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Aer Lingus prohibits iPod usage on flights

  • March 22, 2004
  • iPod

According to thepost.ie Aer Lingus has prohibited usage of the iPod on all flights.  They also prohibit use of devices that utilize a laser such as portable CD-Players and CD-ROM drives.  I called the customer service line to verify this and it is in fact true.  They claim that it has to do with the frequency with which the iPod operates and the fact that it uses LEDs.

“And if you want to de-stress after a tough working trip by listening to your new digital music player (eg, iPod), sorry: the Irish national airline has banned them. Again, it is out on its own on this one. The news will dismay long-haul passengers as the devices are popular in helping to while away airborne hours.”

Shure E5 only $369 promotion for iLounge visitors only

MicrophoneSolutions.com has just released a NEW Coupon Code F369E5 for iLounge visitors that will bring the price of the Shure E5 from $499.00 to $369.00 + shipping. Our lowest price ever for iLounge visitors only. Also Shure E2 for $75 w/ Coupon F75E2 and Shure E3 for $148 w/ Coupon F148E3.

iPods in exchange for sex, advice or a girlfriend?

  • March 22, 2004
  • iPod

“Search for the word ‘iPod’ on New York’s craigslist classified ads and you open a fascinating window into the psyche of the city.

Naturally, a revealing search isn’t conducted in the “for sale” section, which simply brings up a pedestrian list of iPods for sale. A truly illuminating search must include the personal ads, which offer some insight into the culture of iPods, but reveal more about the city.

Last week, for example, a boy from Brooklyn wanted advice about his girlfriend, who had dismissed his gift of an expensive handbag: She wanted an iPod mini instead.”

Mac: iPodVolumeBooster 1.0 released

iPodVolumeBooster is a little application which acts as a Workaround for the Volume Limited iPod’s which are sold in Europe. In order to perform this, the program changes a database which is commonly maintained by the iPod, thus the mp3 files carried by the iPod will not be touched!

How to replace your iPod’s battery

  • March 19, 2004
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picMacUser UK has posted instructions and illustrations on how to replace your iPod’s battery. Both, old and new iPods are represented. Do not use a screw driver to pry off the back of the iPod’s case as instructed by MacUser. To avoid damage to the case, use several strong peices of thin plastic, like a guitar pick or similar. Please see the “Can I replace iPod’s battery myself?” FAQ for a list of vendors offering replacement batteries and repair services.

Lajo announces zipodmini case for iPod mini

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“Zipodmini is the first of 8 new cases planned to be released by #### for Apple’s explosively successful iPod mini. With a quick zip ####’s zipodmini case will protect your iPod mini with 0.3mm of ultra clear TPU skin. What is TPU you ask? If you rollerbladed the tough yet soft wheels that glide you over concrete and pavement are one of the high performance products made from TPU.  Your mini’s click/touch wheel will be totally covered with TPU yet it will function as though there was nothing between your fingers and it. Soon #### will be offering zipodmini with graphic designs by known and budding artists.  During the month of March, zipodmini will come with a free TPU earphone zip case.”

iPod racer video

A reader has submitted a link to xlr8yourmac.com about an interesting and humorous Quicktime video of Santa driving an iPod racer in a spoof on the Pod racing scene from Star Wars: Episode 1.

Mac|Windows: iKnow F1 - Formula One on your iPod released

KIMI::STUFF presents iKnow F1 - a F1 [racing] encyclopedia for your iPod, so you can check up on just those kind of things on the tube, bus, plane, in the car (so long as you’re not driving),  in the pub - wherever and whenever you want.

It’s all about the iPod?

  • March 18, 2004
  • iPod

“Digital music player has been touted as a saviour. But are the numbers sustainable? [...]

Mr. Milunovich [analyst at Merrill Lynch & Co.] calculates that iPod and iTunes will contribute about US15 cents a share to Apple’s earnings this fiscal year, rising to US25 cents a share and revenue of $US2-billion by 2006.

But, as in the past, don’t expect it to be all clear sailing for Apple. Critics say the technology firm is going out on a limb by concentrating so much of its future on the iPod and the online music business, which is still in its infancy.

During the fiscal first quarter of 2004, 53% of Apple’s retail segment sales came from iPod, or other branded and third-party peripherals, software and services.”

iPod buzz hiding problems for Apple

  • March 18, 2004
  • iPod

MacNN reports that “MONEY Magazine’s article titled “Why iPod can’t save Apple” says the buzz on the digital music player and “swank” storefronts are masking an ebbing bottom line, noting reduced CPU sales (resulting a shrinking marketshare), decreased profits (in part due to the lower-margin iPod and little-to-no profit at the iTunes Music Store), failure of the iPod to drive CPU sales, failure of the retail stores to increase marketshare, hidden retail store costs, no operational income, and little value in the stock. [subscription required to view entire article; highlights posted below]”

Linux: Rhythmbox 0.7.1 released

Rhythmbox is an integrated music management application, originally inspired by Apple’s iTunes.  It is free software, designed to work well under the GNOME Desktop, and based on the powerful GStreamer media framework,  or the Xine framework. Now supports iPod, which is still experimental. See README.iPod for more information.

“Fully immersive iPod-like device” concept

  • March 17, 2004
  • iPod

KDLAB, a design firm in New York produced an astounding peice of work known as iSPEC or iPod3. Imagine you’re wearing 3D glasses with built-in earphones which immmerses you into a virtual reality environment of your choosing. In this case a reproduction of the Overlook Hotel’s lobby from the movie “The Shining” by Stanley Kubric. As you wear the glasses you manipulate the interface and environments appearing in the glasses by using wireless, finger mounted controls. We had recently placed this concept in our iPod Concepts gallery and have noticed it has appeared on several websites since. We emailed the producer, director and 3D designer/animator of iSPEC, Joseph Kosinski of KDLAB after viewing the concept video.

“The short film you saw, “iSPEC”, was a short film/spec project done for a couple of reasons: 1] to explore the idea of a fully immersive iPod-like device and potentially generate some commercial business 2] to push the limits of 3DS Max 6 and Mental Ray which I was beta testing at the time. The spot was first shown at SIGGRAPH 2003 at discreet Evolve event and has since been shown at the RES magazine screening series in Los Angeles. The video was produced at KDLAB in New York City in June 2003.”

JukePod: Rent an iPod music service

  • March 17, 2004
  • iPod

“Aimed at retail establishments, bars, salons & cafés, JukePod offers a loaded 15GB iPod (under Apple warranty) with users being able to select from over 3,000 album titles. iPods are updated each month with the subscribers’ picks.

At just $100 per month, the JukePod system provides you with the means to offer a diverse and intelligent music library—$45,000 worth of crystal clear digital music delivered on Apple’s amazingly sleek and intuitive iPod. And the library keeps growing. The JukePod service model is just as impressive. We help you choose your music based on your customer demographics, update your music once a month, provide technical support, even digitize your own CDs and transfer them to the iPod.”

Etymotic ER-4 earphones for $209 and ER-6 for $99

Intouchaccess.com is selling the Etymotic ER-4 earphones for $209 and the the ER-6 earphones for only $99. I already purchased the ER-6’s and they arrived within 5 days through the USPS.  If you buy the ER-4s or anything else totalling over $100, then there is no shipping charge.  This is the lowest price I’ve been able to find.

iPod-Stuff.com now open

iPod-Stuff.com is now open and has loads of good features like galleries, forums, articles, reviews, downloads, links and so much more. So hop along to www.ipod-stuff.com and have a look around.

Griffin iTrip 2 FM Transmitter for $28

Dealmac: MacResQ.com offers the Griffin iTrip 2 FM Transmitter for third-generation iPods for $29.99. Coupon code “DNEWSTRIP” knocks $2 off for a net price of $27.99, the lowest we know to be available. Shipping starts around $4. Offer ends March 19.

Shure E5c earphones for $400

Dealmac: MacResQ again offers the Shure E5c dual-driver earphones for $399.99, $100 off, via coupon code “DNEWSE5C”. We still haven’t seen a better price for this elsewhere. A full product description can be found on Shure’s web site. Offer ends March 22.

Win an iPod, iPod minis or iTunes gift certificates

  • March 16, 2004
  • iPod

Yahoo and Doritos have recently announced giveaways to win iPod minis, iPod, and iTunes gift certificates. Yahoo is giving away an iPod mini a day for 30 days. No purchase necessary and give away ends April 8, 2004. See rules for details. Frito-Lay is giving away a 40GB iPod and $150 iTunes gift certificate as the grand prize in its Doritos Soundbites’ Download it Sweepstakes promotion. Two daily winners will get $20 iTunes gift certificates. You can enter the sweepstakes daily to increase your chances. Ends April 1, 2004. See rules for details.

Apple to make less profits on iPods, but will sell more

  • March 16, 2004
  • iPod

MacMinute reports on a story published at SiliconeValley.com describing Apple’s strategy to sell more iPods while making less profits overall.

“In the coming months, Apple will begin to unfurl its strategy of making a little less profit on the average iPod, but selling a lot more of them. A Hewlett-Packard branded version of the iPod is due in a few weeks, and HP will pocket some of the profit from that version. The new iPod mini will bring Apple less profit per sale than previous iPod models, because its parts make up a larger portion of its $249 price tag.

Success for Apple will mean selling so many of the music players that the slimmer profits don’t matter, and paying lower prices for the iPod’s building blocks. Apple will begin to show success or failure in the spring”

Don’t sit on your iPod mini

picDana, the mother of a son with a new iPod mini recently informed us that he cracked his minis’ LCD screen after having sat on it while it was in his pants’ back pocket.

“My son just got an iPod mini last week.  Had it in his pocket, sat down and cracked the display.  I took it to the Apple store in Houston. They told me it would cost less to buy a new one ($249)!!!!!

This is going to be happening all the time, because the minis are much thinner and relatively flexible.”

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