Engadget has an interview with Napster CEO Chris Gorog, in which he compares the iPod to “your father’s Oldsmobile” and says Steve Jobs “must be pretty frightened of the Napster To Go.”
London’s Playlist Club has announced its first affiliated US event - Playlist Philadelphia on March 28.
Command-Tab has an article on how to use a regular 3.5-inch hard drive with an iPod.
The delay of Motorola’s iTunes-compatible mobile phone is reportedly due to wireless carriers which want to be able to make money off of digital downloads (the iTunes phone gets music directly from your computer).
Digital Lifestyle Outfitters (DLO) today introduced black and silver versions of its TransPod all-in-one car solution for iPods. The TransPod allows users to transmit, charge and secure an iPod in their car with one accessory. The DLO TransPod works on any frequency and uses any standard 12V cigarette lighter outlet for power. Previously only available in white, the new black and silver TransPods now “match most car interiors perfectly and work equally well with the 20G iPod, U2 iPod, iPod photo as well as the new iPod minis.” The DLO TransPod is priced at $99.99.
Shuffleshirt.com has announced the Shuffle shirt, a T-shirt specifically designed for the iPod shuffle. The Shuffle shirt features a pocket on the left sleeve to snugly hold the device.
“Why be bound by an armband or leashed by a lanyard? Slip your Shuffle into your Shuffle shirt and shuffle on. With your Shuffle tucked into your Shuffle shirt, it is protected and conveniently within reach without being in the way of your everyday activities.”
The $20 shirts are available in black and yellow. Each Shuffle shirt has a slogan such as “The Playlist is Dead,” “Sorry… I can’t hear you. I’m shuffling.” and “I shuffle, therefore I am.”
iPod-TV is a Windows application that allows you to put up to a weeks worth of television listings on your iPod. The free software automatically downloads the TV information from the web and allows you to easily upload the data onto your iPod.
As previously reported, Skittles is launching an iPod giveaway as part of its promotion for Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. Details are minimal at this point, with only a short note on Skittles.com saying: “Come back April 2nd to play ‘Hunt for Grievous’ and enter your in-pack codes for a chance to win cool prizes including a Star Wars engraved iPod with iSkin.”
iLounge has acquired photos of the Star Wars-themed silicone protector from iSkin, which was commissioned by Skittles. The red iSkin eVo2 features a small illustration of Darth Vader’s head on the front, and a tribal “Vader” graphic on the back. The case also features an iSkin Wheel Cap with a Darth Vader logo.
Click “Read more” for large photos of the Vader iSkin.
PodGuides.net has announced the release of PodGuide Generator, an application that allows you to easily create audio tour guides for your iPod. “Just fill in your PodGuide data (PodGuide name, track info, track pictures) and it generates a PodGuide for you. Add the mp3 files, zip it and submit it to PodGuides.net - a site for a community of people who want to make and share their own audio tours.” PodGuide Generator is available for both Mac and Windows.
After persuading LuxPro to remove its iPod shuffle knock-off from its stand at the CeBIT trade show on Friday, Apple was met with little cooperation on Saturday as the Taiwanese company put the device back on display.
As reported last Thursday, LuxPro’s Super shuffle is nearly indistinguishable from Apple’s iPod shuffle in every way. (See iLounge’s report and photos of the Super shuffle for complete details.)
After news spread of the iPod look-alike last week, Apple lawyers spoke with LuxPro and got the company to remove the device from its CeBIT booth for one day. LuxPro brought the flash-based music player back out on Saturday for weekend visitors.
“Our lawyers are in the process of weighing legal options,” Apple spokesman George Albrecht said.
If you’ve attended or hosted an iPod party anywhere in the world - and have pictures to prove it - iLounge would like to hear from you. Send an email telling us your name, the name and location of the venue where the party was held, the (approximate) date, how iPods were used in the party, and what you thought of the experience. Did you meet new people? Expand your musical tastes? Feel bored? Please be prepared to send a picture if requested. Thanks!
Marware has created a special promotional code for iLounge readers that enables you to get 20 percent off a variety of the company’s iPod accessories. By using code “IPL35” at checkout, you can get the discount on the: 4G Sportsuit Convertible (black only), 4G Basic, 3G Sportsuit Convertible (black only), Mini Sportsuit Convertible (black only), Mini Basic, and Runabout. The offer is valid until March 31.
Wisconsin legislators are “mobilizing against a proposal they call the ‘iPod tax,’ in a battle over online music and movies that could soon spread across the United States.”
In a move to curb illegal downloading, an academic at McGill University proposes putting all music on a search engine and charging five cents a song.
Slate’s Daniel Engber asks, “How much is your stolen music worth?” And answers, “Probably more than you think.”
A cigarette container probably isn’t what Apple had in mind when they created the iPod shuffle Sport Case.
“I am currently working on a project for Apple.
We are looking to speak with people who have come to Mac through owning an iPod. These are people who have been or currently are PC users; they own an iPod and love it so much that they’ve bought a Mac.
Specifically we are looking for people between the ages of 14-35…young professionals, parents, students/etc…approachable, real people. I would like to speak with anyone who fits this description.”
Marware today announced that its SportGrip iPod shuffle case, which was first shown by iLounge last month, will begin shipping on Monday, March 14. The $8.95 silicon protector is available in a slew of colors, including red, orange, yellow, green, blue, plum, pink, white, gray, and black. The SportGrip, which offers access to the control pad and slider switch, has an included attachment ring and carabiner to attach your iPod shuffle to a zipper, belt loop, backpack strap, and other locations.
Tunewear has updated its Prie line of iPod products with three new cases — the Prie Classic, the Prie Lux, and the Prie Pearl. All three come in sizes for the 4G iPod (including iPod photo) and iPod mini. The Prie Classic ($24.95) is made of high quality leatherette, and comes in lime, pink, gray, and black. The Prie Lux ($34.95) is made of genuine leather, and is available in black, brown, green, and cream. The Prie Pearl ($44.95), constructed of smooth sheepskin, comes in blue, violet, and bronze. The Prie case series covers the entire iPod when closed, but still allows for easy access to all ports. It features a twin snap-button design, and includes two straps that can be clipped onto the the sides of the case.
The first iPod accessory to carry Apple’s new “Made for iPod” badge is now shipping; it’s Macally’s new IceTune stackable speaker system, which received a favorable initial preview from iLounge, and signals that Apple’s Made for iPod program is now getting off the ground. Several third-party accessory makers have confirmed to iLounge that their products are either now beginning to ship with the Made for iPod badge, or will be in the near future.
According to Apple, and as previously reported by iLounge, the Made for iPod program aims to help consumers choose iPod products that are compatible with and safe for their iPods. The program consists of guidelines and specifications that companies must follow when bringing accessories to market. Companies that join the program pay a licensing fee to Apple for use of the badge and access to authorized sources of iPod connector components.
“This is a very important logo for Macally to have on our packages because we at Macally work hard to meet all of Apple’s requirements and we hope to help strengthen and support the iPod brand,” Macally’s Adrian Chan told iLounge. “By seeing the Made for iPod logo on the package, consumers will be able to choose products that are acknowledged by Apple.”
Chan said that as part of the program Macally does extensive self-testing that includes “every aspect of charging and iPod functionality.” After the in-house testing, products are submitted to Apple for final review. The program appears to primarily be a self-certification process to meet guidelines published by Apple, whereby the accessory maker tests the product itself.
Click “Read more” for the rest of the article and a shot of the Made for iPod badge on the IceTune box.
YS Design is offering two new iPod shuffle cases made form machined aluminum. The Japan-based company has recently released the HardCase Simple and the HardCase G5, which resembles the design of Apple’s Power Mac G5. While there are no apparent plans to offer them in the US or other countries, the $60 cases will begin shipping April. They can be used with a wrist strap, require a female USB cord or adapter, and weigh about 30g. The HardCase Simple can be engraved on the front or back with up to 10 characters for an extra $5. A basic image can be engraved for about $20 more.
LuxPro, a Taiwan-based maker of digital audio products, has introduced what can only be described as a blatant rip-off of Apple’s iPod shuffle. LuxPro’s “Super shuffle,” which is being shown this week at the CeBIT conference in Germany, is nearly identical to the iPod shuffle in every way—from its form factor to its name and advertising.
Made from the same white plastic and featuring the same control pad as the iPod shuffle, the Super shuffle is also the exact length (3.3”) and width (0.99”) as the iPod shuffle. The flash memory-based Super shuffle is a little thicker (0.38”) than the iPod shuffle (0.33”), but offers an FM tuner and voice recorder, which the Apple device lacks.
LuxPro’s music player weighs in at the same as the iPod (.78 ounce), offers the same USB 2.0 connectivity and charging, and even copies the iPod shuffle’s backside slider switch and battery light indicator. The Super shuffle boasts two slider switches, apparently one is needed for general use and one is needed for the extra FM and recording features. The LuxPro product offers MP3, WAV, and WMA support.
Like the iPod shuffle, the Super shuffle is offered only in 512MB and 1GB sizes, and works with both Windows and Mac OS X. Pricing and availability were not immediately available. However, German iPod site iPodLife has provided iLounge with a handful of photos of the device and its advertising at CeBIT, which show that LuxPro is not only cloning Apple’s low-cost player, but is also replicating its well-known silhouette ads.
Click “Read more” for large photos of the Super shuffle and an Apple-like poster.
New York-based A.B. Sutton has announced a silk-lined, kidskin leather iPod shuffle case. Handmade and individually numbered, the case is available in over 30 colors and features access to the headphone jack and slider switch, as well as a clear plastic screen that protects the control buttons. The $40 case has an adjustable snap closure that allows for use with or without the Apple lanyard attachment.
In addition to custom-painted iPods, ColorWare is now offering an Apple iPod Dock that has been professionally painted in black to perfectly match the U2 Special Edition iPod. The custom-colored Dock is priced at $61. Like the standard $39 Apple Dock, the black unit allows charging and syncing via FireWire or USB 2.0, and features a stereo line out port.
Today at the CeBIT conference in Germany, Motorola said it is working on several iTunes-compatible moble phones and that some will be able to store up to eight hours of music. The Motorola ROKR, which has yet to be shown, will be the flagship phone. The ROKR is expected to be unveiled later this month at the M3 music event in Miami, Florida.
“Over the course of the year, you’ll see more (iTunes) devices,” said Alberto Moriondo, Motorola’s global director of entertainment for mobile devices. “The Walkman for the 21st century is the Apple brand.”
Update: The Chicago Tribune reports that Motorola was set to publicly unveil an iTunes phone today at CeBIT, but that “a last-minute message from a wireless carrier or carriers indefinitely postponed the announcement—a highly unusual occurrence.” The company had previewed the iTunes phone to the media earlier this week. It was said to have “a display screen akin to the iPod” and could hold up to 100 songs.
Apple’s iPod shuffle a little too plain for your taste? The Crystalshuffle is a custom made iPod shuffle encrusted with Swarovski crystals. Like its big sister the Crystalmini, the product is handcrafted with hundreds of high quality Swarovski crystals, and comes in five colors and designs. The Crystalshuffle
is available in Aquamarine (blue), Peridot (green), and Light Rose (pink) in 512MB and 1GB sizes for $299 and $349, respectively. It also comes in Flower Power and Light Rose/Peridot Zebra in 1GB sizes only for $529.