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Mac: AAChoo 1.2 Released

Keep your iPod always updated with the freshest music. An amazing utility for every music lover, Ovolab AAChoo converts all your MP3 songs to AAC, the new high-quality and compact audio format at the core of MPEG-4, with an easy drag-and-drop interface and full control over every encoding parameter.

iSkinWorld UK offers free iShade for iSkin eXo

pic iSkinWorld is offering 35 iShade coloured screen protectors available to the UK for test drives. The first 35 people to email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with their name, iLounge user ID and a UK address will get to choose one of 7 iShade colours. iShades are designed to be used with iSkin eXo cases and together create an individual look and offer great protection for 3rd Gen iPods.

Reuters: iTunes Music Store Europe next year & iTunes Windows update

“‘We’re clearly working on it (but) I think we’ll do it next year,’ he told journalists on the fringes of the annual Apple Expo in Paris. He said it took time to sort out distribution rights with the music publishers who own the songs.

Jobs reiterated that, before the end of the year, Apple would bring iTunes and the online music store which has sold 10 million songs since its launch four months ago, to owners of personal computers that run on Microsoft’s Windows operating system.

‘We’re very much on track to execute iTunes for Windows,’  he said.”

Observations on 40GB iPod

  • September 15, 2003
  • iPod,

Reader David E. Frank at Macintouch.com has submitted some ‘initial observations’ of his new iPod 40GB which replaced his 30GB. Click ‘Read more’ for the list.

NEWSWEEK: Apple moves up iTunes for PC to mid-October

“In another hopeful sign for the industry last week, downloading sites Rhapsody and Apple

Smart debuts i-move car with iPod connectivity

We recently reported that Daimler Chrysler’s European Smart division will announce tomorrow the new i-move car at Apple Expo Paris featuring an iPod connectivity kit. Smart has launched a website with information (although in French) about the new i-move car and iPod Kit. As noted by MacMinute, the connectivity kit consists of a “dock, found just above the gear shift, takes advantage of the new iPod’s bottom connector and appears to be connected directly to the car’s audio system, allowing you to control volume and tracks from the head unit.”

Griffin PowerPod iPod Auto Charger: $19.99

  • September 15, 2003
  • Deals,

Deal on The Web: ClubMac is once again offering the Griffin PowerPod iPod Auto Charger for $19.99.  The device works with all versions of iPods.  It’s the best price we’ve seen.

iPod 30GB for $374 shipped

  • September 15, 2003
  • Deals,

Dealmac: The Apple iPod 30GB MP3 Player costs $449 with free shipping at Dell Home. At it to your cart for 10% off. Apply coupon code “AF0B8FF6A734” for another $30 off, a net price of $374.10. That’s slightly less than The Apple Store’s price on a refurbished iPod 30GB. (Dell’s is new.) Offer ends today.

Engineered Audio explains shipping delay for RemoteRemote

Engineered Audio, developers of the RemoteRemote wireless remote controller for iPod have sent iLounge an open letter explaining its delay in shipping. The demand for a shipping product has been intense since its announcement. Please click ‘Read more’ for the open letter.

SF Chronicle: Artists blast record companies over lawsuits against downloaders

“‘File sharing is a reality, and it would seem that the labels would do well to learn how to incorporate it into their business models somehow,’ said genre-busting DJ Moby in a post on his Web site. ‘Record companies suing 12-year-old girls for file sharing is kind of like horse-and-buggy operators suing Henry Ford.’”

Mac: iPoDoc Applescript Released

iPoDoc is a freeware Applescript droplet that makes it easier to read long text documents on your iPod.

Internetnews.com: Music Fans Still Burning

“Music is ubiquitous, as research from The NPD Group finds that nearly two-thirds (64 percent) of all U.S. households with Internet access had at least one digital music file on their hard drives, and more than half of that group had up to 100 digital music files. 

While all of these music files aren’t the result of Internet downloading, NPD says that two-thirds of all digital music file acquisition can be attributed to file sharing, and the remainder is mainly attributed to ripping tracks directly from CDs.”

Windows: Media Center 9.1 beta supports Ratings, Playcounts, & Last Played

A feature sorely missed by all Windows iPod users has finally become available with JRiver’s Media Center 9.1.251 beta. The first Windows program to support this feature.  Up until now, Windows users haven’t been able to sync their iPod Ratings, Playcounts and Last Played dates to their Media Libraries (or to their iPods). This made it impossilbe to include your iPod playing habits into your Smart Playlists.

CNET: More Beatles vs. Apple

  • September 12, 2003
  • Apple,

“Geoff Baker, spokesman for Apple Corps, confirmed the suit was filed two months ago in London High Court. He referred further questions to a statement put out by Apple Corps, the company the legendary rock ban formed in 1968 to manage its business interests.

‘Specifically, (the) complaint is made over the use by Apple Computer of the word ‘Apple’ and apple logos in conjunction with its new application for downloading pre-recorded music from the Internet,’ said the statement, apparently referring to Apple’s successful iTunes Music Store service for downloading digital songs”

Music legend Johnny Cash dead at 71

  • September 12, 2003
  • Other,

The ‘Man in Black’ Johnny Cash has died at the age of 71 due to complications from diabetes at Baptist Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee.

“Perhaps the most widely recognized voice in country music, Cash recorded more than 1,500 songs. His career spanned more than four decades with trademark hits like ‘A Boy Named Sue,’ ‘Folsom Prison Blues,’ ‘Ring of Fire’ and ‘I Walk the Line.’”

Editor’s note: It was only two weeks ago that I had downloaded several Johnny Cash albums from the iTunes Music Store. Rest in peace Johnny Cash, you’ll be missed.

Mac: iVolume 1.2 Released

With iVolume you can bring all your iTunes songs to the same loudness. Therefore no simple peak analysis is made. Instead, the perceived loudness heard by human ears is calculated with an appropriate algorithm. The results of iVolume are much better than those of the built-in “Sound Check” function in iTunes.

iVolume does not change any data of your audio files, so there is no loss in quality. iVolume simply adjusts the “Volume Adjustment” slider that you can find in the information dialog of iTunes for every song.

30GB iPod for $449 plus 10% off

  • September 12, 2003
  • Deals,

Dell has the 30GB for $449 plus an additional 10% off and free shipping through Sept. 15.

Refurbished 15GB $279 & 30GB $379 iPods

  • September 11, 2003

The Apple store is now selling Refurbished 15GB ($279) & 30GB ($379) iPods. Look under the “Special Deals” section. Includes one-year warranty.

FOXNews: The Beatles Sue Apple Computers Over IPod, ITunes

  • September 11, 2003
  • Apple,

“The inevitable has happened: The Beatles have sued Steve Jobs over Apple iTunes and the Apple iPod—at least the band’s

RollingStone: Downloader “Doe” Fights RIAA

“Her lawyer calls her Jane Doe. The music business calls her nycfashiongirl, which is her Kazaa screen name. She’s fighting to keep her real name a secret, becoming the first individual to take a stand against the recording industry’s latest attack on file traders.

In August, Jane Doe filed a legal challenge to block the Recording Industry Association of America from obtaining her identity, because it violates her right to privacy. Since June, the RIAA has run computer searches of hard drives in order to single out at least 1,075 people swapping songs on peer-to-peer services such as Kazaa. The RIAA then subpoenas the person’s Internet service provider to obtain his name and address so that he can potentially be sued for copyright infringement.”

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