“Catchy singles reach radio as much as eight weeks before the full-length CDs they are on land in the stores, but customers willing to pay for legal downloads online have had to wait, sometimes until just before the CD’s release date.
Music companies had feared that issuing the songs any earlier could fuel piracy, upset traditional marketing plans and anger brick-and-mortar retailers. But in the past six months, recording companies have had a change of heart.
Songs are now routinely released for sale by download through iTunes, Napster, RealRhapsody and other services on the same day those tracks hit radio.”
MacMinute reports Apple’s iPod is a hit, but analysts’ belief that it commands 25 percent of the global market may be overblown, Alex Salkever writes in his latest “Byte of the Apple” column for Business Week Online. He says this is because “very little good data exists on international sales of consumer electronics.” “According to one of those chipmakers and to industry analysts, worldwide shipments of digital-music-player chips hit about 15 million last year,” Salkever writes. “An April, 2004, report from investment bank CIBC on this market estimated global sales of flash and hard-drive music players at 17 million. If that’s true, then the 1.5 million iPods sold in 2003 gives Apple 8 percent to 10 percent of the global market.”
“Apple could be ready to launch its iTunes Music Store (ITMS) in Europe by the middle of June, sources said to be familiar with the company’s plans have claimed.
They reckon that the Mac maker may now have secured licences from the major labels and others it needs in order to open ITMS to UK and other European buyers.
Separately, we’ve heard the date 4 July bandied about, though since the date is far more relevant to the US than it is to Europe, it seems an odd choice, if correct.”
Yet another iPod accessory store has been launched for our UK readers. Available from www.ipodessentials.co.uk
are cases, chargers, voice recorders, headphones, speakers and a host of other goodies for both the iPod and the new iPod Mini. Gavin
Nicholson, 2nd Chance PC
Plugstore.net (UK) has launched iPod First Aid, an iPod replacement battery service. iPod First Aid (
Pod2Go takes an ordinary iPod and makes it extraordinary by syncing news, weather forecasts, movie listings, stock quotes, horoscopes, driving directions and much more all with a few clicks of the mouse.
Apple today released Mac OS X 10.3.4. We don’t normally announce operating system software updates, but this particular update makes mention of USB 2.0 support for iPods. iPods connected via USB 2.0 are now recognized by iTunes and iSync. The update is available via the Software Update preference pane.
iPodLibrary.com, a new repository for “podBooks” created for iPod has launched. “podBooks are cool, instant “books” that can be accessed on your iPod using the Note Reader. Ideally suited to reference, sports and music info, guides and so-on, we now aim to make them available here at iPodLibrary.com - and also aim to encourage as many people as possible to author their own and to submit them for distribution. All kinds of arcane and fun topics would work well.” The site encourages the creation and sharing of podBooks with a how-to guide to get you started.
This is for people who have been having issues getting PodUtil 2.0 to launch on their computers.
Weather for Me is a program created by Staylazy.net Software to grab a detailed ten day forecast from weather.com and place it on your iPod. All iPod versions are compatible.
“A U.S. music industry group said Monday it had sued 493 more people for copyright infringement as part of its campaign to stop consumers from copying music over the Internet.
The Recording Industry Association of America has now sued nearly 3,000 individuals since last September in an attempt to discourage people from copying songs through “peer to peer” networks like Kazaa and LimeWire.”
Apple’s “yellow, green, pink, purple” iPod ad created by TBWA/Chiat Day is up for a D&AD (Design and Art Direction) Award, known as the Oscar’s for the creative industry. “The iPod took a much-coveted Gold Award in 2002.” The winners will be announced on May 26.
EphPod is a full-featured, easy-to-use Windows application that connects with Apple’s iPod. With a FireWire card and EphPod on a PC, it takes under 30 minutes to transfer 1,000 songs to an iPod. In addition, EphPod supports standard WinAmp (.M3U) playlists, includes powerful playlist creation features, and will synchronize an entire music collection with one click. EphPod also includes powerful music-information (“tag”) editing options, as well as support for Audible and MP4/AAC files (although not the “protected” MP4/AAC files sold at the iTunes Music Store). EphPod is designed to be completely compatible with iTunes, so that you can use both EphPod and iTunes interchangeably with your iPod.
Gizmodo reports that a reader has spotted several iPod parody ads in New York City commenting on the recent Iraqi prisoner-abuse scandal. The ad depicts the silhouette of a hooded prisoner hooked up to electric wires. The tagline reads, “10,000 volts in your pocket, guilty or innocent” and says iRaq instead of iPod in the upper right corner.
Dennis Sellers, senior editor for MacMinute.com has published an editorial on the recent news of Apple’s new iPod division on his website Macsimum Perspective. In it he states, “All things considered, the split should be a good thing. The iPod is a tremendous contributor to Apple
The Apple Store has factory refurbished 20GB ($299) and 40GB ($399) iPods listed on its ‘Special Deals’ page. Both models include free ground shipping and a 1 year limited warranty.
As an exclusive offer for iLounge.com readers, Microphone Solutions is extending the promotion for the Shure E5 earphones. Use Coupon Code F369E5 for a $130 discount. Your price will be $369 + shipping (you pay for shipping). This promotion has been extended until June 15. Also an exclusive offer for iLounge.com readers, Microphone Solutions is extending the promotion for the Shure E2. Use Coupon Code F75E2 for a $24 discount. Your price will be $75 + shipping (aprox. $5.00). This promotion has been extended until June 15.
Deals On The Web reports that “Amazon.com is once again offering iPod Minis in all colors at $231.44 with Free ground shipping. Amazon actually had stock of silver and blue mini’s this morning at this price and they are taking orders on all colors and filling them on a first come, first serve basis. Note that Amazon changes their prices often and we expect a return to the $249 price at anytime.”