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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.”

Dell iPod Deal Returns! 30GB $409 15GB $319

Deals On The Web: Dell is offering the new 30GB iPod for $499/15GB iPod for $399. Order by 5/22 for an instant 10% discount to drop the price down to (30GB -$449.10) (15GB $359.10). TODAY (Monday 5/19/2003) only, take an additional $40 off with coupon code “91088152AF61” for a final price of (30GB - $409.10) (15GB $319.10). With Free ground shipping, it’s the lowest current price we’ve seen. Offer ends tonight at 11 PM CST.

Apple KBase: iTunes 4 Tips & Tricks

Apple has recently posted a new Knowledge Base article for iTunes 4: Tips & Tricks. Here is a sampling of 3 of the 14 tips and tricks listed:

  • To quickly add a song from a CD to an existing playlist, insert the CD, then drag the song from the CD (in the Source list) to the playlist. The song is automatically imported into your library and added to the playlist. To add a song from a CD to a new playlist, drag the song from the CD to the white area below the items in the Source list. The song is imported into your library and added to a new playlist.
  • To open a playlist in a new window, double-click the playlist icon in the Source list.
  • To quickly create a playlist containing an album in your library, click Library and choose Edit > Show Browser (if you see only Hide Browser, then the Browser is already visible). Drag an album from the Album list in the top-right section of the library to the white area below the items in your Source list. A playlist named after the album is created.

CNET 30GB iPod Review

CNET’s Eliot Van Buskirk reviews the 30GB iPod.

“First, it must be said that the new iPods are undeniably cool, with their smaller profile, feather-touch backlit buttons, and easy operation. These features will drive many people to rush out and buy an iPod, but users with lingering doubts about battery performance and Windows syncing may hesitate. Overall, the picture is rosy, but careful buyers should read this review before opening their wallets.”

Online Petition for Firmware Updates for Classic iPods

An online petition requesting that Apple port the 2.0 iPod software to a format supported by Classic iPods is now up.

“Owners of Apple?s iPod have put up with numerous problems with the product in the past:  Poor battery life; an unannounced lack of certain features for the Windows version; very poor software support for the Windows version; and deletion of posts critical of Apple on their website. 
 
The recent release of the new, third generation iPod has brought a new level to this dissatisfaction.  Unlike rivals Creative Labs, Apple have jettisoned owners of the ?old? iPod and refused to update them to a new firmware version, which contains features such as on-the-fly playlists, new games, and customisable menus.  Version 2.0 firmware is for use with the newest iPods only. “

Applemusic.com Commercials Debut

MacMinute reports that Apple has began airing its iTunes Music Store commercials.

“Apple began airing its commercials for the new iTunes Music Store and iPods last night during primetime on NBC. The ads, which we noted in April, feature real people singing songs from famous artists—such as Eminem and Pink—while listening to them on a new third generation iPod.”

MacWarehouse 20GB iPod for $295

MacWarehouse is advertising the 20GB iPod for $294.95. You must contact MacWarehouse for shipping status. “Most orders for items currently not available can be filled in less than 2 weeks.”

WaterField Designs announces new iPod cases

WaterField Designs has redesigned the Sooper Dooper case to fit new iPods. The case costs $40 and will start to ship on May 22nd.

“We’ve added new features & sizes to our current iPod Cases to custom-fit the newest generation of iPods. Now there is a bottom slot for the Firewire connector so that you don’t have to take your iPod in or out of the case. The top slot lets gives you quick access to the Hold button and lets you plug any iPod-compatible headphone. The front flap protects the iPod and stores your ear buds. A removable belt clip is included. For the 5GB, 10GB and 20GB iPods, we’ll continue to sell our Classic cases.”

ShareiTunes Offers New Search Features

ShareiTunes has added a new keyword search feature, which searches share name, genres, artists, albums, and songs and returns all the shares that match. ShareiTunes offers a catalog of members sharing their iTunes playlist for others to find. iTunes sharing on the Interent has become the hot topic in recent news. Though it isn’t illegal to share a streaming playlist from iTunes, many are finding ways to exploit the stream with software to capture and download the song to their hard drive, which is illegal.

PodPro Headphones Review

  • May 15, 2003

AppleMatters has posted a review of Macally’s white PodPro headphones. Reviewer, Gregory Ng didn’t give it a glowing review as you can read in his conclusion.

“In conclusion, these headphones cost more than a basic pair because of the noise-reduction feature. I did not get to test these on an airplane but I believe, based on my results, that they would not perform any better under those circumstances. If you are planning on using these for your iPod, don’t bother. Your apple earbuds are way superior in sound quality. If you are looking for noise-reduction headphones, I suggest buying a pair of Bose noise-reduction headphones.”

Original Windows iPods Ineligible For MUSICMATCH Update

It seems that the MUSICMATCH software key that shipped with the original Windows iPod will not activate the new 8.0 version. Users must purchase an upgrade. iLounge Forum members suggest that new docking iPods are able to obtain the update at no charge, but the 8.0 version does not have an iPod plugin as yet.

15GB iPod $314, 30GB $404 at Dell Home

Dealmac: iPod 15GB for $314, 30GB for $404 8:58 am
Dell Home offers the new iPod 15GB for $359.10 in its Software and Peripherals store. (Place it in your cart to see the lower price.) Add an item costing $1 or more (CD/DVD media) to your cart and apply coupon code “D048D84F4953” to further chop the price to $314.10. It’s the best price we’ve seen by $80. The 30GB iPod is also available for $404.10 after coupon and instant discount. Offer ends today 5/15.

Windows: MUSICMATCH Jukebox 8 Released

MUSICMATCH has launched a new version of its Jukebox, the software usually attached to Windows iPods. Main updates are visual enhancements and fine-tuning ‘under the hood’.

Apple: iTunes Music Store Tops Two Million Song Downloads

Today Apple announced in a press release that it has sold over two million song downloads through its wildly successful iTunes Music Store.

“‘Response to the iTunes Music Store has been phenomenal - we’ve clearly hit a chord with users,’ said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. ‘We?re adding new songs every day, giving music lovers even more reasons to legally download their favorite music.’”
“Over 4,300 new songs were added to the iTunes Music Store yesterday, including five albums from The Doors; new featured artist Fischerspooner?s album ‘#1’ plus an exclusive remix of their hit ‘Emerge;’ new albums from Cold, Lizz Wright, and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs; pre-release tracks from upcoming albums by Michelle Branch, Da Brat, Jesse Harris and Kenna; and, completing her catalog of music now available on the store, Alanis Morissette?s albums ‘Under Rug Swept’ and ‘Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie.’ Additionally, albums representing diverse genres of music - from rock and alternative to jazz and classical - were added from artists including John Coltrane, Charles Mingus, Nina Simone, Paul Oakenfold and Staind.”

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