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Will the downloading generation ever pay for online music?

The music industry has prodded, begged, educated and sued. But its message that music isn’t free has had only a scant effect on many young music fans who came of age in the era of music downloading.

‘‘You can download 100 songs in a day and not even think about it. ... Everyone knows it’s illegal, but people don’t think (authorities are) going to come after them,’’ said Vanderbilt freshman Elizabeth Dearing.

Top ten signs you’re an iPod junkie

  • November 30, 2003
  • Humor

To paraphrase an old saying, it’s okay to love your iPod…just don’t love your iPod. So in the name of helping you determine whether you’re addicted to your iPod, here are the top ten signs that you’re an iPod junkie: (Click ‘Read more’)

NYTimes: The Guts of a New Machine

  • November 29, 2003
  • iPod

Rob Walker for the New York Times Magazine has written an extensive article (6 web pages) on all things iPod - past and present. The article touches on the cult of iPod, the design - inside and out with Apple’s Jonathan Ives, the system, the competition, comments from Steve Jobs and more.

“Two years ago this month, Apple Computer released a small, sleek-looking device it called the iPod. A digital music player, it weighed just 6.5 ounces and held about 1,000 songs. There were small MP3 players around at the time, and there were players that could hold a lot of music. But if the crucial equation is ‘‘largest number of songs’’ divided by ‘‘smallest physical space,’’ the iPod seemed untouchable.”

Interview with iPod’s Dirty Secret Video Producers

  • November 28, 2003

MacDirectory has posted an exclusive interview with the producers of the now infamous iPod’s Dirty Secret video.

“‘We placed three calls to the Apple customer service line,’ says Neistat. “Then we went into the Apple store in Manhattan for help, and then we contacted the Apple executive offices directly. They all confirmed that there was no iPod battery replacement program and they all recommended that we buy a new iPod.’ Regarding the Neistat’s claim regarding the iPod’s 18 month life, Neistat says, ‘They [Apple] didn’t specify 18 months, but they said that it was understandable.’

But, according to the Neistats, the story gets better. ‘We then purchased a third-party battery online. I’m very proficient with electronics, but it’s a very difficult thing to change the battery on the iPod, and that’s why I think Apple doesn’t offer the option… When I put in the new battery, I broke my iPod. So then I had to buy a brand new $400 iPod.’ According to Corey Neistat, it’s then that the fury that fueled the video truly kicked in.”

Update: iPod’s Dirty Secret Secret Revealed

  • November 28, 2003
  • iPod

Dave Shroeder has emailed us in his own words about the events that took place between the Neistat brothers and himself. Click ‘Read more’ to read the letter.

According to Dave Shroeder, the Neistat brothers (producers of the iPod’s Dirty Secret movie) had no intent on letting people know that there were solutions available for replacing the battery in iPods. Dave had provided the Neistat brothers with a mirror (server space) for their website, ipodsdirtysecret.com, to host their now infamous movie. Dave did this with one condition, that they place a link to Apple’s iPod Battery Service along with the movie. At first the Neistat brothers agreed, but then never posted a link to Apple’s website. Dave has since removed the mirror to the website and has posted a text file containing the email conversations that took place between Dave and Casey Neistat. Dave told us, “Please spread the word on these brothers who’d rather spread lies than the truth.”

Apple In-Store Event Offers 10% Off

  • November 28, 2003
  • Apple

At today’s all-day shopping event Apple Stores nationwide are offering 10% off music related products including the iPod.

Today Only: 10% off iPod and iPod Accessories

  • November 28, 2003
  • Deals

Recieve 10% off all iPods and iPod accessories ordered online at Apple.com - today only.

Macworld UK: UK Apple chief’s iPod retail push

  • November 27, 2003
  • iPod

Macworld UK talks with Apple’s UK general manager Mark Rogers on digital media’s future and the iPod’s push into several UK retail stores, including 165 Virgin music shops.

“‘Many interesting things are going to happen in the whole digital media area,’ Apple’s UK general manager, Mark Rogers, told Macworld at MacExpo 2003 last week.

Agreeing that the new industry – which has now almost become synonymous with the iTunes Music Store and iPod – is entering ‘interesting times’, Rogers said: ‘All this stuff will work itself out over the next 12-18 months, or whatever the time-frame will be, and our job is to work things out to ensure we are there at the end.’”

iPod named Stereophile’s Editor’s Choice and Budget Product of the Year

  • November 26, 2003
  • iPod

In its December 2003 issue, Stereophile magazine has named the iPod as the Editor’s Choice and Budget Product of the Year. Our informant, Bill S. notes that the Editor’s Choice ‘usually goes to $30K CD players and so forth.’ Click ‘Read more’ for an excerpt from Stereophile magazine.

10GB 2nd Gen iPod: $189.99 Shipped

  • November 26, 2003
  • Deals

Deals On the Web: MacResQ offers the 10GB 2nd Generation (2002) iPod for $189.99. Use coupon code “GOBBLE” to get Free ground shipping. The iPods are demo models and carry a 90-day reseller warranty. Coupon expires 11/30/03.

Griffin iTrip 2 FM Transmitter for iPods w/Dock: $34.99 Shipped

  • November 26, 2003
  • Deals

Deals On The Web: MacResQ has the Griffin iTrip 2 FM Transmitter for iPods with a dock interface for $34.99. MacResQ also has the original Griffin iTrip for iPods with a FireWire port for $29.99. Use coupon code “GOBBLE” to get Free ground shipping through 11/30/03.

Why you can’t hear Jet on an iPod

  • November 25, 2003
  • iPod

Unfortunately, iPod’s in Australia are etchnically in breach of copyright if you copy CD’s to them! Plus, iTunes music service is not available in Australia anytime soon.

“It’s a pity Australians cannot legally listen to a Jet song on an iPod, however. Jet’s songs are not sold in digital format in Australia, according to the band’s record label, EMI. In Australia, it is illegal to transfer copyrighted music from a CD to an iPod – and anyway, Jet’s CD, Get Born, is copy-protected. In the US, fans can buy Jet songs – along with thousands of other digital tracks – for US99c ($1.37) each from Apple’s internet music service. But the service is not available in Australia. So what exactly do Aussie iPod owners use their recorders for? Dictation?”

Refurbished 30GB iPod w/Sennheiser headphones for $390

  • November 25, 2003
  • Deals

Dealmac: MacResQ offers the reseller-refurbished Apple 30GB iPod with the Sennheiser MX500 portable headphones for $389.99. (Add both to your shopping cart and apply coupon code “IPODHP” to drop the headphones to $0.) We couldn’t price the pair separately for less elsewhere. The iPod is covered by a 90-day MacResQ warranty.

How the iTunes DRM hack works

CNET News has posted information on how the recent iTunes DRM hack works.

“Johansen’s program works by patching Apple’s QuickTime software with a new software component of his own. Because he called the program a “memory dumper,” programmers on message boards around the Web speculated that QTFairUse made a copy of the raw, unprotected song data from the computer’s temporary memory after it was unprotected for playback, rather than simply recording the audio stream as it played. But this was not independently verified by Apple or Johansen.”

A Healthy Way to Win an iPod (and More!)

  • November 25, 2003
  • iPod

For all those Aussies and Kiwis that seem to be excluded from any competitions to win an iPod (as they are based in US), we now get a healthy option! Blackmores is offering one of 3 Canon Digital Video Cameras, 5 10GB iPods, and 10 World Music Chill Out CD Packs to winners of a simple and fun quiz. Competition closes 12th Dec 2003. Good Luck!

Macworld UK: US legal music downloads double

“Digital music download services are exploding, with the number of US consumers downloading tracks doubling in the first half of 2003.

Ownership of MP3 players such as Apple’s market leading iPod is also climbing: 19 per cent of US music downloaders own such devices - up from 12 per cent in December 2002.

A quarterly digital music behaviour report from research firmIpsos-Insight shows that in late June 2003, “roughly” one out of six (16 per cent) of US music downloaders aged 12 and older had paid to download music online. The company says this is the equivalent of 10 million people.”

Refurbished 5GB iPod for $149

  • November 25, 2003
  • Deals

Dealmac: ExperCom has stock of the factory-refurbished Apple 5GB iPod for $149 plus $10.50 shipping. It’s the cheapest iPod we’ve seen. A one-year Apple warranty applies.

Mac: iLinkPod 0.4 pr1 Released

Execute once and get open and permament access to hidden iPod audio files, directly from the Finder and from the iPod itself, without third party utilities. Volume limit removal for European iPods, complete filesystem dump and indepth device system info. Easy drag and drop installation, native OS X brushed metal interface.

New AppleCare Battery Document

  • November 24, 2003

AppleCare has a new article on 3G iPod batteries:

“The iPod battery indicator shows, approximately, how much charge is left in the battery. You may find that the battery indicator shows a charge left, but iPod stops playing because the battery is, in fact, depleted. In some cases, the iPod battery indicator may show less than a full charge after fully charging the iPod for four hours. This does not necessarily mean anything is wrong with your iPod’s battery. Follow the steps in this document to determine if your iPod’s battery is working correctly.”

iTrip Station Locator Launched

I daveloped an iTrip station locator together to help the iPod & iTrip users out there.  It was a pain to go through the MANY stations to find the best one to use with my iPod. Now you can add your favortie iTrip station to the list so others may easily find the best station in their city!

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