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Vaja releases iVod mini case

picVaja has released the new iVod mini for the iPod mini. The mini case features padded, genuine Argentine leather, screen protector and access to the ‘HOLD’ switch, headphone/remote port, dock connector and click wheel. The standard iVod mini ($49.99) comes in black and will be available soon. The customized iVod starts at $69.90 and is available now for ordering. Custom iVod mini cases come in twenty-six colors, with or without belt clip, and can be personalized with your name or company logo.

OtterBox announces oPod - water resistant case for iPod

picOtterBox, makers of waterproof cases for PDAs has announced the oPod for 3rd generation iPods. The oPod case features an “interactive water resistant membrane,” access to the headphone port, buttons and touch wheel. There is no access to the “Hold” switch. We questioned OtterBox what could be accessed, and they replied with the following. “The case has full functionality to the keys [buttons and touch wheel] and the headphones can come out of the top of the case.  However, but as far as docking or access to the ‘HOLD’ switch, this case doesn’t have access to that through the case.  We do allow for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Generation [iPods] usage via different headphone inserts (and also the ability to use the remote) and foam spacers that accommodate the different iPod thicknesses.” OtterBox also noted that the case is “waterproof from the standpoint of rain, shower, etc, but we don’t recommend swimming or diving with it.” The oPod costs $49.95, comes in five colors, and pre-orders are now being accepted for an estimated ship date of June 15th. All pre-orders will be entered into a $20 iTunes Gift Certificate giveaway. OtterBox also plans on releasing an oPod for 1st and 2nd generation iPods.

MacSkinz releases iPodSkinz - faceplates for iPod

picMacSkinz has released iPodSkinz, a hard plastic faceplate for all iPods and coming soon to the iPod mini. iPodSkinz feature access holes for scroll/touch wheels, and come in twenty-one printed designs - ranging from faux fur, alien heads to camouflage. MacSkinz also plans on releasing backplates in matching designs. iPodSkinz cost $20 and are available now for shipping.

Editor’s note: MacSkinz has increased the price from $12.50 to $20 and have removed the $25 minimum order requirement.

i-magine UK offers iSkin mini for £18.99

i-magine has recently released the new iSkin mini cases at £18.99. They have also reduced their prices on many other products including the naviPod selling at £35, and the iTalk at £32. I-magine also says they offer the lowest postage and packaging throughout the UK and Europe.

iTunes wins Webby Awards

iTunes has won two out of the three nominated categories in this year’s Webby Awards for best ‘Commerce’ and ‘Music’ website. It lost to Google in the ‘Services’ category. Apple was also awarded for best ‘Music’ website as the People’s choice winner.

Rhino Skin announces iPod mini aluminum hardcase

picRhino Skin, makers of PDA hardcases, has released a new aluminum hardcase for the iPod mini. The anodized aluminum hardcase features cushioned neoprene interior, access to all function buttons, Rhinoclip removable post and belt clip system, and a Stuffbak Loss Protection Service label. The new case costs $34.95 and Rhino Skin is now accepting pre-orders for June delivery.

iPodX offers iSkin mini with free shipping

iPodX is running a limited time offer on the new iSkin mini which we’ve launched today. Our special launch price is just £18.99 (That’s £4 cheaper than our UK competitors!) what’s more, if they order an iSkin mini and enter “ilounge” in the “how you found us” field in the checkout we’ll throw in FREE UK delivery as well! This offer will run until the 31st May.

BTI iPod Battery now shipping

picBattery Technology, Inc. has announced the release of The iPod Battery. “The iPod Battery comes with interchangeable cradles for the 3rd generation iPod and iPod Mini and will provide up to 40 hours of music play-time or download time, regardles of the age or status of the original (internal) battery. The battery does NOT charge the internal iPod™ battery. The power will by-pass the internal battery and goes straight to the unit.” The iPod Battery is $99.95 including free shipping in US and Canada.

Refurbished 3G 10GB iPod for $199

The Apple Store online is offering factory refurbished 3rd generation 10GB iPods for $199 with free ground shipping. This model does not include the dock. Includes one year limited warranty.

Apple plans to add rare and out-of-print songs to iTMS

“ITunes, the leader of the digital music services pack, has a catalog of over 700,000 songs—but that’s not nearly enough for Apple. To maintain its lead, the company is on a hunt to find exclusive music, everything from out-of-print singles in music company vaults to songs that have never been pressed onto a CD and even recordings from the estates of deceased artists. [...]

And if anyone can get the labels to open the vaults, Jobs can, analysts said.

‘What Jobs is saying is, ‘We’d be happy to take all this content that is rotting away in warehouses and turn it into a new revenue source for you,’ said Barry Ritholtz, a market strategist with Maxim Group, a money-management firm. ‘It’s probably a bit much to say Jobs is saving the music industry, but he’s showing them the way into the digital age. They have been stumbling around drunk in the dark.’”

UK buyers find auctions to buy minis

“When Apple releases its “iPod mini” digital music player in international markets this summer, thousands of people in the U.K. will already have them.

Dozens of sellers in the U.S. are offering the diminutive devices for sale on the British eBay online auction site at a big markup on the $249 list price.

For years, European buyers have been breaking down traditional retail distribution channels by using online auction sites to buy small electronics goods for lower prices than available locally.”

iPod becomes a fashion icon, Fendi debuts $1,500 iPod bag

“Forget the $200 iPod bag from Gucci; it’s for cheapskates.

The ultimate iPod accessory is Fendi’s Juke Box, a $1,500 carrying case for transporting multiple iPods.

The bag, unveiled by the Italian fashion house at a catwalk show in Milan, is a rectangular gilded purse about the size of a bread bin. It is lined with multicolored cloth and incorporates a pocket for holding up to a dozen iPods

‘It’s a hot gadget right now, and these designers don’t want to miss the boat,’ said Janet Ozzard, executive editor of Style.com, the online home of Vogue and W.”

Lajo releases xrap iPod mini protector

#### has released the xrap, an ultra clear TPU iPodmini body wrap that will not only protect the body but also the screen and click wheel. Xrap sells for $6.50 plus $5 shipping to anywhere in the world.

iPod mini, more than just an audio player

“‘They are a point of differentiation for the individual and they’re almost a status symbol,’ said Tim Bajarin, an analyst at Creative Strategies. ‘Because of the colors and its small size, it really is an expression of personality.’

Phil Leigh, an analyst at Inside Digital Media, says: ‘Even though those white ear buds aren’t really that great, people want to wear them with an iPod so others know that they’re carrying an iPod’”

iTunes interface patent awarded to Apple

“Apple Computer has won a patent for the interface of its iTunes music software, underscoring the growing importance of the multimedia business for the company.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued Apple a patent for its media player software interface on May 4, along with several other features of the company’s high-profile products. Other parts of the iTunes software, including the ability to stream songs over a network to another copy of the program, had been the subject of earlier patents.”

JAVOScreen iPod mini screen protector released

JAVOedge has announced the JAVOScreen screen protector for the iPod Mini. JavoScreen is made of non-reflective material that is same as your original non-reflective LCD display. It does not create glare after applying. The JAVOScreen for mini costs $5.95 (or 3 for $15.17, save 15%), and includes a free Cleaning Cloth and Installation Card.

Windows: iPod Agent 0.6.0 beta released

Pod Agent is a Windows program for use with an Apple iPod. It allows you to easily do various tasks that have been relatively hard to do without buying some 3rd party software. iPod Agent currently does the following and more (see website):

  • Transfers songs from your iPod to your PC

  • Transfers Outlook mail to your iPod

  • Transfers Outlook appointments to your iPod

  • Transfers Outlook contacts to your iPod

  • Transfers Outlook tasks to your iPod

  • Transfers Outlook notes to your iPod

  • PlayFair is back, again

    “The PlayFair free software project is back online, with both the maintainer of the project and the hosting service willing to face a legal challenge from Apple.

    Apple last month shut down the free software project, which enables advanced audio coding (AAC) files downloaded from Apple iTunes to be played on platforms that Apple does not support. It does that by stripping the Digital Rights Management (DRM) mechanism from a song, provided the key for playing the song is available.

    The project has been renamed Hymn, according to Anand Babu, the maintainer of the project. It is being hosted on two sites (http://playfair.org/ and http://hymn-project.org) by a U.S. hosting service provider. Babu said last month that the project would be hosted outside the U.S.”

    Six week waiting list for iPod mini

    “The Apple of my wife’s eye is a pink iPod mini. Nothing else for Mother’s Day would do. I was elated at her request. No painful tours of snooty jewelry stores. Just a quick stop at the big box electronics store and a $249 charge. I figured it would be the easiest Mother’s Day ever. I figured wrong.

    Here’s what I learned about this business card-sized digital jukebox that stores up to 1,000 songs:

    If you want to be assaulted by a humiliating burst of laughter, go to Best Buy, Circuit City, CompUSA or even Apple Computer’s own stores and ask for an iPod mini. Tell them you want it in pink and insist that you need it now. [...]

    But you cannot buy one. You can only put your name on a six-week waiting list.”

    Editor’s note: MacBidouille is reporting that the Apple Store Soho in NY has a new stock of iPod minis. Also, our forums report Circuit City has silver minis in stock. Call your local iPod mini resellers (Circuit City, Target, Fry’s, Best Buy, Apple Stores, etc.) and see if they have stock, you might be surprised. You could always try eBay, but you’ll pay inflated prices.

    Delkin announces the USB Bridge - copy images from camera to iPod

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    “Delkin Devices Inc., maker of premium quality eFilm memory cards and other innovative products, announces a revolutionary new device that connects two USB devices together without a computer. The USB Bridge fits easily in the palm of ones hand, and enables users to copy files by attaching a digital camera directly to a variety of peripherals such as an iPod (and other MP3 players), USB Flash Thumb Drives, external hard drives, CD-R burners and memory card readers. It links your camera to a wide variety of USB mass storage devices without having to remove the memory card. The Bridge works with all the top camera brands including Canon, Fuji, Kodak, Nikon, Olympus and Sony. Delkin designed the Bridge for the traveling photographer who prefers the convenience of leaving their laptop at home but still needs a solution for storing and transferring files on the fly. The versatile USB Bridge is more than a helpful tool for photographers.”

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