac: iSync 1.4 Released

Use iSync to synchronize your Address Book and iCal information across Mac OS computers and devices, such as an iSync-compatible mobile phone, an iPod or a Palm OS device. You can also use iSync to synchronize Safari bookmarks along with your contacts and calendars to two or more Macintosh computers using the Internet (.Mac membership required).

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