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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.”

30GB iPod and Action Jacket case for $439

  • September 11, 2003
  • Deals,

A reader notes that PCConnection has 30GB iPods for $439 and includes an Action Jacket silicone case.

Tom’s Hardware reviews iSkin eXo

Tom’s Hardware has posted a comprehensive review of the iSkin eXo case for 3G iPod.

“Overall, the iSkin eXo is a great case product that enhances the beauty of the iPod while providing a far better level of protection than most other cases. The silicone design and shape should protect it from many common mishaps far better than other cases. While this design may not appeal to everyone, ackNOWLEDGE, a Canadian company, presents a new twist on case design and protection with style.”

CNET: Apple customer resells iTunes song

“In an interview Wednesday, Hotelling said he was able to give the song to a friend, Keith Elder, a Web developer in Ypsilanti, Mich., whom he met through an Internet discussion group. In order to close the deal, Hotelling said he had to transfer control of his entire iTunes Music Store account to Elder. He said he intends to demand 50 cents from Elder for the account, which included one song, the Devin Vasquez remake of Frankie Smith’s song ‘Double Dutch Bus,’ which he’d originally purchased for 99 cents. 

‘For the average user, I’d definitely say this was extremely difficult,’ he said. ‘I guess you could say we’re both extreme geeks.’”

15GB and 30GB iPods For $369.97 and $449.97

  • September 10, 2003
  • Deals,

CompUSA is offering the 15GB iPod for $369.97 and the 30GB iPod for $449.97.

Your Mac Life Internet show talks iPods

  • September 10, 2003
  • iPod,

This evening on Your Mac Life with host Shawn King, Macworld columnist and author Chris Breen will be talking about iPods and promoting the third edition of his book, “Secrets of the iPod”. Listen to the live show tonight from 5:30 - 8pm Pacific Time, 8:30-11pm Eastern Time.

Apple Store canceling 15GB orders with new 20GB iPod

  • September 10, 2003
  • iPod,

iLounger ‘philipbe’ in the forums notes that Apple has canceled his order for a 15GB iPod placed on July 9 and upgraded the order to a new 20GB iPod on Sept. 8. MacFixit posted that the same thing happened to one of its readers. “On Sept 3, 2003 I ordered an engraved 15GB iPod for my son’s birthday. Today I received an email from Apple telling me that the original order had been cancelled and replaced with an order for the new 20GB iPod.” If your 15GB or 30GB iPod order has been upgraded, please let us know.

Non-docking 10GB iPod $169, 20GB iPod $269

  • September 10, 2003
  • Deals,

The Apple Store online has factory refurbished, 2nd generation (non-docking) 10GB iPod for $169 and 20GB iPod for $269. Mac and Windows versions are available which include remote, carrying case and one year warranty. Ground shipping is Free. Also note that there are several deals on iPod accessories from Belkin, XtremeMac, Incase and Monster Cable.

AP: Girl, 12, Settles Piracy Suit for $2,000

“The hurried settlement involving Brianna LaHara, an honors student, was the first announced one day after the Recording Industry Association of America (news - web sites) filed 261 such lawsuits across the country. Lawyers for the RIAA said Brianna’s mother, Sylvia Torres, contacted them early Tuesday to negotiate.

‘We understand now that file-sharing the music was illegal,’ Torres said in a statement distributed by the recording industry. ‘You can be sure Brianna won’t be doing it anymore.’”

E&B release Slipper iPod case

pic E&B Company, makers of cases for PDAs and handheld devices has released a new case for iPod named Slipper. The all black leather case features a flip-lid design, magnetic closure, access to all functions/ports and a removeable leather pouch for earbuds. The Slipper comes in two versions; with belt clip for $49.95 and without belt clip for $46.95. Both versions are in stock and shipping for 10, 15 and 30GB iPods.

New iPod ad campaign launches

  • September 9, 2003
  • iPod,

Apple recently launched a new ad campaign to promote iPod. The magazine and billboard ads feature a black silouhuetted figure holding an iPod against a bright colored background. Cropped versions of these ads can also be seen being used on the updated Apple iPod web pages.

30GB iPods $50 Off

  • September 9, 2003
  • Deals,

A reader reports that ClubMac and MacMall are offering the 30GB iPod for $444.

NY Post: 12-Year-Old Sued for Music Downloading

“Brianna LaHara said she was frightened to learn she was among the hundreds of people sued yesterday by giant music companies in federal courts around the country.

‘I got really scared. My stomach is all turning,’ Brianna said last night at the city Housing Authority apartment where she lives with her mom and her 9-year-old brother.

‘I thought it was OK to download music because my mom paid a service fee for it. Out of all people, why did they pick me?’”

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