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Mac|Windows: iPod Updater 2004-10-20 released

iPod Updater 2004-10-20 includes iPod Photo Software 1.0 for use with iPod Photo. iPod Updater 2004-10-20 also contains the same iPod software included in iPod Updater 2004-08-06 for all other iPod models. Download and install the iPod Updater 2004-10-20 then connect your iPod, iPod Photo or iPod mini to your computer. The iPod Updater will automatically determine if an update is required.

DLO announces Jam Jacket for U2 iPod

picDigital Lifestyle Outfitters announced today that they are offering the SE Jam Jacket Pro-Black, a version of their silicone iPod case, to customers who wish to protect and enhance their new iPod U2 Special Edition from Apple. The Special Edition Jam Jacket Pro – Black is the only silicone case on the market to feature a micro-thin, built-in, transparent screen protector to eliminate scratching of the iPod’s display screen. The SE Jam Jacket Pro-Black also features a sturdy, completely removable, swivel belt clip system.The case is now available for preorder for $29.99.

Griffin announces iTrip Black for U2 iPod

picGriffin Technology today announced the iTrip Black FM Transmitter for the new iPod U2 Special Edition. Like the original white iTrip, the new iTrip-Black retains its most popular features like unlimited station frequencies and battery-free iPod mating design. The new model with its jet-black exterior and red LED light match the new iPod U2 Special Edition. Shipping in November, the new iTrip-Black costs $35 and is available for pre-order exclusively from Griffin Technology.

Apple announces iPod Socks

picThe first new item Apple CEO, Steve Jobs introduced to the audience attending the Apple|U2 Music Event was a “revolutionary” new product for the iPod. iPod Socks is a boxed collection of carrying cases for iPods. Each box includes six colors; green, blue, grey, orange, pink, and aqua. iPod Socks will be available in mid-November for $29.

Mac|Windows: iTunes 4.7 released

iTunes lets you create libraries of your favorite music which you can play on your computer or portable MP3 player. You can even burn your own custom CDs with the push of a button.

What’s New: iTunes has been updated to include support for moving photos to iPod photo, better handling of duplicate songs, and a mini player in the Windows task bar. In addition to the U.K, France, and Germany, the iTunes Music Store is now available in the following European countries: Austria, Belgium, Finland, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, and Spain. It now has Artist Alerts (notification when new material from your favorite artists is added to the store), and the ability to search for iMixes by title.

Mac|Windows: iPod Updater 2004-10-20 released

iPod Updater 2004-10-20 includes iPod Photo Software 1.0 for use with iPod Photo. iPod Updater 2004-10-20 also contains the same iPod software included in iPod Updater 2004-08-06 for all other iPod models. Download and install the iPod Updater 2004-10-20 then connect your iPod, iPod Photo or iPod mini to your computer. The iPod Updater will automatically determine if an update is required.

Apple launches EU iTunes Music Store

“Apple today launched a European Union version of its revolutionary iTunes Music Store, giving music fans in Austria, Belgium, Finland, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal and Spain the same innovative features and breakthrough price of €0.99 per song that have made iTunes the number one online music service in the world. With Apple’s legendary ease of use, pioneering features such as iMix playlist sharing, seamless integration with iPod and groundbreaking personal use rights, the iTunes Music Store is the best way for PC and Mac users to legally discover, purchase and download music online. Apple today also announced it will launch the iTunes Music Store in Canada in November.”

Apple debuts iPod Photo and U2 iPod

  • October 26, 2004
  • iPod

picThe iPod Photo (40GB, $499 and 60GB, $599) is Apple’s new top-of-class iPod hardware, holding up to 25,000 digital photos and featuring 15 hours of Music Playback or 5 hours of Slideshow playback. The same general physical size as current iPods but slightly thicker, and with a color screen, the iPod Photo now syncs with iTunes 4.7 (released today) for music and pictures, integrating with iPhoto, Adobe photo programs, and Windows’ My Pictures folder. It features a dock with Audio and Video out, a 1.4m AV cable, and a black carrying case. It ships today.

pic The U2 iPod, also called the iPod U2 Special Edition ($349) is a 20GB black and red iPod with the engraved signatures of U2’s band members Bono, Larry Mullen, Adam Clayton and The Edge on the back. Available in three weeks, the new iPod will not include U2 music as widely rumored, but will include a $50 voucher for purchase of a new Apple “Digital Box Set” called “The Complete U2” with over 400 U2 tracks, including all of U2’s albums and a collection of rare and unreleased tracks. The Complete U2 will sell for $149.

Apple to announce AAC+

Apple-X reports that “Apple director of QuickTime product marketing, Frank Casanova, will deliver a keynote speech at the Cellular Telephone and Internet Association (CTIA’s) Wireless IT and Entertainment 2004 [today] in San Francisco.” Casanova is expected to announce Apple’s support for a next-generation AAC encoding format with superior compression, ready for use on cellular networks.

Analyst: Photo iPod yes, Video no, Wireless no

  • October 26, 2004
  • iPod

MacMinute reports: “While Merrill Lynch analyst Steve Milunovich expects a U2-edition iPod, flash-based iPod and photo iPod, he does not think Apple will introduce a video player iPod or add wireless capability in the near future.” Milunovich, who spoke with key Apple executives, walked away with strong evidence that a photo iPod would include A/V output jacks for television viewing, but that video or wireless (Bluetooth/802.11G) functionality was unlikely based on practicality, power consumption and other issues.

iLounge reports live from Apple-U2 event

  • October 26, 2004
  • iPod

iLounge’s Dennis Lloyd is in attendance at today’s joint Apple/U2 press event at the California Theater in San Jose, California, and will be filing updates as the event takes place. We will be adding to this news story with live information and (as possible) photos from the event, which is widely anticipated to include the introduction of a limited edition U2 iPod and international expansion of the iTunes Music Store. Keep checking back with iLounge for text updates to this piece, and see the photos at the link below.

Update (9:53AM PST): MacMinute reports that the iTunes Music Store now includes the following countries:

Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, the UK, and USA.

Update 2: A number of additional photos have been added, including first photos of iPod Socks ($29) from Apple (colored cases) and the new iPod Photo Dock.

Speck Products releases 4G SkinTight Armband

  • October 25, 2004

picThe SkinTight Armband for 4th generation iPods features an adjustable armband with an attached clip to snap your iPod onto. The clip has a built-in feature for cable management. The Armband includes is a SkinTight Rubberized Skin case. The Armband is designed to work with the Skin on. The SkinTight Armband retails for $34.95.

MacSkinz releases limited artist series PodSkinz

picMacSkinz has released limited artist series PodSkinz. These were designed by accomplished, well known artists with a world-wide following. Each design is limited to 100 units. PodSkinz are also now available in all sizes for 3G and 4G iPods including the larger capacity models. PodSkins retail for $50 for a set of front and back panels.

Pyrim releases white Rock Docks and Micro Rock Dock

picPyrim Technologies has added a white Rock Dock to it’s lineup after initial market feedback. “Pyrim adds White Stone, a pure white stone-like material, to its Rock Dock materials option.  It also adds the Micro Rock to its line of Rock Dock products.  Like the other Rock Docks, the Micro is available in six stone finishes.  The Micro retails for $29.99.”

Merrill Lynch expects photo, flash iPods early 2005

  • October 25, 2004
  • iPod
Merrill Lynch says that Apple Computer will likely introduce two new offshoots of its popular iPod MP3 player by the first half of 2005. “We believe Apple could introduce a flash memory-based iPod in the first quarter of 2005,” it said, adding that a photo display iPod was also likely.

HP Tunes links iTunes to XP Media Center

“The latest Media Center PCs from HP come with a special iTunes-related feature built into Microsoft’s new Windows XP Media Center Edition software. The computer maker created the feature, called HP Tunes, to let users of its Media Center PCs play songs and playlists from iTunes within the Windows Media Center interface, the special Microsoft software designed to be controlled using a remote while sitting back in a chair or couch in the living room. [...]

Without the HP Tunes feature, Media Center PC users would need to exit the Windows Media Center interface and use the ordinary Windows desktop to access their iTunes music. That’s because Microsoft’s music software doesn’t play songs encoded in the AAC format that Apple uses.”

QuikMount in-car mount for iPod released

picQuikMount.com announced the QuikMount car solution for 3rd and 4th generation iPods with docks. QuikMount attaches without tools to an automobile’s dashboard or console. It uses the iPod’s dock with line out connectivity for the best possible sound. The patent-pending QuikMount is constructed of solid steel, and is available in white. A bracket, also made of steel, is required for console mounting. The bracket is available in black (so as to be less visible). QuikMount costs $54.95; the Bracket costs $12.95.

Happy 3rd Birthday iPod

  • October 23, 2004
  • iPod

Three years ago today, Apple’s CEO Steve Jobs introduced the iPod to the world at a media event on October 23, 2001. Many now call it the best digital music player in the world. The iPod wouldn’t be available for sale until November 10, 2001.

I remember watching the announcement via a live QuickTime broadcast on the Internet. Three years later it would become the number one digital player and a cultural icon. Who knew? That day changed my life forever, literally. I launched iLounge.com only two weeks after its announcement. And now, 3 years later, I sit here in my home office (iLounge HQ) writing to you about its 3rd birthday. Strange how things work out. Happy Birthday iPod.

JAVOEdge releases new 4G iPod cases

picJAVOEdge has released several new cases for the 4G iPod. The JAVOSkin for the 20GB 4G iPod is a silicone case with detachable belt clip that sells for $23.95. Also available is a JAVOSkin Bundle Pack which includes a detachable belt clip, screen protector, Click Wheel protector, and retractable earphones for $42.20. JAVOEdge also released two new leather cases for 4G iPods. The JAVO LeatherCase - Design 1 for 20/40GB 4G iPods is a sleeve case that comes with or without a belt loop for $28.95. The JAVO LeatherCase - Design 2 for 40GB iPod is an open face sleeve case that also comes with or without a belt clip for $28.95. Both Design 1 and Design 2 (with or without belt clips) cases are also available in a Bundle Pack which includes screen protector, Click Wheel protector, and retractable earphones for $44.69.

iTunes nominated for Billboard Digital Entertainment Awards

Apple’s iTunes and Steve Jobs have been nominated for several awards in the Billboard 2004 Digital Entertainment Awards. iTunes has been nominated for “Innovator of the Year” and it’s up against BitTorrent, Sony Eyetoy, and XM Radio. iTunes has also been nominated in the “Best Downloadable or Subscription Music Service” category with competitors Musicmatch on Demand, Napster, and Rhapsody by Real Networks. Apple has been nominated for “Brand of the Year” competing against EA Sports, Virgin Mobile and XM Satellite Radio. The “Visionary of the Year” category nominees are Steve Jobs - CEO, Apple/CEO, Pixar; Mark Cuban - Chairman, HDNet; Rob Glaser - Chairman & CEO, Real Networks and Will Wright - Game Designer (SimCity and The Sims). The awards will commence on November 5 in Los Angeles.

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