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Vaja announces new European distributor

Vaja announced today that Innovacases.com is their official European importer and distributor for its product line, including all iPod cases. The new French based website will be completed by the end of September.

Forbes.com: Online Music: Download, Listen And Pay

“It’s still difficult to tell how much iTunes will boost Apple’s profits. But Charles Wolf, an analyst at Needham and Co., likes the early signs. For example, in the previous quarter Apple sold 304,000 iPods, up from Street estimates of 75,000. Wolf estimates iPods could account for $274 million in revenue in fiscal 2003, or 5% of sales. Apple’s iTunes service should also be helped by a new version of iTunes for Windows users, which should be available later in the year.”

15GB iPod: $324 Shipped Today Only

Deals on the Web: Dell is offering the 15GB iPod at $399.00. An instant 10% coupon drops the price to $359.10. TODAY only, use coupon code “86913675382A” to save $35 for a final price of $324.10. With Free ground shipping, it’s the best current price we’ve seen at $35 below the retail price. You’ll need to add something valued at $1 or more to your shopping cart for the $35 off coupon to work. A good candidate is iMation CD-R media for $6.95, item “068352-4”.  Coupon expires 8/20/03 at 11 PM CST.

Apple launches ‘iPod-a-Day Giveaway’

“We are giving away a 10GB iPod every day between August 20 and September 20, 2003. Create a new iTunes Music Store* account during this time, and you will automatically be entered into our daily drawing. Once you create an account, your name stays in the drawing until September 20, so the earlier you sign up, the more chances you have to win.”

Source: MacMinute

BILLBOARD: Poll: 99 Cents Too Expensive For Downloads

“A single song download is too pricey at 99 cents, according to a Billboard.com poll. Of 9,034 voters, 61% said that the base price at such online outlets as Apple’s iTunes is too expensive for them.”

The Onion: I Have An iPod—In My Mind

“I’m sure you’ve seen a lot of tech-savvy people smugly showing off that new hunk of entertainment hardware, the iPod personal stereo. Well, I might not have the scratch to get one, but frankly, I don’t want the white-corded wonder. I have my very own iPod—in my mind.”

MacCentral: Win a 10 GB iPod

  • August 19, 2003
  • iPod

Today we at MacCentral are proud to announce a new addition to our site: a free weekly newsletter, which will be sent out each Friday featuring news, analysis, information on updates and more. To encourage people to sign up for this newsletter, we’re offering a special prize for newsletter subscribers: three free iPods.

Everyone who subscribes to the newsletter will be entered in a drawing for a chance to win a 10GB iPod. One winner will be drawn each month beginning October 1, 2003. You only need to subscribe to the newsletter once—winners will be chosen from the entire subscriber base, so once you’re entered, your name will remain in the draw for future months.

iPod 15GB for $374.99 with free shipping

Buy.com is offering the iPod 15GB for $384.99 with free shipping. Combined with Buy.com’s $10 off coupon for first time buyers, this brings the price down to $374.99. Orders must be placed on or before 8/31/2003 11:59:00 PM PT.

New 30GB iPod: $449.99

Deals on the Web: Target has restocked the new 30GB iPod for $499.99. Use coupon code “TCAF2SAVETEN” during checkout to save 10% for a final price of $449.99. It’s the best current price we’ve seen on a new unit.

RollingStone.com: Stones Roll Out Online Tunes

“The Rolling Stones’ entire catalogue—more than 500 songs—is available, legally, on the Internet for the first time today.

The online service Rhapsody secured an exclusive deal with the band that stretches through the end of the month: All songs the Stones recorded since 1971 and released on EMI’s Virgin Records…”

ABC News: Best Buy to Sell Internet Music Service

“With Rhapsody - including the new Best Buy Rhapsody service - customers pay a $9.95 (U.S.) monthly fee to listen to songs from a vast library of music from the major record labels as well as independent producers. Rhapsody subscribers can also burn songs onto compact discs for 79 cents each.”

E-Commerce Times: RIAA Details Subpoena Strategy

“‘Although the [Digital Millennium Copyright Act] sets forth the minimum requirements for seeking a subpoena, RIAA is not seeking a subpoena as to everyone who is illegally distributing copyrighted recordings,’ the letter said. ‘Rather, at this time, RIAA is focusing on egregious infringers, those who are engaging in substantial amounts of illegal activity.’

An RIAA spokesperson could not quantify what the group means by ‘substantial amounts,’ but the group called its response ‘proportionate to the scope of a pervasive piracy problem today.’”

iBook G3/700 12.1in, iPod 10GB for $999

Dealmac: Small Dog Electronics offers the iBook G3/700 128/20/CD 12.1-inch bundled with the iPod 10GB for $999. That’s $70 less than the best price we could find if purchased separately elsewhere. Offer ends today.

MUSICMATCH Jukebox Stuck At “Preparing to Synchronize”

  • August 17, 2003
  • iPod

Apple has posted/updated an AppleCare Knowledge Base Document: The MUSICMATCH Jukebox can incorrectly report that the iPod is still in the process of synchronizing, even when the iPod has completely synchronized.

Griffin iTrip for 3G iPod to ship early September

iLounger ‘jasonmccabe’ has informed fellow iPodders that the new iTrip for 3G iPods is expected to ship in early September according to an email from Jack C., Tech Support for Griffin Technology.

“It was scheduled for release on July 21 but we have had to delay that for a few more weeks. We hope to release it in early September. We’re sorry for the delay - but it WILL be worth it.”

No Electricity?  No problem… iPod to the rescue!

  • August 15, 2003

By now, many of you may be aware of the huge power outage that occured throughout Ontario and most of the North East U.S.  As I returned home last night to my unpowered apartment, I was greeted by a short 4 story climb in pitch black stairwells.  Not too bad for me, but for an elderly couple, one of whome was on an oxygen machine, and carrying luggage, it could have been life threatening.  So after sitting for a few minutes to review the situation and ensuring that I would help with these bags, I whipped out my iPod, turned on the backlight.. and voila!  Light for everyone.

Needless to say, all were impressed, and the cool blue glow adequately lit the darkened stairwell enough for everyone to get where they were going without a problem.  Not to mention easily over 8 hours of play time later that evening in an otherwise electricity free zone.  Thank’s Apple, you may have saved a life.

CNET: Low-tech tools rule in unplugged city

  • August 15, 2003
  • iPod
“Others walked into dark buildings near Grand Central, blindly, looking for pay phones rather than stand in lines out on the street. People stumbled through darkened hallways using the screens of their iPod digital music players and Treo computer phones as flashlights.”

Marware CEO Classic 3G Now Shipping

Marware has finally found a leather manufacturer to produce their CEO Classic 3G design. Their website states that the case is now shipping for $34.95.

“The CEO Classic case offers elegant protection for the iPod on the go. A patented belt clip system offers interchangeable clip options including belt clips, bike and car holders.”

Reuters: Microsoft, OD2 Launch Europe Online Music Service

“Beginning today, music fans with Microsoft’s Windows Media Player version 9 can purchase individual music tracks for 0.99 euros or 75 pence from OD2’s library of over 200,000 songs,  representing a 25 percent discount from most other European subscription services, the companies said.

The move marks the first time European consumers can purchase song downloads off the Internet for under one euro ($1.13), and without requiring a monthly subscription, bringing the fee in line with the popular Apple Computer iTunes service,  which is not yet available in Europe.”

Also note, Australia’s National News reports songs downloaded from the new service will “allow consumers to burn CDs or copy tracks to portable players like Apple’s iPod.”

Macworld UK: ‘Two-month wait’ for UK iPods

  • August 14, 2003
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“All iPod configurations remain available on the UK Apple Store, although there is a two to three week waiting time.

An Apple spokesman said: “There is heavy demand for iPods, and the company is doing everything it can to keep up with this”.”

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