Share iTunes has added playlist browsing to its list of features. Click on “View Playlist” and you can browse any persons song collection by Artist and songs. There are also links provided to search the iTunes Music Store or Amazon Music Store for any given Artist or songs.
Dealmac: A reader notes that CompUSA.com offers the Netalog TransPod, a combination car charger/holder FM transmitter for the iPod, for $59.99. With 1 cent shipping, it’s the best total price we’ve seen by $5. It’s designed to work with first- and second-generation iPods only. Offer ends May 17, 2003.
A new review of the 15GB iPod is up at SLCentral.com. I owned a 20GB iPod, so I wrote a review that incorporated the changes between the old and new.
iLounger Jimmy Q has emailed us with a deal at Dell.com for the new iPod 15GB. This is only available by calling 1-800-999-DELL. There is an automatic 10% discount on all peripherals and accessories. You also get an additional $35 off $350 with coupon code 15A19A4B7879. Which brings the total to $324.10 and there is free shipping on orders over $49. No tax in most states. For more information on the success people are having with this deal, check out the forum thread at FatWallet.com
Gunnar Van Vliet has written an informative article at RecordStoreReview.com comparing the quality of AAC vs. MP3. Although the tests were unscientific, Vliet posted the results of one songs performance compressed at 96, 128, 160 and 192Kbps in both AAC and MP3 formats. He rated each test group for tonal accuracy, imaging/soundstage, naturality, and musicality.
PC Magazine praised the new 30GB iPod and iTunes 4 in its latest review. Reviewer, Troy Dreier rated the iPod 4 out 5 and gave iTunes 4 a 3 out of 5 dots.
Apple has posted user’s guides available in PDF format and in several languages for new docking iPods. (Adobe Acrobat 3.0 or later required)
CNET‘s staff writer, John Borland reports on the latest music trend sweeping the Internet as iTunes 4 users have discovered that they can share their music collection with others. It was thought that iTunes 4 only supported sharing over a LAN (local area network), but several programmers have discovered that iTunes 4 does have Internet sharing capabilities built-in and are beginning to exploit the unsupported feature.
“Apple itself did not release documentation on the over-the-Net sharing features and does not officially support the efforts.
iTunes ‘is not meant to be used in any other way than for personal use,’ said an Apple representative. The company said it will be monitoring the trend, but had no further comment.”
MoodLogic announces the official release of DeviceLink, a program designed to connect MoodLogic’s groundbreaking and award-winning music identification tool with hard-drive based mp3 players, including the iPod. MoodLogic’s DeviceLink works with your Windows iPod under Win98 SE/ME, Win 2000, and Win XP.
MP3-Info CMM has been updated to include support for AAC files.
“MP3-Info CMM is a Contextual Menu Module designed for Mac OS X (version 10.2 or newer). That is essentially an extension to the Finder.
It displays information about MP3 files, such as their duration, the bitrate, and also some important MP3-Tags, such as the artist, the title of the song, and some more, all directly inside the Finder, without the need to open any application to get this information! That can save you a lot of time when have to manage MP3 files often. It also shows these information for AAC files created by iTunes 4, and WAV, and AIFF files.”
iPoding has posted information and photos after having hacked Griffin’s iTrip FM transmitter to work with docking iPods.
iLounger sparks9 points out that Toshiba has posted information about the newest hard drives used in new iPods on its website. In addition to the original 5 and 10GB models, there is now an overview, specs and technical documents on the new 15 and 30GB hard drives. Toshiba provides all OEM hard disk drives for Apple iPod.
Audible has announced support for all new iPod models and is offering free a month free trial membership to AudibleListener which includes either one audiobook and one 1-month subscription, or two audiobooks.
iLounger Mark H. informed us about Small Dog Electronics offering a trade-in program for old iPods. Purchase your new iPod online or by phone, request an RMA number for your old iPod and ship it to Small Dog for credit toward your new iPod purchase. Small Dog lists the current trade-in values for the week of May 5 at; 5GB iPods - $100, 10GB iPods - $150 and 20GB iPods - $225. Visit the website for specific details to trade-in your iPod.
Update: iPoding has posted serveral new iPod dissection photos, including a comparison of the old vs. new battery.
PodShop is offering its PodHolder stand for $12.95 during its May Sale. That’s a savings of over 15% from its normal price of $15.95.
“PodHolder - a clear acrylic stand/display for iPod - was introduced last December, and has been a hit with iPod owners looking for something to support their favorite music device,regardless of their location. ‘We are extremely pleased with the success of our first product’, states Christopher Anderson, President and CEO of PodShop. We have
iPoding has performed listening tests on classic iPods to see if “pops” or “clicks” existed between tracks.
Gregory Ng of AppleMatters writes about new iPod envy and how he has “pledge[d] sole allegiance to the original, my Old Skool iPod.”
Dealmac: JumpSpace offers discounts on the new line of Apple iPods. The 10GB iPod costs $273.93, the 15GB iPod costs $365.57, and the 30GB iPod costs $457.24. Each is the lowest price we’ve seen, although you’ll need a membership at JumpSpace (which costs $9.95 per year) to make a purchase. dealmac readers can browse its site with a username of “dealmac1” and password of “57dealsatjump”. Add around $8 for shipping.