Apple UK has confirmed rumours that the Mac maker will introduce a set of iPod accessories, almost certainly later today when the company unveils the Windows version of iTunes and opens its iTunes Music Store to Wintel users.
“‘Rumours site’ Think Secret has been touting such peripherals for some time, and yesterday cited sources who claim a microphone and a memory card reader will be among the items Apple will offers as iPod options. Apple will also ship a firmware update - taking the device’s on-board software to version 2.1 - to allow the portable music player to use the new add-ons.
Alas, it appears only the latest generation of iPods can make use of the peripherals, but here’s hoping.
The story is confirmed by Apple’s UK online store which has a graphic on its front page advertising “Hot iPod Accessories”. The player “now records your voice and stores more than tunes,” it burbles.”
“The Cupertino, Calif., company, which reported fiscal fourth-quarter earnings Wednesday that beat analysts’ expectations, is expected to announce today a promotion deal that would give Pepsi buyers free songs from Apple’s fledgling online music service.
Sources said the unveiling of the pact with PepsiCo Inc. was timed to coincide with today’s release of a Windows-compatible version of Apple’s iTunes Music Store, which has been available only to Macintosh users.”
MacMinute has posted highlights from today’s Apple Q4 financial conference call with industry analysts and the press. iPod highlights included: Apple made $121 million in profit from the 336,000 shipped iPods. The iPod is still the no. 1 MP3 player on the market. Apple is expanding its worldwide iPod sales with 8,000 resellers before Christmas.
Today Apple posted its 4th quarter results and it’s noted that 336 thousand iPod units were shipped, up 140 percent from the year-ago quarter. Apple posted a net profit of $44 million and revenues for the quarter were $1.715 billion, up 19 percent from the year-ago quarter.
Blogger Bill Palmer has compiled a Top 10 list of interesting reasons why the iTunes Music Store will beat the competition. “Don’t look now, but just as Apple is about to launch the iTunes Music Store for Windows, here comes a slew of competitors high and low. Here’s why the competition doesn’t stand a chance.”
“‘We have a bunch of very comparable services each with their own natural constituencies, and the ability to market to their constituencies is what will determine their success,’ said Josh Bernoff, a Forrester Research analyst.
Early bets on front-runners so far are going to Napster, Apple and MusicMatch—Napster for its deep brand recognition from its freewheeling song-swapping days, MusicMatch for its built-in connection to the widely used Windows Media Player, and Apple for its seamless integration with its popular iPod portable music player.”
Today Belkin officially announced the release of the TuneDok in-car holder for iPod.
“The TuneDok holds your iPod in position for easy access using AirGrip (TM) suction-cup functionality. Offering three adapter cup configurations (for different-size cup holders), its flexible construction gives a perfect fit in your vehicle
Manage your iPod with the Finder! The first time you run PodMonkey it moves all of your music files out of the iPod’s hidden folder, out to where you can get at them. When you make changes—copy files in, move them around, delete them—just run PodMonkey again to synchronize your iPod to the Finder: your MP3 files appear on your iPod, more or less as if you’d imported them with a certain bloated and clunky (and metal—ugh!) iApp.
Apple retail stores nationwide will be presenting a live satellite broadcast of the expected release of iTunes for Windows and more this Thursday, October 16 at 10 a.m. PT. “The year
Proporta will soon be releasing a 100% aircraft-grade aluminum and neoprene case for 3G iPods featuring access to iPod ports and the ‘Hold switch’. The flip lid design also enables the case to act as a desktop stand. The Proporta website does not have any info as of yet, but we have sent an email to Proporta asking when it is to be released and pricing. Meanwhile, there are several photos of the new iPod case for your viewing. Click ‘Read more.’
“A MusicMatch spokeswoman said it was unclear how the Windows version of Apple’s online music store would affect its relationship with the Mac maker.
‘We were partners (with Apple) but always expected we would one day be competitors once they launched the iTunes download service,’ a MusicMatch spokeswoman said. ‘MusicMatch jukebox will continue to support iPod, but it’s up to Apple to decide if they’ll ship iPod with MusicMatch jukebox. It’s totally in their hands at this point.’”
iLounger John emailed us with information suggesting that his local Strawbridges department store in New Jersey will soon be selling iPods.
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Today ProClip announced that it has released models for 20GB and 40GB iPods. “ProClip mounting brackets are clip-on devices, that attach to the car or truck’s dashboard or console, and can be self-installed in seconds. Once the bracket is in place, a custom designed holder is attached to provide a secure fit for each accessory.” The ProClip for iPod is priced at $34.95 and is available for many popular auto makes and models.
Catch a glimpse of the new animated iPod ad at Apple.com. The QuickTime download page features an animated version of the online/print ads featuring color bursts, iPod and black silhouettes.
Dealmac: MacSolutions has the Apple 20GB and 40GB iPod MP3 players for $374 and $454, respectively, after instant rebates. We couldn’t find a better price for either of these elsewhere, although you must be a previous MacSolutions customers to make a purchase. Shipping is $8.
“US chip developer Cirrus Logic confirmed it had filed a patent infringement lawsuit against the company [Wolfson Electronics], which designs and supplies integrated circuits for use in a variety of hi-tech devices such as DVD players, games consoles and digital cameras. [...]
The lawsuit also seeks damages and asks the court to bar Wolfson from making, selling or importing the products into the US.”
“The Mac maker has scheduled an event for next Thursday at San Francisco’s Moscone West convention hall. ‘The year’s biggest music story is about to get even bigger,’ Apple said in an invitation to journalists.
The company is expected to launch the long-awaited Windows version of the iTunes Music Store at the event, according to Wall Street brokerage Needham. Apple earlier said it would release the Windows service sometime before the end of the year.”
Dealmac: MegaMacs.com offers SendStation’s PocketDock for third-generation iPods for $16.99 plus around $5 shipping, the best total price we know to be available. The PocketDock converts the iPod’s docking port into a 6-pin FireWire port.