It’s a common problem, you have so much to read but not enough time to read it all. Well, now you don’t have to. With iSpeak It you can take any document and convert it into an MP3 in iTunes using your Mac’s built-in text-to-speech capabilities. From there you can listen to it at your leisure or, better yet, transfer it to your iPod and listen to it on the go!
Arstechnica reports that “Apple has released another iTunes Windows SDK (Software Development Kit). This particular SDK exposes some iTunes functionality through the Windows Component Object Model (COM) interface and will allow developers to write code to control certain functions of iTunes.”
Dealmac: Apple’s iPod mini 4GB in all five colors costs $236.54 with free shipping at Amazon.com, as a reader found. It’s the lowest total price we know to be available. Update: During checkout, prospective buyers should take note of this statement: “Estimated ship date for this item: October 4, 2004” ... in plenty of time for Christmas.
“So you’ve got an iPod, you go and buy music but then your machines dies, or have many many computers and devices you listen to music on, or maybe sometimes you use an operating system not supported by iTunes, how can you listen to your purchased music? Well, usually you can’t- why? Because the songs you purchased are DRM protected, that means you can only listen to them on specific computers and devices. For most folks the limits of a few computers or devices are fine, but for the gadget geek- nope, we have too many computers and devices. It would be like buying a DVD but only being able to watch it in some rooms, or only some TVs.
Now to be clear, this isn’t a way to take music you bought and give it to someone else, this is so you can listen to your own purchased music on other systems or devices. In fact, your personal info is still in the file.”
“Apple Computer has announced that Founder, a major supplier of personal computers to the Chinese market, will preinstall the Windows version of Apple’s iTunes digital music software on all of its PCs beginning in June.
With iTunes installed, users of Founder PCs will be able to copy music from their own audio CDs, create playlists, share music on LANs using Rendezvous, and listen to music on the iPod, Apple’s popular digital music player.”
iCompositions has announced its iPod mini Giveaway. On June 1st, they will give a blue iPod mini to a randomly selected iCompositions user. All currently registered users are already entered and new users can simply register to enter the contest. Stay tuned for more song related contests!
“A federal judge says rapper Eminem’s copyright infringement claims over use of his song “Lose Yourself” in a commercial for Apple Computer can go forward.
Apple featured a 10-year-old boy singing the Oscar-winning theme song to the rapper’s movie “8 Mile” in an ad on MTV for the computer company’s iPod music player and iTunes music service.
On Monday, US District Judge Anna Diggs Taylor ruled that the suit brought by Eminem’s publishing company can proceed against several companies, including MTV parent company Viacom and advertising agency TBWA/Chiat/Day.”
Dension Audio Systems will launch its updated ice>Link:iPod in-car interface at the UK’s Sunday Times Motor Show Live on May 27
Deals On The Web reports Amazon.com is taking orders for iPod Minis in all colors at $231.44. Like most vendors, Amazon is reporting an “in stock soon” status. It is the lowest price we’ve seen to date, even if you will have to wait to get one. Ground shipping is Free.
“The six-week waiting list to get a popular iPod Mini digital music player from Apple Computer Inc. is likely to get shorter by the end of the year.
Hitachi Ltd’s (Tokyo:6501.T - News) hard disk drive unit said on Sunday that it will spend about $200 million to double the disk drive output of its Thailand factory, including the 1-inch, 4-gigabyte disk drives that are found in the iPod Mini. [...]
In March, Cupertino, California-based Apple (NasdaqNM:AAPL - News) said it would delay global sales of the iPod Mini because it couldn’t get enough of the hard drives to meet U.S. demand, which had then surpassed supply through June. Apple now plans to sell iPod outside the United States starting in July.”
Editor’s note: You can also read more about the Hitachi microdrive shortage in a report from The Mac Observer with specific comments from Hitachi and Apple executives.
Incase has released two new leather cases for the iPod mini. The Incase Sleeve for iPod mini features; nappa leather; earphone, ‘HOLD’ switch and click wheel access; clear screen protection; belt or strap attachment; non-scratch suede lining and comes in black. The new Incase Hancrafted Leather Sleeve for iPod mini features; hand-sewn, vegetable dyed nappa leather; earphone, ‘HOLD’ switch and click wheel access; clear screen protection; belt or strap attachment; non-scratch suede lining and comes in black, white and blue. The Incase Sleeve and Handcrafted Sleeve is available at Apple Store online and retail stores for $24.95 and $39.95 respectively. The Incase website is closed for remodeling.
iPod Access allows you to transfer MP3 files from your iPod to your computer. When copying, you can keep the MP3s organized by artist/album. Full iPod backups can be achieved quickly and easily by deselecting the “Copy Over Originals” option when copying all songs.
The Mac Observer is reporting that This Week in Consumer Electronics (TWICE) magazine has ranked Apple 23rd out of a list of top 100 electronic retail chains - moving up from 34th.
“‘For the editors of TWICE, there is little doubt that the iPod was, and still is, a big factor in the sales growth of Apple’s retail stores.
“That’s quite a leap for Apple to 23rd spot,” Alan Wolf, a senior editor at TWICE, told The Mac Observer. ‘The iPod is a driving force behind this jump we believe, as well as the popularity of the iTunes Music Store. They have such a unique niche, sort of like Sony, where you find the brand everywhere and it transcends everything. Apple is in that same category.’(http://www.macobserver.com/article/2004/05/14.7.shtml’”
Vaja has released the new iVod mini for the iPod mini. The mini case features padded, genuine Argentine leather, screen protector and access to the ‘HOLD’ switch, headphone/remote port, dock connector and click wheel. The standard iVod mini ($49.99) comes in black and will be available soon. The customized iVod starts at $69.90 and is available now for ordering. Custom iVod mini cases come in twenty-six colors, with or without belt clip, and can be personalized with your name or company logo.
OtterBox, makers of waterproof cases for PDAs has announced the oPod for 3rd generation iPods. The oPod case features an “interactive water resistant membrane,” access to the headphone port, buttons and touch wheel. There is no access to the “Hold” switch. We questioned OtterBox what could be accessed, and they replied with the following. “The case has full functionality to the keys [buttons and touch wheel] and the headphones can come out of the top of the case.
MacSkinz has released iPodSkinz, a hard plastic faceplate for all iPods and coming soon to the iPod mini. iPodSkinz feature access holes for scroll/touch wheels, and come in twenty-one printed designs - ranging from faux fur, alien heads to camouflage. MacSkinz also plans on releasing backplates in matching designs. iPodSkinz cost $20 and are available now for shipping.
Editor’s note: MacSkinz has increased the price from $12.50 to $20 and have removed the $25 minimum order requirement.
i-magine has recently released the new iSkin mini cases at
iTunes has won two out of the three nominated categories in this year’s Webby Awards for best ‘Commerce’ and ‘Music’ website. It lost to Google in the ‘Services’ category. Apple was also awarded for best ‘Music’ website as the People’s choice winner.
Rhino Skin, makers of PDA hardcases, has released a new aluminum hardcase for the iPod mini. The anodized aluminum hardcase features cushioned neoprene interior, access to all function buttons, Rhinoclip removable post and belt clip system, and a Stuffbak Loss Protection Service label. The new case costs $34.95 and Rhino Skin is now accepting pre-orders for June delivery.
iPodX is running a limited time offer on the new iSkin mini which we’ve launched today. Our special launch price is just