Our friends at Engadget have posted an impressive, nicely illustrated tutorial on changing an iPod’s graphics to include custom visuals of your choice. The hack requires a program called iPod Wizard, which is explained in greater detail at the tutorial link.
PDAtrends has introduced three new iPod products—PowerGuard, ScreenShield and WheelFilm. The iPod PowerGuard protects the back of the device from scratches and dirt. It is available in several different colors and patterns. The ScreenShield acts as a protective layer for the screen of the iPod. Each pack contains six ScreenShields. The iPod WheelFilm is a sticker-like add-on that protects your iPod’s Scroll/Click Wheel. It also comes in different colors and patterns. All three products work with the 3G and 4G iPod, iPod mini and iPod photo. They are priced at $9.95 each.
One MacGyver-like iPod owner has posted detailed instructions on how to make an iPod carrying case out of a milk jug.
Radiologists from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and other institutions from as far away as Europe and Australia are now using iPods to store medical images.
eBay has removed a modified U2 iPod promoting Negativland from its auctions after Apple complained of copyright violations.
At least one company in Hong Kong is selling a bootleg set of Apple’s trademark white earphones.
Pacific Design has announced a new version of its iPod Pouch for fourth-generation iPod models. The new case is made of microfiber and features full access to all buttons and ports, a 360-degree detachable belt clip, and clear PVC to protect the LCD screen. The new iPod Pouch fits both the 20GB and 40GB iPod and is available in Titanium grey metallic, Pretty pink metallic, and Super silver metallic.
iPresent It 1.0.1 is the first update to ZappTek’s software for converting PowerPoint, PDF and Keynote presentations to slideshows viewable on your iPod photo. This version adds built-in Keynote processing, improved image quality, and support for PowerPoint X in addition to 2004. iPresent It sells for $17.95.
Contour Design has announced the Showcase Photo, a new hard case designed for Apple’s iPod photo. Based on the original Showcase for 3G and 4G iPods, the accessory offers all-around protection, clear exterior with shock-absorbing interior, screen protector, detachable belt clip, Click Wheel access, and top and bottom openings for access to connectors, headphone jack and hold switch. The Contour Showcase Photo will be available beginning next week in two colors—black or white—for $32.95.
YamiPod is a freeware application to manage your Apple iPod for Windows and Mac OS X. It can also help you to rebuild the music library, in case some program messed up your iPod. New features in this version include: notes are automatically split if longer than 4KB, choice of destination playlists and many more.
At this week’s UBS Media Week Conference in New York, two executives took aim at Apple’s iPod. Andrew House, VP of Sony Computer Entertainment America, said he plans to first get the company’s Playstation Portable (PSP) in the hands of consumers as a gaming device and then use it to sell music and video downloads. The device uses a proprietary Sony storage disc format that can store about 2GB worth of content. “In the portable space, there are devices that are a necessity, like a cell phone, and there are devices that are indulgences,” House said. “The iPod fits very much into the indulgence and status category and that is where we are going to go head-to-head with PSP.”
Meanwhile, Warner Music Group CEO Edgar Bronfman said in a separate presentation at the conference that he sees a large opportunity to sell the label’s music on mobile phones, which he expects will hold as much as 1,000 songs like the iPod mini. “Eventually, the greatest competition [for the iPod] comes from the wireless network providers,” Bronfman said. “If my cell phone—or one of those 1.3 billion cell phone users as opposed to the five million iPod users—can give me the same kind of functionality as the iPod, that’s the biggest competition.”
Sena Cases has announced the release of a new line of cases for Apple’s 4G iPod and iPod photo models. Made of specially selected soft European leather, the new cases are offered in two different designs—with or without a flip cover. They feature a slim design, the ability to sync/charge via the iPod dock, access to all buttons and headphone jack, and a multi-purpose pocket (flip cover model only). The Sena cases are available in nine different colors—black, tan, blue, light blue, red, white, orange, green, and violet. The flip cover model is priced at $36.99, while the non-flip cover model sells for $33.99.
Digital Lifestyle Outfitters (DLO) today announced that its TransPod all-in-one car solution for iPod is fully compatible with the iPod photo. The TransPod lets owners transmit, charge and secure their iPod in one compact device in their cars. “After extensive testing, DLO now confirms the iPod photo fits the TransPod as well as the current lineup of 3G, 4G and mini iPods,” the company said. The TransPod retails for $99.99.
The female lead in the new Blade: Trinity movie relies on her iPod when fighting vampires, according to a video on the film’s new music Web site, Music To Slay By.
iPod My Photo is a new service that transforms any of your digital photos into an image identical to Apple’s silhouette ads for $19.95.
Missouri congressman and former Democratic presidential hopeful Dick Gephardt loves his iPod and says he listens to both Nelly and Eminem.
Apple is in a battle with the owner of the iTunes.co.uk domain name. The owner claims to have registered it before Apple was granted a trademark.
The iAlbea is a new white leather iPod case. It is hand-made by craftsmen from a Spanish traditional leather production zone, and features quick access to controls, and a secure removable clip. The iAlbea comes in two models to fit all third and fourth generation iPods. It is priced at $85 (shipping included).
Apple’s iTunes Music Store and Napster 2.0 are the most recognized online music services, according to a new study from global marketing research firm Ipsos-Insight. “New findings from TEMPO, the company’s quarterly study of digital music behaviors, reveal that in summer 2004, American downloaders aged 12 and older were equally as likely to be aware of Napster 2.0 and Apple’s iTunes on a top-of-mind basis (20% each). However, when prompted with brand names, about four out of five (79%) downloaders recognize the Napster 2.0 brand, while nearly half (46%) are aware of iTunes.”
iSounder 1.6 is the latest version of the Windows software that aids in using your iPod to karaoke. Version 1.6 brings the ability to edit the content of an iPod directly; multi-library support; the ability to sync the database and songs from an iPod back to the computer; and auto sync in-and-out both ways in an iPod.
Peachpit Press has announced the release of “The iPod Playlist Book.” The $14.99 book offers playlists for “nearly every mood and occasion,” according to the publisher. “Many consumers find it overwhelming having to sort through a massive collection of music to find the right tunes to make a perfect playlist. The iPod Playlist Book makes it simple by featuring more than 150 playlists organized by genre (punk, blues, roots, and more) and activity (road trips, cocktail parties, weddings, luaus, etc.). Each page includes a playlist and interesting tidbits about that list. Some examples of playlists include: Road Trippin’, Not Your Typical Wedding Songs, Cryin’ in Your Beer: Songs for Soaking in Cheap Suds and Salty Tears, The Building Blocks of Punk.”
Vaja has announced a new “Rasta” version of its i-Volution iVod case for all sizes of the iPod photo and 4G iPod. The $90 case is made from genuine Argentine leather, and features a built-in screen protector and access to the Click Wheel, dock port, headphone port, and hold switch. The iVod case is also available in a slew of other color combinations for $70.
IGG Software has released PlayPod 0.2, the latest version of its RSS Podcast client. New features in this update include improved iTunes integration, enhanced download management and a “check and download” button to quickly download all new Podcasts.
Macally has introduced two new silicon cases for Apple’s iPod and iPod mini. The IceSuit is a flexible sleeve case designed for both the 20GB and 40GB fourth-generation iPods. The PodSuit Mini protects all iPod minis “against everyday hazards and scratches.” Both products are priced at $14.99.
Lisa Merschel, a professor in the Spanish department at Duke University, says the iPod program has revolutionized her students’ experience with the language.
Brian Braiker of Newsweek has written a good overview of Podcasting entitled “Tivo for your iPod.”
Not just anyone can build accessories for the iPod. Companies interested in building certain gear for the device must license the dock connector technology from Apple.
USA Today’s Andrew Kantor says he doesn’t understand the overwhelming appeal of the iPod, and claims that “other brands are better, less expensive, have more capacity, are easier to use, and so on.”
Meanwhile, Shawna Richer of The Globe and Mail says the iPod is the “most life-altering gadget to arrive in my 37 years on the planet.”
Matias today announced that it has updated its iPod Armor hard case for the all models of the 4G iPod and iPod photo. The aluminum case offers all-around protection and has been updated to match the look of current iPods, and to make sure that the internal dimensions fit all current iPods correctly. Priced at $49.95, the new iPod Armor features an open-cell EVA foam interior and access to the top ports and dock connector.