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Ad Age names Steve Jobs, Apple and iPod in top 50 brands

  • November 17, 2003
  • Apple

“Apple Computer CEO Steve Jobs this year becomes the first person to be named to Advertising Age’slist of leading brands three times. He’s made the Marketing 100 twice, as well as this year’s section, the even more selective Marketing 50.

Not bad for a guy who never had a traditional marketing career. This year, Mr. Jobs wins for turning the charged debate over the illegal downloading of music over the Internet into a marketing opportunity. His dual platform approach includes successful marketing of the iPod music player in tandem with iTunes, its online music store.”

Lajo announces iSkin 2 for 1 Special for older iPods

pic#### is offering a buy 2 for the price of 1 on iSkins for 1st and 2nd generation iPods.

“12,000 plus #### designed Protec and ISK5 iPod silicone cases, the cornor stones of iSkin’s rise to fame are being offered to the faithful. Now you can get 2 ISK5 for only $15 and or 2 Protec for only $20. Make your selection early to get your choice of colors. A special #### TPU zip case designed for an ISK5’d and a Protec’d iPod will be available at a 2 for 1 price of $10.00 for those that want further zip up protection.”

Belkin iPod Auto Kit for $20 shipped

  • November 16, 2003
  • Deals

Dealmac: CircuitCity.com slashed its price on the Belkin iPod Auto Kit, model no. F8V7058APL, to $19.99 with free shipping. That’s a 50% drop and the lowest price we’ve seen. This Belkin iPod auto kit charges an iPod from a car cigarette lighter and connects to a car’s sound system via a 3.5 mm audio output (if the car takes it). Offer ends November 22, 2003.

AP: Music labels tapping illegal song-swapping to glean trends

“Despite their legal blitzkrieg to stop online song-swapping, many music labels are benefiting from—and paying for—intelligence on the latest trends in Internet trading. [...]

One company, Beverly Hills-based BigChampagne, began mining such data from popular peer-to-peer networks in 2000 and has built a thriving business selling it to recording labels. [...]

BigChampagne has certainly done well by file-swapping. It formed in July 2000, just as the Internet boom was beginning to bust, and now counts Maverick, DreamWorks, Warner Bros., Disney and Atlantic Records among its clients. All the major labels have worked with BigChampagne ‘in one capacity or another,’ Garland said.”

Speck Products Announces iStyle Leather Case

picThe new Speck Products iStyle Leather iPod case features a flip-lid design with snap closure, clear plastic screen shield , access for headphone & FireWire/dock ports, fits all new 3G iPods and comes in black and powder blue. The case is available now for $34.95.

Griffin iTrip for older iPods for $29

  • November 14, 2003
  • Deals

The Think Different Store is offering the Griffin iTrip FM Transmitter for 1G and 2G iPods for $29.00. Use coupon code “RESQ” to get the discount.

XFM (UK) to giveaway 50 iPods

  • November 14, 2003

London-based radio station, Xfm is giving away fifty iPods next week on Christian O’Connell’s Breakfast Show.

“Every weekday morning from Monday November 17 between 7.30 and 8am, Christian will play three tracks featured on an imaginary celebrity’s iPod. Listeners have to guess which celebrity the iPod belongs to.”

Amazon offers discounted iPods

  • November 14, 2003
  • Deals

Amazon is offering the 10GB iPod for $284.84, the 20GB iPod for $379.84 and the 40Gb for $474.84, all with free shipping. Place items in your cart to view the low price.

Feinstein proposes illegal recording as a federal offense

“Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California moved Thursday to protect increasingly beleaguered movie and music producers and artists by proposing a new federal crackdown on pirates, especially those who use the Internet to distribute their goods. [...]

The Feinstein-Cornyn proposal would make illegal recording a federal felony, with a maximum punishment of five years in prison, an unspecified fine, or both. The maximum prison time increases to 10 years for a second offense.”

ZDNet UK: Microsoft CTO lauds BlackBerry, iPod

  • November 14, 2003
  • iPod
“Microsoft’s chief technology officer this week eulogised over the Blackberry email device and Apple iPod in front of an audience of IT directors and developers. In addition to owning a Blackberry and loving the iPod, David Vaskevitch said he always carries a digital camera, but he didn’t mention using one of Microsoft’s own Pocket PC devices.”

Apple offers iPod Battery Service for $99

  • November 14, 2003
  • iPod

Apple is now offering a Battery Replacement program that includes iPods over a year old. “Battery Service: $99.00 USD: labor, parts, and a 90-day guarantee on materials and workmanship, plus $6.95 shipping. $105.95 USD total.” This service is not yet available for Europe. Check this FAQ for more information on cheaper battery replacement alternatives.

Apple Launches iPodRocks.com

  • November 14, 2003
  • iPod

Apple has launched a special holiday shopping site for iPod featuring several animations of the iPod, and sections include What’s an iPod?, How does it work?, Convince your parents and Where to buy. The Convince your parents section is particulalry humorus as Apple lists several ways for you to ask your parents for an iPod; Ask nicely, Stake your grades on it, Do a good deed and Subliminal advertising.

iPod TV Spot 3

  • November 13, 2003
  • iPod

A new iPod commercial featuring ‘Rock Star’ by N.E.R.D was aired tonight on primetime NBC, and is the third iPod commercial featuring silhouetted people dancing against colored backgrounds. This one also mentions ‘Now for Windows’ and ends with iTunes.com.

iPod discount for Federal Employees

  • November 13, 2003
  • Deals

If you are a Federal Employee, you can purchase an iPod for personal use (click on ‘How To Buy’). Certain restrictions apply, so read the fine print.  The discount is the same amount as the Educational discounts (which is found at www.apple.com/education). The 10GB iPod is $269, 20GB $359 and the 40GB is $449.

Speck Products iPod Accessories Now at CompUSA and Best Buy/Future Shop

Today Speck, Products announces that the iPod Skin and FlipStand cases will be available at CompUSA, Best Buy/Future Shop Canada stores, while CompUSA will also stock the iSport exercise waist pack. In addition, Speck Products has signed a national distribution agreement with Navarre Corporation, a leading distributed of consumer technology products.

Belkin Media Reader for $87

  • November 13, 2003
  • Deals

Buy.com is offering preorders for the Belkin Media Reader at $86.73. The Media Reader allows 3rd generation iPods to download and store digital photos using CompactFlash I/II, SmartMedia, SecureDigital and Memory Stick media.

Disturbing Engravings Part Deux

  • November 13, 2003
  • Humor

Our friends at iPodLaughs.com have posted more disturbings engravings in Disturbing Engravings Part Duex. “Ever since we ran a set of disturbing engravings it seems that more people have been sending in their twisted/humorous engravings for us to catch for the purpose of creating a new set.”

Custom iPod Mount

  • November 13, 2003
  • iPod

New custom iPod mount installed, no adhesive, no holes drilled into the dash, no unsecure clips! I had it painted to match my car. Enjoy the pics! Thousands of songs no longer just in my pocket, but in my car also! iLove my iPod!

MacCentral: MyTunes Exploits ITunes Playlist Sharing

“Now that Apple is offering ITunes software and access to its music store to Windows users, the company has an opportunity to significantly increase its market share in the area of downloadable music. But the company also has to contend with applications like the recently released MyTunes, which allows Windows users to circumvent the intended use of the software by downloading music from an ITunes shared playlist over a network.

Bill Zeller, a 20-year-old Trinity College student, wrote and released MyTunes just ten days after the official release of ITunes for Windows. His Web site claims that the application is intended to enable users ‘to save music from other computers to your hard drive.’”

MacMinute: Order an iPod through UK Virgin Megastores

  • November 12, 2003
  • iPod

MacMinute reports that “Apple said Wednesday that the iPod is now available to order through all 165 Virgin Megastore and Virgin Xpress retail locations in the UK. “We’re thrilled to be working with Virgin Retail to bring the iPod to even more customers,” said Mark Rogers, Apple’s sales director and general manager for the UK and Ireland.”

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