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Mix: iTunes manager, Mobile media, David Spade, Andy Milonakis

Atakan Cetinsoy, the former business intelligence manager of the iTunes Music Store, has joined MusicStrands, a company that develops music recommendation software.

According to a survey by M:Metrics, owners of portable music devices, especially iPod owners, are “more than twice more likely than average mobile subscribers to use music and video applications on their mobile phone and to express a willingness to pay for such services in the future.”

Dave Matthews Band catalog now available on iTunes

Apple today announced the availability of the entire Dave Matthews Band catalog on the iTunes Music Store. “For the first time ever online, fans of Dave Matthews Band can purchase and download individual songs from the band’s catalog for just 99 cents per song exclusively from iTunes,” Apple said in a statement. Previously, the band’s “Stand Up” was the only album offered in digital form.

Apple offers Chili Peppers pre-order, limited-edition iPod

Apple and Warner Bros. Records today announced that the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ new double album “Stadium Arcadium” will be offered through an exclusive pre-sale on the iTunes Music Store. Customers can pre-order the album from iTunes for $19.90 to be downloaded on May 9 when it is released. In addition, those who pre-order the album will be entered to win a limited-edition Chili Peppers iPod and get the first shot at concert tickets for the band’s North American tour.

Twenty v-moda Remix-M Class winners announced

Participating in tonight’s live iLounge chat with headphone makers v-moda, twenty iLounge readers won new pairs of Remix M-Class earphones in their choice of three colors (silver/black, blue, or pink). A complete list of winners can be read from the full story link above or below. Congratulations to all of the winners, and thanks to everyone for participating in the chat tonight.

Apple vs. Apple: iTunes exec takes witness stand

Eddie Cue, vice president of iTunes at Apple Computer, took the witness stand Monday to defend his company in the trademark lawsuit brought on by The Beatles’ Apple Corps. Cue testified that Apple Computer did not violate a 1991 agreement between the two companies by using the Apple logo on the iTunes Music Store. Apple Corps lawyer Geoffrey Vos asked Cue to confirm that the iTunes Music Store had offered exclusive songs from artists such as U2 and Bob Dylan. “We have tracks that are temporarily exclusive to us in the Music Store, and so do most of the other services,” Cue said in the High Court in London. James Hoffman, CEO of Woodstock Systems, testified earlier on behalf of Apple Corps that Apple Computer converts its music files into a proprietary format to restrict how they are used.

iLounge to launch new free Guide in June, contests soon

Last August, we launched The Free iPod Book 1.0, a free 142-page tutorial to all things iPod and iTunes, including a Back to School Buyers’ Guide. In keeping with our tradition of releasing premium-quality free publications for our readers (and despite our April Fool’s joke), we have announced today that we will release The Free iPod Book 2.0, a substantial update to the earlier edition - with some thematic surprises - in early June. As with all of our past Guides, the Book will contain original content not found on the iLounge.com web site, and new reader contests will be announced shortly.

Hollywood studios now selling downloadable movies online

Today, six of the major studios began selling downloadable full-length movies online through the Movielink service, which is owned by Warner Brothers, Sony Pictures, Universal, MGM, and Paramount. Until today, only rentable downloads had been offered by the studios, which could be watched only during a 24-hour window. The movie files will take up around a gigabyte of storage, and will take an hour or two to download, depending on the internet connection.

Nyko Sound Stage speaker system introduced

Nyko has officially introduced the Sound Stage speaker system for Apple’s iPod nano, first shown (and photographed) at CES in January. The compact unit features stereo sound with high and mid range speakers, an acrylic and brushed aluminum exterior, a 9-button remote, a pass through dock connector, and a headphone jack and line in. “Get a big sound out of your small iPod nano without taking up a lot of space,” says Nyko. “The Sound Stage for iPod nano combines crisp stereo sound, amplified bass and the charging/transfer features of a docking station. Stereo Speakers with Maxx Base Boost provide quite an audio punch while listening to your favorite tunes.” [via Gizmodo]

Mix: iPod commands, Discovery Channel, NES shuffle, ZoFunk

Command-Tab has created an interactive tool that provides iPod button combinations for performing Hard Reset, Diagnostic Mode and Disk Mode functions on first through fifth-generation models.

The Discovery Channel is seeking new iPod ideas to be featured on a TV show devoted to the iPod. “Submit your ideas with any mock up designs, ads, video footage you’ve shot, etc and send your high-res photos or video footage to [email protected]

iLounge adopts subscription model, establishes hourly Q&A fee

Bowing to industry pressures and hoping to boost income from its widely-read iPod and iTunes web site, iLounge.com has announced substantial changes to its free content offerings, refocusing heavily on revenue-generating measures. Effective 9:00PM PST today, April 1, thousands of previously free pages on iLounge.com will be locked, and made available only on a pay-per-page or monthly subscription basis. “Having watched the experts at Napster and RealNetworks practically mint their own money with similar plans,” explained Jeremy Horwitz, Editor-in-Chief of iLounge, “we decided to bet the company on a similarly great idea. Soon, users will be able to unlock the site with individual ‘iLounge Keys,’ sold for 99 cents per page, or monthly ‘iLounge Gold’ site-wide access for only $12.95. Everyone else is trying to sell something to Apple fans, so why not us?”

“Too many times, we’ve passed up opportunities to make an easy buck,” said Dennis Lloyd, Publisher of iLounge, “so starting now, we’re going to change that.” In addition to starting an all-nude version of its popular iPods Around the World photo galleries, the site will begin to publish reviews written by accessory and service providers, and open its Discussion Forums to endless quantities of viral advertising and astroturfing. Lloyd also disclosed that Ask iLounge, the site’s weekly Q&A column, would be cancelled in favor of ‘iPod Buddies,’ a $65/hour consulting service where iLounge editors or high school students (as available) will offer in-person or telephone iTunes assistance and music recommendations to needy readers. “We think that these changes will ultimately benefit both us and our readers,” said Lloyd and Horwitz, “and if they don’t, at least we’ll be able to enjoy the nude photo galleries.”

Update: Happy April Fool’s Day, everyone! Expect a real announcement soon!

Crutchfield launches Digital Drive-thru service

Crutchfield has announced the launch of the Digital Drive-thru, an online tool that helps users find the accessories and instructions required to connect an iPod to any car stereo system. “Customers simply identify their specific model of digital music player, the year, make and model of their vehicle, add in any other customized equipment currently in use, and the tool immediately identifies the exact equipment necessary to complete the best installation—optimized for sound quality, aesthetics and overall functionality—along with a graphical depiction of the installation process.”

Win free v-moda earphones in iLounge chat contest

To kick off a series of live iLounge chats in our recently opened live chat room, fashion headphone maker v-moda will be holding a live trivia contest and giving away 20 pairs of Remix M-Class earphones (iLounge rating: A-) to iLoungers. Ten questions will be asked, and two people per question will win headphones for correct answers - one pair maximum per person. Winners will be announced on the spot. Answers to the questions can be found either on v-moda’s website or in iLounge.com news coverage of the company and its products. The live chat will be held on April 3 at 5:00 p.m. PT/8:00 p.m. ET.

Mix: Music sales, NAND flash, Goombah, EarBuddy

Global music revenue fell 3% to $21 billion in 2005, while digital music sales nearly tripled to $1.1 billion from $400 million the year before, split evenly between online services and mobile phone downloads, the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry said today.

Apple has agreed to buy at least 20% of Hynix Semiconductor’s NAND flash memory until 2010, according to documents from the South Korean chipmaker. Apple also said it would increase orders by at least 180% a year until the end of the decade.

iBikeMount for iPod nano now shipping

The iBikeMount, which allows you to easily mount an iPod nano to the handlebars of bicycles, exercise machines and strollers, is now shipping and available for order. It attaches to a variety of handlebar sizes (22 mm–26 mm) and requires no tools to install. The iBikeMount is priced at $30. “The new mount eliminates the inconvenience of digging the iPod out of a pocket, removing it from an armband, or bringing a dangling lanyard up to the face in order to make selection or setting changes. iBikeMount keeps the nano safely in plain sight and within easy reach.”

HandStands offers iGadget Grips for iPods

HandStands has announced the availability of its iGadget Grips, “small grippy pads” that attach to iPods or other devices to hold them securely to a car dashboard. Based on HandStands’ patented Sticky Technology, the iGadget Grips are washable, reusable, use no adhesives, and leave no residue. The package comes with nine different cutouts to fit all iPod sizes. The iGadget Grips are priced at $6.

Mix: Scrubs, Death Cab, Amazon.com, TomKat

The addition of Scrubs to the iTunes Music Store meant that NBC and ABC had to team up for an online first. Reuters reports: “While TV series for network broadcast are routinely produced by and licensed from studios of competing media companies, the ‘Scrubs’ deal marks the first such partnership for a prime-time program offered via the Internet for commercial download.”

The iTunes Music Store is now selling a video album version of Death Cab for Cutie’s latest album. “Each video has been created by a different director, each with his or her own unique vision of a song from Plans,” reads a description. “The outcome is an innovative and exciting combination of visual art and music, and it’s only available on iTunes.”

Xitel HiFi-Link for iPod nano announced

Xitel has introduced the HiFi-Link for iPod nano, a new docking station that connects the nano to home stereo equipment while also providing charging and remote control capabilities. The black device comes with a shielded audio cable with gold-plated connectors, adjustable SRS TruBass technology, and a remote that works up to 50 feet away. The HiFi-Link will be available starting mid-April 2006 for $70. See iLounge’s HiFi-Link First Look for hands-on pictures and further details.

Apple: iTunes doesn’t violate trademark agreement

In the second day of the Apple Corps vs. Apple Computer case, lawyers for Apple Computer said iTunes does not violate a trademark agreement the companies signed in 1991 and that it has rights to distribute digital music. Apple Computer lawyer Anthony Grabiner said the “distribution of digital entertainment content” was allowed under the agreement, adding that “even a moron in a hurry” could tell the difference between iTunes and a record label like Apple Corps.

Attorneys: iPod maximum volume update not good enough

Following Apple’s announcement today of an iPod update to limit volume levels, attorneys involved in a class-action lawsuit over iPod hearing loss have released a statement, saying that they “lauded Apple’s decision to provide a way to limit the volume of the popular iPod devices, but said the company’s actions fall far short.”

Griffin debuts iTalkPro stereo microphone for 5G iPods

Griffin Technology has provided iLounge with exclusive photos and details on iTalkPro, the company’s brand new high-quality recording accessory for fifth-generation iPods. Substantially redesigned from the company’s earlier, popular iTalks for 3G and 4G iPods, the glossy black iTalkPro now boasts twin internal microphones for recording in CD-quality stereo, taking advantage of the 5G iPod’s superior stereo and monaural sampling modes, and a bold red recording light around its one-touch recording button. It also features a unique on-screen gain adjustment menu and a bottom-mounted port for an external microphone of your choice. Predictably, the new iTalk connects to the 5G iPod’s bottom Dock Connector, and is not compatible with earlier iPods. A release date and pricing have yet to be announced.

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