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RealNetworks kicks off “Freedom of Choice” campaign

picMacMinute.com reports “in a move aimed squarely at luring iTunes customers, RealNetworks today announced that it has slashed song pricing to 49 cents and album pricing to $4.99 for a limited time. The price cuts are part of the company’s new “Freedom of Choice” marketing campaign to tout its Harmony technology, which allows songs purchases from the RealNetworks Music Store to be played on Apple’s iPod. The high-profile print, radio, and online advertising campaign kicks off Tuesday with a full-page ad in The New York Times that reads: “Half the price of Apple. Welcome to freedom of choice.” The ads also show an illustration of an iPod made to look like an open padlock. In addition, RealNetworks has launched a very anti-Apple blog. “This community site will provide a forum where consumers can learn about compatibility issues and discuss the issues with other digital music fans,” the company says.”

Kubrick iKub holder for iPod released

picThe Japanese company responsible for making Kubrick figures has turned its attention to the iPod. The iKub is a robot which sits and holds your iPod, an alternative to other desktop stands and docks. You can most likely purchase the iKub soon through online retailers such as kidrobot.com.

Pre-order Etymotic 6i earphones with free shipping

EarphoneSolutions.com is accepting pre-orders for the new Etymotic 6i, to be released end of August, beginning of September. You can take advantage offree shipping and your credit card will not be charged until it’s ready to ship. The Etymotic 6i is the first in-ear earphones to be manufactured exclusively for the iPod, improving response where the iPod needs.

iPod mini giveaway

The Think Different Store is teaming with Pacific Rim Technologies to give away a silver iPod mini worth $250 USD. The purpose of the giveaway is to introduce Pacific Rim’s new line of iPod mini products.

To win the iPod mini just visit www.thinkdifferentstore.com/contest or www.pacrimtechnologies.com/contest where you will automatically be entered into the contest. Contestants receive an additional chance to win simply by purchasing any product from The Think Different Store or Pacific Rim Technologies.

iPod mini Burnout

“I don’t know about you, but I am sick and tired of hearing about the iPod mini. Mind you, I love the thing and I don’t even have one. I think that the mini was the perfect next step in the evolution of the iPod line of products. How brilliant of Jobs and Co to introduce colors! Just like they did for the glorious iMacs of the mid-90’s. Now my plain ol’ white iPod looks bland in comparison. I guess white was last year’s beige. But with all the hooplah, “Hot Gadget of the Year”, “Must-Have of the Summer”, “Savior of the Earbudless Ears”, I am afraid that the mini is getting overexposed…”

iPodResQ & LoadPod announce customer loyalty program

“ResQ Systems, LLC and LoadPod announced today that they have started a new customer loyalty program for iPodResQ and LoadPod customers.

LoadPod is a nationwide service offering iPod owners a fast and reliable method to convert their existing CD libraries to AAC format for use on their iPods. iPodResQ is the only service of its kind offering 24-hour turnaround on iPod repairs and battery replacements and nationwide, overnight pickup & delivery at the user’s location.”

Hacker cracks Apple’s wireless music streaming technology

“The Norwegian hacker famed for developing DVD encryption-cracking software has apparently struck again—this time breaking the locks on Apple Computer Inc.‘s wireless music streaming technology.

Jon Lech Johansen released on his Web site—defiantly named “So Sue Me”—a software key that helps to unlock the encryption Apple uses for its AirPort Express, a device that lets users broadcast digital music from Apple’s online iTunes Music Store on a stereo that’s not plugged into a computer.

Some security consultants say that with the key and another program he released, Johansen, also known as DVD Jon, has helped pave the way for other software applications other than Apple iTunes to work with AirPort Express.”

Mac/Windows: iPod Updater 2004-08-06 released

  • August 12, 2004
  • iPod

iPod Updater 2004-08-06 supports all models of iPod and iPod mini. This update includes the latest available software for each model of iPod or iPod mini.

Download and install the iPod Updater 2004-08-06 then connect your iPod or iPod mini to yor computer. The iPod Updater will automatically determine if an update is required.

Griffin announces RoadTrip 3-in-1 Transmitter, Charger and Cradle for docking iPods

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“Griffin Technology Inc, innovator of exciting accessories for the Apple iPod, today announced the Griffin RoadTrip, an all in one iPod charger, FM transmitter, and cradle in one compact unit. The Griffin RoadTrip allows you to play your iPod or iPod mini’s music through your car’s FM stereo, while simultaneously charging and positioning the unit for easy access. The RoadTrip also features a detachable Transmitter Module and cable that can broadcast users’ Mac or PC music to any FM stereo. The new Griffin RoadTrip retails for $79.99 and will begin shipping September 1. Customers can preorder a RoadTrip at http://www.griffintechnology.com now and soon at the Apple Store.”

Power Support launches U.S. site

Having previously developed noteworthy iPod accessories exclusively for Japanese consumers, Shibuya, Japan-based Power Support has officially opened a California-based store with an English-language product web site at Power Support USA. Additional details on Power Support’s offerings, including several impressive metal iPod stands and unique case designs, can be found at iLounge Backstage.

Meet the iPod’s Intel

  • August 11, 2004
  • iPod

“It isn’t a major surprise that the recent initial public offering filing of semiconductor company PortalPlayer got lost in the shuffle. [...]

But PortalPlayer, which filed for its IPO on Aug. 4, bears watching over the next few months. Here’s why.

PortalPlayer gets most of its business from a Taiwanese company called Inventec. And Inventec is the company that makes this little device that you may have heard—it’s called the iPod.”

iTrip mini for $32.99

iPod Xtras is currently offering several deals on selected iPod accessories. There are exo3 silicone cases for iPod at $6.50 and exoFLP’s at $15.00. The iTalk and iTrip mini are priced at $32.99.

Altec Lansing releases inMotion iMmini

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“Altec Lansing Technologies, Inc., the leader in the design and manufacture of Powered Audio products, today announced the debut of a portable audio system designed specifically for users of the iPod mini—the new iMmini. Featuring digital amplification, high quality neodymium micro drivers, and MaxxBass technology, iMmini—41% smaller than Altec Lansing’s flagship product, inMotion—is a complete speaker system. Altec Lansing’s inMotion iMmini portable audio system for the Apple iPod mini is priced at $129.95 (MSRP) and will be available in late summer at all Apple store locations as well as the Apple online store.”

Shure E2c earphones for $69.00

EarphoneSolutions.com is offering the Shure E2c earphones for $69 + shipping (around $6) in a Back to School promotion. Enter coupon code IPLOUNGE88 during checkout. Offer expires August 22nd. EarphoneSolutions.com coupon is an exclusive and private offer for iLounge. EarphoneSolutions.com is an Authorized Shure dealer and the earphones come with a full 2 Year Warranty replacement/repair by Shure and a 30 day money back guarantee.

Macromedia community news on your iPod

  • August 10, 2004
  • iPod
“Take-Away lets you read and listen to the latest Macromedia news on your iPod or other MP3 player. Simply download the MP3 files you are interested in, install them on your iPod or other MP3 player, and take the latest Macromedia community news with you wherever you go. Based on the Macromedia XML News Aggregator (MXNA), Take-Away allows you to keep up with the latest community news from virtually anywhere.”

Apple: iTunes Music Store at 1 million songs

“Apple today announced that the iTunes Music Store now has over one million songs available for download in the US, becoming the first and only online digital music service to offer consumers a million song catalog. The iTunes Music Store features music from all five major record labels and over 600 leading independent labels from around the world. With more than 100 million songs downloaded and more than 70 percent market share of legal downloads for singles and albums, the iTunes Music Store is the world’s number one online music service.

‘The iTunes Music Store offers the world’s most extensive collection of downloadable music with over one million tracks available,? said Eddy Cue, Apple’s vice president of Applications. “With more than one million songs, over 600 independent labels and dozens of innovative features, iTunes is the ultimate destination for discovering and downloading music.’ “

iPod mini sells out in Taiwan

“Music lovers and high-tech geeks yesterday sweated in the scorching sun to snap up their long-awaited iPod minis as Apple Computer Inc offered the first of the tiny music players available in this country—all 100 of them.

“All 100 units sold out in half an hour,” an Apple Taiwan public relations official said yesterday. “We are planning to ship more to Tai-wan, hopefully as soon as possible.”“

iTunes Music Store coming to Denmark

“When Apple unveils the Danish version of its successful online music shop, iTunes, this October, the company will already be bracing for stiff competition from IT giant Microsoft. Just a few days before the grand opening of iTunes, Microsoft will debut its own music download site, MSN Music.

Music industry insiders have long been aware that Microsoft was planning a rival online service, but Microsoft has kept the specifics tightly under wraps.”

Foofpods: A different kind of iPod case

picAustralian based company, Foofbags has released several handmade “Foofpod” iPod cases made from faux fur, tweed and colorful designs in Polar Fleece. Currently they only make Foofpods for 3rd generation iPods. Foofpods sell for $12 and includes shipping. There is limited stock available.

Future Sonics Ears model EM3 for $99

Future Sonics has announced the Live Listening, Listening Live Summer pricing promotion and is offering its Future Sonics model EM3 earphones for $99, regularly $159. No special coupons or order codes, prices are effective when ordering. Offer expires September 30, 2004.

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