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MacFixIt: iPod losing charge if connected to a sleeping Mac

  • February 19, 2004
  • iPod,
“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
  • iPod,

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

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

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

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).

iPod TV ad debuts in UK

  • February 17, 2004
  • iPod,

MacMinute reports that “Apple’s UK Hot News page notes that the company’s new iPod TV ad campaign kicks off in the United Kingdom this week and runs until mid-March. “Catch the new 30-second spot right here on the Apple site courtesy of our award-winning QuickTime multimedia software architecture,” notes the brief.”

Analyst says Apple “stands to benefit greatly” from Pepsi partnership

  • February 17, 2004
  • Apple,

“The analysts speculate that if half the 100 million tracks available through the Apple/iTunes promotion are redeemed, “it will increase iTunes downloads over 100 percent”. This will also increase Apple’s market share in comparison to rival vendors.

The report looks at the true strategy behind the store—increasing iPod sales. As most competing players utilize an incompatible file format, IDC says: “Apple stands to develop a built-in market for the iPod”. It agrees that if users use and choose iTunes then they will be more likely to buy Apple’s music player in preference to competing products.

The conclusion? “Apple stands to benefit greatly form this promotion and carry its momentum forward”.”

Over 100,000 iPod minis pre-ordered

“Apple today announced that iPod mini, the world

Shure E3 earphones for $149

  • February 16, 2004
  • Deals,

Microphone Solutions is selling the new Shure E3 earphones for $149.00. Use Coupon Code F149E3 and it will bring the price of the E3 from $179.00 to $149.00 ($30 discount). Shipping aproximately $6.00

CNET rates iPod mini “Very good”

The good: Best-of-breed design and interface; comes in five colors; excellent playlist features; clean, configurable sound; smooth syncing; organizes contacts; includes games; functions as an extebrnal drive.
The bad: No FM radio or recording capabilities; nonreplaceable battery.”

iPod battery for $45

Dealmac: Today only, Small Dog Electronics offers dealmac readers replacement iPod batteries (for both original and third-generation models) for $45 each. That’s $3 off and the lowest price we know to be available. Tools to open the iPod and instructions are included.

Readers report iPod mini has shipped

Several readers have informed us that their Apple iPod mini order status has changed from ‘Est. Ship 2/17’ to ‘Shipped’. iLounge’s iPod mini, purchased on January 7, 2004, has shipped as well via Federal Express. We’ll of course post photos of the new iPod mini and packaging as soon as it arrives.

40 GB iPod for $463.14

  • February 15, 2004

I just ordered a 40GB iPod for $463.14 from Amazon.com. I did a lot of shopping around and tried other “discounts” but they all charged tax and outrageous amounts for shipping. Amazon charged me exactly $463.14 with FREE shipping.

iPod mini in Apple Stores February 20

Apple Store’s have added an iPod mini availability notice to its automated phone system, because of overwhelming demand.

“The iPod mini is expected to be available for sale beginning Friday, February 20th at 6pm. If you wish to be contacted when the iPod mini arrives, please visit us in person and we willl be happy to add your name to our Product Request System and notify you when the iPod mini begins arriving. Initial shipments of the iPod mini are not expected to meet the incredible demand. So, be sure to sign up as soon as possible to receive the earliest notification. Please note that in-store dates and product availability are subject to change without notice.”

Latest update on Linux port to iPod

Here’s the latest developments in porting Linux to the iPod project (only works with old 5GB, 10GB and 20GB iPods).

“Its been just over one year now since this site went live and with over 1/2 a million page views and over 2000 downloads it seems there is still some interest here which is great. The CVS (Concurrent Versions System) version of the port has been updated to 2.4.24 which isn’t too exciting but does add HFS+ support. Firewire is still not working on 3rd gen iPods but we’re still looking. SBP2 support (the protocol for external Firewire disks) is getting better and hopefully will be working soon. Some work on GUI development is also underway. Something should be demo’able shortly.”

iPod outdone by iPod mini

“Finally, somebody has outdone the iPod. After years of unsuccessful attempts by Creative, Dell, Rio, Samsung and others to knock Apple’s MP3 player off its pedestal, we’ve got a player that makes the iPod seem like the oversize, clunky relic it (now) is. [...]

I tried out the iPod mini on short walks, my Metro commute and during jogging—Apple’s optional, $29 armband kept the thing clamped to my arm, but its earbud headphones wouldn’t stay in place—and everything worked fine. Battery life, at about 10 hours, actually exceeded Apple’s estimate of eight hours.”

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