Dealmac: CompUSA.com has the factory-refurbished Apple 30GB iPod (third-generation with docking cradle) for $249.99, as a reader found. That tops the lowest price we’ve seen elsewhere by well over $100. Add one penny for shipping. Update: CompUSA.com also has the 15GB iPod for $199.99. Both are valid for online orders only and not available in CompUSA retail stores.
“Whether listeners like it or not, record labels, including major players like BMG and Arista Records, are now making moves to rein in how their CDs are played and used. Unfettered CDs have been on the shelves for almost two decades, and some industry observers note that changing how they work at this late stage could be a recipe for trouble with consumers. [...]
One major drawback of the restricted disks, however, is non-compatibility with the Apple iPod. Since the new discs are based on SunnComm’s MediaMax, which itself is rooted in Microsoft’s Digital Rights Management (DRM) applications, the brochure leaves it up to iPod owners to read between the lines, explaining only, “It will play on any device that supports Windows Media DRM.”
I set my iPod to ‘Random’ and took off on a quick walk around the ‘hood(s). To be really annoying, I wrote down the song title and artist info of every song that I was listening to when I took a photo. The point? No point at all!
Editor’s note: Kenny’s photos and the songs remind me of those times when you hear a song and the lyrics relate to a current situation, place or thing. For example, you’re driving by the ocean and appropriately enough a song about the ocean is playing. Coincidence? I’m sure this has happened to many of you as well.
Text Reader saves text files as audio files using Text-To-Speech. Can be used to then copy the audio file to an iPod for later listening.
Apple has created an iTunes for Windows Support and iTunes for Mac OS X Support web page featuring links to Top Support Articles, iTunes Tip of the Week and New iTunes 4 Tutorials. We encourage all iTunes users to browse these resources.
Belkin has posted several knowledge base/FAQ documents for the iPod Media Reader. There is also a manual available for download. These resources may help readers to better understand the features and functions of the new device.
- What are the requirements for use of the Media Reader?
- What memory types does it support?
- Can the Media Reader be used with xD memory?
- Can the Media Reader be used with Memory Stick Pro?
- Can the Media Reader be used with IBM Microdrives?
- How can I retrieve photos from the iPod?
- Does it record media?
- Does it transfer raw image files of type .NEF and/or .CRW?
- Will the media reader affect the battery life of my iPod?
- What media formats are compatible with the iPods photo storage capabilities?
- Does the media reader transfer files other than digital photos?
- How are my photos stored on the iPod?
- Can I view my images on the iPod?
Belkin has posted several knowledge base/FAQ documents for the iPod Voice Recorder. There is also a manual available for download. These resources may help readers to better understand the features and functions of the new device.
- What is the Voice Recorder designed to do?
- Does the Voice Recorder offer a “line in” or microphone jack?
- Can I listen to MP3s through the Voice Recorder speaker?
- What is the frequency response of the microphone?
- What are the recording specifications of the iPod?
- Is the voice recorder suitable for recording music?
- Is the voice recorder suitable for use in large lecture halls?
“Apple’s successful music download service iTunes faces a new threat of misuse now that it has been extended to include users of Microsoft’s Windows operating system, say experts.
The threat comes from the combination of the relatively light copy protection iTunes uses and the big increase of potential hackers that comes with opening up to the world’s most common operating system.
The paid-for download service was the first to lure music fans away from free file-sharing music networks. Since launching in April 2003, Apple says more than 13 million songs have been downloaded.”
“Hell may have frozen over, as Apple’s Web site says, but the battle for supremacy in the digital music distribution market is just heating up. With the release of iTunes Music Store for Windows, Apple is confident that they have the solution to beat the competition. With the help of the iPod digital music player, analysts agree that Apple has an edge.
Windows users have been able to buy an iPod for some time now, but using the iPod with a Windows-based personal computer wasn’t as easy as it is on a Macintosh. Apple partnered with MusicMatch for a while, making it the standard for Windows users, but it still didn’t match the Mac experience. With the release of iTunes for Windows, users of both platforms can have the exact same experience, but more importantly, both now have access to the iTunes Music Store.”
O’Grady’s PowerPage has posted an excellent review of the new iTrip.
“A number of FM modulators have been released since the introduction of the iPod but most have suffered from limited band selection and poor sound quality. Neither appears to be the case with the US$35 iTrip from Griffin Technology.
An FM modulator essentially turns the iPod into a low power radio station, taking the iPod signal and re-broadcasting it to an FM station of your choosing. The idea is to find an FM radio station that isn’t being used, digital tuners work best, then broadcast your iPod to it.”
iLounger David has found that the Pro Audio SuperStore is offering Shure E Series earphones at heavy discounts with free shipping. These prices are substantially lower than what Shure is offering on its own website.
Dealmac: AllAboutTheAccessories.com has the XtremeMac iPod Car Charger for third-generation iPods (with docking port) for $19.50 plus $1.95 shipping. That’s $4 less than the best price we’ve seen elsewhere.
Editor’s note: The price has been lowered to $39.99.
Fow your viewing pleasure, Apple has now released the QuickTime video of yesterday’s Introduction of iTunes for Windows, as presented by Steve Jobs.
Also note that you can also “drag a web page from the iTunes Music Store to a document or email” as noted by this iTunes 4.1: What’s New Knowledge Base Document. We’re wondering how can iLounge use these tools to auto generate Reader’s Recommendations or similar from iTunes? We’d like your suggestions on possibly creating a new feature on iLounge to share your iTunes playlist (not the songs).