Having problems with your fourth-generation (4G) iPod? You’re not alone. Three weeks after the release of Apple’s newest iPods, iLounge readers have reported that approximately 42% of their 4G units have manifested an audio defect identified by iLounge, while others have complained of receiving soiled or physically damaged hardware. The problems affect new-in-box 20 Gigabyte and 40 Gigabyte iPod models sold with a Click Wheel control system. Click “Read more” below for additional details.
Pacific Rim Technologies has announced the 4G Shield hard case made of aircraft-grade aluminum. The 4G Shield features a swivel belt clip, and a clear, hard plastic screen protection and access to all iPod functions. The 4G Shield is priced at $34.99 and is expected to ship in early September 2004. Some of the comments below refer to the hole in the back of the case. This hole is used to push the iPod out from the case for removal.
Digital Lifestyle Outfitters announced today that they are producing iBoom, the first and only boombox solution designed specifically for iPod and iPod mini. iBoom is a 20 watts per channel, four-speaker boombox system with built-in digital FM radio. iBoom also features a digital FM radio, built-in handle for ease of portability, auxiliary input jack and can be powered via its included AC adapter or 6 D batteries (not included). While under AC power, iBoom extends the battery life of iPod as it powers and charges iPod. DLO’s iBoom will be available in late September 2004 for $149.99. The product works with all iPods with the 30-pin dock connector, and it
comes complete with a spacer to accommodate the iPod mini. A custom carrying bag with shoulder strap will follow.
TUNEWEAR today announced that ICEWEAR for Apple’s iPod mini is now shipping and available for purchase in the U.S. and Canada. ICEWEAR has a suggested retail price of $24.95.
Today Speck Products is announcing two new cases for Apple’s newest 4G iPod. The 4G SkinTight case is a rubberized skin while the 4G iStyle features an all leather construction.
The SkinTight iPod Skin is made out of tear-resistant KRATON plastic and features a flex-away flap, allowing it to work with the iPod dock. Speck SkinTight rubberized skins come in 3 Colors (frosted clear, blue, and pink) and can be purchased individually for $19.95 or as a 3-Pack for $29.95. They will be shipping to consumers in two weeks ( August 31st, 2004).
The 4G iStyle leather iPod case features leather construction and an included plastic shied protects the iPod screen. The 4G iStyle also comes with a high quality removable swivel belt-clip. It comes in black for $34.95.and will be shipping out to consumers on September 23, 2004.
Recently we reported that John Mayer and Incase Design teamed up to bring you the first musician inspired iPod cases. The iPod and iPod mini cases were only available for purchase at concert venues, but now you can buy them at the official John Mayer online store for $25. “The John Mayer Limited Edition iPod case comes in four different color schemes. Additionally, each case includes a metallic charm-pick and a drawstring bag, both marked with John’s signature.”
Tomorrow, Vaja will release their new iVod leather cases for 4G iPods. Similar to its existing line of i-Volution iVod cases for earlier model iPods, it will feature access to the Click Wheel, dock port, headphone port, and hold switch. The new case will only be available through its Custom Built Option. Price is not yet determined. iLounge has obtained an exclusive photo of the new iVod for your reference.
Update: In an effort to thwart negative comments, Real has started a new petition without public comments available. The freedomofchoicemusic.org site now points to a new URL. This new petition currently has 35 signatures.
Yesterday Real Network’s launched the “Freedom of Choice” anti-Apple ad campaign, website and online petition in its efforts to stop Apple from keeping the iPod a “locked” platform. Today, the campaign has backfired with over 500 mostly anti-Real comments appearing on the petition’s website resulting in Real removing the link to freedomofmusicchoice.org on its website.
MacMinute.com reports “in a move aimed squarely at luring iTunes customers, RealNetworks today announced that it has slashed song pricing to 49 cents and album pricing to $4.99 for a limited time. The price cuts are part of the company’s new “Freedom of Choice” marketing campaign to tout its Harmony technology, which allows songs purchases from the RealNetworks Music Store to be played on Apple’s iPod. The high-profile print, radio, and online advertising campaign kicks off Tuesday with a full-page ad in The New York Times that reads: “Half the price of Apple. Welcome to freedom of choice.” The ads also show an illustration of an iPod made to look like an open padlock. In addition, RealNetworks has launched a very anti-Apple blog. “This community site will provide a forum where consumers can learn about compatibility issues and discuss the issues with other digital music fans,” the company says.”
The Japanese company responsible for making Kubrick figures has turned its attention to the iPod. The iKub is a robot which sits and holds your iPod, an alternative to other desktop stands and docks. You can most likely purchase the iKub soon through online retailers such as kidrobot.com.
EarphoneSolutions.com is accepting pre-orders for the new Etymotic 6i, to be released end of August, beginning of September. You can take advantage offree shipping and your credit card will not be charged until it’s ready to ship. The Etymotic 6i is the first in-ear earphones to be manufactured exclusively for the iPod, improving response where the iPod needs.
The Think Different Store is teaming with Pacific Rim Technologies to give away a silver iPod mini worth $250 USD. The purpose of the giveaway is to introduce Pacific Rim’s new line of iPod mini products.
To win the iPod mini just visit www.thinkdifferentstore.com/contest or www.pacrimtechnologies.com/contest where you will automatically be entered into the contest. Contestants receive an additional chance to win simply by purchasing any product from The Think Different Store or Pacific Rim Technologies.
“ResQ Systems, LLC and LoadPod announced today that they have started a new customer loyalty program for iPodResQ and LoadPod customers.
LoadPod is a nationwide service offering iPod owners a fast and reliable method to convert their existing CD libraries to AAC format for use on their iPods. iPodResQ is the only service of its kind offering 24-hour turnaround on iPod repairs and battery replacements and nationwide, overnight pickup & delivery at the user’s location.”
“The Norwegian hacker famed for developing DVD encryption-cracking software has apparently struck again—this time breaking the locks on Apple Computer Inc.‘s wireless music streaming technology.
Jon Lech Johansen released on his Web site—defiantly named “So Sue Me”—a software key that helps to unlock the encryption Apple uses for its AirPort Express, a device that lets users broadcast digital music from Apple’s online iTunes Music Store on a stereo that’s not plugged into a computer.
Some security consultants say that with the key and another program he released, Johansen, also known as DVD Jon, has helped pave the way for other software applications other than Apple iTunes to work with AirPort Express.”
iPod Updater 2004-08-06 supports all models of iPod and iPod mini. This update includes the latest available software for each model of iPod or iPod mini.
Download and install the iPod Updater 2004-08-06 then connect your iPod or iPod mini to yor computer. The iPod Updater will automatically determine if an update is required.
Having previously developed noteworthy iPod accessories exclusively for Japanese consumers, Shibuya, Japan-based Power Support has officially opened a California-based store with an English-language product web site at Power Support USA. Additional details on Power Support’s offerings, including several impressive metal iPod stands and unique case designs, can be found at iLounge Backstage.
“It isn’t a major surprise that the recent initial public offering filing of semiconductor company PortalPlayer got lost in the shuffle. [...]
But PortalPlayer, which filed for its IPO on Aug. 4, bears watching over the next few months. Here’s why.
PortalPlayer gets most of its business from a Taiwanese company called Inventec. And Inventec is the company that makes this little device that you may have heard—it’s called the iPod.”
iPod Xtras is currently offering several deals on selected iPod accessories. There are exo3 silicone cases for iPod at $6.50 and exoFLP’s at $15.00. The iTalk and iTrip mini are priced at $32.99.