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Enter to win free passes to Macworld Expo Boston

The Think Different Store is giving away two Exhibit Guest Passes to Macworld Expo Boston every day. You and a friend will gain free exhibit hall admission for the entire Expo. That’s a $35 value! The Expo will be held July, 12-15 at the Boston Convention Center. Many of your favorite Mac vendors will be there, including us! We’d love to see you so be sure to pay us a visit at the Think Different Store Booth (# to be announced). If you live in or around Boston, or just plan to be in the area in July, enter to win free VIP passes at www.thinkdifferentstore.com/contest.

iPod not meant to lead PC users to switch to Mac

  • June 17, 2004
  • iPod,

MacMinute reports that “in an interview with Neil McIntosh of The Guardian, Apple CEO Steve Jobs said that the iPod is no longer meant to lead PC users to switch to the Mac platform. ‘We brought the iPod to Windows. That was a big decision. That was basically a decision not to use the iPod to drive people to Macs,” Jobs said after Tuesday’s iTunes event in Europe. ‘We’re going to use it as a music device, and we’re going to put it on Windows. The majority of iPods we sell are used on Windows.’”

Apple posts QuickTime video of iTMS Europe launch

Apple has posted a photo gallery and QuickTime video of the iTunes Music Store launch in UK, France, and Germany. “Tune-in to see Apple CEO, Steve Jobs, launch the Apple iTunes Music Store in UK, France, and Germany from the Old Billingsgate Market in London, UK.”

Refurbished iPod 20GB $279, 30GB $319, 40GB $379

  • June 17, 2004
  • iPod,

Apple knocked $20 off the factory-refurbished iPod 20GB to $279. 30GB and 40GB models were also dropped to $319 and $379, respectively. All come with a one-year warranty and shipping id free.

The Definition of the Man: His iPod

“The way a man wears his earbuds. The way he carries it in his pocket. The way he navigates the scroll wheel. These are the nuances that separate the punks from the stiffs. The dorks from the losers. The mere mortals from the god.”

Shure E3c Earphones for $135

MicrophoneSolutions.com now carries both Shure E3 (gray) and Shure E3c (white). Coupon Code F135E3200 is valid for both versions. This coupon is an exclusive offer for iLounge only and it will bring the cost of the E3/E3c from $179 to $135 + shipping (approx. $6)

iTunes Europe video report available

BBC Newsnight’s “Paul Mason investigated how new technology is changing the music business. Apple launched its iTunes business in Europe which will allow people to download music for a small fee. Other companies are fighting for the legal downloading market. But will our increasing ability to download music from the internet be good or bad for the business, and who’ll be the likely winners and losers?” Newsnight can be seen on BBC Two at 2130 GMT 2230 UK, or in Real video, either live or on demand, by clicking on the latest programme button. The iTunes/music download report can be viewed between 24:45

Tune into iPod-FM pirate radio Oregon

  • June 16, 2004
  • iPod,

Yesterday we reported that a columnist at engadget.com had written a how-to on creating your own pirate radio station using a modified iTrip mini. Today we noticed on the boing boing blog that a reader was actually doing it from his car with an iTrip and his iPod. “I’ve been running around for the past several months with this bumper sticker on my car. It’s an ink-jet job and as you can see, it’s getting a little faded. I figure that anyone that can read the bumper sticker—on the I-5, at a stop light—if intrigued could tune in and listen to whatever I’m listening to.”

Mac: Read it to Me 2.0 - Listen to RSS Feeds on your iPod

Read it to Me creates a playlist of MP3 files in iTunes from your unread RSS news headlines in Ranchero Software’s NetNewsWire using Apple’s Text-to-Speech that you can sync to your iPod.

Jobs: “It’s the music, stupid,” no video iPod planned

  • June 16, 2004
  • iPod,

“A shareholder asked him about plans for a video iPod at the company’s annual meeting in April. He responded by paraphrasing a campaign slogan of Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential election campaign, ‘It’s the economy, stupid.’

‘It’s the music, stupid,’ Jobs said after a slight pause. Also, last week, Apple’s head of hardware product marketing Greg Joswiak told Reuters that Apple has no plans yet for a video iPod. [...]

‘Apple has good equity built up around the iPod brand,’ McGuire said. ‘They have to be careful about turning it into this digital-media Swiss Army knife that does a lot of things but none of them very well.’”

Photos of iTunes Europe launch

MacMinute reports that their “friends at MacityNet/MacProf have posted an excellent collection of photos (with English comments) from Steve Jobs’ Euro iTunes media event held in London yesterday. Photos include shots of the presentation, Airport Express, Alicia Keys, and more.”

Windows: SharePod 1.7 released

Hi, Ive written a new windows program called SharePod, which allows you to easily share your music with friends who may not have an iPod, and therefore no Ephpod or similar installed. It also allows you to do P2P type music sharing straight from the iPod over a network, we use it at work. Free VB source is also available to download.

Teski releases clear cover for roadie case

“Top on our customers wish list was clear protection for the front of the iPod. We listened to our customers and have responded.” The teski roadie case now boasts a clear protective cover over the front of the iPod that allows for full unrestricted operation of the unit. Previous owners of the roadie can contact teski at teski.com for a free cover for a nominal shipping charge. The clear removable cover now ships with every roadie at no extra charge.

Make your own Pirate Radio Station with an iPod

  • June 15, 2004
  • iPod,
“After playing around with the new iTrip mini, the FM broadcasting accessory for the iPod, our little minds got working on some ideas. We thought we might be able to make the range of Griffin’s iTrip mini a little better if we took it apart and exposed the antenna, turns out we could. And then we thought, hey- we could use a couple iPods to broadcast something we wanted to get out there, perhaps not ?‘should’? that is, but could.”

AOL announces iTunes Europe alliance

“AOL announced today it has teamed up with Apple to integrate the popular iTunes Music Store throughout AOL Music channels in the UK, France and Germany, providing AOL Members with instant, one-click registration to the popular online music store in each of the three countries. The iTunes Music Store, which launched in the UK, France and Germany today, offers users the ability to preview, purchase and download music from a catalogue of more than 700,000 songs.”

Apple: iPod has 50% market share, new accessories soon

  • June 15, 2004
  • iPod,

Speaking at today’s iTunes Music Store launch in London, England, Apple CEO Steve Jobs stated that Apple’s sale of 3,000,000 iPods as of March 2004 represents a fifty percent market share for the iPod and iPod mini formats. “We can’t make some of them fast enough,” Jobs added.

Jobs also touted the strength of the iPod’s accessory base, noting that “there’s a huge iPod economy, with 250 products out there.” Announcements regarding new iPod “in-car listening” accessories are coming “later this year,” said Jobs, and German site Macnews.de reported that a BMW was clearly visible in a projected slide.

iTunes UK, France, Germany: 79 pence, 99 cents per song

In London, England this morning, Apple has announced the immediate availability of the iTunes Music Store for Europe, starting with three territories - the United Kingdom, France, and Germany. With the launch of these new European iTunes stores, Apple now claims to be serving sixty percent of the world’s market for music.

As in the United States, a single per-song rate will apply to downloads. Songs will be available for 79 pence (U.K.) or 99 cents (France and Germany), with most albums at 7.99 pounds (U.K.) or 9.99 euros (France and Germany). Local content will be available in each of the European territories, and a full European Union version of the iTunes Music Store will launch in October.

Shure E3 Earphones for $135

Shure E3 iLounge Promotion extended until June 30. Shure E3 for $135.00 + shipping (around $5) at MicrophoneSolutions.com with 2 Year replacement/repair by Shure and 30 day Money Back Guarantee. Use same Coupon Code F135E3200.

Apple announcements tomorrow 6:00EST/3:00PST

“Apple, the US computer maker, is expected to launch its popular internet music store in Europe tomorrow, in an attempt to build on the company’s considerable success in the US online music market. [...]

One person in the industry said Steve Jobs, Apple’s chief executive, was expected to be on hand to announce Apple’s music store would immediately be available to consumers in the UK, Germany and France. Mr Jobs was also expected to announce plans to eventually roll out the service to other European countries.”

Apple’s press event will take place at approximately 11:00AM local time in London, England (6:00AM Eastern Standard Time and 3:00AM Pacific Standard Time, United States). Additional announcements regarding new iTunes and iPod pricing, availability, and accessories may be included in the presentation. Join iLounge tomorrow morning for full coverage of the event.

Indie labels a no-show for iTunes Europe launch?

“A source from within the UK’s Association of Independent Musicians (AIM) explained: “Talks have been ongoing over the weekend, but I’m hearing they broke down today.” It appears Apple has presented terms to Europe’s independents that are unacceptable to them, and the computer company is not prepared to shift its position.

If this report proves true this will mean Apple will launch its store

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