Apple and BMW today officially announced the BMW iPod Adapter. “Connect with music like never before behind the wheel of your BMW 3 Series, and X3 and X5 SAV, Z4 Roadster or MINI. With the installation of an integrated adapter developed by Apple and BMW, you can now control your iPod or iPod mini through the existing audio system and multi-function steering wheel. Which means no loss of power. No loss of sound quality. No loss of control. The BMW iPod adapter can be installed in 2002 or later 3 Series, X3 and X5 SAVs, Z4 Roadsters and MINIs with compatible audio configurations.” The BMW iPod Adapter is priced at $149 (plus installation cost) and will be available at BMW centers as of July 12, 2004.
Apple and BMW said they have also launched a large “iPod Your BMW” marketing campaign that includes print, outdoor, online and television advertising (a TV spot has already been posted in QuickTime format on Apple’s site).
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The new RadTech miniSleevz is constructed from a unique Optex fabric and features: a covered click wheel; access to the headphone port, ‘Hold’ switch and dock connector; and can be used with an Apple-supplied belt clip or armband mounts. MiniSleevz are available for $17.95 in six colors, both online, and wherever RadTech products are sold.
SendStation Systems has released two new PocketDock adapters for iPod and iPod mini. The PocketDock Combo features USB and FireWire ports, and accepts industry-standard USB cables and 6-pin FireWire cables. Also announced today, the new PocketDock Line Out offers a 6-pin FireWire connector, and adds an industry-standard 3.5 mm (1/8”) stereo jack for high-quality audio output. “The stereo jack connects directly to the iPod
Coupon Code E3WHITEONLYJUNE22 is valid from now until June 22nd and it’s good only for the WHITE version E3c. MicrophoneSolutions.com coupon is an exclusive and private offer for iLounge. MicrophoneSolutions.com is an Authorized Shure dealer and the earphones you buy from them comes with a full 2 Year Warranty replacement/repair by Shure and a 30 day money back guarantee ($10 fee). As an Authorized Shure dealer Microphone Solutions can ONLY advertise this item for $179, but with this coupon you get it for $132 + shipping (around $6).
Teski, makers of the roadie iPod case, have released a new black Executive Leather Case for 3G iPods featuring full-grain Nappa leather; a brushed aluminum front insert; access to the headphone port, dock port, function buttons, and touch wheel; and a post to attach the Ultra Swivel Clip belt clip. The inside front cover has a slot for credit cards. The Executive Leather Case sells for $19.95.
iPoDonut is a silicone backed sticker that covers the touch wheel on 2nd and 3rd generation iPods. iPoDonut comes in nine glow-in-the-dark designs and several colors; a plain glow-in-the-dark version; and a LCD screen protector is included with purchase. Each iPoDonut costs $9, and iPod mini iPoDonuts are expected to be released in late June.
Update: MacMinute reports that “Gizmodo has uncovered further details on the adapter. The gadget site says it will cost around $235 installed and will only work on 2002 or later models. Any BMW with a built-in Navigation system, cassette deck, satellite radio or CD changer will reportedly not be able to use the adapter. Gizmodo also says that the iPod sits in a dock located in the glove compartment.”
“MacMinute has obtained a two-page joint advertisement from Apple and BMW for a new iPod car adapter. The ad reads: ‘The first seamless integration of iPod and automobile. Connect with your music like never before. With the installation of an integrated adapter developed by BMW and Apple—now available for the BMW 3 Series, X3 and Z4—you can control your iPod through the existing audio system and multi-function steering wheel. Which means no loss of power. No loss of sound quality. And no loss of control.’ The ad also directs consumers to iPodYourBMW.com, which as of this posting, is not yet live.”
The Think Different Store is giving away two Exhibit Guest Passes to Macworld Expo Boston every day. You and a friend will gain free exhibit hall admission for the entire Expo. That’s a $35 value! The Expo will be held July, 12-15 at the Boston Convention Center. Many of your favorite Mac vendors will be there, including us! We’d love to see you so be sure to pay us a visit at the Think Different Store Booth (# to be announced). If you live in or around Boston, or just plan to be in the area in July, enter to win free VIP passes at www.thinkdifferentstore.com/contest.
MacMinute reports that “in an interview with Neil McIntosh of The Guardian, Apple CEO Steve Jobs said that the iPod is no longer meant to lead PC users to switch to the Mac platform. ‘We brought the iPod to Windows. That was a big decision. That was basically a decision not to use the iPod to drive people to Macs,” Jobs said after Tuesday’s iTunes event in Europe. ‘We’re going to use it as a music device, and we’re going to put it on Windows. The majority of iPods we sell are used on Windows.’”
Apple has posted a photo gallery and QuickTime video of the iTunes Music Store launch in UK, France, and Germany. “Tune-in to see Apple CEO, Steve Jobs, launch the Apple iTunes Music Store in UK, France, and Germany from the Old Billingsgate Market in London, UK.”
Apple knocked $20 off the factory-refurbished iPod 20GB to $279. 30GB and 40GB models were also dropped to $319 and $379, respectively. All come with a one-year warranty and shipping id free.
MicrophoneSolutions.com now carries both Shure E3 (gray) and Shure E3c (white). Coupon Code F135E3200 is valid for both versions. This coupon is an exclusive offer for iLounge only and it will bring the cost of the E3/E3c from $179 to $135 + shipping (approx. $6)
BBC Newsnight’s “Paul Mason investigated how new technology is changing the music business. Apple launched its iTunes business in Europe which will allow people to download music for a small fee. Other companies are fighting for the legal downloading market. But will our increasing ability to download music from the internet be good or bad for the business, and who’ll be the likely winners and losers?” Newsnight can be seen on BBC Two at 2130 GMT 2230 UK, or in Real video, either live or on demand, by clicking on the latest programme button. The iTunes/music download report can be viewed between 24:45
Yesterday we reported that a columnist at engadget.com had written a how-to on creating your own pirate radio station using a modified iTrip mini. Today we noticed on the boing boing blog that a reader was actually doing it from his car with an iTrip and his iPod. “I’ve been running around for the past several months with this bumper sticker on my car. It’s an ink-jet job and as you can see, it’s getting a little faded. I figure that anyone that can read the bumper sticker—on the I-5, at a stop light—if intrigued could tune in and listen to whatever I’m listening to.”
Read it to Me creates a playlist of MP3 files in iTunes from your unread RSS news headlines in Ranchero Software’s NetNewsWire using Apple’s Text-to-Speech that you can sync to your iPod.
“A shareholder asked him about plans for a video iPod at the company’s annual meeting in April. He responded by paraphrasing a campaign slogan of Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential election campaign, ‘It’s the economy, stupid.’
‘It’s the music, stupid,’ Jobs said after a slight pause. Also, last week, Apple’s head of hardware product marketing Greg Joswiak told Reuters that Apple has no plans yet for a video iPod. [...]
‘Apple has good equity built up around the iPod brand,’ McGuire said. ‘They have to be careful about turning it into this digital-media Swiss Army knife that does a lot of things but none of them very well.’”
MacMinute reports that their “friends at MacityNet/MacProf have posted an excellent collection of photos (with English comments) from Steve Jobs’ Euro iTunes media event held in London yesterday. Photos include shots of the presentation, Airport Express, Alicia Keys, and more.”