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Applemusic.com Commercials Debut

MacMinute reports that Apple has began airing its iTunes Music Store commercials.

“Apple began airing its commercials for the new iTunes Music Store and iPods last night during primetime on NBC. The ads, which we noted in April, feature real people singing songs from famous artists—such as Eminem and Pink—while listening to them on a new third generation iPod.”

MacWarehouse 20GB iPod for $295

MacWarehouse is advertising the 20GB iPod for $294.95. You must contact MacWarehouse for shipping status. “Most orders for items currently not available can be filled in less than 2 weeks.”

WaterField Designs announces new iPod cases

WaterField Designs has redesigned the Sooper Dooper case to fit new iPods. The case costs $40 and will start to ship on May 22nd.

“We’ve added new features & sizes to our current iPod Cases to custom-fit the newest generation of iPods. Now there is a bottom slot for the Firewire connector so that you don’t have to take your iPod in or out of the case. The top slot lets gives you quick access to the Hold button and lets you plug any iPod-compatible headphone. The front flap protects the iPod and stores your ear buds. A removable belt clip is included. For the 5GB, 10GB and 20GB iPods, we’ll continue to sell our Classic cases.”

ShareiTunes Offers New Search Features

ShareiTunes has added a new keyword search feature, which searches share name, genres, artists, albums, and songs and returns all the shares that match. ShareiTunes offers a catalog of members sharing their iTunes playlist for others to find. iTunes sharing on the Interent has become the hot topic in recent news. Though it isn’t illegal to share a streaming playlist from iTunes, many are finding ways to exploit the stream with software to capture and download the song to their hard drive, which is illegal.

PodPro Headphones Review

  • May 15, 2003

AppleMatters has posted a review of Macally’s white PodPro headphones. Reviewer, Gregory Ng didn’t give it a glowing review as you can read in his conclusion.

“In conclusion, these headphones cost more than a basic pair because of the noise-reduction feature. I did not get to test these on an airplane but I believe, based on my results, that they would not perform any better under those circumstances. If you are planning on using these for your iPod, don’t bother. Your apple earbuds are way superior in sound quality. If you are looking for noise-reduction headphones, I suggest buying a pair of Bose noise-reduction headphones.”

Original Windows iPods Ineligible For MUSICMATCH Update

It seems that the MUSICMATCH software key that shipped with the original Windows iPod will not activate the new 8.0 version. Users must purchase an upgrade. iLounge Forum members suggest that new docking iPods are able to obtain the update at no charge, but the 8.0 version does not have an iPod plugin as yet.

15GB iPod $314, 30GB $404 at Dell Home

Dealmac: iPod 15GB for $314, 30GB for $404 8:58 am
Dell Home offers the new iPod 15GB for $359.10 in its Software and Peripherals store. (Place it in your cart to see the lower price.) Add an item costing $1 or more (CD/DVD media) to your cart and apply coupon code “D048D84F4953” to further chop the price to $314.10. It’s the best price we’ve seen by $80. The 30GB iPod is also available for $404.10 after coupon and instant discount. Offer ends today 5/15.

Windows: MUSICMATCH Jukebox 8 Released

MUSICMATCH has launched a new version of its Jukebox, the software usually attached to Windows iPods. Main updates are visual enhancements and fine-tuning ‘under the hood’.

Apple: iTunes Music Store Tops Two Million Song Downloads

Today Apple announced in a press release that it has sold over two million song downloads through its wildly successful iTunes Music Store.

“‘Response to the iTunes Music Store has been phenomenal - we’ve clearly hit a chord with users,’ said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. ‘We?re adding new songs every day, giving music lovers even more reasons to legally download their favorite music.’”
“Over 4,300 new songs were added to the iTunes Music Store yesterday, including five albums from The Doors; new featured artist Fischerspooner?s album ‘#1’ plus an exclusive remix of their hit ‘Emerge;’ new albums from Cold, Lizz Wright, and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs; pre-release tracks from upcoming albums by Michelle Branch, Da Brat, Jesse Harris and Kenna; and, completing her catalog of music now available on the store, Alanis Morissette?s albums ‘Under Rug Swept’ and ‘Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie.’ Additionally, albums representing diverse genres of music - from rock and alternative to jazz and classical - were added from artists including John Coltrane, Charles Mingus, Nina Simone, Paul Oakenfold and Staind.”

LA Times: Song Sharing by iTunes Users Stirs Piracy Concerns

Los Angeles Times staff writer Jon Healey writes about the brewing debate over the Internet sharing capabilities of iTunes.

“In the two weeks that iTunes has been on the market, several Web sites have sprung up to help users find others who are sharing songs online. And some adept programmers have developed a way to let people copy those songs.”
‘“It sounds as if it is a hole in the security that needs to be closed,” Cary Ramos, an attorney for the National Music Publishers Assn., said Tuesday. ‘I don’t know what Apple can do to achieve that, but I would certainly hope that they would take steps immediately to address this issue.’”

ShareiTunes Adds Playlist Browsing

Share iTunes has added playlist browsing to its list of features. Click on “View Playlist” and you can browse any persons song collection by Artist and songs. There are also links provided to search the iTunes Music Store or Amazon Music Store for any given Artist or songs.

Netalog TransPod for iPods for $60 shipped

Dealmac: A reader notes that CompUSA.com offers the Netalog TransPod, a combination car charger/holder FM transmitter for the iPod, for $59.99. With 1 cent shipping, it’s the best total price we’ve seen by $5. It’s designed to work with first- and second-generation iPods only. Offer ends May 17, 2003.

SLCentral: 15GB iPod Review

  • May 14, 2003
  • iPod,

A new review of the 15GB iPod is up at SLCentral.com. I owned a 20GB iPod, so I wrote a review that incorporated the changes between the old and new.

New iPod 15GB for $324.10

iLounger Jimmy Q has emailed us with a deal at Dell.com for the new iPod 15GB. This is only available by calling 1-800-999-DELL. There is an automatic 10% discount on all peripherals and accessories. You also get an additional $35 off $350 with coupon code 15A19A4B7879. Which brings the total to $324.10 and there is free shipping on orders over $49. No tax in most states. For more information on the success people are having with this deal, check out the forum thread at FatWallet.com

AAC vs. MP3: Tested and Rated

Gunnar Van Vliet has written an informative article at RecordStoreReview.com comparing the quality of AAC vs. MP3. Although the tests were unscientific, Vliet posted the results of one songs performance compressed at 96, 128, 160 and 192Kbps in both AAC and MP3 formats. He rated each test group for tonal accuracy, imaging/soundstage, naturality, and musicality.

“On the whole, there weren’t any surprises.  My observations echo what most people have said about AAC vs. MP3.  AAC is higher quality at the same bit rate, so you can use a smaller file to achieve the same quality as MP3 which is a good thing for portable and computer users.  Ultimately, both formats still sound pretty bad in their practical ranges compared to CD.”

PC Magazine: The Ultimate Listening Experience?

  • May 13, 2003
  • iPod,

PC Magazine praised the new 30GB iPod and iTunes 4 in its latest review. Reviewer, Troy Dreier rated the iPod 4 out 5 and gave iTunes 4 a 3 out of 5 dots.

“We’ll be curious to see where the iPod goes next, as other makers, such as e.Digital, attack its leading position. Apple will offer USB 2.0 support for Windows by June, which will require users to purchase a special cable ($19) and download new software. We’re curious about the hidden record feature, which many techies have discovered and written about on iPod sites. It allows six-second voice recording, but Apple is mum on the subject.”

XtremeMac iPod case modified for v2.0 iPods

iLounge fourms member ibons has posted photos of modifications to his XtremeMac iPod case he made to allow it to be used with his new v2.0 iPod.

“As there haven’t been any cases for the new iPod out yet, and I like my XtremeMac case pretty much.. I sorta went mad with a penknife.. and here’s the result… “

Apple: iPod (with Dock Connector) Manuals Posted

  • May 13, 2003
  • iPod,

Apple has posted user’s guides available in PDF format and in several languages for new docking iPods. (Adobe Acrobat 3.0 or later required)

CNET: Hackers: iTunes can be shared over Net

CNET‘s staff writer, John Borland reports on the latest music trend sweeping the Internet as iTunes 4 users have discovered that they can share their music collection with others. It was thought that iTunes 4 only supported sharing over a LAN (local area network), but several programmers have discovered that iTunes 4 does have Internet sharing capabilities built-in and are beginning to exploit the unsupported feature.

“Apple itself did not release documentation on the over-the-Net sharing features and does not officially support the efforts. 

iTunes ‘is not meant to be used in any other way than for personal use,’ said an Apple representative. The company said it will be monitoring the trend, but had no further comment.”

Windows: DeviceLink 1.0 for MoodLogic Released

MoodLogic announces the official release of DeviceLink, a program designed to connect MoodLogic’s groundbreaking and award-winning music identification tool with hard-drive based mp3 players, including the iPod.  MoodLogic’s DeviceLink works with your Windows iPod under Win98 SE/ME, Win 2000, and Win XP.

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