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HP’s, Carly Fiorina talks iPod, music piracy and more

  • January 21, 2004
  • iPod
“Music is going to be a huge part of the digital entertainment experience. No one has done it better than Apple. Our contribution is going to be to bring Apple to a wider market, a wider audience and also to make the digital music capability that Apple makes possible work within this broader system. You know the other thing that frustrates consumers? They get all these little gizmos and gadgets, but they don’t work together. The HP iPod and iTunes is not just going to be another great gizmo, it’s not going to be just another great music player—it’s going to fit into this digital entertainment experience for the consumer.”

NYTimes looks at the Griffin iTalk

“To make recordings, the iTalk relies largely on voice memo software that is supplied with the iPod. However, the unit contains its own system for automatically adjusting the microphone’s sensitivity. Andrew Green, the vice president for marketing and design at Griffin, said the automatic gain control feature enables the microphone to record voices up to 100 feet away.”

iPod mini icons released

Mike Matas, the talented iconographer behind the Omini Group has released a set of iPod mini icons (one of each color) for Mac OS X - free for download.

Shure E2 for $76 at MicrophoneSolutions.com

MicrophoneSolutions.com is selling the Shure E2 for $76.00 You can use coupon code F156E3.

RIAA sues 532 music downloaders

“In its largest legal action to date, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) filed another 532 lawsuits Wednesday against alleged music pirates operating through peer-to-peer (P2P) networks.

The lawsuits use the “John Doe” process, which is used to sue defendants whose names aren’t known.

The lawsuits identify the defendants by their Internet protocol computer address. Once a John Doe suit has been filed and approved by a judge, the RIAA can subpoena the information needed to identify the defendant by name from an Internet service provider (ISP).”

Shakespeare’s Sonnets on your iPod

  • January 21, 2004
  • iPod

Westering has released Shakespeare’s Sonnets as Notes as a free download. Instructions for downloading to iPod are available on the website.

Members of Parliamant in UK vote on iPod battery issue

  • January 21, 2004
  • iPod

“Concern over the lifespan of the iPod’s rechargeable battery has reached the House of Commons, with 11 MPs [Members of Parliament] putting their names to a motion calling for Apple to ensure that replacement batteries are plentiful in supply and priced at a reasonable level.

Labour MP for Chorley, Lindsay Hoyle, tabled the motion, stating his concern regarding the “difficulty people are having in replacing batteries for iPods”.

He notes: “iPods were a favourite Christmas present, with a value of between £250 to £400, but when people come to buy replacement batteries they find that they cost £100 and that they have little knowledge of where such batteries can be obtained from”.”

Updated: Audio Outfitters looking for beta testers for new iPod product

“Audio Outfitters - Audio Outfitters, LLC, a leading provider of audio products announced today that they are looking for current Apple iPod owners to participate in market research for a new iPod product. According to Charlie Bernstein, President of Audio Outfitters, ‘This new product is the first of its kind and a product that is a long time coming.’

In order to participate in the Beta test and market research for this product, please send an e-mail to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  A non-disclosure will be sent to you.  Once filled out, a representative from our company will contact you with instructions.  Make sure your voice is heard and contact us today.

Audio Outfitters is a leading provider of Audio products for the Apple iPod.”

“The iPod is the modern-day equivalent of the Samurai sword”

  • January 20, 2004
  • iPod

“It is a bit emasculating to admit this, but portable electronics have replaced sidearms in our culture. I draw upon the Japanese katana for my analogy for several reasons. First, the katana was much more than a mere weapon or cutting tool. It was a portable symbol of status, power, and class. The warrior class, the Samurai, were actually quite numerous. At their height they were nearly 10% of the population of Japan. Before 1876, wearing the katana conveyed to the casual observer that the wearer of the long and short swords possessed a rank and status of an elite group.

The simple fact that people are willing to pay hundreds of dollars more for an iPod, when equal technology is available in a less impressive-looking package, points directly to this analogy. People will pay more for a status symbol, and in doing so, they have made the iPod one of the most important cultural icons today.”

Pacific Rim Technologies announces iShield II aluminum case

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“Pacific Rim Technologies, a global supplier of innovative products specializing in iPod, PDA, Pocket PC cases, today announced the introduction of the iPod ‘iShield II’ hard case made of aircraft aluminum, available in multi-colors and compatible with Apple iPod 10, 15, and 20GB. It will be shipping in quantity in late February.  In addition Pacific Rim Technologies is running a quarterly promotion offering free ‘Stuff Bak’ a loss protection service for your iPod or other device when you purchase a hard case from Pacific Rim Technologies.”

Apple posts ‘coming soon’ Pepsi-iTunes giveaway

Apple has posted a ‘coming soon’ page for its Pepsi-iTunes 100 million song giveaway. You can sign up to be notified when the giveaway launches on February 1, 2004. “Watch for our ads during the Superbowl. 100 million songs. 1 in 3 wins.” It seems that you can either purchase Pepsi or Sierra Mist for a chance to win, as indicated by the icons in the lower left.

TEN Technology readies Bluetooth naviPlay remote

“Impulsesoft, the leading Bluetooth(R) Audio solution provider, today announced that TEN Technology has licensed its Bluetooth stereo technology. TEN Technology, the company that introduced the naviPod(TM) wireless remote control for Apple’s iPod, the leading digital music player in the world, demonstrated the TEN naviPlay(TM), the first Bluetooth stereo adapter and remote control designed specifically for the iPod, on January 6, 2004 at the MacWorld Expo in San Francisco, CA.

‘Superior audio quality and long battery life are critical for naviPlay to meet the high expectations of iPod owners. Impulsesoft’s iWISH and iWISA deliver 44.1KHz and 48KHz stereo audio with a long battery life,’ said John Lin, CEO of TEN Technology.”

Editor’s note: Here are photos of the naviPlay prototype as seen at Macworld SF.

European and American song downloads rising fast

“Europeans purchased over three million song downloads in 2003 from the continent’s primary online music store, OD2, raising faint hopes the lackluster music industry is on the road to recovery. [...]

Still, the volume of downloads is growing 25 percent month on month, Grimsdale said, which would mean download sales should grow more than three-fold in 2004. [...]

The more mature U.S. market is growing even faster. American music fans purchased 30 million download tracks in 2003 as online stores such as Apple Computer’s iTunes proved a big hit with consumers.”

Mac: Synch iPod-iTunes Data 1.0.1 Released

“Synch iPod-iTunes Data” synchronizes select data between your iPod and iTunes. The data that can be synchronized are “Date Last Played”, “Play Count”, “Rating” and “Comments”. The data can be transferred from iPod to iTunes or the reverse, or can be synchronized between the two. This application is designed for people who manually manage their iPod playlists.

HP already had an iPod of sorts

  • January 19, 2004
  • iPod

“Back in 1999, researchers at Compaq designed a 30 Gbyte portable music player that weighed 9.5 ounces, could fit in your pocket and had 10 hours of battery life. The Personal Jukebox - aka PJB - went on sale for more than $500, and Compaq received a handy patent for its work.

But the PJB is not all that interesting in and of itself. Plenty of companies were busy working on their own music players at the time. The demand for such devices was pretty clear, as consumers rushed to organize their music on PCs and wanted a way to carry the tunes around. [...]

The only explanation for HP’s iPod lust is that it was the easy way out - the road least invented. [...]

HP’s decision to pick up Apple product points to nothing less than a failure of the company to capitalize on its own invention. In addition, it shows HP’s unmatched readiness to ignore in-house IP at the very moment a fledgling market looks promising.”

Korean iPod clone released

picNormally we couldn’t care less about iPod clones, but Korean company Nextway has announced the D Cube NHD-150D, a 1.5GB hard drive based audio player looking very similar to the iPod. It’s white, and has an LCD display above a scroll wheel and buttons similar to older iPods. Its features include; OGG Vorbis support, 8 line LCD, FM transmitter, FM radio and FM record, direct encoding, Mac OS support and the list goes on. We could not find a price posted on the website. Apple has been known to sue for such ‘similarities’ in product design, most notably the original iMac.

Apple posts new iPod commercial

  • January 19, 2004
  • iPod

Apple has posted a new iPod TV commercial for viewing at Apple.com which features “Channel Surfing” by Feature Cast. It had been shown for the first time during Steve Job’s Keynote speech at Macworld San Francisco.

JAVOedge announces JAVOeBuds retractable earphones

picJAVOedge has released retractable stereo headphones called JAVOeBuds and features; 3.5 mm headphone jack, and retractable cable (47 inch max.). The JAVOeBuds are on sale for $18.95 (expires 2/18/04).

Apple Store: iPod mini #1 Top Seller

MacMinute reports the iPod mini is #1 on the online Apple Store’s Top Sellers list followed by iTunes Gift Certificates, iLife ‘04, Keystation 49e USB Midi Keyboard,  15-inch PowerBook, Monster iCarPlay wireless FM transmitter for iPods, Mac OS X 10.3 Panther, iBook, iMac, and the dual 2GHz Power Mac G5.

Belkin releases new Sport case and Mobile Power cord for iPod

picBelkin has released a new Neoprene Sport case and Mobile Power cord with dock connector on its website. The Neoprene Sport case ($24.99) features; 360-degree motion with swivel clip, top-loading design with drawstring, and clear PVC cover. The new Mobile Power cord ($24.99) for your car features; replaceable safety fuse, DC input jack (works with F8V3080-APL TuneCast II Mobile FM Transmitter) and comes with a Belkin Lifetime Warranty.

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