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Forbes editor has issues with iPod mini

  • March 24, 2004

“Apple Computer’s iPod mini looks as if it was designed for adolescent girls who like their electronic devices to look like their candy. The new portable MP3 player comes in five shiny new colors: blue, sliver, green, gold and pink. Apple describes the iPod mini as the “ultimate fashion statement”—a line that could have been pulled straight out of Tiger Beat magazine.

If you cut through the layer of teeny-bopper marketing, however, you will find Apple’s (nasdaq: AAPL - news - people ) iPod mini is a decent player that deserves to be marketed as more than a fashion accessory—it works well, it’s easy to use and the simple design is friendly and functional.”

RIAA strikes at college campuses

“The recording industry filed lawsuits Tuesday against 89 people suspected of illegally sharing songs using the computer networks of 21 major universities, including Stanford University and UC Berkeley.

The Recording Industry Association of America filed 532 new lawsuits in the trade group’s battle against individuals who share songs for free using programs like Kazaa. The new round of suits includes 13 people identified as John Doe defendants in three lawsuits filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco.”

Macworld iPod mini survey: size is best, price is worst

“According to the survey, 45 percent of the panelists cited the iPod mini’s small size as its best feature—far and away the most popular response. However, nearly two-thirds—64 percent—said the price was the iPod mini’s worst feature. Among respondents who said they were likely to buy the iPod mini, small size remained the favorite feature of 37 percent, but another 31 percent cited the iPod mini’s overall design. However, even among likely iPod mini buyers, the $249 price tag remains the least liked feature.”

RealNetworks CEO urges Steve Jobs to open iPod

  • March 23, 2004
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“RealNetworks CEO Rob Glaser has a message for Apple Computer chief Steve Jobs: Open iPod or shrivel. Glaser, the feisty founder of the Internet entertainment network, said during a panel discussion Tuesday at PC Forum here that Apple is creating problems for itself by using a file format that forces consumers to buy music from Apple’s own iTunes site. (CNET Networks, publisher of News.com, last week acquired EDventures, which sponsors PC Forum.)

Because Apple’s iPod music player does not support other proprietary music formats and does not license its own format to rivals, Real’s Rhapsody and other song sites are blocked from easily reaching iPod users.

‘Apple’s (market) share will go down if they continue to do this,’ Glaser said. ‘The only way to presently put songs on an iPod is to (buy) them from iTunes.’

‘There is a good opportunity to say to Steve, ‘You’ve done a good job of promoting this thing, but now one of two bad things will happen,’ Glaser said. ‘One, Apple’s market share will go down to its historical single-digit levels, or two, it will slow down the development of this market.’”

DLO announces all iPod mini accessories now shipping

Digital Lifestyle Outfitters (Everythingipod.com) has announced they are now shipping the entire line of new iPod mini accessories. The new DLO iPod mini line includes; Jam Jacket Pro mini ($24.99) silicone case with an included arm band; Jam Jacket ($19.99) silicone case featuring a built-in screen protector; Jam Jacket mini 3-packs ($39.99); Action Jacket mini ($29.99) including armband; and the Italian leather Podfolio mini. Also shipping is the new set of multi-colored (black, blue, green, pink, and gold) wristbands ($7.99) and armbands ($9.99) that work with Action Jacket mini or Jam Jacket Pro mini (not included).

Audible offers $100 instant rebates on iPods at Amazon.com

“Audible, Inc. today announced an instant rebate of $100 on best-selling AudibleReady handheld devices for those Amazon.com customers who commit to a 12-month AudibleListener membership plan as part of their device purchase. Audible is the leading provider of digitally delivered spoken word audio.

Details on the $100 instant rebate can be found at www.amazon.com by searching on a specific AudibleReady digital audio player. AudibleReady portable digital audio players such as the Apple iPod or iPod Mini, and personal digital assistants including palmOne Zire, Tungsten handhelds, select Sony Clie models, and Pocket PCs from Hewlett-Packard and Toshiba are all included in this special offer.”

iPod mini belt clip tips

Macworld has posted several tips for the iPod mini’s belt clip. The first tip suggests that instead of buying a new iPod mini dock, owners with a dock for the the 3G iPod use the iPod mini’s included belt clip, upside-down and attached to the mini, to help stabilize the mini while docked in the larger opening. The second tip suggests using the belt clip to hold the mini in place while docked in Altec Lansing’s inMotion speakers, which is made to fit 3G iPods. The third tip is to connect a lanyard to the slot in the top of the belt clip to wear it around your neck. Description with photos available at the website.

Refurbished iPod 20GB for $299

Dealmac: The factory-refurbished iPod 20GB MP3 player, with dock and carrying case, again costs $299 at The Apple Store. That’s still the lowest price we’ve seen for a refurbished unit with a one-year Apple warranty. Shipping is free, although sales tax is added where applicable.

Surround sound MP3s revealed

“Soon your MP3 files could be sounding even better. The Fraunhofer Institute has found a way to reproduce surround sound in a way that works with small MP3 files.

Using a small amount of additional information added to an MP3 encoding stream the technology catches information about where sounds are supposed to be coming from.

Fraunhofer said that the system it developed would work with existing MP3 software and music players.”

Aer Lingus prohibits iPod usage on flights

  • March 22, 2004
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According to thepost.ie Aer Lingus has prohibited usage of the iPod on all flights.  They also prohibit use of devices that utilize a laser such as portable CD-Players and CD-ROM drives.  I called the customer service line to verify this and it is in fact true.  They claim that it has to do with the frequency with which the iPod operates and the fact that it uses LEDs.

“And if you want to de-stress after a tough working trip by listening to your new digital music player (eg, iPod), sorry: the Irish national airline has banned them. Again, it is out on its own on this one. The news will dismay long-haul passengers as the devices are popular in helping to while away airborne hours.”

Shure E5 only $369 promotion for iLounge visitors only

MicrophoneSolutions.com has just released a NEW Coupon Code F369E5 for iLounge visitors that will bring the price of the Shure E5 from $499.00 to $369.00 + shipping. Our lowest price ever for iLounge visitors only. Also Shure E2 for $75 w/ Coupon F75E2 and Shure E3 for $148 w/ Coupon F148E3.

iPods in exchange for sex, advice or a girlfriend?

  • March 22, 2004
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“Search for the word ‘iPod’ on New York’s craigslist classified ads and you open a fascinating window into the psyche of the city.

Naturally, a revealing search isn’t conducted in the “for sale” section, which simply brings up a pedestrian list of iPods for sale. A truly illuminating search must include the personal ads, which offer some insight into the culture of iPods, but reveal more about the city.

Last week, for example, a boy from Brooklyn wanted advice about his girlfriend, who had dismissed his gift of an expensive handbag: She wanted an iPod mini instead.”

Mac: iPodVolumeBooster 1.0 released

iPodVolumeBooster is a little application which acts as a Workaround for the Volume Limited iPod’s which are sold in Europe. In order to perform this, the program changes a database which is commonly maintained by the iPod, thus the mp3 files carried by the iPod will not be touched!

How to replace your iPod’s battery

  • March 19, 2004
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picMacUser UK has posted instructions and illustrations on how to replace your iPod’s battery. Both, old and new iPods are represented. Do not use a screw driver to pry off the back of the iPod’s case as instructed by MacUser. To avoid damage to the case, use several strong peices of thin plastic, like a guitar pick or similar. Please see the “Can I replace iPod’s battery myself?” FAQ for a list of vendors offering replacement batteries and repair services.

Lajo announces zipodmini case for iPod mini

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“Zipodmini is the first of 8 new cases planned to be released by Lajo for Apple’s explosively successful iPod mini. With a quick zip Lajo’s zipodmini case will protect your iPod mini with 0.3mm of ultra clear TPU skin. What is TPU you ask? If you rollerbladed the tough yet soft wheels that glide you over concrete and pavement are one of the high performance products made from TPU.  Your mini’s click/touch wheel will be totally covered with TPU yet it will function as though there was nothing between your fingers and it. Soon Lajo will be offering zipodmini with graphic designs by known and budding artists.  During the month of March, zipodmini will come with a free TPU earphone zip case.”

iPod racer video

A reader has submitted a link to xlr8yourmac.com about an interesting and humorous Quicktime video of Santa driving an iPod racer in a spoof on the Pod racing scene from Star Wars: Episode 1.

Mac|Windows: iKnow F1 - Formula One on your iPod released

KIMI::STUFF presents iKnow F1 - a F1 [racing] encyclopedia for your iPod, so you can check up on just those kind of things on the tube, bus, plane, in the car (so long as you’re not driving),  in the pub - wherever and whenever you want.

It’s all about the iPod?

  • March 18, 2004
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“Digital music player has been touted as a saviour. But are the numbers sustainable? [...]

Mr. Milunovich [analyst at Merrill Lynch & Co.] calculates that iPod and iTunes will contribute about US15 cents a share to Apple’s earnings this fiscal year, rising to US25 cents a share and revenue of $US2-billion by 2006.

But, as in the past, don’t expect it to be all clear sailing for Apple. Critics say the technology firm is going out on a limb by concentrating so much of its future on the iPod and the online music business, which is still in its infancy.

During the fiscal first quarter of 2004, 53% of Apple’s retail segment sales came from iPod, or other branded and third-party peripherals, software and services.”

iPod buzz hiding problems for Apple

  • March 18, 2004
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MacNN reports that “MONEY Magazine’s article titled “Why iPod can’t save Apple” says the buzz on the digital music player and “swank” storefronts are masking an ebbing bottom line, noting reduced CPU sales (resulting a shrinking marketshare), decreased profits (in part due to the lower-margin iPod and little-to-no profit at the iTunes Music Store), failure of the iPod to drive CPU sales, failure of the retail stores to increase marketshare, hidden retail store costs, no operational income, and little value in the stock. [subscription required to view entire article; highlights posted below]”

Linux: Rhythmbox 0.7.1 released

Rhythmbox is an integrated music management application, originally inspired by Apple’s iTunes.  It is free software, designed to work well under the GNOME Desktop, and based on the powerful GStreamer media framework,  or the Xine framework. Now supports iPod, which is still experimental. See README.iPod for more information.

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