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ProClip announces in-car holders for iPod mini

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“Quickly responding to customer requests, ProClip is now providing holders for the newly introduced Apple iPod Mini. These holders expand ProClip’s product line of custom mounts for several generations of the Apple iPod.

ProClip holders for the iPod Mini are designed to provide a perfect fit and make these digital music players even more portable. Holders are available with or without the tilt swivel feature, which provides easy adjustment and better viewing of the display and to avoid unnecessary light reflection.”

Mac: iVolt 1.0 iPod battery meter hack

Just wanted to get the news out about the third generation iPod’s nifty little battery icon trick. You can use iVolt to easily toggle the battery icon into a voltage meter and back again.

podSERVE CD encoding service launched in UK

“We take your complete CD music collection and convert it to Apple iPod compatible MP3 format. Why? Because you have better things to do than feed CDs into a computer. Because you’d rather have someone else add all the track data. Because you’d like the added comfort and security of having a copy of your valuable music collection. Because you’d like to kick-start your digital music library. Because you’re a music lover not a geek.”

The iPod mini is a hot seller

“‘The demand is incredible,’ says Wahrman at J&R, who had 25 of the silver minis left in stock Thursday. Best Buy and Amazon, on their Web sites, said they were sold out. Savvy entrepreneurs were auctioning minis on eBay with starting bids ranging from $299 to $310.

On its Web site, Apple tells shoppers to expect a one- to three-week wait. ‘We’re asking people to be patient with us,’ says Greg Joswiak, Apple marketing vice president.

It’s not a component shortage that’s causing the backlog. ‘We’re making and shipping them as fast as we can,’ Joswiak says. He says teens are taking to the cool colors. And the mini is appealing to athletic fans, who like exercising with an ultralight device.”

“iPod success paves the way for Mac OS X on X86”

  • March 4, 2004
  • iPod

“This is all very interesting, but I believe analysts and others are missing the big picture: iPod success paves the way for Mac OS X on X86. People have argued for years for and against the release of Mac OS X on Intel (and AMD) commodity hardware, but Apple derives such a large portion of its revenue from hardware that doing so could potentially damage the company beyond repair. But, what if Apple replaces that lost Mac hardware revenue with iPod revenue?

Steve Jobs would then be free to drop what amounts to a hydrogen bomb on Microsoft. Mac OS X that runs on “regular” off-the-shelf x86 hardware. Or partner with a Sony, for example - to insure quality. Years before “Longhorn” even comes close to shipping. Moo.”

It’s true - there are iPod Zombies in NY

  • March 4, 2004
  • iPod

“As I stepped out the front door of my hotel into Times Square, iPod in-hand, I walked into a sea of white headphones. It was really amazing to see how many people were carrying an iPod—it seemed like every second person I saw had the telltale signs of an iPod under their jacket.

I felt like a member of a special, secret club. As you pass by someone with an iPod, they would give you a slight nod—kind of like people that drive motorcycles do when they pass each other on the road. (Okay, maybe I was being a bit sensitive to the amount of iPods I saw, but I swear people were nodding at me as they walked past).”

iTunes Pepsi bottles coming to Los Angeles

“Specially marked bottles of Pepsi, Diet Pepsi and Sierra Mist offer free download codes in bottle caps. But they arrived in New York last week, four weeks after 90 million viewers saw the Super Bowl ad. The bottles have yet to show up in Los Angeles, the nation’s second-largest media market, and won’t get there until mid-March, Pepsi says.

‘You can’t spike sales in February if the bottles aren’t there,’ says Charles Wolf, an analyst with Wall Street research firm Needham & Co. ‘My guess is there’s going to be a sales increase, but a month later than expected.’”

Take apart an iPod mini for its Microdrive

“Determined to salvage what I could from my former music player, I disconnected its hard drive, unwrapped the black plastic tape from around it, removed its three blue bumpers, and—because I understood that this 4GB Hitachi microdrive was encased in a Compact Flash form—plugged it into my USB LaCie Hexa Media Drive.

Lo (and, may I add, behold), the microdrive mounted on the Mac’s Desktop just as a good removable drive should. Because the drive had been formatted with the iPod mini 1.0 Updater, the drive displayed the icon of the mini and contained all the items you’d normally find on an iPod’s hard drive—the Contacts, Calendars, and Notes folders along with the invisible folder that holds the iPod’s music.”

iTunes Pepsi Winning Cap Giveaway

“After many days worth of collecting caps, with the help of several wonderful people, we will be giving away more than 40 Pepsi winning cap codes - all posted at the same time. Make sure you’re free on Thursday, March 4th at 7 pm Central time. First come, first served. There are no strings attached to this giveaway. The only thing required is an iTunes account so you can redeem the codes. If you don’t have your account yet, get it before the giveaway opens.”

XO Play releases “Herbert’s Big Adventure” iPod game

  • March 3, 2004
  • iPod

“XO Play the manufacturers of Herbert’s Big Adventure launched today their second iPod game following the success of ‘The Rise Of The Lost’ last week.

The adventure story game puts you in the role of Herbert, a heart breaker, lady lover - funny guy who has all the right moves. You venture out into the city to seek that one true love to give your heart to. Whether it’ll be at the local bar sipping on a Martini, hanging out at the nightclub, or shopping at the mall. As Herbert, you have to keep a watchful eye for the girl of your dreams.

As you read through the adventure you will be asked to choose your destiny by selecting from a number of options found at the bottom of the page. Similar to the ‘choose-your-own-adventure’ series. The game cost $14.99 and is played via the notes section of your iPod.”

iPod poll asks if size matters

  • March 3, 2004
  • iPod

“Macworld readers are split over the need for huge iPod capacity, with 17 per cent convinced that the 4GB offered by the iPod mini is “fine”, yet 16 per cent saying 80GB is needed to fulfill their requirements.

Another 15 per cent say the 15GB model meets their needs, 10GB is enough for 12 per cent, 30GB is the choice of 12 per cent, and 40GB for the remaining 10 per cent.

Some readers indicate that they now require more than one iPod (2 per cent), 13 per cent say they don’t need an iPod, and 2 per cent have opted for another player.”

iTunes tops AAC listening tests

“Over the past two weeks, a second round of AAC listening tests was carried out across five different AAC codecs at Rarewares.  This test has been carried out due to significant quality improvement across most the codecs.  The AAC codecs tested were Nero AACenc v.2.6.2.0, Compact! 1.2beta3, FAAC 1.23.5 (all three in 128kbps VBR), Apple iTunes 4.2 and Real Producer 10 beta (both in 128kbps CBR).  The test closed on February 29th.

In 12 songs tested, iTunes had the best score on average with Nero close behind.  The remaining three are closely tied in second place (or third place if Nero is considered second place).  The scores did not vary as much as in the original AAC listening test which means that any recent AAC codec will produce a good quality encoding.”

iPod & iTunes: The Missing Manual 2nd Edition released

  • March 2, 2004
  • iPod

Pogue Press/O’Reilly have released iPod & iTunes: The Missing Manual 2nd Edition. “In this freshly updated edition, New York Times tech columnist J. D. Biersdorfer blows open the secret doors of this gleaming, chrome-and-white beauty. With humor and authority, she lays bare an astonishing collection of useful tips, tricks, and shortcuts, and covers all iPod models for both Mac and Windows, including the iPod Mini. iPod & iTunes: The Missing Manual is also the ultimate guide to the iTunes software, MusicMatch Jukebox, and the new iTunes Music Store for both Mac and Windows.” Available at Amazon.com for $17.47.

Windows: K-pod 0.95 (sync email to iPod) released

A Windows application that directly syncs your Inbox with your iPod (without the need for an e-mail client such as Outlook).

Buy a U.S. iPod mini and get it shipped international

AmericanGoodies.com is a buying service in which foreign customers can purchase American goods and have it shipped to them. They have recently listed the iPod mini for purchase and shipping. If you are in the UK or elsewhere you can purchase the iPod mini for $249 + $35 shipping. American Goodies also charges a $30 shopping assistance fee and 8% of the total amount they spend on your behalf. You can purchase the iPod mini from a U.S. retailer and have it shipped to American Goodies on your behalf and they will ship it on to you for a fee. Check the website for details and pricing.

UK gets ready for iPod mini

“Apple UK’s iPod advertising enters its second stage now, with posters and window displays appearing in London and Manchester in the calm before iPod mini is released here next month. [...]

To maintain iPod sales here meanwhile, Apple UK’s iPod advertising “adorns the windows of no fewer than 27 Apple resellers across the UK and Ireland”. There are shop window displays at Virgin Megastore in Manchester and Peter Jones in Sloane Square.”

iPod sales to reach $1 billion this year

“In a research report Monday, he said the success of the iPod demonstrates Apple’s “tech know-how and strong brand” and could make the company “relevant again.”

And the iPod isn’t expected to be small business for Apple. Milunovich estimates iPod’s revenue to come in around $1 billion this year, contributing 15 cents to per-share earnings. By fiscal year 2006, the analyst said revenue for the iPod could double to $2 billion, adding 25 cents to the EPS.”

iSkin announces new iSkin mini case

piciLounge has received an exclusive, advanced press release from iSkin, Inc. announcing their new iSkin mini silicone case for the iPod mini. The iSkin mini features “goose bump” gripping on each side, the new plastic rotary RevoClip, rear pores for heat dissipation, screen protector, integrated docking port cover, anti-slip surface, hand and neck straps (sold separately), and will be available in a variety of colors including the new ultra-Glo glow in dark skin tones. The iSkin mini is also compatible with iTrip or similar devices connecting to the top of the mini via the headphone port. With the iSkin Tattoo service, companies, organizations and institutions can have their logo printed on the front above the scroll wheel. The iSkin mini is expected in late March and the price is yet to be determined.

15GB iPod for $277.24 with free shipping

Dealmac: The Apple 15GB iPod fell to $277.24 with free shipping at Amazon.com. That’s $7 off our last mention and the lowest total price we’ve seen.

Belkin announces Universal Microphone Adapter

picYou can now achieve high quality recordings on your iPod player. By connecting your own external microphone via the Belkin Universal Microphone Adapter ($39.99) to your iPod, recordings of your conversations, lectures, interviews, or memos will be cleaner and clearer. You can also listen to these recordings with your headphones or powered speakers. This Adapter will begin shipping on March 17 in North America. The Universal Microphone Adapter connects to your iPod and to any audio microphone with a 3.5mm plug. You can use the iPod player’s abundant storage capacity to store hundreds of hours of audio, and easily review your audio notes using the built-in 3.5mm jack with headphones or your computer. Copy recordings to your computer for easy storage, editing, or to send in e-mail.

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