Macworld’s Jason Snell spoke with Greg Joswiak, Apple’s Vice President of Hardware Product Marketing, on how the new AirTunes works. “Essentially, AirTunes is a method of creating remote speakers for a copy of iTunes, and sending data to those remote speakers via a wireless network. That network can be formed by connecting an AirPort Express to another AirPort Express, to an AirPort Extreme Base Station, or even to a non-apple 802.11b or 802.11g access point.”
MacMinute reports that “Apple today introduced AirPort Express, “the world’s first 802.11g mobile base station that can be plugged directly into the wall for wireless Internet connections and USB printing, or thrown into a laptop bag to bring wireless freedom to hotel rooms with broadband connections.” Airport Express also features analog and digital audio outputs that can be connected to a stereo and new AirTunes music networking software that wirelessly streams music to any room in the house. AirPort Express features a single piece ultra-compact design weighing 6.7 ounces, and will be available to Mac and PC users in July for US$129. AirTunes requires the next version of iTunes (iTunes 4.6), which is expected to be available later this week as a free download.”
“MyPodPuter will install a user’s critical system files, applications, plug-ins, documents and more, directly from their startup drive to the iPod. So, essentially anywhere the iPod goes, the user’s computer goes.
“A UK gadget magazine has committed ‘fowl’ offences against an iPod. In an investigation that may cause many iPod owners some distress, T3 Magazine decided to find out how far they could push an iPod before it gave up the ghost.
The challenge involved dropping an iPod in a muddy field in Wales, driving it in an off-road vehicle, and subjecting it to a clay pigeon shoot and paintball fire.”
“Apple Europe will present a special music-focused event in London on June 15. The company describes the event thus: “The biggest story in music is about to get even bigger,” and is inviting selected members of the press to the event in London. The show starts at 11am.
Apple is likely to announce the extension of its iTunes Music Store into new territories at the show, putting the company in the frame against chief US rival Napster which launched last month; Sony’s much-criticized Sony Connect service and existing European services such as OD2 or London’s innovative Wippit music service.”
The Apple Store has stock of factory-refurbished 40GB, 30GB and 10GB iPods for $399, $349, and $199 respectively. Ground shipping is free and includes one-year Apple warranty.
Global Source is offering 10% off on all iPod accessories, including FireWire and USB data sync cables, Deluxe iPod mini Leather Case and Metal Case for iPod mini. The coupon is effective Saturday, June 5 until the end of the month. To activate your discount, place coupon code “ilounge” (without quotes) into the Coupon Code field during checkout.
Recently we reported that X10 was offering iPods and iPod minis at discounted prices. Some of our readers reported that X10 did not have actual iPod or iPod minis in stock but were taking orders nonetheless. We contacted X10 regarding the situation and they assured us that they’re doing everything in their capacity to remedy the situation, and apologized .
PodQuest is an application for Mac OS X that allows you to download driving directions to your iPod. PodQuest installs a menu in the upper right corner of your menu bar. The menu gives you quick access to the driving directions from MapQuest. When you have found your driving directions, you select
Tivoli Audio has released a specialy packaged, white version of its world reknowned PAL (Portable Audio Laboratory) radio as “the perfect complement to the iPod.” The iPAL radio features a rechargable NIMH battery pack, green LED power and battery status indicator, AM/FM tuner with Automatic Frequency Control (AFC), 5.1 ratio dial, adjustable telescoping FM antenna, bulit-in AM antennae, AC adapter and stereo mini-cable. “Use the auxiliary input to connect an iPod, CD Player or other device, and prepare to be amazed at the expansive sound, which must be heard to be believed. iPod can also be connected wirelessly using the iTrip FM Transmitter (sold separately).” The iPAL is available now for $129 and an international version for
Macally has announced five new iPod accessories. The PodCase Waistband ($19.99) features an adjustable, neoprene waistband carrying case with flip-lid velcro enclosure with access to the headphone port, zippered storage pocket and comes in black or grey. The PodCase Armband ($19.99) features an adjustable, neoprene arm band with flip-lid velcro enclosure with access to the headphone port, storage pocket and comes in black or yellow. The PodFM FM Transmitter ($49.99) offers full spectrum FM channels from 88.1MHz to 107.9MHz, compatible with all iPods, power on/off button, quick switch frequency selector (88.1, 94.1, 100.1 and 106.1MHz), and powered by a car’s power outlet or included AC adapter. Retractable audio cable also included. The iPodCarCharger ($14.99) features a blue LED power on indicator and works with existing FireWire and iPod docking cables. The CarCassetteAdapter ($14.99) features a 4 feet cord, 3.5mm audio connector and enables the connection of iPod to a car’s cassette player. All new accesories are marked as ‘coming soon.’
Dealmac: MacResQ offers its iPodResQ iPod Battery Replacement Kit for both original and third-generation models for $29.99. That’s a $15 drop. Tools to open the iPod and instructions are included. Shipping starts around $4.
At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Alpine Electronics of America announced iPod-ready in-dash receivers to allow seamless control of up to 10,000 songs in the car. Japanese website AV Watch has posted several photos of the Alpine unit from the recent ALPS Show (equivalent to CES) in Japan. “Alpine has engineered a unique interface box that takes advantage of the iPod Accessory Protocol allowing audio, track information, and control signals to be communicated over the Ai-NET system bus to the in-dash receiver. This seamless integration provides emulation of the iPod’s controls through an Alpine head unit using both the front panel buttons and the wireless remote control.”
Toshiba today announced that it will offer a 60GB version of its 1.8-inch hard drive in the coming months and that Apple has already placed its order. Cindy Lee, deputy manager of Toshiba’s hard disk drive division, said the drive will enter mass production during July or August. All three iPod models (15GB, 20GB and 40GB) use Toshiba drives, while the iPod mini uses a 4GB 1-inch drive from Hitachi. Lee noted that Toshiba is currently shipping 350,000 of the 1.8-inch drives per month to Apple.
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The New York Times’ Education Life section is working on a mini-guide for incoming freshman at various college campuses and has asked iLounge to assist in reaching out to college students with iPods. The New York Times is compiling a list of iPod “must-have” tunes across various college campuses across the country. Based on your experiences, the paper wants to know: “What is the ONE song or group/artist that everyone at your college has on his or her iPod?”
Editor’s note: This is an authentic request for assistance by The New York Times.
MacMinute reports “the USA Network is offering a contest to promote its new “The 4400” series, which premieres on July 11th. ‘One Grand Prize winner will receive 4,400 iTune [sic] song downloads and a 40GB iPod. In addition, five First Prize winners will receive a 20GB iPod and five Second Prize winners will receive a 15GB iPod.’ The contest runs until Monday, July 12th. Further details are available from the Web site.”