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New 3G iPod accessories from Power Support

pic Power Support Japan has been busy developing new accessories for 3G iPods. Included in the new lineup is; the new Silicone Jacket (a.k.a Groove Jacket), Wheel Film for protecting the touch wheel, Crystal Film for protecting the LCD display, Simple Stand all aluminum stand, iPod Stand for use in your cars’ drink holder, the Fix Stand for use in the car or home with adjustable viewing angle and a Line Out extension cable. Though none of the items are yet available for shipping to U.S. residents, we suspect most items will start to appear at various online U.S. retailers in the coming months. We’ll keep you posted with the latest.

Windows: iPod_News 1.0 Released

iPod_News 1.0 was released for 3G ipods today. It reads RSS files (versions 0.91 0.92 and 2.0) from the internet and syncs them with your iPod. News appears in the notes folder of your iPod.

iPods missing from Dell’s website

A brief check of Dell’s website, www.dell.com, revealed a distinct lack of iPods.  Only 5 mp3 players are listed, and the iPod is not among them.  Whether or not the absence is temporary remains to be seen.

iSee 3G Case Coming Soon

Contour Design, makers of the popular iSee clear case will be releasing a new version of the iSee later this year.  Unfortunately no pictures have been posted but hopefully iLounge can squeeze a prototype of the case from Contour. Can’t wait to check this out!

“Contour Design’s new iSee 3G for Apple’s 3rd Generation iPods will begin shipping in Q3 of 2003. Building upon the success of the original iSee, the popular clear hard case for G1 and G2 iPods, Contour Design has created a revolutionary new design truly worthy of the newest generation iPods. The iSee 3G provides the ultimate in protection and ease of access to iPod controls, while creating a new standard for compact, sleek design.”

Apple 10GB iPod for $280

Dealmac: MegaMacs.com offers the second-generation Apple 10GB iPod for Windows for $279.99. We couldn’t find a better price for it elsewhere, although we’ve seen it for much less in the past. (The current 10GB model typically costs about $20 more.) Shipping starts around $5.

FutureShop Canada now selling iPods

Brick and mortar retailer FutureShop (similar to BestBuy) in Canada has added an Apple product section to its online store which includes iMacs, iBooks, eMacs and iPods as well as official Apple accessories.

BusinessWeek: How Apple Spells Future: i-P-O-D

Charles Haddad, correspondent for BusinessWeek writes:

“I don’t care how fast the new Power Mac G5 is—or isn’t (if you believe the critics). Apple’s future doesn’t ride on the speed of its Macs. In fact, Apple’s future doesn’t ride with Macs at all anymore. [...]

Apple is making this crossing on the slender back of its little iPod. This portable digital-music player is at the cusp of doing for music what the original Apple did for computing in the late 1970s: setting the standard as the mass market for these players starts taking off.”

Apple discontinues old iPod remote

I discovered today that Apple has discontinued the remote for previous model iPods. After my remote cable twisted I decided to call the Apple store today to order a new one. A very apologetic representative informed me that it had been discontinued and the new remote was incompatible with the old iPod. I was told that I could use any earphones with my iPod, but no longer use a remote.

MacMice Announces the GPerch for iPod

pic MacMice, the company behind the DVBase and PodPerch stand designs are at it again. This time they have announced an all aluminum stand for all iPod models, and the design pays homage to the recently released Apple Power Mac G5. The GPerch is priced at $39.99 and is now available for pre-order. Shipping is expected to start July 15th.

“The perforated aluminum cradle inside the GPerch is CNC pattern punched. The outer frame is CNC laser cut and then precisely formed to shape on a CNC press brake. The final fabrication process is the delicate spot welds used to attach the cradle to the frame.”

Vaja announces new Classic cases for dock iPods

pic Vaja has announced the new Classic 665 and 667 cases which have been redesigned to accomodate new dock iPods. Both cases feature flip-top leather design, snap closure, screen protector, padded lining, optional belt clip, headphone access, and FireWire access. The Classic 665 fits 10 and 15GB iPods, while the Classic 667 fits 30GB iPods. Both cases start at $34.90 (w/o belt clip) and are available for pre-order. Custom cases start at $54.90 with options for embossing, color combos, lining, etc.

Dell: $40 off $400 TODAY Only

Deals on the Web: Dell Home: Take $40 off an an order of $400 or more. Click the link and use coupon code “118627D45335” during checkout to get the discount. Expires 7/1/03 at 11 PM CT. Can be combined with Dell’s ongoing 10% off digital cameras, MP3 players (iPods), camcorders, LCD monitors, printers and more.

“iTunes and the Technology Beyond MP3”

Phillip D. Long, senior strategist for the Academic Computing Enterprise at MIT writes about the iTunes Music Store and gives a beginner’s lesson on audio formats titled “Audio File Formats 101.” Also included is a list of websites for further reading about AAC, MP3, MPEG-2 and MPEG-4.

“Overall it looks like AAC is simply a better approach to digital sound encoding. MPEG formal listening tests have demonstrated that for 2 channel sound, that is, typical stereophonic listening, MPEG-2 AAC is able to provide slightly better audio quality at 96Kbps than MP3 at 128Kbps.”

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