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David Crosby says iTunes is “brilliant”

PBS’ Frontline interviewed David Crosby, a music legend known for his solo performances as well as his work with the Byrds, and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. In it Crosby mentions how iTunes looks “really, really, really promising.”

Why did that work? Because it was simple, and it was already existing hardware. And anybody could have done it, but Steve Jobs put it together. It works like a charm. You upload it; they download it. They pay you a buck or two. It’s that simple.

You getting some hits from that? You bet. And I’m going to get a lot more. No packaging cost, no promotion, no lairs of distributors, each taking 20 percent off as it goes by. No returns, no free goods, nada! [laughter] No costs! That’s a good business model that works, and it’s working for them. They’re a brilliant company, and that’s a brilliant idea. And if I were in a position to invest in the stock market, which I wouldn’t be, it certainly would be Apple, because that’s the one that works.”

White iPod earbuds appear in cell phone commercial

The Vodafone cell phone company has broadcast a TV commercial in Japan that portrays a woman using white iPod earbuds to listen to her music-capable cell phone. It is a conclusive sign that other manufacturers are trying to “cash in” on the coolness of the white earbuds. The phone itself actually ships with cheap silver-and-black headphones, not the white earbuds used in the commercial (which are clearly iPod earbuds).

Windows: iPodRip 2.0 released

Put control of the iPod back in your hands with iPodRip, with the ultimate iPod companion. iPodRip supports importing of your songs to iTunes or a location on your hard drive as well as playback of songs.

Matias releases iPod Armor mini

picMatias Corporation has released the iPod Armor case for the iPod mini featuring; an aluminum and plastic hard case exterior; black velvet interior; access to the headphone port,  “Hold” switch and click wheel (when open); and can accommodate the iTrip FM Transmitter. The iPod Armor mini is available now for $49.99 (includes optional Armor Clip belt clip) plus free shipping.

Editor’s note: Read our exclusive review.

iSkin blowout sale at iPodX.co.uk

To celebrate their first month of trading, iPodX.co.uk are having a blow out sale on iSkin products. For the remainder of May they’re dropping the price of the new iSkin eVo to just 17.99 and the iSkin Mini to just 15.99. This offer is only open until Midnight on the 31st of May 2004.

Online single sales enjoy new life

“Catchy singles reach radio as much as eight weeks before the full-length CDs they are on land in the stores, but customers willing to pay for legal downloads online have had to wait, sometimes until just before the CD’s release date.

Music companies had feared that issuing the songs any earlier could fuel piracy, upset traditional marketing plans and anger brick-and-mortar retailers. But in the past six months, recording companies have had a change of heart.

Songs are now routinely released for sale by download through iTunes, Napster, RealRhapsody and other services on the same day those tracks hit radio.”

iPod market share “may be overblown”

MacMinute reports Apple’s iPod is a hit, but analysts’ belief that it commands 25 percent of the global market may be overblown, Alex Salkever writes in his latest “Byte of the Apple” column for Business Week Online. He says this is because “very little good data exists on international sales of consumer electronics.” “According to one of those chipmakers and to industry analysts, worldwide shipments of digital-music-player chips hit about 15 million last year,” Salkever writes. “An April, 2004, report from investment bank CIBC on this market estimated global sales of flash and hard-drive music players at 17 million. If that’s true, then the 1.5 million iPods sold in 2003 gives Apple 8 percent to 10 percent of the global market.”

iTunes Music Store UK launching mid-June?

“Apple could be ready to launch its iTunes Music Store (ITMS) in Europe by the middle of June, sources said to be familiar with the company’s plans have claimed.

They reckon that the Mac maker may now have secured licences from the major labels and others it needs in order to open ITMS to UK and other European buyers.

Separately, we’ve heard the date 4 July bandied about, though since the date is far more relevant to the US than it is to Europe, it seems an odd choice, if correct.”

iPod:Essentials UK iPod accessory store launches

Yet another iPod accessory store has been launched for our UK readers. Available from www.ipodessentials.co.uk

are cases, chargers, voice recorders, headphones, speakers and a host of other goodies for both the iPod and the new iPod Mini. Gavin
Nicholson, 2nd Chance PCs MD, said “We wanted to provide somewhere clean and simple just the essentials for your iPod.”

iPod First Aid UK - iPod battery replacement service debuts

Plugstore.net (UK) has launched iPod First Aid, an iPod replacement battery service. iPod First Aid (75) includes battery replacement by Plugstore.net typically within 24 hours of first receipt, a 90-day new battery warranty, and return to the owner by registered post.

Mac: Pod2Go 0.7.3 released

Pod2Go takes an ordinary iPod and makes it extraordinary by syncing news, weather forecasts, movie listings, stock quotes, horoscopes, driving directions and much more all with a few clicks of the mouse.

Mac OS X 10.3.4 update released - now supports iPod USB 2.0

Apple today released Mac OS X 10.3.4. We don’t normally announce operating system software updates, but this particular update makes mention of USB 2.0 support for iPods. iPods connected via USB 2.0 are now recognized by iTunes and iSync. The update is available via the Software Update preference pane.

New website for podBooks launches

iPodLibrary.com, a new repository for “podBooks” created for iPod has launched. “podBooks are cool, instant “books” that can be accessed on your iPod using the Note Reader. Ideally suited to reference, sports and music info, guides and so-on, we now aim to make them available here at iPodLibrary.com - and also aim to encourage as many people as possible to author their own and to submit them for distribution.  All kinds of arcane and fun topics would work well.” The site encourages the creation and sharing of podBooks with a how-to guide to get you started.

PodUtil 2.0.2 Test released

This is for people who have been having issues getting PodUtil 2.0 to launch on their computers.

This is beta software! PodUtil 2.0.1 Test may not launch correctly as before, but it now creates a logfile on the desktop. Please send this file to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) if you encounter any problems getting PodUtil to launch. I need everyone’s help to get this problem fixed. If PodUtil 2.0 hung on launch but this release launches fine, please contact me as well. This is not an official release, so there is no mention of it on my website. 

50% off iPod Gollum t-shirts

iRonic iPod T-shirts is celebrating today’s DVD release of Lord of the Rings, Return of the King with a special offer ONLY for iLounge.com readers.  The first 25 people who order the “My Precious” white t-shirt with black ribbed collar will get the shirt for $10, plus $3 shipping for each.  This represents 50% off of the normal price of the ribbed collar shirt! All of the colored backgrounds are available: Minas Morgul Green, Rohirrim Blue, Khazad-dim Purple, Uruk-hai Pink, and Isildur’s Bane Yellow. Those interested in the 50% off shirt can email their order to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) The first 25 orders will be contacted back via Paypal, so only those with Paypal accounts may purchase.  SORRY, due to the special promotion, the $10 shirts can not be purchased directly through the store, but you folks without Paypal accounts can purchase the shirts at full price.

Windows: Weather for Me 1.7 released

Weather for Me is a program created by Staylazy.net Software to grab a detailed ten day forecast from weather.com and place it on your iPod. All iPod versions are compatible.

Apple Video iPod demystified

“Rumors have been circulating around for months now about a secret Video iPod that Apple has in the works. Most all the news coming out on subject has been pure speculation mixed with anonymous sources who claim to offer some tantalizing details, but truth be told, we know little to nothing about Apple’s next-generation iPod. Nonetheless, the rumor mill and constant talk about such a device on various websites reemphasizes the point that people want an Apple branded Portable Media Player (a handheld device that stores and plays back digital music, video, and photos) in the iPod form factor. Are you listening Steve Jobs?”

RIAA sues 493 more music swappers

“A U.S. music industry group said Monday it had sued 493 more people for copyright infringement as part of its campaign to stop consumers from copying music over the Internet.

The Recording Industry Association of America has now sued nearly 3,000 individuals since last September in an attempt to discourage people from copying songs through “peer to peer” networks like Kazaa and LimeWire.”

iPod mini ad up for D&AD Award

Apple’s “yellow, green, pink, purple” iPod ad created by TBWA/Chiat Day is up for a D&AD (Design and Art Direction) Award, known as the Oscar’s for the creative industry. “The iPod took a much-coveted Gold Award in 2002.” The winners will be announced on May 26.

Windows: Ephpod 2.77 beta released

EphPod is a full-featured, easy-to-use Windows application that connects with Apple’s iPod. With a FireWire card and EphPod on a PC, it takes under 30 minutes to transfer 1,000 songs to an iPod. In addition, EphPod supports standard WinAmp (.M3U) playlists, includes powerful playlist creation features, and will synchronize an entire music collection with one click. EphPod also includes powerful music-information (“tag”) editing options, as well as support for Audible and MP4/AAC files (although not the “protected” MP4/AAC files sold at the iTunes Music Store). EphPod is designed to be completely compatible with iTunes, so that you can use both EphPod and iTunes interchangeably with your iPod.

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