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iTrip mini for $32.99

iPod Xtras is currently offering several deals on selected iPod accessories. There are exo3 silicone cases for iPod at $6.50 and exoFLP’s at $15.00. The iTalk and iTrip mini are priced at $32.99.

Altec Lansing releases inMotion iMmini

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“Altec Lansing Technologies, Inc., the leader in the design and manufacture of Powered Audio products, today announced the debut of a portable audio system designed specifically for users of the iPod mini—the new iMmini. Featuring digital amplification, high quality neodymium micro drivers, and MaxxBass technology, iMmini—41% smaller than Altec Lansing’s flagship product, inMotion—is a complete speaker system. Altec Lansing’s inMotion iMmini portable audio system for the Apple iPod mini is priced at $129.95 (MSRP) and will be available in late summer at all Apple store locations as well as the Apple online store.”

Shure E2c earphones for $69.00

EarphoneSolutions.com is offering the Shure E2c earphones for $69 + shipping (around $6) in a Back to School promotion. Enter coupon code IPLOUNGE88 during checkout. Offer expires August 22nd. EarphoneSolutions.com coupon is an exclusive and private offer for iLounge. EarphoneSolutions.com is an Authorized Shure dealer and the earphones come with a full 2 Year Warranty replacement/repair by Shure and a 30 day money back guarantee.

Macromedia community news on your iPod

  • August 10, 2004
  • iPod,
“Take-Away lets you read and listen to the latest Macromedia news on your iPod or other MP3 player. Simply download the MP3 files you are interested in, install them on your iPod or other MP3 player, and take the latest Macromedia community news with you wherever you go. Based on the Macromedia XML News Aggregator (MXNA), Take-Away allows you to keep up with the latest community news from virtually anywhere.”

Apple: iTunes Music Store at 1 million songs

“Apple today announced that the iTunes Music Store now has over one million songs available for download in the US, becoming the first and only online digital music service to offer consumers a million song catalog. The iTunes Music Store features music from all five major record labels and over 600 leading independent labels from around the world. With more than 100 million songs downloaded and more than 70 percent market share of legal downloads for singles and albums, the iTunes Music Store is the world’s number one online music service.

‘The iTunes Music Store offers the world’s most extensive collection of downloadable music with over one million tracks available,

iPod mini sells out in Taiwan

“Music lovers and high-tech geeks yesterday sweated in the scorching sun to snap up their long-awaited iPod minis as Apple Computer Inc offered the first of the tiny music players available in this country—all 100 of them.

“All 100 units sold out in half an hour,” an Apple Taiwan public relations official said yesterday. “We are planning to ship more to Tai-wan, hopefully as soon as possible.”“

iTunes Music Store coming to Denmark

“When Apple unveils the Danish version of its successful online music shop, iTunes, this October, the company will already be bracing for stiff competition from IT giant Microsoft. Just a few days before the grand opening of iTunes, Microsoft will debut its own music download site, MSN Music.

Music industry insiders have long been aware that Microsoft was planning a rival online service, but Microsoft has kept the specifics tightly under wraps.”

Foofpods: A different kind of iPod case

picAustralian based company, Foofbags has released several handmade “Foofpod” iPod cases made from faux fur, tweed and colorful designs in Polar Fleece. Currently they only make Foofpods for 3rd generation iPods. Foofpods sell for $12 and includes shipping. There is limited stock available.

Future Sonics Ears model EM3 for $99

Future Sonics has announced the Live Listening, Listening Live Summer pricing promotion and is offering its Future Sonics model EM3 earphones for $99, regularly $159. No special coupons or order codes, prices are effective when ordering. Offer expires September 30, 2004.

Mac/Windows: iPod Bible 1.0 released

This is simply a free collection of specially formatted text files of the King James Version of the Holy Bible for viewing on the iPod.

Apple details iPod sales info in SEC filing

  • August 5, 2004
  • iPod,

In its quarterly report (SEC form 10-Q) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission today, Apple summarized several iPod and iTunes related details.

iPod sales increased $138 million or 124% during the third quarter of 2004 compared to the same period in 2003. Sales of iPods rose $545 million or 243% in the first nine months of fiscal 2004. iPod unit sales of 860,000 for the quarter show a year-over-year increase of 183%.

“This growth was driven by continued strength in demand for the iPod, introduction of the iPod mini, increased expansion of [our] iPod distribution network, and continued success of the iTunes Music Store,” Apple said.

Net sales of Apple’s other music products (iTMS and iPod related services and accessories) increased 508% in the third quarter thanks to an increase in overall iPod unit sales and the introduction of the iTMS in Europe.

Apple also noted that it has sold approximately 3.7 million iPods since the device debuted in 2001.

Mossberg: “BMW iPod adapter works, but in a pretty crude way”

  • August 5, 2004
  • iPod,

“I’ve been testing the system in a $54,000 BMW 330Ci convertible, lent to me for a few days by BMW. I have tried several different iPods in the car, including a brand-new, fourth-generation model. My conclusion: The BMW iPod adapter works, but in a pretty crude way that will likely leave the iPod cult hungering for more. It’s a decent first step, but that’s all. [...]

A couple of times, in several days of tests, I’d start the car and the system would freeze up. I had to switch to a different playlist to jolt the iPod into action. And once, when I increased the volume, it suddenly skipped a song.”

Apple pays for iTunes Music Store patent

“Apple has agreed to pay undisclosed royalties to a company that challenged the core concept behind the iTunes Music Store.

E-Date Corp. owns European and US patents that describe a “system and method of distributing [commercial] digital content over electronic and wireless networks”. The company claimed that ITMS was just such a system, and as such required Apple to license its intellectual property.”

The real reason Apple’s mad about Harmony hack

John C. Dvorak for CBS MarketWatch explains that RealNetwork’s recent iPod song compatibility hack for its Harmony jukebox software is screwing up Apple’s plan to put iPod technology into Motorola cell phones.

“This grand scheme only works if the platform is secure. You can’t sell an iPod phone and lock in all this easy money if people can buy from just anyone or just use bootleg music, can you? So along comes the RealNetworks hack, which screws up this scheme. Suddenly the iPod looks a lot like any other MP3 player except for its good looks, and those go away when it’s in the phone.

This explains why Steve Jobs and Apple wouldn’t let RealNetworks license any of its technology when asked last April. You can be certain that the Apple-Motorola scheme hatched before that and probably right after Ed Zander, Jobs’ friend, took over Motorola in January. With this scheme they had to keep the iPod locked down and that meant no licenses for interlopers and potential competitors.”

iPod professor on iPod clubs

  • August 5, 2004
  • iPod,

“Sony lost the plot”, said professor Dr. Michael Bull, the world’s leading expert on personal stereos, speaking to new London iPod club, Playlist. “The iPods’ mixture of function and pure technological beauty in an age in which we still get fed-up with impossibly complex technologies makes it iconic,” he said. “Events like Playlist show how impossible it is to categorize people’s listening habits,” he explained.

$200 rebate on iPod for college students

Apple is offering a $200 mail-in-rebate for college students when they purchase an iPod together with a PowerBook or iBook.  Since the price of iPods at the Apple Store for Education is $269 (20GB) and $369 (40GB), any college student buying a new laptop can pick up a 4G iPod for as little as $69. This rebate does not apply to the iPod mini, or the 12in CD-ROM version of the iBook, and is valid through September 25th.

Shure E3c earphones for $122

EarphoneSolutions.com is offering the Shure E3c and Shure E3 earphones for $122 + shipping (around $6) in a Back to School promotion. Enter coupon code F122E3 during checkout. Offer expires August 22nd. EarphoneSolutions.com coupon is an exclusive and private offer for iLounge. EarphoneSolutions.com is an Authorized Shure dealer and the earphones come with a full 2 Year Warranty replacement/repair by Shure and a 30 day money back guarantee.

Toshiba announces 60GB 1.8-inch hard drive

“Toshiba Storage Device Division (SDD), the industry pioneer in small form factor storage, today announced a new family of 1.8-inch hard disk drives (HDDs) that deliver the industry’s highest capacities in this category with its 30GB “MK3006GAL” and 60GB “MK6006GAH.” These drives also feature improved shock tolerance, power consumption and vibration control for better performance in mobile consumer electronics devices.

To achieve this industry-leading capacity, Toshiba has set a new benchmark for areal density in the 1.8-inch HDD category at 93.5 gigabits per square inch. This has allowed Toshiba to pack 30GB of data onto a single 1.8-inch platter, an increase of 50 percent over current models, delivering drives that are ideally suited for in-demand consumer electronics products such as mobile audio players and mobile notebook PCs.”

This formal announcement confirms Toshiba’s earlier revelation in Taiwan of the new 60GB drive, for which the company said Apple had already placed orders. The new details on size (60GB is the same thickness as current 40GB iPods; 30GB is same size as current 20GB models) and power consumption (lower) suggest that future iPods based on the new drive will be in cases of the same size as today’s models, but should feature even better battery life.

iTunes for Linux

“CodeWeavers, which specializes in software that lets Windows programs run on Linux, said on Monday that it has a new version of its software that adds support for Apple Computer’s iTunes.

The company said CrossOver Office 3.1 adds support for the jukebox and music download software. The version is currently in preview form and is being made available only to existing CrossOver Office customers.”

Mad Catz announce new iPod accessories

“Mad Catz Interactive, Inc. the world’s leading third party video game accessory manufacturer, today announced accessory starter kits for Apple Computer’s iPod and iPod Mini digital music players. The accessory kits will include a FireWire/USB cable for music transfer and charging, an automotive power adapter, and a carrying case. The iPod starter kit, which will support the recently announced 4th generation iPods as well as the 3rd generation devices, will feature a sleek black design, while the kits for the iPod Mini will be available in silver, gold, blue, green, and pink to match the colors of the currently shipping Minis. The accessory kits are scheduled to ship to retailers in North America and Europe this fall and are expected to retail between $29.99 and $49.99.”

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