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iTunes accused of overcharging UK customers

“Apple’s iTunes music download service has been accused by the Consumers’ Association of overcharging UK users.

The group accused the service of charging UK-based customers nearly 20% more than those with addresses and payment details in France or Germany.”

Listening to iPod through antique radios

  • September 15, 2004
  • iPod,

“The store’s owner, 50-year-old Takeyuki Ishii, recommends plugging an iPod into an FM transmitter, such as Griffin Technology’s iTrip, and listening to music through the speaker of an antique radio.

Ishii believes there is aural magic in the combination of the very old with the very new. Playing an iPod through an old radio or tube-driven amplifier gives it a special warmth and atmosphere, he says.”

Additional info about Alpine iPod Interface

  • September 14, 2004
  • iPod,

Alpine has launched a Flash site titled “Take your iPod for a drive” with additional details about how the iPod interface works, an interactive demo, and a dealer locator.

STM releases 4G/HP skins for iPod Cocoon

picSTM is now including 4G/HP 20GB and 40GB skins with their current iPod Cocoon case. The semi-rigid, zippered hard case features a detachable lanyard and an inside, mesh pocket for earphones or small items. The package includes four, clear skins fitting 3G (10/15/20/30/40GB) and 4G/HP (20/40GB) iPods. The iPod Cocoon case retails for $39.95.

Speck Products announces FlipStand for 4G/HP iPods

picToday Speck Products announces the FlipStand see-thru hard case for Apple and HP’s fourth generation iPod (iPod with Click Wheel). The FlipStand will ship to customers on September 30th and can be pre-ordered now on Speck’s website for $29.95. The all clear FlipStand provides protection while allowing access to the scroll wheel and song control buttons. Flip open the scroll wheel door to change music selections, then flip it all the way back and it becomes a desktop stand.

Yahoo to buy MusicMatch for $160 million

“Internet company Yahoo Inc. said on Tuesday it will buy privately held music software company Musicmatch Inc. for about $160 million in a bid to bolster its online music services.

San Diego-based Musicmatch offers software that lets users manage digital music collection and listen to online radio stations. Customers also download songs from its music store.”

OWC and NewerTech announce high-capacity batteries for older iPods

NewerTech and Other World Computing today introduced an ultra high-capacity 2100mAh Apple iPod replacement Lithium-Polymer (Li-Polymer) replacement battery for all first- and second-generation iPod models. The NewerTech battery is the highest capacity iPod battery on the market and provides 70 percent more capacity than standard Apple stock batteries. It is available immediately for $39.95. In addition, OWC and NewerTech announced a special promotion throughout the month of September where customers can get $10 off when they purchase the 2100mAh iPod replacement battery and the NewerTech RoadTrip! FM transmitter for the iPod together.

Apple airs new iPod + iTunes ad

  • September 13, 2004
  • iPod,

picApple has posted and began airing another new TV spot for iPod + iTunes titled “Saturday Hip Hop” featuring the song “Saturday Night” by Ozomatli. The new ad is similar to previous ads featuring silhouetted dancers on colored backgrounds.

TunesTracker email service alerts you to iTunes music

“TunesTracker.com makes the iTunes Music Store even better by keeping music fans up-to-date about their favorite artists. The service is free.

After registering with TunesTracker, users can enter the names of up to 50 of their favorite music groups. Once a day, TunesTracker checks the iTunes Music Store for new songs by those artists. When there is something new, TunesTracker sends an e-mail alert listing the vital information about the new tunes, including the song title, album name, and composer. By clicking a link, users can open the song in the iTunes Music Store, listen to a clip, and buy the song.”

Felt Cafe releases handmade iPod pouches

picCrafter Liz Maly is offering handmade felt pouches in three styles for $20 each. Custom colors are available upon request “Everything here is handfelted, in a process that starts with wool (before it’s spun into yarn)  and involves hot water, soap, agitation, and my kitchen sink. Felt is dense, soft, insulating, and water resistant (the same way that sheep don’t get wet in the rain).”

Sonance announces iPort in-wall docking station

MacMinute reports that “Sonance today introduced the iPort, an in-wall docking station for the Apple’s iPod that integrates the player into any multi-room audio system as a source component. Compatible with Sonance’s full line of IR control systems, amplifiers and accessories, the iPort “turns any room into an iPod concert hall.” The iPort, which will begin shipping before the end of the year, will come in two versions: one that can be installed in any wall location and connected locally or to the main audio system, and a rack-mountable version to integrate the iPod within an audio equipment rack. Additionally, the company has said the iPort will include parts to accommodate all Apple iPod models, as well as connections for power, control and audio output. Pricing was not announced.”

New software allows iTunes music on non-iPod devices

“A German company is offering what it claims is a legal method of making iTunes Music Store music playable on devices other than the iPod.

RapidSolution Software claims its Windows only software, Tunebite, ‘legally provides the user with new music files without restrictions’.”

iPod+hp arrives in stores - early

  • September 9, 2004

Six days ahead of the September 15 scheduled release date, Hewlett-Packard’s version of the iPod - the “Apple iPod from HP” - is now available in retail stores. iLounge’s Dennis Lloyd spotted “a huge number” of units for sale at the popular Fry’s Electronics chain in Southern California, with 20GB and 40GB units consuming two full store shelves at a store. The units use partially different packaging, such that the 20GB model includes imagery of a woman in a room, while the 40GB version depicts a man on the street, each wearing the distinctive stylized white earbud cords that appear prominently in new HP advertising. As expected, the units retail for $299.99 and $399.99, respectively.

Trendy Geek releases Pod Shield for 4G iPods

picPod Shield is made of a thin material that clings to the iPod using high static. The front film covers the iPods’ screen. The back film is designed to fully cover the stainless steel back and sides of the unit while still enabling users to place their iPod into a docking station. When the shields need replacing, there is no sticky glue or residue to remove—they simply peel off. Pod Shields retail for $12.99. One package contains 6 pieces, enough shields for the front and back of three iPods. Pod Shields also fit all 3rd generation iPods.

“Gapless Playback for Apple iPod” online petition

  • September 8, 2004
  • Apple,

iPod user Michael Barca has started a “Gapless Playback for Apple iPod” online petition. Gapless playback has been heavily discussed within our own forums and Michael hopes that Apple will take notice. Gapless playback is the playback of long songs or DJ mixes in a continuous stream without audible gaps.

“We, the undersigned, are requesting that gapless playback be integrated into the iPod via a firmware upgrade in the near future.

We want to show you, Apple, that there exists a large amount of iPod owners and possible future iPod owners, who desperately want this to be supported in iPod.

Perhaps you don’t realize how important this is to iPod owners, but by this petition we hope to show you how essential this feature is to any digital audio player.”

iTunes Japan delayed by ‘inadequate DRM’

“According to the report, ITMS Japan has met with opposition from a number of local music labels who claim that FairPlay is “inadequate” and are thus refusing to license their songs to Apple.

At issue is the Mac maker’s insistence that consumer should be allowed to burn downloaded songs to CD, a facility offered by the US, UK, German and France versions of ITMS.”

Windows: myTunes Redux 1.0 released

myTunes Redux is a program that allows you to download music made available by iTunes. It allows you to search everything on the network at once, live, and works with all versions of iTunes (from 4.1 through 4.6).

This program will most likely only work on Windows XP. No mac version exists and I’m not making one, so stop asking.

English-only pan-European iTunes store on track for October

“The first signs are positive. Apple Computer Chief Executive Steve Jobs launched versions of the online music service in the U.K, France and Germany at the beginning of the summer. The services have taken off quickly, selling more than 5 million songs in the first ten weeks.. It has left a European-based service that had a head start singing harmony and major music labels are listening to its appeals. [...]

‘It’s still too early to judge exactly how successful the service is,’ says U.K.-based Jupiter Research analyst Mark Mulligan, who believes that after the holiday season will be a better time to appraise the success of the iPod/iTunes duo. But one thing is sure, Mulligan says, ‘It has revolutionized the online music market.’ [...]

Largely because of this tortured rights landscape, iTunes initially debuted in only three countries. But the rest of the European Union shouldn’t have to wait much longer: Apple says its plans for an English-only pan-European store are on track for October.”

Windows: iStory Creator 3.3 beta released

The iStory Creator is an application made to help people create their very own iPod Text Adventure Games. It allows people with absolutely no html or coding experience be able to contribute games for the iPod that are both fun and detailed. Basically, iStories are Text Games that have a plot line and then when certain things happen in the story, the user can make choices that effect how the story progresses. This can lead to games that are similar to RPG’s, Quiz Games, and basically anything you can think of doing with a text based game. The iStories are very similar to a “Choose your own ending” type of novel and will make for some great entertainment.

New manufacturer for iPod mini named

“Asustek Computer has received OEM orders for the iPod mini digital music player from Apple Computer, according to market sources. Asustek is the second Taiwan-based manufacturer of the digital devices since Inventec Appliances also produces the iPod for Apple.”

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