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Contour Design Showcase Now Shipping

We contacted Contour Design and Managing Director Chris Charyk said, “Contour Design will begin shipping of its new Showcase on Wednesday” with limited shipping starting today. The new $40 Showcase fits all 3G iPods and features a hard plastic case, clear plastic front lid, integrated shock-absorbing rubber interior, access to all iPod functions, and a removable horizontally mounted belt clip.

Update: Take your iPod for a swim

After emailing CS Ideas about their waterproof cases, they have informed us about another case, the Aquapac Connected Electronic Case ($60) for iPod, PDAs and other mp3 players.

While browsing the forums, iLounger ‘a_nona_mouse’ posted an interesting link to a company offering a $50 Waterproof Music Kit featuring a waterproof AquaTunes case with belt and waterproof earphones. “Made from Clear PVC for better visibility and operation of controls. Exclusive clamp design provides watertight seal. Comfortable webbing belt with corrosion proof, impact resistant molded buckles. Provides universal fit and is fully adjustable up to 40”. Belt extensions are also available. Full 30 day warranty.”

Mac: Audiobook Studio 3.0 Released

Audiobook Studio can create dynamic digital “audiobook” audio files using text files and your Mac’s built-in text-to-speech. Then drag and drop them into iTunes, distribute them on the internet, or put them on your iPod. New in this version: more dynamic controls over text-reading (including pause insertion, emphasize/de-emphasize specific words, and speed up/down), more flexible preview, and keyboard shortcuts.

Mac: Raw 1.0 Released

RAW enables you to surf and record Net audio to MP4-AAC. You can record multiple BBC radio streams, Hollywood movie trailer soundtracks and news webcasts at the same time! Recorded files are iPod compatible. RAW offers AppleScript support for third party developers.

USATODAY: MTV eyes music download service by early 2004

“MTV Networks is preparing to launch a music download service with plans to go up against Apple’s iTunes and other competitors, said MTV chief Tom Freston Monday.

Freston, who addressed investors at the Harris Nesbitt Gerard Playtime conference, said the as-yet-unnamed service would debut within the first half of next year, but gave few details.”

Lajo Releases New Xskn Case

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“#### the designer and manufacturer of eXo, iSkin, zip announces the release of his #### line. The #### release will start by remembering his old friend the 2nd generation 10GB iPod (with touchwheel).  ####-2 for the 2nd gen 10GB rounds the edges of the 2nd gen iPod and adds Xtra silicone for all around protection including the control dial (which remains full functional). #### comes with a free belt clip for casual wear and during the month of November you will get a free TPU zip case and a bonus of 2 iShades (screen protectors) your choice of colors.  All colors shown on www.####.biz are in stock ready for immediate delivery.”

Musicmatch warns iPod users of iTunes conflict

Several readers note that Musicmatch has sent an email regarding a serious software conflict with iTunes for Windows.

“As a valued Musicmatch customer and iPod user, we want to alert you to a serious software conflict caused by iTunes for Windows.

Apple iTunes for Windows prevents Musicmatch® Jukebox from working with the iPod by deleting critical files used by Musicmatch. If you install iTunes, you will not be given a choice between Musicmatch Jukebox and iTunes - Apple makes this choice for you.

To avoid any problems and to get the best possible experience when managing your MP3 collection and transferring music to your iPod, here is what we recommend:”

Billboard: iTunes faces hurdles in Europe

“Apple’s plans to take a bite out of the still nascent European sector will depend strongly on its capacity to deal with the region’s complex multilingual, multicultural and multi-regulatory issues. Moreover, it will face intense competition from already established music e-tailers and other U.S. rivals.”

Burton Announces Amp Pack and New Jackets

pic Burton has released the rumored Amp Pack backpack and three new jackets for use with iPod. The Amp Pack, Ronin and Shield men’s jackets, and the Radar 2 women’s jacket all use “SOFTswitch technology, which allows the iPod to be controlled through a soft, flexible control pad” (located on the shoulder strap on Amp Pack and on the sleeve for jackets). The new iPod line of Burton products are available in very limited quantities in November 2003 at Burton’s new online store, Apple Store online, and authorized dealers in North America, Europe and Japan. No pricing information has yet been announced. The Burton and Apple websites have not yet been updated with the new Burton products.

Macworld UK: ‘Bundle iTunes’, Apple exec urges PC makers

“Speaking on the Inside Digital Media show, Lowe said: “We suggest that manufacturers on any platform looking for a jukebox to carry with their products should take a look at us. iTunes is the best jukebox and the best music store as well.”

Lowe, director of marketing for application services, went on to repeat Apple’s claim that one million Windows users downloaded iTunes software within three-and-a-half days of its release, and that a million song sales also took place.”

PodShop Announces Fall Sale, Updated Website

Today, PodShop announces its Fall Sale, with PodHolder - the company’s popular and attractive iPod stand/display - now available at an incredibly low price of $9.95 US. The PodShop website has also undergone a major upgrade, featuring the addition of many new areas, including customer comments, reviews, and frequently asked questions sections.

40 GB iPod for Barter with Woman?

An anonymous person has posted a classified ad on Craigslist Boston website offering up a brand new ‘40GB iPod for barter with woman.’ We’re not sure what to think of it, but have emailed the person to explain their intentions with the barter. If we get a reply, we’ll be sure to post it here.

“I have a brand new in the box, unopened 40GB IPOD. Ever want one and can not come up with the cash ??? I am open to trades, and discusion for barter from Woman only….let me know your thoughts. Thanks”

New Lajo Xskn Case Preview & Giveaway

picTheiStore.com has an exclusive advanced preview of ####’s new highly anticipated iPod case the ####. To celebrate the launch of ####, we are giving away ten #### for 2nd gen iPods for FREE. See site for rules and details.

“You have a chance to be one of the first people to own this highly anticipated case. For FREE. The rules are simple, somewhere on our site you will find an Apple logo. If you are one of the first 10 people to find it and click on it, you will win one of 5 Asphalt or 5 Ice #### cases for the 2nd gen iPod. To be fair, you should actually own one of these iPods.”

New Sports Backpack for Portable Audio Devices

Athletic iPod users might be interested in pak-man - a new lightweight backpack for use while you’re on the move. Frees up hands and is better than belts and buckles (very last millenium). It looks great with casual and sports clothes, has an ergonomic design and reflective labelling. It’s stretchy fabric moves comfortably with the body. Great sound therapy. It’s an all-new Australian invention, probably inspired by kangaroos. An Internet special is available offering a $34.99 2 for 1 deal.

E-Commerce News: The Real Cost of Online Music

“Now that Apple’s iTunes Music Store (iTMS) does Windows and Napster has bee rehabilitated, more people are starting to change their music-buying focus moving from old-school CDs to new-generation digital formats like AAC (Advance Audio Coding) and WMA (Windows Media Audio)

However, the onset of legal music download services has brought a new issue front and center: sound quality. The bit rate of an iTMS AAC file is 128 kilobits per second (kbps)—just a fraction of the 1,411 kbps “uncompressed” standard used for CD, WAV and AIFF files.”

Guardian Unlimited: The iPod Wars

  • November 1, 2003
  • iPod

“How can rival MP3 jukebox manufacturers end music fans’ love affair with Apple’s iPod?

Taking on the Apple iPod is a brave move. The iPod has claimed the moniker of the Walkman of the 21st century for its superb design, compact size, usability and, unusually for Apple, competitive price. Several manufacturers have tried but so far none have succeeded in loosening the all-conquering Apple product’s vice-like grip on the MP3 jukebox market.

However what was once a niche product area is now moving towards the mainstream. Sony is predicting a huge growth in network audio (any personal audio device that plays MP3 files including CD and MiniDisc) in the coming year and several other makers have big plans for product launches in the area.”

Innovacases Europe Sells Vaja Cases

Innovacases.com has announced their website launch as the official reseller of Vaja cases in Europe.

“Innovacases will officially represent the brand name Vaja Cases in Europe, to give you quicker access (shorter delay), less shipping expenses, easier transaction (purchase in Euro) and reliable (transaction secured and in Euro currency), for the entire catalog of Vaja cases.”

iPod Halloween Costume

picWell, we were wondering if someone was going to do this… and they did. A reader has submitted photos of his iPod Halloween costume. “I decided to go to the office Halloween party as something more Apple-like. And it won first prize!” It even has a built-in drink holder.

Amazon: 20GB iPod for $375 and 10GB for $284 with free shipping

Amazon is offering the new 20GB iPod for $375.24 and the new 10GB iPod for $284.04. Both qualify for free ground shipping.

iSKin eXo 2 for 1 extended until November 3

The eXo 2 for 1 has been extended until Monday, November 3rd to give a chance to those that are not sure if they want an eXo or ####. Details of the new #### case will be released this weekend. How to hold your eXo 2 for 1 order for 15days: submit an unpaid order on the www.####.biz site and it will be held in a database for 15 days before it is deleted.  If you decide that you want to complete your order just follow the instructions on the auto email that will be sent to you.

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