“After four straight years of declining CD sales, the recording industry is hanging hopes for a recovery on music fans going digital
Ellen Lee for Contra Costa Times has written an article about the cottage industry which has spawned from the creation of the iPod - well known accessory makers DLO, Ten Technology, and Speck Products were mentioned.
MicrophoneSolutions.com is selling the new Shure E3c for only $156.00. Use coupon code F156E3.
“Secrets of the iPod” author and Macworld columnist Christopher Breen has managed to work out how to access various diagnostic modes for the iPod mini after getting his hands on one at MWSF.
” Savvy iPodusers know that you can perform such tasks as resetting the device, throwing it into disk mode, and invoking the hidden diagnostic screen by pressing a combination of the iPod’s buttons.
The iPod mini sports different controls—ones where the Menu, Play, Back, and Forward buttons are on the scroll wheel (the Select button remains in the middle of the wheel). Pressing the wheel in the the four compass directions invokes the command associated with them—Up for Menu, Right for Forward, Down for Play/Pause, and Left for Back. Given that you can’t press multiple buttons at a time, how would one reset the iPod mini or produce the Diagnostic screen?
I decided to find out by visiting the Apple booth and, in the guise of an interested user, pressing every button combination I could. Here’s what I discovered:”
As noted by MacMinute, Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina has unveiled the new iPod-based “HP Digital Music Player” at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. The device is light blue in color and has an “HP” logo on the back. Firoina said it is “the first and only one” in existence. HP and Apple announced a partnership yesterday to deliver an HP-branded digital music player based on Apple’s iPod, which is expected to ship this summer. CNET has a short video of Fiorina introducing the device at CES.
Dealmac: ExperCom has stock of the discontinued iPod 10GB (third-generation) for $249. It’s the same price as the new iPod Mini 4GB and the lowest price we know to be available for a new, factory-sealed unit. (The latest 15GB model costs $50 more.)
I went to my local Apple store to get some info on the 15GB iPod. While there (the 15GB’s were not) I asked if they still had any 10GB’s left. They did, and are clearing them out at $249. I asked if they had a Educational Discount on top of the clearance and they did. I bought my 10GB iPod for $219 + tax out the door. I just wanted to pass this on. Now that I have an iPod, I’ll be back to visit a lot more.
“‘Apple will manufacture the player, which will not have the iPod name but will have the same design and features as Apple’s third-generation iPod players, Phil Schiller, senior vice president at Apple, said in an interview. Also, the HP music player will come in “HP Blue,” he said.
“The way we look at it, HP will be reselling an iPod device,” said Schiller, who noted that the device will display the Apple logo at start-up and will work with all of the accessories made for the white-hued Apple varieties. [...]
The deal with HP involves only the traditional iPod design and not thenew iPod Mini models, which use a 1-inch hard drive that has 4GB of storage, Schiller said; though, he added, that’s “obviously something we can look at in the future.”
Schiller would not say whether Apple may look to craft similar deals with other computer or electronics makers. While that part of the deal is not exclusive, Schiller said HP’s promotion of the iTunes Music Store through its PCs is a “multiyear, exclusive” deal.”
The iPod mini does not use the same software as the iPod itself. iPod mini uses iPod mini Software 1.0. iPod Software 1.3 cannot be installed on iPod mini. iPod software 2.0 CAN be installed on an iPod mini, but when you turn the iPod mini on, you will receive a screen with a folder and exclamation mark. This can be fixed by using the iPod mini Software 1.0 installer to reinstall the iPod mini Software.
Dealmac: Target.com cuts 10% off a purchase of $50 or more via coupon code “TCSAVEN4JAN2”. This coupon applies to iPods sold at Target.com. (To find them, search for “iPod”.) The iPod 20GB
costs $359.99 after discount and the iPod 40GB costs $449.99 after discount. Sales tax and about $6 in shipping are extra. (The new iPod 15GB is not yet available from Target.com, which still sells its 10GB same-price predecessor.) Offer ends tomorrow. Other Target.com coupons are available.
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It seems another lawsuit is on the horizon regarding iPod batteries - this time out of Florida.
“In the last year, many iPod owners got bad news after their iPods
“The actual price is $250. That’s only $50 less than the 15-megabyte, full-size iPod, which holds nearly four times as many songs.
Apple argues that that’s the wrong comparison. It points out that the Mini is only $50 more than a 256-megabyte, flash-memory-based player like the Rio Cali. Such players hold only about 60 songs (and, of course, lack the elegance of Apple’s hardware and software).
In any case, early adopters and gadget fetishists may well snap up all the iPod Minis that Apple can make, even at this price; Apple can always lower the price later.”
“Apple Computer is set to review the UK pricing of its iPod mini music player, launched on Tuesday, after complaints about a substantial mark-up for non-US buyers of the device. The iPod mini will go on sale next month in the US for $249 - which would translate to a UK price of
Dealmac: A reader found the used first- and second-generation 10GB iPods for $169 each at PowerMax. That’s $20 off our last mention and the lowest price we know to be available. A used first-generation 5GB iPod is also available for $149. Each carries a 30-day reseller warranty.