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New 30GB iPod: $429 Shipped

Deals On The Web: ClubMac is offering the new 3rd generation 30GB iPod (M8948LL/A) for $429.00. Ground shipping is Free via mail-in rebate, or $9.99 for FedEx Overnight. It’s the best current price we’ve seen on a new unit.

NY Post: McDonalds to give away 1 billion iTunes songs?

“Less than a month after Pepsi announced a blockbuster deal to give away 100 million downloads from Apple’s iTunes music service to its customers, McDonald’s is close to a announcing a much bigger deal, The Post has learned.

In a dramatic move that gives a thumbs up to the music industry’s efforts at creating legal alternatives to file sharing, McDonald’s plans to give away up to 1 billion songs in a marketing campaign, according to sources familiar with the matter.”

AppleMatters: What Apple Wonít Tell You: Get An iPod for $7

  • November 6, 2003
  • iPod
“I feel there is an unspoken comradery between iPod users. But cultural dominance is not enough. Apple is missing a golden opportunity to make the iPod the first cultural icon in handheld music since the Walkman. With a slight twist in itís marketing strategy, Apple has the opportunity of putting iPods in the hands of everybody that craves it. Here’s the big idea:”

Lajo Releases eXo2 Case

pic#### creator of the iSkin silicone case, zip case, iShades, and recently the ####2 case has announced yet another new case, the eXo2 which updates the existing eXo case with silicone protecting the touchwheel on 3G iPods. The eXo2 is available now for preorder and includes zip TPU case, a removable belt clip and iShade (crystal) screen protector for a special introductory price of $32.50. There are currently ten colors to choose from, but more will become available with each week. Shipping will begin sometime this month.

Windows: Feed my Pod 1.0 Released

Staylazy.net Software has done it again. A new tool has been released to Windows users. Why should mac users have all the fun? We have kicked it up a notch with standards for our software, with the release of Feed my Pod. Feed my Pod allows users to download the latest iLounge.com news headlines. Feed my Pod is compatible with all Windows iPod versions.

Jobs on iPod and iTunes

In a financial analysts meeting on Wednesday, Steve Jobs, Apple CEO “rebuffed the idea that the iTunes music store should work with MP3 players other than the iPod, or conversely, that Apple’s iPod should work with other music download services.”

“‘Why should we work with another music store when we are working with the Microsoft of music stores?” Jobs said. “I’d rather spend our engineering dollars on enhancing the iPod and the iTunes music store.’”

iPod Shootout at the TechTV Corral

TechTV’s Fresh Gear has posted a roundup review and humorous western-styled ‘shootout’ video of iPod ‘the undisputed quick drive’ vs. the rest of the competition. You can take a guess who’s still standing after the dust clears.

Red Chair Software refutes Musicmatch’s warning

In a response to Musicmatch’s recent warning about iTunes incompatibility, Red Chair Software, developers of Anapod Explorer, have posted a statement on its website which refutes Musicmatch’s suggestion that iTunes is sabotaging its software.

“The e-mail seems to imply that iTunes sabotages MusicMatch by “deleting critical files,” and some in the iPod community have speculated on whether Apple may be trying to hinder MusicMatch now that iTunes is available for Windows.

Based on our development work with our own iPod management software, Anapod Explorer, we do not believe that Apple intentionally tried to hinder third party software, nor does iTunes delete any “critical files” necessary to properly manage the iPod.”

Update: RemoteRemote conflicts with iPod firmware 2.1

Engineered Audio emailed us the following:

“We’ve been working on this (between last night and this morning) (several electrical engineers…) and are now convinced that this is an issue specifically related to version 2.1.

We have a number of iPods here (15 or so) and have various versions of firmware 2.0, 2.0.1, 2.0.2, and 2.1 ... and all the failures here are only related to 2.1 ... go figure!”

Engineered Audio has issued a statement regarding the RemoteRemote wireless remote for 3G iPods. It seems that users with iPods updated to firmware 2.1 are experiencing problems controling the iPod via the receiver unit. At this time, shipping of the RemoteRemote has ceased until they fix the problem. (click ‘Read more’ for the full statement)

“This issue is not fully understood at this point, however, those customers that have updated their iPod to firmware version 2.1 will most likely suffer this failure. We have anecdotal evidence that iPod firmware versions 2.0 and 2.0.1 work. The working theory right now is that this is a timing (or structure) problem with the serial data that the receiver sends to the iPod.”

$60 Sony iPod Killer? Not Likely.

  • November 5, 2003

The Register has posted an interesting article with regards to the likelihood of Sony releasing an iPod killer anywhere in the vicinity of $60…

“Sony will take Apple head on next year with the launch of new portable music players that pitch directly against the Mac maker’s iPod.

So much the consumer electronics giant admitted at its Transformation 60 conference yesterday. But early reports that it will do so with a $60 device seem highly unlikely, unless Sony has managed to rewrite the rulebook of hard drive economics.

More info on Burton Amp Pack and jackets

Burton recently announced new iPod compatible Ronin 2L and Shield jackets for men, Radar 2L for women, and the Amp Pack backpack. Burton has since updated their website with information on each new product including an Amp Pack video.

Sony to launch ‘Walkman of the future’ to rival iPod

  • November 4, 2003
  • iPod

“Officials of the world’s largest consumer electronics maker also said Sony would launch a rival to Apple Computer’s iPod digital music player next year for as little as $60.

‘PSP will be the Walkman of the future,’ Ken Kutaragi, Sony’s executive deputy president and head of its gaming business, said in comparing a PSP prototype to Sony’s highly successful earlier generation of music players.

PSP is designed to rival Nintendo’s Game Boy handheld game player, mobile phone maker Nokia’s N-Gage wireless gaming device, and Apple’s iPod and iTunes music download service.”

Editor’s note: ZDNet Japan has published specifications of the upcoming PSP player, Apple-x.net has published a story and specs and 1up.com has an image of the first PSP concept model.

RemoteRemote for 3G iPod Now Shipping

picEngineered Audio is now shipping the RemoteRemote wireless remote for 3G iPods.  I received mine today.  It comes with a receiver that fits snugly into the headphone jack, and a small, light, nice-looking key-fob remote control.  Supposedly it should be able to let you control your iPod around corners and through walls. It looks cool, and well made, but I have had no luck with it at all…

Black Eyed Peas ‘Hey Mama’ Heats Up New iPod Ad Campaign

  • November 4, 2003
  • iPod
“By now, everyone in America has seen and heard the new iPod commercial with the dancing silhouettes and the accompanying lyrics: “Hey Mama, it’s the beat that make you groove mama ... ” Everyone is also probably wondering who performs that song. Well, wonder no more. “Hey Mama” is the latest soon-to-be-hit from The Black Eyed Peas. It can be found on their latest CD, Elephunk.”

Contour Design Showcase Now Shipping

We contacted Contour Design and Managing Director Chris Charyk said, “Contour Design will begin shipping of its new Showcase on Wednesday” with limited shipping starting today. The new $40 Showcase fits all 3G iPods and features a hard plastic case, clear plastic front lid, integrated shock-absorbing rubber interior, access to all iPod functions, and a removable horizontally mounted belt clip.

Update: Take your iPod for a swim

After emailing CS Ideas about their waterproof cases, they have informed us about another case, the Aquapac Connected Electronic Case ($60) for iPod, PDAs and other mp3 players.

While browsing the forums, iLounger ‘a_nona_mouse’ posted an interesting link to a company offering a $50 Waterproof Music Kit featuring a waterproof AquaTunes case with belt and waterproof earphones. “Made from Clear PVC for better visibility and operation of controls. Exclusive clamp design provides watertight seal. Comfortable webbing belt with corrosion proof, impact resistant molded buckles. Provides universal fit and is fully adjustable up to 40”. Belt extensions are also available. Full 30 day warranty.”

Mac: Audiobook Studio 3.0 Released

Audiobook Studio can create dynamic digital “audiobook” audio files using text files and your Mac’s built-in text-to-speech. Then drag and drop them into iTunes, distribute them on the internet, or put them on your iPod. New in this version: more dynamic controls over text-reading (including pause insertion, emphasize/de-emphasize specific words, and speed up/down), more flexible preview, and keyboard shortcuts.

Mac: Raw 1.0 Released

RAW enables you to surf and record Net audio to MP4-AAC. You can record multiple BBC radio streams, Hollywood movie trailer soundtracks and news webcasts at the same time! Recorded files are iPod compatible. RAW offers AppleScript support for third party developers.

USATODAY: MTV eyes music download service by early 2004

“MTV Networks is preparing to launch a music download service with plans to go up against Apple’s iTunes and other competitors, said MTV chief Tom Freston Monday.

Freston, who addressed investors at the Harris Nesbitt Gerard Playtime conference, said the as-yet-unnamed service would debut within the first half of next year, but gave few details.”

Lajo Releases New Xskn Case

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“#### the designer and manufacturer of eXo, iSkin, zip announces the release of his #### line. The #### release will start by remembering his old friend the 2nd generation 10GB iPod (with touchwheel).  ####-2 for the 2nd gen 10GB rounds the edges of the 2nd gen iPod and adds Xtra silicone for all around protection including the control dial (which remains full functional). #### comes with a free belt clip for casual wear and during the month of November you will get a free TPU zip case and a bonus of 2 iShades (screen protectors) your choice of colors.  All colors shown on www.####.biz are in stock ready for immediate delivery.”

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