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iPod, the new album - CDs going away?

  • February 13, 2004
  • iPod

“Looking on my iPod, there’s no physical barrier between Maxwell, Melvins, Messiaen, Metallica, Miles Davis, Mouse On Mars, and Mozart. They are peers. They’re all songs on a global album. This is promising—and weird. [...]

But so, this iPod. When I buy CDs, I immediately transfer them to the iPod and then shelve them, where they sit untouched. My vinyl is long gone. The album as a discrete unit containing 10 or so songs feels increasingly dated. I am entering a post-CD era in which one single disc (my iPod) holds thousands of songs—the new unit of measurement. [...]

The record album is going away. So are you. Don’t mourn yet. The rise of the phonograph in the 1900s meant that ordinary people who couldn’t afford a steamship voyage to visit the great opera houses of Europe could still be blown away by Enrico Caruso. Tapes of the Velvet Underground helped undermine a totalitarian regime in Czechoslovakia. Great things are afoot in this new era, too.”

Griffin announces iTrip software for Windows

Today Griffin released iTunes for Windows iTrip software installer for the iTrip FM Transmitter. “This small free application automatically installs all available iTrip frequencies into iTunes for Windows. Users then have access to over 250 FM frequency options for the US, Japan and European countries - the most frequencies available to any iPod FM Transmitter in the world.”

Valentine 2 for 1 sale on Lajo exo cases

  • February 13, 2004
  • Deals
“Love is in the air at www.####.biz  with a shop from the comfort of your home Valentine 2 for 1 sale. Lajo’s exo family (exo, exo 2, exo 3) of over 50 colors and 4 iPodArt cases are guaranteed to please any woman or man in your life. The #### Valentine Special will start on Febuary 14th and end at midnight on Feb the 15th.”

iPod vs. the rest

  • February 12, 2004
  • iPod

“The rivals come from electronics makers (Samsung) and from fellow computer makers (Dell, Gateway), as well as from veteran music-player makers (Rio, Creative Labs, iRiver). [...]

Now, you’re a busy person, so here’s the gist: most of these rivals are cheaper - usually $100 less. But “better” is another story. The iPod is still smaller, more attractive and more thoughtfully designed than any of the upstarts. [...]

Apple could have been some character from Greek mythology: blessed with ingenious, culture-changing innovation yet cursed with seeing its ideas co-opted by rivals who wind up making all the money. In the iPod’s case, though, none of the companies who lust for some of Apple’s pie can deliver the elegance and convenience of Apple’s music trinity: iPod, the iTunes software and the iTunes music store.”

DLO announces pre-order for new iPod mini accessories

picDLO has announced that it is now accepting pre-orders for its new line of iPod mini accessories, including the silicone DLO Jam Jacket mini ($19.99), DLO Jam Jacket Pro mini ($24.99), DLO Jam Jacket Pro mini 3Pac ($34.00), DLO Jam Jacket mini 3Pac ($39.00), leather DLO Podfolio mini ($29.99), and the Neoprene DLO Action Jacket mini ($29.99). The armbands are sold individually for $9.99 and come in black, pink, gold, green, and blue. We package the black armband with the Action Jacket for iPod, the Action Jacket mini, the Jam Jacket Pro mini, and the Jam Jacket Pro mini
3Pac. All new iPod mini products are due to ship the first week of March.

Apple and Target team up with iTunes gift cards

picOne of our readers has submitted evidence of a new partnership between Apple and Target stores, resulting in $15 Gift Cards to purchase music from the iTunes Music Store. The new promotion is expected to start on Sunday, February 15.

More on iPod eBay scams

  • February 12, 2004
  • iPod

“A search for “iPod” on eBay yields a couple thousand listings for the digital music player and accessories, but beware: Hundreds of the listings are inducements to join pyramid-style scams.

Ebay is swamped with new “matrix” schemes, which appear to be legitimate buyers clubs but are in fact variations on classic pyramid scams, which are outlawed around the world.

In most cases, eBay shoppers are offered hot products like an iPod, a game console or a cell phone at an incredible discount, say for $40 or $25.”

iPod designer Jonathan Ive is Britain’s no. 1 cultural figure

  • February 11, 2004
  • iPod

“Now Jonathan Ive, the designer of the iPod, the iMac and the iBook, has been recognised by being voted top of a list of Britain’s 50 most influential cultural figures. The list, compiled by leading figures in the worlds of fashion, the arts, media and design, has been compiled for the first birthday of BBC3, the youth-orientated digital channel. [...]

Mr Ive, 38, who was born in Chingford, east London, is now in San Francisco where he earns £1m a year as vice-president of industrial design at Apple Computers. He joined Apple in the early 1990s after the design firm he was working for in London was asked by the struggling American company to create a look for a new laptop. He took the design to California and was hired immediately. The iMac’s colourful rejection of the conventional appearance of computers was a success and Apple was resurrected as a company. The iBook and the iPod have since followed and are widely praised for their good design.”

iPod mini Knowledge Base documents

Apple recently posted several new Knowledge Base documents regarding the iPod mini. We have added the links to the documents on our Links page for future reference.

iPod mini: Frequently Asked Questions
iPod mini: System Requirements
iPod mini Software Updater: Only Works With iPod mini
iPod mini: Now Playing Screen Does Not Display Album Title
iPod mini: How to Insert Into Belt Clip and Armband
iPod mini: About the Click Wheel
iPod mini: About Using Older Accessories

Vote for iPod at Lovemarks.com - showcasing your favorite brands

  • February 11, 2004
  • iPod

A newly developed website, Lovemarks.com, encourages consumers to vote and comment on the brands/products they have fallen in love with or couldn’t live without. Website editor Stephen Olsen says, the Apple iPod is sitting at number seven on the new Saatchi & Saatchi website for brands that deserve a “special Valentine”. If you love your iPod, let them know.” There are monthly prizes for the most evocative, true-to-experience stories and comments. A grand prize of the North American Car of the Year, the Toyota Prius, will be awarded to the story that best captures why and how a particular Lovemark has won your “Loyalty Beyond Reason”. This competition runs until May.

Update: The iPod has moved up to no. 2 and Apple is no.1 on the lovemarks popularity list.

Pod People and “the iPod swap”

  • February 11, 2004
  • iPod

“Time was, if you met someone cool and cute, someone you wanted to know better, you might make that person a mix tape. It was the perfect courtship calling card: a neat little package of songs carefully selected to say something about both you and your understanding of the recipient.

Today, such compilations are an anachronism. Most stereos don’t even have tape decks anymore. Countless couples will probably trade mix CDs this Valentine’s Day, but the point-and-click process of CD burning is rather sterile; it’s possible to make someone a mix CD without having to listen to a single song. As an inveterate trader of cassettes, I’ve been in steady mourning for the mix tapes of my youth for some time now. However, I recently acquired both an iPod and a boyfriend–who’d just gotten an iPod of his own. We were debating whose library had more songs when he had a brilliant idea, one that could replace the mix tape for the 21st century: the iPod swap.”

iPod 40GB for $450.09, iPod 20GB for $359.99

  • February 11, 2004
  • Deals

Deals on the Web: “Target has the new 40GB iPod for $499.99. Use coupon code “TCFEBRUARY22” to save 10% for a final price of $450.09. It’s the best current price we’ve seen on a new unit. Coupon expires 2/14/04.”

“Target now has stock of the 20GB iPod for $359.99, 10% off their regular price. Click the link in this deal post and use coupon code “TCFEBRUARY22” during checkout to get the discount. Ground shipping is $7.95. Coupon expires on 2/14/04.”

Join Apple UK iPod mini email list

Apple UK has posted a page to sign up for the iPod mini email list. “Coming in April – Enter your details below and we’ll email you when iPod mini is available.”

In a report by Macworld UK, it states, “Many Mac users have observed that the preliminary £199 price tag Apple has announced in the UK seems steep in comparison to the $249 US music fans are being charged.

Apple has said the £199 price is subject to change (depending on the vagaries of the exchange rate), but hasn’t announced any final shipping price at this time. Presumably, iPod mini fans who sign-up to receive an email when the product does ship will get to know what the final UK shipping price is first.”

Mossberg reviews the iPod Mini, “a gorgeous device”

“For about a week, my assistant Katie Boehret and I have been testing the iPod Mini. Katie has been toting a pink model everywhere—while walking, riding the D.C. subway and flying. I’ve been using a gold one and a blue one in the house, car and office. We both like these gadgets a lot. In our tests, they exceeded Apple’s claims for both battery life and storage capacity.

The iPod Mini is a gorgeous device that displays Apple’s famous touch for people-pleasing design. At only half an inch thick, and about the length and width of a business card, it feels great in the hand and slips into even a small pocket or purse. It is the first iPod that naturally belongs on an armband for exercising, and Apple will sell such a band as an option.”

Online music in UK outsells CD, cassettes and vinyl

“Figures from the Official Chart Company in the UK have revealed that for the first time ever online music sales have eclipsed the sales of traditional music formats such as CD, cassettes and vinyl.

During the month of January it has been revealed that over 150,000 songs were downloaded from sites such as MyCokeMusic. This will be good news for all those companies who are offering downloadable music content, and bad news for traditional music outlets such as Virgin and HMV, who will most likely have to start looking for alternative ways to offer their music over and above the traditional high street record store format.”

More disdain for Pepsi iTunes ad

The Register UK has received open letters to Apple from its readers in disgust with the Pepsi iTunes Music Giveaway ads featuring several RIAA sued teenagers. One of the letters read, “I was planning on purchasing a new Ibook, it would have been my 5th Mac. Tell Steve he can take this “Jobs” and shove it. Putting that obnoxious Pepsi ad on the website was not a good decision. – Jack Del Croix” Another letter read, “The only thing you have to do to be in the front of the NEXT revolution is lose Pepsi and the RIAA. It is a brutal irony to me that you chose the 20th anniversary of the most famous Superbowl ad of all to totally reverse your own image, team up with big brother, and most indefensible of all, participate in the exploitation of underaged alleged “criminals” in a literal public stoning. Shame on you!”

Apple sued over iPod battery life

  • February 10, 2004
  • Apple

Apple today filed its quarterly report with the Securites and Exchange Commission. The report listed several lawsuits against Apple, one of which was five plaintiffs;  Craft, Chin, Hughes, Westley and Keegan “filed purported class action cases in various Northern California courts alleging misrepresentations by the Company relative to iPod battery life. The complaints include causes of action for violation of California Civil Code Section 17200 (unfair competition), the Consumer Legal Remedies Action (“CLRA”) and claims for false advertising, fraudulent concealment and breach of warranty.  The complaints seek unspecified damages and other relief.  The Company is beginning its investigation of these claims.  Plaintiffs have filed a motion to consolidate these claims in San Mateo County.  The Company has opposed the motion on the grounds that Santa Clara County would be the most appropriate venue for consolidation.”

Mac: Connect iPod, iTunes crashes in OS X 10.3

MacFixit reports a problem and solution regarding iTunes 4.2. “We previously reported an issue where iTunes 4.2 crashes shortly after connecting an iPod (under Mac OS X 10.3.x) The crash generally results both in the iPod not getting updated and a force-quit required for iTunes. Some users have had success disconnecting all other external peripherals - particularly FireWire devices other than the iPod (and USB components), but for others the problem persists under the same conditions. Reverting to Mac OS X 10.2.x also alleviates the problem.”

AudioBerkman releases “The Gadget Factor”

“Don’t let its size deceive you—this sleek little gadget is shaking the foundations of the digital media debate.  In “The Gadget Factor,” AudioBerkman takes a closer look a cool new class of high-tech toys—the portable MP3 player— to find out what effect these devices are having on the world of online music.  We talk to business analysts, lawyers, and RIAA President Cary Sherman and ask how the iPod has changed the way people use digital media.  Our results might surprise you…  (Running time: 12 minutes)”

How the ‘other half’ live (without iPod)

  • February 9, 2004
  • iPod

“I hate iPods. I mean, I really, really hate them. There, I’ve said it. My feelings towards Apple’s oh-so-clever digital music player have left me feeling ostracised and hopelessly out of the loop.

Every time I slip the latest CD into my Walkman (£35), part of me wonders if I’m a freak for thinking that £400 is too much to spend on a portable music player. Am I culturally impoverished for failing to understand why it’s essential to have 10,000 songs in my back pocket when I pop out for a pint of milk? Am I the only person who doesn’t get over-excited by the sleek, minimalist design (a “touch wheel”, how clever)?”

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