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KBase Document: How to Install Dock Cover

Apple has posted a KBase document on iPod (with Dock Connector): How to Install Dock Cover M9130G/A:

“If you buy an iPod model that includes a dock, the dock cover is already installed.

If you buy an iPod that does not include a dock, or if you buy an extra dock, you must install the cover that fits your iPod model. The 10 GB and 15 GB models are slightly thinner than the 30 GB model, and they use a dock cover that has a thinner opening. This cover is labeled “10/15GB Dock cover’. The cover for the 30 GB model has a slightly deeper opening. It is labeled ‘30GB Dock cover’.”

Burton AMP Jacket and New iPod Solution

iLounger Travis Stratford submitted a news item detailing his frustration about the initial incompatibility of new iPods and the Burton Amp Jacket. For anyone with new iPod and Amp Jacket, there is a solution: the Amp Jacket Interface by Dr Bott.

A few weeks ago, I purchased the Burton AMP jacket from the Apple Store. I knew Apple would soon release new iPods, so I waited a few weeks before buying my iPod that would accompany the jacket. As soon as the new iPods were released, I purchased a 30 GB version at the NYC Apple Store (the first day they went on sale). That same night, I took the iPod home and “installed” it into my jacket. To my astonishment and horror, the new iPod did not work properly in my jacket (the ear-plug cord did not sit firmly in the new iPod and the jacket’s sleeve “controls” did not operate correctly.) ...

Oprah Gives iPod

Yesterday on Oprah’s “Favorite Things” episode she gave every audience member a brand new 15GB iPod. Oprah described the iPod to the audience as, “This itty-bitty gadget, no bigger than a deck of cards, holds 3,700 songs!”

3Ring Reviews iTrip in Boston

Another review of the iTrip that hopefully clears up any questions about it.

“My final conclusion would be that the iTrip is a good product, given what it   has to do within FCC restrictions. However, be aware that sound quality will vary greatly on your area. This is out of the iTrip’s hands as it cannot really control or take over any frequencies… even though I was able to on what seemed to be a very weak frequency. All in all, I would say a good buy, although not an essential buy.”

Warning: This site contains language that may be offensive to some.

Knowledge Base Documents for iPod

Apple has posted several Knowledge Base documents on the following iPod related subjects:

iPod (with Dock Connector): About the Dock Connector and Cables
iPod Dock: Specifications
iPod for Windows 2.0: How to Install
iSync 1.0: Cannot Sync To Do List With iPod (with Dock Connector)

NY Post: iPod Therefore I Am

Mary Huhn and Maxine Shen write about iPod and how it’s changing the face of the New York social scene.

“The power to cram a jukebox worth of tunes into your shirt pocket is revolutionizing the New York social scene.

There are iPod parties, jackets, fan clubs and Web sites galore. People are using the portable MP3 players as alarm clocks, address books and surrogate pets. “

NY Post: It’s A Party In A Pocket

Sarah Gilbert writes how iPod is changing the face of DJ’ing. Also mentioned in the article is that Apple may be releasing a professional iPod featuring pitch control to change the speed of tracks.

“While most of us see our iPods as a purely private pleasure, some music innovators and tech-heads are using it as the ultimate portable party.

Andrew & Andrew, a DJ duo who wear horn-rimmed specs and lab coats, host “iParty” at Apt. every Tuesday night. “

iPod 20GB Mac for $295

Dealmac: MacWarehouse is the latest merchant to offer a reduced price on the discontinued iPod 20GB for Mac, as a reader found. It now costs $294.95 plus $11 shipping. That’s among the lowest total mail-order prices we know to be available.

Burton AMP Jacket gallery

A Swedish site called 99mac has published 47 photos of the Burton AMP Jacket in a gallery. The text is in Swedish, but the pictures speak for themselves.

PvP comic features iPod

PvP’s latest edition is about iPod, windows users’, iPod experience and prejudice.

Updated: Is the backlight supposed to be blue?

A new photo has been submitted by the same reader that started us on the blue backlight journey. This new photo shows a direct comparison of a new 30GB and a 15GB iPod. Click “Read more” for photo.

“Here is a comparison picture of my 30GB that I got about four days after its release, and a 15GB that was just shipped a few days ago. Both have the backlight on. It is very obvious that the backlight is white and dim on the left “older” 30GB iPod, and bright and blue on the right newer one [15GB]. Also the screen is MUCH clearer on the newer new iPod (although not in the picture, I took it with my Palm Zire71!).”

Your Mac Live show talking iPods

Tonight on Your Mac Life internet show, host Shawn King interviews Stan Ng, iPod line manager. King and Ng will talk about the new iPods and iTunes Music Store. YML is also giving away a new iPod. You must listen to the show for details on how to win. Show time is 5:30pm to 8pm PT or from 8:30pm to 11pm ET.

iTrip used with iBook

A few months ago, I was in a forum where someone realized Apple had put the same headphone jack that is on the old iPod into the 800MHz iBook.  It is not a standard flush jack, but a one with a small outer ring around it. Just out of curiosity, I plugged the iTrip into my 800MHz iBook and noticed the power LED lit up.  I started an iTunes song, turned on the home stereo and was getting sound from my iBook transmitted with the iTrip.  Way cool.

eCoustics.com has huge list of iPod reviews

The eCoustics.com MP3 category has links to just about every iPod review published online.  View the iPod search results at this link.

Editor’s Note: There are 39 reviews listed, including 20 consumer reviews.

Baseball Stats on the iPod

For all you baseball junkies out there, I’ve updated my site containing Major League Baseball stats for the iPod: There are now links to the latest standings, player statistics, team rosters, and box scores.  All the links are updated daily.  The links are .vcf files, which you can just save to your iPod for viewing on the go. Hope it’s useful, Peter

MacMice Announces PodPerch

MacMice has announced the PodPerch; an all acrylic stand with access to the new iPod’s docking port and featuring a low angle for optimal viewing while sitting at a desk. It works with any model iPod. The PodPerch retails for $19.99 and is now shipping.

TechTV: AAC Developer Interview

On Tuesday, May 20 at 7 p.m. Eastern, The Screen Savers cable show will have Gary Valan, Director, Computer Audio Initiative (Dolby Laboratories) talking about MPEG-4 and AAC. This episode can also be watched on Wed., May 21 at 8 a.m. and 12 p.m. Eastern.

iPods.com For Sale

Ebay auctioneer, “morning-view” has posted iPods.com for sale. Starting bid is $1,000. Why does Apple not own this domain? The auction’s description is as follows:

“With Apple’s release last month of the new third generation iPods, there has never been more of a buzz surrounding what many call the greatest digital music player in the world. This domain name is at the peak of its value to a business—there is nothing more memorable than iPods.com when you are trying for repeat customers.     

The domain will be transfered to the winning bidder free of charge. Payment will be accepted in the form of certified check or electronic transfer, and is expected within five (5) days of end of auction.”

PC World: Piracy Worries End ITunes Streaming

Paul Roberts, IDG News Service for PC World reports on iTunes sharing/swapping, and websites offering a catalog of users sharing their iTunes library.

“Only days after the appearance of Internet-based music streaming services that capitalize on Apple’s ITunes technology, many of the Web sites that hosted them have removed the feature, citing concerns about piracy.

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Within days of its first public release, however, programmers outside of the company found ways to expand ITunes’ reach. They harnessed an ITunes client feature called Rendezvous that enables Mac users to share downloaded songs with other systems on a LAN or over the Internet.”

AAC vs. MP3: Tested and Rated Part 2

Gunnar Van Vliet has written Part 2 of his “REPORT ON THE RELATIVE QUALITY OF AAC AUDIO TO MP3” at RecordStoreReview.com.

“The purpose of this test is to compare more codecs at a low, medium and high bit rate. I think from this sampling it will be easy to estimate where other bit rates fit in with various types of music.”

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