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50% off KOSS Portapro headphones

For a limited time, koss.com is offering 50% off of the retail price (49.99) of the PortaPro headphones. Use http://www.koss.com Coupon code 61804 for 50% off.

Mac: PodUtil 2.5 beta testers wanted

We’re hard at work on a major upgrade to our iPod program PodUtil, and we need your help! We need people who can commit to downloading and testing our program,  then give us detailed feedback on any problems they encounter and interact with us to get it fixed. The Beta test’s central ‘hub’ will be a forum on our web site.  To best work with us, you should be able to check the forums on a daily basis. Should you not be able (or want) to use the forums, we will be able to communicate with you (albeit not as effectively) via email.

Winning the iTunes 100 million song contest

pic Want to enhance your chances of winning something in Apple’s countup to 100 million songs sold through the iTunes Music Store? Thanks to Jon Maddox, now you can buy your songs near a 100,000 marker, based on Apple’s most recently published number of iTMS songs sold. PC users can use a cool web script that displays the current tally, and Mac users can download an even cooler desktop widget for use with the increasingly popular application Konfabulator. (Jon, if you’re reading this, great work, and shoot us a line if you have a moment!)

iPod Armor Mini for 44.99 & iTrip Mini $35.50

iPod Xtras is now offering the iPod Armor mini for $44.99.  Other sale prices include the iTrip Mini for $35.50.

Developing QuickTime Apps for iPod

iPod Hacks reports that Tim Monroe, a member of Apple’s QuickTime engineering team, recently wrote a how-to article titled “Snow Day: Developing QuickTime Applications for the iPod” in the April 2004 issue (vol. 20, no. 4) of MacTech Magazine. “In the article, Tim dispells the widely held belief that the iPod is a closed system and that writing custom applications for the device requires expensive and hard to obtain development tools. As the reader is taken through the process of developing an application from the ground up that will perform QuickTime movie playback on the iPod’s screen, it becomes clear that the iPod is a viable development platform indeed.” Unfortunately, the article turned out to be nothing more than a late-arriving April Fools joke, but an amusing one nonetheless.

Gravis releases new iPod cases

pic Gravis, a division of Burton has released two new leather iPod cases for 3rd generation iPods. The G-POD case features a flip-lid design, elastic sides, and access to earphone and dock ports while closed. The G-POD comes in black/g-camo and retails for $15. The G-POD BB comes in white leather and features a flip-lid design, elastic sides, and access to headphone and dock ports while closed. The G-POD BB retails for $25 and is not available online.

Speck Products announces Skin Tight Armband for iPod mini

picThe Skin Tight Armband for iPod mini is an elastic, adjustable armband featuring a snap-in-snap-out clip to be used with the included Skin case, and also features cable clips to manage the earphone cord. You can pre-order the Skin Tight Armband for $29.95 with shipping expected July 3rd.

iPod mini wedding cake

pic MacMinute reader Grey Mull wrote in to tell us about his brother’s iPod mini themed wedding cake. “Just returned from my brother’s wedding where the Groom’s cake was none other than an iPod mini,” Grey said. Apparently, Grey’s brother, Adam, is not your average iPod fan—he loves the tiny gadget so much that he wanted his wedding cake in the shape of a green iPod mini. Just take a look at the photo he sent us. MacMinute would like to congratulate Adam and Kinsley Mull, who were married on June 26!

iPod ads win Media Lion Award at Cannes

MacMinute reports Apple’s iPod “Silhouette” advertising campaign has won a Media Lion Award at the 51st annual Cannes Lions Festival, which celebrates the best in international advertising, marketing and creativity. The iPod campaign included TV, outdoor, print and in-store advertising and was honored in the “Young Adults (18-34)” category, reports Apple UK.

Retrofit an old Walkman with an iPod

picLonging for those days of the Walkman, but don’t want to give up your iPod? A couple of do-it-yourselfers at retropod.com have come up with an offbeat solution - retrofitting an old Sony Sports Walkman to accomodate an iPod inside the cassette compartment. Think of it as retro iPod armor to conceal your precious during subway rides. Retropod sells the orginal Sony Sports Walkman for $100 and the retrofit kit for $20.

Apple posts new iTunes + iPod video

During Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference Keynote on Monday, Steve Jobs introduced a new promotional video touting the success of iTunes and iPod. The iPod, iPod mini, musicians, music video snippets, Airport Express, Airtunes and the recent BMW iPod integration are featured.

Apple announces countdown to 100 million songs

As the number of songs downloaded from Apple

New iPod Xtras store offers iPod accessories

Another iPod accessory shop has opened its online doors.  iPod Xtras carries cases and accessories for iPods and iPod minis, many of which are now on sale.

New iPod-ready Bluetooth Headphones coming soon

picBluetake has announced the i-PHONO, an iPod-compatible Bluetooth wireless stereo headset featuring DSP noise reduction, fold-out microphone for use with phones, collapsible behind-the-neck headband design for carrying and storage, and changeable color plates. More interestingly, because it can be paired with multiple Bluetooth devices, you can receive and make phone calls while listening to music. i-PHONO is priced at $249 and “coming soon.”

Refurbished 10GB iPod for $199

Apple has refurbished 10GB iPods available for $199 posted on its Special Deals page. The 10GB model does not include the dock, and comes with a one-year warranty.

Seidio releases Retractable Sync & Charge Cables for iPod

Seidio has released retractable FireWire and USB Sync & Charge cables for iPod.  Both cables feature iPod data syncing, charging and expand from 4 inches to 30 inches. The Retractable USB Sync & Charge Cable is available for $21.95 and the FireWire Sync & Charge Cable for $19.95.

Talking Panda releases language translator for iPod

Talking Panda has released language translation software for the iPod. Available in Spanish, French and Japanese, the software installs on the iPod as series of AAC files organized into categories such as Getting Directions, Dining, Making Friends, and Entertainment. The English word, foreign word,and ‘Click to Listen’ is included with each word or phrase chosen in the interface. Each translator costs $10 and includes over three hundred words and phrases. Installer for Mac only, Windows version coming soon. A free demo with 65 Japanese phrases is available for download.

Windows: K-MP3 5.7.1.82 released - audio file renamer/tagger

K-MP3 has many features such as MP3/OGG / MPC / APE support, Automatic Album Tagger&Renamer (featuring FreeDB Support), Duplicate Files Finder, Tag Editor, CD Burner, Tags Remover, Playlist Maker, Playlist Checker, Files Organizer with Renamer.

Pacific Rim Technologies releases iCradle for iPod

picPacific Rim Technologies has released a new dock fitting 3rd generation iPods or iPod mini. The iCradle for iPod features a USB 2.0 port, FireWire port, audio line-out port and includes a free USB 2.0 cable all for $39.99.

New iPod External Battery Pack released

picGadget Accessories has released an iPod External Battery Pack featuring a dock connection for 3rd generation iPods, On/Off switch, LED power indicator, and uses four AA batteries. It also charges the iPod’s internal battery while connected to the battery pack. The price is $32.99. Gadget Accessories also carries a USB to dock cable for iPods for $11.99.

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