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Fastmac announces “Just Say No To Crack” iPod LCD Rehab Program

Fastmac today announced its new “Just Say No To Crack” iPod rehab program featuring same day LCD replacements for iPod 5Gs & nanos. The new program offers repair and replacement of scratched or cracked iPod LCD screens, either as a Do It Yourself (DIY) kit with tools & instructional videos, or via a same day mail order service provided by Fastmac directly. According to Fastmac, the program uses only Apple original parts to guarantee quality, fit and compatibility, and is available now with special introductory pricing that starts at $39.95. Each screen carries a 1-year warranty and a 30-day money back guarantee.

XtremeMac introduces AirPlay Boost nano, 5G FM transmitters

XtremeMac today announced AirPlay Boost ($69.95), a series of two FM transmitters for the fifth-generation iPod and second-generation iPod nano, each available in two colors - silver or black for the iPod nano, or white or black for the full-sized iPod. Unlike most other FM transmitters for the iPod, Boost features an external antenna that “boosts signal for superior transmission,” as well as more common features such as iPod on-screen tuning, stereo and mono broadcasting features, a pass-through Dock Connector port for charging purposes, and three presets. It claims to let “you use the entire permissible FM range,” and will begin shipping on November 20th.

Apple adds 8GB nano to (PRODUCT) RED list

Following up on last month’s release of the four-Gigabyte iPod nano (PRODUCT) RED Special Edition - the first red iPod, and first iPod with a charitable purpose - Apple Computer today announced the immediate availability of an eight-Gigabyte RED iPod nano for $249. “Customer response to the iPod nano (PRODUCT) RED Special Edition has been off the charts,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s vice president of Worldwide iPod Product Marketing. “We’re thrilled to add a second model with 8GB of capacity, enough for 2,000 songs, so customers have yet another choice in supporting this important cause.”

Identical to the prior version except for storage capacity, the new nano brings the number of 8GB color options to two - black or red - and still contributes a total of $10 from the purchase price to the Global Fund to fight AIDS in Africa. The 8GB iPod nano (PRODUCT) Red is available from the online Apple Store today, and will be in retail Apple Stores this weekend.

iFixit posts iPod shuffle 2G disassembly photos

Repair shop iFixit has posted disassembly photographs of the second-generation iPod shuffle, along with notes on the unit’s various components. Though the shop doesn’t detail specifications for any of the electronic parts, the photographs show a Lithium-Ion polymer battery, an ARM processor with an Apple logo, a memory chip, and a small chip marked “AAC.” Photos and additional details are available here. (via Gizmodo)

V-Moda unveils Vibe earphones

V-Moda today announced its Vibe noise-isolating earphones. Machined from alloy metal, the in-canal earphones “provide a precise balance of rich bass, warm mids and unprecedented clarity.” The Vibe earphones ($100) are available in Gunmetal Black or FlashBlack Chrome and come with a cable manager and a leather travel pouch. “The luxurious, unprecedented all-metal design of Vibe puts the earphones on par with high fashion jewelry, while the lightweight micro-size and ultra-soft silicon fittings provide a secure, comfortable fit during the most rigorous activities,” says V-Moda. See iLounge’s First Look for hands-on photos of the Vibe earphones.

SwitchEasy offers RunAway holder for Nike+iPod Sport Kit

SwitchEasy Limited has announced the RunAway AnyShoe Adapter for the Nike+iPod Sport Kit. Made of splash-proof polycarbonate/ABS plastic, the RunAway is a protective holder that allows runners to use the Sport Kit sensor with shoes other than compatible Nike+ models. The RunAway ($8) features a “twist and lock” attachment mechanism and is available in white, black, red, orange, blue, or pink. A color lens pack ($4) with three translucent lens caps in red, orange, and yellow will be available later this month.

Etymotic to unveil Ety8 wireless earphones

Etymotic has unveiled a new set of iPod-compatible wireless earphones. As noted in the iLounge 2007 iPod Buyers’ Guide, the Etymotic Ety8 earphones “combine the styling of the ER-4 series in-canal earbuds with two lightweight boxes containing wireless Bluetooth components and a 6-9 hour battery.” The iPod connection is handled through a bottom-mounting transmitter. Several silicone rubber and foam ear flanges are included, as are extra filters, a cleaning tool, and a leather carrying case. The Etymotic Ety8 earphones are expected to be available in late December for $299 with an iPod adapter or $199 without. Be sure to check out our 2007 iPod Buyers’ Guide for more unreleased iPod gear.

iPodMods to offer clear replacement cases for iPods

iPodMods plans to introduce a new line of clear replacement cases for iPods. As first shown in the iLounge 2007 iPod Buyers’ Guide today, the iVue Crystal Cases replace the iPod’s original front casing with a clear version that reveals the internal components and circuitry. Clear shells will be available for fourth- and fifth-generation iPods and iPod nanos within the next two months, with iPod mini shells expected at a later date. Multiple translucent colors will also be available. iPodMods said it will charge $30 with free installation for the replacement shells. For further info on this product and a plethora of other new iPod accessories, be sure to check out our 2007 iPod Buyers’ Guide.

Podstar case for 2G iPod nano introduced

Boomwave Products has announced a new version of its devil-themed Podstar case for Apple’s second-generation iPod nano. Called the Podstar Diablo Spectrum, the silicone case is available in six different colors and offer “a healthy dose of attitude, personality and quirky style,” according to the company. Each Podstar case includes a sterling silver earring, removable colored click wheel protector, screen protector, neck strap and an individual Podstar ID. The Podstar Diablo Spectrum is available now for $20.


Report: Cingular to launch music service sans Apple

In a move that would no doubt signal the end of its partnership with Apple, Cingular has reportedly teamed up with iTunes rivals Napster, Yahoo Music and eMusic to launch a new music service. The service, which could be announced as early as tomorrow, will work on music-playing cell phones and will eventually offer wireless downloads, according to The Wall Street Journal. “Cingular’s service initially will support transferring music from personal computers to cellphones using a cable. In a first for music-enabled cellphones, users will be able to transfer music acquired from ‘all you can eat’ subscription services like Napster to Go, Yahoo’s Y Music Unlimited or eMusic,” reports the Journal. “They will also be able to transfer songs ripped from CDs or downloaded in the MP3 and Windows Media formats. Next year, Cingular is scheduled to add an over-the-air downloading component that will feature a menu for compatible telephone handsets that takes users to a virtual store, similar to the ones customers already use to buy ringtones.”

New iPod shuffle arrives; old earphones, weak clip? (Updated)

Updated: See our higher-resolution iPod shuffle (Second-Generation) unpacking gallery here, and freshly updated First Look here.

iLounge readers have started to report the arrival of their second-generation iPod shuffles, and have noted two semi-surprises so far: unlike the iPod shuffles that were demonstrated at Apple’s “It’s Showtime” press event in September, actually shipping models are packaged with Apple’s older, less comfortable earphones rather than the newer, better ones found in current iPod and iPod nano boxes. Official Apple images of the new shuffle published since the event have included the older earbuds, confusing numerous attendees who tried the shuffle along with the improved earbuds. One reader has also reported that the integrated clip is “very weak,” and “won’t hang from a shirt while running,” suggesting that even if the iPod can be attached to clothes for casual use, additional athletic accessories will most likely be needed to render the shuffle safe for active users to wear. Expect additional details as the day progresses, including updates to our extended First Look at the new shuffle.

Apple launches iTunes Latino

Apple today announced the launch of iTunes Latino, a new area within the U.S. iTunes Store featuring top Latin music, music videos, television shows, audiobooks and podcasts. Apple said iTunes Latino offers “hundreds of thousands” of Latin and international music tracks, including a number of exclusive tracks and albums. Genres include Regional Mexicano, Rock Alternativo, Baladas y Boleros, Pop Latino, Reggaeton and Hip-Hop.

As part of the launch of iTunes Latino, Apple announced that Telemundo and mun2 are now offering popular Spanish-language and bilingual television programming on the iTunes Store. The new content includes Telemundo’s “Pasion de Gavilanes,” “El Cuerpo del Deseo” and “Decisiones.” mun2, the popular Latino youth network, is currently offering reality content such as “mun2: The Immigration Special.” The shows sell for $1.99 each.

iLounge debuts The 2007 iPod Buyers’ Guide

imageThe 2007 iPod Buyers’ Guide is here! Weighing in at 180 pages, the world’s most popular iPod and accessory buyers’ guide has returned for its third year, bigger and better than ever!

Want the full scoop on what’s inside? Here’s the official page, and here’s the short version: More than 20 exclusive accessory debuts. Our Best of the Year accessory awards. All the help you’ll need to pick the best new iPod for the holidays. Amazing photographs in our iPod Home pictorial feature and iPod Colors contest gallery. And much, much more.

Download Print Version Single page, best for printing (21.8 MB ZIP)
Download Wide Version Double page, best for monitors (21.7 MB ZIP)

Download it now - it’s 100% free and in PDF format. Enjoy!

Apple releases iTunes 7.0.2 update

Apple today posted iTunes version 7.0.2. According to the brief release notes, the update adds support for the second-generation iPod shuffle, which will hit stores this Friday, and also “addresses a variety of stability and performance issues found in iTunes 7 and 7.0.1.” No further information was provided.

XtremeMac announces TuffWrap Accent for 2G iPod nano

XtremeMac today announced the TuffWrap Accent case for second-generation iPod nanos. The silicone case is offered in two color combinations—translucent/white and black/gray—and features ridged side grips, a removable play-through click wheel protector, and clear plastic screen guard. The TuffWrap Accent also comes with a detachable belt clip that rotates. locks and secures excess earbud cord, as well as a special Universal Dock Well insert that accommodates the nano with the case on.

Difusi announces Exotica iPod cases

Difusi has introduced a new line of luxury iPod cases called Exotica. The new cases, designed for fifth-generation iPods and iPod nanos, feature genuine Ostrich, Snake, Italian Patent and Alligator leather exteriors with interior patent leather and black lambskin shearling leather. “The new case line represents our desire to move beyond traditional cases offered by what seems like a thousand different vendors, by creating truly unique, one of a kind, luxurious line of cases for technology oriented devices,” says Difusi. The cases range in price from $130 to $330.

Sonnet updates iFreq FM transmitter for 2G iPod nano

Sonnet Technologies has announced that its iFreq in-vehicle FM transmitter/charger has been redesigned to fit the second-generation iPod nano. Sonnet said the iFreq’s nano cradle has been redesigned to fit both 1G and 2G nanos, and that the iFreq still functions uncradled with all dockable iPods. The iFreq, priced at $80, plugs directly into a car lighter jack and features a line-out signal to “obtain a clean, consistent sound level, and uses quality discrete components to provide a high signal-to-noise ratio, excellent stereo separation and extended frequency response.”

New iPod shuffle available worldwide this Friday

Apple today announced that its new second-generation iPod shuffle will be available in Apple retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers this Friday, November 3rd. Announced at Apple’s “Showtime” event last month, the new shuffle is nearly half the size of the original model, weighs half an ounce and features an all-new aluminum design with a built-in clip. The new shuffle, which Apple calls “the world’s smallest digital music player,” offers 1GB of storage, which holds up to 240 songs, and is priced at $79. We reported yesterday that pre-orders for the shuffle began shipping over the weekend.

Important: Buyers’ Guide Contest Entrants, Please Read

If you have submitted a contest entry to the iLounge Buyers’ Guide iPod Colors Contest, please read this notice and follow the directions carefully.

We received an incredible number of outstanding entries to this contest, but a number of entrants did not attach their e-mail addresses or names to their entries. iLounge’s editors have selected winners, however, we need to match names and e-mail addresses to the submitted photos.

As per the contest rules, please submit your high-resolution (1600x1200) images right away to [email protected] with your name and e-mail address attached. If your high-resolution image has not been received by 5:00PM PT tomorrow, October 31, 2006, you will be ineligible to win the grand or second-place prizes. Thank you!

Nicktoons Network offers new animated content on iTunes

Nicktoons Network, Nickelodeon’s 24-hour animation network, has announced a new line-up of content on the iTunes Store. Nicktoons Network programming includes four episodes of Skyland, a new animated adventure series, which will be available on iTunes prior to the show’s network debut on November 18th. The network is also offering 28 compilations of approximately 180 short films from The Nicktoons Network Animation Festival, “the world’s only multiplatform animation festival which showcases the diversity of independent cartoon filmmaking by animators from around the globe.”

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