For all you baseball junkies out there, I’ve updated my site containing Major League Baseball stats for the iPod: There are now links to the latest standings, player statistics, team rosters, and box scores. All the links are updated daily. The links are .vcf files, which you can just save to your iPod for viewing on the go. Hope it’s useful, Peter
MacMice has announced the PodPerch; an all acrylic stand with access to the new iPod’s docking port and featuring a low angle for optimal viewing while sitting at a desk. It works with any model iPod. The PodPerch retails for $19.99 and is now shipping.
On Tuesday, May 20 at 7 p.m. Eastern, The Screen Savers cable show will have Gary Valan, Director, Computer Audio Initiative (Dolby Laboratories) talking about MPEG-4 and AAC. This episode can also be watched on Wed., May 21 at 8 a.m. and 12 p.m. Eastern.
Ebay auctioneer, “morning-view” has posted iPods.com for sale. Starting bid is $1,000. Why does Apple not own this domain? The auction’s description is as follows:
“With Apple’s release last month of the new third generation iPods, there has never been more of a buzz surrounding what many call the greatest digital music player in the world. This domain name is at the peak of its value to a business—there is nothing more memorable than iPods.com when you are trying for repeat customers.
The domain will be transfered to the winning bidder free of charge. Payment will be accepted in the form of certified check or electronic transfer, and is expected within five (5) days of end of auction.”
Paul Roberts, IDG News Service for PC World reports on iTunes sharing/swapping, and websites offering a catalog of users sharing their iTunes library.
“Only days after the appearance of Internet-based music streaming services that capitalize on Apple’s ITunes technology, many of the Web sites that hosted them have removed the feature, citing concerns about piracy.
Within days of its first public release, however, programmers outside of the company found ways to expand ITunes’ reach. They harnessed an ITunes client feature called Rendezvous that enables Mac users to share downloaded songs with other systems on a LAN or over the Internet.”
Gunnar Van Vliet has written Part 2 of his “REPORT ON THE RELATIVE QUALITY OF AAC AUDIO TO MP3” at RecordStoreReview.com.
Deals On The Web: Dell is offering the new 30GB iPod for $499/15GB iPod for $399. Order by 5/22 for an instant 10% discount to drop the price down to (30GB -$449.10) (15GB $359.10). TODAY (Monday 5/19/2003) only, take an additional $40 off with coupon code “91088152AF61” for a final price of (30GB - $409.10) (15GB $319.10). With Free ground shipping, it’s the lowest current price we’ve seen. Offer ends tonight at 11 PM CST.
Apple has recently posted a new Knowledge Base article for iTunes 4: Tips & Tricks. Here is a sampling of 3 of the 14 tips and tricks listed:
- To quickly add a song from a CD to an existing playlist, insert the CD, then drag the song from the CD (in the Source list) to the playlist. The song is automatically imported into your library and added to the playlist. To add a song from a CD to a new playlist, drag the song from the CD to the white area below the items in the Source list. The song is imported into your library and added to a new playlist.
- To open a playlist in a new window, double-click the playlist icon in the Source list.
- To quickly create a playlist containing an album in your library, click Library and choose Edit > Show Browser (if you see only Hide Browser, then the Browser is already visible). Drag an album from the Album list in the top-right section of the library to the white area below the items in your Source list. A playlist named after the album is created.
CNET’s Eliot Van Buskirk reviews the 30GB iPod.
An online petition requesting that Apple port the 2.0 iPod software to a format supported by Classic iPods is now up.
“Owners of Apple?s iPod have put up with numerous problems with the product in the past: Poor battery life; an unannounced lack of certain features for the Windows version; very poor software support for the Windows version; and deletion of posts critical of Apple on their website.
The recent release of the new, third generation iPod has brought a new level to this dissatisfaction. Unlike rivals Creative Labs, Apple have jettisoned owners of the ?old? iPod and refused to update them to a new firmware version, which contains features such as on-the-fly playlists, new games, and customisable menus. Version 2.0 firmware is for use with the newest iPods only. “
MacMinute reports that Apple has began airing its iTunes Music Store commercials.
MacWarehouse is advertising the 20GB iPod for $294.95. You must contact MacWarehouse for shipping status. “Most orders for items currently not available can be filled in less than 2 weeks.”
WaterField Designs has redesigned the Sooper Dooper case to fit new iPods. The case costs $40 and will start to ship on May 22nd.
ShareiTunes has added a new keyword search feature, which searches share name, genres, artists, albums, and songs and returns all the shares that match. ShareiTunes offers a catalog of members sharing their iTunes playlist for others to find. iTunes sharing on the Interent has become the hot topic in recent news. Though it isn’t illegal to share a streaming playlist from iTunes, many are finding ways to exploit the stream with software to capture and download the song to their hard drive, which is illegal.
AppleMatters has posted a review of Macally’s white PodPro headphones. Reviewer, Gregory Ng didn’t give it a glowing review as you can read in his conclusion.
It seems that the MUSICMATCH software key that shipped with the original Windows iPod will not activate the new 8.0 version. Users must purchase an upgrade. iLounge Forum members suggest that new docking iPods are able to obtain the update at no charge, but the 8.0 version does not have an iPod plugin as yet.
Dealmac: iPod 15GB for $314, 30GB for $404 8:58 am
Dell Home offers the new iPod 15GB for $359.10 in its Software and Peripherals store. (Place it in your cart to see the lower price.) Add an item costing $1 or more (CD/DVD media) to your cart and apply coupon code “D048D84F4953” to further chop the price to $314.10. It’s the best price we’ve seen by $80. The 30GB iPod is also available for $404.10 after coupon and instant discount. Offer ends today 5/15.
MUSICMATCH has launched a new version of its Jukebox, the software usually attached to Windows iPods. Main updates are visual enhancements and fine-tuning ‘under the hood’.
Los Angeles Times staff writer Jon Healey writes about the brewing debate over the Internet sharing capabilities of iTunes.