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4G iPod and watch remote concepts

  • October 6, 2003
  • iPod,

picOne can only imagine what the next generation iPod design will be. An iLounger in the forums has imagined the 4th generation iPod and another has illustrated an iPod watch remote concept.

Macworld: Inside the iPod

  • October 6, 2003
  • iPod,

Macworld columnist, Chris Breen has written several tips to help you ‘master’ your iPod.

“When you look at the four buttons, single scroll wheel, and intuitive interface of Apple’s iPod, you might believe that there’s nothing more to it than plug, play, and rock out. Not so. The iPod has hidden depths. To master all an iPod’s its aspects—from power settings to cross-platform operation—you must know more than how to turn it on and scroll through the calendar. These tips—which cover both previous iPods and the newest models—will help.”

Griffin: New iTrip Now Shipping

picToday Griffin Technology announced that the new iTrip for 3G iPods is now shipping. “The new model ($35) improves upon its predecessor with an even sleeker body style, new power saving features and a red LED light to match the new iPods red backlight perfectly.” As reported earlier, Grifffin has also officially released over 100 new international frequencies for use on original and new iTrips.

“The iTrip-NEW for the new iPods is NOW SHIPPING. However - pre-orders are being filled first so new orders (orders placed today) will take up to 3 weeks to fulfill. We’re making them as fast as we can, but we just wanted you to know so you don’t expect your order immediately. You will receive an email the day it ships and your credit card will NOT charged until then.”

DogCollarLabor releases colored ModPods

picDogCollarLabor has updated the ModPod iPod stand in multiple colors; translucent blue, glowing orange and glowing green. The ModPod stand is made from transparent Lucite, fits all iPod models and is priced at $14.95.

iPod Engraving now $5.00 for Education Customers

The online Apple Store for Education individuals now offers iPod Custom Laser Engraving for only $5.00 USD. Offer valid only for a limited time - October 4th through October 20th, 2003.

Updated: InventiveGadgets releases iPod Holder

picInventiveGadgets has emailed iLounge to inform its readers that they have “replaced Velcro with a polymer based ‘cling pad’ that holds the iPod in place without placing any foreign substance on the iPod.”

InventiveGadgets has released an iPod Holder for the car. The iPod Holder features a vertical steel stand with an angled platform, and mounts to the lower portion of the center console in your car using double-sided adhesive. The iPod is attached to the platform via adhesive Velcro dots. iPod Holder fits all iPod models, is available in black or white for $29.99, and fits most cars and SUVs. Also note that late model VW Passat owners do not need to use the adhesive mount, but can simply slide the stand into the center console.

Windows: Swiss-iTrip 1.1b Released

Swiss-iTrip allows you to find radio stations in Switzerland and US for use on Griffin iTrip.

Case Closed Bags feature unique iPod cases

picCase Closed Bags in New York, makers of ‘fashionable, stylish, fun’ laptop and iPod cases is soon to release new 3G iPod cases. Their current line of classic iPod (non-docking) cases come in two distinct syles named Clarence and Sheldon. The Clarence case features a clear vinyl front, 3-D Hologram material inside and back, and a detachable swivel belt-clip. The Sheldon is a molded, rigid case featuring elastic sides and a detachable belt-clip. The Clarence case is priced at $29.95 and the Sheldon is $19.99.

Mac: Swiss-iTrip 1.1b Released

Swiss-iTrip allows you to find radio stations in Switzerland and US for use on Griffin iTrip.

Griffin releases new iTrip Frequencies

Griffin Technology has released several new frequency packs for use on iTrip. The following frequencies may help you find a clear FM station in your area for optimum reception:

iTrip US Frequencies - Odd frequencies from 87.9 to 107.9.
iTrip European Frequencies - Odd and even frequencies from 88.0 to 108.0.
iTrip Frequencies - Other - Odd and even frequencies from 76.0 to 90.0.

Belkin releases Digital FM Transmitter

pic Belkin has released a new all digital FM tranimitter at Apple Store online. The Digital transmitter features a coiled cord, LCD display, FM channels 88.1Mhz to 107.9Mhz, up to 8 hours of battery life on 1 AAA battery (included) and a 3-year Belkin warranty. The Digital FM Transmitter is priced at $39.99 and Apple esitmates shipping at 2-3 weeks. The transmitter is not yet listed on Belkin’s website. The Belkin Digital FM transmitter seems to be a rebadged FM transmitter also known as Audia X and Gruv X.

Forums: Reader received 3G iTrip

picIn the forums, iLounger ‘divine’ announced with a link to several photos that he received his new 3G iTrip on September 12. “Not sure why I got it so early. Like I said in the comments, my friend just ordered 2 from Griffin and they shipped it overnight.” He also posted a link to his UPS tracking information to prove to our readers that he did in fact receive it on Sept. 12.

Belkin TuneDok for iPod Released

piciLounger Sean has informed us that Belkin has released the TuneDok to the general public and has posted information on its website. The TuneDok was the same iPod holder that was provided in the VW iPod connectivity kit for the ‘Pods Unite’ promotion, which has since expired. The iPod holder features ‘AirGrip’ technology (suction cup) for secure placement, a large and small rubber base plus adapter cup for exact fit in a cup holder, cable management system, and comes with a 3 year warranty. The TuneDok fits all iPod models and retails for $29.99.

Dension announces ice>Link for iPod

Dension, the leading manufacturer of hard disk-based car audio, announces ice>Link for iPod - the *ultimate* iPod car kit. iPod audio is routed through the CD changer port on over 80% of European market cars including Audi, BMW, Ford, Mini, Peugeot, Renault and VW as well as aftermarket Alpine, Blaupunkt, Kenwood and Sony. The killer feature is that FF/RW radio controls (and steering wheel buttons on suitably equipped vehicles) are mapped onto iPod allowing track navigation from the vehicle controls. ice>Link for iPod also charges the iPod when in the car.

First shipments start w/c 20 October. Estimated retail pricing is around

Griffin iFM Shipping Update

Here’s an email that I recently received from Griffin Technology, regarding shipping news about the iFM: “While no firm date yet exists for the iFM, we estimate that we are about 80% completed with the project and will likely get it to market in November.”

Win a 40GB iPod and $1000

  • October 2, 2003
  • iPod,

Wacom Technology is giving away a 40GB iPod and $1000 in two new contests for designers and photographers. The Go Platinum Design contest is requesting the submission of “CD cover-art for the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP) to use for the CD they will be distributed at PhotoshopWorld West 2004.” In the Go Pro contest “contestants may submit a photo of anything that’s suitable for the enjoyment of all ages and to which they hold all rights.” Winners in each contest will receive “a 40GB iPod and $1000 U. S. to either pocket or use to get to San Francisco to be honored on stage at the opening event for PhotoshopWorld 2004.” More details and rules available at Wacom’s website.

New Scientist: Innocent file-sharers could appear guilty

“A research paper highlighting security weaknesses in a popular internet file-sharing network has raised concerns that innocent users could in theory be wrongly accused of sharing copyrighted music. [...]

It describes various techniques that could be used to make it appear to a third party on the Gnutella network as if an innocent user is hosting or searching for copyrighted files. It also describes methods for tricking users into inadvertently downloading copyrighted files so that they actually host these files.”

New iTrip To Begin Shipping!

I recieved this email from Griffin Technology this morning

Mac: iLinkPod 0.2 beta Released

iLinkPod allows you to access files on the iPod directly using the Finder. iLinkPod uses the native BSD subsystem and works at a low, direct and safe level, and is studied to guide you in few easy steps.

iTMS for Windows: Will Apple be successful? Part 2

“Apple’s strategy at the moment seems sound. Adam Engst, publisher of Mac community newsletter TidBITS, told the E-Commerce Times that with more than 1 million iPods sold since the device was introduced, Apple likely is enjoying a significant profit margin. Moreover, the iPod marketing strategy shows the company is moving in the direction of consumer electronics while still leveraging its many millions of Mac users as an initial target market.

‘And just as with the iTunes Music Store, the iPod is simply better done than most of the competitors—better interface, better integration, better industrial design and so on,’ Engst added. ‘If Apple can repeat that win in other areas that bridge the gap between computers and consumer electronics, they could be highly successful, even without gaining much market share on the computer side.’”

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