In “This Is London”, Mark Prigg, Evening Standard Technology Correspondent writes: “The Government today issued a warning over internet “pyramid” selling scams as sites such as eBay are being targeted by con artists.
But the offers are usually a scam with extremely small print, which reveals that the buyer will not get an iPod but simply a link to a website where they must pay to join a waiting list.
The buyer will only get an iPod when they reach the top of the list - and they will only move up it by getting other people to join - a scam similar to the pyramid selling schemes popular in the Eighties.
But the chances of getting to the top of the list are very remote - and in some cases non-existent because many of the websites are fakes.”
If you’re looking to shave $50 off the price of a fifteen gigabyte iPod, Amazon.com (USA) is offering one with a $50 gift certificate, free shipping and no sales tax (outside of Washington State) for $299 total. It’s the best deal we’ve seen on Apple’s current entry-level third-generation iPod. No additional purchase is required to qualify for Amazon’s free shipping promotion, and unlike the iPod mini, these 15GB iPods are currently in stock.
Senacases’ new Flip Cover case for the iPod mini features; a magnetic closure, removable flip cover; access to all buttons, headphone and dock port; is compatible with Apple’s iPod mini belt clip, comes in black, blue, yellow, red, and costs $29.99. Additional flip covers are sold separately for $9.99.
The iTunes Music Store is celebrating their 70% worldwide market share of legal downloads by having a contest to count down to the 100 millionth song with some great prizes like iPods, Powerbooks, 10,000 free songs, etc. You’re automatically entered when you buy a song from iTunes, but Engadget.com shows how to enter for free in this week’s How-To.
The Mac Observer reports “for the sixth straight year, Apple Computer has taken home another I.D. Magazine Annual Design Review award, this time for its iPod packaging.
Calling Apple’s iPod packaging ‘flawless,’ ‘inventive,’ and ‘utterly consistent with what we’ve come to expect,’ the judges awarded Apple with a ‘design distinction’ accolade. The judges praised the packaging of the original, white iPod for its ‘egg-carton’ design that slowly reveals the product.”
In a rare opportunity to save some money on the iPod mini, Amazon.com (USA) is offering a $50 gift certificate, free shipping and no sales tax (outside of Washington State) for pre-orders on the diminutive 4GB iPod. You’ll need to pick a $1+ additional item to bring your total above $250 to qualify for the gift certificate.
“Companies should consider banning portable storage devices such as Apple’s iPod from corporate networks as they can be used to introduce malware or steal corporate data, according to an analyst.
Small portable storage products can bypass perimeter defences like firewalls and antivirus at the mailserver, and introduce malware such as Trojans or viruses onto company networks, claimed analyst Gartner in a report issued this week. Analysts have warned for some time of the dangers of using portable devices, but the report points out these also now include ‘disk-based MP3 players, such as Apple’s iPod, and digital cameras with smart media cards, memory sticks, compact flash and other memory media.’”
The first German online iPod community, i-Pod.de has changed its name to iPodFun.de. “We had to do this because it is easier to tell people [about the site] without causing worries about the dash and so on. At the same time we sourced out our support pages into a new wiki based standalone site called iPodHilfe.de (which means iPodhelp),” said Christian Hieber of iPodFun.de.
Tag&Rename is a music organizer that easily handles all popular digital audio formats. It supports mp3 (all ID3 tags), mp4 (m4a, m4p), wma, ogg, mpc, flac, ape, wav pack & optim frog. With Tag&Rename, you can fix tags using freedb database, import album info from allmusic.com, get tags data from files and folders names, organize music files and folders, create play lists, export information to CSV, HTML, XML, text and more.
iPod:Essentials announce UK availability for the Griffin iTrip Mini. The iTrip mini FM transmitter lets you play your iPod minis music wirelessly through any FM radio in your car, on the road, even at home through your stereo.
For a limited time, koss.com is offering 50% off of the retail price (49.99) of the PortaPro headphones. Use http://www.koss.com Coupon code 61804 for 50% off.
We’re hard at work on a major upgrade to our iPod program PodUtil, and we need your help! We need people who can commit to downloading and testing our program, then give us detailed feedback on any problems they encounter and interact with us to get it fixed. The Beta test’s central ‘hub’ will be a forum on our web site. To best work with us, you should be able to check the forums on a daily basis. Should you not be able (or want) to use the forums, we will be able to communicate with you (albeit not as effectively) via email.
Want to enhance your chances of winning something in Apple’s countup to 100 million songs sold through the iTunes Music Store? Thanks to Jon Maddox, now you can buy your songs near a 100,000 marker, based on Apple’s most recently published number of iTMS songs sold. PC users can use a cool web script that displays the current tally, and Mac users can download an even cooler desktop widget for use with the increasingly popular application Konfabulator. (Jon, if you’re reading this, great work, and shoot us a line if you have a moment!)
iPod Xtras is now offering the iPod Armor mini for $44.99. Other sale prices include the iTrip Mini for $35.50.
iPod Hacks reports that Tim Monroe, a member of Apple’s QuickTime engineering team, recently wrote a how-to article titled “Snow Day: Developing QuickTime Applications for the iPod” in the April 2004 issue (vol. 20, no. 4) of MacTech Magazine. “In the article, Tim dispells the widely held belief that the iPod is a closed system and that writing custom applications for the device requires expensive and hard to obtain development tools. As the reader is taken through the process of developing an application from the ground up that will perform QuickTime movie playback on the iPod’s screen, it becomes clear that the iPod is a viable development platform indeed.” Unfortunately, the article turned out to be nothing more than a late-arriving April Fools joke, but an amusing one nonetheless.
Gravis, a division of Burton has released two new leather iPod cases for 3rd generation iPods. The G-POD case features a flip-lid design, elastic sides, and access to earphone and dock ports while closed. The G-POD comes in black/g-camo and retails for $15. The G-POD BB comes in white leather and features a flip-lid design, elastic sides, and access to headphone and dock ports while closed. The G-POD BB retails for $25 and is not available online.
The Skin Tight Armband for iPod mini is an elastic, adjustable armband featuring a snap-in-snap-out clip to be used with the included Skin case, and also features cable clips to manage the earphone cord. You can pre-order the Skin Tight Armband for $29.95 with shipping expected July 3rd.
MacMinute reader Grey Mull wrote in to tell us about his brother’s iPod mini themed wedding cake. “Just returned from my brother’s wedding where the Groom’s cake was none other than an iPod mini,” Grey said. Apparently, Grey’s brother, Adam, is not your average iPod fan—he loves the tiny gadget so much that he wanted his wedding cake in the shape of a green iPod mini. Just take a look at the photo he sent us. MacMinute would like to congratulate Adam and Kinsley Mull, who were married on June 26!
MacMinute reports Apple’s iPod “Silhouette” advertising campaign has won a Media Lion Award at the 51st annual Cannes Lions Festival, which celebrates the best in international advertising, marketing and creativity. The iPod campaign included TV, outdoor, print and in-store advertising and was honored in the “Young Adults (18-34)” category, reports Apple UK.
Longing for those days of the Walkman, but don’t want to give up your iPod? A couple of do-it-yourselfers at retropod.com have come up with an offbeat solution - retrofitting an old Sony Sports Walkman to accomodate an iPod inside the cassette compartment. Think of it as retro iPod armor to conceal your precious during subway rides. Retropod sells the orginal Sony Sports Walkman for $100 and the retrofit kit for $20.