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Refurbished 30GB iPod w/Sennheiser headphones for $390

  • November 25, 2003
  • Deals

Dealmac: MacResQ offers the reseller-refurbished Apple 30GB iPod with the Sennheiser MX500 portable headphones for $389.99. (Add both to your shopping cart and apply coupon code “IPODHP” to drop the headphones to $0.) We couldn’t price the pair separately for less elsewhere. The iPod is covered by a 90-day MacResQ warranty.

How the iTunes DRM hack works

CNET News has posted information on how the recent iTunes DRM hack works.

“Johansen’s program works by patching Apple’s QuickTime software with a new software component of his own. Because he called the program a “memory dumper,” programmers on message boards around the Web speculated that QTFairUse made a copy of the raw, unprotected song data from the computer’s temporary memory after it was unprotected for playback, rather than simply recording the audio stream as it played. But this was not independently verified by Apple or Johansen.”

A Healthy Way to Win an iPod (and More!)

  • November 25, 2003
  • iPod

For all those Aussies and Kiwis that seem to be excluded from any competitions to win an iPod (as they are based in US), we now get a healthy option! Blackmores is offering one of 3 Canon Digital Video Cameras, 5 10GB iPods, and 10 World Music Chill Out CD Packs to winners of a simple and fun quiz. Competition closes 12th Dec 2003. Good Luck!

Macworld UK: US legal music downloads double

“Digital music download services are exploding, with the number of US consumers downloading tracks doubling in the first half of 2003.

Ownership of MP3 players such as Apple’s market leading iPod is also climbing: 19 per cent of US music downloaders own such devices - up from 12 per cent in December 2002.

A quarterly digital music behaviour report from research firmIpsos-Insight shows that in late June 2003, “roughly” one out of six (16 per cent) of US music downloaders aged 12 and older had paid to download music online. The company says this is the equivalent of 10 million people.”

Refurbished 5GB iPod for $149

  • November 25, 2003
  • Deals

Dealmac: ExperCom has stock of the factory-refurbished Apple 5GB iPod for $149 plus $10.50 shipping. It’s the cheapest iPod we’ve seen. A one-year Apple warranty applies.

Mac: iLinkPod 0.4 pr1 Released

Execute once and get open and permament access to hidden iPod audio files, directly from the Finder and from the iPod itself, without third party utilities. Volume limit removal for European iPods, complete filesystem dump and indepth device system info. Easy drag and drop installation, native OS X brushed metal interface.

New AppleCare Battery Document

  • November 24, 2003

AppleCare has a new article on 3G iPod batteries:

“The iPod battery indicator shows, approximately, how much charge is left in the battery. You may find that the battery indicator shows a charge left, but iPod stops playing because the battery is, in fact, depleted. In some cases, the iPod battery indicator may show less than a full charge after fully charging the iPod for four hours. This does not necessarily mean anything is wrong with your iPod’s battery. Follow the steps in this document to determine if your iPod’s battery is working correctly.”

iTrip Station Locator Launched

I daveloped an iTrip station locator together to help the iPod & iTrip users out there.  It was a pain to go through the MANY stations to find the best one to use with my iPod. Now you can add your favortie iTrip station to the list so others may easily find the best station in their city!

Griffin to release iTalk - iPod voice recorder

Based on my conversations with a Griffin Technology representative at the Mac Expo London, I have discovered Griffin Technology is about to release a new product, called the iTalk. The iTalk is to be a device similar to Belkin’s Voice Recorder, but with more advanced functionality.

Using iTunes to obtain new songs on greatest hits collections

I’ve posted an article on my blog about using the iTunes Music Service as a means to obtain new tracks that are included in greatest hits collections without having to buy the entire album. I thought I’d pass it along in case the other readers of this site would be interested.

30GB 3rd Gen iPod + Griffin PowerPod: $389.99

  • November 24, 2003
  • Deals

Deals On The Web: MacResQ has the 30GB 3rd Generation (2003) iPod for $389.99. Add the Griffin PowerPod iPod Auto Charger ($20 value) to your shopping cart along with the 30GB iPod, and then use coupon code “30POD” to get the charger for Free. The iPods are demo models and carry a 90-day reseller warranty. Coupon expires 11/26/03.

inMotion Speakers makes Best Product of the Year list

In an article about how companies are embracing modern design to drive sales, Fortune magazine has named the Altec Lansing inMotion speakers for iPod one of its 25 Best Products of the Year.

Why they’re so cool These battery-powered, paperback book-sized speakers are the iPod’s dream home. They look sharp, travel well, and perform like rock stars.”

iPod’s Dirty Secret Revealed

  • November 23, 2003
  • Humor

The Neistat brothers have taken it upon themselves to ‘redecorate’ iPod posters with their public service announcement which reads; iPod’s Unreplaceable Battery Lasts Only 18 Months. A QuickTime video of their efforts has been posted at www.ipodsdirtysecret.com

Editor’s note: Contrary to their belief the iPod battery is replaceable

Send iTunes Gift Certificates via USPS Mail

MacMinute reports one of its readers has discovered that you can now send iTunes Gift Certificates purchased from the online Apple Store via United States Postal Service. Previously you could only send gift certificates to someone via email. Gift certificates are available from $10 to $200 to purchase and download music from the iTunes Music Store.

The Register: DVD Jon unlocks iTunes’ locked music

“Jon Lech Johansen, better known as DVD Jon for his authorship of the DeCSS decryption software, has turned his attention to Apple’s locked music format. [...]

Apple negotiated a loophole for its iTunes Music Store that allows a playlist to be burned to a CD ten times. When Johansen’s program completes, it displays the message “Success! Fair Use Enabled”.

When iTMS began selling locked music in April, Johansen described it as the least fair-use hostile. Johansen’s program defangs it one step further.”

AppleCare for the iPod at $55

  • November 21, 2003
  • iPod

Dealmac: Small Dog Electronics has the lowest price we know to be available for the new AppleCare Protection Plan for iPods, which extends the warranty coverage and phone support to two years from the date of purchase. It charges $55, $4 less than Apple.

iRonic iPod T-shirts

  • November 21, 2003
  • iPod

Kevin Muoio informs us of his line of iPod t-shirts which simply display a line of text which reads ‘ask me about my iPod.’ and another that reads ‘i own an iPod.’ Each design is available on several shirt styles/colors and start at $19.

Apple Launches AppleCare Protection Plan for iPod

  • November 21, 2003
  • iPod
“Every iPod comes standard with 90 days of phone support and one year of hardware service coverage. The AppleCare Protection Plan ($59) extends your service and support coverage for your iPod, its included accessories, and iTunes software for up to two years from the original purchase date of your iPod. With this plan, you get direct access to Apple experts for answers by phone2 and anytime access to web-based resources.3 If your iPod or the included accessories should need service, Apple-certified technicians will repair it or provide a replacement using genuine Apple parts.”

Key Features:

  • Extends telephone support from 90 days to up to two years

  • Extends hardware coverage from one year to up to two years

  • Provides expert support for both Mac and Windows users

  • Wired News: Feel Free to Jack Into My iPod

    • November 21, 2003
    • iPod

    Leander Kahney for Wired News writes about the ‘jack sharing’ phenomenon reported earlier on iLounge. In his story Kahney talks to Steve Crandall (known as ‘esc’ in the iLounge forums) about his recent experience with ‘jack sharing’ in his hometwon in New Jersey. The story goes on to expose other ‘jack sharing’ locales, including Cambridge, UK.

    “‘She walked right up to me and got within my comfort field,’ Crandall stammered. ‘I was taken aback. She pulled out the earbuds on her iPod and indicated the jack with her eyes.’

    Warily unplugging his own earbuds, Crandall gingerly plugged them into the woman’s iPod, and was greeted by a rush of techno.

    ‘We listened for about 30 seconds,’ Crandall said. “No words were exchanged. We nodded and walked off.’”

    iPod named ‘best of class’ at MacUser Awards 2003

    • November 20, 2003
    • iPod

    “Apple again was the star at the UK’s most prestigious Mac awards, picking up six Maxines, one more than it garnered last year.

    The 20in Cinema Display, 40GB iPod, Final Cut Pro and Soundtrack all claimed the ‘best in their class’ gong while the Power Mac G5 was given the Readers’ Award for Hardware of the Year and the Special Award for Product of the Year.”

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