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O’Reilly: Five things the next iPod software version needs to have

  • January 22, 2004
  • iPod,

“Here’s five things Apple could put in the next update to the iPod’s software that would make it a music power tool (in order of how much I want them):

1. Line-in recording
iPod hackers have shown that the iPod is capable of recording a few seconds of audio through it’s headphone port. Being able to record through this port as actual line in would enable you to record pure audio whenever you could get a line. No, the current voice recorder doesn’t count.”

DLO announces new Jam Jacket mini, Action Jacket mini and TransPod insert for iPod mini

picDigital Lifestyle Outfitters has developed two new cases for the iPod mini. The Jam Jacket mini case will feature a screen protector and will come in an array of colors. The Action Jacket mini will feature a new elastic armband and swivel belt clip. DLO also announced a new insert which allows the iPod mini to fit into existing TransPod FM transmitter/auto mount. DLO

Get your iPod mini (cutout)

pic Just can’t wait to get an iPod mini? Curb your desire by downloading CDW|Macwarehouse’s iPod mini cutout (PDF). “Become the envy of other Mac fanatics.”

Apple launches ‘iTunes Music Store RSS Feed Generator’

“Several MacMinute readers pointed out that the iTunes Music Store now has customizable RSS feeds that can be used with news aggregators such as Ranchero’s NetNewsWire. Apple’s “iTunes Music Store RSS Feed Generator” allows you to create feeds of New Releases, Just Added, Top Songs, Top Albums, or Featured Albums & Exclusives with custom genres and feed length.”

An Interview with Apple Director Chris Bell on iTunes

“Chris Bell, director of product marketing for iTunes, talked with the E-Commerce Times about how Apple has always paid attention to music—and why it always will.

How do you see iTunes in comparison to current competitors?

Bell: I think as other companies work on the first versions of their music stores, we’re already on to our second and third generation of innovation. We’ve passed the initial phase, and we’ve moved into finding new ways to collaborate with artists, forge deals with other companies and develop relationships with independent labels. Now that we’ve established the gold standard for ease of use, our goal is to grow the catalog and expose customers to even more music. We think there’s still a great opportunity for growth in this market.”

Mac: Mactracker for iPod Released

Mactracker provides detailed information on every Apple, Motorola, PowerComputing, and UMAX Mac OS computer ever made, including items such as processor speed, memory, optical drives, graphic cards, supported Mac OS versions, and expansion options. Also included is information on Apple mice, keyboards, displays, printers, scanners, digital cameras, iPod, AirPort Base Stations, Newtons, and Mac OS versions. Mactracker for iPod brings Mactracker’s database to Apple’s iPod through the Notes feature. Mactracker for iPod requires Mac OS X v10.1.5 or later and an iPod (Dock Connector) with iPod Software 2.0 or later or any iPod mini.

HP’s, Carly Fiorina talks iPod, music piracy and more

  • January 22, 2004
  • iPod,
“Music is going to be a huge part of the digital entertainment experience. No one has done it better than Apple. Our contribution is going to be to bring Apple to a wider market, a wider audience and also to make the digital music capability that Apple makes possible work within this broader system. You know the other thing that frustrates consumers? They get all these little gizmos and gadgets, but they don’t work together. The HP iPod and iTunes is not just going to be another great gizmo, it’s not going to be just another great music player—it’s going to fit into this digital entertainment experience for the consumer.”

NYTimes looks at the Griffin iTalk

“To make recordings, the iTalk relies largely on voice memo software that is supplied with the iPod. However, the unit contains its own system for automatically adjusting the microphone’s sensitivity. Andrew Green, the vice president for marketing and design at Griffin, said the automatic gain control feature enables the microphone to record voices up to 100 feet away.”

iPod mini icons released

Mike Matas, the talented iconographer behind the Omini Group has released a set of iPod mini icons (one of each color) for Mac OS X - free for download.

Shure E2 for $76 at MicrophoneSolutions.com

  • January 21, 2004
  • Deals,

MicrophoneSolutions.com is selling the Shure E2 for $76.00 You can use coupon code F156E3.

RIAA sues 532 music downloaders

“In its largest legal action to date, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) filed another 532 lawsuits Wednesday against alleged music pirates operating through peer-to-peer (P2P) networks.

The lawsuits use the “John Doe” process, which is used to sue defendants whose names aren’t known.

The lawsuits identify the defendants by their Internet protocol computer address. Once a John Doe suit has been filed and approved by a judge, the RIAA can subpoena the information needed to identify the defendant by name from an Internet service provider (ISP).”

Shakespeare’s Sonnets on your iPod

  • January 21, 2004
  • iPod,

Westering has released Shakespeare’s Sonnets as Notes as a free download. Instructions for downloading to iPod are available on the website.

Members of Parliamant in UK vote on iPod battery issue

  • January 21, 2004
  • iPod,

“Concern over the lifespan of the iPod’s rechargeable battery has reached the House of Commons, with 11 MPs [Members of Parliament] putting their names to a motion calling for Apple to ensure that replacement batteries are plentiful in supply and priced at a reasonable level.

Labour MP for Chorley, Lindsay Hoyle, tabled the motion, stating his concern regarding the “difficulty people are having in replacing batteries for iPods”.

He notes: “iPods were a favourite Christmas present, with a value of between

Updated: Audio Outfitters looking for beta testers for new iPod product

“Audio Outfitters - Audio Outfitters, LLC, a leading provider of audio products announced today that they are looking for current Apple iPod owners to participate in market research for a new iPod product.

“The iPod is the modern-day equivalent of the Samurai sword”

  • January 20, 2004
  • iPod,

“It is a bit emasculating to admit this, but portable electronics have replaced sidearms in our culture. I draw upon the Japanese katana for my analogy for several reasons. First, the katana was much more than a mere weapon or cutting tool. It was a portable symbol of status, power, and class. The warrior class, the Samurai, were actually quite numerous. At their height they were nearly 10% of the population of Japan. Before 1876, wearing the katana conveyed to the casual observer that the wearer of the long and short swords possessed a rank and status of an elite group.

The simple fact that people are willing to pay hundreds of dollars more for an iPod, when equal technology is available in a less impressive-looking package, points directly to this analogy. People will pay more for a status symbol, and in doing so, they have made the iPod one of the most important cultural icons today.”

Pacific Rim Technologies announces iShield II aluminum case

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“Pacific Rim Technologies, a global supplier of innovative products specializing in iPod, PDA, Pocket PC cases, today announced the introduction of the iPod ‘iShield II’ hard case made of aircraft aluminum, available in multi-colors and compatible with Apple iPod 10, 15, and 20GB. It will be shipping in quantity in late February.

Apple posts ‘coming soon’ Pepsi-iTunes giveaway

Apple has posted a ‘coming soon’ page for its Pepsi-iTunes 100 million song giveaway. You can sign up to be notified when the giveaway launches on February 1, 2004. “Watch for our ads during the Superbowl. 100 million songs. 1 in 3 wins.” It seems that you can either purchase Pepsi or Sierra Mist for a chance to win, as indicated by the icons in the lower left.

TEN Technology readies Bluetooth naviPlay remote

“Impulsesoft, the leading Bluetooth(R) Audio solution provider, today announced that TEN Technology has licensed its Bluetooth stereo technology. TEN Technology, the company that introduced the naviPod(TM) wireless remote control for Apple’s iPod, the leading digital music player in the world, demonstrated the TEN naviPlay(TM), the first Bluetooth stereo adapter and remote control designed specifically for the iPod, on January 6, 2004 at the MacWorld Expo in San Francisco, CA.

‘Superior audio quality and long battery life are critical for naviPlay to meet the high expectations of iPod owners. Impulsesoft’s iWISH and iWISA deliver 44.1KHz and 48KHz stereo audio with a long battery life,’ said John Lin, CEO of TEN Technology.”

Editor’s note: Here are photos of the naviPlay prototype as seen at Macworld SF.

European and American song downloads rising fast

“Europeans purchased over three million song downloads in 2003 from the continent’s primary online music store, OD2, raising faint hopes the lackluster music industry is on the road to recovery. [...]

Still, the volume of downloads is growing 25 percent month on month, Grimsdale said, which would mean download sales should grow more than three-fold in 2004. [...]

The more mature U.S. market is growing even faster. American music fans purchased 30 million download tracks in 2003 as online stores such as Apple Computer’s iTunes proved a big hit with consumers.”

Mac: Synch iPod-iTunes Data 1.0.1 Released

“Synch iPod-iTunes Data” synchronizes select data between your iPod and iTunes. The data that can be synchronized are “Date Last Played”, “Play Count”, “Rating” and “Comments”. The data can be transferred from iPod to iTunes or the reverse, or can be synchronized between the two. This application is designed for people who manually manage their iPod playlists.

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