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CNN: Rapper’s ‘bling bling’ stolen from Vegas

  • October 28, 2003
  • iPod,
“Thieves made off with a rapper’s jewels and stole a pop star’s computer, cell phone and iPod, from their hotel rooms in Las Vegas where they were attending the 2003 Radio Music Awards, police and a spokeswoman said Tuesday.”

NY Times: Online Music Business, Neither Quick Nor Sure

“In the last decade a new record business has been forming online. It has been coalescing by trial and error, largely error. And its evolution is in no way complete as it moves toward a finish line at the rate of one step forward for every nine-tenths of a step back.”

Griffin iFire Now Shipping

Griffin Technology is now shipping the iFire Amp and Adaptor for Apple Pro Speakers.

“Griffin iFire allows any computer with FireWire or an iPod with its charger to connect and power the popular and stylish Apple Pro Speakers. Previously, only a few select models of Apple computers could use Apple Pro Speakers. Now with the Griffin iFire, even Apple Notebooks and the new G5 computers can connect and enjoy the Harman Kardon designed Apple Pro Speakers. The Griffin iFire retails for 39.99.”

Updated: Belkin responds to Media Reader file transfer issue

Brian VanHarlingen, Sr. Technology Manager for Belkin has submitted an official statement to iLounge regarding Belkin’s position on the Media Reader transfer issue.

A reader at dpreview.com has discovered that transferring large files from large capacity compact flash cards is a slow process. A 500MB file transferred from card to Media Reader took 22 minutes. Other transfer tests indicate slow speeds as well - about 1 minute to transfer a 20MB file at 0.300MB per second. Belkin has acknowledged that there is a problem with large file transfers. Belkin is said to be working with Apple to solve the problem. If it’s an hardware issue, Belkin says it will replace the units. If it’s a software issue, Apple will most likely release a firmware update.

LCD Remote for iPod?

A reader has informed us of an Apple iPod presentation on the Apple Sales Web website (members only). Of interest, is a slide depicting a photo of an iPod with an illustrated LCD remote, radio tuner and microphone. Two of the four accessories listed in the slide are shipping - the microphone and photo card reader by Belkin. And Griffin Technology has already announced an FM tuner for iPod. This information leads us to believe that one day there may be an LCD remote released as well. One can only hope. iLounge has verified the Apple iPod presentation for authenticity and concludes it is not a fake.

Recommend a song at DailyTunes.com

DailyTunes.com launched today—a new song recommendation site for iTunes users.  The site provides iTunes links to the Music Store for each song listed.  User recommendation lists and associations offer a lot of potential for new music discovery… allowing users to “surf” music by linking from one song to the next (related) song.

Spike your iPod or put it in a corset

pic Just when you think you’ve seen all the cases available for iPod, along comes a new company with new designs. AnetaGenova has released nince new fashion forward designs, unlike any other iPod cases on the market. Some of the more unique cases are as follows; the Sid case (as in Sid Vicious) features black leather and metal spikes, the Stardust case (as in Ziggy Stardust) features silver leather and metal buckles, the Monty (as in Monty Python) features pink python leather and the La Femme case features pink leather lacing resembling a corset. The AG iPod cases start at $95 and go up to $195 for the La Femme case.

“The most luxurious leather iPod cases have arrived! Born of the latest fashion trends the AG collection of iPod cases is exciting and individualistic. If you want to dress your iPod in the latest fashion check out http://www.anetagenova.com.”

Computerlove Poster Design Contest: Win an iPod

  • October 26, 2003
  • iPod,

The folks over at Computerlove are having a poster design contest. First place prize is an iPod for one lucky person. There are also many other great prizes up for grabs. There is a certain theme which must be followed, and more details are available on their website.

iTrip Needs More Than Fine-Tuning

  • October 26, 2003

Michael Prager of the Boston Globe has written a review of Griffin’s new iTrip, and despite all we’ve been hearing, it’s not a favorable one…

“In my experience, music from the iPod sent through iTrip too often sounds like it’s being played on an iSock, muffled just enough to be maddening. At its best, fidelity is merely acceptable, but in a moving vehicle, conditions are rarely ideal.”

Forbes: Gadgets We Love

  • October 25, 2003
  • iPod,

“The most unpopular gift my wife ever received came from me on Christmas Eve of 2001. She unwrapped the package, cracked open the stylish clamshell box and frowned at the debut model of the iPod, Apple’s magnificent music player. It was the size of a pack of cigarettes, gleaming in white and polished stainless steel and ready to swallow hundreds of songs.

‘This isn’t for me,’ she said, sliding the whole mess over to my end of the coffee table. ‘This is for you.’ She was right. So after a few tepid protestations I took custody of the unloved player and turned it into a high-tech talisman of my inner life. The iPod renewed my love of music and answered a primal need: It made me feel cool.”

Apple Store: Save $9 on shipping on iPods

  • October 24, 2003
  • Apple,

A word of advice when ordering iPods from the Apple Store. Sometimes iPods are shipped directly from an overseas warehouse. In this case, they always come by international 3-day shipping, regardless of what shipping option you chose. If you paid the extra $9 for 2 day shipping, then you’ve wasted your money. I complained and Apple refunded my $9.

Mac: iPod Software 1.3.1 Released

  • October 24, 2003

iPod Software 1.3.1 improves compatability between Mac OS X, version 10.3 Panther, and your iPod: If your iPod requires updating, the iPod Software Updater will run and allow you to install iPod Software 1.3.1 the next time you plug in your iPod and iTunes is launched.

Panther Launch Party at Tekserve - iPods raffled off every hour!

  • October 24, 2003
  • iPod,

New York, NY

Macworld’s Jim Heid reviews the Belkin Media Reader for iPod

I’ve published a review of the Belkin Media Reader for iPod at my Mac iLife site. Overall, I really like this device, though I have yet to get iPhoto or Image Capture to recognize that the iPod contains photos.

“Although the iPhoto-import issue still has me stymied, I’m impressed with the Belkin Media Reader for iPod. It’s beautifully integrated with the iPod’s software—if you know how to navigate the iPod’s menus, you know how to use the Media Reader.”

Sick iPod? How about some rage?

  • October 24, 2003

A visitor over at MacWorld UK has posted this in the fora:

“Um, I dropped my iPod on the floor at work and I damaged it. It looks OK, but it won’t charge or work. I just get an image of a folder with a warning sign!

When told that he would probably need to get it repaired by a Mac technician, he promptly replied:

“I threw the thing on the floor a few times in anger and noticed that the back was coming off. I pulled off the back and it started up.”

Editor’s note: We here at iLounge DO NOT recommend throwing your iPod ANYWHERE… Just a helpful reminder :-)

Mac: iPodScripter 1.0 Released

iPodScripter allows you to set your Mac to do virtually anything when your iPod is plugged in. Whether you want it to open iPodRip, run an AppleScript or even a shell script, iPodScripter can do it all.

ThinkDifferentStore launches new store and iSkin eXo deal

  • October 23, 2003
  • Deals,

ThinkDifferentStore.com has launched a new online store and are offering the iSkin eXo case, Maclear zip case, iShade screen protector and belt clip all for $15. Also available is the iSkin for 2G iPods for $14.99.

MacMinute: iPod, iTunes heavily promoted on Stern, Cane show

  • October 23, 2003
  • Apple,
“Apple has increased its advertising presence for iTunes and iPod on New York’s WXRK (K-Rock) radio station as of late. According to numerous MacMinute readers, live ads are being read regularly by Howard Stern on his morning talk show for the iTunes Music Store and the iPod. Stern stresses the fact that both products are now Windows compatible. He has also been giving away 40GB iPods to callers. Meanwhile, The Cane Show is currently holding an “iPod Song of the Day” contest in which winners receive a free iPod. Cane also mentions the iTunes Music Store and its pricing throughout his show.”

Marware launches Free case contest

  • October 23, 2003

Marware is offering a Holiday contest where by readers are encouraged to submit a 100 word or less eassy on why they deserve a free case by Marware.

“Are you buying that special someone an iPod for Christmas? Or is that special someone you? Wouldn’t it be great if you could save yourself some extra cash by getting a FREE case? We at Marware are holding a Holiday contest. If you can tell us in 100 words or less why you deserve a free Marware iPod case of your choice, you just might get one and the accessory of your choice.  The deadline for all entries is November 24th.”

CNET: Apple cracks open the iPod, carefully

  • October 23, 2003
  • iPod,

“Tim Deal, an analyst with Technology Business Research, said that Apple is trying to strike a balance by opening the iPod to some developers but not making it an open platform.

‘I think by offering a (developer) kit they would expand their opportunity for innovation, and thus multiply their organic development efforts,” Deal said. “However, by being selective, they are maintaining a conservative approach, which will help them avoid becoming entangled in a quagmire of whimsical yet useless ideas.’”

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