Alongside the Japanese iTunes Music Store and Abkco announcements, Apple today also said that Nissan, Mazda and Daihatsu have joined other car makers in Japan to add iPod integration to their 2006 model lines. The new companies join BMW, MINI, smart and Alfa Romeo and others.
“We’re delighted to have such a wide variety of car companies in Japan offering iPod integration,
In addition to the Japanese iTunes Music Store, Apple also today announced the worldwide availability of early Abkco Records catalog titles from classic artists such as Sam Cooke and The Animals, as well as the Rolling Stones. The company said the iTunes Music Store is “the only online music service in the world to feature the complete digital music catalog of the Rolling Stones.” Apple is also accepting pre-orders for a special version of the new Rolling Stones album “A Bigger Bang
As expected, Apple today launched the iTunes Music Store in Japan, “giving music fans the same innovative features, breakthrough pricing, seamless integration with iPod and groundbreaking personal use rights that have made iTunes the number one online music service in the world.” The Japanese store offers more than one million songs priced at ¥150 and ¥200 per song.
“iTunes and iPod are leading the digital music revolution,
Onkyo has announced that its DS-A1 Remote Interactive Dock for the iPod is now available in stores and online. The company said the $99 accessory can be found at retailers such as Circuit City, Fry’s Electronics, Crutchfield, J&R Music World, 6th Avenue Electronics, PC Mall, B&H Photo and Abt.
Originally announced in February, DS-A1 dock links an iPod with the Onkyo’s receivers and audio-video systems using the company’s proprietary RI (“Remote Interactive”) connection. In addition to letting you listen to music on your iPod, it also charges an iPod and has an S-video output so color iPods can display photos on a TV using the dock.
Netwerch, “a young enterprise specializing within the broad field of design on architecture and product design which are practical for everyday life,” is selling a unique $20 synthetic felt iPod case.
The Powerschutzmini sleeve is made from thick, charcoal-colored felt with an imprinted “.ch” on the front. It has access to the headphone port and hold switch and is available with a cable winder for excess cord.
The folks behind the popular iPod My Photo service have launched iPod My Baby, a new online store that offers iPod-themed baby onesies.
The high quality 100% cotton Hanes onesies feature a screenprinted white Click Wheel and come in three colors—original white, mini pink and mini blue. They’re available in three sizes—6, 12 and 18 months—for $15.95 each.
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.