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Griffin to release iTalk - iPod voice recorder

Based on my conversations with a Griffin Technology representative at the Mac Expo London, I have discovered Griffin Technology is about to release a new product, called the iTalk. The iTalk is to be a device similar to Belkin’s Voice Recorder, but with more advanced functionality.

Using iTunes to obtain new songs on greatest hits collections

I’ve posted an article on my blog about using the iTunes Music Service as a means to obtain new tracks that are included in greatest hits collections without having to buy the entire album. I thought I’d pass it along in case the other readers of this site would be interested.

30GB 3rd Gen iPod + Griffin PowerPod: $389.99

  • November 24, 2003
  • Deals,

Deals On The Web: MacResQ has the 30GB 3rd Generation (2003) iPod for $389.99. Add the Griffin PowerPod iPod Auto Charger ($20 value) to your shopping cart along with the 30GB iPod, and then use coupon code “30POD” to get the charger for Free. The iPods are demo models and carry a 90-day reseller warranty. Coupon expires 11/26/03.

inMotion Speakers makes Best Product of the Year list

In an article about how companies are embracing modern design to drive sales, Fortune magazine has named the Altec Lansing inMotion speakers for iPod one of its 25 Best Products of the Year.

Why they’re so cool These battery-powered, paperback book-sized speakers are the iPod’s dream home. They look sharp, travel well, and perform like rock stars.”

iPod’s Dirty Secret Revealed

  • November 23, 2003
  • Humor,

The Neistat brothers have taken it upon themselves to ‘redecorate’ iPod posters with their public service announcement which reads; iPod’s Unreplaceable Battery Lasts Only 18 Months. A QuickTime video of their efforts has been posted at www.ipodsdirtysecret.com

Editor’s note: Contrary to their belief the iPod battery is replaceable

Send iTunes Gift Certificates via USPS Mail

MacMinute reports one of its readers has discovered that you can now send iTunes Gift Certificates purchased from the online Apple Store via United States Postal Service. Previously you could only send gift certificates to someone via email. Gift certificates are available from $10 to $200 to purchase and download music from the iTunes Music Store.

The Register: DVD Jon unlocks iTunes’ locked music

“Jon Lech Johansen, better known as DVD Jon for his authorship of the DeCSS decryption software, has turned his attention to Apple’s locked music format. [...]

Apple negotiated a loophole for its iTunes Music Store that allows a playlist to be burned to a CD ten times. When Johansen’s program completes, it displays the message “Success! Fair Use Enabled”.

When iTMS began selling locked music in April, Johansen described it as the least fair-use hostile. Johansen’s program defangs it one step further.”

AppleCare for the iPod at $55

  • November 21, 2003
  • iPod,

Dealmac: Small Dog Electronics has the lowest price we know to be available for the new AppleCare Protection Plan for iPods, which extends the warranty coverage and phone support to two years from the date of purchase. It charges $55, $4 less than Apple.

iRonic iPod T-shirts

  • November 21, 2003
  • iPod,

Kevin Muoio informs us of his line of iPod t-shirts which simply display a line of text which reads ‘ask me about my iPod.’ and another that reads ‘i own an iPod.’ Each design is available on several shirt styles/colors and start at $19.

Apple Launches AppleCare Protection Plan for iPod

  • November 21, 2003
  • iPod,
“Every iPod comes standard with 90 days of phone support and one year of hardware service coverage. The AppleCare Protection Plan ($59) extends your service and support coverage for your iPod, its included accessories, and iTunes software for up to two years from the original purchase date of your iPod. With this plan, you get direct access to Apple experts for answers by phone2 and anytime access to web-based resources.3 If your iPod or the included accessories should need service, Apple-certified technicians will repair it or provide a replacement using genuine Apple parts.”

Key Features:

  • Extends telephone support from 90 days to up to two years

  • Extends hardware coverage from one year to up to two years

  • Provides expert support for both Mac and Windows users

  • Wired News: Feel Free to Jack Into My iPod

    • November 21, 2003
    • iPod,

    Leander Kahney for Wired News writes about the ‘jack sharing’ phenomenon reported earlier on iLounge. In his story Kahney talks to Steve Crandall (known as ‘esc’ in the iLounge forums) about his recent experience with ‘jack sharing’ in his hometwon in New Jersey. The story goes on to expose other ‘jack sharing’ locales, including Cambridge, UK.

    “‘She walked right up to me and got within my comfort field,’ Crandall stammered. ‘I was taken aback. She pulled out the earbuds on her iPod and indicated the jack with her eyes.’

    Warily unplugging his own earbuds, Crandall gingerly plugged them into the woman’s iPod, and was greeted by a rush of techno.

    ‘We listened for about 30 seconds,’ Crandall said. “No words were exchanged. We nodded and walked off.’”

    iPod named ‘best of class’ at MacUser Awards 2003

    • November 20, 2003
    • iPod,

    “Apple again was the star at the UK’s most prestigious Mac awards, picking up six Maxines, one more than it garnered last year.

    The 20in Cinema Display, 40GB iPod, Final Cut Pro and Soundtrack all claimed the ‘best in their class’ gong while the Power Mac G5 was given the Readers’ Award for Hardware of the Year and the Special Award for Product of the Year.”

    Apple Stores: After-Thanksgiving Shopping Event

    • November 20, 2003
    • Apple,

    “Someone you know loves music You

    iSkin, Inc. Announces all-new iSkin eXo2

    piciSkin, Inc., formally ackNOWLEDGE, today announced the all-new iSkin eXo2 protective skins for 3G iPods. The new exo2 features a stainless steel belt clip, screen protector, beveled holes for button access, integrated FireWire/dock port cover, coated with an anti-static agent, rear heat holes for heat dissipation, anti-slip grip and comes in four colors;  Arctic (clear white frosted), Sonic (vibrant electric blue), Ebony (solid midnight black) and Carbon (dark grey). More colors and glow-in-the-dark series will be added later. The exo2 is available now for $29.99.

    McDonald’s 1 Billion Song Promotion Confirmed?

    MacRumors is reporting that during an Interim Results 2003 Conference, EMI Music Chairman and CEO, Martin Bandier, while discussing the growth of music download services said, “... but there is real potential for the future especially when PepsiCola makes a commitment to giveaway up to 100 million downloads and McDonald’s commits to 1 billion in download giveaways as part of a promotional campaign.” The New York Post had reported that McDonald’s was expected to announce a deal with Apple to offer a 1 billion iTunes song giveaway, but McDonald’s later said in a statement that the deal was ‘pure speculation.’

    Macworld UK: ‘iTunes will drive switching’ - Anderson

    “Apple’s chief financial officer Fred Anderson pressed home the innovation at the heart of Apple’s strategy during a speech at Lehman Brothers Semiconductor and Computer conference yesterday.

    With its market lead on competing music download services and its leading music product, the iPod, Anderson explained: ‘Many who experience buying songs from iTunes will go on and buy an iPod and maybe they will buy a Mac when they think about buying a second or third computer for the home.’”

    Macworld UK: SuperBowl kickoff for iTunes/Pepsi offer

    “In October, Apple and Pepsi-Cola North America announced they would give away 100 million free songs to Mac and Windows users from the iTunes Music Store.

    This promotion begins on February 1. Pepsi is randomly printing 100 million winning codes in 20-ounce and one-litre bottles of Pepsi, Diet Pepsi and Sierra Mist. The winning codes will be redeemable for a free song from the iTunes Music Store.”

    Windows: XPlay 1.1.4 Update Released

    Provides both read and write access to your iPod hard drive for documents and data files, plus the ability to organize your music either from the Explorer-based XPlay interface, or from Windows Media Player.

    Wired News: Record Label Sings New Tune

    “Record labels have long been accused of stealing musicians’ copyrights as soon as the ink is dry on the contract. Now, one small independent label in Great Britain is doing the opposite: It’s giving the rights to the artists—and anyone else who wants to use the music, too.

    Loca Records wants to foster experimentation and freedom in music by building a stable of free music which can be shared, remixed and manipulated by anyone. Songs are not locked by digital rights management technology.”

    The Daily Californian: Singing a Different Tune

    • November 20, 2003
    • Apple,

    “It’s a little known secret that Apple barely makes money off iTunes, despite the software’s popularity

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