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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

  • December 1, 2003
  • Apple,

“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

  • December 1, 2003
  • Apple,
“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.”

Update: iPod’s Dirty Secret Secret Revealed

  • November 28, 2003
  • iPod,

Dave Shroeder has emailed us in his own words about the events that took place between the Neistat brothers and himself. Click ‘Read more’ to read the letter.

According to Dave Shroeder, the Neistat brothers (producers of the iPod’s Dirty Secret movie) had no intent on letting people know that there were solutions available for replacing the battery in iPods. Dave had provided the Neistat brothers with a mirror (server space) for their website, ipodsdirtysecret.com, to host their now infamous movie. Dave did this with one condition, that they place a link to Apple’s iPod Battery Service along with the movie. At first the Neistat brothers agreed, but then never posted a link to Apple’s website. Dave has since removed the mirror to the website and has posted a text file containing the email conversations that took place between Dave and Casey Neistat. Dave told us, “Please spread the word on these brothers who’d rather spread lies than the truth.”

Apple In-Store Event Offers 10% Off

  • November 28, 2003
  • Apple,

At today’s all-day shopping event Apple Stores nationwide are offering 10% off music related products including the iPod.

Today Only: 10% off iPod and iPod Accessories

  • November 28, 2003
  • Deals,

Recieve 10% off all iPods and iPod accessories ordered online at Apple.com - today only.

Macworld UK: UK Apple chief’s iPod retail push

  • November 27, 2003
  • iPod,

Macworld UK talks with Apple’s UK general manager Mark Rogers on digital media’s future and the iPod’s push into several UK retail stores, including 165 Virgin music shops.

“‘Many interesting things are going to happen in the whole digital media area,’ Apple

iPod named Stereophile’s Editor’s Choice and Budget Product of the Year

  • November 26, 2003
  • iPod,

In its December 2003 issue, Stereophile magazine has named the iPod as the Editor’s Choice and Budget Product of the Year. Our informant, Bill S. notes that the Editor’s Choice ‘usually goes to $30K CD players and so forth.’ Click ‘Read more’ for an excerpt from Stereophile magazine.

10GB 2nd Gen iPod: $189.99 Shipped

  • November 26, 2003
  • Deals,

Deals On the Web: MacResQ offers the 10GB 2nd Generation (2002) iPod for $189.99. Use coupon code “GOBBLE” to get Free ground shipping. The iPods are demo models and carry a 90-day reseller warranty. Coupon expires 11/30/03.

Griffin iTrip 2 FM Transmitter for iPods w/Dock: $34.99 Shipped

  • November 26, 2003
  • Deals,

Deals On The Web: MacResQ has the Griffin iTrip 2 FM Transmitter for iPods with a dock interface for $34.99. MacResQ also has the original Griffin iTrip for iPods with a FireWire port for $29.99. Use coupon code “GOBBLE” to get Free ground shipping through 11/30/03.

Why you can’t hear Jet on an iPod

  • November 25, 2003
  • iPod,

Unfortunately, iPod’s in Australia are etchnically in breach of copyright if you copy CD’s to them! Plus, iTunes music service is not available in Australia anytime soon.

Refurbished 30GB iPod w/Sennheiser headphones for $390

  • November 25, 2003
  • Deals,

Dealmac: MacResQ offers the reseller-refurbished Apple 30GB iPod with the Sennheiser MX500 portable headphones for $389.99. (Add both to your shopping cart and apply coupon code “IPODHP” to drop the headphones to $0.) We couldn’t price the pair separately for less elsewhere. The iPod is covered by a 90-day MacResQ warranty.

How the iTunes DRM hack works

CNET News has posted information on how the recent iTunes DRM hack works.

“Johansen’s program works by patching Apple’s QuickTime software with a new software component of his own. Because he called the program a “memory dumper,” programmers on message boards around the Web speculated that QTFairUse made a copy of the raw, unprotected song data from the computer’s temporary memory after it was unprotected for playback, rather than simply recording the audio stream as it played. But this was not independently verified by Apple or Johansen.”

A Healthy Way to Win an iPod (and More!)

  • November 25, 2003
  • iPod,

For all those Aussies and Kiwis that seem to be excluded from any competitions to win an iPod (as they are based in US), we now get a healthy option! Blackmores is offering one of 3 Canon Digital Video Cameras, 5 10GB iPods, and 10 World Music Chill Out CD Packs to winners of a simple and fun quiz. Competition closes 12th Dec 2003. Good Luck!

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