iLounger Alexis writes in an email to us: I had two orders placed on Dell’s site on 6/10 and 6/12 when they had the 10% and 15% off deals. They went through, but I never got shipping status emails and low and behold when I called Dell they told me they had lost the contract to sell them so both my orders had gotten cancelled.
“The Macintosh iLife” author Jim Heid takes a closer look at iPod Software 2.0.1 and its eight improvements.
At this years R&R Convention 2003, trade publication Radio & Records and Edison Media Research unveiled the results of a national survey of 12 to 44 year olds showing that the illegal downloading of music is hurting music sales. (Click ‘Read more’ for the complete press release.)
“Among the heaviest downloaders, those who have downloaded more than
100 music files (about 16% of 12-44s), reported purchases of CDs has dropped an incredible 61% from last year’s study (28.9 CDs, on average per person, purchased last year compared with 11.3 CDs purchased this year). [...]
71% of heavy downloaders say that “Instead of buying a CD they have burnt someone else’s copy of a CD,” and 48% of them say ‘They no longer have to buy CDs because they could download music for free over the Internet.’”
The Apple Store is selling refurbished iPod 20GB Windows for $299. The package includes headphones (new earbud-style), remote and carrying case, power adapter, FireWire cable, 4-6 pin FireWire adapter, manual, CD-ROM Disc w/MusicMatch and electronic documentation, and one-year warranty. Note: Apple lists the package contents incorrectly as if it were iPod for Mac (with iTunes).
Griffin Technology is now accepting pre-orders for iTrip for new iPods, due to ship by July 21st.
Incase Designs, makers of carrying bags and cases has released the redesigned Sleeve for iPod which fits 10, 15 and 30GB iPods. Sleeve for iPod costs $24.95 plus shipping.
Ear phone access
Clean Screen Protection
Full access functionality
Belt or strap attachment
Suede non-scratch lining
Luxurious Nappa Leather
Also available is the Belt for iPod for $24.95. Made of Neoprene and Nylon, the Belt is ideal for jogging, biking, walking with iPod. It features an adjustable belt, earphone access with stow-away pouch, and pouch for keys, cards, and other small items.
Leander Kahney of Wired News has written an article about Activaire, a company offering rented iPods loaded with a customized catalog of music to restaurants, nightspots, clothing boutiques and hair salons. In an earlier report Philadelphia DJ, Adam Porter (DJ Botany 500) offers a similar service and is also mentioned in the Wired News article.
“Wiesenthal has licensed hundreds of songs from nearly 100 independent labels, most specializing in cutting-edge electronica.
From her library of nearly 100 GB of songs, Wiesenthal can tailor about 30 hours of music for each client. She often creates special playlists for different moods—upbeat or mellow—or different times of the day.”
For folks hooking up their iPod to a Volkswagen car, Ed’s Electronics Garage has put together a homebrewed microcontroller that “fools the stock head unit into thinking a VW CD Changer is connected, allowing you to listen to your audio device through your vehicle’s built-in speakers when you select “CD” at the head unit.” The VWCDPIC Audio Interface Adapter is $34.00 plus shipping.
Update: An anonymous reader has sent us the contents of a reply email from Blitzsafe:
“We did start a basic interface for the iPod, I do not think before September or October, We are working with Apple now. We do have the Aux interface available at this time, you will use the iPod to control function, or you may wait. Stay tuned.”
Great news, especially since my iPod continually tries to kill me when I’m driving (distracting me while I should be braking, turning or just paying attention in general).
Editor’s note: Blitzsafe has confirmed this to be true in an email to iLounge with a simple ‘yes.’ No other information was provided.
Bose Corporation has announced the QuietComfort 2 Acoustic Noise Canceling headphones. We reviewed the first generation QuietComfort headphones last year, and were impressed with its performance. The QuietComfort 2 features include a fold flat design, single earcup audio cable, detachable audio cable with built-in volume control, Active Equalization, low battery life indicator, dual plug adapter,
Steve Gurly of Pyrim Technologies, Inc. wanted our readers to know that the i-Track carry case has inserts available to fit new iPods.
Deals on the Web: DevDepot is offering the Griffin iTrip FM Transmitter for iPod for $32.95. The device works with iPods that have a FireWire port on top, not the new dock-interface models. It’s among the best prices we’ve seen.
Stephen Williams writes about iPod and iTunes in his latest column for Newsday.
Christian Cantrell at Sparkshop has posted a comparison review of his ‘old’ iPod 20GB and his ‘new’ iPod 15GB.
“Apple remains on track to deliver a Windows version of its iTunes Music Store by the end of the year, a senior executive confirmed last week.
Apple’s director of marketing consumer applications Peter Lowe confirmed the plans in an interview with a top digital-media analyst.
Lowe said: ‘There is a broad set of stuff that needs to be supported. We are working away at it and are on track to deliver it by the end of the year. Developing Windows software can be a challenge at the best of times, as there are so many configurations of Windows PCs and connectivity peripherals.’”
The NEW iPods do have the volume cap that was introduced in the iPod firmware back to version 1.2.x already built into them. But Apple seems to have overdone it: the European iPod’s max-volume is so low, that you can’t use your iPod in crowded places like a subway or bus. You simply can’t hear the music at an efficient level! According to user’s tests the volume is about 25-30% lower then with the US version.
But not only the headphone jack is capped, also the line out: That means, that if you connect your iPod to a stereo at home or in the car, you have to turn the volume of that stereo way up what in many cases is causing sound-distortions.
There are plenty of people complaining about that on the net. What is striking is that Apple simply deletes those threads from their discussion board after a day or two.
iLyric searches the internet and downloads the lyrics for the music listed in your iTunes library. iLyric, allows you to copy you lyrics over to your iPod in the new Notes format supported by firmware release 2.0. Support for Vcards is in progress for older iPods.