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Refurbished 20GB iPod for $285

Dealmac: MacResQ offers the refurbished second-generation Apple 20GB iPod for $289.99. Coupon code “20GBIP” drops the price to$284.99, the lowest we know to be available. Shipping adds around $5. A 90-day reseller warranty applies. Offer ends December 8, 2003.

MacDevCenter.com: iPod as Digital Photographer’s Best Friend

“Based on what I’ve already discovered in Panther, I figured there had to be more possibilities than that. So I got my hands on the Belkin reader and started testing every scenario I could think of. Bottom line: my hunch was right. You can do a lot with this setup.

What’s interesting to me isn’t so much that you can upload pictures from a memory card to a portable storage device. As cool as this is, that functionality already exists with other tools. What makes the iPod scenario compelling is that it plugs into Panther, allowing you to leverage some of its powerful technologies. And that’s what I’m going to explore here today.”

Future Sonic Ears model EM3 earphones for $89

Future Sonics wants to thank the Apple community by offering its Ears model EM3 for $89 - $70 off its suggested retail price of $159. This offer ends on January 1, 2004.

Vaja Launches New Website

Vaja, makers of fine leather cases for MP3 players (including the iPod), PDAs and cell phones has launched their newly redesigned website along with a new company logo.

iTunes Music Store coming to Australia?

“Apple declined to comment on when its service might be available in Australia, but sources indicate that the company has been in local negotiations with record companies, music publishers and rights bodies. Those negotiations should bear fruit in the first quarter of next year, when Apple will extend the iTunes Music Store to a number of markets beyond the US, sources said.”

Mac: iPod Launcher 1.4 Released

You have plenty to do when you connect your iPod. Wouldn’t it be great if it all happened automatically? Well now it can. With iPod Launcher you specify items via System Preferences and, whenever you connect your iPod, they launch.

Crutchfield Sells iPods and Accessories

  • December 2, 2003
  • iPod

Long time electronics retailer, Crutchfield is now sellings iPods through its online iPod Store along with several Apple branded iPod accessories.

iPod Books in Japanese

  • December 2, 2003
  • iPod

We found several books for our Japanese readers titled, ‘iPod Fan Book,’ ‘New iPod Perfect Mini Guide,’ ‘iPod Perfect Mini Guide’ for older iPods and ‘With iPod iTunes Life’ while at Amazon Japan.

The iPod Book in German

  • December 2, 2003
  • iPod

Galileo Design has released the first iPod book by MACup magazine authors, Soenke Jahn and Matthias Kremp simply titled “The iPod Book.”

iPod Envy and Subculture

  • December 2, 2003
  • iPod

Vern Seward for The Mac Observer describes his iPod envy and the subculture that drives it.

“I know, I know… I had intended to buy one when the prices got to around US$200. The price of a new iPod still isn’t there yet, but there have beenlots of decent refurb models around for well under US$200. In fact, I bought my son one for his birthday; a spiffy 10 gigger. I think he likes it, at least, he says he does. Toby lives in Southern CA so we don’t see each other much and I don’t know for sure if he’s really using it or just saying so to be nice to his old man. If he’s not, he’s really missing the boat; there seems to be a California-esque subculture growing around the iPod that he, and I, are missing out on. I’ve had several experiences recently that will illustrate what I mean:”

iTunes shoppers buying into Digital Rights Management

“‘By buying into DRM they have given the seller complete control over the product after it’s been sold,” he wrote. ‘The RIAA can at any time change the DRM rules, and considering their history it’s likely that they will when the majority of consumers have embraced DRM and non-DRM products have been phased out. Some DVDs today include commercials which can’t be skipped using ‘sanctioned’ players. If the RIAA forces Apple to include commercials, what excuses will the Mac zealots come up with? ‘It’s a good compromise’?’”

Jobs: iPod’s Rivals ‘Don’t Get It’

  • December 2, 2003

‘Apple CEO has dismissed other companies’ attempts to win MP3 market-share from the iPod, saying they “don’t think about design innovation”.

Jobs told the New York Times: “As technology becomes more complex, Apple’s core strength of knowing how to make very sophisticated technology comprehensible to mere mortals is in even greater demand.

“The Dells of the world don’t spend money on design innovation. They don’t think about these things.”’

ColorWave offers custom painting for iPods and more

The Screensaver’s Yoshi DeHerrera has a review of ColorWares custom painting service for PCs, iBooks, PowerBooks, and iPods. Also coming soon is custom painting for G5 desktops. You can watch the ScreenSavers at 7 p.m. and tomorrow at 12 a.m. and 8 a.m. Eastern.

“The iPod is painted without taking it apart. This means the warranty is not affected. Considering how clean the job is, I thought the iPod was taken apart and painted. I was pleasantly surprised to find out I was wrong. The paint quality is the kind most people would be happy to have on their car.”

iPod & iTunes Tops Prophet’s List of 2003 Branding Hits

“The insightful brand strategy behind the iPod, iTunes and the latest part of this digital music package, the iTunes Music Store, wins Apple kudos for one of the clear brand hits of 2003, according to Prophet, a leading management consulting firm specializing in the integration of brand, business and marketing strategy.

‘We’ve identified a short list of three of this year’s brand hits and two of its misses,’ said Prophet Chief Executive Michael Dunn.‘Combined, they provide a very succinct lesson in the importance of understanding brand’s value to customers, how well the organization delivers on what the brand stands for, and how to make it stretch (or not) into new space to help the business grow.’”

Apple Launches iPod-a-Day Giveaway

“From November 28 to December 24, we’ll be giving away a 10GB iPod every day. Download iTunes and create a new iTunes Music Store account, and you’ll be automatically entered* into our daily drawing. Once you create an account, your name remains eligible until December 24, so the earlier you sign up, the more chances you have to win.”

Pyrim Announces i-Track Holiday Special

Pyrim Technologies, Inc. Announces a Special Holiday Offer on the i-Trac: The iPod Travel Case. From now until January 5, 2004, purchase the “Holiday Special” i-Trac and receive a wireless FM transmitter, which is now available in white, at no additional cost—a $19.99 value. Hurry because supplies are limited. While at the site, be sure to also check out the new Ear Buddy and take a look at the new lower price on the i-Caddy (formally called the Ear Buddy).

Will the downloading generation ever pay for online music?

The music industry has prodded, begged, educated and sued. But its message that music isn’t free has had only a scant effect on many young music fans who came of age in the era of music downloading.

‘‘You can download 100 songs in a day and not even think about it. ... Everyone knows it’s illegal, but people don’t think (authorities are) going to come after them,’’ said Vanderbilt freshman Elizabeth Dearing.

Top ten signs you’re an iPod junkie

  • November 30, 2003
  • Humor

To paraphrase an old saying, it’s okay to love your iPod…just don’t love your iPod. So in the name of helping you determine whether you’re addicted to your iPod, here are the top ten signs that you’re an iPod junkie: (Click ‘Read more’)

NYTimes: The Guts of a New Machine

  • November 29, 2003
  • iPod

Rob Walker for the New York Times Magazine has written an extensive article (6 web pages) on all things iPod - past and present. The article touches on the cult of iPod, the design - inside and out with Apple’s Jonathan Ives, the system, the competition, comments from Steve Jobs and more.

“Two years ago this month, Apple Computer released a small, sleek-looking device it called the iPod. A digital music player, it weighed just 6.5 ounces and held about 1,000 songs. There were small MP3 players around at the time, and there were players that could hold a lot of music. But if the crucial equation is ‘‘largest number of songs’’ divided by ‘‘smallest physical space,’’ the iPod seemed untouchable.”

Interview with iPod’s Dirty Secret Video Producers

  • November 28, 2003

MacDirectory has posted an exclusive interview with the producers of the now infamous iPod’s Dirty Secret video.

“‘We placed three calls to the Apple customer service line,’ says Neistat. “Then we went into the Apple store in Manhattan for help, and then we contacted the Apple executive offices directly. They all confirmed that there was no iPod battery replacement program and they all recommended that we buy a new iPod.’ Regarding the Neistat’s claim regarding the iPod’s 18 month life, Neistat says, ‘They [Apple] didn’t specify 18 months, but they said that it was understandable.’

But, according to the Neistats, the story gets better. ‘We then purchased a third-party battery online. I’m very proficient with electronics, but it’s a very difficult thing to change the battery on the iPod, and that’s why I think Apple doesn’t offer the option… When I put in the new battery, I broke my iPod. So then I had to buy a brand new $400 iPod.’ According to Corey Neistat, it’s then that the fury that fueled the video truly kicked in.”

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