H2O Audio has announced the SV-iMini, the first fully waterproof and submersible housing for Apple’s iPod mini. The SV-iMini includes a unique waterproof dial and push button assembly providing full access to the mini’s Click Wheel. The underwater accessory also comes with a lightweight waterproof headset. “Watersports enthusiasts can now take their iPod mini with them while participating in sports such as wakeboarding, surfing, snowboarding, swimming and kayaking,” says H20 Audio. The SV-iMini housing is priced at $149.95 and will begin shipping in December.
Apple has updated its Web site to let music fans know that The Complete U2, Apple’s first digital box set, will be available on Tuesday, November 23, alongside U2’s new studio album How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb. The digital box set includes the band’s 15 albums and more than 25 previously unreleased tracks. It also comes with a PDF booklet with band photos, album art and song lyrics. Those who have purchased the iPod U2 Special Edition can you use the included coupon to save $50 on the box set.
Apple today released iPod Updater 2004-11-15, which includes iPod mini Software 1.2 for iPod mini and iPod software 3.0.2 for Click Wheel iPods. This update brings the following to iPod mini: compatibility with iTunes 4.7; the ability to create and delete multiple On-The-Go playlists; the ability to shuffle and play your song library with one click; an option to select reading playback speed for audiobooks; the ability to hear Click Wheel clicker through headphones; and improved disconnect performance when syncing. iPod Updater 2004-11-15 offers compatibility with iTunes 4.7 and improved USB 2.0 connectivity for Click Wheel iPods. Apple said this update contains the same software versions as iPod Updater 2004-10-20 for all other iPod models.
Gadget Accessories recently unveiled a slew of new iPod gear. The new accessories include: a silicone skin case for iPod mini ($8.99; available in blue, pink and white); a silicone skin for 3G iPods ($8.99; also available in blue, pink and white); a solid cover aluminum case for 3G/4G iPods and iPod photo ($14.99); an aluminum case with removable belt clip for iPod mini ($14.99); an aluminum case with cutouts for screen and Click Wheel for 4G iPods and iPod photo ($14.99); and an iPod 3-in-1 travel kit (car charger, USB sync, AC wall charger) for all Dock connector iPods ($14.99).
PowerHouse Technologies has released a 15-day trial version of Migo for iPod. “Use Migo for iPod to view your personal email, files, browser settings, desktop and more,” explains the company. “With one click, your desktop is displayed, allowing you to work on the computer as if it were your own. When you return to your own computer, changes are automatically updated. Stop emailing files to yourself. Don’t worry about remembering which version of a file you have, or keeping two computers in sync. Migo for iPod gives you have everything you need just the way you want it.” Migo requires a 4G iPod or iPod mini and Windows 2000/XP.
The Think Different Store is giving away a bundle of popular iPod accessories valued at more than $100. The giveaway is the first in a continuing series of monthly drawings to be held at the online store. To win the iPod accessory pack, participants must visit the Think Different Store where they will be able to enter the contest as many times as they wish. The winner will be selected by random drawing on December 15, 2004.
Mediafour, makers of MacDrive and XPlay, today announced the release of XPlay Photo Browser, new Windows 2000/XP software that enables iPod photo owners to browse photos, save photos and view slideshows directly from their iPods. XPlay Photo Browser also includes a screensaver that automatically displays an iPod photo slideshow. The software is available as a free download.
Apple plans to open a Japanese version of its iTunes Music Store by March 2005, the Nihon Keizai newspaper reported on Thursday. The newspaper said that Apple is planning to offer more than 100,000 mostly Japanese tracks. The iTunes Music Store is currently available in the US and 12 European countries. A Canadian store is expected to open before the end of the month.
New additions to Apple’s iTunes Music Store this week include: Encore, the latest release from rapper Eminem; an iTunes Originals 5-song EP from Jack Johnson; Rearviewmirror, a new greatest hits album from Pearl Jam; a special Black Eyed Peas EP created for The Urbz game; and a new remix album, Amotion, from A Perfect Circle.
O’Reilly has announced the release of “iPod & iTunes Hacks” by iLounge contributor Hadley Stern. The $24.95 book offers 100 hacks for iPod enthusiasts who want to “explore and experiment, create shortcuts, and unearth cool and unexpected things to do with their iPod that have never even occurred to their friends.” Hacks in the book show iPod owners how to: use their iPods with both Macs and PCs; turn the iPod into an FM radio station, portable stereo, or wireless jukebox; use the iPod as a portable hard drive, and access “hidden” music files; turn the iPod into a universal remote control or voice recorder; play and create games for the iPod; and more.
Engadget has posted a step-by-step article on how to use your iPod photo to give PowerPoint or Keynote presentations.
The Censtron iBend “brings the Heavy Metal experience everywhere” inside the case of a 3G iPod. It comes with “four rocking guitar solos,” the “Censtron bend wheel,” and an “extreme pitch knob.”
iLounge staffer and “iPod and iTunes Hacks” author Hadley Stern asks if the iPod photo is breakthrough device or a work in progress.
One large bank plans to give every employee an iPod so they can listen to earnings calls and other business related audio.
Belkin has been honored with seven CES Innovations Distinctions, including awards for TuneBase FM for the iPod mini and Digital Camera Link for the iPod.
InnoPocket has announced a new protective metal case for Apple’s 4G iPod. Made of anodized aircraft-grade aluminum, the form-fitting metal case features neoprene lining, a removable belt clip and post system, and access to headphone jack, remote port and all vital iPod controls. The InnoPocket Metal Deluxe Case is available now for $29.99.
The iPod eBook Creator is a Web-based tool to convert books (or any text) to the iPod Notes format that you can add to your iPod for reading on the go.“This utility/PHP script loads large text file and splits it into notes for use on iPod. It is easy to read your book in plain text format on your iPod via Notes functionality. All notes will be automatically linked, so you can move from one to another with absolute ease. It’s as simple as turning pages of the book.”
Apple’s iPod U2 Special Edition ($349.00) is now available for purchase in bricks-and-mortar Apple Stores, and iLounge has exclusive first pictures of the newest iPod’s packaging and pack-ins. Our full gallery will go up shortly, but for now, click on Read More for a collection of eleven shots to tide you over.
Shipments of the U2 iPod to fulfill Apple Store online pre-orders commenced several days ago, with anticipated delivery dates over the next several days. As noted in our earlier news stories and the iLounge Buyers’ Guide 2004, each U2 iPod includes a $50 coupon towards the purchase of The Complete U2, a digital box set of U2 music from iTunes, and a fold-out poster including photographs of the band. Other than its packaging, black casing, red Click Wheel and band-engraved back, the U2 iPod is the same as a 20GB fourth-generation iPod, and includes standard white accessories.
View the U2 iPod gallery
In an apparent attempt to unify its iPod product names, Apple has tweaked the name of its iPod Photo to iPod photo (lower case “p”). The product’s name now matches that of the iPod mini. Apple’s Web site appears to have been quietly made over to reflect the name change. According to readers, Apple resellers and members of the Apple Consultants Network received confirmation of the change from the company earlier today.
The NBA has informed Toronto Raptors star Vince Carter that he is no longer allowed to use his iPod during pregame warm-ups. “The 27-year-old shooting guard had been listening to music on his trendy iPod on the basketball court during pregame warm-ups, chilling privately with his tunes while practicing jump shots with his teammates. Yesterday, the NBA said Carter’s quest for inner peace through his headphones did not conform to the league guidelines on proper attire on the court. The league has asked him to put the music player away. Carter was shocked when told the news yesterday afternoon after practice. ‘It’s going to hurt [my routine] big time,’ Carter said. ‘I like to listen to music when I’m working out, doing all that. That was my chance to really kind of relax yet focus in. I focus in when I have music on.’”
Griffin Technology said today that it is now shipping the iTrip-Black FM transmitter for the new iPod U2 Special Edition. Like the original white iTrip, the new iTrip-Black retains its most popular features such as unlimited station frequencies and battery-free iPod mating design. The new model with its jet-black exterior and red LED light perfectly matches the new U2 iPod. The iTrip-Black is priced $35.
Acme Made has introduced two new stylish iPod and iPod mini cases. The iPod Wallet features an Italian box leather exterior and “Cashmere” finish microsuede lining. It sports a magnetic tab closure, cable access, an internal headphones strap, and card pocket. Available in pink, lime and blue, the Acme Made iPod Wallet for iPod costs $59.95, while the iPod mini version sells for $49.95. Also announced was the iPod Traveler, a protective travel case specifically designed for the iPod and iPod mini. The leather case comes in red or black and features a suede lining, a polished YKK zipper (with protective flap lining), internal headphones pocket, and rear headphone port (mini version only). The Acme Made Traveler is priced at $59.99 for iPod and $49.99 for iPod mini.
Japanese company Bird Electron is offering limited edition iPod speakers that are handmade from actual gourds.
PortalPlayer, which makes components for Apple’s iPod, plans to go public this week, selling 6.25 million shares at $11 to $13 a share.
Wired’s Leander Kahney found the fIRSt evEr prOTotyPe dDArwIng Of tHe IPOd.
The EPodium is yet another new iPod stand made from crystal-clear acrylic. The stand comes in two versions—a plain version for $15.95 and a customizable version for $18.95 which you can personalize with a laser-engraved name or symbol. The EPodium, which will fit all iPod models (mini, 20GB, 40GB, and the new iPod photo 40GB, and 60GB), also has a slot on the bottom for the dock connector cord.