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3x bundle deal on JavoScreen protectors for iPod mini and iPod

JAVOedge has announced a promotion on the JAVOScreen (protector) for the iPod mini and iPod.  The 3x bundle pack is now available.  With this bundle you will save 15%, not to mention the shipping charges you will save compared to buying 3 separately. Both 3x bundles go for $15.17 per bundle pack.

Apple creates new iPod division

Apple has created a new division within the company to sell and promote the iPod. Jon Rubinstein, who has led Apple’s hardware engineering efforts, will run the new division. Timothy Cook, head of the company’s worldwide sales and operations, will now lead a newly organized Macintosh division. The moves were announced today in a company-wide internal email sent by Apple CEO Steve Jobs. “This organizational refinement will focus our talent and resources even more precisely on our industry-leading Macintosh computers and the wildly successful iPod,” an Apple spokesman told Reuters.

New service for loading CD collection into iPod launches

LoadPod has launched as a new service that takes an iPod user’s entire CD collection and rips it into their iPod for them…so that they don’t have to. LoadPod currently offers local service in several areas including Miami, Orlando, Tampa, Houston, Indianapolis, South Carolina, and Minneapolis, and is bringing local service to new markets daily.  LoadPod will pick up a customer’s iPod or iPod mini, along with their CD collection, from their home or place of work, and then return it to them within five days, fully ripped and loaded…allowing customers to use their time for more valuable things.

Shure E3 earphones for $135

Microphone Solutions is offering Shure E3 earphones for $135.00 - ONLY for the first 200 units (special buy from the manufacturer). Use coupon code F135E3200. This Coupon Code will bring the cost of the E3 from $179.00 to $135.00 + shipping (you pay for shipping - approx. $6.50). This coupon is valid only for iLounge.com visitors and it will be honored for the first 200 units ONLY.

iPod 40GB for $463

Dealmac: Amazon.com offers the iPod 40GB MP3 player, with dock and carrying case, for $463.14, as a reader found. With free shipping and no sales tax charged in most locations, that’s the lowest total price we know to be available.

Mac: iSpeak It 1.6 released

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!

iTunes for Windows SDK released

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.”

“This SDK provides header files, documentation, and sample JScript files demonstrating how to use the iTunes for Windows COM interface. COM is the Microsoft technology, similar to AppleScript on Mac OS, that allows programmatic control of iTunes from languages like JScript, Visual Basic, C#, and C++. This SDK requires iTunes for Windows version 4.5 or later.”

iPod mini for $236.54 with free shipping

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.

How to play your iTunes music on other devices

“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.”

Chinese PC maker to preinstall iTunes

“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.”

Win an iPod mini!

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!

Eminem to battle Apple over copyright

“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 to debut updated ice>Link:iPod at UK car show

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 – June 10. ice>Link:iPod plays iPod audio through your existing car entertainment system’s CD changer port via line-in audio with charging and iPod device control using existing car audio systems. Supported vehicle and audio system brands include: Audi, BMW, Citroen, Ford, Honda, Peugot, Renault, Toyota, VW, Alpine, Blaupunkt, Kenwood and Sony. The ice>Link:iPod connector will cost £79.99 for aftermarket car audio systems and £129.99 for factory-fit systems. It launches on May 24.

iPod Mini for $231.44 Shipped

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.

Hitachi to increase iPod mini microdrive production

“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 releases new iPod mini cases

picIncase 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.

Mac: iPod Access 3.1.5 released

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.

iPod and iTunes helps Apple rank 23rd out of top 100 electronic retailers

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 releases iVod mini case

picVaja 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 announces oPod - water resistant case for iPod

picOtterBox, 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.  However, but as far as docking or access to the ‘HOLD’ switch, this case doesn’t have access to that through the case.  We do allow for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Generation [iPods] usage via different headphone inserts (and also the ability to use the remote) and foam spacers that accommodate the different iPod thicknesses.” OtterBox also noted that the case is “waterproof from the standpoint of rain, shower, etc, but we don’t recommend swimming or diving with it.” The oPod costs $49.95, comes in five colors, and pre-orders are now being accepted for an estimated ship date of June 15th. All pre-orders will be entered into a $20 iTunes Gift Certificate giveaway. OtterBox also plans on releasing an oPod for 1st and 2nd generation iPods.

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