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Washington Post: MP3 Players to Rival Pricier iPod

  • December 7, 2003
  • iPod

Washingtonpost.com’s Technews reviews four new iPod competitors.  Looks like iPod still gets the best marks, but the Dell product seems almost comparable.

“Apple’s iPod has stolen the hearts of many digital-music fans with its stylish, svelte contours and delightfully simple controls. But it’s an expensive date, from $299 for a 10-gigabyte model to $499 for a 40-gig unit, and the latest design’s arrangement of buttons lacks some of the first iPod’s intuitive clarity.

Meanwhile, competing manufacturers have shipped a series of MP3 players with iPod-esque capacities and sizes but lower prices: Creative’s Nomad Jukebox Zen Xtra, Dell’s Digital Jukebox, Rio’s Karma and Samsung’s YP-910GS Napster.”

Windows: iTunes SideKick v1.2.0 Released

The iTunes SideKick plug-in adds several enhancements to iTunes for Windows, including Always on Top, Minimize to System Tray, Opacity Adjustment of Mini Mode window and more.

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Lyric Sharing Community Launches

The Staylazy.net Community, a not-so-new idea to the internet is part of the Staylazy.net Network. The Community is a music based website where its members can submit song lyrics, and have them viewable by other visitors of the website. Members can comment on the lyrics, either negatively or positivley, basically like a recommendation for people.

Heres the cool part. For every song that a user submits, and is available on the iTunes Music Store, a link will be given to download its album, or just that song. Hopefully, this will be another way for the iTunes Music Store, and The Community to grow.

NY Times: Online Music Business, Neither Quick Nor Sure

“In the last decade a new record business has been forming online. It has been coalescing by trial and error, largely error. And its evolution is in no way complete as it moves toward a finish line at the rate of one step forward for every nine-tenths of a step back.

In the last month the music-downloading landscape online has shifted once more with these five major events, not all of them good:”

iSkin, Inc. Releases Statement on REVOClip Problem

“iSkin Inc. acknowledges that some of its iSkin eXo2 customers are experiencing a problem with their REVOClip disc pegs becoming dislodged. This problem has been reported to our product development team and is being addressed at the point of manufacturing.

iSkin Customers who have experienced this problem are asked to contact iSkin Inc., via email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to arrange for a replacement REVOClip disc. Please use the subject “REVOClip Disc Replacement” in your email so that your request may be routed correctly.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused and appreciate your understanding.”

Miami Herald: Apple Takes Big Bite Out of Portable Music Market

“Illegal file-sharing might be getting a smackdown from the recording industry, but downloading music from the Internet has never been more stylish.

Web sites like iTunes, BuyMusic, Musicmatch and the new Napster make it possible to download your favorite songs for $1 each. Some of them even have subscription services that charge a monthly fee for unlimited use, or you can download an album starting at $10.

Now it’s legal and cool.”

vunet.com: Police hit in iPod spam attack

  • December 5, 2003
  • iPod

“Cambridgeshire Police is investigating what it describes as “a deliberate attempt” to affect its services, after being inundated with phone calls when its number was listed in a hoax email.

The email claims to be an invoice for a 40GB iPod music player and tells the recipient that their credit card will be debited £399.95. It then directs customers with questions to call a ‘customer services’ number.

But the number is the general enquiries line for the main police headquarters in Cambridge.”

WebUser: iPod Almost Perfect

  • December 5, 2003

WebUser has posted a review of the iPod in which it got 5 of 5 stars in 3 categories, and 4 out of 5 stars in the last (Features):

We don’t quite understand why it only got a 4 in the “Features” category, as all the review said on the subject was:

“Besides playing MP3 files, the iPod has several other useful functions, like serving as a portable hard disk, storing data files and applications. Then there are extras such as a calendar, a clock and a contacts book with room for a thousand entries.”

Jobs on How To Succeed in 2004

Business 2.0 has created a list of executives and their advice for success in 2004. In the ‘How to Create Cool Technology’ category, Steve Jobs mentions video editing software and the iPod.

“A few years later, we didn’t know anything about MP3 players, but our people looked at what was out there with a critical eye and combined that with what we already knew about design, user interface, materials, and digital electronics. That gave us the iPod.”

Editor’s note: The very successful iPod should make 2004 an interesting year for our favorite audio device.

Forbes: The Coming Download Downturn

“How many online music download services can the market bear?

That’s going to be a key question as the music download market warms up to a white-hot temperature in 2004. The rush is underway among several companies to build music download services and replicate the success of others already leading the way.”

20GB 2nd Generation iPod: $279.99

Deals On The Web: MacResQ has the 20GB 2nd Generation (2002) iPod for $289.99, $10 off their regular price. Use coupon code “20POD” to get the discount. It’s the lowest price we’ve seen and expires on 12/10/03.

Refurbished 10GB iPod for $200 shipped

Dealmac: MacResQ renewed its stock of the reseller-refurbished 10GB iPod for $199.99. That’s $10 more than our last mention but still the best price we know to be available. Shipping is free via coupon code “CHEERS” and a 90-day MacResQ warranty applies.

XtremeMac Announces Xtremity iPod Accessory System

XtremeMac today released information about its new Xtremity iPod Accessory System for 3G iPods with dock connectors. The Xtremity system features the Xtremity iPod Case, Xtremity ClearShield - removable, optically- clear Lexan flex-cover, Xtremity Low-profile Dash-Mount, Xtremity Swivel Belt-clip, dock connector dust plug and adhesive adjustment pad - used with thinner iPods. The complete system sells for $29.99 and is available now for shipping by Christmas.

“The foundation of the Xtremity system is the Xtremity iPod Case, designed to be a natural extension of the iPod. It forms the basis for seamless integration with a number of add on accessories such as battery packs, FM transmitters, Bluetooth Wireless Transmitters, belt- clips, dash mounts and more. All of the add-ons simply slide in place on the back of the Xtremity case and “disappear” behind the iPod, maintaining its elegant design.”

Editor’s note: Notice that XtremeMac has mentioned ‘Bluetooth Wireless Transmitters’ in the above quote. Here is a recent news item about XtremeMac releasing a Bluetooth transmitter in early 2004. The Xtremity webpage states that the Bluetooth transmitter is coming soon.

Updated: iPod DB source code for Delphi

  • December 4, 2003

Update: Source Code for reading and writing is No longer for sale, because it was based on ephpod I’m not allowed to sell it but I did not know this. Tuneout application can be downloaded for free here.

The source code is for Borland Delphi programming language, it allows you to make an application that uploads your mp3 files to the Windows iPod and also read what the person has on their iPod. Email me when you have paid $5.00 Canadian using PayPal, and I will email you the source code.

Wired News: TunA Lets Users Fish for Music

“Media Lab Europe, research partner to MIT Media Lab, is testing tunA, a software application that employs Wi-Fi to locate nearby users, peek at their music playlist and wirelessly jack into their audio stream. Pronounced like the fish and signifying music “tunes” and “ad hoc” file sharing, tunA is being designed for wireless PDAs, cell phones and even its own hardware device.”

Free iPod Engraving from Apple Store UK

Apple’s iPod might be one of the most self-indulgent things you ever buy - especially because in the UK at least it’s so hard to find anyone selling the iPod cheaper than Apple. However, until the end of the year the UK Apple Store is offering their iPod Engraving service for free. This is great if you’re buying the iPod as a gift for someone else or to mark it against theft. Normally engraving costs about £30 so this is a bit like getting a discount, in a perverse “no not really” kind of way!

Editor’s note: The US Apple Store is also offering free iPod engraving. Offer expires December 27, 2003. The UK offer expires January 6, 2004.

DLO Announces TransPod FM for 3G iPods, Accepting Pre-Orders

picDigital Lifestyle Outfitters today announced they are introducing TransPod FM, the newest version of their patented wireless car solution for all 3rd generation iPods with dock connectors. TransPod FM broadcasts the iPod through a digital stereo FM Transmitter, comes equipped with an auxiliary output for a cassette adapter, and charges iPod via the car’s power receptacle. The TransPod FM mounts to the car by pushing its adjustable power stick into the car’s power receptacle. DLO is now accepting pre-orders for $99.99 with shipping expected to start on December 17.

Audible.com and J & R Electronics Offer $100 Rebate on iPods

When you purchase Audible’s AudibleListener flat-rate membership for 12-months you get a $100 rebate on an iPod at J & R Electronics. J & R has also extended this rebate to leading Pocket PC personal digital assistants, and Zire and Tungsten handhelds from palmOne. “AudibleListener’s Premium option gives the listener any two audiobooks from Audible.com’ collection of 6,000 titles for $19.95 per month. This represents savings of 60-85% compared to the cost of traditional audiobooks on cassette or CD. Alternately, for $14.95 per month Audible’s BasicListener plan offers one audiobook and one 1-month subscription to audio digests of The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Forbes magazine, Scientific American, This American Life, All Things Considered, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or any of the other subscriptions available at www.audible.com/subscriptions.”

Windows: Tuneout v0.1 Released

  • December 4, 2003

Version 0.1 allows you to do a few things Browse your iPod DB exactly like you would using your iPod. The Extras folder dosn’t work at the moment but the rest works exactly like iPod you can do different types of search’s, The application does support Unicode so you can have your mp3 tags in any language…when u open Tuneout you will see a DB file is loaded that is my Windows iPod DB if you want to load your own press Load DB and open your iTunesDB file on your iPod HD. We are looking for donations for the project so we can work on it more frequently your support would help.

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