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…
News.com has also written about the April 28th Apple sponsored press event. News.com 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.”
Reuters editor, Sue Zeidler writes about details of the rumored new Apple music service.
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.
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.
MacCentral is reporting that Apple will be holding a special, invitation only event on Monday morning, April 28, 2003.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Think Secret is reporting that Apple will introduce two new iPod models by end of April, along with Apple’s new music service.
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.
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.
EverythingiPod.com 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.
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.
You may remember our recent report where we informed our readers about the soon to be released Burton/Apple Amp Pack. An anonymous reader has submitted to iLounge an Amp Pack product sheet. It’s a $200, black backpack featuring the same SoftSwitch Technology used in the Burton/Apple Amp Jacket. All we know at this time is that it should be available soon. Check with your local snowboard/skate/ski shop to see if they have more info.
Our friends at XtremeMac wanted to let our readers know about their April Spring Break Sale. XtremeMac is offering 10% off any product to anyone purchasing products available online. After making your selection(s) and placing the item(s) in your shopping cart, you will be prompted to type “SPRING” into the Coupon Code field in the online order form. Click the “Use Coupon” button and your discount will be automatically applied to the items in your shopping cart.