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New iPod commercial airs on TV

picApple has begun airing a new iPod+iTunes commercial titled, “Wild Postings” on TV this evening. The ad features a young guy walking out of an apartment building listening to his iPod, then walking past a wall of animated posters featuring the now famous black silhouettes. The song in the new commercial is “Ride” by The Vines. Apple has posted the QuickTime version for online viewing.

Lavender iPod mini?

An eBay auction has turned up a lavender iPod mini. We don’t know what to make of this, but we are checking with the auctioner for more proof. The ‘Buy It Now’ price has been set at a whopping $575. Buyer beware.

“DO YOU LIKE THE UNUSUAL? Then this mini iPod is for you. I ordered a pink iPod for my daughter and waited a month for it to come. When it finally came it was in a box that showed pink, but when we opened it, it was lavender! I spoke to the company and they say they don’t even make lavender and it was a mistake with the dielot. Personally I love the lavender but my daughter wants the pink one, so this one is up for auction. The company couldn’t believe it and says it will probably become a collectible. It is totally BRAND NEW & perfect, we opened the box and took the picture, it hasn’t been used.”

iTunes prices should be lower, labels “don’t get it”

“But some popular albums are inexplicably higher. Buying all 14 tracks on Jessica Simpson’s “In the Skin” on iTunes cost 13.86. The physical album, including a bonus DVD with scenes from her wedding, is $13.39 from Amazon. Sheryl Crow is perhaps the artist who has most aggressively promoting legal downloading.  Her 2003 greatest hits album has a song missing on iTunes; buying the 16 others will cost you $15.84. The physical CD with all 17 songs cost $9.99 on Amazon.

This is crazy. Online prices should always be much lower than physical CDs. The economics of downloading favor high volume. CDs have to be pressed, warehoused and shipped, but in the online world, you transmit a file to the vendor and just collect money. When a super popular artist like Norah Jones emerges, forget about convincing a hundred thousand people to download it at $13-get a million people to make the mouse-buy for five bucks. It’s nice to sell 100,000 Norah Jones albums online at $13, but even better to sell 2 million at five bucks a pop.”

XtremeMac May Music Giveaway

XtremeMac has announced they will be giving away a $100 iTunes Gift Certificate in their May Music Giveaway. Place an order with XtremeMac and you are automatically entered into the giveaway. Contest ends May 31.

Mac: Dot-Tunes 1.0b9 released

DOT-TUNES allows you to share any of your iTunes music tracks with others. Simply launch DOT-TUNES, select the music you’d like to share, and listen to those tracks using any web browser. DOT-TUNES was conceived by a group of professional musicians who use their iPods for transporting their own copyright music and recordings and who wanted to be able to easily demonstrate their work to clients and to share ‘works in progress’ and other original compositions with others. Beta testers needed!

Mac: Dot-Pod 1.0b9 released - iPod web server

Let the world enjoy your iPod as much as you do. Share your iPod tracks with everyone in your home or office. Share your iPod tracks with the world via any web browser. Only with DOT-POD - the ultimate iPod web server.

Target.com: 10% off $100, includes iPods

Dealmac: Target.com takes 10% off a purchase of $100 or more with coupon code “TDWELCME2222”. This offer includes iPods. After discount, the iPod 15GB costs $269.99 with free shipping. The iPod 20GB costs $359.99. The iPod 40GB costs $449.99. Sales tax is extra for all; shipping is extra for the 20GB and 40GB models. (To find each, search for “ipod” plus the size.) Coupon ends June 30, 2004.

Not Good: Jobs Changes The iTunes Rules

“I don’t know about you but when I invest in a certain type of media I don’t expect the rules to be randomly changed on me. While AppleÕs recent change to the Digital Rights Management (DRM) agreement may seem benign the changes, by the their very existence, are a dangerous precedent.”

Mac: iPod Freedom 1.0b1.1

iPod Freedom is a tool for previewing and copying sound files from your iPod or any other music player that mounts like a hard drive. Built with Runtime Revolution.

You can still redeem your Pepsi/iTunes code

Although the redemption deadline for the Pepsi/iTunes song giveaway has officially expired as of Friday, April 30, the “Redeem Song” page is still available via iTunes. For those still hanging on to winning codes redeem them quickly, before it’s too late.

iPod 15GB for $230

CompUSA is offering the iPod 15GB for $229.88, for pick-up at a retail store only.

Small music stores hard hit by music downloads

“The popularity of digital music players, legal and illegal music downloads on the Internet and the practice of making burn-your-own CDs have helped push 1,000 record stores out of of business in the past two years, according to the Recording Industry Association of America in Washington D.C., a trade group for biggest record labels. [...]

Others say piracy is only one factor in the decline of music sales. Growing competition from large national retailers and digital music sites such as Apple Computer Inc.’s iTunes Music Store.”

Mac: getTunes 2.3 released

getTunes is a Mac version of myTunes, a small application that allows users to download music from local Rendezvous-shared music libraries (instead of streaming the songs). Don’t steal music.

SmarterCase announces the SmarterPouch for iPod

picSmarterCase, makers of PDA cases has released a new iPod specific case called the SmarterPouch. “The SmarterPouch is a brilliant melding of soft case and hard case providing iPod users the best of both worlds. The good looks cushioning and versatility of the soft case backed up by a steel backbone similar to hard cases make a superior and useful case.” The SmarterPouch is available in leather or fabric prints for $19.99 including an Ultra Clip belt clip.

Mac: iPod does not appear in iPod Updater or iTunes fix

  • April 30, 2004
  • iPod

Apple has posted a Knowledge Base document outlining a possible fix for when the iPod does not appear in the iPod Updater (v2.2 2004-04-28) or iTunes. “Under some circumstances, iPod appears in the Finder in Mac OS X, but does not appear in the iTunes Source list or does not appear in the iPod Updater.” Several iLounge forum members have reported having the same problem.

Survey: Possible underwater audio system for iPod planned

Diver Entertainment Systems, makers of the H2O Audio – underwater MP3 audio systems is requesting iLounge readers take the survey for the possibility of developing a system for the iPod. Current products include systems for the iRiver series of MP3 players which include specialized headphones, and are rated for a depth of 200 feet. All paticipants in the survey are entered for a chance to win an iPod mini. Prices for the current line of products range from $300 to $600.

Forbes suggests new features For iTunes

“But what’s needed next is the additional layer of information that typically goes with music sold in brick-and-mortar stores: the packaging.

The new iTunes feature that lets those who buy an album print out the cover art addresses this, to a point. But what’s missing are the other bits of information about the album that typically come with CD packaging—liner notes, jacket copy, lyric sheets and so on. Jazz and classical fans in particular often enjoy reading the jacket copy.”

Free iTunes 4.5 troubleshooting guide released

Blogger, François Joseph de Kermade has published a free troubleshooting guide (PDF) for iTunes 4.5. “I have published a first-aid troubleshooting guide that should answer most of the questions you ask yourselves after the update.”

Hi-Fi iPod audio website launches

“With portable music devices becoming so incredibly popular, more and more people are looking to optimize their devices with powered/active speakers or high-end headphones. The iPod studio will help you do just that. With so many folks using cheap buds and tired old computer speakers, the iPod studio gleefully delves deep into the world of portable acoustics and sees what’s really out there.”

eBay flooded with iPod minis; Prices top $500

How popular is the iPod mini? Point your browser to eBay and search the words ‘iPod mini’ and you’ll get over 10 pages of results. Most auctions are selling the mini for well over $300 and pink is the most expensive color with some auctions over $400. The most popular color with three pages of listings is the silver mini. You’ll find pink iPod minis selling for up to $485 ‘Buy It Now.’ eBay UK just sold an iPod mini Pink for £510 – about $905. Another auction at eBay US lists a blue iPod mini with the current bid at $510 with 44 bids. Did you buy or sell your mini on eBay?

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