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DLO Action Jacket now shipping

  • June 3, 2003

DLO (EverythingiPod.com) is now shipping the Action Jacket neoprene case for new iPods. The case is available in Licorice, Indigo, Apple Red and Graphite colors,  and retails for $29.99 plus shipping.

“At 2.5mm of thick neoprene, the Action Jacket has a custom play-through design, allowing access to iPod’s jog wheel, four new buttons and display. Independent velcro tab at top provides access to iPod’s Hold Button. Grippy, textured neoprene sides and ribbed piping along seams provide extra support.”

Daring Fireball vs. Knee-Jerk Critics

John Gruber of Daring Fireball has weighed in on the iTunes Internet Sharing issue, offering a sound rebuttal to the several digital pundits levying criticism against Apple for disabling the feature in iTunes 4.01.

“I think it was more of a social experiment. Rendezvous networking is built on top of IP networking, so once the programming work was done to support sharing locally, it was likely very little extra work to allow it to work between any two IP addresses. The potential for abuse was obvious, but so was the potential utility. And so I think Apple tried giving everyone the benefit of the doubt with iTunes 4.0’s sharing capabilities. “

iPod 20GB for PC for $299

Dealmac: A reader notes that The Apple Store offers the factory-refurbished iPod 20GB for PC for $299 in its Special Deals section. Although we’ve seen new, factory-sealed units for $20 less than this, it’s the lowest price we know to be currently available for this discontinued iPod. Shipping is free, although sales tax is added where applicable. A one-year Apple warranty applies.

iPod Engraving Utility launched

A new web based, virtual iPod engraving utility has been launched.

“The iPod Engraving Utility was created on June 1, 2003. We’re interested in seeing what a particular engraving would look like without having to waste money on an iPod whose engraving is a tad silly; hence the creation of this utility. The more humorous submissions are catalogued in our gallery.  Feel free to go vote whether or not you love or hate the submissions.”

AnandTech: Apple’s New iPod - Evolutionary, not Revolutionary

AnandTech has posted a long (15 webpages) and comprehensive review of the iPod. MusicMatch, XPlay and iTunes 4 as well as taking the iPod apart are covered in the review.

“With the original iPod, Apple had a clear winner on their hands with a revolutionary   new approach to portable MP3 players. The new iPod, albeit only an evolutionary   improvement over the old unit, continues to extend Apple’s dominance in this   sector.

For current iPod owners, it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to upgrade to   the new iPod, although the small size of the player is definitely tempting.  The functionality of the player remains virtually unchanged, which means you’ll   still probably want to hold on to your expensive investment.”

Becart announces new pricing for new iPod stand

  • June 3, 2003

picBecart will be increasing the price of their new all aluminum iPod stand to $34.95+shipping after it sells the ten initial samples for $29.95+shipping. Becart adjusted its initial pricing, because the time required to manufacture one stand was more than originally anticipated. Note: the Becart iPod stand is made for 1st and 2nd generation iPods.

Fox News: Will the Beatles Takea Bite of Apple Computer?

Roger Friedman for Fox News reports that Apple may soon be sued by the Beatles over the iTunes Music Store.

“Apple Computer’s Steve Jobs was such a Beatle fan that he named his company after the record label.

But the Beatles, who are notoriously protective of their rights and quite litigious, weren’t so happy with Jobs. In 1981 they made him sign something agreeing never to go into the music business in order to keep a name they had trademarked. ...

iPod 10GB for $269 shipped

Dealmac: Dell Home again offers the iPod 10GB for $269.10 in its Software and Peripherals store, as a reader found. It’s the lowest price we know to be available for a current-generation iPod. Shipping is free.

iPod Designer Awarded ‘Designer of the Year’

Jonathan Ive, Apple’s industrial designer for the iPod and iMac has been awarded ‘Designer of the Year’ as reported by Charles Arthur, Technology Editor for the Independent.

“The prestigious prize from the Design Museum in London is worth 25,000 for ‘the UK designer that made the biggest contribution to design in the past year’. Mr Ive, 36, who has been the vice-president of industrial design at Apple since 1998, received the prize after flying in from California, where he works at Apple’s head office in Cupertino.

‘Jonathan’s designs have touched millions of people’s lives and transformed the workplace,’ said the fashion designer Sir Paul Smith, who was on the judging panel.”

NY Post: Apple, Amazon in Online Music Talks

It seems that Amazon might soon be jumping on the iTunes Music Store band wagon. Tim Arango at the New York Post reports Apple and Amazon are negotiating a deal to make iTMS available on Amazon.com.

“The parties are in advanced talks and a deal is expected, though sources warn that negotiations might still unravel.

[...]

At Amazon’s annual meeting last week in Seattle, Jeff Bezos, the company’s chief executive officer, talked about opening a digital music store, telling reporters, ‘We’ve been looking at it for years.’”

Get your STUFFBAK when you lose it

iLounger Kenneth Armstrong recently reported he had lost his iPod after a cab ride in Toronto, Canada. The story prompted many comments from readers, including iLounger Rob who posted a link to a company named STUFFBAK offering a lost and found service using labels you adhere to your prized possessions.

How does it work? Buy a pack of STUFFBAK labels, stick one on your iPod and activate the label via the toll-free 800 number or fill-out the online form. Each label comes with a unique label ID number. If you lose your iPod, someone can easily return it by reporting it lost on STUFFBAK.com, or call for courier pick up or drop it off at a Mail Boxes Etc. STUFFBAK offers a standard reward of $20 of STUFFBAK ID labels in return. You also have the option of adding your own reward amount within your online STUFFBAK account. Returned items are shipped by STUFFBAK to you for $14.95 plus shipping. STUFFBAK offers individual labels starting at $1.95, specialty packs starting at $7.95 (2 labels) and all-purpose packs up to $69.95 (45 labels).

Apple Store: Refurbished iPod accessories

  • June 1, 2003

Apple has posted several iPod accessories on its “Special Deals” page in the Apple Store. Also listed is iPod 10GB for Windows for $199.

  • Incase Sleeve for iPod $19.95                                          

  • XtremeMac Firewire Car Charger for iPod $19.95                                          

  • Monster iSplitter for iPod $12.95                                          

  • Belkin TuneCast FM Transmitter for iPod $29.95

  • Boston Globe: New iPod is not necessarily improved

    Globe staff writer, Michael Prager doesn’t share Apple’s view that the new iPods are as ‘improved’ as they say they are.

    “What I want more of is battery capacity. But in service of sleek, they reduced it from 10 hours’ time to 8! What good is a gizmo that holds even, say, 100,000 songs if it’s always needing more juice to let them out?”

    Enhance your MP3s with DFX

    I just found a way to energize the MP3s on an iPod. I copied all of my iPod songs onto my hard drive and re-encoded the files with the DFX Audio Enhancement plugin at 192kbps. Now I can hear every detail in the music on my iPod. It makes even my MX400 Sennheiser in-ear headphones sound amazing. Tracks without the DFX plugin sound dull and boring. I also tried the Slic Sound add-on earpieces and they make my MX400s have an almost audiophile quality.

    Editor’s Note:  The DFX plugin is not available for iTunes, but supports most popular music management software on Windows like Musicmatch, Media Jukebox, WinAmp and more. DFX 6 is a free download with limited features, and DFX Enhanced is on sale for $19.99.

    PodShop May Sale Ends Today

    Today is the last day of PodShop’s May Sale.  With the price of PodHolder lowered to $12.95 (a savings of nearly 20%!) you will need to act quickly to get yours at this special price.

    PodHolder - a clear acrylic stand/display for iPod - was introduced last December, and has been a hit with iPod owners looking for something to support their favorite music device, regardless of their location.

    I Lost My iPod

    Two nights ago I left my iPod in a cab. I hailed it at 3:00 AM after working an 18 hour day of lifting and moving. I put the iPod down to take my wallet out and forgot to pick it up. I didn’t take notice of the cab company (there are at least 12 companies in Toronto). I called a few of the majors up and left a description, but I am not optimistic.

    I just want people to understand that they need to label their iPods. I had looked into various services of pre-made stickers with serial numbers or having it engraved but I never got around to it. Even if someone found it and wanted to return it they couldn’t.

    I bought the 10GB model in August 2002 and I can honestly say that I have used it almost every single day. My next paycheque is going to be dedicated to buying a new 10GB model, but I wish it didn’t have to come to that. I can’t afford the 15 or 30GB models, but I eventually plan on buying the dock and remote.

    Please people, even if it’s an ugly sticker with your email address on it, please label your iPod.

    Becart Announces New iPod Stand

    A new iPod stand for 1st and 2nd generation iPods has been announced by Becart, a small company specializing in auto accessories and custom designed products. The stand is machined from solid aluminum with polished, rounded edges, and resembles the dock for new iPods. It’s available now for $29.95 plus $5.00 shipping and handling.

    Apple Store for Education promo features iPod

    A new Apple Store for Education ‘Buy a bundle’ promotion is offering a $200 rebate when you buy a qualifying portable and iPod. If you add a Canon printer you’ll get an additional $100 rebate. The promo excludes the iBook with CD-only configuration. Offer good for qualifying products purchased between May 30, 2003 and Sept. 27, 2003. “Products must be purchased by from the Apple Education Store for Individuals or a participating Apple Authorized Campus Reseller”

    Infrared Remote for iPod Coming Soon

    German company Ulshofer has emailed an update about the development of their Infrared remote control (receiver) module for iPod. As reported earlier, Ulshofer has developed a prototype infrared remote that plugs into the earphone port on iPod, and can be used with any remote control device; TV remote, CD changer remote, etc.

    “Because of the tremendous feedback on our prototype announcement, we are going to speed-up production time. Pricing for the receiver module will be between EUR 59 ($70) and EUR 69 ($80) (depending on type/model). Availability will be given probably in early August 2003.”

    CNET: Microsoft, again: Apple’s old nemesis

    “In a masterstroke of technological and marketing acumen, Apple Computer appeared to have seized the digital music industry last month by boldly creating its own retail download service.

    The Macintosh maker, diagnosed being near death in the 1990s, seemed to have pulled off another miracle: Its iTunes Music Store sold 2 million songs in its first 16 days, dwarfing rival download services and drawing raves from Silicon Valley to Hollywood. Yet even before the initial euphoria could subside, the company began hearing familiar rumblings from points north—namely, Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, Wash.”

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