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Chili Peppers fans angry over iTunes ticket problem

Numerous Red Hot Chili Peppers fans are angry with Apple after not receiving their promised Ticketmaster pre-sale codes to purchase advance tickets for the band’s upcoming tour. As part of a promotion that launched early last month, iTunes users who pre-ordered the Chili Peppers new album “Stadium Arcadium” were told that they would receive a code via email on Monday, May 8, that would allow them to join in the pre-sale of tickets. However, the majority of those who pre-ordered the album have yet to receive their code, and ticket pre-sales began earlier today without the iTunes users being able to take part. A large number of complaints by Chili Peppers fans can be found in a discussion on Apple’s support forums.

BluNa Bluetooth adapter for iPod nano introduced

Anycom Technologies has introduced BluNa, a new Bluetooth adapter designed specifically for the iPod nano. The device transmits music wirelessly from the nano to any Bluetooth receiver, including speakers, headphones, computers or stereo systems. BluNa features automatic device pairing and is compatible with Bluetooth products from Anycom and companies such as Logitech, Motorola or Plantronics. The BluNa adapter can be purchased separately ($120) or in a bundle with the Anycom BIWAS-20 Bluetooth speakers ($350) or Anycom BSH-100 headphones ($230). It will ship later this month.

Pacific Rim offers pink nano case for Mother’s day

Pacific Rim Technologies has announced the limited release of a pink iPod nano magnesium case for Mother’s day. Like the company’s original black and white magnesium nano cases, the new pink case features neoprene lining, a clear acrylic screen protector, click wheel film protector, two belt clips and a lanyard. Available in limited quantities, the case will be priced at $30 (regularly $35) today only.

Fox TV programming comes to iTunes Music Store

Fox Entertainment Group and Apple today announced that television programming from Fox, FX, SPEED, Fuel TV and 20th Century Fox Television is now available for purchase on the iTunes Music Store. Starting today, 16 series can be downloaded, including hit shows such as Fox’s “24” and “Prison Break” and FX’s “The Shield.” Other shows include FX’s comedy “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” and Fox’s “Stacked;” reality series, including Fox’s “Unan1mous,” FX’s “Black. White,” and “30 Days;” and favorites from the 20th Century Fox Television library, including “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Firefly” and “Lost in Space.” The Fox programming also includes SPEED’s “Pinks” and “Unique Whips,” and Fuel TV’s action sports diary “First Hand.” Apple said iTunes now offers over 90 TV shows for $1.99 per episode.

JBL Radial iPod speaker system announced

JBL has introduced the new JBL Radial iPod speaker system. The circular unit features 60 watts of total power, four aluminum-domed Odyssey full-range drivers, an RF remote control, and USB and audio/video connectivity. “Designed with audiophiles in mind, the versatile JBL Radial delivers powerful high- and mid-frequency sound, and ample deep and distortion-free bass, in a single compact, stylish device,” says the company. “Offered in either elegant black or chic white, both with chrome accents, JBL Radial makes the perfect iPod companion by adding a sleek and modern look -– and clean and beautiful sound –- to any room or office.” The JBL Radial is compatible with all docking iPods, and will be available next month for $300.

Mix: Apple ruling, SanDisk, Samsung, Garfield

The full judgment in the Apple Corps vs. Apple Computer case has been posted online. The extensive document provides Judge Edward Mann’s views on the suit. [via Macintouch]

BusinessWeek’s Arik Hesseldahl is the latest to report on SanDisk’s move to take on the iPod. “The outfit’s flash-memory factories and penchant for feature-packed, low-cost players may help its fight against the iPod juggernaut,” the article says.

Griffin announces PowerDuo charger combo

Griffin Technology today announced the PowerDuo charger bundle for iPods. The PowerDuo package includes Griffin’s PowerJolt auto charger and PowerBlock AC charger “for a complete travel and home charging solution.” The PowerJolt plugs into any available 12V accessory port or cigarette lighter socket and charges your iPod in the car. The PowerBlock powers and charges iPods from a wall outlet. Apple’s iPod shuffle plugs directly into PowerBlock’s USB port, and all other supported iPods use the included Dock Connector cable. The PowerDuo bundle is priced at $40.

NBA Playoffs, Finals coming to iTunes Music Store

The NBA and Apple have announced that remaining games from the 2006 NBA Playoffs will be available for purchase from the iTunes Music Store. Basketball fans will be able to download 15 to 20 minute recaps from games broadcast by all NBA networks—ABC, ESPN, TNT and NBATV—within 24 hours after games conclude. In addition to the game recaps for Playoffs game, iTunes users will also be able to purchase complete game replays of every Finals game the day after they air on ABC. TNT Sports will also provide more than 15 episodes of “Inside the NBA on TNT” that will feature exclusive off-camera footage and interaction between Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Ernie Johnson.

Apple wins logo battle; Jobs hopeful for Beatles on iTunes

Apple Computer has won the trademark lawsuit brought on by the Beatles’ Apple Corps, and can continue using its logo on the iTunes Music Store, a judge in the U.K. ruled Monday. Apple Corps has long-accused Apple Computer of violating a 1991 agreement by moving into the music business. The iPod maker has contended that iTunes was primarily a data transmission service and permitted by the agreement. Judge Edward Mann of Britain’s High Court ruled that Apple Computer did not breach the agreement because the logo is used for the store itself and not the music. “I think the use of the apple logo is a fair and reasonable use of the mark in connection with the service,” Mann said in his judgment. “I find no breach of the trademark agreement has been demonstrated. The action therefore fails.”

iLounge launches mobile version of forums

iLounge is pleased to announce today the launch of our Mobile version of the iLounge Discussion Forums. Available at the top of our existing iLounge Mobile page (iLounge.com/mobile) under Forums Home, you can now access the world’s largest iPod community from the road—with a superior interface that’s easier and more powerful than ever before. Designed to be compatible with PDAs and keyboard-equipped smart phones, the Mobile Forums provide Members with a powerful search tool, list of new posts, and the option to switch between stripped-down and full graphical versions of the forums. You can easily post to the forums, too.

We hope that you enjoy the new Mobile Forums. As always, your comments and suggestions are most appreciated.

 

Apple debuts psychedelic iPod ad

Apple has begun airing a colorful new iPod + iTunes television commercial. The new ad features the same silhouetted iPod-toting dancers as previous ads, but with psychedelic background colors (instead of solid colors) and an overall 60’s-style influence. The 30-second spot features the song “Love Train” by Wolfmother. [via TUAW]

Griffin debuts iClear for 5G iPods

Griffin Technology has announced the iClear for fifth-generation iPods. The hard-shell case, which was first available for the iPod nano, features a crystal clear design and provides access to all controls and ports. “iClear’s transparent and unobtrusive design protects the iPod with a tough, polycarbonate two-piece shell that is strong enough to take the daily abuse of active lifestyles. iClear delivers full screen protection without adding bulk or weight.” The new iClear case, priced at $20, works with both 30GB and 60GB iPod models.

Apple patent covers audio navigation for iPod

In a second patent application posted this week, Apple details an audio-based navigation interface that would allow iPod users to navigate and select music without looking at the iPod’s display. “Apple describes a system for automatic generation of audio navigation tags for your iPod,” reports Unwired View. “The tags are generated from the metadata of your music or video files—the text information like author, song name and duration, film director or lead actor name, etc.—which comes with a song or video that you download from iTunes store. This text information is then converted using text-to-speech software into a small audio files—audio navigation tags. The iPod computing capabilities are too small to do a good text-to speech translation, so this operation is carried out on your Mac or PC. Audio navigation tags then are attached to the songs or videos themselves and transferred to you iPod.”

Apple files patent for wireless iTunes purchases

A recently published patent application from Apple reveals a proposed method of buying a song, ring tone or music video over a wireless network. The application, which was posted this week on the website of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, describes an invention that would allow cell phone users to connect to an online store like iTunes and mark a song or video to be downloaded later to a computer. CNET News.com reports: “According to the application, the invention would allow cell phone or wireless-PDA users to essentially bookmark a song or video on an online music store. Then, when they return to their PC, they could download it over a fast network. If bandwidth permits, they might be able to download the song or file directly to their phone.”

Klipsch iGroove goes black

Klipsch has announced a new version of its iGroove speaker system to match Apple’s black iPods. The black iGroove, which will be available next month for $250, offers the same features and performance of the original iGroove, according to the company. The iGroove is a two-way system with dual 2.5-inch woofers, crossovers and dual 1-inch MicroTractrix horn-loaded tweeters. It works with third, fourth and fifth-generation iPods, and comes with special iPod mini and nano adaptors. The system comes with a wireless remote and can work with other devices using a standard miniplug.

Mix: DDEX, Rubinstein, Hi-Fi deal, Defaced store

In an effort to better track digital music sales, the four major record labels and companies such as Apple, Microsoft and RealNetworks have founded a consortium called Digital Data Exchange (DDEX).

Jon Rubinstein, the former senior vice president of Apple’s iPod division, recently cashed in 112,293 shares of Apple common stock in exchange for nearly $8 million.

Analyst addresses unanswered questions on Apple

Piper Jaffray senior analyst Gene Munster has released a research report in which he addresses more than 20 unanswered questions on Apple, the majority of which are iPod and iTunes related. In the report, Munster gives his views on several topics, including the possibility of a built-in iPod FM tuner, an Apple iPhone, how the iPod will keep its competitive advantage, and whether or not the iPod shuffle will be cut from the iPod lineup. The analyst also digs into the average number of iPods each iPod owner has, advertisements in iTunes, the downtick in last quarter’s iPod sales, Sony’s hopes of creating an iPod competitor, and when we’ll see full-length movies on the iTunes Music Store. You can read Munster’s answers to the iPod and iTunes questions in their entirety after the jump.

World Cup guide for iPods released

CoolGorilla has announced the release of the Germany 2006 World Cup Guide for iPods. The free download includes details of every player from every team, a full break down of the game schedules, country and stadium details, and manager profiles. “This game will transform your iPod into an interactive football encyclopedia,” syas CoolGorilla. “It unleashes the power of your iPod by using a clever system of menus so that all the information you want is only a few clicks away. Astound your friends with your knowledge of the beautiful game.”

Vaja intros Rasta case for 5G iPods

Vaja has introduced a new “Rasta” version of its i-Volution iVod case for the fifth-generation iPod. Like the original iVod, the $90 case is made from genuine Argentine leather and features built-in screen and click wheel protectors, a padded interior, and access to all controls and ports. Vaja says the new Rasta iVod case can be customized with more than 1000 color combinations.

H2O Audio ships waterproof housing for iPod nano

H2O Audio today announced that it has begun shipping its waterproof H2O Audio case for the iPod nano. The form-fit case is submersible up to 10 ft. and features the “Commander Scroll Wheel” for function of the iPod click wheel, LatchTight locking system, SealTight connector (compatible with standard 3.5mm headphone plugs), and Sport Armband. “Everyone from surfers, wakeboarders, water skiers, and swimmers to joggers and snowboarders can now strap on an H2O Audio for iPod nano using an armband or swim belt and take their soundtrack into their favorite activity regardless of environmental conditions,” says the company. The H2O Audio case for the iPod nano is priced at $80.

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