“US chip developer Cirrus Logic confirmed it had filed a patent infringement lawsuit against the company [Wolfson Electronics], which designs and supplies integrated circuits for use in a variety of hi-tech devices such as DVD players, games consoles and digital cameras. [...]
The lawsuit also seeks damages and asks the court to bar Wolfson from making, selling or importing the products into the US.”
“The Mac maker has scheduled an event for next Thursday at San Francisco’s Moscone West convention hall. ‘The year’s biggest music story is about to get even bigger,’ Apple said in an invitation to journalists.
The company is expected to launch the long-awaited Windows version of the iTunes Music Store at the event, according to Wall Street brokerage Needham. Apple earlier said it would release the Windows service sometime before the end of the year.”
Dealmac: MegaMacs.com offers SendStation’s PocketDock for third-generation iPods for $16.99 plus around $5 shipping, the best total price we know to be available. The PocketDock converts the iPod’s docking port into a 6-pin FireWire port.
MacMinute reader Eric Jasso saw an ad in the LA Times newspaper for the iPod at Robinsons May departmant stores. The ad copy read, ‘The world’s best loved music player’ and ‘Authorized Reseller.’ The ad was for a 20GB iPod for $399.99.
“With its relaunch on Thursday, Napster, the most notorious name in music downloads, will collide with the hottest music player on the market, the iPod.
That’s because music downloaded from Napster will not be playable on Apple’s insanely popular iPod. The newly legal Napster service and the iPod use incompatible file formats.”
Piel Frama, makers of fine leather cases based in the south of Spain has released a new case for 30GB/40GB iPods. The Piel Frama case features a flip-lid design with two interior credit card slots, one money slot, soft leather lining, ABS insert (rigid case), access to all iPod functions, snap closure, detachable swivel belt clip and comes in three colors; black, tan and black/tan. The case can be purchased direct from PielFrama’s website and is priced at $59 or 50€. UPS express or TNT shipping costs are included in the price, and delivery time is noted at 30 days.
Apple has posted a QuickTime movie of the new iPod television commercial on its website. The spot features several black silhouettes dancing and grooving to “Hey Mama” by the Black Eyed Peas.
SmartPlaylists.com is a new website focusing on Apple’s iTunes Smart Playlists. “This new website is a resource for creating, sharing, and chatting about iTunes’ Smart Playlists. Why? Because they’re cool and there are many ingenious ways to use them to keep your music fresh.” Some of the website features include Tunes Top 20 Smart Playlist Strategy, How to Create a Smart Playlist, Top Rated, How to Edit Smart Playlists, Recently Played, Announcements, and iTunes Tips.
A reader at MacRumors reports that Apple had posted information about a new ‘Home on iPod’ feature in its not-yet-released Mac OS X Panther upgrade. Apple’s Mac OS X Mobility page described the ‘Home for iPod’ feature as:
Home away from home
Ever thought you could carry your home in the palm of your hands or in your pocket? You can. Panther’s Home on iPod feature lets you store your home directory
MacMinute is reporting that Apple has started to air new iPod television commericals. The spot features animated versions of the current print promotions featuring black silhouettes against colored backgrounds.
Jason D. O’Grady of Powerpage.org got a chance to interview Brad Sands, Phish’s Road Manager about “the huge impact that the iPod has had on the band.”
Q. So how did you start using the iPod?
A. The band hadn’t played in two years (before coming out of a hiatus to play NYE at the Garden in 2002) and I discussed it with Phish archivist Jason Colton. I thought that it would be cool to get an iPod and load all of the band’s originals live, cover songs and original artists. That way they could just say “We should play this tune…” and pull it up on the iPod.
Lajo, the designer manufacturer of eXo and all www.lajo.biz distributors and resellers are compensating iPod owners for the launch delays of eXo by offering a 2 for 1 deal on every eXo purchased from now until November 1. This means that when you buy one eXo you can choose a second (free) eXo and both will be shipped complete with a TPU zip case, a screen protector and a belt clip.
Modern life means multiple calendars, and iCal makes it simple to deal with them. You can see your schedules for both work and home, color coded, from within a single window to let you identify conflicts and free time. You can look at your family
Incase Designs has released an updated Folio case for new docking iPods at the online Apple Store. The new nappa leather Folio features a front flip-lid, access to all iPod functions, suede non-scratch lining, belt or strap attachment and FireWire protection plug. Although Incase has not yet updated its website with the new case, the Apple Store has it available for $29.95 and estimated shipping is 1-2 business days.
Contour Design has announced the Showcase iPod case on its website. The new Showcase fits all 3G iPods and features a hard plastic case, clear plastic front lid, integrated shock-absorbing rubber interior, access to all iPod functions, and a removable horizontally mounted belt clip. Contour Design expects the Showcase to ship on October 20 and pre-ordering is now available for $39.95.
James Kim of TechTV has reviewed the latest crop of digital audio players and mentions that the iPod is still “the de facto player on the market.” Kim also compiled a dollar-per-megabyte chart and the $500 iPod 40GB comes in at $.012 per megabyte.