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“PMPE” movie features iPod

Another short film featuring the use of iPod to help set the ‘mood’ of the movie has a private eye searching for a woman’s missing man. Titled “PMPE” (Phillip Merlow, Private Eye),  this movie is another in a string of movies produced for an iMovie contest for interns at Apple. According to a recent comment on the “iPod Love” news item, those within Apple are encouraged to vote for the movies presented by interns to determine the winner(s).

Macworld UK: iTunes ‘will become Net-songs king’

“Apple’s iTunes Music Store could capture 20 per cent of the US paid-music download market, claims Needham’s analyst Charles Wolf in a report this week.

Wolf believes Apple could generate annual revenues of $600 million through its store, and that this figure could increase. He describes the Store as ‘providing an arguably superior customer experience.’”

Apple posts ‘Pods Unite’ video

  • July 18, 2003
  • iPod

Apple has posted a new web page featuring the new VW Beetle/iPod promotion, “Pods Unite” along with the television ad showcasing the new duo. The iPod deal will only last through the summer so Apple says, “get in touch with your Volkswagen dealer pronto.”

“It was inevitable, really. When two groups of people have so much in common, eventually they find each other. Volkswagen and Apple. Buy a New Beetle. Get a new iPod. And the kit that brings them together (plus a lot of other cool stuff like free music and a $100 Apple Store coupon).”

iPod 10GB for $299 + $50 Amazon.com credit

Delamac: The second-generation iPod 10GB costs $299 (list price) with free shipping and a $50 credit towards a future purchase at Amazon.com. That compares favorably to the last deal we mention, $269 shipped (since expired). Offer ends July 27, 2003.

iPod Love

A person named Devon has posted a movie dedicated to the new ‘love’ in his life. You won’t believe this one until you see it.

“American iPod” Cartoon

William “Macboy”  Levin, creator of numerous online cartoons has posted a new animation titled “American iPod” featuring a singing/dancing Steve Jobs with iPod.

iPod Software 1.3 for Windows to be released

Update: Apple has since removed the ‘Windows’ button from the download page. We hope Apple posts the link soon and quick’s teasing our Windows iPod users.

It would seem that Apple is getting ready to post the long awaited iPod Software 1.3 for Windows. A ‘Windows’ button has appeared on the official iPod Software 1.3 download page, but is not yet active.

Apple Updates iPod FAQs

  • July 17, 2003
  • iPod

Apple has posted an updated version of its Knowledge Base document titled, “iPod: Frequently Asked Questions.” It’s definitely a must read for any iPod user.

Buyer Beware: iPod auctions on eBay

  • July 17, 2003
  • iPod

Brigid Alverson of the Melrose Free Press has written an article about John Cameron, a computer crimes detective in Melrose, Virginia who’s done everything from impersonating a 14-year-old girl online, capturing computer con artists, and stopping credit card fraud.

“Online auction fraud is the other crime that keeps Cameron busy. “Every department has a couple of cases they are working on,” he said. In one case, the winning bid for a new Apple iPod was $200, far less than the list price. The deal was too good to be true: The seller used a stolen credit card to buy the Ipod directly from Apple and had it shipped to the buyer, Cameron said. “It comes back as a stolen credit card, he walks away with $200 cash, and the credit-card company gets stiffed for the $400 or $500 dollars it costs for the iPod,” Cameron said.”

There is also an active thread in the forums about eBay auctions gone bad.

iPod 30GB for $399 shipped

Delamac: Several readers note that Dell Home offers Apple’s iPod 30GB for $449.10 in its Software and Peripherals store. Apply coupon code “479FC56ACC2E” to knock $50 off, yielding a net price of $399.10. That’s $5 off our last mention and nearly $80 less than what most other merchants charge. Shipping is free. Offer ends today.

NYTimes: Can an MP3 Glutton Savor a Tune?

Rogier Van Bakel writes an interesting article about the consumption of music, be it MP3 or CDs.

“But with so much worthwhile music pouring into my computer and from there into my iPod, none of it seems quite as long-lasting or momentous as the old tunes. I’ll come across sets of MP3’s I have no recollection of having downloaded just weeks earlier. Such forgetfulness would surely turn into full-blown musical amnesia if I used free illicit services like Grokster, KaZaA or Morpheus, where the repertory is many times bigger than that of any fee-based MP3 site and where my musical greed would go dangerously unchecked.”

Apple: Profits rise from sales of music and 3G iPods

Apple today posted a net profit of $19 million and revenues for the third quarter were $1.545 billion in its financial results for fiscal 2003.

“‘This was a great new product quarter for Apple, starting with the iTunes Music Store and the new third-generation iPods, and ending with the announcement of the Power Mac G5 and the developer preview of Panther, the fourth major release of Mac OS X,’ said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. ‘Customer response to our new products has been very strong, and this quarter we are focused on delivering Power Mac G5s beginning in August and finishing Panther for release later this year.’”

Booq releases PodPaq case for 3G iPods

pic Booq has released a new iPod case called PodPaq. Made of ballistic nylon and trimmed in nappa leather, the PodPaq features a snap closure flap lined in Neoprene and sides made of Neoprene. It’s only made for 15 and 30GB iPods. The case also has a quick release belt clip and access to all of iPod’s functions. PodPaq retails for $39.50, is in-stock and will ship July 22nd.

XtremeMac iPod accessory clearance

Dealmac: The XtremeMac Inventory Clearance Blowout discounts several iPod products. The Premium iPod Car Charger costs $7.95, $12 off. The HipTunes Bundle (case, belt clip, earbud pouch) costs $15.95, $24 off. The Xtra Case & Earbud Pouch costs $9.95, $25 off. All are intended for first-generation iPods. In related news, XtremeMac recently cut its price on its U.F.O., a USB/FireWire organizer for flat-panel iMacs, to $99.95, $30 less than our last mention.

Griffin Announces RadioSHARK and iFire

Update: Griffin has informed us that they plan to incorporate a one-click ‘transfer to iPod’ button in the software which controls the RadioSHARK.

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MWNY03:

Want to record your favorite radio show and take it with you on your iPod? Griffin Technology has developed the RadioSHARK AM-FM radio for OS X that can record AM, FM or Internet radio to your hard disk in AIFF format. You can then transfer the AIFF file to your iPod for listening on-the-go. The RadioSHARK features similar technology used in TiVo known as ‘time-shift’ recording which allows you to “pause a live broadcast and then return to it moments, or even hours later and continue from where you left off. You can also schedule a recording to happen while you’re away and then listen to the show at a later time.” The RadioSHARK is available for pre-ordering for $49.99 and is expected to ship at end of summer 2003.

Also announced is the iFire Amplifier and Adaptor which allows any computer with FireWire to use Apple’s Pro Speakers, including iPod. The iFire is also available for preorder for $39.99 and is expected to ship end of summer. You can see both products first-hand at booth number #240 at Macworld NY.

BusinessWeek: The Chili Peppers’ Sour Grapes Over iTunes

“These guys call themselves rock musicians? Where, I ask you, is their sense of storming the Establishment ramparts, of thumbing their noses at authority? Instead, by refusing to let Apple (AAPL ) sell their music online at the new iTunes Music Store, the Red Hot Chili Peppers are leading a vanguard in the wrong direction. They might as well put their clothes back on.

In truth, opposition makes little sense. Even some execs from the biggest labels have signed on to iTunes. Says Universal Music Group CEO Doug Morris, one of the album format’s inventors: ‘iTunes is pushing us into the future of how music is produced and consumed.’”

“What’s Missing From the iPod?”

Wireless Supersite Editor Ross Rubin writes about “the glory as well as some gotchas in Apple’s iPod and music strategy.”

“Will this week’s Macworld CreativePro Conference and Expo herald an update to Apple’s success with the iPod and the Apple Music Store? Along with iTunes, they compose the tune triumvirate that should represent an important new revenue source for the company. The combo also constitutes what for the moment is likely the world’s largest digital music marketplace—outside of mobile phone ringtones—thanks to the contract terms that Apple negotiated with the five major record labels.”

iPod 20GB for Mac $299

MacWarehouse has a great deal on brand new iPod 20GB for Mac at $299.

Refurbished 20GB iPod for PC for $359

Delamac: MegaMacs.com has the factory-refurbished Apple 20GB iPod for PC for $359.49 plus around $5 shipping. That’s around $10 less than the best price we know to be available for the latest 15GB model. (20GB iPods are no longer produced.) A one-year Apple warranty applies.

Mercury News: Buy.com to start music service

“Buy.com will unveil a new music download service next Tuesday with a $40 million promotional campaign and launch celebration in New York’s Times Square.

Like the iTunes Music Store, Buy.com will sell individual music tracks without collecting an up-front monthly subscription fee; even though it has yet to secure licensed music from all five major record labels, knowledgeable sources say.”

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