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Sessions@AOL Available at iTunes Music Store

“Sessions@AOL are exclusive in-studio performances recorded in an intimate setting.” Artists include Liz Phair, Iggy Pop, R.E.M, Limp Bizkit and more. There are currently 16 sessions available for purchase at $.99 each.

Apple Releases ‘iTunes Essentials’ Compilations

picApple has released its own ‘Essentials’ compilation albums featuring the best in Classic Country, Make-out Songs, Johnny Cash, Disco Ball Reflections, Christmas Classics and lots more. Prices start around $11 for a complete compilation or you can opt to buy individual songs at $.99 and there are currently 41 albums to choose from.

Windows: iTunes 4.2 Released

iTunes 4 is the best software jukebox in the world, with a great music store inside. With it, you can create your own personal digital music library to manage and listen to your music collection, all with drag-and-drop simplicity. iTunes encodes high-quality MP3s as well as pristine AAC, all in a free application. If you dont like getting charged a subscription fee or paying for additional features like fast CD burning, your digital music experience is about to get a whole lot better.

Mac: iTunes 4.2 Released

  • December 18, 2003

iTunes 4, the stunning new rendition of one of Apples greatest hits, comes with an appealing new feature: the fabulous iTunes Music Store stocked with hundreds of thousands of songs you can preview and own with just one click. The worlds best digital music player now supports the new AAC audio format (think high-quality sound with even smaller file sizes), and lets you share your music with other Mac computers on your local Ethernet or AirPort wireless network. And if you have a Mac with a SuperDrive, you can archive your entire music library to DVDs for safekeeping.

AOL Members Get Access to iTunes Music Store

“America Online, Inc. and Apple today announced that AOL members can now preview, purchase and download songs available on AOL Music, the world’s number one music destination, by simply clicking an iTunes button placed next to featured tracks. The iTunes button will immediately launch Apple’s iTunes Music Store, the world’s number one download music service, and automatically select the featured track for preview or one-click purchase and download. In addition, AOL members can use their AOL Wallet or card-on-file to conveniently purchase and download songs from iTunes. Starting today, AOL is also offering iTunes Music Store customers the opportunity to purchase exclusive and original music from its popular music programs Sessions@AOL and Broadband Rocks.”

iPod prices jump in Canada

  • December 18, 2003
  • iPod

iLounger Alex Horvath reports that Apple Store Canada has raised its iPod prices. “For some reason the price of the iPod has jumped quite a bit in Canada. The 10GB model is now $454CDN ($342USD) from $439CDN ($331USD) and (here’s the whopper) the 20GB model has jumped from $579CDN ($437USD) to $604CDN ($455USD). The 40GB model has jumped to $754CDN, but I can’t remember the original price ...this sucks since I am in the late planning stages of getting one for myself.”

2004 Bluetooth Coming to iPod

  • December 18, 2003
“Infinite Range, a Fremont-based company, has begun marketing circuit boards that iPod accessory maker XtremeMac plans to build into a new product in 2004. The product uses Bluetooth to beam music from Apple’s iPod to nearby audio systems without the fuzzy interference that comes with FM tuners.”

Online Song Sales Help Music Purchases

“Sales of music online may be starting to cure the record industry’s blues. Music fans have purchased an estimated 15.9 million digital songs through licensed online services, including Apple Computer Inc.‘s iTunes Music Store, since late June, research firm Nielsen SoundScan will announce today.”

MacInTouch Reader Choice Poll Votes iPod/iTunes Best Product

  • December 18, 2003
  • iPod

‘As soon as we began to review the results for this year’s poll it became clear that there was one standout winner: the iPod and iTunes, along with the revolutionary iTunes Music Store. So many people wrote in saying that these products had “changed the way they live’, or they “can’t imagine life without them” that we imagine Apple will use just such a slogan in an upcoming ad campaign.

We have awarded the Best Product award jointly to iPod and iTunes (including the iTunes Music Store). As one reader said, “Even without the iPod or the iTunes Music Store, iTunes is a truly-awesome application, throw in the other two and it’s unstoppable.’”

Change the color of your iPod

  • December 17, 2003
  • iPod

Good news for all you people that want something new for your iPod. Now you can change the color by going to Colorwarepc.com. They offer many different colors. Especially since it’s almost Christmas now you can give that special someone something they’ll always remember. They can do it with the new 10, 20, and 40GB iPods. I think they can do the docks as well. Im not sure, but you can find out yourself.

How tall are you in iPods?

  • December 17, 2003
  • Humor

iPodhead.com has posted a fun and useless measurement convertor using ‘iPod units.’ I am 18.54 iPods tall.

Bluetooth Headphones for iPod

iLounge has spoken with a representative from company ‘X’ about a Bluetooth headphone set being developed and we will be one of the first to beta test the device. No further details can be divulged at this time, but we’ll post more at a later date.

New iPod Battery Technology

  • December 17, 2003
  • iPod

Mac Rumors is reporting that Danish website ComputerWorld.dk has written an article which states “that Apple has dropped one of their iPod battery suppliers—a Danish company called Danionics.”

“Danionics supplied polymer lithium-ion batteries for the current Apple iPod, but according to Niels Kryger Anderson, Danionics’ managing director, Apple has now chosen a prismatic (fluid based) lithium-ion battery for upcoming iPods.

Implications/advantages of changing from polymer to fluid based Lithium ion based batteries is unclear.”“

A look at the iPod ads

  • December 17, 2003
  • iPod

“Unlike 99% of campaigns, the creatives’ job here is simply not to blow the product’s cool.

The campaign is simple and iconic, a subtle evolution of Apple’s tried-and-tested formula. The only innovation is that it uses neon hues, rather than the traditional white backdrop.

Apple supremo Steve Jobs - who takes a hands-on approach to marketing - needed a little persuading to make even this revolutionary step, according to TBWA agency head Lee Clow.”

iPods in Short Supply

  • December 17, 2003
  • iPod

USAToday reports “on Tuesday, Amazon.com (AMZN) was out of stock of the two cheapest models of the popular iPod digital music player, the 10GB and the 20GB. Target.com was out of all three models. Apple had no comment.”

iPod is “this decade’s must-have” device

  • December 17, 2003
  • iPod

“It is easy to see why it has become scarce. The sleek, pocket-sized iPod, priced from £250, was ranked No 1 in the 50 best music systems listed in Saturday’sIndependent (“the top of the heap in terms of style and value”), and was placed first in the Stuff list of its 100 greatest gadgets. “The coolest thing to come out of California since the Beach Boys” was not just the year’s must-have, determined the magazine - ‘heck, it’s this decade ‘s must-have’.”

Shure E1c Earphones for $115

  • December 17, 2003

MacResQ offers the Shure E1c Earphones for $139.99. Apply coupon code “SHIEE” and the price hits $114.99, the best we know to be available. Ground shipping starts around $5. Offer ends December 22, 2003.

Lajo Announces Menu Button Fix for exo2

“#### the designer and manufacturer of exo2 is happy to report a menu button fix for exo2. The silicone skin covering the menu buttons has been reduced from 0.8 to 0.3 mm. Production of the new cases will start later this month. Those of you who enjoy or want the thicker skin covering the menu buttons are urged to buy what you can now because the molds have been changed and no further exo2 cases with the thicker menu skin will be available once sold out.  Anyone that has purchased exo2 from ####’s ####.com site can get a refund or exchange their exo2 for the new exo2 by contacting #### at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  within 20 days of their purchase (include your order id in your email to ####).  For those that want total wrap around protection the new exo2 by #### has got your iPod covered. All exo2 purchased during the current 2 for 1 sale are included in #### unconditional guarantee of satisfaction.”

Apple announces free 2- to 3-day shipping on all orders

  • December 16, 2003
  • Deals
“Time’s running out, but you can still get your gifts sent in time for the holidays without spending extra money. Place your order today and we’ll provide free 2- to 3-day shipping.* Our annual Holiday Gift Guide is overflowing with great ideas, and it’s not too late to act. Just order now and we’ll do the rest at no extra charge.”

Lajo Announces Pepsi exo Deal - Pepsi to give away 600 iPods?

####, designer/manufacturer of exo silicone cases has announced that Pepsi has recently purchased 600 indigo exo cases to dress up iPods in their company colors for a major give away to be announced soon.  #### says that this marks the beginning of companies like Pepsi using exo and exo2 to represent their company colors or to carry their logo in 2004, a year of iPod giveaways. Apple and Pepsi are expected to give away over 100 million free songs from the iTunes Music Store and it’s announcement is scheduled for February 1, 2004.

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