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Demo 10GB iPod for $190 shipped

  • November 20, 2003
  • Deals

Dealmac: MacResQ has stock of the first-generation 10GB iPod for $189.99 with free shipping via coupon code “PODME”. It’s the best total price we know to be available for an iPod. These are demo units with a 90-day reseller warranty.

Why the iPod Should Play Windows Media Audio

  • November 20, 2003
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Like the age-old battle between the Beta format and the VHS format we are at the very beginnings of a digital media battle…. The solution? Apple should avoid the potential of becoming the Beta by having the iPod able to play WMA files.

Integrating the iPod dock into your car

iLounger Brett has informed us that he has installed his Pod dock into his car. he installed the dock using “2 layers of 1.5oz fiberglass mat, with the basic, fleece+resin as the exterior molding.”

Griffin iTrip FM Transmitter for $32

  • November 19, 2003
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MegaMacs.com is offering the iTrip 2 for 3G iPods for $31.99 and shipping starts at about $5.

Wired: Techno DJ Is Hot, Hot, Hawtin

  • November 19, 2003

Wired News had a chance to interview globe-trotting techno DJ, Richie Hawtin on “technology, techno music and how a consummate wired musician finds new music.”

WN: What about the iPod? How did your set for Apple in New York go?

Hawtin: Considering there is no DJ implementation in the iPod software, it went surprisingly well. And my reasons for being part of the whole thing, the whole promotion, was trying to raise my hand in a pack of DJs and say, “Hey Apple, this is a really cool product, but ... what would be great would be to have some simple pitch-shifting capabilities.” Just to be able to change the speed of the tracks, and I can see it being an amazing DJ performance device.”

Financial Times: Piracy and downloading hit music sales

“Informa Media, the music consultancy, on Tuesday†predicted that recorded music sales would fall by almost 9 per cent this year to $28.2bn, with a further decline to $27.4bn in 2004.

Music sales have been in freefall for three years, hit by online file sharing and widespread CD copying by organised criminal gangs and pirate factories across Asia and eastern Europe.”

What A DJ Needs; What a DJ Wants…

  • November 19, 2003

DJ DOGS has written up some of his opinions on how Apple could improve the iPod:

“Every time new iPods or iPod firmware gets released, things get better. But the improvements don’t always have us DJs in mind. Maybe they could make special iPod DJ firmware. Hey Apple, are you listening?”

Saves The Day: “The iPod’s A Beautiful Creation!”

  • November 19, 2003

Yet another artist seems to love the iPod as much as we do:

“Well, the iPodís a beautiful creation,” says lead singer and guitarist, Christopher Conley. “I think itís allowed us all to listen to more music than we ever would have because itís all right there. As weíve gotten older weíve started to listen to lots of different varieties of music. Each one of our albums is a little more evolved than the last one. Thatís just from listening to different music and becoming more competent as musicians.”

iPod helped to make Lord of the Rings

  • November 19, 2003
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The newly released Extended Edition of the Two Towers DVD has a documentary which describes how, when in London, the digital artists would copy information sent from New Zealand to their iPods and take them home to work on the data.

They had set up a ‘fat pipe’ link from NZ to the UK to send each day’s work to the director, Peter Jackson for him to review. However the connection would not function in his home and so they had to travel to the nearest access point and copy the information to an iPod.

iPod ‘jack sharing’

  • November 18, 2003
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An interesting topic had been posted by iLounger ‘esc’ in the forums about iPod ‘jack sharing’ whereby people share their iPod music in impromptu meetings. Are you ‘jack sharing?’ Tell us about it.

“I’m seeing an interesting iPod behavior around here (central New Jersey). I take a 3 mile walk most evenings and regularly pass a few other iPod owners. About two months ago one of the iPod users stopped, pulled out her headphone jack and offered it to me. I did the same and we listened to each other’s music for about a minute before going on. Within a few days all of the iPod users were doing it and it continues to be a standard greeting.”

Mac: iTunes Catalog 1.2 Released

iTunes Catalog creates web catalogs of your iTunes music library, displays the cover artwork for each album, and copies album artwork into iTunes.

iTunes Music Store Wins Webby Business Award

The first annual Webby Business Awards has presented Apple’s iTunes Music Store the Business Award in the Retail category.

“By seamlessly combining elegant ease-of-use, an extensive music library, integration with the world’s most popular portable digital music player - iPod, and copyright mechanisms that protect both intellectual property and customersí rights, Apple has redefined what an online music distribution business should be—and become the number one music download service in the world.”

Forbes: CD sales turn up; new digital players key

“Analysts estimate consumers will spend over $1 billion on portable players this season, while fourth-quarter CD sales should top $3 billion. In fact, after gains in recent weeks, the quarter’s CD sales look poised to top the 221 million units sold last year, said Geoff Mayfield, director of charts for Billboard Magazine.”

iPod theme in OS X with Shapeshifter

Unsanity has just released a safe way to theme Mac OS X, and of the two bundled themes, one is an iPod one. While I have a 2nd gen iPod, this theme is based on a 3rd gen model, however I installed it and hey guess what i now want for Christmas - deeper pockets to start with.

Sumajin Announces Smartwrap Headphone Cord Manager

  • November 18, 2003
  • iPod

picSmartwrap, winner of ID magazine’s Design Distinction award, is a cord manager for headphone cables designed and developed by Sumajin, an industrial design firm in Singapore. You snap the cord into place at one of two places then wrap and snap into place again. Smartwraps come in seven colors and are produced in limited quantities. Sumajin is now accepting orders via email as they get their online ordering system ready. Each Smartwrap is $5 plus $5 shipping and takes up to 14 days to arrive. Sumajin also makes the fun and playful Flex Champion, a small gadget in the shape a person flexing its muscles overhead. It can be used on keychains, bags, zippers, etc. Contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for more info. Click ‘Read more’ for photos.

Economic Analysis:  iTunes/iPod vs. RIAA/CD Retail Distribution

I’m currently working on my MBA and was required to do an economic analysis of a product lifecycle.  Being a new iPod/iTunes convert, I decided to talk about how Apple has taken on the old RIAA/CD retail distribution model.  This website has been a great source of information for me and I would like to share my analysis with the group. This posting does not represent the view of my employer.

What if Apple paid you in music to rate your own tracks?

Not really news, more of a what if?  Some iPod users have discovered the power of Smart Playlists (a peek at smartplaylists.com gives users some great ideas). What if Apple were to pay users to rate their songs, so that info could be uploaded to the iTunes store to make recommendations more accurate?

Savier Studio Backpack

pic Savier have fitted the Studio backpack with an amp and ultra-thin Si-5 NXT technology speakers. The speakers have 360į projection and work just as well whether they are folded out or zipped away. There is a concealed Board Chute deck holder and a compartment designed to take a portable music player. The Studio BackPack retails for $89.99.

Macworld UK: Mixed outlooks for iPod, iTunes

“However, music-industry executives believe Apple will face fierce competition from established heavyweights in the digital-music download market.

MusicNet CEO Alan McGlade told CBS MarketWatch he thinks Apple’s service may be an early leader, but that others will dominate the new market in future.

He said: ‘The big companies are going to dominate. AOL is going to be a significant player. Companies like Yahoo, MTV, Microsoft, Sony. I don’t think it’s going to be iTunes.’”

New iPod Books Released

The famous ‘For Dummies’ line of books is now offering iPod & iTunes For Dummies by Tony Bove and Cheryl Rhodes priced at $11.89 at Amazon.com. Also new is the iPod Companion book by Tony Bove priced at $17.49.

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