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iPods in short supply for Christmas

  • December 12, 2003

“Hoping to get an Apple iPod for Christmas? You could be out of luck. Apple Computer’s digital music player is in short supply in many markets, including the US and UK.

Most stores in New York have sold out of the larger capacity models and do not expect to get more before the holidays.”

Buy iPod Jackets Online at Burton.com

The men’s Burton Shield ($380), Ronin 2L ($360) and the women’s Radar 2L ($360) jackets are now available for purchase at Burton’s online store. All jackets feature “an updated, flexible SOFTswitch

iPods hot in the UK

  • December 12, 2003
  • iPod,

“Online shoppers are hungry for iPods this year. The trendy digital music player looks set to be the top-selling item over the internet this Christmas, writes Susanna Voyle.

According to Kelkoo, one of Europe’s leading shopping internet search engines, the Apple iPod was the most frequently searched-for item in the first week of December - heading a top 10 list heavily skewed in favour of electrical products.”

MP3Gym.com Launches Audio Personal Trainer CD-ROM

  • December 12, 2003
  • Other,

December 12, 2003—Personalized Workout Systems (PWS) unveils their latest product

Mac: Podtext 2.5 Released

Podtext is a tool to transfer text-based notes into your iPod that can be read just like

Canada levies iPods - 10GB $15, 15GB - 40GB $25

  • December 12, 2003
  • iPod,

“Each recorder with a memory capacity of 1 GB up to 10 GB will be levied at $15, and each recorder with memory capacity of more than 10 GB will carry a $25 levy.

The music industry had requested much higher levies. Under the industry’s original proposal, an MP3 player with a 20GB minidisk hard drive would have been subject to a levy that would have boosted the price by about $125. Manufacturers filed objections to the Copyright Board over that plan, arguing that the levies would price their products out of the market.”

Macworld UK: iPod in ‘huge demand’ - Apple

  • December 12, 2003
  • iPod,

“Apple’s digital music initiatives continue to gather momentum and iPod sales are very strong, the company has confirmed.

Its UK general manager Mark Rogers told Macworld last night: “We have been extremely pleased with iPod sales,” adding, “It is definitely on everyone’s Christmas wish list, given the huge demand we have seen.”“

Audible.com and Tweeter Announce Retail Promotion for Apple iPod and AudibleListener Memberships

  • December 12, 2003
  • iPod,

“Audible, Inc. (OTC BB: ADBL) and Tweeter Home Entertainment Group today announced a retail promotion for the holiday shopping season and beyond. Tweeter customers who purchase the industry-leading Apple iPod portable digital audio player will be offered a membership at Audible.com, the leading provider of digitally delivered spoken word audio, featuring downloads of best-selling audiobooks, newspapers, magazines, radio programs, and original shows.

Tweeter’s sales force will market to iPod customers the benefits of expanding the use of their iPod with an AudibleListener(R) membership. Those who sign up for Audible as part of their iPod purchase will receive a free wireless radio transmitter designed expressly to allow the iPod to work with virtually any car audio system.”

In a surprise move, Roxio declares the iPod “Gadget of the Year”

  • December 12, 2003
  • Humor,

In a surprise move Friday, Roxio declared that Apple’s iPod is Roxio’s “Gadget of the Year” for 2003. The declaration was seen as a stunning blow to Roxio’s Napster download service and Napster-branded mp3 player, which has served as one of the iPod’s primary competitors up until this point. In an exclusive interview with billpalmer.net, Roxio CEO Chris Gorog was candid in his company’s reasons for endorsing the iPod over its own product: “You gotta admit, the iPod is just better than our crap. I tried using a Napster mp3 player and after four days i gave it to my nephew and bought a 40 GB iPod…

Editor’s note: This news item is pure satire (fake) just in case some of you are confused.

HP UK - Buy a Mac and HP Printer, get a Free iPod

  • December 12, 2003

HP is giving away a new iPod 20GB with the purchase of a Apple Mac and an HP Designjet 120.  This promotion is targeted at the professional customer.

Canada to raise iPod prices?

  • December 11, 2003
  • iPod,

According to the Toronto Star, the Canadian Copyright Board may approve a 20% levy on electronic media tomorrow, including MP3 players and hard drives. With the Canadian Dollar rising and this on the horizon, maybe now is the right time to get that iPod.

“That 20-gigabyte MP3 player going under the Christmas tree this season could soon cost 20 per cent more if the Copyright Board approves a proposed levy tomorrow on the sale of digital music devices.

It could also mean new levies on recordable DVDs, removable flash memory and micro hard drives, as well as increased tariff rates on blank cassettes and recordable CDs, assuming a music-industry group called the Canadian Private Copying Collective, or CPCC, gets its way.”

CNET: Search tools target digital music listeners

“A new generation of music recommendation services is emerging, aimed at helping listeners navigate the often bewildering mass of music now legally available online.

One of the most ambitious of these services, dubbed Soundflavor, is launching Thursday. The service, produced by a company called Siren Systems, promises to deconstruct songs into more than 700 component parts, and then make music recommendations based on how listeners’ tastes match these musical elements.”

Belkin Tunecast Mobile FM Transmitter for $20 at Best Buy

Best Buy has the Belkin TuneCast Mobile FM Transmitter F8V367-APL for only $30 - $10 rebate (exp 12/13) = $20 w/ free shipping. Plug it into your iPod’s headphone jack and the signal is broadcast via FM.

BusinessWeek: ‘I applaud the actions of the Neistat brothers’

  • December 11, 2003
  • iPod,

BusineesWeek’s Alex Salkever has written an article about the recent ‘iPod Dirty Secret’ video by the Neistat brothers, and applauds their actions in the hopes to teach Apple a lesson.

“This situation is hardly unique to Apple. Most computer owners I know say the support they receive, Wintel or Mac, is spotty at best. And to be fair, my experience with support from other PC companies has been on par with my experiences with Apple. Most computer users just seem to shrug and live with it. That’s not a good thing, in my view. Which is why I applaud the actions of the Neistat brothers, Casey and Van, and hope they are taken as a lesson at One Infinite Loop. Here’s a summary of their tale of digital disobedience.”

Macworld UK: iPod makes the headlines

  • December 11, 2003
  • iPod,

“Apple’s iPod continues to attract global media attention as the company maintains its marketing push to get the product into people’s pockets.

The Times yesterday declared Apple’s market-leading music player “iconic”, writing: “Not since Sony launched its Walkman in 1979 has a portable music player become such a cult consumer object.”

The report explains: “Fashion houses are designing accessories for it, directors are including it in plot lines, and word of mouth is making it the coolest Christmas gadget.”“

Tune Belt Announces iPod Armband Carrier

picTune Belt today announced the iPod Armband Carrier. “The innovative design is engineered to fit iPods in upside down so that when the arm is raised slightly with the flap open the LCD reads right side up! Other design features include open access for the touch wheel and touch buttons, a clear protective window for the LCD, an opening in the bottom for the headphone jack or remote cord to come out, and a zip pocket on the flap for personal items or the earbud headphones when not in use.  A diagonal reflective accent strip enhances the sleek look even more and provides nighttime safety as well.  The arm strap is easily adjustable with one hand up to 20

Napster’s making deals with beer companies. How low will Steve Jobs go to keep iTunes on top?

You know, it seems like only yesterday that I pointed out that all (both) of the players in the soft drink space were spoken for when it came to digital music. In fact, it was yesterday. The good folks at Roxio must have been reading my article, and realized that they were in a bit of a pinch now that both Coke and Pepsi sponsorships were off limits, because they’ve moved on to other beverages in search of sponsorships, and no I’m not talking about Fresca. In what may amount to a new all-time low for the high-tech industry, the brains behind the Napster mini-revival have signed up a beer company as their new sponsor. Yeah, you read that right…

Fortune names iTunes Music Store Product of the Year

“Napster proved that tens of millions of consumers were eager to download digital music from the Internet. They just weren’t inclined to pay for it, which led music companies to believe that the Internet was the superhighway to ruin and that most Internet users were thieves. All of which makes the achievement of Apple’s iTunes Music Store impressive from both a diplomatic standpoint and a technical one.”

Give your iSkin a Tattoo

iSkin Inc. today launched its iSkin Tattoo Service. Organizations, businesses and institutions can now order iSkin products with their logotype, web site address or company message printed on it to create a unique, functional branding solution. The minimum order for the Tattoo service is 50 pieces. Prices vary based on individual print locations and quantity color.

Mac: Goombah 0.2 Pre-Release (Find new music through others)

You’ve already got access to hundreds of thousands of songs with Apple’s legendary ease of use through iTunes, but you need a hassle-free way to find really great new music. Goombah from Transpose connects you to listeners who like what you like. See what they are playing, then preview, buy, and download with the iTunes Music Store.

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