Costco will begin selling an iPod mini bundle for $269.99 starting October 1. The bundle includes an Apple iPod mini Armband and a gift certificate for 15 songs from the iTunes Music Store. Costco is currently accepting pre-orders on its website with shipping expected to start October 1, 2004. Only Pink, Silver and Blue iPod minis are available.
Eliot Van Buskirk, Section Editor, Technology for mp3.com has discovered that Apple is not responsible for designing the Scroll Wheel. “I’d always assumed that this bit of design genius sprung from Apple’s R&D labs, but, in fact, I discovered that a company called Synaptics, which primarily makes touchpads for laptops, actually designed this little piece of navigational heaven, in accordance with Apple’s stringent design requirements.” Synaptics designed and manufactured the Scroll Wheel/Touch Wheel and the current Click Wheel.
eMusic is set to relaunch their MP3 subscription service to make it easier to find independent artists and their songs. “As in its previous incarnation, the service will offer unprotected MP3 files from independent labels, a sharp contrast from services such as Apple Computer’s iTunes or Microsoft’s new MSN Music store, all of which wrap their songs in copy protection.” And unlike services such as MSN Music Store and Napster, eMusic MP3s can be played on the iPod. Subscription prices are set at varying tiers, 40 songs a month for $10, 65 songs for $15, or 90 songs for $20 a month.
Urban clothing designer Paul Frank recently released two flip-cover cases for 3G iPods (15, 20, 30 and 40GB). Both cases feature a belt clip, soft interior lining, and are made from vinyl. Each case also features Paul Frank’s trademarked designs. The light blue case is printed with Julis the monkey and the yellow and blue case with a pattern of retro audio visual equipment. The cases sell for approximately $22 at Paul Frank stores and retail outlets.
CopyPod allows to backup - copy - transfer iPod Music to your PC. Ideal to make a secure backup of the iPod, to move your iPod Music between computers, to backup the iPod before sending it for repair.
EarphoneSolutions.com is offering the New Etymotic 6i earphones for $119 + shipping (around $5). Enter coupon code F119POD88 during checkout. EarphoneSolutions.com coupon is an exclusive and private offer for iLounge. EarphoneSolutions.com is an Authorized Etymotic dealer and the earphones come with a full Warranty by Etymotic and a 30 day money back guarantee (some fees may apply).
If Then Software presents the “iPod ActionPak,” which is 3 great utilities for your iPod ($9.95). The ActionPak includes “Pod2Pod” which exactly duplicates the entire contents of one iPod to another, “Note2Pod,” which is a full-featured note manager for your iPod, and “iPod Battery Monitor,” which allows you to chart and track the progress of your iPod battery with the ability to save the report to the iPod, print it or send it to an eMail address. iPod Battery Monitor will also change your battery indicator to a numerical value for more accuracy during testing. The iPod ActionPak (screenshots) can be found at If Then Software’s website.
iPodder automatically downloads new mp3 files when they become available from any of five sources (you can change these if you wish) and copies them to playlists in iTunes based on the channel name. If you have an iPod, connecting it to your computer will load the songs automatically. This software is currently under development as a SourceForge project.
“Bose has introduced the SoundDock digital music system, designed to deliver a new standard of audio performance for Apple’s iPod and iPod mini. No headphones, cables or adaptors required—the new speaker system lets iPod owners access, control and listen to their stored music with the ease of dock and play.
The SoundDock system includes a proprietary acoustic design that delivers clear, full sound across the entire musical spectrum. Using an integrated system approach, the amplifiers, equalizers and speakers are matched; there is no need for the user to make complex adjustments to ensure superb acoustic performance. Patented integrated signal processing automatically adjusts tonal balance, so music sounds natural at any volume. [...]
This free iTunes plugin allows you to download tracks from your iPod to your iTunes library.
Editor’s note: This software is no longer available for download. All links to the software were removed at Apple’s request.
Made of laser-cut, clear acrylic, The Wedgee stand features adjustable width and depth to accommodate an iPod, iPod mini and some PDAs, and has built-in cable management. The adjustability also allows for most cases to remain on the iPod/iPod mini while using the stand. Two versions are available, one with black plastic adjustable knobs ($30) and another with stainless steel knobs ($35).
“Apple’s iTunes music download service has been accused by the Consumers’ Association of overcharging UK users.
The group accused the service of charging UK-based customers nearly 20% more than those with addresses and payment details in France or Germany.”
“The store’s owner, 50-year-old Takeyuki Ishii, recommends plugging an iPod into an FM transmitter, such as Griffin Technology’s iTrip, and listening to music through the speaker of an antique radio.
Ishii believes there is aural magic in the combination of the very old with the very new. Playing an iPod through an old radio or tube-driven amplifier gives it a special warmth and atmosphere, he says.”
Alpine has launched a Flash site titled “Take your iPod for a drive” with additional details about how the iPod interface works, an interactive demo, and a dealer locator.
STM is now including 4G/HP 20GB and 40GB skins with their current iPod Cocoon case. The semi-rigid, zippered hard case features a detachable lanyard and an inside, mesh pocket for earphones or small items. The package includes four, clear skins fitting 3G (10/15/20/30/40GB) and 4G/HP (20/40GB) iPods. The iPod Cocoon case retails for $39.95.
Today Speck Products announces the FlipStand see-thru hard case for Apple and HP’s fourth generation iPod (iPod with Click Wheel). The FlipStand will ship to customers on September 30th and can be pre-ordered now on Speck’s website for $29.95. The all clear FlipStand provides protection while allowing access to the scroll wheel and song control buttons. Flip open the scroll wheel door to change music selections, then flip it all the way back and it becomes a desktop stand.
“Internet company Yahoo Inc. said on Tuesday it will buy privately held music software company Musicmatch Inc. for about $160 million in a bid to bolster its online music services.
San Diego-based Musicmatch offers software that lets users manage digital music collection and listen to online radio stations. Customers also download songs from its music store.”
NewerTech and Other World Computing today introduced an ultra high-capacity 2100mAh Apple iPod replacement Lithium-Polymer (Li-Polymer) replacement battery for all first- and second-generation iPod models. The NewerTech battery is the highest capacity iPod battery on the market and provides 70 percent more capacity than standard Apple stock batteries. It is available immediately for $39.95. In addition, OWC and NewerTech announced a special promotion throughout the month of September where customers can get $10 off when they purchase the 2100mAh iPod replacement battery and the NewerTech RoadTrip! FM transmitter for the iPod together.
Apple has posted and began airing another new TV spot for iPod + iTunes titled “Saturday Hip Hop” featuring the song “Saturday Night” by Ozomatli. The new ad is similar to previous ads featuring silhouetted dancers on colored backgrounds.
“TunesTracker.com makes the iTunes Music Store even better by keeping music fans up-to-date about their favorite artists. The service is free.
After registering with TunesTracker, users can enter the names of up to 50 of their favorite music groups. Once a day, TunesTracker checks the iTunes Music Store for new songs by those artists. When there is something new, TunesTracker sends an e-mail alert listing the vital information about the new tunes, including the song title, album name, and composer. By clicking a link, users can open the song in the iTunes Music Store, listen to a clip, and buy the song.”