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New iPod Battery Technology

  • December 17, 2003
  • iPod

Mac Rumors is reporting that Danish website ComputerWorld.dk has written an article which states “that Apple has dropped one of their iPod battery suppliers—a Danish company called Danionics.”

“Danionics supplied polymer lithium-ion batteries for the current Apple iPod, but according to Niels Kryger Anderson, Danionics’ managing director, Apple has now chosen a prismatic (fluid based) lithium-ion battery for upcoming iPods.

Implications/advantages of changing from polymer to fluid based Lithium ion based batteries is unclear.”“

A look at the iPod ads

  • December 17, 2003
  • iPod

“Unlike 99% of campaigns, the creatives’ job here is simply not to blow the product’s cool.

The campaign is simple and iconic, a subtle evolution of Apple’s tried-and-tested formula. The only innovation is that it uses neon hues, rather than the traditional white backdrop.

Apple supremo Steve Jobs - who takes a hands-on approach to marketing - needed a little persuading to make even this revolutionary step, according to TBWA agency head Lee Clow.”

iPods in Short Supply

  • December 17, 2003
  • iPod

USAToday reports “on Tuesday, Amazon.com (AMZN) was out of stock of the two cheapest models of the popular iPod digital music player, the 10GB and the 20GB. Target.com was out of all three models. Apple had no comment.”

iPod is “this decade’s must-have” device

  • December 17, 2003
  • iPod

“It is easy to see why it has become scarce. The sleek, pocket-sized iPod, priced from £250, was ranked No 1 in the 50 best music systems listed in Saturday’sIndependent (“the top of the heap in terms of style and value”), and was placed first in the Stuff list of its 100 greatest gadgets. “The coolest thing to come out of California since the Beach Boys” was not just the year’s must-have, determined the magazine - ‘heck, it’s this decade ‘s must-have’.”

Shure E1c Earphones for $115

  • December 17, 2003

MacResQ offers the Shure E1c Earphones for $139.99. Apply coupon code “SHIEE” and the price hits $114.99, the best we know to be available. Ground shipping starts around $5. Offer ends December 22, 2003.

Lajo Announces Menu Button Fix for exo2

“#### the designer and manufacturer of exo2 is happy to report a menu button fix for exo2. The silicone skin covering the menu buttons has been reduced from 0.8 to 0.3 mm. Production of the new cases will start later this month. Those of you who enjoy or want the thicker skin covering the menu buttons are urged to buy what you can now because the molds have been changed and no further exo2 cases with the thicker menu skin will be available once sold out.  Anyone that has purchased exo2 from ####’s ####.com site can get a refund or exchange their exo2 for the new exo2 by contacting #### at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  within 20 days of their purchase (include your order id in your email to ####).  For those that want total wrap around protection the new exo2 by #### has got your iPod covered. All exo2 purchased during the current 2 for 1 sale are included in #### unconditional guarantee of satisfaction.”

Apple announces free 2- to 3-day shipping on all orders

  • December 16, 2003
  • Deals
“Time’s running out, but you can still get your gifts sent in time for the holidays without spending extra money. Place your order today and we’ll provide free 2- to 3-day shipping.* Our annual Holiday Gift Guide is overflowing with great ideas, and it’s not too late to act. Just order now and we’ll do the rest at no extra charge.”

Lajo Announces Pepsi exo Deal - Pepsi to give away 600 iPods?

####, designer/manufacturer of exo silicone cases has announced that Pepsi has recently purchased 600 indigo exo cases to dress up iPods in their company colors for a major give away to be announced soon.  #### says that this marks the beginning of companies like Pepsi using exo and exo2 to represent their company colors or to carry their logo in 2004, a year of iPod giveaways. Apple and Pepsi are expected to give away over 100 million free songs from the iTunes Music Store and it’s announcement is scheduled for February 1, 2004.

iPod 20GB for Windows for $339

  • December 16, 2003
  • Deals

Dealmac: MegaMacs.com has stock of the second-generation iPod 20GB for Windows for $339.49. It’s the lowest price we know to be available for a new, factory-sealed unit. (Open-box units cost $10 less.) Ground shipping starts around $5.

iPod Season: Vaja Announces 24% Off iVod Cases

  • December 16, 2003
  • Deals

picVaja has announced it’s iPod Season with a special discount on iVod cases starting at $49.90 for 3G iPods. The iVod features fine Argentine leathers, padding, easy access to functions, available in a multitude of color combinations and comes either with or without a belt clip.

iPod in top 5 for holiday wish lists

  • December 16, 2003
  • iPod

“In a new online consumer survey conducted by New Media Strategies (NMS), 54% of respondents say they will spend more this holiday shopping season than they did last year. [...]

NMS projects that Hollywood should have another stellar year as movie DVDs dominate wish lists for Electronic Gifts at 43%, followed by video games at 29%. Apple’s iPod (6%), stereo equipment (6%) and plasma TVs (5%) round out the Top Five Electronic Gifts on Holiday Wish Lists for consumers.”

Griffin iTrip 2 FM Transmitter for iPods w/Dock Back at $34.99

  • December 16, 2003
  • Deals

Deals On The Web: MacResQ has restocked the Griffin iTrip 2 FM Transmitter for iPods with a dock interface for $34.99. MacResQ also has the original Griffin iTrip for iPods with a FireWire port for $29.99. Both are among the best prices we’ve seen.

iPod Remote Mod for Motorcycle

Fred Harmon has modified his iPod Remote and integrated it with the audio system on his Honda Gold Wing motorcycle. He’s posted a photo gallery of his step-by-step mod.

TidBITS: iPod Offerings, Part 2

“Last week I gave you Part 1 of my holiday gift suggestions for the iPod user(s) in your life, covering Apple accessories, music, software, cases, bags, and jackets. Part 2 provides you with the best in third-party iPod add-ons, car accessories, speakers, reading, and repair options. Give your favorite iPod user even more reason to love their iPod with one (or more) of these useful items.”

Video iPods?

  • December 16, 2003
  • iPod

“PortalPlayer, the company behind the hardware, software and processor technology that powers Apple’s iPod, will soon launch a upgraded version of its chip/firmware combo that paves the way for a Photo iPod.

PortalPlayer Photo Edition will support synchronising digital photos between portable devices and host PCs, along with on-device playback, according to CEO Gary Johnson,interviewed by EE Times.”

Europe to fight music piracy with lawsuits

“The European music industry plans to take the fight against Internet piracy right to the doors of file sharers with individually targeted lawsuits, the head of the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) has said.

And the subpoenas could start flying next year.”

Apple blasé about online music rivals

“Jobs says he has no plans to lower prices or dramatically change iTunes to address the new threats. “We’re going to continue on our winning strategy,” he said in an interview. [...]

Rivals such as Dell have introduced more flexible portable players for other services. Jobs says Apple “trounced Dell this quarter” in music player sales. Researcher Jupiter predicts the $80 million digital music market will hit $1.6 billion in 2008. The field is quickly getting more crowded.”

Australia: Apple iPod Hats and Buttons

  • December 15, 2003
  • iPod

MacMinute forwarded us an iPod related news item from reader Edouard Mouy who reports that Australian Apple resellers are giving away official Apple iPod hats and buttons. “There are some new iPod hats and badges being given out at Apple resellers around Melbourne (Australia).
The hat only comes in pink. Also, showroom staff have been given name tags with the silhouettes from the iPod ads.”

Monster Cable Releases New iPod Accessories

pic Monster Cable Products has released several new iPod products in addition to the recently reported iCarPlay Wireless. The Monster iCase Travel Pack ($70) is a large carry case which comes with a Monster iCarCharger to charge your iPod, a Monster iSplitter to share music with a friend, and room for all your gear. The Monster iSpeaker Portable ($60) is a portable speaker system for iPods and laptops and features eight hours of playtime on a set of four AA batteries and includes a three foot mini to mini stereo cable. The Monster iSportCase ($20) features a white translucent rubber case with an open-face design, belt clip and self-adhesive car mount for use in the car. The iSportCase comes in small (10, 15, 20GB) and large (30, 40GB) size for all iPods with dock connectors. As of this posting, Monster Cable does not yet have any of the new accessories available for purchase, but Apple Store online has the iCase Travel Pack for $69.

Advertising Age names Apple ‘Marketer of the Year’

  • December 15, 2003
  • Apple
“Mr. Jobs’ publicity machine garnered more than 6,000 iPod and iTunes stories in major publications worldwide. That compares to paid media spending in the first eight months of 2003 of only $10 million on iTunes and $9 million on iPod, according to TNS Media Intelligence/CMR. Overall, Apple’s paid media spending was only $69 million in the first eight months of ‘03.”

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