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Wired News: TunA Lets Users Fish for Music

“Media Lab Europe, research partner to MIT Media Lab, is testing tunA, a software application that employs Wi-Fi to locate nearby users, peek at their music playlist and wirelessly jack into their audio stream. Pronounced like the fish and signifying music “tunes” and “ad hoc” file sharing, tunA is being designed for wireless PDAs, cell phones and even its own hardware device.”

Free iPod Engraving from Apple Store UK

Apple’s iPod might be one of the most self-indulgent things you ever buy - especially because in the UK at least it’s so hard to find anyone selling the iPod cheaper than Apple. However, until the end of the year the UK Apple Store is offering their iPod Engraving service for free. This is great if you’re buying the iPod as a gift for someone else or to mark it against theft. Normally engraving costs about 30 so this is a bit like getting a discount, in a perverse “no not really” kind of way!

Editor’s note: The US Apple Store is also offering free iPod engraving. Offer expires December 27, 2003. The UK offer expires January 6, 2004.

DLO Announces TransPod FM for 3G iPods, Accepting Pre-Orders

picDigital Lifestyle Outfitters today announced they are introducing TransPod FM, the newest version of their patented wireless car solution for all 3rd generation iPods with dock connectors. TransPod FM broadcasts the iPod through a digital stereo FM Transmitter, comes equipped with an auxiliary output for a cassette adapter, and charges iPod via the car’s power receptacle. The TransPod FM mounts to the car by pushing its adjustable power stick into the car’s power receptacle. DLO is now accepting pre-orders for $99.99 with shipping expected to start on December 17.

Audible.com and J & R Electronics Offer $100 Rebate on iPods

When you purchase Audible’s AudibleListener flat-rate membership for 12-months you get a $100 rebate on an iPod at J & R Electronics. J & R has also extended this rebate to leading Pocket PC personal digital assistants, and Zire and Tungsten handhelds from palmOne. “AudibleListener’s Premium option gives the listener any two audiobooks from Audible.com’ collection of 6,000 titles for $19.95 per month. This represents savings of 60-85% compared to the cost of traditional audiobooks on cassette or CD. Alternately, for $14.95 per month Audible’s BasicListener plan offers one audiobook and one 1-month subscription to audio digests of The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Forbes magazine, Scientific American, This American Life, All Things Considered, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or any of the other subscriptions available at www.audible.com/subscriptions.”

Windows: Tuneout v0.1 Released

  • December 4, 2003

Version 0.1 allows you to do a few things Browse your iPod DB exactly like you would using your iPod. The Extras folder dosn’t work at the moment but the rest works exactly like iPod you can do different types of search’s, The application does support Unicode so you can have your mp3 tags in any language…when u open Tuneout you will see a DB file is loaded that is my Windows iPod DB if you want to load your own press Load DB and open your iTunesDB file on your iPod HD. We are looking for donations for the project so we can work on it more frequently your support would help.

SimpleSpeaker and iPodSaver Art Edition Released

picHigoto, manufacturer of specialized accessories for mobile computing based in Germany has announced the SimpleSpeaker and iPodSaver Art Edition (neoprene case) for iPod. The SimpleSpeaker ($10) is a small stereo speaker system that requires no batteries and draws its power from the iPod’s headphone port. The iPodSaver ($25) is a grey and black neoprene sleeve case with artwork by Thomas Schostok {ths} on the front of the case. Both products are available in the U.S. at Madisonline.com and in Europe at Higoto.de.

iPod the Missing Manual 2nd Edition coming soon

  • December 4, 2003
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According to Barnes & Noble booksellers, a second edition of “iPod: the Missing Manual” by David Pogue will be released January 2, 2004. A B&N sales rep stated that its stores should have the new $24.95 volume available for sale two days later.

USATODAY: 41 more sued over music downloads

“Despite bad press for turning on its customers, the recording industry said Wednesday that it would sue 41 more people, alleging they illegally downloaded music from the Internet. [...]

Nielsen/NetRatings says the average number of users on Kazaa, the top music and movie trading program, has dropped 53% since June when the RIAA first warned of lawsuits.”

Griffin ClearChoice iPod Connection Kit: $11.99

Deals On The Web: MacResQ has the new, retail boxed Griffin ClearChoice iPod Connection Kit for $14.99. Use coupon code “IPCK” to save $3 and drop the price to $11.99. The kit includes cables with gold-plated tips to connect an iPod to a home stereo or portable speakers. Coupon expires 12/8/03.

PodPal: Personal iPod Assistant Service Launched

  • December 3, 2003
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iLounger Rob has launched PodPal, a New York based service to help would be iPod owners buy, configure, accessorize, install and load music onto their new iPods. Think of Rob as your Personal iPod Assistant.

Refurbished 20GB iPod for $285

Dealmac: MacResQ offers the refurbished second-generation Apple 20GB iPod for $289.99. Coupon code “20GBIP” drops the price to$284.99, the lowest we know to be available. Shipping adds around $5. A 90-day reseller warranty applies. Offer ends December 8, 2003.

MacDevCenter.com: iPod as Digital Photographer’s Best Friend

“Based on what I’ve already discovered in Panther, I figured there had to be more possibilities than that. So I got my hands on the Belkin reader and started testing every scenario I could think of. Bottom line: my hunch was right. You can do a lot with this setup.

What’s interesting to me isn’t so much that you can upload pictures from a memory card to a portable storage device. As cool as this is, that functionality already exists with other tools. What makes the iPod scenario compelling is that it plugs into Panther, allowing you to leverage some of its powerful technologies. And that’s what I’m going to explore here today.”

Future Sonic Ears model EM3 earphones for $89

Future Sonics wants to thank the Apple community by offering its Ears model EM3 for $89 - $70 off its suggested retail price of $159. This offer ends on January 1, 2004.

Vaja Launches New Website

Vaja, makers of fine leather cases for MP3 players (including the iPod), PDAs and cell phones has launched their newly redesigned website along with a new company logo.

iTunes Music Store coming to Australia?

“Apple declined to comment on when its service might be available in Australia, but sources indicate that the company has been in local negotiations with record companies, music publishers and rights bodies. Those negotiations should bear fruit in the first quarter of next year, when Apple will extend the iTunes Music Store to a number of markets beyond the US, sources said.”

Mac: iPod Launcher 1.4 Released

You have plenty to do when you connect your iPod. Wouldn’t it be great if it all happened automatically? Well now it can. With iPod Launcher you specify items via System Preferences and, whenever you connect your iPod, they launch.

Crutchfield Sells iPods and Accessories

  • December 2, 2003
  • iPod

Long time electronics retailer, Crutchfield is now sellings iPods through its online iPod Store along with several Apple branded iPod accessories.

iPod Books in Japanese

  • December 2, 2003
  • iPod

We found several books for our Japanese readers titled, ‘iPod Fan Book,’ ‘New iPod Perfect Mini Guide,’ ‘iPod Perfect Mini Guide’ for older iPods and ‘With iPod iTunes Life’ while at Amazon Japan.

The iPod Book in German

  • December 2, 2003
  • iPod

Galileo Design has released the first iPod book by MACup magazine authors, Soenke Jahn and Matthias Kremp simply titled “The iPod Book.”

iPod Envy and Subculture

  • December 2, 2003
  • iPod

Vern Seward for The Mac Observer describes his iPod envy and the subculture that drives it.

“I know, I know… I had intended to buy one when the prices got to around US$200. The price of a new iPod still isn’t there yet, but there have beenlots of decent refurb models around for well under US$200. In fact, I bought my son one for his birthday; a spiffy 10 gigger. I think he likes it, at least, he says he does. Toby lives in Southern CA so we don’t see each other much and I don’t know for sure if he’s really using it or just saying so to be nice to his old man. If he’s not, he’s really missing the boat; there seems to be a California-esque subculture growing around the iPod that he, and I, are missing out on. I’ve had several experiences recently that will illustrate what I mean:”

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