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Stereophile Reviews the iPod

  • October 12, 2003
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“Apple’s 30GB iPod is an extremely sexy gadget. As a piece of industrial design, it is remarkable in its beauty and operability. As an extension of Apple’s lifestyle-friendly suite of music-photography-video applications, it is a screaming success. It’s fun to use, and if just seeing one is enough to induce lust, actually holding one is enough to tempt a righteous man to larceny. But is it a serious piece of kit worthy of serious consideration by an audiophile?”

Animated iPod ad

  • October 10, 2003
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Catch a glimpse of the new animated iPod ad at Apple.com. The QuickTime download page features an animated version of the online/print ads featuring color bursts, iPod and black silhouettes.

Apple 20GB iPod for $374

  • October 10, 2003
  • Deals,

Dealmac: MacSolutions has the Apple 20GB and 40GB iPod MP3 players for $374 and $454, respectively, after instant rebates. We couldn’t find a better price for either of these elsewhere, although you must be a previous MacSolutions customers to make a purchase. Shipping is $8.

iPod chipmaker sued over patent

  • October 10, 2003
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“US chip developer Cirrus Logic confirmed it had filed a patent infringement lawsuit against the company [Wolfson Electronics], which designs and supplies integrated circuits for use in a variety of hi-tech devices such as DVD players, games consoles and digital cameras. [...]

The lawsuit also seeks damages and asks the court to bar Wolfson from making, selling or importing the products into the US.”

CNET: Apple to launch iTunes for Windows next week

“The Mac maker has scheduled an event for next Thursday at San Francisco’s Moscone West convention hall. ‘The year’s biggest music story is about to get even bigger,’ Apple said in an invitation to journalists. 

The company is expected to launch the long-awaited Windows version of the iTunes Music Store at the event, according to Wall Street brokerage Needham. Apple earlier said it would release the Windows service sometime before the end of the year.”

PocketDock for iPods for $17

Dealmac: MegaMacs.com offers SendStation’s PocketDock for third-generation iPods for $16.99 plus around $5 shipping, the best total price we know to be available. The PocketDock converts the iPod’s docking port into a 6-pin FireWire port.

iPods selling at Robinsons May stores

  • October 9, 2003

MacMinute reader Eric Jasso saw an ad in the LA Times newspaper for the iPod at Robinsons May departmant stores. The ad copy read, ‘The world’s best loved music player’ and ‘Authorized Reseller.’ The ad was for a 20GB iPod for $399.99.

iTunes for Windows next week?

MacMinute reported that in today’s Yahoo In Play financial news that a Wall Street Journal column suggests the possibilty of iTunes for Windows being launched as early as next week.

“The Wall Street Journal’s “Heard on the Street” column suggests AAPL’s iTunes music store is not necessarily a moneymaker. When the co originally introduced the store to the public, Apple’s shares quickly skyrocketed from a 52-week low of around $13 to more than $20. The article suggests a repeat performance may be in the works as the co introduces the product to a wider audience next week.”

NYT: For Venus and Mars, a Midpoint in Design

  • October 9, 2003
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“Apple’s iPod, a sleek white digital audio player, is also cited as an example of elegance that bridges male and female tastes. “The iPod is a great example of gender-neutral,” said Brenda Laurel, chairwoman of the media design program at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Calif., and a designer of video games for girls. “If you are a man, you don’t feel like a wuss carrying it around. That’s the bottom line.”

Wired News: New Napster, IPod Don’t Play Nice

“With its relaunch on Thursday, Napster, the most notorious name in music downloads, will collide with the hottest music player on the market, the iPod.

That’s because music downloaded from Napster will not be playable on Apple’s insanely popular iPod. The newly legal Napster service and the iPod use incompatible file formats.”

Piel Frama releases new iPod case

picPiel Frama, makers of fine leather cases based in the south of Spain has released a new case for 30GB/40GB iPods. The Piel Frama case features a flip-lid design with two interior credit card slots, one money slot, soft leather lining, ABS insert (rigid case), access to all iPod functions, snap closure, detachable swivel belt clip and comes in three colors; black, tan and black/tan. The case can be purchased direct from PielFrama’s website and is priced at $59 or 50€. UPS                   express or TNT shipping costs are included in the price, and delivery time is noted at 30 days.

Apple posts new iPod commercial

  • October 9, 2003
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Apple has posted a QuickTime movie of the new iPod television commercial on its website. The spot features several black silhouettes dancing and grooving to “Hey Mama” by the Black Eyed Peas.

SmartPlaylists.com Launched

SmartPlaylists.com is a new website focusing on Apple’s iTunes Smart Playlists. “This new website is a resource for creating, sharing, and chatting about iTunes’ Smart Playlists. Why? Because they’re cool and there are many ingenious ways to use them to keep your music fresh.” Some of the website features include Tunes Top 20 Smart Playlist Strategy, How to Create a Smart Playlist, Top Rated, How to Edit Smart Playlists, Recently Played, Announcements, and iTunes Tips.

‘Home on iPod’ feature removed from Mac OS X Panther?

  • October 8, 2003
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A reader at MacRumors reports that Apple had posted information about a new ‘Home on iPod’ feature in its not-yet-released Mac OS X Panther upgrade. Apple’s Mac OS X Mobility page described the ‘Home for iPod’ feature as:

Home away from home
Ever thought you could carry your home in the palm of your hands or in your pocket? You can. Panther’s Home on iPod feature lets you store your home directory

New iPod commerical airs

  • October 8, 2003
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MacMinute is reporting that Apple has started to air new iPod television commericals. The spot features animated versions of the current print promotions featuring black silhouettes against colored backgrounds.

“The ad features black silhouettes with iPods dancing in front of vibrant colors to ‘Hey Mama’ by the Black Eyed Peas. It concludes with: ‘iPod’ then ‘Mac or PC.’ It was spotted during NBC’s ‘The West Wing.’”

Powerpage: Phish Phinds the iPod “Irreplaceable”

  • October 8, 2003
  • iPod,

Jason D. O’Grady of Powerpage.org got a chance to interview Brad Sands, Phish’s Road Manager about “the huge impact that the iPod has had on the band.”

Q. So how did you start using the iPod?
A. The band hadn’t played in two years (before coming out of a hiatus to play NYE at the Garden in 2002) and I discussed it with Phish archivist Jason Colton. I thought that it would be cool to get an iPod and load all of the band’s originals live, cover songs and original artists. That way they could just say “We should play this tune…” and pull it up on the iPod.

Lajo announces eXo 2 for 1 deal

picLajo, the designer manufacturer of eXo and all www.lajo.biz distributors and resellers are compensating iPod owners for the launch delays of eXo by offering a 2 for 1 deal on every eXo purchased from now until November 1. This means that when you buy one eXo you can choose a second (free) eXo and both will be shipped complete with a TPU zip case, a screen protector and a belt clip.

Mac: iCal 1.5.1 Released

Modern life means multiple calendars, and iCal makes it simple to deal with them. You can see your schedules for both work and home, color coded, from within a single window to let you identify conflicts and free time. You can look at your family

Pacific Rim Technologies to release new iPod hardcase

picPacific Rim Technologies, makers of cases and accessories for PDAs is about to release a new hardcase for iPod. The not-yet-named case features anodized aluminum with scratch-resistant surfaces, screen protection, neoprene lined interior, multiple attachments for use while at home, the office, gym or other sports activities, cleaning cloth, and comes with removable color inserts in cobalt blue, green, burnt orange, and silver. The case and website is set to launch October 15, and pre-ordering will be available for $49.99 with all four inserts and $39.99 with one insert of your choice. If you are interested in pre-ording now, please contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Any orders before November 1 will be entitled to a free extra insert. Click ‘Read more’ for photos.

Incase Designs releases Folio for 3G iPods

picIncase Designs has released an updated Folio case for new docking iPods at the online Apple Store. The new nappa leather Folio features a front flip-lid, access to all iPod functions, suede non-scratch lining, belt or strap attachment and FireWire protection plug. Although Incase has not yet updated its website with the new case, the Apple Store has it available for $29.95 and estimated shipping is 1-2 business days.

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