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iTunes 4.5 cripples DRM-stripping apps

“According to a handful of very preliminary reports, it appears that new Mac OS X code, which is included as part of the iTunes 4.5 installer, cripples the vast majority of DRM-removing applications that have surfaced in recent weeks.

“I just downloaded the freebie song from iTunes, by the Foo Fighters, and when I tried to pass it through iMovie or FairTunes, I received an error message stating that my computer was not authorized to play the song,” one iTunes user said.”

inMotion Adapter for iPod mini now available

picAltec Lansing has released the inMotion Adapter for iPod mini for inMotion speakers. “Allows the iPod mini to securely dock in the inMotion™ portable speaker system.” The adapter is free, but shipping and handling is $3. Limit of 5 per customer. Shipping available to US and Canadian residents only.

iTunes turns small profit, video iPod denied

“Apple Computer Inc.‘s online music store, iTunes, recorded a small profit in the current quarter, according to Chief Executive Steve Jobs (news - web sites).

ITunes is now selling 2.7 million songs a week, or a rate of 140 million songs a year. The company boasts a market share of more than 70 percent in legal online music.

The Cupertino, Calif., company will resist adding video capabilities to its iPod music player.

“It’s the music, stupid,” Jobs said, adding that listening to music can be done in combination with another activity else, while video is a “foreground” activity.”

Steve Jobs iTunes conference call coverage

Head to MacMinute.com for live coverage of the iTunes Music Store anniversary conference call. There is an extensive list of news briefs from the call.

Some highlights courtesy of MacMinute:

  • Jobs: The iTMS had a small profit this past quarter—0-70 million in one year is a good figure.
  • Jobs: Music is background activity—movies are foreground activity—music is the revolution here.
  • Jobs: we have to stay focused on the fact that people are buying iPods for music.
  • Jobs: (joking): next big step is we want iPod to make toast. Toying with refrigeration, too.
  • Jobs: upward trend in iPod sales—Apple is the only company in world offers unbeatable combo of iPod, iTunes and iTunes Music Store.
  • Jobs: subscription services not succeeding—$1 to listen to a song for the rest of your life. People want to own music, not rent it—you own it… subscriptions make you pay over and over.
  • HP expects to ship 8 million copies of iTunes on their desktops this year.
  • Labels never asked for iTMS downloads to play on any other device besides iPod, says Jobs.
  • Price is remaining 99 cents per song
  • “Gonna help us a lot in the Windows market,” says Jobs. (WMA to AAC converter)
  • Jobs: “Largest online catalog in the world. “Number one online music service in the world,” so “exceeded our wildest expectations”

Engineered Audio announces RemoteRemote2

“Engineered Audio, LLC. announced its RemoteRemote 2, the newest in RF wireless remote control for Apple’s iPod. Like its predecessor the RemoteRemote, the RemoteRemote 2 uses RF technology, allowing the consumer to control an iPod around corners and through walls. RemoteRemote 2 is scheduled for delivery this spring, and will retail for $49. Engineered Audio is taking pre-orders immediately.”

Apple launches iTunes on Campus program

“Give your students easy access to iTunes – the best digital jukebox with the
# 1 music download store inside – for Windows and Mac users.

Provide your students with the best legal solution to manage, acquire, and listen to music by participating in the iTunes on Campus program. This program provides an institutional site license for iTunes and materials you can use for student communications. The program is easy-to-administer and is free.”

An in-depth look at iTunes 4.5

Jim Heid, author of the forthcoming “The Macintosh iLife ‘04” book and DVD, has published an in-depth look at iTunes 4.5 on his Macilife.com Web site.

iTunes celebrates one year anniversary; Over 70 million songs purchased

“Apple® today celebrates the first anniversary of its iTunes® Music Store. Launched one year ago today, the iTunes Music Store has revolutionized the music industry with its 99 cents-per-song pricing, free previews, one-click purchasing and downloading, and groundbreaking personal use rights. In its first year, music fans have purchased more than 70 million songs, making it the number one online music service in the world with more than 70 percent market share of legal downloads for singles and albums. iTunes customers are currently purchasing 2.7 million songs per week, a rate of 140 million songs per year.”

Lajo 50% off Mother’s Day sale

#### has announced a 50% off Mother’s Day sale on all products beginning Monday, May 3rd. Sale ends Sunday, May 9th at midnight ET.

i-magine UK accepting pre-orders on Griffin iTalk

“i-magine is accepting pre-orders on Griffin’s latest release in the UK - The iTalk. Once again, the website is offering the product cheaper than anywhere else in the UK. This accessory transforms your iPod into a dictaphone as well as also supplying you with an built-in miniature speaker to either playback your recordings, or even your music. i-magine is also running a promotion offer, selling the iTrip and PowerPod together at a 10% discount - suprisingly, cheaper than anywhere else in the UK!”

Mac/Windows: iPod Update (v2.2) 2004-04-28 released

  • April 27, 2004
  • iPod

piciPod Update 2004-04-28 supports all models of iPod and iPod mini introduced before April 28, 2004. This update is required to take advantage of new features in iTunes 4.5 and the iTunes Music Store.

Changes for iPod without a Dock connector

  • Compatibility with iTunes 4.5 and the iTunes Music Store

  • Improved playback performance

    Changes for iPod with a Dock connector and iPod mini

  • Compatibility with iTunes 4.5 and the iTunes Music Store

  • Improved playback performance

  • Support for the Apple Lossless Encoder, to enable compressed music encoding at high quality

  • Mac/Windows: iTunes 4.5 released

    piciTunes 4.5 has been announced by Apple within the iTunes Music Store.

    What’s new in iTunes:

  • Free Downloads/Single of the Week

  • iMix - Publish Your Playlists

  • Music Videos

  • Movie Trailers

  • Radio Charts

  • Party Shuffle

  • CD Insert Printing

  • Wish List

  • Import WMA Files (Windows)

  • Lossless Encoder

  • Links to Music Store (Requires iTunes 4.5)

  • Future Sonics announces SofterWear custom earphone sleeves

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    “Future Sonics is proud to announce the release of our new SofterWear™ custom fit sleeves for use with our universal fit product line. This option provides an affordable option for those who want custom fit personal monitoring and is a good “stepping stone” to our Ear Monitors® brand custom fit professional products. “The SofterWear™ product is designed for use with our Future Sonics Ears™ and the Sennheiser IE3 models on the pro-audio side, plus provides an affordable custom option for digital media product users who are embracing our products on the consumer side,” reports Marty Garcia, company founder and president.”

    Belkin announces Digital Camera Link for 3G iPods

    “Free up disk space on your camera so you can take more pictures. Just move your images to your iPod with the new Belkin Digital Camera Link. By connecting with a USB cable, the Camera Link works with mass-storage DCF-format and PTP-compliant digital cameras. Joining Belkin’s extensive iPod accessories line, this addition will ship on May 1 in North America.

    Simply connect the Belkin Digital Camera Link to your iPod. Then connect it to your camera with your camera’s USB cable. Using software support that is already built into your iPod (with software version 2.1 or later), your pictures transfer quickly and you can begin shooting again. When you return home, just connect your iPod to your computer to retrieve the images. It is like having virtually unlimited storage space for all your photos.”

    iTunes gaining ground over file sharing

    “The number of U.S. music fans downloading music online increased by 27 percent between November 2003 and March 2004, research claims. Pew Internet & American Life Project ran a survey among 1371 Internet users to reach its estimates, which include users of file sharing networks (LimeWire, Kazaa) and legal services, such as Apple Computer’s ITunes Music Store. Downloaders rose from 18 million to 23 million in the period. [...]

    “While online music services like ITunes are far from trumping the popularity of file-sharing networks, 17 percent of current music downloaders say they are using these paid services. Overall, 7 percent of Internet users say they have bought music at these new services at one time or another, including 3 percent who currently use paid services.” [...]

    “ITunes, which reached more than 2.3 million Americans in March, has added nearly a million unique visitors since October 2003,” the report states.”

    Mac: AudioSlicer 1.0.1 released

    AudioSlicer is a Cocoa GUI application that finds all silences in an audio file and allows you to split it into several smaller audio files and to name/tag them properly. For now only MP3 is supported but other audio formats may be added in the future.
    While most other tools doing this split automatically according to certain criteria, AudioSlicer shows you all silences within a certain range of duration. You can then listen to the silence - well, to the audio before and after the silence really - and then you decide if you want to split there.
    The splitting is done without loss, there is no decoding and re-encoding of audio data taking place.

    Tony Fadell, Father of the iPod?

    • April 27, 2004
    • iPod

    “According to the Times, ‘(The iPod) was put together starting in 2001 by hardware designers led by Tony Fadell, a young engineer who had worked at the Apple spinoff General Magic, at Philips Electronics and briefly at RealNetworks, led by Rob Glaser, who has developed the Rhapsody music service.’

    So, Fadell designed the iPod as an independent contractor and shopped it to Apple, which hired him to bring it to market. How he did it was spelled out in Electronics Design Chain Magazine, though the article makes no reference to Fadell.”

    Steve Jobs to hold conference call for iTunes Music Store Anniversary

    This week marks the one year anniversary of the iTunes Music Store. Apple’s CEO, Steve Jobs will be holding a special conference call with press and analysts on Wednesday, April 28 at 11:30 a.m. ET, the official anniversary date.

    CNET launches free music download service

    “Online technology company CNET Networks on Monday launched a free digital music service, allowing people to search and download what it said were thousands of songs contributed by independent and unsigned artists. [...]

    CNET said it plans to add new technology and community features to its download service, which it intends to be the largest free-music download platform, over the course of the year.”

    Sonnet announces PodFreq FM Transmitter for iPod

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    “Sonnet Technologies, the worldwide leader in processor upgrade cards for Apple Macintosh computers, announces the new PodFreq, a portable FM transmitter designed for serious music freaks with iPods (with dock connectors). PodFreq easily tunes with any available FM frequency, and transmits music from the iPod with a very high-quality signal. The PodFreq is ideal for anyone wanting to listen to the music on their iPod through a FM car stereo, home sound system receiver, or any portable FM radio device.

    The PodFreq will begin shipping in May 2004, with an MSRP of $99.95. A Japanese version will also be available in May 2004.”

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