Below is a copy of my letter printed in MacUser Magazine (UK) dated 11 July 2003:
Last week a friend was having his 40th birthday party. As he was born in 1963, a Sixties theme was decided. You know: Sixties dress, music, food, psychedelic drugs and so on (well maybe not the drugs).
Deals on the Web: Target is once again carrying iPods. You can save 10% on any iPod if you click the link in this deal post and use coupon code “TCAF2SAVETEN ” during checkout. With the coupon, the 10GB iPod is $269.99, the 15GB is $359.99 and the 30GB iPod is $449.99. Search for “iPod” to find the deal. Expires 8/31/03.
Dealmac: ClubMac knocks $25 off the 10GB iPod for Mac for dealmac readers. It costs $269 after the discount, the lowest price we know to be available, and shipping is free. Offer ends tomorrow.
Dominic Mohan has written a general article about iPod culture.
“Market research company Music Programming Ltd (MPL) said 87% of its respondents who downloaded music admitted they bought albums after hearing tracks through the internet.
An MPL spokesperson said: ‘Downloading is actually a ‘try before you buy’ tool for a significant amount of people.’”
VoodooPad is a new kind of notepad. It’s like having your own personal hypertext library, where you can jot down notes, web addresses, to-do lists… Anything on your mind. VoodooPad automatically links each page together, to form a miniature world wide web, on your desktop! Anybody familiar with the WikiWikiWeb will feel right at home with VoodooPad.
German based SendStation has developed the PocketDock, a standard 6-pin FireWire cable to docking iPod adapter. The tiny device allows you to utilize exisiting accessories such as car chargers for old iPods. PocketDock is available for pre-order at $16.95 and is expected to ship at the end of July.
DealMac: Today only, ClubMac offers dealmac readers the Apple 30GB iPod with free Altec Lansing speakers for $469. That’s $30 off and the lowest price we know to be available for the pair. Add around $10 for shipping.
Deals on the Web: Amazon.com is offering a $50 Amazon Gift Card with purchase of any Apple iPod. They have the 10GB for $299, the 15GB for $399, and the 30GB for $494. Ground shipping is Free. Expires 7/27/03.
MusicPublisher is a utility to share your iPod, or any music container, and make them directly available into iTunes. Very easy to use, just drop your iPod or a folder from the finder to the preferences window, and start sharing! MusicPublisher uses a free implmentation of DAAP protocol, used by iTunes.
Speck Products had recently announced new iPod Skins, iSport and Flip-Stand cases for new iPods. Today the new iPod Skins and iSport cases are now shipping. The iPod Skin ($18.95) is a case similar to popular Silicone cases, but the iPod Skin is made from DynaFlex elastomer plastic and one size fits all new iPod models (10, 15 and 30GB). A flip-lid on the bottom of the case allows access to the FireWire port for syncing or charging. The iSport ($44.95) is a belt case made for active users, provides extra pouches for storage of small items and also features a safety light for increased visibitly day or night. Also note that Speck Products’ new, all-clear, Flip-Stand hardcase/stand ships July 22nd and costs $29.95.
Matthew Daneman of the Democrat and Chronicle writes about Mitsunori Ogihara’s software that will “‘listen’ to songs and categorize them into specific genres and by emotional content.”
“The software categorizes musical genres and emotional content by analyzing signals and patterns in songs. The ultimate goal, Ogihara said, is to create personalized software that recognizes signals and learns its owner
Gregory Ng of AppleMatters takes a look at the best of the web for iPod users.
“Have an iPod? Check. Have a Mac with iTunes? Check. Use the iTunes Music Store? Check. Now what do you do? The following is a list of websites that are a must-see and a must-use for every iPod wielding, Apple loving, music fan…”
Editor’s Note: Thanks for mentioning iLounge at the top of your list!
About two weeks ago, I posted an article on Sparkshop comparing the new and old iPods. After two more weeks of practical experience with the new 15GB model, I just posted a follow-up article. I cover some details that my original post left out, and even revised some of my initial opinions.
Last sunday I found myself on the wrong side of one of those anecdotes that keep CSR’s sane; I did something please-hold-mute-
After getting a major project into production on Friday, I swore to myself that I would do absolutely nothing productive for the entire weekend, and until Sunday afternoon I kept that vow. At this point I discovered that I only had two clean pairs of underpants left, and one of those was a rather uncomfortable g-string. I had no choice - I had to do some laundry…
This week on The Screen Savers you can learn how to share the music on your iPod across a network. Show times are Tuesday 7/8 at 7 p.m. and Wednesday 7/9 at 8 a.m., 12 p.m. Eastern.
iPodEject will put an iPod icon in the Mac OS X menu bar. By Clicking it you eject your iPod volume and you can safely disconnect it from the Mac.
Live onstage in front of 500,000 people, Peter Frampton promoted iTunes. While performing outside the Philadelphia Art Museum before the big 4th of July fireworks display, Frampton gave a plug for his new album which is being released in late August. He then encouraged the crowd to buy it on the iTunes Music Store. He even said something to the effect that it’s only 99 cents a track.
There is considerable discussion on Apple’s iPods discussion boards from European owners of new iPods regarding volume limitors that are present in the European models—but not in US models.
Because of EU health regulations, European models are not capable of producing the same volume levels as their US brethern, causing considerable indignation from buyers who were not made aware of these limits.
Apple has not responded to any user feedback or comment on the subject, nor have any fixes been offered by the company or users.
iPod advertising, packaging and user information makes no note of these limits.
Engineered Audio has announced a wireless remote for use with 3G iPods. The RemoteRemote uses RF technology to remotely send commands to iPod via its 5 button transmitter. Each button controls either Play/Pause, Next Track, Previous Track, Volume Up, or Volume Down. The RemoteRemote can transmit up to 100ft radius. The reciever unit plugs into the iPod earphone port, requires no batteries and draws power from the iPod. RemoteRemote costs $34.99 and is expected to ship in late summer. Support for older iPod models is coming soon.