ThinkSecret.com recently reported that Apple has changed its 90 day complimentary phone support for 4G iPods and minis (sold after July 24) to one incident within the first 90 days. The following appears on Apple’s iPod FAQ page:
Question 29: How long is iPod complimentary telephone support?
Answer: Newer iPods come with a single incident of complimentary telephone support within the first 90 days. This change in the complimentary support offering applies to:
iPod (Click Wheel)
any iPod minis sold on or after July 24
Previous models of iPod (such as the Dock Connector and Touchwheel models), as well as iPod minis sold before July 24, still come with 90 days of complimentary support (covering unlimited incidents).
“Apple is looking for two iPod hardware engineers both with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi experience, opening the possibility that the portable music player may be upgraded with wireless connectivity.
... At the very least, Apple is keen on increased integration between Wi-Fi and iTunes, and there’s a big hole in its product line here: the remote control system. Whether it has in mind something a simple as an 802.11-enabled iPod, a more complex tablet-style computer, or both, remains to be seen.”
A critical excerpt from Apple’s job posting (emphasis ours) notes that:
“* Experience in the following areas is important: system integration, digital logic, SDRAM, Flash, ASIC’s, processor selection, ATAPI, various communication protocols (ie: GSM, Bluetooth, IEEE 802.11, Firewire, and USB), display types and video and analog integration.
* Broad experience: both digital and analog.”
“The iPod mini, a digital music player by Apple Computer Inc of the United States, has proved extremely popular since hitting the Japanese market a month ago.
People interested in owning the credit card-size gadget are waiting an average of four to six weeks for it to be delivered to them.”
The iStore.com is offering iLounge readers free standard shipping on the recently released iSkin eVo2 for 4G iPods. “Simply use coupon code 200410304 at www.theistore.com before August 29th and you will get free standard shipping on your entire order when you pre-order the iSkin eVo2 case for the new 4th generation Click Wheel iPods. Order whatever other iPod accessories you want. If the items are in stock, they will be shipped immediately, you will not have to wait for the iSkin eVo2 to be available to take advantage of free shipping on the other items.”
A reader notes that a website has posted detailed instructions on how to boost the signal of a Griffin iTrip with the following introduction: “The following is a proof of concept abstract on the iTrip amplifier using the schematic available from thewolfweb. Its purpose is to increase the signal produced by the Griffin iTrip. Use of the finished device is prohibited (in the US and Canada) as it violates Part 15 of FCC laws.” Perform this at your own risk. iLounge is not liable for any damages or injuries.
Piel Frama has released a new leather case for the 40GB 4G iPod featuring a front cover with magnet closure, removable swivel belt clip, two credit card pockets and one money pocket. The case comes in black, tan, black/tan, red, and costs 50 Euros (approx. $61) with availability in early September.
Altec Lansing has released an update to its inMotion speakers for iPod named the inMotion iM3 Portable Audio System. The iM3 features: travel alarm clock when used with iPod; built-in docking station for charging and syncing; four custom-designed neodymium 28 mm micro drivers; MaxxBass(R) technology; wireless remote and built-in controls; 24 hours of continuous playback with four AA batteries; auto shut-down; and secondary input jack to connect other audio devices, including laptops, older iPods, and other MP3 players (cable included). The iM3 is available now at Apple Stores and Apple Store online for $179.00 and direct from Altec Lansing for $179.95.
PodGourmet is an iPod based gourmet food recipe database with 260 select recipes.
iSkin is now taking pre-orders on its newly redesigned iSkin eVo2 case for 4G iPods. The iSkin eVo2 comes with a clear acrylic screen protector, RevoClip belt clip and features access to all functions. The eVo2 can also accomodate the Griffin iTrip or Belkin voice recorders on top. iSkin is accepting pre-orders for $29.99 with shipping expected August 31.
JAVOEdge has released the JAVOSkin silicone case for iPod mini featuring access to all functions and a strap loop. No screen protection or belt clip is available. JAVOEdge costs $21.95 (regularly $25.95) and is now shipping.
A.B. Sutton has released several custom, hand made cases for 2G/3G iPods, and iPod mini. Made of goatskin leather imported from the Middle East and silk from India, A.B Sutton cases come in a vast array of colors and four distinct designs - monogram, stripe, flora or solid. The 2G/3G iPod cases are available with ($120) or without ($100) a front cover. The iPod mini case sells for $70, and all cases are individually numbered.
iPod.iTunes gives the choice to synchronize tracks, playlists or both - automatically with one click, or manually. A ‘manual mode’ creates a list of iPod tracks not in iTunes, and allows to copy desired tracks from that list. With every synchronization iPod.iTunes creates a date&time stamped iTunes playlist containing the tracks which were copied. This gives the option to easily add those tracks to existing playlists or to create new ones from the transferred tracks.
“Copy protection provider Macrovision is sufficiently confident that it will be able to incorporate FairPlay support into its CDS-300 copy control that is has begun telling customers that it will add iTunes and iPod support to its software in Q4.
According to mailings sent out with the company’s CDS-300 version 7 beta release, ‘support for iPod and iTunes… will be made available in a Q4 update.’”
I-magine Technology is the only iSkin reseller who is currently accepting pre-orders on the new 4th Generation iSkin eVo2 case for the 4th Generation iPod. I-magine Technology is giving customers within the UK and Europe the opportunity to guarantee that they are one of the first to own the new iSkin for the 4th Generation iPod by accepting pre-orders on these items. The eVo2 is a silicone case featuring access to all iPod functions, a clear, hard plastic screen protector and the RevoClip belt clip. The new eVo2 comes in nine colors, two sizes (20GB or 40GB), costs £22.00 and is expected to ship in mid-September.
The Apple Store is offering impressive deals on third-generation refurbished iPods, including a $169.00 entry level 10GB model, a $249.00 20GB model, a $279.00 30GB model and a $329.00 40GB model, each with free shipping. The iPods, which are being sold as Apple Certified Reconditioned hardware, include a one-year limited warranty and standard accessories.
Update (8/21 11pm MST): The 10GB and 20GB models are no longer available.
“Belkin Corporation, the global leader in connectivity solutions, has announced shipment of its one-millionth iPod accessory. Featuring a wide breadth of accessories designed to enhance the iPod experience, the Belkin iPod accessory line is currently shipping. [...]
To mark this achievement, Belkin will donate 1,650 Voice Recorders to Duke University’s incoming freshmen. This week, Duke will distribute iPod MP3 players to freshmen as part of an initiative to encourage creative uses of technology in education and campus life.”
“‘Cool’ was the word of the night as eager members of the Class of 2008 gathered en masse on the East Campus Quadrangle Thursday to receive their long-awaited and highly-publicized welcome gifts: 20-gigabyte Apple iPods.
‘This is so cool,’ freshman after freshman exclaimed as they were handed boxes containing the tiny digital devices that are at the heart of the much-hyped Duke iPod First-Year Experience.’
Whether you are a student, a small business owner, or a traveling executive, it’s difficult to stay current with your latest files and data. E-mail, documents, spread- sheets, databases, and media files tend to get revised many times a day. SyncITBaby provides the ability to keep all of those files synchronized and up to date on your hard drive and a portable device, allowing you to move your data between computers with ease.
Marware has updated its line of neoprene cases to fit the 4G iPod.
The 4G SportSuit Sleeve ($19.95) features; 3mm neoprene exterior; plush lined interior; straps for use on shoulder strap or belt; opening in flap to plug in earphone; pocket for storing earphones; plastic shell for impact protection; Multidapt interchangeable clip system; Velcro closure on flap; and includes a low-profile spring clip.
The 4G SportSuit Basic ($24.95) features; 2mm neoprene outer construction; plush-lined interior; plastic inserts on the sides and back for impact protection; plastic screen protector; access to hold button, headphone and remote jack; Multidapt interchangeable clip system; Velcro closure on flap; and includes a low-profile spring clip .
The 4G SportSuit Convertible ($39.95) features; 2mm neoprene outer construction; fully lined interior; plastic inserts at sides and back for impact protection; plastic screen protector; removable protective lid; headphone & remote storage pocket on lid; easy access to hold button, headphone jack, and remote ports; and Multidapt interchangeable clip system.
Wiley Publishing has released a new book titled “Hacking iPod + iTunes” by Scott Knaster. “Hacking iPod and iTunes teaches readers everything needed to use the most obscure and least documented features of Apple’s software, but that’s just the starting point. For the dedicated, hardcore iPod users who are ready to really unlock the potential of this great hardware device, Hacking iPod and iTunes reveals the secrets of more than 100 hacks, tweaks and mods, unlocking both the musical and non-musical tricks in the iPod’s repertoire.”