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Speck Products announces Skin Tight Armband for iPod mini

picThe Skin Tight Armband for iPod mini is an elastic, adjustable armband featuring a snap-in-snap-out clip to be used with the included Skin case, and also features cable clips to manage the earphone cord. You can pre-order the Skin Tight Armband for $29.95 with shipping expected July 3rd.

iPod mini wedding cake

pic MacMinute reader Grey Mull wrote in to tell us about his brother’s iPod mini themed wedding cake. “Just returned from my brother’s wedding where the Groom’s cake was none other than an iPod mini,” Grey said. Apparently, Grey’s brother, Adam, is not your average iPod fan—he loves the tiny gadget so much that he wanted his wedding cake in the shape of a green iPod mini. Just take a look at the photo he sent us. MacMinute would like to congratulate Adam and Kinsley Mull, who were married on June 26!

iPod ads win Media Lion Award at Cannes

MacMinute reports Apple’s iPod “Silhouette” advertising campaign has won a Media Lion Award at the 51st annual Cannes Lions Festival, which celebrates the best in international advertising, marketing and creativity. The iPod campaign included TV, outdoor, print and in-store advertising and was honored in the “Young Adults (18-34)” category, reports Apple UK.

Retrofit an old Walkman with an iPod

picLonging for those days of the Walkman, but don’t want to give up your iPod? A couple of do-it-yourselfers at retropod.com have come up with an offbeat solution - retrofitting an old Sony Sports Walkman to accomodate an iPod inside the cassette compartment. Think of it as retro iPod armor to conceal your precious during subway rides. Retropod sells the orginal Sony Sports Walkman for $100 and the retrofit kit for $20.

Apple posts new iTunes + iPod video

During Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference Keynote on Monday, Steve Jobs introduced a new promotional video touting the success of iTunes and iPod. The iPod, iPod mini, musicians, music video snippets, Airport Express, Airtunes and the recent BMW iPod integration are featured.

Apple announces countdown to 100 million songs

As the number of songs downloaded from Apple’s iTunes Music Store crosses 95 million tomorrow, Apple will begin the countdown to 100 million songs by giving away 50 special 20GB iPods—one to the purchaser of each 100,000th song downloaded between 95 million and 100 million songs. In addition, the person who downloads the 100 millionth song will receive a 17-inch PowerBook, a 40GB iPod, a gift certificate for 10,000 iTunes songs to create the ultimate music library for their iPod and the opportunity to create their own Celebrity Playlist to be published on the iTunes Music Store. All iTunes Music Store customers in the US, UK, France and Germany are eligible. Songs sold so far as of this posting: 94,540,731.

New iPod Xtras store offers iPod accessories

Another iPod accessory shop has opened its online doors.  iPod Xtras carries cases and accessories for iPods and iPod minis, many of which are now on sale.

New iPod-ready Bluetooth Headphones coming soon

picBluetake has announced the i-PHONO, an iPod-compatible Bluetooth wireless stereo headset featuring DSP noise reduction, fold-out microphone for use with phones, collapsible behind-the-neck headband design for carrying and storage, and changeable color plates. More interestingly, because it can be paired with multiple Bluetooth devices, you can receive and make phone calls while listening to music. i-PHONO is priced at $249 and “coming soon.”

Refurbished 10GB iPod for $199

Apple has refurbished 10GB iPods available for $199 posted on its Special Deals page. The 10GB model does not include the dock, and comes with a one-year warranty.

Seidio releases Retractable Sync & Charge Cables for iPod

Seidio has released retractable FireWire and USB Sync & Charge cables for iPod.  Both cables feature iPod data syncing, charging and expand from 4 inches to 30 inches. The Retractable USB Sync & Charge Cable is available for $21.95 and the FireWire Sync & Charge Cable for $19.95.

Talking Panda releases language translator for iPod

Talking Panda has released language translation software for the iPod. Available in Spanish, French and Japanese, the software installs on the iPod as series of AAC files organized into categories such as Getting Directions, Dining, Making Friends, and Entertainment. The English word, foreign word,and ‘Click to Listen’ is included with each word or phrase chosen in the interface. Each translator costs $10 and includes over three hundred words and phrases. Installer for Mac only, Windows version coming soon. A free demo with 65 Japanese phrases is available for download.

Windows: K-MP3 5.7.1.82 released - audio file renamer/tagger

K-MP3 has many features such as MP3/OGG / MPC / APE support, Automatic Album Tagger&Renamer (featuring FreeDB Support), Duplicate Files Finder, Tag Editor, CD Burner, Tags Remover, Playlist Maker, Playlist Checker, Files Organizer with Renamer.

Pacific Rim Technologies releases iCradle for iPod

picPacific Rim Technologies has released a new dock fitting 3rd generation iPods or iPod mini. The iCradle for iPod features a USB 2.0 port, FireWire port, audio line-out port and includes a free USB 2.0 cable all for $39.99.

New iPod External Battery Pack released

picGadget Accessories has released an iPod External Battery Pack featuring a dock connection for 3rd generation iPods, On/Off switch, LED power indicator, and uses four AA batteries. It also charges the iPod’s internal battery while connected to the battery pack. The price is $32.99. Gadget Accessories also carries a USB to dock cable for iPods for $11.99.

Mac: El iPodo 1.1.0 released

El iPodo, is a small utility that lets you browse your Apple’s iPod and copy files to your hard disk. This program is still in beta, and more features will be added before it reaches v1.0.

Griffin releases iTrip Software 2.0

Griffin Technology today announced iTrip Software Version 2.0 is available for download. The free software for Mac and Windows installs all available US frequencies on an iPod or iPod mini. Users can then change the broadcast frequency of their iTrip or iTrip mini directly from their iPod. This new software greatly improves the installation experience and adds 87.7 as an available frequency to US iTrip owners.

Speck Products announces Mini iStyle cases

picThe Mini iStyle features a bright metallic leather-like finish that matches the iPod mini. The case features full screen protection and cutouts for in-case access of the scroll wheel, headphone jack, hold button, and FireWire sync port. They come in 4 different colors (black, pink, blue and silver) and cost $34.95 for a 3-Pack or $19.95 each. Speck is accepting pre-orders with shipping expected July 3rd.

“Professor iPod” on the cultural impact of iPod

  • June 24, 2004
  • iPod

MacNewsWorld interviewed Dr. Michael Bull or “Professor iPod”, a lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies at the University of Sussex in the UK who is studying the cultural impact of iPods and other digital music technology. MNW asked Dr. Bull, “What kinds of questions did you ask the people who responded?” “I gave them a 32-page questionnaire that included questions about their playlist, what they like best about their iPod, what they don’t like. I asked how they listen to music, how they select music in relationship to mood, and about relationships they have to their environment and other people when they’re listening. I’m quite interested in how people manage their relationships through technology,” Dr. Bull also noted, “Nearly all are amazingly positive about the machine,” but the battery was a huge negative.

iPodX UK announces Summer Sale on accessories

iPodX.co.uk has announced a Summer Sale offering discounts on various iPod accessories. The iSkin eVo has been reduced to just £17.99, iSkin mini is down to just £16.99, and many more accessories lowered as well. Sale ends July 31st 2004.

Apple, BMW execs talk about iPod auto integration

  • June 23, 2004
  • iPod

Jim Dalrymple of MacCentral.com talked with Apple and BMW executives about the recent release of an iPod integration adapter. “We are beginning a really big push into a world we all spend a lot of time in—our cars,” Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing, told MacCentral. “So many people invest in great cars that have great stereos, but one thing they don’t have is access to their music library. Now you can put your iPod in your BMW or Mini and have all of your music everywhere you go.” Phil Schiller also noted that this is the first of many more partnerships.

“We know that a lot of BMW owners are people that achieve success early in life—they are work hard, play hard kind of people and they adopt new technologies that help them save time or empower them,” said Jim McDowell, vice president marketing BMW North America. “We knew when we saw the iPod come out that it was something that would appeal to a lot of BMW owners.”

Editor’s note: Apple and BMW claim to be the first to provide a complete in-car audio solution, but we beg to differ. Dension was the first company to offer iPod integration with their ICE-Link Auto Integration Kit, and it’s available for many car models.

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