Apple has posted updates to the following KnowledgeBase Documents for iPod.
iPod: How to Find Software Version
iPod for Windows: Delay While MusicMatch Connects to iPod
iPod for Windows: How to Update MUSICMATCH Jukebox
iPod for Windows: How to Install MUSICMATCH Jukebox Software
Tom Robinson at Macteens.com has posted a photo tutorial on how to dissect your old iPod after having accidently slammed a car door on his iPod 5GB. He decided to take it apart and auction the parts on eBay, after which he received about $230 not including the damaged hard drive.
The Wrap for the new Apple 10, 15 & 30GB iPods is a simple, inexpensive, clear vinyl wrap to protect your new iPods finish from srcatches and fingerprints. Made specifically for those who don’t want a full size case and want some protection when keeping their iPod in their pocket, backpack, purse, fanny pack, etc. With simple static cling, The Wrap clings to the iPods front, back, sides and bottom. Since the new iPods have touch sensitive scroll wheel and buttons, the iPod is fully usable through the clear vinyl. The top is exposed for easy access to the headphone/remote jacks and hold switch. By simply peeling back the back piece, you have access to the bottom data/charging port. The Wrap for Apple iPod is available now for $7.99 with a special shipping price of only $2.00.
PowerDesign has released new iPod BodyMasks for new iPods. New designs include BodyMasks for the iPod remote and docking station. BodyMasks are stickers die-cut to fit the iPod, remote, power adapter and docking station. BodyMasks come in BodyMask Clear ($5.50), BodyMask Color ($5.50) with 10 different colors to choose from and SelfDesign BodyMask ($9.50) for printing your own design. Pre-printed BodyMasks are also available. You can read our review of the SelfDesign BodyMask for an iPod 5GB.
DLO (EverythingiPod.com) is now shipping the Action Jacket neoprene case for new iPods. The case is available in Licorice, Indigo, Apple Red and Graphite colors, and retails for $29.99 plus shipping.
John Gruber of Daring Fireball has weighed in on the iTunes Internet Sharing issue, offering a sound rebuttal to the several digital pundits levying criticism against Apple for disabling the feature in iTunes 4.01.
Dealmac: A reader notes that The Apple Store offers the factory-refurbished iPod 20GB for PC for $299 in its Special Deals section. Although we’ve seen new, factory-sealed units for $20 less than this, it’s the lowest price we know to be currently available for this discontinued iPod. Shipping is free, although sales tax is added where applicable. A one-year Apple warranty applies.
A new web based, virtual iPod engraving utility has been launched.
AnandTech has posted a long (15 webpages) and comprehensive review of the iPod. MusicMatch, XPlay and iTunes 4 as well as taking the iPod apart are covered in the review.
“With the original iPod, Apple had a clear winner on their hands with a revolutionary new approach to portable MP3 players. The new iPod, albeit only an evolutionary improvement over the old unit, continues to extend Apple’s dominance in this sector.
For current iPod owners, it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to upgrade to the new iPod, although the small size of the player is definitely tempting. The functionality of the player remains virtually unchanged, which means you’ll still probably want to hold on to your expensive investment.”
Becart will be increasing the price of their new all aluminum iPod stand to $34.95+shipping after it sells the ten initial samples for $29.95+shipping. Becart adjusted its initial pricing, because the time required to manufacture one stand was more than originally anticipated. Note: the Becart iPod stand is made for 1st and 2nd generation iPods.
Roger Friedman for Fox News reports that Apple may soon be sued by the Beatles over the iTunes Music Store.
“Apple Computer’s Steve Jobs was such a Beatle fan that he named his company after the record label.
But the Beatles, who are notoriously protective of their rights and quite litigious, weren’t so happy with Jobs. In 1981 they made him sign something agreeing never to go into the music business in order to keep a name they had trademarked. ...
Dealmac: Dell Home again offers the iPod 10GB for $269.10 in its Software and Peripherals store, as a reader found. It’s the lowest price we know to be available for a current-generation iPod. Shipping is free.
Jonathan Ive, Apple’s industrial designer for the iPod and iMac has been awarded ‘Designer of the Year’ as reported by Charles Arthur, Technology Editor for the Independent.
“The prestigious prize from the Design Museum in London is worth
It seems that Amazon might soon be jumping on the iTunes Music Store band wagon. Tim Arango at the New York Post reports Apple and Amazon are negotiating a deal to make iTMS available on Amazon.com.
“The parties are in advanced talks and a deal is expected, though sources warn that negotiations might still unravel.
At Amazon’s annual meeting last week in Seattle, Jeff Bezos, the company’s chief executive officer, talked about opening a digital music store, telling reporters, ‘We’ve been looking at it for years.’”
iLounger Kenneth Armstrong recently reported he had lost his iPod after a cab ride in Toronto, Canada. The story prompted many comments from readers, including iLounger Rob who posted a link to a company named STUFFBAK offering a lost and found service using labels you adhere to your prized possessions.
How does it work? Buy a pack of STUFFBAK labels, stick one on your iPod and activate the label via the toll-free 800 number or fill-out the online form. Each label comes with a unique label ID number. If you lose your iPod, someone can easily return it by reporting it lost on STUFFBAK.com, or call for courier pick up or drop it off at a Mail Boxes Etc. STUFFBAK offers a standard reward of $20 of STUFFBAK ID labels in return. You also have the option of adding your own reward amount within your online STUFFBAK account. Returned items are shipped by STUFFBAK to you for $14.95 plus shipping. STUFFBAK offers individual labels starting at $1.95, specialty packs starting at $7.95 (2 labels) and all-purpose packs up to $69.95 (45 labels).
Apple has posted several iPod accessories on its “Special Deals” page in the Apple Store. Also listed is iPod 10GB for Windows for $199.
Incase Sleeve for iPod $19.95
XtremeMac Firewire Car Charger for iPod $19.95
Monster iSplitter for iPod $12.95
Belkin TuneCast FM Transmitter for iPod $29.95
Globe staff writer, Michael Prager doesn’t share Apple’s view that the new iPods are as ‘improved’ as they say they are.
I just found a way to energize the MP3s on an iPod. I copied all of my iPod songs onto my hard drive and re-encoded the files with the DFX Audio Enhancement plugin at 192kbps. Now I can hear every detail in the music on my iPod. It makes even my MX400 Sennheiser in-ear headphones sound amazing. Tracks without the DFX plugin sound dull and boring. I also tried the Slic Sound add-on earpieces and they make my MX400s have an almost audiophile quality.
Editor’s Note: The DFX plugin is not available for iTunes, but supports most popular music management software on Windows like Musicmatch, Media Jukebox, WinAmp and more. DFX 6 is a free download with limited features, and DFX Enhanced is on sale for $19.99.