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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.”

Apple 15GB iPod for $275

Dealmac: Overstock.com offers Apple’s 15GB iPod for $294.90. (Search for “130394” to find it.) A $20 off coupon chops the price to $274.90. With $1 shipping, that’s $2 off our last mention and the lowest total price we know to be available. Offer ends April 30.

Refurbished iPod 30GB for $349

Dealmac: The Apple Store again offers its factory-refurbished iPod 30GB MP3 player, with dock connector, for $349 in its Special Deals section. That’s still $50 less than the best price we could find for a new, factory-sealed unit. Shipping is free, although sales tax is added where applicable. A one-year Apple warranty applies.

New Mac application removes DRM from iTunes songs

FairTunes puts your music back into your hands. Now you can play your iTunes music when you want to, and where you want to.

Features

  • Convert any authorized protected iTunes song into an unprotected, uncompressed file.
  • Supports AIFF, Wave, QuickTime, System 7 Sound, MuLaw, and AVI file creation.
  • Easy to use - no complicated setup needed.
  • Built for Mac OS X.

Apple: More than just Macs, developed iPod in 6 months

  • April 25, 2004
  • iPod

“STROLL the corridors and the atriums on Apple Computer’s corporate campus these days and you will notice that something is missing. Gone are the posters and graphics accenting the company’s sleek personal computers. In their place, in the main lobby, is a striking, three-story-high billboard celebrating Steven P. Jobs’s brand-new billion-dollar consumer electronics business - the iPod digital MP3 music player. [...]

Apple says it developed the iPod in just six months, faster than any major product in the company’s history. The hand-held device, which contains more computing power than an early Macintosh, 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.”

6 million stop stealing music

“An estimated 6 million people have stopped downloading copyrighted music from the Internet over fears that they may sued by the recording industry, but the overall number of Americans who download music is rising with the popularity of iTunes, Napster and other legitimate online music services, according to a survey released today by the Pew Internet & American Life Project.

Approximately 23 million people are active downloaders of music, based on a phone survey of 1,371 adult Internet users conducted in February. That compares to 18 million estimated downloaders in November and December 2003.”

How the iTunes Music Store and FairPlay works

Teenage writer, coder, and hacker Aaron Swartz has published a technical article on the behind-the-scenes look at the iTunes Music Store, including how Apple implements the FairPlay DRM (Digital Rights Management). “This document explains how the iTunes Music Store works. This information is useful to computer science researchers, cryptographers, and politicians, who may be curious to understand the largest deployed DRM system to date.”

Survey shows iPod mini is the right size for most

“The online survey found that 90 percent of consumers have no more than 1,000 songs on their PCs. And 77 percent of the consumers Jupiter questioned said they’d be interested in purchasing a portable media player with a capacity of 1,000 songs. The 4GB hard drive included in Apple Computer’s iPod Mini, and in MP3 players from some Apple rivals, holds roughly that number of songs.

The Jupiter Research survey also found that 20 percent of consumers said playing MP3 files is important, versus 7 percent who would prefer files in Microsoft’s WMA format and fewer than 1 percent who prefer the Advanced Audio Coding format, an open standard that was developed by the Moving Picture Experts Group and which is supported on Apple’s iTunes music store.”

Troubleshooting the iPod and iPod mini

MacFixit has compiled a list of all their past iPod and iPod mini troubleshooting articles to help those in need. Some areas covered include iSight interference, batteries, iPod mini audiobook issues, Applecare for iPod, cracked LCD screens and more.

Griffin iTalk Voice Recorder now shipping

“Griffin Technology, Inc, innovator of exciting accessories for iPod like the iTrip, today announced the iTalk Voice Recorder for the iPod is now shipping - on schedule. This stylish accessory snaps directly on top of the iPod and turns it into a fully functional voice recorder and playback device. In addition to it’s superior built in microphone and internal speaker; the iTalk has a connector that supports both headphone monitoring and the use of an external microphone. Recording control is handled directly on the iPod and recording time is limited only by the iPod’s size. The iTalk retails for $39.99 and is available now at www.griffintechnology.com

Jobs says open iPod “not worth it”

  • April 22, 2004
  • iPod

“Apple Computer CEO Steve Jobs publicly dismissed on Thursday an overture from RealNetworks to open up the iPod, saying such a move does not make business sense.

Speaking at Apple’s annual shareholder meeting here, Jobs said there would be both an initial and ongoing cost to allowing the iPod to work with other music services.

‘To be honest, it’s just not worth it,’ Jobs said, noting that RealNetworks has made a number of overtures to Apple and adding that Real’s music service has been ‘less than successful.’”

Think Different Store sale on iPod cases

The Think Different Store has announced several sales of iPod cases and accessories. iSkin cases for 1st and 2nd generation iPods are 50% off or 2 for 1 at $20. The #### eXo2 (case only) has been reduced to $15 for 3G iPods, and the Get Connected iPod Auto Kit for 3G iPods is now $39.95 (was $49.95). Also on sale is the HomePod for $240 and described as “a digital stereo component that allows users to take advantage of their existing wireless network to stream music files stored on their computers to HomePods located anywhere in the house.”

Windows: GoogleGet 1.2.3 released

It disappeared for a while there, but now it’s back in action! GoogleGet is a small Windows program designed to download the latest news from news.google.com (or a local variation) to your iPod in the quickest and simplest way possible.

New German iPod site launched

  • April 22, 2004
  • iPod

A new German iPod website, iPod-news.de, has been launched. Dirk Ellenbeck, Editor-in-cheif at iPod-news.de said, “Until now there was no German speaking news-service just for iPod users and potential iPod buyers. With the new internet-site iPod-news.de this has come to an end. Finally all German speaking users can inform themselves extensively and up to date about all topics around the popular digital music player from Apple. As a platform-independent news service iPod-news.de includes all systems such as Windows, Mac and Linux also in itís reporting.”

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