News | iLounge

News

“We’re ’Pod people”

  • February 27, 2004
  • iPod

“You’ve seen us. On the bus. In class. Walking across campus, strolling down Telegraph Avenue. We’re everywhere. We’re ’Pod people.

iPod people, to be exact—the creepy “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” connection hadn’t dawned on me until I was recently hailed as “Hey! ‘Pod girl!” by a cute boy in my French class. But since I’ve come to class every day this semester with the Best Christmas Present Ever strapped to my hip and The White Stripes blasting in my ears, I can see how the ‘Pod could become my most identifiable characteristic.”

Mac: iPod mini will not work as bootable drive

Chris Breen, Macworld columnist reports that “if you attempt to install [Mac OS X] from a multi-disc CD set, the mini won’t boot so that you can install from the second disc. If you install from a DVD, the installation goes as planned, but when it comes time to boot, the mini is missing in action—won’t appear in the Mac’s startup screen when you hold down the Option key.”

iPod mini is “outdoing the success of the original iPod”

“Early indications are that iPod mini, which garnered more than 100,000 preorders since being announced in January, is outdoing the success of the original iPod, which sold 125,000 units in its first quarter of availability, Apple said.

‘The customer response has been incredible—it’s just been off the charts,’ Apple worldwide iPod marketing manager Danika Cleary told TechNewsWorld. ‘It’s meeting and exceeding our expectations.’”

Apple Store SF to offer “lucky bags” at grand opening

“To celebrate the grand opening of Apple Computer’s new Union Square store in San Francisco, 200 shoppers will be given a dubious opportunity—spend $250 for the chance to win a new iPod mini.

On Saturday morning, the first few hundred people through the door will have a chance to buy a $250 “lucky bag,” which may or may not contain one of the company’s popular, just-released miniature music players. [...]

Priced at $250, nearly the same price as the iPod mini itself, the lucky bags contain seven or eight items worth a total of $600 to $1,000, Johnson [Apple senior vice president of retail] said.”

New audio book website Telltale Weekly launched

New Mac-based audiobook provider Telltale Weekly launches with DRM-free audiobooks for under a dollar. New unabridged audiobooks will be released every Friday in MP3 and Ogg Vorbis formats. The site uses the Bitpass micropayment solution to offer recordings for as little as 25 cents and still be able to fairly compensate artists. All recordings from Telltale Weekly are DRM-free, so users may use the files on an unlimited number of computers, CD-Rs, and players for personal use.

Many of the current and future recordings offered by Telltale Weekly are of performances of texts in the public domain. These are produced with the intention of releasing them under the Creative Commons Attribution License five years or 100,000 sales after their first appearance on the site, whichever comes first. Every purchase helps to build and fund a free audiobook library, and Telltale Weekly hopes to create at least 50 such recordings each year.

Burton Amp Pack for $168.99

  • February 26, 2004
  • Deals

Paragon Sports located in downtown New York is currently carrying the Burton Amp Pack for 30% off or $168.99. The regular price for the Amp Pack is $240.

iPod plugin for Winamp 5 released

“With the release of the iPod Support Plug-in for Winamp 5 you can finally start using that PC formatted iPod for something other than a stylish paper weight.

Installing the plug-in will add an iPod device listing to your Winamp Media Library. Then all you have to do is connect your iPod to your PC, point Winamp to the drive letter that your iPod was assigned, and start sending your MP3 or M4A tracks from your PC to your hip little portable device. Winamp will also play tracks directly from your iPod so you can take your collection to a friends house and blast your tunes in style without ever having to touch his/her dirty dirty hard drive. You can even free up space of your own hard drive by deleting useless programs like iTunes and Music Match.

Will the overt sexiness of Nullsoft innovation ever end? No. No it won’t.”

iPod mini 4GB for $224.99

  • February 26, 2004
  • Deals

Dealmac: Target.com offers the iPod mini 4GB for $249.99. Coupon code “TDAW2SAVETEN” knocks 10% off, yielding a net price of $224.99. That’s the lowest price we’ve seen by $18. Add around $6 for shipping.

MacMinute reports details of Enimen vs. Apple lawsuit

  • February 25, 2004
  • Apple

MacMinute - As reported yesterday, Eight Mile Style, Eminem’s music publisher, is suing Apple claiming that the company used one of the rapper’s songs—“Lose Yourself” from the 2002 film “8 Mile”—in an iTunes television commercial without permission. MacMinute has obtained the 15-page lawsuit, which was filed on Feb. 20 in U.S. District Court in Detroit, Michigan. The suit—which also names Viacom, its MTV subsidiary and the TBWA/Chiat/Day advertising agency—said “Eminem has never nationally endorsed any commercial products and… even if he were interested in endorsing a product any endorsement deal would require a significant amount of money, possibly in excess of $10 million.”

Apple vs. Apple, Judge owns iPod

  • February 25, 2004
  • Apple

“Mr Justice Mann, of the High Court Chancery Division, revealed today that he owns an Apple iPod – the neat little portable computer which allows its user to download thousands of music tracks over the internet. He asked lawyers if this disqualified him from hearing a trademark dispute between Apple Computers and the Beatles company Apple Corps over the computer giant’s iTunes online music store.

Lord Grabiner QC, for Apple Computers, said he was delighted to hear the judge had an iPod and added: ‘We would perhaps have sent you one free if that would not have been improper.’”

Related news: FOXNews: The Beatles Sue Apple Computers Over IPod, ITunes

iPod mini Manuals available

Apple has posted three different user manuals for the iPod mini; User’s Guide, Tutorial and Quick Reference. (PDF)

iPod ads “focus on a very narrow market”

  • February 25, 2004
  • iPod

“However, the world’s leading expert on the social impact of personal-stereo devices – Sussex University lecturer Michael Bull – says “the adverts only focus on a very narrow market”. He added: “It’s wrong to assume that only the youth use personal stereos, as they get older they still use them.

“There are people who play Beethoven and Jazz on their iPod, and the Apple iTunes Store also reflects this diversity, Apple should market the iPod to these people, too.”

Media Week senior editor Mike Butcher agrees: “Targeting youth makes sense from a prime-marketing perspective but because the iPod is not the cheapest player around, this would suggest the market is actually a bit older.”“

Professor Bull studies the iPod

  • February 25, 2004
  • iPod

“Lecturer Dr. Michael Bull is “the world’s leading—perhaps only—expert on the social impact of personal stereo devices,” according to The New York Times. [...]

Now Bull has turned his attention to Apple’s iPod.

Bull is currently interviewing iPod owners about how, when, where and why they use the iPod, and how it integrates into their everyday lives.”

Mac|Windows: iPod mini 1.0 Software Released

Everything you love about iPod just got tinier. iPod mini lets you bring 1,000 songs everywhere you go in an anodized aluminum body about the size of a business card. The iPod mini 1.0 Software updates and restores software on your iPod mini.

Eminem sues Apple over iTunes ad

  • February 24, 2004
  • Apple

“Rapper Eminem’s music publisher is suing Apple Computer Inc., claiming the company used one of the hip-hop superstar’s songs in a television advertisement without permission.

Eight Mile Style filed the copyright infringement suit late last week against Apple, Viacom Inc., its MTV subsidiary and the TBWA/Chiat/Day advertising agency.

At issue is an ad for Apple’s iTunes pay-per-download music software, in which a 10-year-old sings Eminem’s “Lose Yourself.” The suit claims the commercial aired on MTV beginning in July 2003 and ran numerous times for at least three months. It also appeared on Apple’s Web site.”

Mediafour releases XPlay 2.0 Beta

picXPlay 2 provides a variety of new features, including compatibility with Audible files, AAC files, and even automatic WMA-to-MP3 conversion.  XPlay 2 is also much faster than the original XPlay, has improved support for international characters, displays album art, supports play counts, and has a greatly-enhanced interface under Windows XP.

XPlay is well-known as the first product to provide Windows connectivity for iPods, and as the only product ever to provide Windows integration for Mac-formatted iPods.  XPlay is also the only way to use iPods with older versions of Windows, including Windows Me and Windows 98SE.

Mac|Windows: PocketMac iPod Edition Released

PocketMac iPod EditionTM for Macintosh automatically converts and exports Contacts, Calendar, Tasks, Notes, and unread Email from Microsoft Entourage to the iPod. It will also reformat and copy files such as PDFs, Word, Text and Rich Text documents to the iPod for viewing “on the road.” And, this release now adds support for OS X’s Mail.app email export,  as well as support for Stickies Notes! This is a software solution that resides entirely on the Mac,  integrating quietly into iSync, and activating only as part of an iSync sync. Best of all, this iPod solution is available on both Mac and Windows!  When you buy one, you automatically get the other - absolutely free!

A smarter playlist for iPod mini

“When you plug an iPod mini into a computer that bears an iTunes library larger than the mini’s 3.7GB capacity, iTunes offers to create a playlist that contains a subset of the tunes on your computer. This is a very cool feature, but not as cool as it could be. You see, when iTunes creates that playlists it gives no consideration to file size.”

MP3 Gym announces free demo download

  • February 23, 2004
  • iPod

MP3 Gym, the world’s first audio personal trainer recorded on mp3 files, announced today that anyone with an iPod or other multi-gigabyte mp3 player can now download their free demo at http://www.mp3gym.com/demo.html The six megabyte demo includes eight exercises and an illustrated exercise routine sheet (pdf). The MP3 Gym CD-ROM with over 60 exercises and almost 200 mp3 files is only $19.95 at http://www.mp3gym.com

iPod mini and audio book playback problem

“MacFixIt reader Craig Spirko writes “Bought a silver iPod mini on Friday and while I love it, I’ve found two software bugs: When listening to a book-on-tape (‘The da Vinci Code’ bought from iTunes) I’ve found that if you’re more than 35 minutes into the track and press the FF button (and hold) the iPod rewinds instead of fast forwarding. On four other books I had the same problem.”

Sign up for the iLounge Weekly Newsletter

Email:

iLounge is an independent resource for all things iPod, iPhone, iPad, and beyond.
iPod, iPhone, iPad, iTunes, Apple TV, Mac, and the Apple logo are trademarks of Apple Inc.
iLounge is © 2001 - 2014 iLounge, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Terms of Use | Privacy Policy