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Apple stores to broadcast music event

Apple retail stores nationwide will be presenting a live satellite broadcast of the expected release of iTunes for Windows and more this Thursday, October 16 at 10 a.m. PT. “The year’s biggest music story is about to get even bigger.”

Proporta to release aluminum iPod case

picProporta will soon be releasing a 100% aircraft-grade aluminum and neoprene case for 3G iPods featuring access to iPod ports and the ‘Hold switch’. The flip lid design also enables the case to act as a desktop stand. The Proporta website does not have any info as of yet, but we have sent an email to Proporta asking when it is to be released and pricing. Meanwhile, there are several photos of the new iPod case for your viewing. Click ‘Read more.’

MusicMatch to support iPod after iTunes for Windows debuts

“A MusicMatch spokeswoman said it was unclear how the Windows version of Apple’s online music store would affect its relationship with the Mac maker.

‘We were partners (with Apple) but always expected we would one day be competitors once they launched the iTunes download service,’ a MusicMatch spokeswoman said. ‘MusicMatch jukebox will continue to support iPod, but it’s up to Apple to decide if they’ll ship iPod with MusicMatch jukebox. It’s totally in their hands at this point.’”

iPods coming to Strawbridges department stores

  • October 13, 2003
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iLounger John emailed us with information suggesting that his local Strawbridges department store in New Jersey will soon be selling iPods.

“My girlfriend works at Strawbridges and she told me the boss was looking for someone to ‘man’ the iPod point-of-sale display. She told her boss about me and later I asked what area it would be in and she said the mens section. I was at the store and saw a display counter there and in the case it had a box with an Apple logo on it. I forgot what it said - something to do with Apple display case, but it looks like it will be opening soon.”

RIAA Attacked… By A Record Company?

“We at Go-Kart Records want to make it perfectly clear that the RIAA does not represent the views of all record labels. So, we are putting our music where our mouth is to prove a point. We believe that if you like the music you hear you will support it by going to shows, telling your friends, and buying the bands CDs. With this in mind, we are allowing people to download some of our current releases at NO charge. In other words, we are essentially GIVING these albums away! Click Here to Learn More

We feel that only by embracing technology can we gain from it, and that a battle like the one that the RIAA is fighting can simply not be won. To read a more in depth article about why we feel the RIAA is wrong please Click here and please send this email and/or the open letter to the RIAA to as many people as you can. Only by educating each other can we hope to take advantage of the technical innovations and not run scared from them.”

ProClip expands line of auto mounts for iPods

Today ProClip announced that it has released models for 20GB and 40GB iPods. “ProClip mounting brackets are clip-on devices, that attach to the car or truck’s dashboard or console, and can be self-installed in seconds. Once the bracket is in place, a custom designed holder is attached to provide a secure fit for each accessory.” The ProClip for iPod is priced at $34.95 and is available for many popular auto makes and models.

Stereophile Reviews the iPod

  • October 12, 2003
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“Apple’s 30GB iPod is an extremely sexy gadget. As a piece of industrial design, it is remarkable in its beauty and operability. As an extension of Apple’s lifestyle-friendly suite of music-photography-video applications, it is a screaming success. It’s fun to use, and if just seeing one is enough to induce lust, actually holding one is enough to tempt a righteous man to larceny. But is it a serious piece of kit worthy of serious consideration by an audiophile?”

Animated iPod ad

  • October 10, 2003
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Catch a glimpse of the new animated iPod ad at Apple.com. The QuickTime download page features an animated version of the online/print ads featuring color bursts, iPod and black silhouettes.

Apple 20GB iPod for $374

Dealmac: MacSolutions has the Apple 20GB and 40GB iPod MP3 players for $374 and $454, respectively, after instant rebates. We couldn’t find a better price for either of these elsewhere, although you must be a previous MacSolutions customers to make a purchase. Shipping is $8.

iPod chipmaker sued over patent

  • October 10, 2003
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“US chip developer Cirrus Logic confirmed it had filed a patent infringement lawsuit against the company [Wolfson Electronics], which designs and supplies integrated circuits for use in a variety of hi-tech devices such as DVD players, games consoles and digital cameras. [...]

The lawsuit also seeks damages and asks the court to bar Wolfson from making, selling or importing the products into the US.”

CNET: Apple to launch iTunes for Windows next week

“The Mac maker has scheduled an event for next Thursday at San Francisco’s Moscone West convention hall. ‘The year’s biggest music story is about to get even bigger,’ Apple said in an invitation to journalists. 

The company is expected to launch the long-awaited Windows version of the iTunes Music Store at the event, according to Wall Street brokerage Needham. Apple earlier said it would release the Windows service sometime before the end of the year.”

PocketDock for iPods for $17

Dealmac: MegaMacs.com offers SendStation’s PocketDock for third-generation iPods for $16.99 plus around $5 shipping, the best total price we know to be available. The PocketDock converts the iPod’s docking port into a 6-pin FireWire port.

iPods selling at Robinsons May stores

  • October 9, 2003

MacMinute reader Eric Jasso saw an ad in the LA Times newspaper for the iPod at Robinsons May departmant stores. The ad copy read, ‘The world’s best loved music player’ and ‘Authorized Reseller.’ The ad was for a 20GB iPod for $399.99.

iTunes for Windows next week?

MacMinute reported that in today’s Yahoo In Play financial news that a Wall Street Journal column suggests the possibilty of iTunes for Windows being launched as early as next week.

“The Wall Street Journal’s “Heard on the Street” column suggests AAPL’s iTunes music store is not necessarily a moneymaker. When the co originally introduced the store to the public, Apple’s shares quickly skyrocketed from a 52-week low of around $13 to more than $20. The article suggests a repeat performance may be in the works as the co introduces the product to a wider audience next week.”

NYT: For Venus and Mars, a Midpoint in Design

  • October 9, 2003
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“Apple’s iPod, a sleek white digital audio player, is also cited as an example of elegance that bridges male and female tastes. “The iPod is a great example of gender-neutral,” said Brenda Laurel, chairwoman of the media design program at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Calif., and a designer of video games for girls. “If you are a man, you don’t feel like a wuss carrying it around. That’s the bottom line.”

Wired News: New Napster, IPod Don’t Play Nice

“With its relaunch on Thursday, Napster, the most notorious name in music downloads, will collide with the hottest music player on the market, the iPod.

That’s because music downloaded from Napster will not be playable on Apple’s insanely popular iPod. The newly legal Napster service and the iPod use incompatible file formats.”

Piel Frama releases new iPod case

picPiel Frama, makers of fine leather cases based in the south of Spain has released a new case for 30GB/40GB iPods. The Piel Frama case features a flip-lid design with two interior credit card slots, one money slot, soft leather lining, ABS insert (rigid case), access to all iPod functions, snap closure, detachable swivel belt clip and comes in three colors; black, tan and black/tan. The case can be purchased direct from PielFrama’s website and is priced at $59 or 50€. UPS                   express or TNT shipping costs are included in the price, and delivery time is noted at 30 days.

Apple posts new iPod commercial

  • October 8, 2003
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Apple has posted a QuickTime movie of the new iPod television commercial on its website. The spot features several black silhouettes dancing and grooving to “Hey Mama” by the Black Eyed Peas.

SmartPlaylists.com Launched

SmartPlaylists.com is a new website focusing on Apple’s iTunes Smart Playlists. “This new website is a resource for creating, sharing, and chatting about iTunes’ Smart Playlists. Why? Because they’re cool and there are many ingenious ways to use them to keep your music fresh.” Some of the website features include Tunes Top 20 Smart Playlist Strategy, How to Create a Smart Playlist, Top Rated, How to Edit Smart Playlists, Recently Played, Announcements, and iTunes Tips.

‘Home on iPod’ feature removed from Mac OS X Panther?

  • October 8, 2003
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A reader at MacRumors reports that Apple had posted information about a new ‘Home on iPod’ feature in its not-yet-released Mac OS X Panther upgrade. Apple’s Mac OS X Mobility page described the ‘Home for iPod’ feature as:

Home away from home
Ever thought you could carry your home in the palm of your hands or in your pocket? You can. Panther’s Home on iPod feature lets you store your home directory — files, folders, apps — on your iPod (or any FireWire hard drive) and take it with you wherever you go. When you find yourself near a Panther-equipped Mac, just plug in the iPod, log in, and you’re “home,” no matter where you happen to be. And when you return to your home computer, you can synchronize any changes you’ve made to your files by using File Sync, which automatically updates offline changes to your home directory.

Apple has since removed the ‘Home for iPod’ description, but MacRumors has mirrored the content for viewing. MacRumors also notes that this feature is not in the latest version of Panther (build 7B85).

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