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iTunes Pepsi Winning Cap Giveaway

“After many days worth of collecting caps, with the help of several wonderful people, we will be giving away more than 40 Pepsi winning cap codes - all posted at the same time. Make sure you’re free on Thursday, March 4th at 7 pm Central time. First come, first served. There are no strings attached to this giveaway. The only thing required is an iTunes account so you can redeem the codes. If you don’t have your account yet, get it before the giveaway opens.”

XO Play releases “Herbert’s Big Adventure” iPod game

  • March 3, 2004
  • iPod

“XO Play the manufacturers of Herbert’s Big Adventure launched today their second iPod game following the success of ‘The Rise Of The Lost’ last week.

The adventure story game puts you in the role of Herbert, a heart breaker, lady lover - funny guy who has all the right moves. You venture out into the city to seek that one true love to give your heart to. Whether it’ll be at the local bar sipping on a Martini, hanging out at the nightclub, or shopping at the mall. As Herbert, you have to keep a watchful eye for the girl of your dreams.

As you read through the adventure you will be asked to choose your destiny by selecting from a number of options found at the bottom of the page. Similar to the ‘choose-your-own-adventure’ series. The game cost $14.99 and is played via the notes section of your iPod.”

iPod poll asks if size matters

  • March 3, 2004
  • iPod

“Macworld readers are split over the need for huge iPod capacity, with 17 per cent convinced that the 4GB offered by the iPod mini is “fine”, yet 16 per cent saying 80GB is needed to fulfill their requirements.

Another 15 per cent say the 15GB model meets their needs, 10GB is enough for 12 per cent, 30GB is the choice of 12 per cent, and 40GB for the remaining 10 per cent.

Some readers indicate that they now require more than one iPod (2 per cent), 13 per cent say they don’t need an iPod, and 2 per cent have opted for another player.”

iTunes tops AAC listening tests

“Over the past two weeks, a second round of AAC listening tests was carried out across five different AAC codecs at Rarewares.  This test has been carried out due to significant quality improvement across most the codecs.  The AAC codecs tested were Nero AACenc v.2.6.2.0, Compact! 1.2beta3, FAAC 1.23.5 (all three in 128kbps VBR), Apple iTunes 4.2 and Real Producer 10 beta (both in 128kbps CBR).  The test closed on February 29th.

In 12 songs tested, iTunes had the best score on average with Nero close behind.  The remaining three are closely tied in second place (or third place if Nero is considered second place).  The scores did not vary as much as in the original AAC listening test which means that any recent AAC codec will produce a good quality encoding.”

iPod & iTunes: The Missing Manual 2nd Edition released

  • March 2, 2004
  • iPod

Pogue Press/O’Reilly have released iPod & iTunes: The Missing Manual 2nd Edition. “In this freshly updated edition, New York Times tech columnist J. D. Biersdorfer blows open the secret doors of this gleaming, chrome-and-white beauty. With humor and authority, she lays bare an astonishing collection of useful tips, tricks, and shortcuts, and covers all iPod models for both Mac and Windows, including the iPod Mini. iPod & iTunes: The Missing Manual is also the ultimate guide to the iTunes software, MusicMatch Jukebox, and the new iTunes Music Store for both Mac and Windows.” Available at Amazon.com for $17.47.

Windows: K-pod 0.95 (sync email to iPod) released

A Windows application that directly syncs your Inbox with your iPod (without the need for an e-mail client such as Outlook).

Buy a U.S. iPod mini and get it shipped international

AmericanGoodies.com is a buying service in which foreign customers can purchase American goods and have it shipped to them. They have recently listed the iPod mini for purchase and shipping. If you are in the UK or elsewhere you can purchase the iPod mini for $249 + $35 shipping. American Goodies also charges a $30 shopping assistance fee and 8% of the total amount they spend on your behalf. You can purchase the iPod mini from a U.S. retailer and have it shipped to American Goodies on your behalf and they will ship it on to you for a fee. Check the website for details and pricing.

UK gets ready for iPod mini

“Apple UK’s iPod advertising enters its second stage now, with posters and window displays appearing in London and Manchester in the calm before iPod mini is released here next month. [...]

To maintain iPod sales here meanwhile, Apple UK’s iPod advertising “adorns the windows of no fewer than 27 Apple resellers across the UK and Ireland”. There are shop window displays at Virgin Megastore in Manchester and Peter Jones in Sloane Square.”

iPod sales to reach $1 billion this year

“In a research report Monday, he said the success of the iPod demonstrates Apple’s “tech know-how and strong brand” and could make the company “relevant again.”

And the iPod isn’t expected to be small business for Apple. Milunovich estimates iPod’s revenue to come in around $1 billion this year, contributing 15 cents to per-share earnings. By fiscal year 2006, the analyst said revenue for the iPod could double to $2 billion, adding 25 cents to the EPS.”

iSkin announces new iSkin mini case

piciLounge has received an exclusive, advanced press release from iSkin, Inc. announcing their new iSkin mini silicone case for the iPod mini. The iSkin mini features “goose bump” gripping on each side, the new plastic rotary RevoClip, rear pores for heat dissipation, screen protector, integrated docking port cover, anti-slip surface, hand and neck straps (sold separately), and will be available in a variety of colors including the new ultra-Glo glow in dark skin tones. The iSkin mini is also compatible with iTrip or similar devices connecting to the top of the mini via the headphone port. With the iSkin Tattoo service, companies, organizations and institutions can have their logo printed on the front above the scroll wheel. The iSkin mini is expected in late March and the price is yet to be determined.

15GB iPod for $277.24 with free shipping

Dealmac: The Apple 15GB iPod fell to $277.24 with free shipping at Amazon.com. That’s $7 off our last mention and the lowest total price we’ve seen.

Belkin announces Universal Microphone Adapter

picYou can now achieve high quality recordings on your iPod player. By connecting your own external microphone via the Belkin Universal Microphone Adapter ($39.99) to your iPod, recordings of your conversations, lectures, interviews, or memos will be cleaner and clearer. You can also listen to these recordings with your headphones or powered speakers. This Adapter will begin shipping on March 17 in North America. The Universal Microphone Adapter connects to your iPod and to any audio microphone with a 3.5mm plug. You can use the iPod player’s abundant storage capacity to store hundreds of hours of audio, and easily review your audio notes using the built-in 3.5mm jack with headphones or your computer. Copy recordings to your computer for easy storage, editing, or to send in e-mail.

iPod AppleCare for $46 shipped

Dealmac: Buy.com offers two years of AppleCare for iPod for $45.99, as a reader found. With free shipping, that’s $6 off our last mention and the lowest total price we know to be available.

Target offers $15 iTunes gift card with iPod purchase

  • February 29, 2004
  • Deals

In what may be a Target store exclusive, Target and Apple are offering a $15 prepaid iTunes gift card with the purchase of any 3G iPod, starting Sunday, February 29, 2004. Target’s promotion notes that “Quantity [is] limited on free offer,” so it’s unclear how long the promotion will last, and as the blue iTunes card is branded with Target and Apple logos, it’s not clear whether Apple will extend this sales incentive to other retailers.

How to access iPod mini Diagnostic mode

Chris Breen has posted his instructions on how to access the iPod mini’s Diagnostic mode.

“The Diagnostic screen has changed since I mashed one of the beta units at Expo. To access that screen, reset the mini by pressing and holding Menu and the Select button for about six seconds. When you see the Apple logo, press and hold Previous and the Select button until you see a reversed Apple logo. Let go and you’ll see these entries:”

Update: Braving the cold to get an iPod mini

  • February 28, 2004
  • Apple

Rajeev and Jeremy have reported with an update from the Grand Opening of Apple Store SF. Rajeev described the opening as ‘hectic’ as hundreds of people swarmed the front entrance while San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, former Mayor Willie Brown, and Apple CEO Steve Jobs cut the ceremonial ribbon for the opening at 10 am PT. Apple sold 200 $259 grab bags marked ‘Do you feel lucky?’ containing; Apple Airport Extreme Base Station, Bluetooth adapter, Apple Wireless Keyboard, Apple Wireless Mouse, .Mac account, Keynote (presentation software), iLife ‘04 and a 10% gift card. In addition, some (1 in 6) lucky individuals also received Silver iPod minis and 15GB iPods, but one lucky person got a 40GB iPod. Both Rajeev and Jeremy got an iPod mini in their bags.

A couple of hardcore Apple fans are enduring the cold San Francisco night as they camp out in front of the new Apple Store San Francisco to be the first 200 people to be able to purchase a $259 grab bag valued at $600 - some containing iPod minis. Two San Jose State Apple Campus Reps, Rajeev and Jeremy sent us an email describing the situatuion as they await the Grand Opening at 10 am Saturday morning.

“My name is Rajeev B. and I’m sitting here with my partner Jeremy C…. we are both SJSU Apple Campus Reps and we have been out here since 1:30 pm PT today.  It’s getting cold but we have been sitting bundled up.  The line is about 30 or so people and it’s currently 7:49 pm.  There is a guy with an iSight broadcasting a live feed that updates every 2 minutes at ifoapplestore.com. So far everything seems cool. The lights inside the store have gone off for the night but everybody here is really nice and friendly and and we’re all helping out each other and waiting for our chance at the 200 grab bags that are going be available at store opening at 10 am.  These bags are valued at over $600… and some will contain an iPod mini.”

Shure E5C Headphones for $419.99

  • February 28, 2004
  • Deals

MacResQ offers the Shure E5C Dual-Driver In-Ear Earphones for the MSRP price of $499.99.  Apply coupon code “X5C” after adding the E5C to your shopping cart for an $80.00 discount. Final price: $419.99. Shipping prices may vary.

“We’re ’Pod people”

  • February 27, 2004
  • iPod

“You’ve seen us. On the bus. In class. Walking across campus, strolling down Telegraph Avenue. We’re everywhere. We’re ’Pod people.

iPod people, to be exact—the creepy “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” connection hadn’t dawned on me until I was recently hailed as “Hey! ‘Pod girl!” by a cute boy in my French class. But since I’ve come to class every day this semester with the Best Christmas Present Ever strapped to my hip and The White Stripes blasting in my ears, I can see how the ‘Pod could become my most identifiable characteristic.”

Mac: iPod mini will not work as bootable drive

Chris Breen, Macworld columnist reports that “if you attempt to install [Mac OS X] from a multi-disc CD set, the mini won’t boot so that you can install from the second disc. If you install from a DVD, the installation goes as planned, but when it comes time to boot, the mini is missing in action—won’t appear in the Mac’s startup screen when you hold down the Option key.”

iPod mini is “outdoing the success of the original iPod”

“Early indications are that iPod mini, which garnered more than 100,000 preorders since being announced in January, is outdoing the success of the original iPod, which sold 125,000 units in its first quarter of availability, Apple said.

‘The customer response has been incredible—it’s just been off the charts,’ Apple worldwide iPod marketing manager Danika Cleary told TechNewsWorld. ‘It’s meeting and exceeding our expectations.’”

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