News | iLounge

News

Browse News by Category:

Apple promotes iPod nano on MySpace

Apple has apparently made a deal with MySpace to promote its new second-generation iPod nano lineup on the large social networking site. Apple has created MySpace profile pages for the green nano, blue nano and pink nano, allowing members to add the nanos as “friends.” Each nano profile page features a music playlist, the nano TV commercial, a photo gallery, a free screensaver, desktop pictures, a MySpace site skin, and a link to buy the nanos at the online Apple Store. Each nano currently has over 4,000 friends. It appears Apple did not create pages for the black, silver or red nano.
[via TUAW]

Update: The profile pages appear to have been removed. No reason was given, though iLounge still believes the profile pages to be the work of Apple.

Update #2: The profile pages are back online.

Wired’s Kahney offers ‘Straight Dope on the iPod’s Birth’

To shed even more light on the birth of the iPod, Wired News writer and “Cult of iPod” author Leander Kahney has written an informative articled entitled the “Straight Dope on the iPod’s Birth.” In the article, Kahney provides all of the Apple executives’ individual roles in developing the device, as well as details on design and prototyping, original parts and components, the genesis of the scroll wheel, Apple’s licensing of the SoundJam software, and the origin of the iPod’s name—according to Kahney, the iPod name came from an earlier, cancelled Apple project to build an internet kiosk. On July 24, 2000, Apple registered the iPod name for “a public internet kiosk enclosure containing computer equipment,” according to the filing.

Mix: Tim Cook, Wikipod, Small Dog, File-sharing

The Wall Street Journal has an interesting profile of Tim Cook, Apple’s chief operating officer and the man seen as succeeding Apple CEO Steve Jobs. “The difference in personalities between Messrs. Cook and Jobs has helped foster a solid working relationship between the two, people familiar with them say. While Mr. Jobs is known to have a mercurial temper and a sharp tongue, Mr. Cook has the courtly demeanor of a Southern gentleman.”

Wikipod is a Perl script that loads a limited number of Wikipedia articles onto an iPod. “Wikipod starts from a Wikipedia page and traverses all the links it finds, downloading each page to the iPod,” explains the creator. “It will then traverse each link on the new pages, continuing this process until it finds no new links or has reached the size limit you specify.”

Analyst: Apple readying two iPhone models

Apple plans to introduce two cell phone models which the company could launch at Macworld Expo in January, according to a report by Prudential Equity Group analyst Jesse Tortora. The analyst said “recent checks” indicate that Apple will begin selling a slim, iPod-based phone and a more advanced smartphone model with added features. Tortora said at least one of the phones will include wireless connectivity, but that both will be manufactured first in small numbers. Tortora is the second analyst that recently said that Apple is readying a cell phone. In releated news, Apple has reportedly filed for a trademark on the term “iPhone.” The filing, made last month with a Far Eastern trademark office, describes the iPhone as “handheld and mobile digital electronic devices for the sending and receiving of telephone calls, faxes, electronic mail, and other digital data; MP3 and other digital format audio players.”

XtremeMac intros TuffWrap case 2G iPod nano

XtremeMac today announced a new version of its TuffWrap silicone case designed to fit the second-generation iPod nano. The $30 case features ridged sides for grip, as well as a built-in Click Wheel protector, removable screen protector, and a detachable belt clip. In addition, the TuffWrap comes with a special universal dock insert that accommodates the nano with the case on. “This practical add-on allows the nano to be inserted into a variety of speaker systems and other accessories without removing the case,” explains XtremeMac. The TuffWrap case will begin shipping on November 1st in several translucent and opaque colors.

Newsweek writer pens ‘The Perfect Thing’

To coincide with the iPod’s fifth birthday, Newsweek’s Steven Levy will release a new book this month about the iPod entitled “The Perfect Thing: How the iPod Shuffles Commerce, Culture, and Coolness.” According to the publisher’s description, the book aims to be “the definitive account, from design and marketing to startling impact, of Apple’s iPod, the signature device of our young century.” You can read an excerpt from the book here.

“Detailing for the first time the complete story of the creation of the iPod, Levy explains why Apple succeeded brilliantly with its version of the MP3 player when other companies didn’t get it right,” says the publisher. “Besides his inside view of Apple, Levy draws on his experiences covering Napster and attending Supreme Court arguments on copyright (as well as his own travels on the iPod’s click wheel) to address all of the fascinating issues—technical, legal, social, and musical—that the iPod raises.”

Apple to report Q4 earnings this week

Apple will report its fourth-quarter financial results on Wednesday after the markets close. Analysts surveyed by Thomson First Call are expecting earnings, on average, of 50 cents a share, up from 38 cents a share a year ago. Revenue for the quarter is expected to be $4.4 billion, up from $3.69 billion last year, on strong iPod and MacBook demand. Marketwatch notes that it will be the first Apple financial report since the company said that it will restate some past earnings because an internal probe found evidence of employee stock option grant irregularities.

Apple’s Steve Jobs discusses iPod, Zune, song pricing, more

In excerpts from a Newsweek interview with Steven Levy, Apple CEO Steve Jobs says he’s unconcerned that the iPod might lose its cool factor because it’s too popular. “That’s like saying you don’t want to kiss your lover’s lips because everyone has lips,” Jobs said. “It doesn’t make any sense. We don’t strive to appear cool. We just try to make the best products we can. And if they are cool, well, that’s great.”

Jobs also said he was not impressed by Microsoft’s Zune media player. “I’ve seen the demonstrations on the Internet about how you can find another person using a Zune and give them a song they can play three times. It takes forever,” Jobs said. “By the time you’ve gone through all that, the girl’s got up and left! You’re much better off to take one of your earbuds out and put it in her ear. Then you’re connected with about two feet of headphone cable.”

iPod nano (PRODUCT) RED in stores now

The just-announced special edition iPod nano (PRODUCT) RED is available now in Apple retail stores across the U.S. Apple’s latest nano is nearly identical to other models, save for the red aluminum enclosure and small “(PRODUCT) RED” engraving on the back. The packaging is also very similar to other nanos, but now comes with a (PRODUCT) RED information card. You can find photos in our updated review of the second-generation iPod nano here.

Mix: More RED, iPod tutorials, Sony Walkman, Music sales

In addition to the special edition red iPod nano, Gap, Motorola, Converse, and Giorgio Armani also rolled out red products to help benefit the (PRODUCT) RED initiative.

Apple has posted a number of new iPod video tutorials on its support website. The company has also created a podcast so folks can subscribe and get future updates.

Apple VP explains (PRODUCT) RED iPod and iTunes Gift Card

In an interview with iLounge this morning, Apple Vice President of Hardware Product Marketing Greg Joswiak answered several questions regarding the company’s decision to release the iPod nano (PRODUCT) RED Special Edition, and matching, specially designed iTunes Gift Card.

On why Apple became involved with (RED): According to Joswiak, the effort to create a Special Edition iPod for the cause was led “by both Bono and Bobby Shriver,” founders of (RED), who consider the fight against AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria in Africa a “very important cause.” Proceeds from sales of (RED) branded products go directly to The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, which focuses its investments in AIDS programs, especially for women and children. Bono has described AIDS as the “greatest health crisis in 600 years,” and has aided in efforts to convince several leading companies to sell special (PRODUCT) RED offerings.

On the gains to Apple and (RED) from the release of the new iPod nano: Joswiak noted that Apple’s and (RED)‘s goals are to create “sustaining revenue and increased awareness” through the (PRODUCT) RED Special Edition campaign, and Apple has “not set any end date” for the product. The company will produce as many Special Edition red nanos as consumers demand, with availability beginning today.

On additional Apple contributions to the (RED) effort: Joswiak noted that a (PRODUCT) RED iTunes Gift Card will be available in November. The card will be “designed to match the (PRODUCT) RED campaign,” and Apple will donate 10% of revenues from each gift card purchase to (PRODUCT) RED. It will be available in a $25 denomination.

The iPod nano (PRODUCT) RED Special Edition comes in packaging almost identical to the standard iPod nano box, save for its red print and PRODUCT (RED) Special Edition markings. As with other Special Edition iPods, etching on the nano’s back indicates its special status.

Apple unveils iPod nano (PRODUCT) RED Special Edition

As expected, Apple today announced the iPod nano (PRODUCT) RED Special Edition. The 4GB RED nano, which is available immediately, features a red aluminum enclosure and sells for $199. Apple will contribute $10 from the sale of each RED nano to the Global Fund to help fight HIV/AIDS in Africa as part of a partnership with the (PRODUCT) RED initiative created by U2’s Bono and Bobby Shriver. Apple said it will also offer a $25 iTunes (PRODUCT) RED gift card next month.

“We’re ecstatic that Apple is giving their customers the choice to buy a red iPod nano and help women and children affected by HIV/AIDS in Africa,” said Bono, co-founder of (RED). “It’s wonderful to see this incredible level of commitment from companies that are willing to lend their creativity in the fight against AIDS in Africa, the greatest health crisis in 600 years.”

“Now customers can buy the best music player in the world and do something to help the world at the same time,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “We’re honored to work with Bono, (RED) and this team to contribute to an incredibly important initiative and help change the way people think about AIDS in Africa.”

DLO debuts Care Kit for iPods

Digital Lifestyle Outfitters has announced its Care Kit for iPod, a surface restoration and daily cleaning product for iPods. The $30 kit includes three cleaning solutions with separate cloths for heavy scratch removal, fine scratch removal, and daily cleaning. “The DLO Care Kit brings back that like-new look to your iPod,” says DLO. “The full 3-step process can restore a heavily-worn or lightly scratched iPod or iPod nano to its previous glory.”

‘RED’ iPod nano being announced tomorrow [updated, confirmed]

U2’s Bono will reportedly announce a special edition red iPod during tomorrow’s Oprah Winfrey Show as part of the Product RED initiative aimed at battling AIDS. According to two separate reports by Apple enthusiast sites, the show was taped earlier today in Chicago and featured Bono and a 4GB “iPod nano RED.” The special nano will reportedly be priced at the same $199, with $10 of each sale going to the Global Fund to support AIDS programs in Africa.

Oprah’s website currently has the following teaser posted: “Get ‘red’-y! It’s something so huge, it took Oprah, Bono and a convertible to make it happen! Plus, Penelope Cruz and Kanye West are in on it! An extraordinary launch! Chicago goes ‘red’ today and this is just the beginning!” Rumors of a Product RED iPod first surfaced in February. Companies including American Express, Converse, Gap and Armani have all released specially-designed red products as part of the project.

Update: The Chicago Tribune is now reporting that it has confirmed with both Apple and The Global Fund to Fight AIDS that a Product RED iPod will be introduced tomorrow.

Update #2: The Chicago Tribune is now hosting a photo of Bono and Oprah listening to the Product RED iPods at the Chicago Apple Store.

Marware intros Sportsuit Sprinter for 2G iPod nano

Marware has announced the Sportsuit Sprinter, the latest addition to its second-generation iPod nano case line. Designed for runners and active walkers, the Sportsuit Sprinter ($25) features an adjustable hand strap with an adjustable Velcro closure and 2mm neoprene outer construction. The case has a soft lined interior and play-through vinyl screen and Click Wheel protection. The case also features Marware’s signature Multidapt interchangeable clip system.

Analyst: Q4 iPod numbers to be below Street consensus

According to Piper Jaffray’s Gene Munster, iPod units will likely come in shy of Wall Street’s 8.6 million expectation when Apple releases its fourth quarter results next week. Citing sales data from NPD, the analyst now believes Apple will ship 8.2 million iPods during the quarter. “We have analyzed the first two months of NPD data (July & August) for the September quarter and found that it suggests iPod units of around 7.4 million. When the third month of data is released, our analysis will likely lead to a different iPod unit figure than what our analysis suggests based on the first two months of data, given data for the month of September will include data related to the new iPods that are now shipping. Given the new iPods that were just recently announced, we believe iPod units will end the quarter closer to Street expectations, but still shy of 8.6 million.”

Kid-friendly Tadpole iPod case announced

iFrogz today announced the Tadpole, a new fifth-generation iPod case made specifically for children ages one and up. Available in multiple colors, the silicone cases features two large handles to help children maintain a solid grip. “iFrogz’s new Tadpole case for kids is a dream come true for busy parents who want a way to keep their child entertained during trips to the grocery store, doctor’s office, post office, etc. and on longer trips too,” says the company. The Tadpole case will begin shipping in early December for $25.

Mix: Zune, iHeist, McDonald’s, Steve Jobs

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer expressed to BusinessWeek that he wished Apple hadn’t dropped the price of the 30GB iPod before his company released its Zune Media Player. “Apple put the hammer down there, dropped the price down to $249. If they had been $299, it would have been nicer,” Ballmer said. “They have the advantage of scale. So we’re at $249, too. We don’t make a lot of money, not to start out.”

Three New Yorkers allegedly stole more than $7,000 in iPods from a Target store in Utah and had plans to do the same in other stores, according to police. “Surveillance tape from the Target store in Riverdale showed one of the suspects stuff 39 iPods down an oversized pair of pants and walked out of the store undetected… police also found a map of every Target store in Utah and Nevada tucked inside the seat of the suspect’s car.”

iRide glove box organizer for iPod introduced

TEN Technology has introduced the iRide, a new product that combines an iPod dock with a raised glove box organizer. Designed for cars with direct-connect iPod integration kits (OEM or aftermarket), the iRide ($79) features a dock that works with all Dock Connector iPods which can be mounted onto an included glove box organizer from Auto Organizers. “The iRide will keep your iPod safe and secure in your glove box, and let you connect up with just one hand,” says TEN. “The iRide can be permanently mounted onto the Glove Box Organizer shelf to keep your iPod protected from damage and vibration, and hidden from view while connected to you car’s stereo system. Slip in the particular insert for your iPod model and your iPod can ride in style.”

Contour debuts iSee nano V2 case

Contour Design has introduced the iSee nano V2, a new hard case for Apple’s second-generation iPod nano. The crystal clear case offers all-around protection and features a play-through Click Wheel cover, a removable, multi-position stainless steel belt clip, and Dock Connector/headphone jack plugs. Contour said the iSee nano V2 will be available the first week of November for $20.

Sign up for the iLounge Weekly Newsletter

iLounge is an independent resource for all things iPod, iPhone, iPad, and beyond.
iPod, iPhone, iPad, iTunes, Apple TV, Mac, and the Apple logo are trademarks of Apple Inc.
iLounge is © 2001 - 2018 iLounge, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Terms of Use | Privacy Policy

/* * * APPLE AFFILIATE LINK MAKER * * */