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ZDNet UK: Microsoft CTO lauds BlackBerry, iPod

  • November 14, 2003
  • iPod,

“Microsoft’s chief technology officer this week eulogised over the Blackberry email device and Apple iPod in front of an audience of IT directors and developers. In addition to owning a Blackberry and loving the iPod, David Vaskevitch said he always carries a digital camera, but he

Apple offers iPod Battery Service for $99

  • November 14, 2003
  • iPod,

Apple is now offering a Battery Replacement program that includes iPods over a year old. “Battery Service: $99.00 USD: labor, parts, and a 90-day guarantee on materials and workmanship, plus $6.95 shipping. $105.95 USD total.” This service is not yet available for Europe. Check this FAQ for more information on cheaper battery replacement alternatives.

Apple Launches iPodRocks.com

  • November 14, 2003
  • iPod,

Apple has launched a special holiday shopping site for iPod featuring several animations of the iPod, and sections include What’s an iPod?, How does it work?, Convince your parents and Where to buy. The Convince your parents section is particulalry humorus as Apple lists several ways for you to ask your parents for an iPod; Ask nicely, Stake your grades on it, Do a good deed and Subliminal advertising.

iPod TV Spot 3

  • November 14, 2003
  • iPod,

A new iPod commercial featuring ‘Rock Star’ by N.E.R.D was aired tonight on primetime NBC, and is the third iPod commercial featuring silhouetted people dancing against colored backgrounds. This one also mentions ‘Now for Windows’ and ends with iTunes.com.

iPod discount for Federal Employees

  • November 14, 2003
  • Deals,

If you are a Federal Employee, you can purchase an iPod for personal use (click on ‘How To Buy’). Certain restrictions apply, so read the fine print.  The discount is the same amount as the Educational discounts (which is found at www.apple.com/education). The 10GB iPod is $269, 20GB $359 and the 40GB is $449.

Speck Products iPod Accessories Now at CompUSA and Best Buy/Future Shop

Today Speck, Products announces that the iPod Skin and FlipStand cases will be available at CompUSA, Best Buy/Future Shop Canada stores, while CompUSA will also stock the iSport exercise waist pack. In addition, Speck Products has signed a national distribution agreement with Navarre Corporation, a leading distributed of consumer technology products.

Belkin Media Reader for $87

  • November 13, 2003
  • Deals,

Buy.com is offering preorders for the Belkin Media Reader at $86.73. The Media Reader allows 3rd generation iPods to download and store digital photos using CompactFlash I/II, SmartMedia, SecureDigital and Memory Stick media.

Disturbing Engravings Part Deux

  • November 13, 2003
  • Humor,

Our friends at iPodLaughs.com have posted more disturbings engravings in Disturbing Engravings Part Duex. “Ever since we ran a set of disturbing engravings it seems that more people have been sending in their twisted/humorous engravings for us to catch for the purpose of creating a new set.”

Custom iPod Mount

  • November 13, 2003
  • iPod,

New custom iPod mount installed, no adhesive, no holes drilled into the dash, no unsecure clips! I had it painted to match my car. Enjoy the pics! Thousands of songs no longer just in my pocket, but in my car also! iLove my iPod!

MacCentral: MyTunes Exploits ITunes Playlist Sharing

“Now that Apple is offering ITunes software and access to its music store to Windows users, the company has an opportunity to significantly increase its market share in the area of downloadable music. But the company also has to contend with applications like the recently released MyTunes, which allows Windows users to circumvent the intended use of the software by downloading music from an ITunes shared playlist over a network.

Bill Zeller, a 20-year-old Trinity College student, wrote and released MyTunes just ten days after the official release of ITunes for Windows. His Web site claims that the application is intended to enable users ‘to save music from other computers to your hard drive.’”

MacMinute: Order an iPod through UK Virgin Megastores

  • November 12, 2003
  • iPod,

MacMinute reports that “Apple said Wednesday that the iPod is now available to order through all 165 Virgin Megastore and Virgin Xpress retail locations in the UK. “We’re thrilled to be working with Virgin Retail to bring the iPod to even more customers,” said Mark Rogers, Apple’s sales director and general manager for the UK and Ireland.”

Wired: ITunes Undermines Social Security

“As if it weren’t hard enough to be cool already, Apple Computer has introduced a new way for people to ruin their social standing.

Thanks to the ability of Apple’s iTunes to share music collections over local networks, it is now possible to judge someone’s taste in music—or lack of it—in a way that previously required a certain level of intimacy.”

Give your iPod that brushed steel look

iLounger Adam Podnar has done the unthinkable to his iPod… he has taken a household scouring sponge (pad) and rubbed the polished metal of his iPod until it became ‘brushed steel.’ Why did he do this? “So, you don’t like the sweaty hand on the back of an expensive MP3 player look? I don’t either. Brush the back of the iPod to make it look better I hear you say? Indeed.”

Belkin iPod Voice Recorder for $34

  • November 12, 2003
  • Deals,

Dealmac: Buy.com offers the Belkin iPod Voice Recorder for $34.12, as a reader found. That’s the lowest price we’ve seen by $14. Add around $5 for shipping. The iPod Voice Recorder is a microphone/speaker combo that adds audio recording functionality to the iPod.

BillBoard: Digital tracks pose new problem for Billboard’s industry charts

“Rising sales of digital tracks through such services as iTunes Music Store and Napster are raising questions about how such transactions should be measured on the Billboard charts. [...]

‘The consumer’s rapid and enthusiastic acceptance of iTunes and other download services gives great meaning to that data,” says Geoff Mayfield, Billboard director of charts. “We will need to factor those transactions into The Billboard Hot 100 . . . .’”

Apple: Extreme Sports High School Tour

  • November 11, 2003
  • Apple,

“Sponsored by action sports event coordinator ASA, a tour reaching 35 public high schools in seven major metropolitan areas provides students action-packed entertainment from extreme sports professionals and an anti-tobacco message in partnership with the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.

On the sidelines of assemblies, students can see, hear and test drive iPods. In awe of how much music the iPods can store and how cool they are to use, many students are adding iPods to their wish lists.”

Forbes: Toshiba to double 1.8-inch HDD output in March

  • November 11, 2003
  • iPod,
“Toshiba does not disclose the names of its 1.8-inch HDD customers, but the rise in output is expected in part to fill demand from Apple Computer Inc. for its iPod digital music player.”

Javoedge Announces JavoScreen Protector for iPods

Javoedge, makers of PDA accessories has released the JavoScreen protector for all model iPods. The JavoScreen features a non-adhesive, non-reflective, scratch-proof material which keeps your screen clean for $5.95, and includes a free cleaning cloth and instruction card.

Editor’s note: After emailing Javoedge, they informed us that the $10.95 price was a mistake. The price is $5.95 instead, and Javoedge “is deeply sorry for all of the inconvenience caused.”

Popular Science includes iTunes Music Store in “Best of What’s New”

Popular Science has included the iTunes Music Store in the Computing section of their annual “Best of What’s New” issue (December 2003), along with the Power Mac G5. Popular Science does not provide “rankings” within the category, although the Grand Prize winner in the Computing category was 802.11g, which Apple was first to commercially adopt.

The Music Industry: History Repeats Itself

Writer and blogger Tristan Louis has an interesting overview of the four stages of panic in the music industry: Ignorance, Panic, Protection and Litigation, and Quiet Acceptance. Some interesting food for thought.

“The recent fights of the music industry remind me a lot about the early days of the personal computer industry. While I was still a kid then, it seems the software industry went through a similar experience in terms of trying to figure out how to deal with piracy. In this entry, I examine what I consider to be the four stages of dealing with piracy of digital assets.

I believe that any industry that is seeing a move of their intellectual assets to a digital medium will go through four basic stages: ignorance, panic, protection and litigation, quiet acceptance. This was the case with software in the 80s and 90s, is currently the case with music, and will soon be the case with movies. I suspect that other industries like the professional photography market are facing similar issues currently or have in the past.”

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