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XtremeMac Premium iPod Car Charger for $8

  • September 25, 2003
  • Deals

Dealmac: MegaMacs.com has the XtremeMac Premium iPod Car Charger (for first- and second-generation iPods) for $7.99, the lowest price we know to be available by $4. Add around $5 for shipping.

Apple Store refurbished iPods available

  • September 25, 2003
  • Deals

The Apple Store has factory refurbished iPod 20GB for Mac at $269 and iPod 20GB for Windows at $269. These are prior versions w/touch pad, remote & carrying case and one-year warranty. There is also factory refurbished 3G docking iPod 30GB for $349.

New case from Contour Design?

iLounger Joe has sent us information and photos regarding a possible new case from Contour Design. “The new iPod case will be called the “Contour showcase for iPod” or “showcase”. It will feature a combination of hard, clear plastic and soft rubber edges, and billed as “the hard case with the soft touch.” It will cost about $40 and should be available by mid-October.”

Covertec releases iPod III case

picCovertec has launched a new iPod III leather case for 3G iPods. The iPod III case features flip-top design with magnetic closure, storage for credit cards, license, etc. and the Covertec belt clip ‘Wips System’. The ‘Wips System’ belt clip rotates 360° and when removed it leaves the back of the case flat without any protruding hardware. iPod III retails for $39.95 and is available in black, red, tan and black/orange. Covertec also sells a similar case for classic iPods for $39.95 in black, red, brown and black/orange. There is no indication which classic iPod model fits the case.

iPod Engraving Utility website re-launched

  • September 24, 2003
  • Humor

The iPod Anonymous website formerly known as the iPod Engraving Utility website has been re-launched after a two month hiatus. There is now a new time-wasting web application named iAshamed. Do you have a song on your iPod that you should have deleted a long time ago? Why not share that with all the iPoders by entering the artist and title of the song into the iAshamed web app. The iAshamed features ‘Hall of Shame’, ‘Top Ten Deletions’ and ‘Editor’s Pick’.

Mac: PodStat 1.0 Released

Makes it convenient to access the music on your iPod while it is connected to your computer.  PodStat resides in your menu bar, so you can access it from any application, at any time. If you’re working and want to listen to your favorite music, simply click the menu and choose a song. PodStat organizes your music by playlist, making it easy to find your songs. You can even use PodStat to download music off your iPod and onto your computer. It makes managing your iPod quick and easy. PodStat is one application every iPod owner should have.

iPod AV Concept

  • September 24, 2003
  • iPod

A member at dotmac.com has conceptualized an iPod AV device using 3D software. The iPod AV features a brilliant super resolution 4” LCD, up to 30 hours of MP4 video at 320x240, FireWire 800, 400, USB 2.0, S-Video and composite video.

Linux: GNUpod 0.91 Released

GNUpod is a collection of tools which allow you to use your iPod under Linux and other UNIX-like operating systems. Version 0.91 fixes some bugs and it’s now possible to adjust (boost) the volume, which is useful for EU-iPods

BusinessWeek: A Wireless iPod Can Torpedo the Pirates

  • September 24, 2003
  • iPod
“Riddle me this: What would you get if you crossed a BlackBerry with an iPod? The answer: The future of the music business. Let me explain. Imagine, if you will, an iPod as a wireless digital ladle. It would dip into a nearly bottomless stream of continual music, scooping up any song you wanted, when you wanted, where you wanted. There would be no need for CDs, hard drives, or any other storage device. And trying to capture such music would be about as easy as trapping mist in a jar. Every song would contain a digital expiration date, so, over time, they would evaporate.”

30GB iPod for $375

  • September 23, 2003
  • Deals

Dell Home is offering $30 off on purchases of $350 or more. Use coupon code 3A865DFB677B to save $30 off the purchase of an Apple iPod 30GB for $449. Your new price is $375 with free shipping. Search for item number A0114492. Expires 11pm CT 9/23.

Griffin iTrip iPod FM Transmitter for $30

  • September 23, 2003
  • Deals

Dealmac: MacResQ again offers the Griffin iTrip iPod FM Transmitter for $29.99. It’s the best price we know to be available by $3. Add around $4 for shipping.

DIY Infiniti G35 iPod Install

pic iLounger ‘kloh’ has skillfully installed an iPod dock into a center console compartment in his Infiniti G35 coupe. The dock has been permanently mounted within the compartment with a Belkin FM transmitter connected via the line out port. ‘Kloh’ notes that as soon as Blitzsafe completes the AUX kit for iPod, he’ll connect the dock directly to the car stereo’s input.

Washington Post: BMG Offers Legal Song Sharing

“BMG Entertainment plans to release a compact disc today that allows consumers to download and copy a limited number of songs, the music industry’s latest experiment to come up with a viable alternative to the free trading of music over the Internet. [...]

One option allows the consumer to copy all of Hamilton’s songs from the CD onto the computer and portable devices, such as MP3 players (but not yet Apple’s iPod). Once in the computer, the software lets the consumer copy the songs on up to three CDs. There is nothing to prevent those CDs from being recopied, though the next generation of the software will include such copy protection.”

Reuters: Net piracy has five more years of growth - study

“The report by Informa Media said global Internet music sales, which includes sales of CDs from retail Web sites such as Amazon.com (NasdaqNM:AMZN - News) and song downloads from services such as Apple Computer Inc.‘s (NasdaqNM:AAPL - News) iTunes, will reach $3.9 billion by 2008, up from $1.1 billion in 2002.

But the value of lost sales due to CD-burning and downloading free songs off so-called peer-to-peer networks such as Grokster and Kazaa will rise to $4.7 billion in the same period from $2.4 billion this year, the British research firm said.”

iPod Advertising Parodies

  • September 22, 2003
  • iPod

Apple recently launched a new iPod ad campaign featuring black silouhuetted figures holding an iPod on bright colored backgrounds. SomethingAwful.com has posted over 120 parodies of the ad depicting silouhuettes of Mr. T, Bob Marley, James Bond, Mr. Smith and many more. Warning: Some of the parody ads and content appearing on this website may be offensive. View at your own risk.

iPod 5GB for Mac or PC for $160

  • September 22, 2003
  • Deals

Dealmac: A reader notes that CompUSA.com offers the iPod 5GB for Mac [or PC] for $159.99. It’s the best price we’ve seen for a new, factory-sealed iPod, although The Apple Store has been offering factory-refurbished 10GB iPods for $169. Add $5 for shipping.

Terforma releases iSleeve for iPods

picTerforma has informed us that they have released a new type of case for iPod named iSleeve. Made of molded rubber, the iSleeve encases the iPod like an armored exoskeleton. The iSleeve features a retractable HipClip™ belt clip, StoBand™ for holding the case in your hand and StoPhone™ for storing earbuds. The iSleeve retails for $49.99, is available in black (nox) or white (mono) and comes in two models; G1 for older iPods and G2 for all new iPods. Terforma is currently taking pre-orders and a representative said, “We anticipate shipping by the end of this month if not sooner.”

RadTech debuts iPodsleevz

pic Christian Heber of i-Pod.de emailed information regarding a new case he discovered while attending Apple Expo Paris. RadTech debuted their new iPodsleevz for iPod. According to the photo, the cases seem to be made of a synthetic suede material and covers the face of the iPod. Christian reports that the touch wheel and buttons are functional while the iPod is in the case. iPodsleevz feature a clear screen protector, access to the top of iPod, and an access hole for the dock connector. iPodsleevz will be sold in a multitude of colors (see photo) for about $18 and are ready to ship. Note: The RadTech website has not yet been updated with iPodsleevz information.

iTrips in the UK

I’ve done some extensive searching and managed to find two UK retailers that stock iTrips. The first one is Alta Technology, and they have stock of iTrips for 1st and 2nd generation iPods. The iTrip for new 3rd generation iPods are not yet shipping. Join the email list to be notified. The second retailer is Everything iPod UK, and they have stock of iTrip for older iPods for £40. The new iTrip (albeit at £43) for new 3rd generation iPods are not yet shipping. Join the email list to be notified. Don’t forget the iTrip is illegal in the UK due to the UK Wireless Telegraphy Act of 1949. You can own one, but you can’t use it.

The Apple Store: $25 off $249

  • September 19, 2003
  • Deals

Dealmac: Got an MBNA credit card? Use it on a purchase at The Apple Store of $249 or more and get $25 off via coupon code “FACU7FMW3B”, as a reader found. Offer ends September 28.  A $50 off $499 coupon for MBNA cardholders is also available.

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