The BBC Radio 1 breakfast show hosted by Chris Moyles is the No. 1 podcast in the UK, according to Apple’s iTunes charts.
New Zealand Apple distributor Renaissance more than doubled its profit to $1.93 million in the first half of 2005 and sees further growth as it rides the iPod boom.
Troy Wolverton of TheStreet.com says that Apple’s chain of retail stores has as much or more to do with the company’s recent successes than the iPod.
BusinessWeek’s Peter Burrows has written an article on why it makes sense for Hewlett-Packard to end its iPod partnership with Apple.
Staylazy has released new versions of two of its popular iPod programs—Weather for Me and Canto Pod.
Weather for Me 2.0 is an updated version of the software that allows you to download a 7 day weather forecast to your iPod. Following legal issues with Weather.com, the program now gets its data from MyForecast.com with over 26,000 US cities and 32,000 International cities supported.
Canto Pod 2.0 is the latest version of the iPod software that lets you easily search for song lyrics and download them to your iPod. This version adds LeosLyrics.com support, the ability to view the song files on your iPod, create a list of those songs, and automatically download those lyrics.
Ultimate Ears has introduced its new Super.fi 3 Studio earphones, which feature an in-ear design, pro-style ear loops and a $99.99 price tag.
“Through unique acoustic engineering and construction techniques, Super.fi 3 Studio earpieces are able to combine the deep, feel-it-in-your-gut bass of less expensive single-diaphragm devices with the clear mids of higher-priced single-armature products, then round out the sound with crisp highs that are typically missing from standard earphones,” says Ultimate Ears.
Each pair of the Super.fi 3 earphones come with a leather case, an earphone cleaning tool, and a 10-piece fit kit for different ear shapes.
Newer Technology has announced a 2200mAh iPod battery replacement kit for first- and second-generation iPods. The company said the new 2200mAh battery offers 78 percent more runtime capacity than the original Apple iPod battery. The $34.95 kit includes installation tools and instructions.
With the introduction of the 2200mAh battery, NewerTech is discontinuing its 1800mAh and 2100mAh iPod battery replacements for the first two iPod generations. Prices on the discontinued batteries have been dropped by $10 and are available while supplies last.
Apple has expanded its trademark for the iPod from “portable and handheld digital electronic devices for recording, organizing, transmitting, manipulating, and reviewing text, data, and audio files” to “portable and handheld digital electronic devices for recording, organizing, transmitting, manipulating, and reviewing text, data, audio, image, and video files.”
American Technology Research analyst Shaw Wu said that Hewlett-Packard will likely stop bundling copies of iTunes on its desktops and laptops by the end of the year.
Needham & Co. analyst Charles Wolf said that while HP’s decision to stop reselling the iPod “should have little, if any, impact on iPod sales, the company missed a golden opportunity to build a material revenue stream at little expense. HP’s departure opens the door for Apple to expand the iPod’s distribution network even more rapidly than it has in the past.”
“Last year I declared war on Apple, but actually I was thinking of something bigger,’’ Creative Technology CEO Sim Wong Hoo recently said. “The war is in the living room. We are going after the living room.’’ Meanwhile, Microsoft said it isn’t looking to buy a stake in the Singapore consumer electronics company despite earlier speculation.
Tatuz International has announced new iTatu sticker designs for the iPod shuffle, as well as a new “5-5-5” promotion.
Over the course of the next five weeks, the company said it will release five new iTatu designs, one per week, from graphic designer Andres Conde of Digital Assault. In addition to the new designs, each week for the next five weeks, the company will also be giving away one free iTatu with each online order.
The first new iTatu sticker, entitled “Mask” (shown), is available immediately for $3.49.
TechRestore is now offering an overnight iPod battery upgrade service for fourth-generation (4G) iPods and all color screen iPod models.
The $69 service includes overnight pickup of the iPod, same day installation of a high-capacity iPod battery and return overnight shipping. The replacement 1000mAh battery is said to offer over 50% more charging power than the original 4G iPod battery and 38% more charging power than the original color iPod battery.
A self-service 1000mAh battery upgrade is also available for $29.
The stars of the “Dukes of Hazzard” movie—Johnny Knoxville, Seann William Scott and Jessica Simpson—told Showbiz Tonight that they are obsessed with their iPods.
The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review has a story on iPod thefts and related crime in Pittsburgh.
The Journal and Courier has an article on Indiana’s Amy Greer, the winner of Apple’s 500 millionth song download contest.
In an article on user attachment to gadgets, Apple’s Greg Joswiak says of the iPod: “It really begs to be caressed. People use it as a mirror..It becomes a reflection of them and their unique taste in music.”
Italian fashion house Prada has introduced a new designer iPod mini case. The case is crafted from Saffiano leather and features a black fabric strap that appears it could be used as a lanyard or shoulder strap. It comes in black, bronze, and orange with gold plated hardware.
The Prada iPod mini case sells for $215, but the premium price tag is apparently not alienating shoppers. Saks notes: “Due to high demand, a customer may order no more than three units of these items every thirty days.”
While advertisers struggle to reach consumers who have abandoned traditional radio in favor of their iPod, Apple says it has no plans to allow commercials on its device or iTunes.
“We have gone out of our way to not take advantage of advertising opportunities,” said Greg Joswiak, vice president of iPod product marketing. “We don’t think it’s part of the experience we want to give.”
Except for a handful of podcasts, industry experts believe there’s little opportunity to place ads on devices such as the iPod.
“People are using an iPod because they want to choose the music they listen to,” said Craig Davis, chief creative officer of WPP ad agency JWT Worldwide. “To interrupt and intrude on that with advertising would be pretty unwelcome.”
iPod Battery 1.1 is a small Mac OS X application to change the iPod’s icon-based battery indicator to a numeric readout.
“You can change to a numeric representation from 0 to 999, giving a better understanding of battery status,” explains the developer. “The digital number indicator gives a more detailed view of battery status. You can change from analog (a small battery picture on iPod) to digital, or vice-versa.”
In this week’s dip into the iLounge Discussion Forums, one iPod owner reveals an interesting method to protect your possession from covetous eyes in the “CD Player…or is it?” thread in the Hacks and Mods Forum.
The claim that iPod users are experiencing what a UK psychiatrist calls “musical hallucinations” is now being discussed in the forums. If you can’t get a song out of your head, perhaps this explains why…
In the Future iPods Forum, one reader asks why there is such hostility towards the possibilty of a video iPod. Are you pro- or anti-video on the iPod?
One reader has posted a novel poll: “Which is your favorite country for music?” Do you have a favorite artist from a particular country? Share your views on which nation has produced the most memorable sounds.
Adding to its lineup of second-half 2005 iPod products, Belkin has revealed the DockAdapter for iPod shuffle ($19.99), a USB-to-iPod Dock Connector plug that enables an iPod shuffle to connect to certain iPod and iPod mini accessories. According to the company, the DockAdapter “gives your shuffle the flexibility to work with enhancements for iPod such as battery packs, mobile power cords, iPod speakers, and USB/FireWire cables that have a Dock Connector.”
As charging and audio pass-through are both supported, the DockAdapter is specifically listed as compatible with Belkin’s TuneBase series of three-in-one car chargers, mounts, and audio devices, as well as its Auto Kit, TunePower, and other Belkin car and battery accessories. It is planned for a September release.
Update: For the benefit of interested readers, Belkin notes that the DockAdapter allows an iPod shuffle to charge via FireWire, but not sync.
It’s here - the third iLounge Week in Review podcast. iLounge’s Larry Angell and Bob Levens were out and about on podcast recording day, so iLounge Editor-in-Chief Jeremy Horwitz has again filled in for the panel, offering commentary on the top news headlines and iLounge features of the week.
Hewlett-Packard has decided to stop reselling Apple’s line of iPods, the Wall Street Journal confirmed Friday [paid sub. req.]. HP spokesman Ross Camp told the paper that “the iPod doesn’t fit in with our digital entertainment strategy,” and said the company will quit selling the iPod at end of September.
“The deal between the two companies, which compete against each other in the PC market, was originally viewed as a major step for both companies, but the breakdown of the partnership isn’t likely to be a big loss for either side,” The Journal reports. “H-P on average accounted for only about 5% of iPod sales, which totaled about 6.2 million of the devices, worth more than $1.1 billion in revenue, for Apple last quarter.”
Camp told CNET News.com that HP’s “current plan” is to continue including Apple’s iTunes on its desktop and notebooks like it has done since 2004. The HP representative also said that under the terms of the partnership with Apple, HP cannot develop or market a rival digital music player until August 2006.
Apple and HP first announced their partnership in January 2004 at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. HP started selling iPods in August 2004, then later added the iPod mini and more recently the iPod shuffle to its HP-branded line.
iSkin today announced the availability of a Wheel Cap 3-pack for both its eVo2 and iSkin mini covers.
First announced in January, the protectors offer “a full-coverage transparent barrier to extend the life of the Apple Click Wheel by keeping it free of dirt, scratches and other damage that may occur from everyday use… while maintaining natural scrolling feedback.”
The 3-pack sells for $14.99.
The University of Florida is has launched a news podcast that can be downloaded by students and staff from the school’s website.
German car site Auto News says that Volkswagen is offering an optional iPod interface in the VW Golf and Golf GTI for 195 euros.
Writing about trading in her first iPod for a 10% discount at an Apple Store, Wired’s Regina Lynn admits: “I suspected I would feel a twinge as I handed over my first iPod. Instead, I cried. It wasn’t that I burst into tears. It was more of an overflow. My chest actually felt squeezed.”
Apple will reportedly begin selling Apple logo merchandise (such as shirts, golf balls and other gear) at its retail stores across the US.
Hebe Styling has announced the iFi, a new iPod dock that lets you easily connect your iPod to your home stereo. The $61 product connects to your iPod via the Dock Connector and to your stereo with RCA cables. It features a blue neon glow and also charges your iPod while docked. The iFi is compatible with the 4G iPod and iPod mini.
“This is a simple ‘plug and play’ solution for anyone wanting to integrate their iPod into their home,” says Hebe. “One box contains everything you need, including a white stand with blue neon trim, gold-plated phono cables for enhanced sound quality, and easy-to-change inserts that allow compatibility with a range of iPod players.”
Update: Hebe Styling has corrected the US price at $61.
American Technology Research analyst Shaw Wu expects Apple to ship its video iPod in October.
In a research note discussing Portal Player’s second quarter financial results, Wu wrote: “We believe new iPods including color iPod minis, higher capacity flash, and a video-capable iPod will not likely ship until the October timeframe in the December quarter.”
Wu said he expects Apple to ship 7.1 million iPods this quarter, 3.1 million of which will be iPod shuffles. He also believes that Portal Player has “secured the design win in a new 2GB iPod mini using flash” and that Apple will discontinue its 4GB iPod mini.
Griffin Technology today introduced the iFM, an all-in-one iPod add-on that combines an FM radio tuner, voice and radio recorder, and remote control functions.
The small aluminum device functions as a remote for Dock Connector iPods (3G/4G/Photo/mini models) and features a digital FM radio with a Band-Switch function to switch between US, European and Japanese FM bands. The iFM also lets you record radio content and, using a built-in omnidirectional microphone, voice memos. Radio and voice recordings (3G/4G/Photo models supported) are automatically saved to the iPod.
“With the flip of a switch users can now switch seamlessly between controlling their music library and listening to their favorite FM radio programming,” says Griffin. “Use the iFM as an inline remote to control the iPod’s transport controls, great for workouts, biking or hiking. iFM is also a recording device, with a built in microphone to record voice, or change modes to capture live FM radio directly to the iPod!”
Griffin’s iFM is priced at $49.99 and is scheduled to begin shipping in August.