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TuneRecycler.com launches Pepsi iTunes bottelcap recycling to support indie labels

“With the Tune Recycler, you can send us your unwanted iTunes bottlecap codes and we’ll use them to support independent music. Easy for you, and good for music. [...]

When you submit a winning Pepsi code to the Tune Recycler, we’ll redeem it for music from honest, independent labels. There are a few great independent labels in the iTunes store that give their musicians up to 40-50 cents, right from the first sale. When you use the Tune Recycler, you know that no money is going to support price fixing, payola, or lawsuits against families with children—and most importantly, the money goes to a musician. That way, you don’t have to sign up with iTunes to get one song, but you can still put that cap to use.”

BTI announces ‘The iPod Battery’ external pack

picAn external Li-Ion battery pack solution for iPod has been developed by Battery Technology, Inc (BTI). “Designed for all iPod users, The iPod Battery comes with interchangeable cradles for the original and new iPod and will provide up to 40 hours of music play-time or down-load time, regardless of the age or status of the original (internal) battery.

40GB iPod for $427

  • January 29, 2004
  • Deals,

Dealmac: Buy.com still has the 40GB iPod for $436.74, as a reader notes. A new $10 off coupon, expiring January 31, yields a net price of $426.74, the lowest we know to be available. Shipping starts around $11.

AppleInsider posts Pepsi iTunes Super Bowl commercial

AppleInsider has posted the upcoming Pepsi iTunes Super Bowl commercial featuring 16 teens that were recently sued by the RIAA for illegally downloading music from the Internet. The commercial also features Green Day’s version of ‘I Fought the Law.’

MP3 Gym adds 36 More Exercise Routines

MP3 Gym, the first and only audio personal trainer recorded on mp3 files for Apple’s iPod and other mp3 players announced that members will now have access to 36 new illustrated exercise routine sheets. The MP3 Gym already comes with eight routines and close to 200 mp3 files for $19.95. This just adds to their ever-growing library size. They will be adding a number of new exercise mp3 files and exercise routines in the coming months. Keep checking out the website for updates at www.mp3gym.com

‘From KFOG to iPod’ in Less than 48 Hours

“Today, a record company, radio station, recording group and online music store teamed up to achieve a new level of speed to market in the digital realm.

The exclusive digital EP “From KFOG to iPod” by critically-acclaimed Virgin Recording Group “The Thrills” was released early this morning on Apple’s iTunes Music Store, less than 48 hours after the band recorded the tracks at a KFOG-FM Emerging Artist Concert in San Francisco on Sunday, January 25. Five songs from the show, including the single “One Horse Town” are available for purchase, allowing consumers to download the live recording from iTunes to their Macs or Windows-based PCs and iPods.  The entire EP can
be downloaded for $4.95 or single tracks are available until February 24th for 99 cents each.”

MacMinute: Music store launches - offers iTunes-compatible AAC

MacMinute reports that “Nupha has announced the launch of its international, cross-platform digital music store. The “nupha musicstore” features “a growing library of tunes from many independent music labels” [Ed. note: Selection appears to be very limited at this time.]. Songs on the store are encoded in 128 Kbps AAC for Macs and 192 Kbps WMA for Windows. Nupha is the first independent music provider compatible with Apple’s iTunes (requires Mac OS X 10.3 Panther and iTunes 4 or greater). According to the company, Mac users must download and install a small package (known as the nupha kit) which allows iTunes to play nupha encrypted music, which sells for 99 cents a track and $8.99 an album.”

Refurbished 10GB 3G iPod for $229

  • January 28, 2004
  • Deals,

Deals on the Web: PowerMax is offering the factory refurbished 10GB Slim 3G iPod for $229.00. A 1-year Apple warranty applies. Ground shipping starts at $7.00.

Lajo’s secret next-generation cases revealed

Following the success of Lajo

Macworld UK Polls iPod users on the iPod battery

  • January 28, 2004
  • iPod,

“And this week’s Macworld.co.uk poll would suggest that the problem has, in the words of one of our readers, ‘been wildly overstated and time will show what a trivial issue this really is.’

Of the 1,047 readers polled 70 per cent have not experienced any reduction of battery life, and of these nearly half (49 per cent) admitted ‘I accept it will lose charge over time.’

Although 30 per cent of respondents have experienced decreased battery life just 14 per cent of these people state that they are ‘unhappy’ about the situation. The remaining 16 per cent have already accepted that their battery will not live on indefinitely.

However, 21 per cent of the iPod owners who have not yet experienced reduced battery life say that if it does happen they ‘won’t be happy’.”

Pepsi officially announces iTunes 100 million song giveaway

picPepsi today in a press release announced its upcoming Super Bowl commercial titled ‘I Fought the Law’ “featuring 16 real-life teenagers who were sued by the recording industry for illegally downloading music from the Internet, shows music fans a new way to freely and legally download music—the Pepsi iTunes 100 Million Song Giveaway. The commercial is set to Green Day’s version of “I Fought the Law.” Apple has also posted three screen shots from the Pepsi/iTunes commercial on its Apple/Pepsi promotion website.

40GB iPod for $437

  • January 28, 2004
  • Deals,

Dealmac: Buy.com offers the iPod 40GB for $436.74 plus around $11 shipping. That’s $15 off our last mention and the lowest total price we know to be available.

inMotion speakers available in UK

Something that may interest the UK podders out there. Altec Lansing’s inMotion speakers are finally available to the UK, priced at

iTMS discussed in ‘The Tyranny of Copyright?’

The iTunes Music Store is used as an example of the future of copyright policy in the United States in a New York Times Magazine article by Robert S. Boynton.

“In opposition to the cultural commons stands the ‘permission culture,’ an epithet the Copy Left uses to describe the world it fears our current copyright law is creating. Whereas you used to own the CD or book you purchased, in the permission culture it is more likely that you’ll lease (or ‘license’) a song, video or e-book, and even then only under restrictive conditions: read your e-book, but don’t copy and paste any selections; listen to music on your MP3 player, but don’t burn it onto a CD or transfer it to your stereo. The Copy Left sees innovations like iTunes, Apple’s popular online music store, as the first step toward a society in which much of the cultural activity that we currently take for granted—reading an encyclopedia in the public library, selling a geometry textbook to a friend, copying a song for a sibling—will be rerouted through a system of micropayments in return for which the rights to ever smaller pieces of our culture are doled out. ‘‘Sooner or later,’’ predicts Miriam Nisbet, the legislative counsel for the American Library Association, ‘you’ll get to the point where you say, ‘Well, I guess that 25 cents isn’t too much to pay for this sentence,’ and then there’s no hope and no going back.’”

iTuneAgent.com Launches

iTuneAgent.com provides users with a simple and easy way to see what is new and happening on Apple’s iTunes Music Store. Users can choose which genre of iTunes Music Store matieral they would like to view.  iTunesAgent.com will quickly allow users to browse not only new releases and new additions to the iTunes Music Store, but also current top songs and top albums within those particular categories.

Ars Technica looks at iPod Mini pricing

“The hefty price tag for the multihued player has left many scratching their heads and wondering what insane devotion to high margins could produce such a price point for a device that Apple is hoping grabs them another 20% of the market. People have been quick to point out that another US$50 will buy you an additional 11GB of storage with the 15GB iPod model. They are right. Compared with the current iPod offering, the iPod Mini is a disappointment in terms of price. However, those who make such comparisons are missing the point of the business card sized player. It is not meant to be an alternative to the iPod, but to the high-end flash-based and other small hard drive-based players. Let’s look at some numbers.”

Two rock stars form nonlabel alliance

“Rock veterans Peter Gabriel and Brian Eno are starting a provocative new musicians’ alliance that would let artists sell their music online instead of only through record labels. [...]

By removing record labels from the equation, artists can set their own prices and set their own agendas, said the two independent musicians, who hope to launch the online alliance within a month.”

iPod causing rifts in marriages

  • January 26, 2004
  • iPod,

“The iPod is being blamed for causing rifts in relationships with a new breed of “iPod Widows” emerging. [...]

The report includes two case studies from the recently ‘widowed’. One describes how: ‘Every evening he gets the iPod out straight after supper and starts fannying around with it. It

Mac: LyriPod 1.0 Public Beta 2 Released

Today LyriPod has been updated to Public Beta 2.  This new Beta release has fix some problems that the first Beta version came with.  This new Beta fixes the fs routines (no more nilobjex when clicking ‘find songs’) and more. LyriPod is a program developed in REALbasic which allows you to download lyrics to the songs you have on your iPod.

Steve Jobs talks iPod, iTunes and the recent HP deal

  • January 25, 2004
  • Apple,

Q: Hewlett-Packard (HPQ ) just announced that it would resell the iPod and load iTunes on its home PCs starting this summer. That’s a major change of course for Apple. Why? Have you approached other PC makers about doing similar deals?

A: HP looked at the choices they had, and they thought what we were doing was the best in the industry, and they expressed an interest in working with us. The more we discussed it, the better it sounded. Look, we don’t make our own printers. We use HP’s printers. They’re better at making printers than we are. HP decided that we’re better at making portable music players and online music stores, and there is no shame in any of that. I think it’s pretty smart.

Q: The iPod is Apple’s first non-Mac hit in years. What’s the significance of that to you?

A: It’s very exciting to be able to apply Apple’s innovation, engineering excellence, and marketing skill in a market where we don’t have that 5% market-share ceiling to see what we can do. And it feels good.”

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