“For about a week, my assistant Katie Boehret and I have been testing the iPod Mini. Katie has been toting a pink model everywhere—while walking, riding the D.C. subway and flying. I’ve been using a gold one and a blue one in the house, car and office. We both like these gadgets a lot. In our tests, they exceeded Apple’s claims for both battery life and storage capacity.
The iPod Mini is a gorgeous device that displays Apple’s famous touch for people-pleasing design. At only half an inch thick, and about the length and width of a business card, it feels great in the hand and slips into even a small pocket or purse. It is the first iPod that naturally belongs on an armband for exercising, and Apple will sell such a band as an option.”
“Figures from the Official Chart Company in the UK have revealed that for the first time ever online music sales have eclipsed the sales of traditional music formats such as CD, cassettes and vinyl.
During the month of January it has been revealed that over 150,000 songs were downloaded from sites such as MyCokeMusic. This will be good news for all those companies who are offering downloadable music content, and bad news for traditional music outlets such as Virgin and HMV, who will most likely have to start looking for alternative ways to offer their music over and above the traditional high street record store format.”
The Register UK has received open letters to Apple from its readers in disgust with the Pepsi iTunes Music Giveaway ads featuring several RIAA sued teenagers. One of the letters read, “I was planning on purchasing a new Ibook, it would have been my 5th Mac. Tell Steve he can take this “Jobs” and shove it. Putting that obnoxious Pepsi ad on the website was not a good decision.
Apple today filed its quarterly report with the Securites and Exchange Commission. The report listed several lawsuits against Apple, one of which was five plaintiffs; Craft, Chin, Hughes, Westley and Keegan “filed purported class action cases in various Northern California courts alleging misrepresentations by the Company relative to iPod battery life. The complaints include causes of action for violation of California Civil Code Section
MacFixit reports a problem and solution regarding iTunes 4.2. “We previously reported an issue where iTunes 4.2 crashes shortly after connecting an iPod (under Mac OS X 10.3.x) The crash generally results both in the iPod not getting updated and a force-quit required for iTunes. Some users have had success disconnecting all other external peripherals - particularly FireWire devices other than the iPod (and USB components), but for others the problem persists under the same conditions. Reverting to Mac OS X 10.2.x also alleviates the problem.”
“Don’t let its size deceive you—this sleek little gadget is shaking the foundations of the digital media debate.
“I hate iPods. I mean, I really, really hate them. There, I’ve said it. My feelings towards Apple’s oh-so-clever digital music player have left me feeling ostracised and hopelessly out of the loop.
Every time I slip the latest CD into my Walkman (
NTK.net UK has highlighted a net scam targeting potential buyers of iPod. It mentions eBay UK auctions featuring a pyramid scam “where you pay your money to get onto a list (sometimes called a “matrix”), and apparently receive your gadget after a certain number of other people join up, who then get theirs after their quota join, and so on.”
After the overwhelming response received from the Explorer iPod dock install, I have been pushing the docked iPod for the car concept like crazy. I was already planning on doing one in my Volkswagen GTi, but also couldn’t resist adding one to an H2 that I had in the shop in the meantime. You guys asked for more, so here they are. By the way, the VW piece is the first one of these that I have done to date that could actually be built to order and shipped out so that nearly anyone could install it. While the Explorer took extensive in-vehicle work, as did the Hummer, the VW requires no modification to the vehicle beyond removing the factory ashtray and replacing it with the dock base. The finish could be whatever anyone wanted as could the lighting, logos or
whatever, just to let everyone know.
Recently released from Syngress Publishing, “Hardware Hacking: Have Fun While Voiding Your Warranty” is a veritable how-to guide to hacking your electronics. An entire chapter is dedicated to the iPod with sub chapters such as; “Opening the iPod”, “Replacing the battery,” “Upgrading a 5GB iPod’s Hard Drive,” “From Mac to Windows and Back Again,” “iPod Diagnostic Mode” and “Additional iPod Hacks” including installing Linux on an iPod, repairing the FireWire port and scroll wheel fix. “Hardware Hacking” is available at Amazon.com for $27.97. You can download the table of contents (PDF) or sample chapter at Syngress.com.
“The television ad, to debut during Sunday night’s Grammy broadcast, depicts a teenager downloading a song from the Internet while a crowd dances inside a nightclub.
When the teen completes transferring the song file to her computer, the music and the lights at the club suddenly turn off, leaving clubgoers confused over who pulled the plug on their fun. The ad closes on the Web address for the organization’s information site.”
Amazon has the 40GB iPod for $463.14 and includes free Ground shipping. Amazon deals are short lived as they change their prices often.
“Investigators working for the Australian Recording Industry Association raided the offices of Sharman Networks, makers of Kazaa peer-to-peer file-sharing software, Friday searching for evidence linking the company to copyright infringement, the company says.
The company was served with a “search and seize” order issued by a judge at the Federal Court of Australia. The homes of two Sharman executives were also searched, according to Sharman.”
“Magnatune is a record label, but don’t let that make you wince; as the company’s motto says, they are not evil, and they mean it. Take a look in the ‘Information’ menu on the Magnatune site and browse the essay on why Magnatune owner John Buckman created the site, and check out his business model and other topics of interest. Once you’re done reading, go check out some of the music.
Again, what you’ll find is something completely different: The music is unique and high quality. The Magnatune business model is similar to shareware, and artists get 50% of the proceeds from each sale from the company’s Web site. While its library of music is relatively small, it contains such a uniquely eclectic collection of albums and artists that nearly everyone is bound to find something he or she likes.”
At this year’s 46th Annual Grammy Awards, the iPod will be attending again accompanied by the iSkin EXO 2. iSkin, maker of silicone skins for the iPod, will be part of lavish gift packages offered to artists invited to the event. The 2003 Grammy’s featured a 20,000 gift package and lounge arranged by Distinctive Assets.
Ever wanted to read your eBooks on an iPod with a Windows machine? Well now you can! The only eBook manager for the iPod to support Microsoft LIT, Adobe PDF, HTML and Text eBooks!
“Among the hundreds of thousands of downloadable songs for sale at Apple Computer’s online music store are at least nine tracks of silence, a fact that has prompted quite a bit of discussion. The chatter over the inaudible music tracks began this week at Mac enthusiast site As The Apple Turns.
As the site notes, Apple treats the silent songs just like their more musical counterparts. The silent tracks sell for the same 99 cents as other songs, feature free 30-second “previews” and are all wrapped in Apple’s usual digital-rights management software to prevent unauthorized copying.”
ThinkDifferentStore.com is offering iLounge readers $5 off on any purchase. The coupon code is good to use once per customer and expires February 29, 2004. Use coupon code 791722 to redeem your savings during checkout.
James Saldana, a multimedia student at Southern Illinois University, has produced an anti-RIAA Pepsi iTunes parody ad called FIGHT BACK! Instead of “I Fought the Law” by Green Day the parody is set against “We’re Not Going to Take It” by Twisted Sister with new slogans such as “INCRIMINATED BY AN ILLEGAL MONOPOLY” and “OVER CHARGED FOR MUSIC.”
Amazon has the 3G iPod 20GB for $370.24. This model includes the dock, earbuds, remote control, carrying case & AC adapter. Ground shipping is Free.