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An in-depth look at iTunes 4.5

Jim Heid, author of the forthcoming “The Macintosh iLife ‘04” book and DVD, has published an in-depth look at iTunes 4.5 on his Macilife.com Web site.

iTunes celebrates one year anniversary; Over 70 million songs purchased

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Lajo 50% off Mother’s Day sale

Lajo has announced a 50% off Mother’s Day sale on all products beginning Monday, May 3rd. Sale ends Sunday, May 9th at midnight ET.

i-magine UK accepting pre-orders on Griffin iTalk

“i-magine is accepting pre-orders on Griffin’s latest release in the UK - The iTalk. Once again, the website is offering the product cheaper than anywhere else in the UK. This accessory transforms your iPod into a dictaphone as well as also supplying you with an built-in miniature speaker to either playback your recordings, or even your music. i-magine is also running a promotion offer, selling the iTrip and PowerPod together at a 10% discount - suprisingly, cheaper than anywhere else in the UK!”

Mac/Windows: iPod Update (v2.2) 2004-04-28 released

  • April 28, 2004
  • iPod,

piciPod Update 2004-04-28 supports all models of iPod and iPod mini introduced before April 28, 2004. This update is required to take advantage of new features in iTunes 4.5 and the iTunes Music Store.

Changes for iPod without a Dock connector

  • Compatibility with iTunes 4.5 and the iTunes Music Store

  • Improved playback performance

    Changes for iPod with a Dock connector and iPod mini

  • Compatibility with iTunes 4.5 and the iTunes Music Store

  • Improved playback performance

  • Support for the Apple Lossless Encoder, to enable compressed music encoding at high quality

  • Mac/Windows: iTunes 4.5 released

    piciTunes 4.5 has been announced by Apple within the iTunes Music Store.

    What’s new in iTunes:

  • Free Downloads/Single of the Week

  • iMix - Publish Your Playlists

  • Music Videos

  • Movie Trailers

  • Radio Charts

  • Party Shuffle

  • CD Insert Printing

  • Wish List

  • Import WMA Files (Windows)

  • Lossless Encoder

  • Links to Music Store (Requires iTunes 4.5)

  • Future Sonics announces SofterWear custom earphone sleeves

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    “Future Sonics is proud to announce the release of our new SofterWear

    Belkin announces Digital Camera Link for 3G iPods

    “Free up disk space on your camera so you can take more pictures. Just move your images to your iPod with the new Belkin Digital Camera Link. By connecting with a USB cable, the Camera Link works with mass-storage DCF-format and PTP-compliant digital cameras. Joining Belkin’s extensive iPod accessories line, this addition will ship on May 1 in North America.

    Simply connect the Belkin Digital Camera Link to your iPod. Then connect it to your camera with your camera’s USB cable. Using software support that is already built into your iPod (with software version 2.1 or later), your pictures transfer quickly and you can begin shooting again. When you return home, just connect your iPod to your computer to retrieve the images. It is like having virtually unlimited storage space for all your photos.”

    iTunes gaining ground over file sharing

    “The number of U.S. music fans downloading music online increased by 27 percent between November 2003 and March 2004, research claims. Pew Internet & American Life Project ran a survey among 1371 Internet users to reach its estimates, which include users of file sharing networks (LimeWire, Kazaa) and legal services, such as Apple Computer’s ITunes Music Store. Downloaders rose from 18 million to 23 million in the period. [...]

    “While online music services like ITunes are far from trumping the popularity of file-sharing networks, 17 percent of current music downloaders say they are using these paid services. Overall, 7 percent of Internet users say they have bought music at these new services at one time or another, including 3 percent who currently use paid services.” [...]

    “ITunes, which reached more than 2.3 million Americans in March, has added nearly a million unique visitors since October 2003,” the report states.”

    Mac: AudioSlicer 1.0.1 released

    AudioSlicer is a Cocoa GUI application that finds all silences in an audio file and allows you to split it into several smaller audio files and to name/tag them properly. For now only MP3 is supported but other audio formats may be added in the future.
    While most other tools doing this split automatically according to certain criteria, AudioSlicer shows you all silences within a certain range of duration. You can then listen to the silence - well, to the audio before and after the silence really - and then you decide if you want to split there.
    The splitting is done without loss, there is no decoding and re-encoding of audio data taking place.

    Tony Fadell, Father of the iPod?

    • April 27, 2004
    • iPod,

    “According to the Times, ‘(The iPod) was put together starting in 2001 by hardware designers led by Tony Fadell, a young engineer who had worked at the Apple spinoff General Magic, at Philips Electronics and briefly at RealNetworks, led by Rob Glaser, who has developed the Rhapsody music service.’

    So, Fadell designed the iPod as an independent contractor and shopped it to Apple, which hired him to bring it to market. How he did it was spelled out in Electronics Design Chain Magazine, though the article makes no reference to Fadell.”

    Steve Jobs to hold conference call for iTunes Music Store Anniversary

    This week marks the one year anniversary of the iTunes Music Store. Apple’s CEO, Steve Jobs will be holding a special conference call with press and analysts on Wednesday, April 28 at 11:30 a.m. ET, the official anniversary date.

    CNET launches free music download service

    “Online technology company CNET Networks on Monday launched a free digital music service, allowing people to search and download what it said were thousands of songs contributed by independent and unsigned artists. [...]

    CNET said it plans to add new technology and community features to its download service, which it intends to be the largest free-music download platform, over the course of the year.”

    Sonnet announces PodFreq FM Transmitter for iPod

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    “Sonnet Technologies, the worldwide leader in processor upgrade cards for Apple Macintosh computers, announces the new PodFreq, a portable FM transmitter designed for serious music freaks with iPods (with dock connectors). PodFreq easily tunes with any available FM frequency, and transmits music from the iPod with a very high-quality signal. The PodFreq is ideal for anyone wanting to listen to the music on their iPod through a FM car stereo, home sound system receiver, or any portable FM radio device.

    The PodFreq will begin shipping in May 2004, with an MSRP of $99.95. A Japanese version will also be available in May 2004.”

    Apple 15GB iPod for $275

    Dealmac: Overstock.com offers Apple’s 15GB iPod for $294.90. (Search for “130394” to find it.) A $20 off coupon chops the price to $274.90. With $1 shipping, that’s $2 off our last mention and the lowest total price we know to be available. Offer ends April 30.

    Refurbished iPod 30GB for $349

    Dealmac: The Apple Store again offers its factory-refurbished iPod 30GB MP3 player, with dock connector, for $349 in its Special Deals section. That’s still $50 less than the best price we could find for a new, factory-sealed unit. Shipping is free, although sales tax is added where applicable. A one-year Apple warranty applies.

    New Mac application removes DRM from iTunes songs

    FairTunes puts your music back into your hands. Now you can play your iTunes music when you want to, and where you want to.

    Features

    • Convert any authorized protected iTunes song into an unprotected, uncompressed file.
    • Supports AIFF, Wave, QuickTime, System 7 Sound, MuLaw, and AVI file creation.
    • Easy to use - no complicated setup needed.
    • Built for Mac OS X.

    Apple: More than just Macs, developed iPod in 6 months

    • April 26, 2004
    • iPod,

    “STROLL the corridors and the atriums on Apple Computer’s corporate campus these days and you will notice that something is missing. Gone are the posters and graphics accenting the company’s sleek personal computers. In their place, in the main lobby, is a striking, three-story-high billboard celebrating Steven P. Jobs’s brand-new billion-dollar consumer electronics business - the iPod digital MP3 music player. [...]

    Apple says it developed the iPod in just six months, faster than any major product in the company’s history. The hand-held device, which contains more computing power than an early Macintosh, was put together starting in 2001 by hardware designers led by Tony Fadell, a young engineer who had worked at the Apple spinoff General Magic, at Philips Electronics and briefly at RealNetworks, led by Rob Glaser, who has developed the Rhapsody music service.”

    6 million stop stealing music

    “An estimated 6 million people have stopped downloading copyrighted music from the Internet over fears that they may sued by the recording industry, but the overall number of Americans who download music is rising with the popularity of iTunes, Napster and other legitimate online music services, according to a survey released today by the Pew Internet & American Life Project.

    Approximately 23 million people are active downloaders of music, based on a phone survey of 1,371 adult Internet users conducted in February. That compares to 18 million estimated downloaders in November and December 2003.”

    How the iTunes Music Store and FairPlay works

    Teenage writer, coder, and hacker Aaron Swartz has published a technical article on the behind-the-scenes look at the iTunes Music Store, including how Apple implements the FairPlay DRM (Digital Rights Management). “This document explains how the iTunes Music Store works. This information is useful to computer science researchers, cryptographers, and politicians, who may be curious to understand the largest deployed DRM system to date.”

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