Wacom Technology is giving away a 40GB iPod and $1000 in two new contests for designers and photographers. The Go Platinum Design contest is requesting the submission of “CD cover-art for the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP) to use for the CD they will be distributed at PhotoshopWorld West 2004.” In the Go Pro contest “contestants may submit a photo of anything that’s suitable for the enjoyment of all ages and to which they hold all rights.” Winners in each contest will receive “a 40GB iPod and $1000 U. S. to either pocket or use to get to San Francisco to be honored on stage at the opening event for PhotoshopWorld 2004.” More details and rules available at Wacom’s website.
“A research paper highlighting security weaknesses in a popular internet file-sharing network has raised concerns that innocent users could in theory be wrongly accused of sharing copyrighted music. [...]
It describes various techniques that could be used to make it appear to a third party on the Gnutella network as if an innocent user is hosting or searching for copyrighted files. It also describes methods for tricking users into inadvertently downloading copyrighted files so that they actually host these files.”
I recieved this email from Griffin Technology this morning
iLinkPod allows you to access files on the iPod directly using the Finder. iLinkPod uses the native BSD subsystem and works at a low, direct and safe level, and is studied to guide you in few easy steps.
“Apple’s strategy at the moment seems sound. Adam Engst, publisher of Mac community newsletter TidBITS, told the E-Commerce Times that with more than 1 million iPods sold since the device was introduced, Apple likely is enjoying a significant profit margin. Moreover, the iPod marketing strategy shows the company is moving in the direction of consumer electronics while still leveraging its many millions of Mac users as an initial target market.
‘And just as with the iTunes Music Store, the iPod is simply better done than most of the competitors—better interface, better integration, better industrial design and so on,’ Engst added. ‘If Apple can repeat that win in other areas that bridge the gap between computers and consumer electronics, they could be highly successful, even without gaining much market share on the computer side.’”
BoingBoing has posted a humorous poke at the expense (or lack thereof) of iPod. “Can’t afford an iPod? Cheap consumer-electronics chic: print, glue onto cardboard, cut out and assemble.”
Altec Lansing has announced the inMotion Portable iPod Speakers for iPod. The portable speaker system features a built-in docking bay for data transfer and syncronization, full-featured alarm clock that plays wake up music, headphone port, auxiliary input, MaxBass technology for deep bass response, and an on-board Class D amplifier. The portable system uses an included AC adapter or four AA batteries (not included). The inMotion Portable iPod Speakers are priced at $149.99, are available exclusively at Apple Store online, and will be in Apple retail stores beginning in November. Apple estimates shipping at 7-10 business days.
One of our forum members is offering his services for the repair of iPods.
“‘In this case,’ he added, ‘opening the iTunes Music Store up to Windows users simply expands Apple’s market without in any way harming the company’s core business in selling Macs. In fact, it even enhances sales of the iPod, which, while not a core business, shows where Apple is heading.’
Engst said he thinks opening up iTMS to Windows users will significantly increase iTunes downloads. Although download percentages likely will not correspond to OS market share (in other words, Mac users still will make up far more than 3 to 5 percent of all iTMS downloads), he said he believes the number of overall downloads (after an initial burst of enthusiasm by Windows users) will increase between three- and five-fold.”
XtremeMac has released the new Premium iPod Car Charger for 3G iPods which uses Apple’s proprietary dock connector. The charger features a single LED to indicate a power connection, removable fuse for current protection, diode protection for backflow current, impact resistant shell, integrated cable strain relief on both ends and a limited lifetime warranty. It’s available now for $19.95 or bundled in the Get Connected Kit for $49.95.
“Many observers believe Apple is more focused on launching the Windows version of iTunes in the US than it is on Europe. The company has committed to launching the Windows version before the end of the year. Jobs says: ‘We said (iTunes for Windows) would be out in the US next quarter, before the end of the year. I think we are very much on track.’
One record industry executive says: ‘Everyone wants to see what success they will have on Windows. If they can sell ten million songs on Macs, which have only 5 per cent of the PC market, how much could they sell to 100 per cent of the market?’”
“MusicMatch, the software company best known for its popular music player, on Monday launched a pay-as-you-download music service, the latest entrant in the increasingly heated market for online music.
Offering a library of more than 200,000 songs at 99 cents each, the MusicMatch service will allow computer users to buy and download music with few restrictions, a model pioneered by Apple Computer Inc.‘s (AAPL) iTunes Music Store in May.”
“MusicMatch CEO Dennis Mudd calls his 99-cents-a-song service a ‘breakthrough,’ because he acquired liberal usage rules similar to those in Apple’s acclaimed iTunes Music Store: Buyers can burn songs and transfer them to portable devices as often as they want. [...]
MusicMatch is the first Windows-based service to obtain looser licensing terms. ‘We held off launching until we could get these rules,” Mudd says. “If you make it too hard on users, they’ll just go to Kazaa.’”
In the letters page of the October issue of MacFormat magazine, a reader complained about the European Volume issue with his new iPod. He stated a friend brought a new iPod back from Japan, and the difference in volume between the European and Japanese versions was quite noticeable. Macformat replied - “Apple hasn’t said officially whether the European iPods come with a nobbled volume. However, this website says they do: and reckons it’s found the answer. Plug in your iPod and follow the instructions at www.bsodmike.com/ipodnocap.html.”
“To keep such passengers content while on board, Celebrity ships have an attractive combination of amenities. For instance, the line’s four newest ships offer two-deck-tall libraries of both the printed word and more than 1,500 musical compositions, from rap to classical.
The music library, named Notes, also has nine listening stations. Visitors sit at a touch screen, scroll through the offerings by category, artist or title, and create their own playlist, which they can call up on each visit. Or they can take with them an iPod, at $10 a day; the music librarian loads it with their choices.”
“They’ve used this announcement to lay down the gauntlet to HP, Apple and to some extent Sony,’ said Tim Bajarin, president of the Creative Strategies consulting firm. ‘Everything that Dell’s doing right now is extremely calculated.’ [...]
Apple fired off a dismissive statement about Dell’s entry into the digital music business.
‘It appears that Dell is re-branding one of the second-tier music services that will be announced soon, just like they are re-branding Creative’s MP3 player. There is little original here,’ Apple’s statement said.”
In the October 2003 issue of Stuff Magazine the Apple iPod goes head to head with Panasonic’s SV-SD85, Philips Key 004, Sharp MT899H and the Sony D-NE1 in their Personal Digital Audio Supertest. They review the 15GB iPod and it wins the test. Also tested in the same category as the iPod is the Creative Jukebox Zen and the Archos Jukebox AV120. Stuff assemble their “winning team” consisting of the iPod, iMac2, Grado SR60 headphones for indoor use, Sennheiser MX500 for outdoors, and the Acoustic Energy Aego 2 speaker system for hooking up to the iMac/iPod.
Also featured in this issue is an accessories list for the iPod to turn your iPod into a bomb shelter (iPod Armor), a listening post (Boostaroo), a pirate radio station (iTrip), a mini system (NaviPOD remote), and a portable stereo (Creative Travelsound).
Stuff’s website has also posted a Web poll asking, “Gadget of 2003?.” The iPod is winning so far with over 50% of the votes.