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The Register: iPod Phone Scam Man Arrested

  • December 8, 2003
  • iPod

“A 21-year-old man from St Neots has been arrested after the main switchboard at Cambridgeshire police HQ was jammed by thousands of calls on Friday.

Concerned callers rang the Huntingdon-based HQ after receiving an email informing them that £399.99 would be taken out of their account to pay for an iPod music player they’d supposedly ordered.”

Griffin iTrip Station Finder 2.0 Released

Griffin Technology today announced the iTrip Station Finder 2.0 for Mac & PC. It helps iTrip owners find a clear frequency in over 200 US cities, and now includes frequencies for 15 additional countries, interactive map navigation, and user submission of new frequencies. The new iTrip Station Finder 2.0 for Mac and PC is available now for free.

RollingStone: Steve Jobs on iPod, iTunes and more

“Bringing iTunes to Windows was obviously a bold move. Did you do much hand-wringing over it?

I don’t know what hand-wringing is. We did a lot of thinking about it. The biggest risk was that we saw people buying Macs just to get their hands on iPods. Taking iPods to Windows - that was the big decision. We knew once we did that that we were going to go all the way. I’m sure we’re losing some Mac sales, but half our sales of iPods are to the Windows world already.”

Sik Announces imp and FireJuice for 3G iPods

SiK today announced the imp car charger with line level output and a new version of the FireJuice multi-mode power injector for iPods with dock connector. “Imp’s unique design offers unmatched flexibility for using your iPod on the go. Imp provides unadulterated line level audio output and charging when used with iPod with Dock Connector.” The FireJuice “makes possible the use of bus-powered devices on computers with un-powered FireWire ports. FireJuice for iPod with Dock Connector is available in both 4 and 6 pin versions.” imp and FireJuice for iPod are available for pre-order today. imp is available at the special introductory price of $25.95 (MSRP $29.95.) FireJuice for iPod with Dock Connector is available at the special introductory price of $33.95 (MSRP $39.95.)

iPod wins What Hi-Fi? Digital Jukebox Group Test

  • December 7, 2003
  • iPod

In the December issue of What Hi-Fi? magazine (UK), Apple’s 20GB iPod wins the group test against the likes of the Archos AV320, Creative Jukebox 3, Creative Zen NX, iRiver iHP-100 and Thomson’s Lyra. The test found the iPods pros were -“Controlled, detailed sound; easy to use; slim and incredibly stylish; better value than ever.” Cons were - “Bass could be beefer; supplied headphones look great but are best replaced” Verdict - “More memory for the money and ever-more options mean our Award winning portable just got even better.”

Washington Post: MP3 Players to Rival Pricier iPod

  • December 7, 2003
  • iPod

Washingtonpost.com’s Technews reviews four new iPod competitors.  Looks like iPod still gets the best marks, but the Dell product seems almost comparable.

“Apple’s iPod has stolen the hearts of many digital-music fans with its stylish, svelte contours and delightfully simple controls. But it’s an expensive date, from $299 for a 10-gigabyte model to $499 for a 40-gig unit, and the latest design’s arrangement of buttons lacks some of the first iPod’s intuitive clarity.

Meanwhile, competing manufacturers have shipped a series of MP3 players with iPod-esque capacities and sizes but lower prices: Creative’s Nomad Jukebox Zen Xtra, Dell’s Digital Jukebox, Rio’s Karma and Samsung’s YP-910GS Napster.”

Windows: iTunes SideKick v1.2.0 Released

The iTunes SideKick plug-in adds several enhancements to iTunes for Windows, including Always on Top, Minimize to System Tray, Opacity Adjustment of Mini Mode window and more.

Save 15% at Javoedge on all accessories

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Lyric Sharing Community Launches

The Staylazy.net Community, a not-so-new idea to the internet is part of the Staylazy.net Network. The Community is a music based website where its members can submit song lyrics, and have them viewable by other visitors of the website. Members can comment on the lyrics, either negatively or positivley, basically like a recommendation for people.

Heres the cool part. For every song that a user submits, and is available on the iTunes Music Store, a link will be given to download its album, or just that song. Hopefully, this will be another way for the iTunes Music Store, and The Community to grow.

NY Times: Online Music Business, Neither Quick Nor Sure

“In the last decade a new record business has been forming online. It has been coalescing by trial and error, largely error. And its evolution is in no way complete as it moves toward a finish line at the rate of one step forward for every nine-tenths of a step back.

In the last month the music-downloading landscape online has shifted once more with these five major events, not all of them good:”

iSkin, Inc. Releases Statement on REVOClip Problem

“iSkin Inc. acknowledges that some of its iSkin eXo2 customers are experiencing a problem with their REVOClip disc pegs becoming dislodged. This problem has been reported to our product development team and is being addressed at the point of manufacturing.

iSkin Customers who have experienced this problem are asked to contact iSkin Inc., via email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to arrange for a replacement REVOClip disc. Please use the subject “REVOClip Disc Replacement” in your email so that your request may be routed correctly.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused and appreciate your understanding.”

Miami Herald: Apple Takes Big Bite Out of Portable Music Market

“Illegal file-sharing might be getting a smackdown from the recording industry, but downloading music from the Internet has never been more stylish.

Web sites like iTunes, BuyMusic, Musicmatch and the new Napster make it possible to download your favorite songs for $1 each. Some of them even have subscription services that charge a monthly fee for unlimited use, or you can download an album starting at $10.

Now it’s legal and cool.”

vunet.com: Police hit in iPod spam attack

  • December 5, 2003
  • iPod

“Cambridgeshire Police is investigating what it describes as “a deliberate attempt” to affect its services, after being inundated with phone calls when its number was listed in a hoax email.

The email claims to be an invoice for a 40GB iPod music player and tells the recipient that their credit card will be debited £399.95. It then directs customers with questions to call a ‘customer services’ number.

But the number is the general enquiries line for the main police headquarters in Cambridge.”

WebUser: iPod Almost Perfect

  • December 5, 2003

WebUser has posted a review of the iPod in which it got 5 of 5 stars in 3 categories, and 4 out of 5 stars in the last (Features):

We don’t quite understand why it only got a 4 in the “Features” category, as all the review said on the subject was:

“Besides playing MP3 files, the iPod has several other useful functions, like serving as a portable hard disk, storing data files and applications. Then there are extras such as a calendar, a clock and a contacts book with room for a thousand entries.”

Jobs on How To Succeed in 2004

Business 2.0 has created a list of executives and their advice for success in 2004. In the ‘How to Create Cool Technology’ category, Steve Jobs mentions video editing software and the iPod.

“A few years later, we didn’t know anything about MP3 players, but our people looked at what was out there with a critical eye and combined that with what we already knew about design, user interface, materials, and digital electronics. That gave us the iPod.”

Editor’s note: The very successful iPod should make 2004 an interesting year for our favorite audio device.

Forbes: The Coming Download Downturn

“How many online music download services can the market bear?

That’s going to be a key question as the music download market warms up to a white-hot temperature in 2004. The rush is underway among several companies to build music download services and replicate the success of others already leading the way.”

20GB 2nd Generation iPod: $279.99

Deals On The Web: MacResQ has the 20GB 2nd Generation (2002) iPod for $289.99, $10 off their regular price. Use coupon code “20POD” to get the discount. It’s the lowest price we’ve seen and expires on 12/10/03.

Refurbished 10GB iPod for $200 shipped

Dealmac: MacResQ renewed its stock of the reseller-refurbished 10GB iPod for $199.99. That’s $10 more than our last mention but still the best price we know to be available. Shipping is free via coupon code “CHEERS” and a 90-day MacResQ warranty applies.

XtremeMac Announces Xtremity iPod Accessory System

XtremeMac today released information about its new Xtremity iPod Accessory System for 3G iPods with dock connectors. The Xtremity system features the Xtremity iPod Case, Xtremity ClearShield - removable, optically- clear Lexan flex-cover, Xtremity Low-profile Dash-Mount, Xtremity Swivel Belt-clip, dock connector dust plug and adhesive adjustment pad - used with thinner iPods. The complete system sells for $29.99 and is available now for shipping by Christmas.

“The foundation of the Xtremity system is the Xtremity iPod Case, designed to be a natural extension of the iPod. It forms the basis for seamless integration with a number of add on accessories such as battery packs, FM transmitters, Bluetooth Wireless Transmitters, belt- clips, dash mounts and more. All of the add-ons simply slide in place on the back of the Xtremity case and “disappear” behind the iPod, maintaining its elegant design.”

Editor’s note: Notice that XtremeMac has mentioned ‘Bluetooth Wireless Transmitters’ in the above quote. Here is a recent news item about XtremeMac releasing a Bluetooth transmitter in early 2004. The Xtremity webpage states that the Bluetooth transmitter is coming soon.

Updated: iPod DB source code for Delphi

  • December 4, 2003

Update: Source Code for reading and writing is No longer for sale, because it was based on ephpod I’m not allowed to sell it but I did not know this. Tuneout application can be downloaded for free here.

The source code is for Borland Delphi programming language, it allows you to make an application that uploads your mp3 files to the Windows iPod and also read what the person has on their iPod. Email me when you have paid $5.00 Canadian using PayPal, and I will email you the source code.

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