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Apple announcements tomorrow 6:00EST/3:00PST

“Apple, the US computer maker, is expected to launch its popular internet music store in Europe tomorrow, in an attempt to build on the company’s considerable success in the US online music market. [...]

One person in the industry said Steve Jobs, Apple’s chief executive, was expected to be on hand to announce Apple’s music store would immediately be available to consumers in the UK, Germany and France. Mr Jobs was also expected to announce plans to eventually roll out the service to other European countries.”

Apple’s press event will take place at approximately 11:00AM local time in London, England (6:00AM Eastern Standard Time and 3:00AM Pacific Standard Time, United States). Additional announcements regarding new iTunes and iPod pricing, availability, and accessories may be included in the presentation. Join iLounge tomorrow morning for full coverage of the event.

 

Indie labels a no-show for iTunes Europe launch?

“A source from within the UK’s Association of Independent Musicians (AIM) explained: “Talks have been ongoing over the weekend, but I’m hearing they broke down today.” It appears Apple has presented terms to Europe’s independents that are unacceptable to them, and the computer company is not prepared to shift its position.

If this report proves true this will mean Apple will launch its store

Jobs hopes to lower iPod prices, iTunes to sell 5% of US music in 2 years

The Wall Street Journal’s Walter Mossberg interviewed Steve Jobs at the D: All Things Digital conference in Carlsbad, California. Mossberg talked with Jobs about the success of iTunes, Mac’s future, and movie piracy, during which Jobs casually mentioned he would like to the lower the price on iPods. “I mean, we’re not happy with iPods costing $300 and $400 and we want to keep driving the prices down on them so we’re working very hard on that.”

Walt Mossberg: You’ve been the leader in legal music downloading. Where does it stand today?

Steve Jobs: We have about 70% market share of the legal downloads, which is great. But if you look at everybody together—100% of the legal download market—we’ve gone from pretty much zero a year ago to about 2% of the legally sold music in the U.S. That’s not a giant number, but if you look at it and say it’s been accomplished in a year and you look at the trajectory, it’s not inconceivable to see it breaking through 5% in the next 24 months as an example, maybe sooner.”

UK store launches Summer Sale on iPod accessories

i-magine, the official on-line reseller of iSkin products, has launched a Summer Sale on many of their products until the end of June. There are reductions of over 30% on some items including iSkin eVo for

CD ripping service comes to Los Angeles and Chicago

LoadPod, the service that rips your CD collection into your iPod so that you don’t have to, has added local service in several new areas, including: Los Angeles-Pasadena, California, Atlanta-Marietta, Georgia, Chicago, Illinois, Pensacola-Panama City, Florida and Northern Virginia. The LoadPod network now includes twenty-five States, including major metropolitan areas such as New York City, San Francisco, Boston, Miami, Phoenix, Nashville, St. Louis, Baltimore, Orlando, Salt Lake City, and San Diego, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Minneapolis, and Washington, DC.

PodShop offers 20% discount to MUG members

PodShop is currently offering all Macintosh User Group (MUG) members a discounted price on the company’s clear acrylic stand/display product, PodHolder. MUG members can get PodHolder for $7.95 - a savings of 20% - by using the special MUG link at http://podshop.com/mug.htm and by providing the MUG group affiliation during the checkout process. There is no expiration on the discount.

New iPod parody posters appear in LA

  • June 11, 2004
  • iPod,

piciPod parody posters dubbed “iRaq” have gone bi-coastal since their recent debut in New York City. Several photos of the latest parody posters to hit the streets of Los Angeles include silhouetted figures holding various military weapons with the famous white cable attached; including a Russian AK-47 assault rifle, hand grenade and RPG grenade launcher. All posters are marked “10,000 Iraqis killed. 773 US soldiers dead.”

Mac: iTunes Library Manager 4.0 released

Doug’s AppleScripts for iTunes has released iTunes Library Manager, an AppleScript application that makes backup copies of the iTunes Library and Preferences, allowing users to easily save multiple iTunes Library and Preferences configurations that can be retrieved and loaded at any time.

Griffin ships iTrip mini FM Transmitter

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“Just in time for summer vacation, Griffin today announced the iTrip mini FM Transmitter for Apple’s iPod mini has begun shipping - one month earlier than originally announced. The new iTrip mini joins the iTrip line as one of the hottest iPod accessories in the world. The iTrip has received critical acclaim for its exclusive iPod-only features such as unlimited station frequencies tuned directly from the iPod and battery-free iPod mating design. The iTrip mini brings the entire list of award winning iTrip features to the iPod mini in a new, beautifully form-fitting mini design. Shipping now, the iTrip mini is $39.99 and available directly from Griffin Technology and at the Apple Store.”

iPod ad campaign awarded top honors

  • June 10, 2004
  • iPod,

“The Magazine Publishers of America awarded TBWAChiatDay the $100,000 Grand Prize Kelly Award for its Apple iPod “Silhouette” campaign that shows people dancing with iPods against brightly colored backgrounds.

‘It demonstrated to people that you don’t have to spend a lot of time talking about features to get people to make a human connection with your product,’ said Mike Hughes, president of The Martin Agency in Richmond, Va., and a Kelly judge. ‘Also, one of the core values for Apple is design. To reinforce that without ever talking about it, just by art direction, is an incredibly smart and effective device.’”

The iPod-iTunes Phenomenon

  • June 10, 2004
  • iPod,

“One word describes Apple’s sudden success with iPod and the iTunes Music Store: “Phenomenon.”

Apple’s early music success transcends technology features and is as much about basic human characteristics often overlooked by companies developing new products. The popularity of iPod and the iTunes Music Store offers interesting cultural lessons for Apple and its competitors. What is the measure of success? People.”

The U.S. Constitution on your iPod

  • June 9, 2004
  • iPod,

“Carrying a paper copy of the U.S. Constitution is so 18th-, 19th-, and 20th-century. Now you can tote a hyperlinked copy everywhere on your iPod. The free download, dubbed iCon, comes courtesy of the American Constitution Society, a national organization made up of moderate and progressive law students, lawyers, judges, academics, policymakers and advocates.”

MTV Movie Awards includes iPod mini gift bag

The MTV Movie Awards will be offering up the iPod mini and accessories by Digital Lifestyle Outfitters (DLO) to presenters and performers attending the event. Stars like host Lindsay Lohan, Halle Berry, Tom Cruise, Snoop Dogg, the Beastie Boys, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Christina Aguilera, Vin Diesel, Kirsten Dunst and more all receive a luxurious gift package arranged by LA based Branded Entertainment. The basket includes, in addition to the iPod mini and DLO iPod mini accessories, an XM Satellite Radio, Microsoft Xbox, Logitech Webcam, Electronic Arts games and more. DLO’s gift basket includes the TransPodFM All-in-one Car Solution for iPod and iPod mini, the Jam Jacket Pro mini workout case with armband and the Podfolio mini leather case. The show airs Thursday, June 10 at 9p.m. ET.

Mac/Windows: iTunes 4.6 released

You can use iTunes to create your own personal digital music library and easily organize and listen to your collection of digital music files. You can also create your own custom audio CDs and transfer your music to an Apple iPod portable digital music player. If you are installing iTunes for use with an iPod, after installing iTunes, use the cable that came with your iPod to connect your iPod to your computer.

LoadPod comes to San Francisco

  • June 9, 2004
  • iPod,

LoadPod, the service that rips your CD collection into your iPod so that you don’t have to, has added local service in several new areas, including the San Francisco, Sacramento, and Berekely areas of California; the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area; the Minneapolis-St. Paul area of Minnesota; and the Detroit Metro area of Michigan. The LoadPod network now includes twenty-two States, including major metropolitan areas such as New York City, Boston, Miami, Phoenix, Nashville, St. Louis, Baltimore, Orlando, Salt Lake City, and San Diego.

Shure E2 earphones for $69.00

MicrophoneSolutions.com is offering the Shure E2 earphones for $69.00 + shipping (around $6.00) using coupon code G88E88. This offer is for a limited time. You get the 30 day Money back guarantee. Beware of e-tailers that advertise the E2 for less than $99. That means they’re not authorized dealers. The E2 you buy from MicrophoneSolutions comes with a 2 YEAR replacement and/or repair by Shure.

iTMS tops 85 million downloads

“Apple has had more than 85 million downloads from its popular iTunes music store, which officially only works with its market-leading iPod digital music players. Songs typically cost 99 cents each and users can download them onto as many iPods as they like and on up to five computers.”

BTI Battery Pack for $85

Digitally Unique is offering the recently released BTI Battery Pack for $84.95, $15 off the $99.95 retail price. “Designed for all 3rd generation iPods and iPod mini users, the iPod Battery comes with interchangeable cradles for the 3rd generation iPod and iPod mini and will provide up to 40 hours of music play-time or download time, regardless of the age or status of the original (internal) battery. The battery does NOT charge the internal iPod battery. The power will by-pass the internal battery and go straight to the unit.”

Sennheiser launches interactive “TrueSound Lounge”

Head and earphone maker, Sennheiser has launched an interactive Flash website called “TrueSound Lounge” for web-surfers to experience “an entertaining selection of fresh, innovative new music from Sennheiser-supported emerging artists like Sugarcult and Jody Whitesides, and fun, quick-witted web-video shorts from top commercial filmmakers and producers, fruits of the Sennheiser Invitational Film Project.” The lounge also offers information on “personal-listening products for home, portable, and wireless enjoyment of music, home-theater, and A-V entertainment”.

iPod changed rock ‘n’ roll

  • June 8, 2004
  • iPod,

MacMinute reports that “this month’s Rolling Stone lists the iPod among “The 50 Moments that Changed Rock ‘n’ Roll.” It says the Apple device has ‘revolutionized the way we listen to music” and that by the end of 2003 “the iPod has become a cultural phenomenon.’”

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