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HP UK - Buy a Mac and HP Printer, get a Free iPod

  • December 12, 2003

HP is giving away a new iPod 20GB with the purchase of a Apple Mac and an HP Designjet 120.  This promotion is targeted at the professional customer.

Canada to raise iPod prices?

  • December 11, 2003
  • iPod

According to the Toronto Star, the Canadian Copyright Board may approve a 20% levy on electronic media tomorrow, including MP3 players and hard drives. With the Canadian Dollar rising and this on the horizon, maybe now is the right time to get that iPod.

“That 20-gigabyte MP3 player going under the Christmas tree this season could soon cost 20 per cent more if the Copyright Board approves a proposed levy tomorrow on the sale of digital music devices.

It could also mean new levies on recordable DVDs, removable flash memory and micro hard drives, as well as increased tariff rates on blank cassettes and recordable CDs, assuming a music-industry group called the Canadian Private Copying Collective, or CPCC, gets its way.”

CNET: Search tools target digital music listeners

“A new generation of music recommendation services is emerging, aimed at helping listeners navigate the often bewildering mass of music now legally available online.

One of the most ambitious of these services, dubbed Soundflavor, is launching Thursday. The service, produced by a company called Siren Systems, promises to deconstruct songs into more than 700 component parts, and then make music recommendations based on how listeners’ tastes match these musical elements.”

Belkin Tunecast Mobile FM Transmitter for $20 at Best Buy

Best Buy has the Belkin TuneCast Mobile FM Transmitter F8V367-APL for only $30 - $10 rebate (exp 12/13) = $20 w/ free shipping. Plug it into your iPod’s headphone jack and the signal is broadcast via FM.

BusinessWeek: ‘I applaud the actions of the Neistat brothers’

  • December 11, 2003
  • iPod

BusineesWeek’s Alex Salkever has written an article about the recent ‘iPod Dirty Secret’ video by the Neistat brothers, and applauds their actions in the hopes to teach Apple a lesson.

“This situation is hardly unique to Apple. Most computer owners I know say the support they receive, Wintel or Mac, is spotty at best. And to be fair, my experience with support from other PC companies has been on par with my experiences with Apple. Most computer users just seem to shrug and live with it. That’s not a good thing, in my view. Which is why I applaud the actions of the Neistat brothers, Casey and Van, and hope they are taken as a lesson at One Infinite Loop. Here’s a summary of their tale of digital disobedience.”

Macworld UK: iPod makes the headlines

  • December 11, 2003
  • iPod

“Apple’s iPod continues to attract global media attention as the company maintains its marketing push to get the product into people’s pockets.

The Times yesterday declared Apple’s market-leading music player “iconic”, writing: “Not since Sony launched its Walkman in 1979 has a portable music player become such a cult consumer object.”

The report explains: “Fashion houses are designing accessories for it, directors are including it in plot lines, and word of mouth is making it the coolest Christmas gadget.”“

Tune Belt Announces iPod Armband Carrier

picTune Belt today announced the iPod Armband Carrier. “The innovative design is engineered to fit iPods in upside down so that when the arm is raised slightly with the flap open the LCD reads right side up! Other design features include open access for the touch wheel and touch buttons, a clear protective window for the LCD, an opening in the bottom for the headphone jack or remote cord to come out, and a zip pocket on the flap for personal items or the earbud headphones when not in use.  A diagonal reflective accent strip enhances the sleek look even more and provides nighttime safety as well.  The arm strap is easily adjustable with one hand up to 20 and the case is available in black and royal blue.”

Napster’s making deals with beer companies. How low will Steve Jobs go to keep iTunes on top?

You know, it seems like only yesterday that I pointed out that all (both) of the players in the soft drink space were spoken for when it came to digital music. In fact, it was yesterday. The good folks at Roxio must have been reading my article, and realized that they were in a bit of a pinch now that both Coke and Pepsi sponsorships were off limits, because they’ve moved on to other beverages in search of sponsorships, and no I’m not talking about Fresca. In what may amount to a new all-time low for the high-tech industry, the brains behind the Napster mini-revival have signed up a beer company as their new sponsor. Yeah, you read that right…

Fortune names iTunes Music Store Product of the Year

“Napster proved that tens of millions of consumers were eager to download digital music from the Internet. They just weren’t inclined to pay for it, which led music companies to believe that the Internet was the superhighway to ruin and that most Internet users were thieves. All of which makes the achievement of Apple’s iTunes Music Store impressive from both a diplomatic standpoint and a technical one.”

Give your iSkin a Tattoo

iSkin Inc. today launched its iSkin Tattoo Service. Organizations, businesses and institutions can now order iSkin products with their logotype, web site address or company message printed on it to create a unique, functional branding solution. The minimum order for the Tattoo service is 50 pieces. Prices vary based on individual print locations and quantity color.

Mac: Goombah 0.2 Pre-Release (Find new music through others)

You’ve already got access to hundreds of thousands of songs with Apple’s legendary ease of use through iTunes, but you need a hassle-free way to find really great new music. Goombah from Transpose connects you to listeners who like what you like. See what they are playing, then preview, buy, and download with the iTunes Music Store.

iTunes Music Store in Japan by next year

“Apple Computer Inc. will open its iTunes Music Store to customers in Japan by as early as next year, CEO Steve Jobs, in Tokyo for the opening of Apple Store Ginza on Sunday, told The Asahi Shimbun. [...]

Online music sales have yet to catch on in Japan, the world’s second-largest music software market following the United States, but growing interest from companies such as Apple underscores the market’s potential.”

PC World: Tech Giants Team Up to Fight Piracy

“The group, which calls itself the Content Reference Forum (CRF), is a new, cross-industry standards organization that counts leading technology and media companies as members, including Universal Music Group, Microsoft, Nippon Telegraph and Telephone, and VeriSign, according to a statement released by the group.

The goal is to design a technology platform that enables media companies and other digital content owners to distribute content across different technology environments and geographical regions, according to Albhy Galuten, chairman of the CRF and a former advanced technical lead at Universal Music Group.”

Macworld UK: Poll: Santa facing iPod hell

  • December 10, 2003
  • iPod
“A quarter of Macworld readers have asked Santa for an iPod, with a further quarter hoping for a PowerBook, the latest Macworld Online poll shows.”

Here’s why Coke’s download service is music to Apple’s ears

“Color me paranoid, but when Apple first announced its upcoming iTunes cross-promotion with Pepsi, my first thought was that Apple was putting itself at risk by signing on with the soft drink industry’s number two player. I figured that it was just a matter of time before Napster, Dell, Microsoft, or some other player in the music download space would announce a similar deal with comfortably-number-one Coca-Cola. Sure, it would have just been yet another case of Apple dreaming up a new way of doing things only to have an unimaginative competitor steal it, but it would really have sucked for iTunes if it had worked out that way.

So when Coke announced yesterday that it would be launching its own music download service without help from anyone, I have a feeling that Steve Jobs was dancing in the streets. Even better, Coke is only launching the service in Great Britain. In other words, Coke just wants to have something out there to compete for attention when Pepsi starts giving away iTunes tracks during the Super Bowl. You knew that Coke would enter the picture at some point, but this is beautiful: they’ve taken themselves out of the picture completely…”

Used 2G 20GB iPods for $229

Powermax.com has used 2nd generation 20GB iPods (without dock connectors) for $229.

TroyBoyDesign releases PodKin icons, desktops and more

  • December 9, 2003
  • iPod

picTroyBoyDesign has released several new iPod icons, a new desktop and t-shirt based on its new PodKin character.

Macworld UK: Euro iTunes petition raised

“Europe’s Mac users don’t want to wait three years for Apple to arrange licensing arrangements, so Swedish Mac user Jacob Landefjord has launched a petition entreating Apple to launch its service: “We, the undersigned feel that the opening of the iTunes Music Store in Europe would be a great success and sell a lot of music and iPods,” the petition reads. It has attracted 415 signatures so far.”

Internetnews: Paid Music Downloading, MP3 Player Sales Double

“Persistence is paying off in the battle between the record industry and music sharers, as Ipsos-Insight determined that there has been a growing willingness among Americans to pay for their tunes.

The firm’s research revealed that the number of paying music downloaders doubled in the first half of 2003 coinciding with the Recording Industry Association of America’s (RIAA) announcement that they intended to begin prosecuting file-sharers and the release of Apple’s iTunes music store.”

ZDNet UK: Execs target 99-cent song price

“Music industry executives are contemplating shifts in the 99-cent song price that has become a default standard

As the early buzz over new music services such as Apple Computers iTunes fades, record labels and technology companies are struggling to turn the services into profitable businesses.”

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