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DIY Infiniti G35 iPod Install

pic iLounger ‘kloh’ has skillfully installed an iPod dock into a center console compartment in his Infiniti G35 coupe. The dock has been permanently mounted within the compartment with a Belkin FM transmitter connected via the line out port. ‘Kloh’ notes that as soon as Blitzsafe completes the AUX kit for iPod, he’ll connect the dock directly to the car stereo’s input.

Washington Post: BMG Offers Legal Song Sharing

“BMG Entertainment plans to release a compact disc today that allows consumers to download and copy a limited number of songs, the music industry’s latest experiment to come up with a viable alternative to the free trading of music over the Internet. [...]

One option allows the consumer to copy all of Hamilton’s songs from the CD onto the computer and portable devices, such as MP3 players (but not yet Apple’s iPod). Once in the computer, the software lets the consumer copy the songs on up to three CDs. There is nothing to prevent those CDs from being recopied, though the next generation of the software will include such copy protection.”

Reuters: Net piracy has five more years of growth - study

“The report by Informa Media said global Internet music sales, which includes sales of CDs from retail Web sites such as Amazon.com (NasdaqNM:AMZN - News) and song downloads from services such as Apple Computer Inc.‘s (NasdaqNM:AAPL - News) iTunes, will reach $3.9 billion by 2008, up from $1.1 billion in 2002.

But the value of lost sales due to CD-burning and downloading free songs off so-called peer-to-peer networks such as Grokster and Kazaa will rise to $4.7 billion in the same period from $2.4 billion this year, the British research firm said.”

iPod Advertising Parodies

  • September 22, 2003
  • iPod

Apple recently launched a new iPod ad campaign featuring black silouhuetted figures holding an iPod on bright colored backgrounds. SomethingAwful.com has posted over 120 parodies of the ad depicting silouhuettes of Mr. T, Bob Marley, James Bond, Mr. Smith and many more. Warning: Some of the parody ads and content appearing on this website may be offensive. View at your own risk.

iPod 5GB for Mac or PC for $160

  • September 22, 2003
  • Deals

Dealmac: A reader notes that CompUSA.com offers the iPod 5GB for Mac [or PC] for $159.99. It’s the best price we’ve seen for a new, factory-sealed iPod, although The Apple Store has been offering factory-refurbished 10GB iPods for $169. Add $5 for shipping.

Terforma releases iSleeve for iPods

picTerforma has informed us that they have released a new type of case for iPod named iSleeve. Made of molded rubber, the iSleeve encases the iPod like an armored exoskeleton. The iSleeve features a retractable HipClip™ belt clip, StoBand™ for holding the case in your hand and StoPhone™ for storing earbuds. The iSleeve retails for $49.99, is available in black (nox) or white (mono) and comes in two models; G1 for older iPods and G2 for all new iPods. Terforma is currently taking pre-orders and a representative said, “We anticipate shipping by the end of this month if not sooner.”

RadTech debuts iPodsleevz

pic Christian Heber of i-Pod.de emailed information regarding a new case he discovered while attending Apple Expo Paris. RadTech debuted their new iPodsleevz for iPod. According to the photo, the cases seem to be made of a synthetic suede material and covers the face of the iPod. Christian reports that the touch wheel and buttons are functional while the iPod is in the case. iPodsleevz feature a clear screen protector, access to the top of iPod, and an access hole for the dock connector. iPodsleevz will be sold in a multitude of colors (see photo) for about $18 and are ready to ship. Note: The RadTech website has not yet been updated with iPodsleevz information.

iTrips in the UK

I’ve done some extensive searching and managed to find two UK retailers that stock iTrips. The first one is Alta Technology, and they have stock of iTrips for 1st and 2nd generation iPods. The iTrip for new 3rd generation iPods are not yet shipping. Join the email list to be notified. The second retailer is Everything iPod UK, and they have stock of iTrip for older iPods for £40. The new iTrip (albeit at £43) for new 3rd generation iPods are not yet shipping. Join the email list to be notified. Don’t forget the iTrip is illegal in the UK due to the UK Wireless Telegraphy Act of 1949. You can own one, but you can’t use it.

The Apple Store: $25 off $249

  • September 19, 2003
  • Deals

Dealmac: Got an MBNA credit card? Use it on a purchase at The Apple Store of $249 or more and get $25 off via coupon code “FACU7FMW3B”, as a reader found. Offer ends September 28.  A $50 off $499 coupon for MBNA cardholders is also available.

Jobs hopes iTMS for Europe early 2004

  • September 19, 2003
  • Apple

In a MacNN reader report, Steve Jobs was interviewed on the French TV show during the Apple Expo in Paris.

When will you bring the iTMS to Europe? First priority for us is to make it available to Windows users in the USA and this will happen before the end of the year! But, we are really commited to bringing iTMS to Europe as soon as ... yesterday if we could ... but the European music licensing market is very complicated. A song might be distributed by one company in the UK and a different one in France, and then another one in Germany! So we have been trying to sort thru all of that for several months already and .. we hope that early next year we will be able to offer iTMS to European users, both MAC and Windows!”

Free iShade and eXo to test drivers in Illinois

Allabouttheaccessories.com is offering 35 iShade colored screen protectors and 5 EXO Cases available to Illinois members for test drives. The first 5 people to respond to me will receive an EXO case and a colored iShade. The remaining 30 people will receive one colored iShade protector. Please respond to me at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with your iLounge user ID and I will reply with details on how to get the free stuff. Thanks

TIME: How to Go Legit

“The problem so far with the pay-per-song model from a business perspective is profits — or the lack thereof. With as much as 70% of each sale going to the record label and the rest eaten up by surprisingly high costs for things like infrastructure and credit-card fees, sales volume must but doesn’t yet compensate.  “It’s not a way to make a lot of money,” acknowledges Jobs. No, it’s a way to help sell iPods. Apple says sales of the music-storing, high-profit-margin palm-size gadgets almost quadrupled between the quarters before and after iTunes’ launch.”

Refurbished iPod 30GB hits $349

  • September 19, 2003
  • Deals

Dealmac: A reader notes that the factory-refurbished Apple iPod 30GB fell to $349 in The Apple Store’s Special Deals section. That’s $30 off and the lowest price we’ve seen for this third-generation iPod. (The dock connector is included.) Shipping is free, although sales tax is added where applicable. A one-year Apple warranty applies.

iSkin EXO iPod case for $26

  • September 19, 2003
  • Deals

Dealmac: AllAboutTheAccessories.com has the iSkin EXO iPod case (in 24 colors) for $25.50. It’s the best price we’ve seen by $4.

Belkin releases Leather Holster and Flip Case for 3G iPods

picBelkin has posted information on two new cases for use with 3G docking iPods. The Leather Holster features an open face design, swivel clip and retails for $24.99. Belkin notes the Holster ‘complements’ only 10 and 15GB iPods. The Leather Flip Case features a Velcro cover which swings out-of-the-way for docking, PVC screen protector, swivel clip and retails for $29.99. Belkin does not say, but we assume the Flip Case fits all docking iPods. iPoding notes that Apple Store online has the Leather Holster listed for $19.95.

Sendstation PocketDock Now Shipping

picI just received an email from Sendstation, makers of the PocketDock FireWire adapter. It states that preorders for the PocketDock are now shipping. The website states that shipping time to the USA and Canada is 4-7 weekdays, shipping within Europe is 1-4 weekdays and the rest of the world is 4-14 weekdays. The PocketDock costs $18.95 for a single adapter and is also available in a 3-pack for $52.95.

UK club features iPods and ‘noWax’

  • September 18, 2003
  • iPod

A UK night club in East London called dreambagsjaguarshoes is featuring a vinyl-free ‘noWax’ club night using iPods. Club goers are encouraged to bring their iPods to join in the mix.

“The concept for noWax is simple: bring down your iPod, take a ticket and wait in line. When an automated projector above the DJ booth flashes your number, it’s time to plug-n-play three songs alternatively against another budding iPod mixmaster. The winner will be decided by the audience response,. If they think you’re really terrible before you’ve finished - you’re off!”

Mac: iPod-Dripper 1.2 Released

A simple program to copy files from your iPod to your computer. 

iPod 30GB for $434

  • September 18, 2003
  • Deals

Dealmac: ExperCom offers the Apple iPod 30GB MP3 Player for $434.50 plus $9 shipping. It’s the lowest total price we know to be available by $5, although Dell had it last week for just under $400. Small Dog Electronics has a demo unit in stock, with the full one-year Apple warranty, for $425. Shipping starts around $7.

iTMS Shutdown to prepare for iTunes for Windows?

I was heading over to the iPod discussions on Apple.com, and I noticed this header in bold:

“The iTunes Music Store will be unavailable on Sunday, September 21, 2003 from Midnight to approximately 2:30AM Pacific Daylight Time. Please plan to visit the iTunes Music Store either before or after this temporary outage.”

This is just pure speculation, but it is encouraging. Hopefully, the shutdown is for a server upgrade or something.  You know, to upgrade their hardware in preparation for a massive spike in visits…?  With recent reports pegging the release of iTunes for Windows as sometime in October, it looks like Apple is finally going to give all us Windows iPod users a present soon.

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