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Small music stores hard hit by music downloads

“The popularity of digital music players, legal and illegal music downloads on the Internet and the practice of making burn-your-own CDs have helped push 1,000 record stores out of of business in the past two years, according to the Recording Industry Association of America in Washington D.C., a trade group for biggest record labels. [...]

Others say piracy is only one factor in the decline of music sales. Growing competition from large national retailers and digital music sites such as Apple Computer Inc.

Mac: getTunes 2.3 released

getTunes is a Mac version of myTunes, a small application that allows users to download music from local Rendezvous-shared music libraries (instead of streaming the songs). Don’t steal music.

SmarterCase announces the SmarterPouch for iPod

picSmarterCase, makers of PDA cases has released a new iPod specific case called the SmarterPouch. “The SmarterPouch is a brilliant melding of soft case and hard case providing iPod users the best of both worlds. The good looks cushioning and versatility of the soft case backed up by a steel backbone similar to hard cases make a superior and useful case.” The SmarterPouch is available in leather or fabric prints for $19.99 including an Ultra Clip belt clip.

Mac: iPod does not appear in iPod Updater or iTunes fix

  • April 30, 2004
  • iPod,

Apple has posted a Knowledge Base document outlining a possible fix for when the iPod does not appear in the iPod Updater (v2.2 2004-04-28) or iTunes. “Under some circumstances, iPod appears in the Finder in Mac OS X, but does not appear in the iTunes Source list or does not appear in the iPod Updater.” Several iLounge forum members have reported having the same problem.

Survey: Possible underwater audio system for iPod planned

Diver Entertainment Systems, makers of the H2O Audio

Forbes suggests new features For iTunes

“But what’s needed next is the additional layer of information that typically goes with music sold in brick-and-mortar stores: the packaging.

The new iTunes feature that lets those who buy an album print out the cover art addresses this, to a point. But what’s missing are the other bits of information about the album that typically come with CD packaging—liner notes, jacket copy, lyric sheets and so on. Jazz and classical fans in particular often enjoy reading the jacket copy.”

Free iTunes 4.5 troubleshooting guide released

Blogger, Fran

Hi-Fi iPod audio website launches

“With portable music devices becoming so incredibly popular, more and more people are looking to optimize their devices with powered/active speakers or high-end headphones. The iPod studio will help you do just that. With so many folks using cheap buds and tired old computer speakers, the iPod studio gleefully delves deep into the world of portable acoustics and sees what’s really out there.”

eBay flooded with iPod minis; Prices top $500

How popular is the iPod mini? Point your browser to eBay and search the words ‘iPod mini’ and you’ll get over 10 pages of results. Most auctions are selling the mini for well over $300 and pink is the most expensive color with some auctions over $400. The most popular color with three pages of listings is the silver mini. You’ll find pink iPod minis selling for up to $485 ‘Buy It Now.’ eBay UK just sold an iPod mini Pink for [url=http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=41002&item=3093835719&rd=1]

Lajo announces exomini-fb case

picLajo’s exomini-fb the last of the series of 7 exomini cases has just been released in time for Lajo’s Mom’s Week 50% Off Special which will start on Monday. This is the fourth flat back case Lajo has released for the iPod mini and it can be converted to belt use with Lajo’s new TwistClip which rotates to 7 positions. It will be available mid May. Exomini-fb sells for $15 plus $5 shipping to anywhere in the world and for a limited time next week you will be able to buy it for $7.50.

Mac: AppleScripts for Toggling iTunes link arrows released

Jim Heid, author of “The Macintosh iLife ‘04,” has published two AppleScripts that allow you to toggle the behavior of the link arrows in iTunes 4.5.

Apple investigates iPod update problems

  • April 29, 2004
  • iPod,

“Apple Computer said Thursday that it is investigating reports that some iPod owners have had trouble updating their devices to take advantage of the company’s latest version of its iTunes jukebox software.

The Mac maker on Wednesday released an iPod software update in conjunction with its enhancement of iTunes. The iPod software is required for iPods to take advantage of the new features of iTunes 4.5 and the iTunes Music Store. However, a number of iPod owners say that when they run the software that is supposed to upgrade their devices, the software cannot detect their iPod.”

Transcript of iTunes conference call published

The Mac Observer has posted a complete transcript of yesterday’s iTunes anniversary conference call with Steve Jobs. Here he describes the new WMA to AAC conversion feature in iTunes 4.5:

“Another thing we’ve added is automatic WMA to AAC conversions, that is automatic conversion from WMA—which is the format that many people use on Windows—to AAC—which is the format that iTunes uses—so that Windows users can automatically create iTunes versions of the songs encoded in unprotected WMA, which means if you’re adding iTunes to your PC, you’ve got a music library in WMA, it will automatically create an iTunes version that is playable in iTunes, allow you to convert your library to iTunes and sink it to iPod just really in a snap. And this is going to help us a lot in the Windows market along with HP and some of the other things we’re doing and we’re excited about that.”

iTunes 4.5 cracked in less than 24 hours

SlashDot reports that in less than 24 hours someone in Australia has cracked the new authentication algorithm in iTunes 4.5. “iTunes 4.5 uses a new authentication algorithm. However, not even 24 hours after I downloaded it, and that includes a little sleep and lots of uni time,  I’ve broken it. Hah. Anyhow, libopendaap 0.2.0 and tunesbrowser 0.1.4 are now available.”

Shure E3 for $139.99

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Download a free song from iTunes

“To celebrate the first anniversary

More tips on iTunes 4.5

Jim Heid, author of “The Macintosh iLife” has published more tips for iTunes 4.5 on his website. Here’s one of his tips on iMix, the ability to share your own playlist in iTunes.

Linking to an iMix. Want to email an iMix link to a friend or publish it on your Web site? Control-click on the icon for your iMix, then choose Copy iTunes Music Store URL from the shortcut menu. Paste that link into an email or the Web tool of your choice.”

Pepsi’s iTunes promo shows weak results

“Apple Computer said Wednesday that about 5 million free songs have been given away through a Pepsi promotion, far fewer than the 100 million tracks that could have been redeemed.

An Apple representative said the music giveaway was probably the biggest ever of its kind but admitted that the company gave away fewer songs than it had intended.

‘We had hoped the redemptions would have been higher,’ said Katie Cotton, Apple’s vice president of worldwide corporate communications. Customers with winning bottle caps have until Friday to redeem their free music tracks.”

Apple disables iTunes song-swapping tool

“Among other additions Apple Computer made to its iTunes software, the Mac maker has plugged a hole that allowed some people to download music from another computer.

Apple’s iTunes allows Macintosh and PC users to play music stored on other PCs on a network. The music is streamed off the other computer. But file-swapping enthusiasts quickly created other programs, such as MyTunes, to capture the songs and allow them to be saved to the computer’s hard drive. With the latest iteration

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.”

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