In the October issue of MacWorld UK the upcoming Apple Expo Paris 2003 is expected to reveal the introduction of aluminium 15” PowerBooks. Shortages of Apple products is also mentioned which includes the iPod.
Deals on The Web: Deal Express offers the new, open box 3rd generation 15GB iPod for $329.99. It’s among the best prices we’ve seen. No warranty information is listed on the site.
The latest MacGeneration website reports that Smart will introduce the i-move car onto the European auto market. Using the same concept as Volkswagens’ “Pods Unite” campaign, Smart will present the new i-move during the Apple Expo in Paris. The i-move and the new Smart Roadster will feature built-in connectivity for iPod.
“During the summer, Apple became one of the coolest companies in America. At least that’s what youth marketing experts who follow the tastes of teenagers say.
Thanks to the iPod, the iTunes Music Store and the PowerMac G5, Apple is one of the hottest companies in youth culture, say so-called “cool hunters,” researchers who track buying trends among young people. [...]
This fall, the iPod is the No. 2 ‘must have’ item for the back-to-school season, right after new shoes, according to Look-Look’s August youth culture newsletter. A new computer or laptop comes third on the list, specifically an iMac or PowerMac G5.”
Deals on the Web: MacResQ has the Griffin iTrip FM Transmitter for iPod for $29.99, $5 off their regular price. Use coupon code “RESQ” to get the discount. The device works with iPods that have a FireWire port on top, not the new dock-interface models. It’s among the best prices we’ve seen. Coupon expires 9/10/03.
“Consumers can resell CDs purchased in a record shop, but what about digital music files downloaded from an online store?
George Hotelling wants to know. In a move that could spark a novel legal test of Internet music resale rights, the Web developer in Ann Arbor, Mich., on Tuesday night put a digital song he purchased online at Apple Computer’s iTunes Music Store up for auction on eBay. [...]
The effort has apparently resonated with online music aficionados, many of whom have expressed anger at copyright controls used by licensed Internet music services, including iTunes. With the auction set to end Sept. 9, the price on the song had gone up to $15,099 as of Wednesday evening.”
Buy.com is offering a $10 off coupon on purchases over $150. The 3G 15GB iPod is available for a special price of $384.99, and with the coupon it drops the price to $374.99. Check Buy.com for available iPod models.
The Apple Store online has factory refurbushed 2nd generation 10GB iPods with touch wheel for $199. The package includes remote, carrying case, and a 1-year Apple warranty. Click ‘Special Deals’ on the bottom left side of page.
XtremeMac has released the new iPod Deluxe leather cases for 3G iPod models. The case has a patent pending design feature where the iPod is held in place without anything in the front covering the face of iPod. It also features a large access hole for the headphone/remote ports, and the front flap with Velcro closure can be opened without having to unplug the cable. The Deluxe case comes in Black Leather or Camel Tweed and is available for $29.95 (includes belt clip).
ProClip, makers of custom made accessory mounts for automobiles has announced new mounts for iPod. “ProClip mounting brackets are clip-on devices, that attach to the car or truck’s dashboard or console, and can be self-installed in seconds. Once the bracket is in place, a custom designed holder is attached to provide a perfect fit for the Apple iPod.” ProClip holders for 10, 15 and 30GB iPod are available for $34.95 and cost for mounts vary depending on model.
Argentine case maker Vaja has opened an outlet on its website to liquidate cases at 50% off regular pricing. “There are over 100 cases and over 15 leather combinations, all first class products which the same Vaja purchase terms and conditions, shipping and warranty policies as the rest of our products in the website.” There are only cases available for 5GB and 10GB iPods. There are no cases available for new 3G iPods.
Katapult is a win32 application which can start the program(s)of your choice when you connect your iPod to your PC. I personnally made it to start Ephpod with the SYNCHANDQUIT parameter so that when I would plug in my iPod Ephpod would be started, then it would synch, and later exit, all of this automatically. Katapult always runs in the background, but it’s CPU load and the memory it takes are figures close to zero, so it isn’t a problem, closing is possible with Ctrl-Alt-Del if necessary.
1.0 update includes a configuration utility, meaning it’s even easier then before to set up!
Lexon, long time manufacturer of high design museum gift shop merchandise, is selling an iPod inspired radio. With its “scroll” wheel and button controls labeled in a font nearly identical to the iPod’s navigation buttons, this is a sure fire gift for the iPodder in your life.
Oh, and recently while at the local drug store, I spied a product which has somehow remained under Apple’s legal radar, the IPOD Contact Lens Case, in several designer colors. Neat packaging too.
The Laptops for Less website has posted information announcing that a battery replacement kit for new 3G iPods is under development and will be available by October ‘03. The replacement kit includes a new Li-Ion battery, tools and instructions for $49. Laptops for Less also sells a replacement battery kit ($59) for non-docking iPods and an AC adapter ($29) for all iPods.
“Market research body NPD Group found that Apple’s iTunes music service registered the highest awareness, with 20% of consumers aged over 13 knowing of the service. Among Macintosh users, the initial target market for iTunes, the awareness level jumped to 46%.
6% of Mac users also said they’d paid for a song or album via iTunes.
In contrast, services like Rhapsody and Pressplay, which have been on the market for longer than iTunes, only showed 14% awareness among consumers. Less than 1% said that they had downloaded music from either site.”
Peachpit Press has announced the release of the third edition of Secrets of the iPod by Mac author and columnist, Chris Breen.
“A reengineered, all-touch interface; customizable menus; on the-go playlists; support for more (and better) audio formats; a new travel alarm clock; wired remote control; an elegant and convenient charging and syncing dock; and a trio of fun games are just some of the new features covered here. You
DealExpress has new-open-box iPods for sale, ranging from classic 10GB model to new 30GB model. There are only 2000 units available. DealExpress is also offering the original Griffin iTrip FM transmitter for $30.99 with any iPod purchase. After having spoke with DealExpress on the phone to find out more about the iPods for sale we discovered that all 2000 iPods are returns from a national retailer, and will be checked for quality control before shipping out to the customer. All are open box items with complete package contents. (Click ‘Read more’ for a complete list and links.)
Here is the response to my inquiry about my iTrip order status to Griffin customer service: