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Griffin ships iTrip FM Transmitter for iPod

Griffin has announced it is now shipping the iTrip FM transmitter for iPod. With iTrip you can broadcast the music on iPod through your car’s FM receiver, home stereo or any FM receiver. The iTrip attaches to the top of iPod via the headphone port, draws power from the iPod and utilizes the iPod’s controls to select FM frequencies. iTrip retails for $35 and is now shipping.

“Apple readies music service”

News about Apple’s expected new music service announcement on Monday, April 28 is still alive and well. USA Today writes an article about how the American public might be ready to pay for music downloads.

“Though Apple declined to comment before the announcement, those who have used the new service say it’s as easy as buying a book on Recommendations based on listeners’ preferences are plentiful; the system seamlessly interplays with Apple’s free iTunes jukebox software and with the iPod.”

Relocation of a non-standard iTunes library structure

David Bonde provides a hint on how to manage iTunes Libraries that aren’t organized in the Artist:Album:song.mp3 file structure. (via Doug’s AppleScripts for iTunes.)

View or Subscribe to RSS News feeds on your iPod

Codent technologies, makers of iPod+, have released RSS2iCal, a new web script (based on Noel Jackson‘s RSSiCal). It enables iCal users to view RSS/RDF news feeds in iCal. With iSync, it’s an “iSynch” to port those vCals over to the iPod for news feeds on the go. (It will also, of course, sync to Palm devices and any other device iSync handles).

There are no special applications to install or new user interfaces to learn; the content is fully managed in iCal. The site provides some standard feeds, but any RSS/RDF url (such as iLounge’s news feed) can be subscribed to or viewed. Users can either subscribe to a feed or view it one time. Subscriptions require at least OS 10.2, iCal, iSync and a compatible device.

Griffin Debuts iFM - FM Radio for iPod

Griffin Technology has announced iFM for iPod. It will enable iPod to tune into FM radio stations, and it uses the iPod remote (required) for its controls! It costs $35 and is available for pre-order. Shipping is expected mid-summer 2003. Also note, the Griffin iTrip FM transmitter for iPod will begin shipping Friday, April 25, 2003.

“The only thing missing from the near perfect iPod was a radio. The iFM adds this in a design that’s so unique it has to be seen to be believed.” said Paul Griffin, CEO Griffin Technology. “True, I have all the music I want in my iPod but if want to hear NPR or need a weather report its great to now have that option with my iPod and iFM.”

Apple’s website debuts new store design

It looks snappy! What’s more, in the midst of much speculation about whether or not Apple has discontinued the 5GB iPod, the newly-designed store’s iPod page still includes the 5GB model. Mayhaps reports of its demise are greatly exaggerated…

“Apple tunes up for music pitch” has also written about the April 28th Apple sponsored press event. mentions in the article that “Apple’s online store has been listing a wait time of seven to 10 days for all iPod models, pushing their delivery date until after the scheduled April 28 event.”

“Apples Readies New Online Music Service”

Reuters editor, Sue Zeidler writes about details of the rumored new Apple music service.

“If Apple can do for the downloadable music sector what the iPod did for portable music, it will be a significant step for the industry,” a second music industry executive said.”

TiBook and iPod as Wedding DJ

Derrick Story, managing editor of O’Reilly Network has written about a wedding he recently photographed where he saw the DJ using an Apple Titanium PowerBook and iPod to play music.

“They had the TiBook plugged into a soundboard and were using iTunes to serve up the music. As I looked closer, I saw an iPod there too. Apparently when they wanted to crossfade from one song to the next, they would use the soundboard and the iPod for the incoming track.”

Forums: iPod Phone Survey by Apple

Seems that some iLoungers in our forums have received a phone call from an Apple contracted company surveying iPod owners. iLounger “IDSmoke” said, “The poll was about what you would expect [regarding new iPods]... rate, on a scale from 1 to 5, how important the iPod’s size was in making your purchase decision… etc.

“Apple to hold special event April 28”

MacCentral is reporting that Apple will be holding a special, invitation only event on Monday morning, April 28, 2003.

“The invitation says that Apple will have “announcements that will be music to your ears.” Apple has several music products, but speculation over the past couple of weeks has focused on three things: a new iPod; a buyout by Apple of Universal Music; and a new music service by Apple”

iLounge has a gut feeling this event will be a happy one for iPod enthusiasts. Will it be a new music service and new iPods?

Dell re-signs retail contract with Apple

MacCentral is reporting that Dell, Fry’s and Micro Center have re-signed their retail contract with Apple. Last week, Dell and Target were among those companies that did not re-sign their contracts, thus, they stopped selling iPods. Target went on to liquidate their stock of iPods by selling them at substantial discounts while Dell removed iPods from its online catalogs and stopped selling them altogether.

Windows: iText 1.0

iText is a user-friendly Windows application with which you can easily transfer text files to your iPod, and later access them from the Extras->Contacts menu. iText is freeware, meaning you can use it and distribute it freely.

iPod Remote Disassembly

iLounger “Morcheeba” recently posted news of his disassembly of the Apple iPod remote. His webpage includes photos, pinouts and a schematic. In his latest forum post, he explains why he took the remote apart. We’d also like to note that iLounger “norque83” has posted disassembly photos of the Apple iPod remote.

But the other answer is that I eventually want to build an interface to my car, so that I can control the iPod with the steering wheel track forward/back controls. Taking the remote apart helped find the electrical specs I need to emulate, and watching the signals on the scope told me how complicated the protocol was—hence how complicated of a microcontroller I’ll need for my project.

Replacement Battery for iPod Now Selling

iLounger “Jackonicko” has informed us that Laptops for Less is selling a replacement battery for all iPod models. The Sony Lithium Ion battery sells for $49 with a 1-year warranty and includes step-by-step installation instructions on its website. We have also updated the iLounge FAQ, “Can I replace iPod’s battery myself?” with this new information.

Mac: iCommune 2.01a Released

iCommune is an application that extends Apple’s iTunes to share music over the network.  You can share the music in your iTunes library and access other iCommune music collections.  iCommune music collections appear as playlists in your iTunes window.  You can browse through them, and choose to stream or download the music they contain. 

The new version of iCommune is finally available for download.  It’s definitely an alpha version, but it seems to work pretty well for me.  Enjoy!

New iPods with Docking Stations Coming Soon

Think Secret is reporting that Apple will introduce two new iPod models by end of April, along with Apple’s new music service.

“A re-designed Apple iPod in two new hard drive sizes with control buttons and a docking/charging station will be announced toward the end of April, sources have confirmed to Think Secret. The new models will be available in 15GB and 30GB sizes, as the 5GB and 20GB models will be discontinued.”

Also, noted in the report, new PC models will feature USB 2.0. According to an artist rendering the control buttons (play, pause, rewind, fast forward) have been moved from around the touch wheel to below the LCD display on all new models. The pricing for each new model; 10GB $299, 15GB $399 and 30GB $499.

Target and Dell Stop Selling iPods

According to a report by Think Secret, Target and Dell have stopped selling iPods due to a dispute over the new Apple dealer contract. “iPods have been marked for clearance at 1,148 Target stores nationwide, according to eyewitness reports.” Now might be a good time to check with your local Target store for discounted iPods. One employee at Target reports a 15% discount on 10GB iPod (Mac and Windows), dropping the price to $339.99. Dell has removed the iPod from its online catalog.

“It is not known exactly what objections Target and Dell had to the contract, but sources confirm the contract was instrumental in the decision of both companies to abandon, for now, the sale of the iPod. It is not known if either company will settle its contractual differences with Apple and start selling the product again, but based on Target’s decision to clear out all remaining stock of iPods, it’s thought the possibility of such a move is remote.”

EverythingiPod Introduces TransPod II has announced the new TransPod II player/charger/mount now with cassette adapter capability. TransPod II includes cassette adapter and auxiliary cable. It’s available for pre-order for $99, and shipping is expected by May 1, 2003.

“Like the original TransPod, the TransPod II allows users to simultaneously charge, mount, and listen to their iPods through their car stereos. The TransPod II has the same sleek design of the original TransPod, but features a cassette tape adapter and auxiliary cord that plugs directly into a user’s car stereo!”

New PodPod Stand for iPod Announced

Chally Micro Solutions, makers of the PodPod stand for iPod have announced a new remodeled design. The PodPod is now made from thicker acrylic, laser formed and available in Smoke Black and clear acrylic. All new PodPods also sport a new laser engraved PodPod logo. The stand only costs $12.95 plus shipping and handling until April 30, 2003.

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