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Apple 40GB iPod for $450 shipped

Dealmac: A reader found that CircuitCity.com offers the Apple 40GB iPod MP3 player for $449.99 with free shipping. It’s the lowest total price we know to be available. (Target.com has the same price after a 10% off coupon but charges shipping.)

Apple Store 6th Anniversary Discounts

  • October 29, 2003

One of our forum members has noted that Apple is emailing some of its customers with a special Anniversary Promotion celebrating the 6th year of their online Apple Store.

“Thanks to your continuing support, we’re celebrating our sixth anniversary at the worldwide Apple Store. You’ve helped us grow into the premier online destination for Apple products, and the digital lifestyle accessories and software that make them even more useful and fun. Because you’re one of our loyal customers, we’re offering you this special discount of $XX off your order of $XXX or more when you shop online at the Apple Store by December 15, 2003. “

Discounts have not been consistent with one report of $25 off purchases above $250, and another $100 off purchases above $999. Customers are being emailed specific Claim Codes, so this offer is not available for the general public.

Standford Students rave over iTunes sharing service

“With a program for Macs and PCs that allows users to listen to the music of any iTuner who authorizes it and is on the same network, more Stanford students are jumping on the iTunes bandwagon. [...]

‘They have a super cool just-as-good-as-Mac version out now for Windows, ‘Wang said. ‘Once you get the program, you can access the MP3 music library of anyone on the local network (so it’s almost as good as downloading, but you don’t fill up your hard drive) and, oh yeah, it’s not illegal. Woohoo’”

Mossberg: Attack of the iPod Clones

  • October 29, 2003
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“Now, however, a new generation of would-be iPod killers is hitting the market. And, after two years of studying Apple’s work, the makers of these new players are finally giving the iPod a run for its money. These products are nearly as small as the iPod, and have aped its widely admired user interface. Some have more features, and are less expensive. But are they as good as, or better, than the iPod?”

CNN: Rapper’s ‘bling bling’ stolen from Vegas

  • October 28, 2003
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“Thieves made off with a rapper’s jewels and stole a pop star’s computer, cell phone and iPod, from their hotel rooms in Las Vegas where they were attending the 2003 Radio Music Awards, police and a spokeswoman said Tuesday.”

NY Times: Online Music Business, Neither Quick Nor Sure

“In the last decade a new record business has been forming online. It has been coalescing by trial and error, largely error. And its evolution is in no way complete as it moves toward a finish line at the rate of one step forward for every nine-tenths of a step back.”

Griffin iFire Now Shipping

Griffin Technology is now shipping the iFire Amp and Adaptor for Apple Pro Speakers.

“Griffin iFire allows any computer with FireWire or an iPod with its charger to connect and power the popular and stylish Apple Pro Speakers. Previously, only a few select models of Apple computers could use Apple Pro Speakers. Now with the Griffin iFire, even Apple Notebooks and the new G5 computers can connect and enjoy the Harman Kardon designed Apple Pro Speakers. The Griffin iFire retails for 39.99.”

Updated: Belkin responds to Media Reader file transfer issue

Brian VanHarlingen, Sr. Technology Manager for Belkin has submitted an official statement to iLounge regarding Belkin’s position on the Media Reader transfer issue.

A reader at dpreview.com has discovered that transferring large files from large capacity compact flash cards is a slow process. A 500MB file transferred from card to Media Reader took 22 minutes. Other transfer tests indicate slow speeds as well - about 1 minute to transfer a 20MB file at 0.300MB per second. Belkin has acknowledged that there is a problem with large file transfers. Belkin is said to be working with Apple to solve the problem. If it’s an hardware issue, Belkin says it will replace the units. If it’s a software issue, Apple will most likely release a firmware update.

LCD Remote for iPod?

A reader has informed us of an Apple iPod presentation on the Apple Sales Web website (members only). Of interest, is a slide depicting a photo of an iPod with an illustrated LCD remote, radio tuner and microphone. Two of the four accessories listed in the slide are shipping - the microphone and photo card reader by Belkin. And Griffin Technology has already announced an FM tuner for iPod. This information leads us to believe that one day there may be an LCD remote released as well. One can only hope. iLounge has verified the Apple iPod presentation for authenticity and concludes it is not a fake.

Recommend a song at DailyTunes.com

DailyTunes.com launched today—a new song recommendation site for iTunes users.  The site provides iTunes links to the Music Store for each song listed.  User recommendation lists and associations offer a lot of potential for new music discovery… allowing users to “surf” music by linking from one song to the next (related) song.

Spike your iPod or put it in a corset

pic Just when you think you’ve seen all the cases available for iPod, along comes a new company with new designs. AnetaGenova has released nince new fashion forward designs, unlike any other iPod cases on the market. Some of the more unique cases are as follows; the Sid case (as in Sid Vicious) features black leather and metal spikes, the Stardust case (as in Ziggy Stardust) features silver leather and metal buckles, the Monty (as in Monty Python) features pink python leather and the La Femme case features pink leather lacing resembling a corset. The AG iPod cases start at $95 and go up to $195 for the La Femme case.

“The most luxurious leather iPod cases have arrived! Born of the latest fashion trends the AG collection of iPod cases is exciting and individualistic. If you want to dress your iPod in the latest fashion check out http://www.anetagenova.com.”

Computerlove Poster Design Contest: Win an iPod

  • October 26, 2003
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The folks over at Computerlove are having a poster design contest. First place prize is an iPod for one lucky person. There are also many other great prizes up for grabs. There is a certain theme which must be followed, and more details are available on their website.

iTrip Needs More Than Fine-Tuning

  • October 26, 2003

Michael Prager of the Boston Globe has written a review of Griffin’s new iTrip, and despite all we’ve been hearing, it’s not a favorable one…

“In my experience, music from the iPod sent through iTrip too often sounds like it’s being played on an iSock, muffled just enough to be maddening. At its best, fidelity is merely acceptable, but in a moving vehicle, conditions are rarely ideal.”

Forbes: Gadgets We Love

  • October 24, 2003
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“The most unpopular gift my wife ever received came from me on Christmas Eve of 2001. She unwrapped the package, cracked open the stylish clamshell box and frowned at the debut model of the iPod, Apple’s magnificent music player. It was the size of a pack of cigarettes, gleaming in white and polished stainless steel and ready to swallow hundreds of songs.

‘This isn’t for me,’ she said, sliding the whole mess over to my end of the coffee table. ‘This is for you.’ She was right. So after a few tepid protestations I took custody of the unloved player and turned it into a high-tech talisman of my inner life. The iPod renewed my love of music and answered a primal need: It made me feel cool.”

Apple Store: Save $9 on shipping on iPods

A word of advice when ordering iPods from the Apple Store. Sometimes iPods are shipped directly from an overseas warehouse. In this case, they always come by international 3-day shipping, regardless of what shipping option you chose. If you paid the extra $9 for 2 day shipping, then you’ve wasted your money. I complained and Apple refunded my $9.

Mac: iPod Software 1.3.1 Released

  • October 24, 2003

iPod Software 1.3.1 improves compatability between Mac OS X, version 10.3 Panther, and your iPod: If your iPod requires updating, the iPod Software Updater will run and allow you to install iPod Software 1.3.1 the next time you plug in your iPod and iTunes is launched.

Panther Launch Party at Tekserve - iPods raffled off every hour!

  • October 24, 2003
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New York, NY October 24, 2003 Tekserve, New York’s independent Mac shop, will be celebrating the launch of OS X 10.3 with a Think Panther event on Friday, October 24th from 7:30 to 11 PM. There will be live music by Andy Stein and His Swing Quartet, refreshments, and raffles. Dancing is optional.

Of course, the new Mac OS 10.3 “Panther” will be available for purchase starting at 8PM, and five dollars will be donated to Defenders of Wildlife for every copy sold.

A 15GB iPod will be raffled every hour on the half hour starting at 8:30PM. Tekserve will also have an exceptional special offer on the 1.6 GHz Power Mac G5, and deals on closeout Macs, including the PowerBook G4 867 with 640 MB and Airport Extreme for $1500, and a the 17” 1GHz PowerBook G4 with 1GB of RAM for $2500.

Macworld’s Jim Heid reviews the Belkin Media Reader for iPod

I’ve published a review of the Belkin Media Reader for iPod at my Mac iLife site. Overall, I really like this device, though I have yet to get iPhoto or Image Capture to recognize that the iPod contains photos.

“Although the iPhoto-import issue still has me stymied, I’m impressed with the Belkin Media Reader for iPod. It’s beautifully integrated with the iPod’s software—if you know how to navigate the iPod’s menus, you know how to use the Media Reader.”

Sick iPod? How about some rage?

  • October 24, 2003

A visitor over at MacWorld UK has posted this in the fora:

“Um, I dropped my iPod on the floor at work and I damaged it. It looks OK, but it won’t charge or work. I just get an image of a folder with a warning sign!

When told that he would probably need to get it repaired by a Mac technician, he promptly replied:

“I threw the thing on the floor a few times in anger and noticed that the back was coming off. I pulled off the back and it started up.”

Editor’s note: We here at iLounge DO NOT recommend throwing your iPod ANYWHERE… Just a helpful reminder grin

Mac: iPodScripter 1.0 Released

iPodScripter allows you to set your Mac to do virtually anything when your iPod is plugged in. Whether you want it to open iPodRip, run an AppleScript or even a shell script, iPodScripter can do it all.

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