We recently reported that Daimler Chrysler’s European Smart division will announce tomorrow the new i-move car at Apple Expo Paris featuring an iPod connectivity kit. Smart has launched a website with information (although in French) about the new i-move car and iPod Kit. As noted by MacMinute, the connectivity kit consists of a “dock, found just above the gear shift, takes advantage of the new iPod’s bottom connector and appears to be connected directly to the car’s audio system, allowing you to control volume and tracks from the head unit.”
Deal on The Web: ClubMac is once again offering the Griffin PowerPod iPod Auto Charger for $19.99. The device works with all versions of iPods. It’s the best price we’ve seen.
Dealmac: The Apple iPod 30GB MP3 Player costs $449 with free shipping at Dell Home. At it to your cart for 10% off. Apply coupon code “AF0B8FF6A734” for another $30 off, a net price of $374.10. That’s slightly less than The Apple Store’s price on a refurbished iPod 30GB. (Dell’s is new.) Offer ends today.
Engineered Audio, developers of the RemoteRemote wireless remote controller for iPod have sent iLounge an open letter explaining its delay in shipping. The demand for a shipping product has been intense since its announcement. Please click ‘Read more’ for the open letter.
iPoDoc is a freeware Applescript droplet that makes it easier to read long text documents on your iPod.
“Music is ubiquitous, as research from The NPD Group finds that nearly two-thirds (64 percent) of all U.S. households with Internet access had at least one digital music file on their hard drives, and more than half of that group had up to 100 digital music files.
While all of these music files aren’t the result of Internet downloading, NPD says that two-thirds of all digital music file acquisition can be attributed to file sharing, and the remainder is mainly attributed to ripping tracks directly from CDs.”
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.
“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”
The ‘Man in Black’ Johnny Cash has died at the age of 71 due to complications from diabetes at Baptist Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee.
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.
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.
Dell has the 30GB for $449 plus an additional 10% off and free shipping through Sept. 15.
The Apple store is now selling Refurbished 15GB ($279) & 30GB ($379) iPods. Look under the “Special Deals” section. Includes one-year warranty.
“The inevitable has happened: The Beatles have sued Steve Jobs over Apple iTunes and the Apple iPod—at least the band’s
“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.”
A reader notes that PCConnection has 30GB iPods for $439 and includes an Action Jacket silicone case.
Tom’s Hardware has posted a comprehensive review of the iSkin eXo case for 3G iPod.
“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.’”
CompUSA is offering the 15GB iPod for $369.97 and the 30GB iPod for $449.97.
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.