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Saves The Day: “The iPod’s A Beautiful Creation!”

  • November 19, 2003

Yet another artist seems to love the iPod as much as we do:

“Well, the iPod

iPod helped to make Lord of the Rings

  • November 19, 2003
  • iPod,

The newly released Extended Edition of the Two Towers DVD has a documentary which describes how, when in London, the digital artists would copy information sent from New Zealand to their iPods and take them home to work on the data.

They had set up a ‘fat pipe’ link from NZ to the UK to send each day’s work to the director, Peter Jackson for him to review. However the connection would not function in his home and so they had to travel to the nearest access point and copy the information to an iPod.

iPod ‘jack sharing’

  • November 18, 2003
  • iPod,

An interesting topic had been posted by iLounger ‘esc’ in the forums about iPod ‘jack sharing’ whereby people share their iPod music in impromptu meetings. Are you ‘jack sharing?’ Tell us about it.

“I’m seeing an interesting iPod behavior around here (central New Jersey). I take a 3 mile walk most evenings and regularly pass a few other iPod owners. About two months ago one of the iPod users stopped, pulled out her headphone jack and offered it to me. I did the same and we listened to each other’s music for about a minute before going on. Within a few days all of the iPod users were doing it and it continues to be a standard greeting.”

Mac: iTunes Catalog 1.2 Released

iTunes Catalog creates web catalogs of your iTunes music library, displays the cover artwork for each album, and copies album artwork into iTunes.

iTunes Music Store Wins Webby Business Award

The first annual Webby Business Awards has presented Apple’s iTunes Music Store the Business Award in the Retail category.

“By seamlessly combining elegant ease-of-use, an extensive music library, integration with the world’s most popular portable digital music player - iPod, and copyright mechanisms that protect both intellectual property and customers

Forbes: CD sales turn up; new digital players key

“Analysts estimate consumers will spend over $1 billion on portable players this season, while fourth-quarter CD sales should top $3 billion. In fact, after gains in recent weeks, the quarter’s CD sales look poised to top the 221 million units sold last year, said Geoff Mayfield, director of charts for Billboard Magazine.”

iPod theme in OS X with Shapeshifter

Unsanity has just released a safe way to theme Mac OS X, and of the two bundled themes, one is an iPod one. While I have a 2nd gen iPod, this theme is based on a 3rd gen model, however I installed it and hey guess what i now want for Christmas - deeper pockets to start with.

Sumajin Announces Smartwrap Headphone Cord Manager

  • November 18, 2003
  • iPod,

picSmartwrap, winner of ID magazine’s Design Distinction award, is a cord manager for headphone cables designed and developed by Sumajin, an industrial design firm in Singapore. You snap the cord into place at one of two places then wrap and snap into place again. Smartwraps come in seven colors and are produced in limited quantities. Sumajin is now accepting orders via email as they get their online ordering system ready. Each Smartwrap is $5 plus $5 shipping and takes up to 14 days to arrive. Sumajin also makes the fun and playful Flex Champion, a small gadget in the shape a person flexing its muscles overhead. It can be used on keychains, bags, zippers, etc. Contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for more info. Click ‘Read more’ for photos.

Economic Analysis:  iTunes/iPod vs. RIAA/CD Retail Distribution

I’m currently working on my MBA and was required to do an economic analysis of a product lifecycle.  Being a new iPod/iTunes convert, I decided to talk about how Apple has taken on the old RIAA/CD retail distribution model.  This website has been a great source of information for me and I would like to share my analysis with the group. This posting does not represent the view of my employer.

What if Apple paid you in music to rate your own tracks?

Not really news, more of a what if?  Some iPod users have discovered the power of Smart Playlists (a peek at smartplaylists.com gives users some great ideas). What if Apple were to pay users to rate their songs, so that info could be uploaded to the iTunes store to make recommendations more accurate?

Savier Studio Backpack

pic Savier have fitted the Studio backpack with an amp and ultra-thin Si-5 NXT technology speakers. The speakers have 360

Macworld UK: Mixed outlooks for iPod, iTunes

“However, music-industry executives believe Apple will face fierce competition from established heavyweights in the digital-music download market.

MusicNet CEO Alan McGlade told CBS MarketWatch he thinks Apple’s service may be an early leader, but that others will dominate the new market in future.

He said: ‘The big companies are going to dominate. AOL is going to be a significant player. Companies like Yahoo, MTV, Microsoft, Sony. I don’t think it’s going to be iTunes.’”

New iPod Books Released

The famous ‘For Dummies’ line of books is now offering iPod & iTunes For Dummies by Tony Bove and Cheryl Rhodes priced at $11.89 at Amazon.com. Also new is the iPod Companion book by Tony Bove priced at $17.49.

Dension ice-Link for iPod mini-review

“The Dension Ice-Link for iPod sets out to link your ipod to your car head unit, providing control over the iPod either from the steering wheel buttons/stalk or the head unit itself, and, of course, the iPOD sound plays through the vehicles speakers.

The unit consists of a silver metallic box, slighlty larger than a box of matches, a cable to connect into your head units CD changer socket and an encapsulated PCB that connects the silver convertor box to the iPod and provides iPod charging. [click ‘Read more’]

Ad Age names Steve Jobs, Apple and iPod in top 50 brands

  • November 17, 2003
  • Apple,

“Apple Computer CEO Steve Jobs this year becomes the first person to be named to Advertising Age

Lajo announces iSkin 2 for 1 Special for older iPods

picLajo is offering a buy 2 for the price of 1 on iSkins for 1st and 2nd generation iPods.

“12,000 plus Lajo designed Protec and ISK5 iPod silicone cases, the cornor stones of iSkin’s rise to fame are being offered to the faithful. Now you can get 2 ISK5 for only $15 and or 2 Protec for only $20. Make your selection early to get your choice of colors. A special Lajo TPU zip case designed for an ISK5’d and a Protec’d iPod will be available at a 2 for 1 price of $10.00 for those that want further zip up protection.”

Belkin iPod Auto Kit for $20 shipped

  • November 16, 2003
  • Deals,

Dealmac: CircuitCity.com slashed its price on the Belkin iPod Auto Kit, model no. F8V7058APL, to $19.99 with free shipping. That’s a 50% drop and the lowest price we’ve seen. This Belkin iPod auto kit charges an iPod from a car cigarette lighter and connects to a car’s sound system via a 3.5 mm audio output (if the car takes it). Offer ends November 22, 2003.

AP: Music labels tapping illegal song-swapping to glean trends

“Despite their legal blitzkrieg to stop online song-swapping, many music labels are benefiting from—and paying for—intelligence on the latest trends in Internet trading. [...]

One company, Beverly Hills-based BigChampagne, began mining such data from popular peer-to-peer networks in 2000 and has built a thriving business selling it to recording labels. [...]

BigChampagne has certainly done well by file-swapping. It formed in July 2000, just as the Internet boom was beginning to bust, and now counts Maverick, DreamWorks, Warner Bros., Disney and Atlantic Records among its clients. All the major labels have worked with BigChampagne ‘in one capacity or another,’ Garland said.”

Speck Products Announces iStyle Leather Case

picThe new Speck Products iStyle Leather iPod case features a flip-lid design with snap closure, clear plastic screen shield , access for headphone & FireWire/dock ports, fits all new 3G iPods and comes in black and powder blue. The case is available now for $34.95.

Griffin iTrip for older iPods for $29

  • November 14, 2003
  • Deals,

The Think Different Store is offering the Griffin iTrip FM Transmitter for 1G and 2G iPods for $29.00. Use coupon code “RESQ” to get the discount.

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