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CNET: Low-tech tools rule in unplugged city

  • August 15, 2003
  • iPod
“Others walked into dark buildings near Grand Central, blindly, looking for pay phones rather than stand in lines out on the street. People stumbled through darkened hallways using the screens of their iPod digital music players and Treo computer phones as flashlights.”

Marware CEO Classic 3G Now Shipping

Marware has finally found a leather manufacturer to produce their CEO Classic 3G design. Their website states that the case is now shipping for $34.95.

“The CEO Classic case offers elegant protection for the iPod on the go. A patented belt clip system offers interchangeable clip options including belt clips, bike and car holders.”

Reuters: Microsoft, OD2 Launch Europe Online Music Service

“Beginning today, music fans with Microsoft’s Windows Media Player version 9 can purchase individual music tracks for 0.99 euros or 75 pence from OD2’s library of over 200,000 songs,  representing a 25 percent discount from most other European subscription services, the companies said.

The move marks the first time European consumers can purchase song downloads off the Internet for under one euro ($1.13), and without requiring a monthly subscription, bringing the fee in line with the popular Apple Computer iTunes service,  which is not yet available in Europe.”

Also note, Australia’s National News reports songs downloaded from the new service will “allow consumers to burn CDs or copy tracks to portable players like Apple’s iPod.”

Macworld UK: ‘Two-month wait’ for UK iPods

  • August 14, 2003
  • iPod

“All iPod configurations remain available on the UK Apple Store, although there is a two to three week waiting time.

An Apple spokesman said: “There is heavy demand for iPods, and the company is doing everything it can to keep up with this”.”

Incase offers 50% off products

Update: Offer has expired.

Incase is offering a 50% discount on its cases and bags (except the Incase Tour Bag). Enter coupon code apple50 on the checkout form, and the discount will be subtracted from your total (before taxes and shipping).

Windows: vPod Beta 0.50 Released

vPod is a free, easy to use Windows program for transferring music and playlists to your iPod. It presents a combined view of all the music you have, and what is and isn’t on your iPod. The interface is very intuitive and easy to use.

Screen protectors for eXo released

#### the designer and manufacturer of eXo announces Shades, a 1.5mm soft, scratch resistant molded TPU screen protector for the 3rd gen iPod is now available and will be shipped to all distributors and resellers this week from his factory in China. Shades totally covers the screen area and a 1.0mm wide rim fits nicely under the eXo skin. The combination of Shade’s smooth surface contacting the screen and the rim hold it in place, there is no adhesive to mark your screen. The surface between shades and the iPod screen has a 0.5mm space that gently tapers from the center of Shades to the rim. When placed properly you should get little to no ‘wet’ look between Shades and your display.

Belkin Battery Pack “Can” Charge iPod

The Belkin Battery Pack states that it will not charge the iPod, rather it will just provide power to the iPod when you plug it in directly.  I’ve discovered that when you plug the battery pack into the dock, place the iPod on the dock, it will charge your iPod and allow it to function normally as if plugged into the adapter.

Editor’s note: Please click ‘Read more’ for an official comment from Belkin on the above discovery.

Refurbished 3G iPods for sale at Apple Store

Deals on the Web: A reader points us to the Apple Store online for factory refurbished 3rd generation iPods in three sizes. The 10GB iPod is $249, the 15GB iPod is $329 and the 30GB iPod is $429. With Free ground shipping, these are among the lowest prices we’ve seen. Click the “Specials Deals” link at the bottom of the page to find the deal.

BusinessWeek: Steve Jobs: “I’m an Optimist”

BusinessWeek online has posted an interview with Apple CEO Steve Jobs. “Apple’s visionary-in-chief looks at tech’s condition today and says:  “I see a recovery in innovation coming out of this downturn”

Q: Will we see more groundbreakers like the iPod from Apple?

A: The iPod is not a new category. Music is not new. It’s not a speculative market. It’s a very, very large market. It’s been around for thousands of years and will be around as long as humans exist. So it’s not like saying we’re going to go build an information appliance or some technical curio and hope the market exists. We’re taking a giant market and bringing it into the Digital Age. That requires hardware, software, and the ease-of-use talent that Apple has.

Best Price on 15GB iPod at CompUSA

I just purchased a 15GB iPod from CompUSA yesterday for $350 in Pittsburgh, PA. It is a non-advertised promotion for this week - just ask the Customer Service Assistant.

Pre-Order XtremeMac Deluxe for 3G iPods

pic XtremeMac has updated their website with information and photos about its new Deluxe iPod case for 3G iPods. The case has a patent pending design feature where the iPod is held in place without anything in the front covering the face of iPod. It also features a large access hole for the headphone/remote ports, and the front flap with Velcro closure can be opened without having to unplug the cable. The Deluxe case comes in Black Leather or Camel Tweed and is available for pre-order at $29.95 (includes belt clip). We asked XtremeMac when the case would ship and the reply was, “Most likely in 2 weeks, but I should know an exact date by tomorrow.” We’ll post an update if and when the ship date is confirmed.

10% off iPods at Target.com

Dealmac: Target.com sells Apple’s iPod MP3 players, as a reader found. Several 10% off coupons are available at Target.com, resulting in the lowest available prices on current-generation iPods. The iPod 15GB costs $359.99 after discount, while the iPod 30GB costs $449.99 after discount.
Shipping adds about $7, and sales tax may reduces most of the savings from the coupon.

Amazon: 15 and 30GB iPods at reduced prices

Amazon.com has reduced prices on iPods; 30GB iPod for $474.05 and the 15GB iPod for $379.05. Just add to cart and the reduced price shows up. Not the cheapest price seen but better than the usual $499/$399.

iPod 15GB for $370 and $380

Dealmac: Although we’ve seen much lower prices, readers recommend two ways to get the Apple iPod 15GB MP3 player for less than its $400 list price. Dell Home sells the iPod 15GB for $399.99. Add anything at all to your cart and apply coupon code “32F3C9A87986” for a $369.99 price (not including the additional item). Or, BestBuy.com sells the iPod 15GB for $379.99. Either way, shipping is free. Dell’s coupon ends today.

Philadelphia Inquirer: Industry could embrace, not fight, technology

  • August 10, 2003
  • iPod

“That’s only a beginning. Below are a few ideas that move in the same direction. Born in a rash moment of gadget dreaming, some are wildly impractical, and others might be reality already.[...]

iPod groovebox. Your basic drum machine is a box with pads on it that trigger different sounds: You push pad A and get a booming kick drum, pad B gives you a cymbal, and so on. The iPod MP3 player comes with a rabbit’s-foot-size remote control device that has four buttons on it, controlling Play, Stop, Fast Forward and Rewind. What would happen if those four buttons triggered sounds instead of transport controls?”

iCreate magazine issues a complete guide to iPod

  • August 10, 2003
  • iPod

In Issue 2 of iCreate Magazine, Paul Newman investigates how Apple’s iPod has turned the heads of music fans across the globe, but there’s far more to this digital music player than meets the eye.

iLounge also gets picked as the number 2 web resource after Apple iPod Support - “Without doubt the most stylish iPod site on the Net, iLounge is brimming over with news, views, information on outrageous accessories and tips for better iPod usage. Make sure you register with the site and log on to the forums for the full experience.”

iCreate included a mock photo of an iPodDV device. Imagine a 3G iPod on its side, touch wheel on the right, buttons across the top of touchwheel and a large LCD display on the left, and an iSight camera attached to the left. “Record video, photographs music - 120 gb of your life, in your pocket. Say cheese” The magazine also includes a CD with an iPod Toolkit with such utilities as iPod Access 1.3, iPodViewer 2.0.1 and RIP2POD 1.0.

iPod Software 2.0.2 installed on some iPods

  • August 9, 2003
  • iPod

Apple has posted a KnowledgeBase Document with information about iPod Software 2.0.2 installed on some iPods:

“Some iPod (with Dock Connector) models include iPod software 2.0.2, which is an update used in manufacturing and has no functional changes.

Certain iPod (with Dock Connector) models include iPod software 2.0.2. The 2.0.2 version of the iPod software is an update used in manufacturing and contains no functional changes.

It is not required, and is not available as a download.”

MacMice updates GPerch iPod stand

MacMice has released an updated version to its GPerch all aluminum iPod stand. The GPerch stand mimics the design of the yet-to-be-released Apple G5 Mac and now sells for $29.99 (originally $39.99)

All clear FlipStand now shipping

Speck Products has announced that their new, all clear FlipStand is now shipping. The new 3G iPod case features a custom dock (works with existing iPod cable that comes with all iPods), doubles as a stand, access to scroll wheel, clear window LCD protection, detachable belt clip, and custom inserts for 10, 15, & 30GB models. The new FlipStand sells for $29.95.

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