Dennis Sellers, senior editor for MacMinute.com has published an editorial on the recent news of Apple’s new iPod division on his website Macsimum Perspective. In it he states, “All things considered, the split should be a good thing. The iPod is a tremendous contributor to Apple
The Apple Store has factory refurbished 20GB ($299) and 40GB ($399) iPods listed on its ‘Special Deals’ page. Both models include free ground shipping and a 1 year limited warranty.
As an exclusive offer for iLounge.com readers, Microphone Solutions is extending the promotion for the Shure E5 earphones. Use Coupon Code F369E5 for a $130 discount. Your price will be $369 + shipping (you pay for shipping). This promotion has been extended until June 15. Also an exclusive offer for iLounge.com readers, Microphone Solutions is extending the promotion for the Shure E2. Use Coupon Code F75E2 for a $24 discount. Your price will be $75 + shipping (aprox. $5.00). This promotion has been extended until June 15.
Deals On The Web reports that “Amazon.com is once again offering iPod Minis in all colors at $231.44 with Free ground shipping. Amazon actually had stock of silver and blue mini’s this morning at this price and they are taking orders on all colors and filling them on a first come, first serve basis. Note that Amazon changes their prices often and we expect a return to the $249 price at anytime.”
A UK reader notes that Amazon UK is selling the iPod 20GB for
In his latest column for PBS, Robert Cringely has written an editorial on why Apple recently created a separate division for the iPod. “Apple is essentially getting out of the business of making its own products… Why would they take someone used to producing products like the G5 workstation and turn his attention to little music players? It’s hardly a comparable challenge… I think it comes down to a combination of structural changes in the industry and Apple trying harder to cut costs, which really means raising profit margins.”
Although many companies are accepting pre-orders for the Griffin iTalk, i-magine claims it is the only internet-based reseller within the UK and Europe to actually have the iTalk in stock now and ready for immediate dispatch. As with almost all of their products, i-magine also notes it is selling the Griffin iTalk at the lowest price throughout the UK and Europe at
Global Source PDA has released several new iPod accessories including two new cases for the iPod mini. The iPod mini Metal Case ($32.99) features an anondized aluminum construction, access to all functions, and the interior is lined with neoprene. The Metal Case is apparently the same case recently released by Rhino Skin. The iPod mini Deluxe Leather Case ($27.99) features a flip-lid design with magnetic closure, access to all functions, and includes a belt clip. Global Source has also released retractable USB ($15.99) and FireWire ($16.99) docking cables for iPod. Note: The FireWire cable can be used for both charging the iPod and data synchronization, whereas the USB cable can only be used for data synchronization. Global Source PDA is now accepting pre-orders on the Metal Case and all other mini products are now shipping.
Dealmac: Other World Computing offers the NewerTech 1600mAH Replacement Li-Ion iPod battery for first- and second-generation models for $37.95. It has 30% more capacity than Apple’s stock battery, according to the product description. Intallation tool included. Shipping starts around $4.
MacMinute reports that “W Hotels is launching a new promotion dubbed “iTunes Days” starting next month. The monthly events—scheduled for June, July and August in Chicago, New York and San Francisco—will feature live DJs spinning music from iPods, free iTunes Music Store downloads, “AppleiTini” drink specials, and iPod/iMac giveaways. W Hotels has also put together a number of compilations on the iTMS that aim to ‘take you on a journey of mind and body, heart and soul… the perfect complement to every mood, emotion, and experience.’”
Apple has created a new division within the company to sell and promote the iPod. Jon Rubinstein, who has led Apple’s hardware engineering efforts, will run the new division. Timothy Cook, head of the company’s worldwide sales and operations, will now lead a newly organized Macintosh division. The moves were announced today in a company-wide internal email sent by Apple CEO Steve Jobs. “This organizational refinement will focus our talent and resources even more precisely on our industry-leading Macintosh computers and the wildly successful iPod,” an Apple spokesman told Reuters.
LoadPod has launched as a new service that takes an iPod user’s entire CD collection and rips it into their iPod for them…so that they don’t have to. LoadPod currently offers local service in several areas including Miami, Orlando, Tampa, Houston, Indianapolis, South Carolina, and Minneapolis, and is bringing local service to new markets daily. LoadPod will pick up a customer’s iPod or iPod mini, along with their CD collection, from their home or place of work, and then return it to them within five days, fully ripped and loaded…allowing customers to use their time for more valuable things.
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Dealmac: Amazon.com offers the iPod 40GB MP3 player, with dock and carrying case, for $463.14, as a reader found. With free shipping and no sales tax charged in most locations, that’s the lowest total price we know to be available.
It’s a common problem, you have so much to read but not enough time to read it all. Well, now you don’t have to. With iSpeak It you can take any document and convert it into an MP3 in iTunes using your Mac’s built-in text-to-speech capabilities. From there you can listen to it at your leisure or, better yet, transfer it to your iPod and listen to it on the go!
Arstechnica reports that “Apple has released another iTunes Windows SDK (Software Development Kit). This particular SDK exposes some iTunes functionality through the Windows Component Object Model (COM) interface and will allow developers to write code to control certain functions of iTunes.”
Dealmac: Apple’s iPod mini 4GB in all five colors costs $236.54 with free shipping at Amazon.com, as a reader found. It’s the lowest total price we know to be available. Update: During checkout, prospective buyers should take note of this statement: “Estimated ship date for this item: October 4, 2004” ... in plenty of time for Christmas.
“So you’ve got an iPod, you go and buy music but then your machines dies, or have many many computers and devices you listen to music on, or maybe sometimes you use an operating system not supported by iTunes, how can you listen to your purchased music? Well, usually you can’t- why? Because the songs you purchased are DRM protected, that means you can only listen to them on specific computers and devices. For most folks the limits of a few computers or devices are fine, but for the gadget geek- nope, we have too many computers and devices. It would be like buying a DVD but only being able to watch it in some rooms, or only some TVs.
Now to be clear, this isn’t a way to take music you bought and give it to someone else, this is so you can listen to your own purchased music on other systems or devices. In fact, your personal info is still in the file.”