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Mac|Windows: InferNote 0.5 released

InferNote is basically a way for you (and perhaps most importantly, your friends) to create iTunes playlists using a web browser and a “shopping cart” style interface. It’s painless and sometimes even fun. InferNote is free, 100% pure Java, and is available for both Mac and Windows

UK reader poll reveals iPod mini color prefs

“Over a thousand (1,325) readers voted when we asked: “Which iPod mini colour would you choose?”, and silver stole a stunning 46 per cent (535 people) of that free vote. Amazon in the US reveals the silver iPod mini to be its fourth biggest-selling electronic gadget there - that colour leads the pack. [...]

Second most popular in Apple’s iPod mini five-pack offering of musical delight is blue, which took 26 per cent of votes cast, 308 votes in all. An Old Wives Tale exists that claims the colour blue protects boys from the evil eye. Blue is the third most-popular colour on Amazon US. [...]

Though its the second biggest-selling coloured iPod mini in the US on Amazon, Pink took just 107 Macworld Online votes, that’s 9 per cent of all those cast.”

Windows: iArt 2.0 released

iArt is a freeware program that can be used to download album art for your iTunes library. It allows you to choose what playlist (or your library) to get album art for. You can then choose exactly what tracks you want music for, and then iArt will download covers for your music from Amazon! This program depends on your tags so having good tags usually gets better results. However, iArt will also work with music with missing tags, as long as the artist tag is there, it can attempt to find a match!

Winners of iTunes 100m giveaway announced

Apple has posted details for 31 winners of the iTunes Music Store 100 Million song giveaway, including previously announced grand prize winner Kevin Britten of Hays, Kansas (who purchased Zero 7 and Dangermouse’s “Somersault”) and a wonderfully eclectic collection of other people, locations, and song choices. Notably missing from the list at this time: winners from outside the United States, winning details for entries such as 99,200,000, 99,400,000, 99,600,000, and more.

Incase & DC Shoes announce new iPod cases

picIncase, long time maker of backpacks, bags and cases teamed up with skateboard shoe maker DC Shoes to bring you a new line of iPod cases and a backpack for the urban techie. The new iPod (3G) and iPod mini sleeve cases feature a white and grey camouflage design and orange interior. You can access the dock port, headphone port and Hold switch. Pricing and shipping date is yet to be determined. iLounge has received the iPod mini case and it will soon be reviewed.

How to remote control iTunes via the Web

iLounge reader John Masone has submitted a tutorial on how to set up iTunes to be remote controlled via any web browser. “This little tutorial will show you how to create a web based remote for Apple iTunes. It’s only for Mac OS X. It requires some modifications to the Apache Web Server that make it less secure, so I recommend you do this on a computer that’s safely hidden behind a router, and preferably a computer that isn’t using Apache for anything else.”

Apple: HP’s iPods coming this Summer

  • July 14, 2004
  • iPod,

During Apple’s conference call expanding on its second-quarter financial results, Apple representatives have held to prior projections on availability of Hewlett Packard’s blue version of the iPod: “HP will ship this Summer as we indicated in last quarter’s call.” On the subject of HP/Apple iPod marketing and distribution by geographic region: “HP and Apple independently conclude who to sell to,” and there will be no restriction on HP sales of the iPod by region.

Apple: 860,000 more iPods in Q3, new iPods soon?

Apple today announced financial results and sales statistics for its fiscal 2004 third quarter ended June 26, 2004. Of interest to iPod lovers: 860,000 iPods were shipped during the quarter, representing a 183 percent increase in iPods over the same quarter last year. By comparison, Apple shipped 876,000 Macintosh units, representing a 14 percent increase in CPU units.

For the quarter, the Company posted a net profit of $61 million, or $.16 per diluted share. These results compare to a net profit of $19 million, or $.05 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Revenue for the quarter was $2.014 billion, up 30 percent from the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 27.8 percent, up from 27.7 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 39 percent of the quarter

Tunewear announces Prie cases for iPod mini

pic Tunewear today announced the Prie leather iPod mini case in two designs; Open Face and Classic Face. The Open Face case features an open face panel that does not cover the front of the mini, a flip-open cover with Velcro closure and access to the dock port, headphone port and ‘Hold’ switch (when cover is open). The Classic Face case features a covered front panel including screen protection, a flip-open cover, and access to the dock port, headphone port, and ‘Hold’ switch (when cover is open). The Prie cases also offer two strap styles to choose from; Strap Style A features one long and one short strap, and Strap Style B features one long neck strap and a loop on the case. With four colors, two front panels and two strap styles to choose from, there are a total of 16 Prie combinations. Pricing is yet to be determined and expected ship date of later this month.

Harmon Multimedia announces portable speaker systems

picHarmon Mutlimedia today announced the On Stage and the JBL On Tour portable speaker systems. The flying saucer shaped On Stage unit features an integrated dock, stereo mini jack, dual speakers producing 12 watts of power, and touch controls. The dock can be used to sync iPod and your computer. The On Stage will cost under $200 and will ship later this year.

picThe JBL On Tour speaker system works with all digital music players and features a pair of speakers producing six watts of power, touch controls, protective cover and stand, and is powered by four AAA batteries providing for more than 24 hours of music. The On Tour will be available in early August for $99.95.

Update: UK military denies iPod ban

  • July 13, 2004
  • iPod,

“The pocket-sized digital music player, which can store thousands of songs, is one of a series of banned gadgets that the military will no longer allow into most sections of its headquarters in the UK and abroad.

Devices with large storage capabilities—most notably those with a Universal Serial Bus (or USB) plug used to connect to a computer—have been treated with greater suspicion of late by government agencies and corporations alike.”

Update: The British Ministry of Defense has denied to the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) that the military has imposed an outright ban on iPods or portable storage devices in general. A spokesman clarified that only specific secure areas are or will be deemed off-limits to such devices, and that the iPod was not specifically targeted by the government.

Mac: Book2Pod 1.2.1 released

Book2Pod is a utility to format large text documents so they can be read on an iPod using the built in Note Reader software. It supports documents larger than the 4KB per note limit of Note Reader, and makes the 1000 note limit easier to live with.

XtremeMac announces Xtremity Accessory Kit for iPod mini

XtremeMac, has announced the Xtremity Accessory Kit for iPod mini. The Xtremity Accessory Kit for iPod mini includes: Xtremity Snap-on Clip; Xtremity Neck Strap; Xtremity Swivel Belt Clip; and two Xtremity Low-profile Dash Mounts. The complete package sells at a suggested retail price of $29.95 U.S., and is available for pre-ordering.

iTunes Europe close to deal with indie labels

“Apple Computer Inc. is on the verge of agreeing a deal with independent record labels that will allow its iTunes music service to sell their tracks, The Times newspaper reported on Monday.

Citing sources close to the talks, the newspaper said a pact could be announced on Tuesday, ending a feud that has kept independent labels off iTunes since its launch in the UK, France and Germany last month.”

iTunes Music Store hits 100 million

Roughly ten days after Apple’s iTunes Music Store began its “count up” giveaway with the 95,000,000th song sold, the company is poised to pass the 100,000,000 song mark. At approximately Midnight Eastern Standard Time (U.S.), July 12, 2004, Apple flipped the official count up timer to “99,943,896.” At the current rate of sales, Apple will hit the 100 millionth song today, quite likely within the next two hours. Best of luck to all those entering the grand prize giveaway!

Update: Apple hit the 100,000,000 mark at approximately 1:25AM Eastern Standard Time (U.S.). (The final three updates to Apple’s page were 99,992,422, then 100,014,607, then a static 100,000,000 banner.) Congratulations to Apple on this major milestone in legal music downloading!

Update 2: Preliminary sales figures suggest that roughly 40,000 songs (estimated value $39,600) were sold in just the final ten minutes before the 100,000,000 mark was reached. By comparison, the grand prize of a 17” PowerBook laptop computer, 40GB iPod and 10,000 song iTunes Gift Certificate were valued at approximately $13,200 - a very smart promotional move for Apple. To see the progression of sales from 94,679,227 songs to over 100,000,000, click on the link to Kurt Hoffmann’s table below.

Hack: iPod as wireless music streamer and fileserver

Using the unlikely couple of Apple’s iPod and a Microsoft Pocket PC handheld, third-party software developer Simeda has devised a fully portable method to wirelessly broadcast iPod music and files to PCs or other portable devices on a local area network. The hitches: you’ll need a 15 Euro (US$19) piece of software, two cable or card-based adapters, music that can be legally performed and/or shared, and plenty of pre-charged battery power to keep both the Pocket PC and iPod going.

iPod-BMW interface FAQ available

Wondering how the new BMW Auto Adapter for the iPod and iPod mini works? Apple’s official frequently asked questions (FAQ) page for the interface is now available online, including the official street date (July 12, 2004), tips for developing up to five BMW-ready playlists (plus using the BMW’s sixth preset button to play all iPod songs), and a picture of the iPod’s new “BMW” connected screen.

iPod lost and found - the benefits of registration

  • July 11, 2004
  • iPod,

iLounger “vgirla” found an iPod on a flight and decided to use the forums to try and locate the owner. After posting her story and following advice from various members, she contacted Apple and passed them the serial number.

One day later, another iLounge user, “smacryan” claimed ownership of the iPod, and explained that a representative from Apple had called.

“I lost my iPod last Wednesday and I have been trying to trace my steps to figure out where I left it. I called the airline lost & found, the arrival and destination airports, and my hotel. [...] I would not have found it without Apple contacting me today. I did not even think to check any iPod or lost and found sites. I am glad I registered my iPod!!”

The moral of this story: register your iPod with Apple, and if you lose it, check the iLounge forums. This happy ending brought to you by yet another great iLounger - thanks “vgirla.”

Etymotic announces new 6i Limited Edition Earphones

“The 6i was developed for Apple iPod users with the goal of providing greater sensitivity and enhanced bass without compromising fidelity,” explained Mead Killion, Ph.D., founder and president of Etymotic Research, Inc. They come in white to complement the design and image of Apple products. The 6i is supplied with additional eartips, extra filters and a small carrying case. The black ER-6, Etymotic

Alpine iPod interface info posted

Alpine USA has recently posted information describing its new KCA-420i iPod Interface solution. “Introducing the KCA-420i,  the best in-vehicle interface adapter which allows you to cruise to your iTunes! Simply use the KCA-420i to plug in your iPod or iPod mini into a compatible 2004 Alpine Ai-NET head unit, and voil

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