The Mac Observer reports that in yesterday’s Q2 earnings report conference call, Tim Cook, Apple’s Executive Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Operations, said the number of reported cases of audio problems is “extremely small.” Cook also said, “We’re highly confident with the (iPod) minis that we’re shipping,” Mr. Cook said. “We’ve seen some of those reports. They’re isolated online reports. We’re investigating those because we want to very much understand those. But I would tell you that the number of complaints that we’ve had from customers through AppleCare tech support is extremely small. However, anyone that is listening to the (conference) call that has a problem, please call the AppleCare because we want to take care of the issue.”
Tilt. Twist. Redeem. A USC freshman takes the iTunes-Pepsi tilt to heart. “As a USC freshman, I am forced to have a meal plan. This plan gives me $2500 “dining dollars” to spend over the semester. Given that it is incredibly difficult to purchase $2500 worth of food in such a short time, I realized I could turn this “money” into free songs on iTunes by purchasing Pepsi.” This person may hold the record for most iTunes-Pepsi bottles purchased at one time for a chance to win music.
“Jaffe has been wearing the same bright yellow shirt since April 5, hoping to win Apple’s promotional competition.
Jaffe is one of 30 members of the Kappa Sigma fraternity who are participating in Apple’s new promotional campaign that requires participants to wear a bright yellow shirt from April 5 to April 29 in order to win free iPods.
‘It’s a crazy stunt that 30 crazy frat guys are pulling off,” said Matt Van Horn, a student representative for Apple.’
For the first time, the iPod has outsold Macintosh computers. “We feel great,” Steven P. Jobs, Apple’s chief executive, said in an interview. “We sold a lot of Macs, but we’ve sold more iPods in the quarter than all the Macs put together.”
MacMinute has listed highlights from Apple’s second quarter financial conference call with analysts and the press. Here is a list of highlights related to the iPod.
- iPod gross margin was 23%
- iPod mini gross margin 20%
- Direct sales of iPods was 42% of total sales
- 12,000 channels offering iPod
- Best Buy continues to be strong player for iPod sales
- Number of iPod mini complaints “extremely small”
- 3G iPod is in reasonable supply/demand
- iPod mini is not in supply/demand balance
- iPod mini demand is “far exceeding supply that we had planned”
- “We will reach a supply/demand balance by fiscal Q4”
- “We will do whatever it takes” to get iPod mini in balance
- Component constraint with iPod mini shortage—not production constraint
- “Very minimal” iPod mini canibalization on iPod sales
- “Vast majority” of iTMS albums are still $9.99
- Recent higher pricing result of labels
- “We are charged a bit more on some albums by the labels”
- HP has already shipped 300,00 desktops with iTunes pre-installed
- “Small profit” from iTunes Music Store
- “Very happy” with Pepsi promo; Expect news closer to 1 year anniversary
MacMinute reports that Apple on Wednesday posted a net profit of US$46 million, or 12 cents a share, for its fiscal 2004 second quarter ended March 27, 2003. These results compare to a net profit of $14 million, or 4 cents per share, in the year-ago quarter. Revenue for the quarter was $1.909 billion, up 29 percent from last year. Apple said it shipped 749,000 Macs and 807,000 iPods during the quarter, representing a 5 percent increase in CPU units and a 909 percent increase in iPods over the year-ago quarter. “Apple had a great quarter with 29 percent revenue growth and 200 percent earnings per share growth year-over-year,” said Apple CEO Steve Jobs. “We experienced growth in most areas of our business-most dramatically in selling a record 807,000 iPods, up more than 900 percent over the prior year.”
Although the iSkin eVo case is not being released until approximately April 19th, i-magine is now accepting pre-orders, giving customers the opportunity to be one of the first in the UK to own one of these new iSkins. The iSkin eVo silicone case comes in many colors with the addition of five new colours and costs
Pacific Rim Technologies is offering a promotion on its “iShield I” iPod case. Purchase an iShield I case between April 15 thru May 1, 2004 for your 3G iPod and receive a free USB sync cable valued at $14.99. Also note, the “iShield I” price has been lowered to $19.99 until April 30.
Dealmac: Target.com slices 10% off with no minimum required via coupon code “TDAW2SAVETEN”. This offer includes iPods. After discount, the iPod 15GB costs $269.99. The iPod 20GB costs $359.99. The iPod 40GB costs $449.99. Sales tax and shipping are extra. (The iPod mini 4GB would cost $224.99, but it’s currently not available for ordering.) Offer ends April 30, 2004.
Today, Trendy Geek announced the release of the Pod Shield static cling wrap for iPods. “Pod Shield consists of two ultra thin plastic films that adheres to your Apple iPod via high static. The front film is cut perfectly to cover the iPods Screen. The back film is die-cut and provides scratch protection to the stainless steel backing of the Apple iPod. Both films are 100% transparent so you can barely see them when applied. Both films adhere strongly to the Apple iPod via high static. This means you can remove them without leaving any sticky residue behind.” The 6 peice kit comes with 3 backs and 3 fronts and costs $6.99.
Exclusive offer for iLounge visitors, for a limited time, you can buy the Shure E3 earphones for $145.00 + shipping from MicrophoneSolutions.com using Coupon Code F145E3.
Lucid Audio Video, Inc. is the newest player in the exciting iPod accessories market. Lucid AV has just released its website and is asking for all iPod users to take part in its brief product survey. The survey focuses on the preferences of the iPod user when purchasing accessories. Lucid AV will use the survey results to create products tailored to the needs of iPod users. In return for completing the survey, participants will receive a 25% off coupon for future Lucid AV products.
The iPod has more cases designed for it than any other handheld device, but the iPod Cozy is a whimsical case for those looking for something different. Chuckles Central is offering made to order, hand knit Cozies in several animal motifs including a dog, bear, mouse, rabbit, fox and bunny. The Cozies come in two sizes to fit iPods (large) and iPod minis (small) at $18 each.
A MacSlash reader is reporting that Apple has notified him that his iPod mini is delayed and will not ship on the estimated date, and is offering an upgrade to a 15GB iPod at no additional charge.
“Apple Computer said late Monday that it is looking into some users’ complaints of sound problems with the iPod Mini.
Complaints ranging from crackling sound to interrupted play have been making the rounds on Apple enthusiast sites, including iLounge.
“Apple is aware of a few isolated reports online of iPod Mini audio static,” the company said in a statement, adding that the device is covered by the company’s standard one year warranty.”
Dension USA today announced the release of their new ICE-Link v1.1 auto interconnect kit for iPods. The new version features the 3G cradle, a docking station which supports the 30/40GB iPod and the 10/15/20GB models with the help of a user installable spacer. Charging the iPod while in the car is effortless - just place the iPod into the cradle. For classic iPods the connection option includes a FireWire plug that connects directly into the iPod and supplies 12V DC at all times. The dock connector models now feature a variable output line voltage to match the specifications of the OEM or aftermarket amplifier system - 0.8V-1V-2V-4V. For classic iPods, output is derived from the top connector and power-on volume level may be pre-set by the end user. Mini dock cradle, dock cable, and classic iPod connection options are scheduled to be available in May, 2004, and will connect to the existing ICE-Link v1.1 module. The ICE-Link v1.1 module should be available the week of April 19.
XPlay 2 provides a variety of new features, including compatibility with Audible files, AAC files, and even automatic WMA-to-MP3 conversion. XPlay 2 is also much faster than the original XPlay, has improved support for international characters, displays album art, supports play counts, and has a greatly-enhanced interface under Windows XP.
BiblePod is a new program that allows you to transfer books and chapters from the Bible to your iPod. BiblePod is free and available for Mac and Windows.
iLounge has received the first Vaja Classic case for the iPod mini. Constructed from genuine Argentine leather, the flip-lid case features snap closure, access to all functions and the Ultra-clip swivel belt clip (optional). The mini Classic case will cost about $34.90 and be available in approximately 10 days. The i-Volution case for iPod mini is also coming soon.
Apple has listed new 10GB and 30GB iPods for $249 and $399 respectively in its Special Deals section. The 10GB does not include the dock. Units are covered by Apple’s One-Year Limited Warranty. Supplies are limited, and these products are offered “While Supplies Last”.