“Speaking to an exclusive gathering of press in London on a number of issues, such as security, Steve Ballmer didn’t pass up the opportunity to take several digs at his company’s arch rival Apple. [...]
Billing Microsoft as the good guys and Apple the villains of the piece - at least as far as corporate America, rather than users, is concerned, Ballmer said: ‘We’ve had DRM in Windows for years. The most common format of music on an iPod is ‘stolen’.’”
Apple has posted a job seeking a RF Hardware Engineer with “knowledge of communication circuits and interest in physical principles utilized in modern radio communication devices, thorough knowledge of modulation methods, coding, compression or encryption.” Could this mean the possibility of a future iPod with radio capabilites?
“Citing ‘numerous sources in Asia,’ Thomas Weisel analyst Jason Pflaum said Apple will use SigmaTel’s controller chips for a player it’s planning to launch this Christmas. [...]
Unlike Apple’s hugely popular iPod and iPod Mini players, the new player would use solid-state flash memory, which has less capacity but can make for a lighter, cheaper player.”
Apple has quietly changed the design of the iPod mini packaging by reducing the size of the original square box by about one third. The new package is shorter from front to back, but remains the same height as the old. The package retains its clam shell design, folding open into two halves. The iPod mini is now on the left while the accessories are on the right. There are no longer any front flaps or instruction manual/CD package obscuring the view of the mini or accessories after opening the two halves. In order to unpack the contents in the new package, you must open the flaps on top of each half, which are marked by icons indicating their contents (headphones, cables, and so on).
“‘Podcasting’ is a term that is probably unfamiliar to most people, but it represents a real potential change in the radio landscape. A small group of enthusiasts has begun cobbling together a way to easily share homemade radio shows, eventually allowing people to reach large numbers of listeners by completely bypassing the current structure of radio. [...]
But Podcasting—like blogging—seems to combine the best of the Internet with the best of traditional media. It’s a way for someone to create and distribute a show to 40 people. And it also would allow a media company to distribute audio content to millions.”
“Apple Computer is planning the next wave of expansion for its popular iTunes online music store with a multi-country European launch in October, the service’s chief architect said on Wednesday.
“We are well on pace to launch more EU stores. We will do it next month,” Eddie Cue, Apple’s vice president of applications told music executives at the annual Popkomm conference in the German capital.”
Incase Designs has announced the Incase Charger for all iPods (with dock connector) and iPod mini. The charger is designed to work in a car or as a wall adapter via the flip-up, two prong, connector. “With charging capability in standby or play mode, a smooth gray rubber exterior and audio plug-in for FM and tape transmission, the Incase Charger is the completely functional and stylish way to charge up an iPod or iPod mini.” The Incase Charger retails for $49.95 and will be available the first week of November exclusively from Apple as well as the Incase webstore.
Battery Technology Incorporated (BTI) has announced three new iPod accessories: The iPod Battery ii, a thinner and smaller sequel to The iPod Battery; The iPod Auto/Air Power Adapter, an iPod power source made for use both in airplanes and cars; and The iPod To Go, a combination belt clip and neck strap accessory for iPods. iLounge will post a review of The iPod Battery ii shortly.
“ZVOX one-box audio systems sound great, fit anywhere and are ultra-simple to use. Our exclusive PhaseCue™ and Infinite Compliance technologies create an extremely wide, room-filling soundstage comparable to large systems with speakers 10-12 feet apart from each other. Our PhaseCue circuitry creates clearly-audible “virtual surround sound
JAVOedge has released the JAVO ClearCase for the iPod mini made of clear, hard plastic with access to the Click Wheel, headphone port and hold switch. The top also features a flip-lid door for inserting and removing the iPod mini from the case. The JAVO ClearCase sells for $23.95 and is also available as a bundle which includes JAVO ClearCase, JAVOScreen, Click Wheel Protector and JAVOeBuds for $40.87. JAVOedge has also released the JAVOedge Click Wheel Protector, a clear film to protect the Click Wheel on the iPod mini for $6.35.
After almost two years without a release, we are pleased to announce that RemoteAmp 2.0 is now available. RemoteAmp is a Pocket PC remote control for Apple’s iTunes for Windows and Nullsoft’s Winamp media players. It operates over any network connection and acts as a supercharged remote interface for your entire music library, allowing users to control playback, edit playlists and much more - all from the palm of their hand.
Griffin Technology has quietly introduced iBeam, a set of two small iPod attachments that turn the music player into a flashlight or a class IIIA laser pointer. The iBeam sells for $19.99 and will begin shipping by the end of October. Both accessories come with a protective snap-on cap that can be attached to any keychain.
DeskMac.com has released 100 pieces of their original 2002 limited edition production run of the DVBase Ltd. stand. The stand is machined from a 3-inch cube of solid T6 aircraft grade aluminum. The DVBase Ltd. comes with a polishing cloth, Green-Stuff metal polish (also polishes the back of iPod), fits all full-size iPods (1G, 2G, 3G , and 4G/HP) and costs $49.99.
Gregory Ng of AppleMatters writes: “A generation is dying and there’s nothing I can do about it. There comes a time when one must face the inevitable: the passing on of someone near and dear to their heart. A generation that set the standard for all that would follow. A generation that changed the world. A generation that is slowly dying off. I’m talking of course about the 1st and 2nd generation iPods. ...”
MacMinute reports the Crystalmini is a custom made iPod mini decorated with Swarovski crystals. The product is handcrafted with about 1,000 Swarovski crystals to match your 1,000 songs in the music player, according to the company behind the creation. “One crystal per song to represent every song you love. This is a one of a kind crystal digital music player that is crystallized from front to back with fine Swarovski crystals. It is carefully designed and crafted. Every fine crystal is placed mindfully with accuracy to allow easy navigation on the innovative scrolling wheel.” They will sell for US$699.
MacMinute reports that digital video recorder maker TiVo is offering a 20GB “Limited Edition Apple iPod” to members of its TiVo Rewards program, which combines points for user referrals and use of a TiVo-branded MasterCard. Collect 20,000 TiVo Rewards points and get the special iPod, which TiVo explains is unique because “the TiVo logo is etched on back!” (Okay, their choice of punctuation may be a little dramatic, but sure, it’ll be a collectors’ item of sorts.)
Like toys? iLounge reader Richard L. has used Legos to create unique iPod stands that are described as “100% handmade and unique” with “designs [that] will not be used again.” For pictures, check out the link below. These unique Lego stands are now being auctioned on eBay.
Incase is set to release three new iPod mini cases. The nappa Leather Sleeves are named after the designs appearing on the cases; Flower, Flame and Turntable. All cases feature a suede lined interior, built-in belt clip and open access to the hold switch and earphone port. The Leather Sleeves cost $29.95 and are expected to ship October 15. Click ‘Read more’ for exclusive photos and info.