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Apple: iPod (with Dock Connector) Manuals Posted

  • May 13, 2003
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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.

Mac: MP3-Info CMM 1.2

MP3-Info CMM has been updated to include support for AAC files.

“MP3-Info CMM is a Contextual Menu Module designed for Mac OS X (version 10.2 or newer). That is essentially an extension to the Finder.

It displays information about MP3 files, such as their duration, the bitrate, and also some important MP3-Tags, such as the artist, the title of the song, and some more, all directly inside the Finder, without the need to open any application to get this information! That can save you a lot of time when have to manage MP3 files often. It also shows these information for AAC files created by iTunes 4, and WAV, and AIFF files.”

iTrip Hacked

iPoding has posted information and photos after having hacked Griffin’s iTrip FM transmitter to work with docking iPods.

“First we tried just hardwiring iTrip to the Docking iPod’s remote.  This was problematic due to the way grounding is done in the current iTrip and suggests, at least, a minor change (since iTrip works great with Classic iPods) in how the Docking iPods deal with the remote.  To solve the problem we powered iTrip independently using a couple of AA cells.”

Toshiba posts information on new 15 and 30GB drives

  • May 10, 2003
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iLounger sparks9 points out that Toshiba has posted information about the newest hard drives used in new iPods on its website. In addition to the original 5 and 10GB models, there is now an overview, specs and technical documents on the new 15 and 30GB hard drives. Toshiba provides all OEM hard disk drives for Apple iPod.

Audible: Free month trial and more for new iPod owners

Audible has announced support for all new iPod models and is offering free a month free trial membership to AudibleListener which includes either one audiobook and one 1-month subscription, or two audiobooks.

“Audible, Inc. (OTCBB:ADBL) today announced that its industry leading spoken audio service, Audible.com(R), is now available to all users of Apple’s new ultra-portable iPod digital audio players. Audible.com is the leading provider of downloadable spoken audio that informs and entertains anywhere and at anytime with audio editions of books, newspapers, magazines, radio programs and original shows”

Small Dog Offers iPod Trade-in Program

iLounger Mark H. informed us about Small Dog Electronics offering a trade-in program for old iPods. Purchase your new iPod online or by phone, request an RMA number for your old iPod and ship it to Small Dog for credit toward your new iPod purchase. Small Dog lists the current trade-in values for the week of May 5 at; 5GB iPods - $100, 10GB iPods - $150 and 20GB iPods - $225. Visit the website for specific details to trade-in your iPod.

iPod Dissection Photos

Update: iPoding has posted serveral new iPod dissection photos, including a comparison of the old vs. new battery.

iPoding has dissected and posted photos of a new iPod 15GB. Notice that the battery is much smaller than in older iPods. Here are photos  of an old iPod 20GB dissection for comparison purposes.

PodShop PodHolder On Sale

PodShop is offering its PodHolder stand for $12.95 during its May Sale. That’s a savings of over 15% from its normal price of $15.95.

“PodHolder - a clear acrylic stand/display for iPod - was introduced last December, and has been a hit with iPod owners looking for something to support their favorite music device,regardless of their location. ‘We are extremely pleased with the success of our first product’, states Christopher Anderson, President and CEO of PodShop. We have

“Pop” between tracks exists on all iPods?

iPoding has performed listening tests on classic iPods to see if “pops” or “clicks” existed between tracks.

“We tested ScrollWheel and TouchWheel iPods running firmware 1.3 and 1.2.1 respectively and found the same phenomenon on each.  Readers have also suggested that all MP3 players exhibit similar behavior, though we are unable to confirm—we have only iPods… go figure—if that is indeed the case.”

“iPod Envy: Dealing With The idea That You Can’t Have It All”

Gregory Ng of AppleMatters writes about new iPod envy and how he has “pledge[d] sole allegiance to the original, my Old Skool iPod.”

“So, instead of feeling sorry for myself, I am going to embrace my iPod, the one that started it all for me: my Old Skool iPod. Yes, my iPod that stood by me through 7 hard months of commuting will continue to be by my side. Instead of seeing a clunkier, uglier iPod, I will see a powerful handheld that warms my hand with every spin of the hard drive.”

New 10GB iPod for $274, more

Dealmac: JumpSpace offers discounts on the new line of Apple iPods. The 10GB iPod costs $273.93, the 15GB iPod costs $365.57, and the 30GB iPod costs $457.24. Each is the lowest price we’ve seen, although you’ll need a membership at JumpSpace (which costs $9.95 per year) to make a purchase. dealmac readers can browse its site with a username of “dealmac1” and password of “57dealsatjump”. Add around $8 for shipping.

Best Buy stores: iPods from $199

  • May 8, 2003

Dealmac: According to several readers, Best Buy retail stores have begun clearing out stock of the second-generation iPods. An iPod 10GB, for Mac or PC, costs $199, while an iPod 20GB for PC goes for $299. (Several readers reported finding open-box iPods for even less.) These specials may not be available at all locations.

Business 2.0: Panting for an iPod

  • May 8, 2003

Shoshana Berger writes that the iPod 30GB “puts the competition on ice” and confesses that her “aural fixation just got worse.”

“I’ve written about my iPod envy before. What kept me from nabbing one upon launch was the exorbitant price for what seemed like a “Walkman 2.0.” But now, having tested most other players, including e.Digital’s Odyssey 1000 and the Nomad Zen from Creative Labs (which, like clockwork, just released a 60-gigabyte model for $100 less than Apple’s (AAPL) 30GB iPod), I’m convinced that the iPod is worth the extra scratch. Why pay so much more? Because Apple’s version is still the only one that works on both Macs and PCs, the only one that includes a date book and calendar, and the only one so attractive it could be part of the design collection at the Museum of Modern Art.”

Customize the disconnect screen on iPod

  • May 8, 2003

French website, MacBidouille reports that one of its readers, Gregory has successfully replaced the “OK to disconnect” screen on his Pod to one of his own design. He was inspired by information posted at http://members.lycos.co.uk/busonerd/ipod.php, but at the time of this posting the site was down.

Sonnet helps old Macs use iTunes 4, iPod and more

  • May 8, 2003

Sonnet has launched the iEnvy products guide for users with old Macs. Sonnet offers several processor upgrade and FireWire PCI card solutions enabling you to use iTunes, iPod, iMovie or iPhoto on old Macs, even an old Beige G3. Check the website for specific Mac models supported.

ShareiTunes.com is launched

  • May 7, 2003

ShareiTunes.com lists those people sharing their iTunes 4 library on the Internet. Simply sign-up at their website to be included in the 180+ sharers. Categories for each listed user includes; iTunes Share Name, iTunes Share Owner, Genres, Comments, Status and duration. We asked Richard Yaker, the owner of the website what prompted him to start such a website…

iPod 20GB for PC for $279

  • May 7, 2003

Dealmac: “A reader notes that Dell Small Business offers Apple’s iPod 20GB for PC for $349 in its Software and Peripherals store. (Search for “M8741LL/A” to find it.) Add it to your cart and the price falls to $279.20. It’s the best price we’ve seen for the 20GB iPod by $70. Shipping is free, although sales tax is added where applicable. Offer ends today.”

FM radio station uses iPod as backup

  • May 7, 2003

MacCentral reports a story about FM radio station WFMU in the New York/New Jersey area using an iPod as a backup solution when weather knocks out their satellite feed.

“Station manager Ken Freedman installed a 5GB iPod at the transmitter in Mount Hope to cope with the inevitable loss of the satellite feed during the thunderstorm season. By using a phone to dial in to a remote control unit at the transmitter site, station staff can switch to the iPod instead of satellite audio. The Apple device is set on continuous random play from a playlist containing the extensive collection of “Live at WFMU” CDs (live music recorded at the radio station’s studios).”

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