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Reader Review:  iSkin eXo case

iLounger ‘alpower’ has posted a review of the iSkin eXo case and accessories along with other useful information related to iPod.

“Overall I highly rate this case, having used it both at work, cycling off-road, and generally out and about. While I generally take care of the iPod and tend not to drop it anyway, this does give one a bit more reassurance from knocks, and keeps the iPod very clean and scratch free.”

iTunes Music Store in Canada… sooner than you think?

  • October 21, 2003

A reader at MacRumors has posted this quote from David Basskin, the President of the Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency (CMRRA):

“I’m happy to say that the process of negotiating a licensing deal with Apple is now under way. I met last week with representatives of the company, and I’m confident that our discussions will move ahead quickly. Last week, Steve Jobs told me that Apple couldn’t wait to come to Canada, and that it was a very high priority for him. I trust that this enthusiasm will be reflected in a quick and mutually successful negotiation.

Our company represents music publishers (and the songwriters they represent) and we will be licensing Apple in order to authorize them to make and sell reproductions of our clients’ songs. Apple will make separate arrangements with the record labels for the use of their recordings.”

However, the Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA) has still not been contacted by Apple.

iPod Media Reader Review Posted

Andrew DeVigal has posted a review of the new iPod Media Reader for 3G iPods from Belkin.

“So, again it worked well the first time out. It requires four AAA batteries but Belkin included them in the box. I took a few shots and saved it on my Compact Flash. Updated my iPod since it wasn’t up to 2.1. Put the CF into the device and plugged in the iPod. Selected Extras > Photos > Import Photos > Import on the iPod. (The photo menu only shows up when the reader is connected). I ran a few tests and every once in awhile the iPod connection had to be re-established. But it always worked.”

30GB iPod for $404

  • October 21, 2003
  • Deals,

Dell is offering the 30GB iPod for $404 after an instant savings of $44.90. Three-to-five day shipping is free.

Washington Post: The RIAA and the Music Piracy Debate

“Sen. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.) was online to talk about his efforts to rein in the recording industry’s aggressive legal war against people who illegally trade music online.  Piracy is wrong, Coleman agrees, but so too are some of the industry’s tactics.”

iPod 30GB for $250, 15GB for $200

  • October 20, 2003
  • Deals,

Dealmac: CompUSA.com has the factory-refurbished Apple 30GB iPod (third-generation with docking cradle) for $249.99, as a reader found. That tops the lowest price we’ve seen elsewhere by well over $100. Add one penny for shipping. Update: CompUSA.com also has the 15GB iPod for $199.99. Both are valid for online orders only and not available in CompUSA retail stores.

Stereophile: Copy protected CDs don’t play nice with iPods

“Whether listeners like it or not, record labels, including major players like BMG and Arista Records, are now making moves to rein in how their CDs are played and used.  Unfettered CDs have been on the shelves for almost two decades, and some industry observers note that changing how they work at this late stage could be a recipe for trouble with consumers. [...]

One major drawback of the restricted disks, however, is non-compatibility with the Apple iPod. Since the new discs are based on SunnComm’s MediaMax, which itself is rooted in Microsoft’s Digital Rights Management (DRM) applications, the brochure leaves it up to iPod owners to read between the lines, explaining only, “It will play on any device that supports Windows Media DRM.”

Over 1 Million Copies of iTunes for Windows Downloaded

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Set iPod to ‘Random’ and take a walk

  • October 19, 2003
  • iPod,

I set my iPod to ‘Random’ and took off on a quick walk around the ‘hood(s). To be really annoying, I wrote down the song title and artist info of every song that I was listening to when I took a photo. The point? No point at all!

Editor’s note: Kenny’s photos and the songs remind me of those times when you hear a song and the lyrics relate to a current situation, place or thing. For example, you’re driving by the ocean and appropriately enough a song about the ocean is playing. Coincidence? I’m sure this has happened to many of you as well.

Mac: Text Reader 1.2.1 Released

Text Reader saves text files as audio files using Text-To-Speech. Can be used to then copy the audio file to an iPod for later listening.

Analyst expects Napster to lead in online music market

“‘This is the next major shift in music,’ said Gene Munster, a senior research analyst with US Bancorp Piper Jaffray, an investment bank. He expects Napster to lead the way with a 30 percent share of the online music market and Apple, with a combination of Macintosh and Windows users, in second, with 20 percent. He does not own stock in either company, but his firm has sought banking business with them.”

Apple iTunes Support

Apple has created an iTunes for Windows Support and iTunes for Mac OS X Support web page featuring links to Top Support Articles, iTunes Tip of the Week and New iTunes 4 Tutorials. We encourage all iTunes users to browse these resources.

Steve Jobs: “We

  • October 18, 2003
  • Apple,

“Apple

Indie Labels Sign Up for iTunes

“Matador Records, Kill Rock Stars, and SpinART all announced partnerships with Apple’s iTunes Music Store this week, suddenly inundating indie-rock fans with hundreds upon hundreds of legally available downloads, with thousands more songs on the way.  Apple had been courting indie labels since June, according to one label source: ‘Apple wasn’t taking on any indies earlier because they weren’t set up to handle lots of small deals—they just wanted to launch with the big five [BMG, EMI, Sony, Universal, and Warner Bros.], whom they also assumed (wrongly) would all be better set up to deliver them metadata and content.’”

Belkin posts iPod Media Reader support documents

Belkin has posted several knowledge base/FAQ documents for the iPod Media Reader. There is also a manual available for download. These resources may help readers to better understand the features and functions of the new device.

Belkin posts iPod Voice Recorder support documents

Belkin has posted several knowledge base/FAQ documents for the iPod Voice Recorder. There is also a manual available for download. These resources may help readers to better understand the features and functions of the new device.

iTunes for Windows may face new piracy threat

  • October 18, 2003

“Apple’s successful music download service iTunes faces a new threat of misuse now that it has been extended to include users of Microsoft’s Windows operating system, say experts.

The threat comes from the combination of the relatively light copy protection iTunes uses and the big increase of potential hackers that comes with opening up to the world’s most common operating system.

The paid-for download service was the first to lure music fans away from free file-sharing music networks. Since launching in April 2003, Apple says more than 13 million songs have been downloaded.”

Apple/Analysts on the iTunes Music Store, iPod

  • October 17, 2003

“Hell may have frozen over, as Apple’s Web site says, but the battle for supremacy in the digital music distribution market is just heating up. With the release of iTunes Music Store for Windows, Apple is confident that they have the solution to beat the competition. With the help of the iPod digital music player, analysts agree that Apple has an edge.

Windows users have been able to buy an iPod for some time now, but using the iPod with a Windows-based personal computer wasn’t as easy as it is on a Macintosh. Apple partnered with MusicMatch for a while, making it the standard for Windows users, but it still didn’t match the Mac experience. With the release of iTunes for Windows, users of both platforms can have the exact same experience, but more importantly, both now have access to the iTunes Music Store.”

Griffin iTrip Makes the iPod Truly Portable

  • October 17, 2003

O’Grady’s PowerPage has posted an excellent review of the new iTrip.

“A number of FM modulators have been released since the introduction of the iPod but most have suffered from limited band selection and poor sound quality. Neither appears to be the case with the US$35 iTrip from Griffin Technology.

An FM modulator essentially turns the iPod into a low power radio station, taking the iPod signal and re-broadcasting it to an FM station of your choosing. The idea is to find an FM radio station that isn’t being used, digital tuners work best, then broadcast your iPod to it.”

Shure E Series Earphones at Discounted Prices

iLounger David has found that the Pro Audio SuperStore is offering Shure E Series earphones at heavy discounts with free shipping. These prices are substantially lower than what Shure is offering on its own website.

  • Shure E1 Earphones $201.55 $139.00
  • Shure E2 Earphones $110.00

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