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Speck Products announces Mini iStyle cases

picThe Mini iStyle features a bright metallic leather-like finish that matches the iPod mini. The case features full screen protection and cutouts for in-case access of the scroll wheel, headphone jack, hold button, and FireWire sync port. They come in 4 different colors (black, pink, blue and silver) and cost $34.95 for a 3-Pack or $19.95 each. Speck is accepting pre-orders with shipping expected July 3rd.

“Professor iPod” on the cultural impact of iPod

  • June 24, 2004
  • iPod,

MacNewsWorld interviewed Dr. Michael Bull or “Professor iPod”, a lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies at the University of Sussex in the UK who is studying the cultural impact of iPods and other digital music technology. MNW asked Dr. Bull, “What kinds of questions did you ask the people who responded?” “I gave them a 32-page questionnaire that included questions about their playlist, what they like best about their iPod, what they don’t like. I asked how they listen to music, how they select music in relationship to mood, and about relationships they have to their environment and other people when they’re listening. I’m quite interested in how people manage their relationships through technology,” Dr. Bull also noted, “Nearly all are amazingly positive about the machine,” but the battery was a huge negative.

iPodX UK announces Summer Sale on accessories

iPodX.co.uk has announced a Summer Sale offering discounts on various iPod accessories. The iSkin eVo has been reduced to just

Apple, BMW execs talk about iPod auto integration

  • June 23, 2004
  • iPod,

Jim Dalrymple of MacCentral.com talked with Apple and BMW executives about the recent release of an iPod integration adapter. “We are beginning a really big push into a world we all spend a lot of time in—our cars,” Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing, told MacCentral. “So many people invest in great cars that have great stereos, but one thing they don’t have is access to their music library. Now you can put your iPod in your BMW or Mini and have all of your music everywhere you go.” Phil Schiller also noted that this is the first of many more partnerships.

“We know that a lot of BMW owners are people that achieve success early in life—they are work hard, play hard kind of people and they adopt new technologies that help them save time or empower them,” said Jim McDowell, vice president marketing BMW North America. “We knew when we saw the iPod come out that it was something that would appeal to a lot of BMW owners.”

Editor’s note: Apple and BMW claim to be the first to provide a complete in-car audio solution, but we beg to differ. Dension was the first company to offer iPod integration with their ICE-Link Auto Integration Kit, and it’s available for many car models.

iTunes Europe sells 800K songs in first week, 450K in UK

“Apple’s online music service iTunes has reported sales of 800,000 songs since it opened its European store last week.

An Apple spokesman said 450,000 of the tunes sold since the store opened had been bought by consumers in the UK.

The service offers music fans in the UK, France and Germany over 700,000 songs for 79p or 0.99 euros each.

Apple’s chief executive Steve Jobs claimed iTunes was already “Europe’s top online music store” and had outsold rival OD2 by 16 times in the past week.”

UK Summer Sale on accessories ends in one week

Online retailer, i-magine.com would like to remind our UK readers that their Summer Sale ends in one week. “Don

Mac/Windows: piPod 1.0 released - Locate pizzas in NYC

Slice, America’s Favorite Pizza Weblog, is pleased to announce the release of piPod 1.0, an iPod-based field guide to selected New York City pizzerias. Taking advantage of the iPod’s notes reader capability, piPod can direct you to the best pie shops in the city while you’re on the go.

Apple iPod ads up for Cannes awards

  • June 22, 2004
  • iPod,

Apple has been nominated for three Cannes Lions Awards at the 51st International Advertising Festival in Cannes, France. Apple is up for awards for its billboard announcement of Apple Store Ginza, Japan, its joint “Pod’s Unite” ad promotion with Volkswagen in the U.S., and its media marketing for the iPod and its billboard ads. “Over 16,000 ads from across the world are showcased at the event, which also offers seminars from industry leaders.”

Windows: Canto Pod 1.0 released - download song lyrics to iPod

Canto (greek for singing) Pod, is our latest application which allows users to search and download thousands of song lyrics right to there Contacts section on there iPod. Canto Pod also links directly to the iTunes music store, so while your searching for lyrics with our software, we give you a link to view the same song (or album) in iTunes! Canto Pod works for all iPods and requires Windows.

Apple, BMW intro iPod adapter; ‘iPod Your BMW’ campaign launched

Apple and BMW today officially announced the BMW iPod Adapter. “Connect with music like never before behind the wheel of your BMW 3 Series, and X3 and X5 SAV, Z4 Roadster or MINI. With the installation of an integrated adapter developed by Apple and BMW, you can now control your iPod or iPod mini through the existing audio system and multi-function steering wheel. Which means no loss of power. No loss of sound quality. No loss of control. The BMW iPod adapter can be installed in 2002 or later 3 Series, X3 and X5 SAVs, Z4 Roadsters and MINIs with compatible audio configurations.” The BMW iPod Adapter is priced at $149 (plus installation cost) and will be available at BMW centers as of July 12, 2004.

Apple and BMW said they have also launched a large “iPod Your BMW” marketing campaign that includes print, outdoor, online and television advertising (a TV spot has already been posted in QuickTime format on Apple’s site).

Analysts expect iPod, iTunes “re-accelerated momentum”

  • June 21, 2004
  • iPod,

“According to First Albany

RadTech announces miniSleevz

picThe new RadTech miniSleevz is constructed from a unique Optex fabric and features: a covered click wheel; access to the headphone port, ‘Hold’ switch and dock connector; and can be used with an Apple-supplied belt clip or armband mounts. MiniSleevz are available for $17.95 in six colors, both online, and wherever RadTech products are sold.

SendStation releases new PocketDock adapters

picSendStation Systems has released two new PocketDock adapters for iPod and iPod mini. The PocketDock Combo features USB and FireWire ports, and accepts industry-standard USB cables and 6-pin FireWire cables. Also announced today, the new PocketDock Line Out offers a 6-pin FireWire connector, and adds an industry-standard 3.5 mm (1/8”) stereo jack for high-quality audio output. “The stereo jack connects directly to the iPod

Shure E3c Earphones for $132

Coupon Code E3WHITEONLYJUNE22 is valid from now until June 22nd and it’s good only for the WHITE version E3c. MicrophoneSolutions.com coupon is an exclusive and private offer for iLounge. MicrophoneSolutions.com is an Authorized Shure dealer and the earphones you buy from them comes with a full 2 Year Warranty replacement/repair by Shure and a 30 day money back guarantee ($10 fee). As an Authorized Shure dealer Microphone Solutions can ONLY advertise this item for $179, but with this coupon you get it for $132 + shipping (around $6).

Teski releases Executive iPod Leather Case

pic Teski, makers of the roadie iPod case, have released a new black Executive Leather Case for 3G iPods featuring full-grain Nappa leather; a brushed aluminum front insert; access to the headphone port, dock port, function buttons, and touch wheel; and a post to attach the Ultra Swivel Clip belt clip. The inside front cover has a slot for credit cards. The Executive Leather Case sells for $19.95.

iPoDonut stickers for iPod released

piciPoDonut is a silicone backed sticker that covers the touch wheel on 2nd and 3rd generation iPods. iPoDonut comes in nine glow-in-the-dark designs and several colors; a plain glow-in-the-dark version; and a LCD screen protector is included with purchase. Each iPoDonut costs $9, and iPod mini iPoDonuts are expected to be released in late June.

TUNEWEAR releases ICEWEAR for iPod mini

picThe ICEWEAR case features silicon found in diving masks; access to all ports including the headphone jack, dock connector, ‘Hold’ switch and click wheel; shock absorbing ribs on each side for protectection and grip; and an extruded frame around the screen for protection. Included on the back are two slits to slip a belt through. ICEWEAR is sold at Apple Store Ginza, Japan and Apple Store Japan online. For information regarding U.S. sales please email TUNEWEAR at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Apple and BMW partner on iPod adapter

Update: MacMinute reports that “Gizmodo has uncovered further details on the adapter. The gadget site says it will cost around $235 installed and will only work on 2002 or later models. Any BMW with a built-in Navigation system, cassette deck, satellite radio or CD changer will reportedly not be able to use the adapter. Gizmodo also says that the iPod sits in a dock located in the glove compartment.”

MacMinute has obtained a two-page joint advertisement from Apple and BMW for a new iPod car adapter. The ad reads: ‘The first seamless integration of iPod and automobile. Connect with your music like never before. With the installation of an integrated adapter developed by BMW and Apple—now available for the BMW 3 Series, X3 and Z4—you can control your iPod through the existing audio system and multi-function steering wheel. Which means no loss of power. No loss of sound quality. And no loss of control.’ The ad also directs consumers to iPodYourBMW.com, which as of this posting, is not yet live.”

Enter to win free passes to Macworld Expo Boston

The Think Different Store is giving away two Exhibit Guest Passes to Macworld Expo Boston every day. You and a friend will gain free exhibit hall admission for the entire Expo. That’s a $35 value! The Expo will be held July, 12-15 at the Boston Convention Center. Many of your favorite Mac vendors will be there, including us! We’d love to see you so be sure to pay us a visit at the Think Different Store Booth (# to be announced). If you live in or around Boston, or just plan to be in the area in July, enter to win free VIP passes at www.thinkdifferentstore.com/contest.

iPod not meant to lead PC users to switch to Mac

  • June 17, 2004
  • iPod,

MacMinute reports that “in an interview with Neil McIntosh of The Guardian, Apple CEO Steve Jobs said that the iPod is no longer meant to lead PC users to switch to the Mac platform. ‘We brought the iPod to Windows. That was a big decision. That was basically a decision not to use the iPod to drive people to Macs,” Jobs said after Tuesday’s iTunes event in Europe. ‘We’re going to use it as a music device, and we’re going to put it on Windows. The majority of iPods we sell are used on Windows.’”

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