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PocketPC iPod emulator removed from website

  • March 15, 2004
  • iPod

Software developers, StartBrite Solutions after being pressured by Apple’s legal department have removed the pPod/pBop iPod emulator software for PocketPC PDAs from its website. “Due to legal pressure from Apple we are no longer able to distribute this application. Sorry for any inconvenience.”

iPod mini 10% off at Target

  • March 15, 2004

AbleShoppers: Target.com has the iPod Mini 4GB coming in soon at $249.99 - 10% off Code “TDAW2SAVETEN” (Expires 3/31) = $225 + $5 shipping. Search for “ipod mini” to find it. If you are in school, Apple Education Store has it for $229 for Students and Educators. Free engraving.

iPodResQ iPod Battery Replacement Kit for $38

Dealmac: MacResQ offers dealmac readers $7 off its $44.99 iPodResQ iPod Battery Replacement Kit ($37.99 after) via coupon code “DNREV12” for original models and code “DNREV3” for third-generation models. It’s the lowest we’ve seen. Tools to open the iPod and instructions are included. Offer ends March 19.

iTunes Music Store sells over 50 million songs

“Apple today announced that music fans have purchased and downloaded over 50 million songs from Apple’s iTunes Music Store, not including songs redeemed from the currently-running Pepsi iTunes promotion. The 50 millionth song, purchased last Thursday afternoon, was “The Path of Thorns” by Sarah McLachlan. iTunes users are now downloading 2.5 million songs per week, which is an annual run rate of 130 million songs per year.

‘Crossing 50 million songs is a major milestone for iTunes and the emerging digital music era,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “With over 50 million songs already downloaded and an additional 2.5 million songs being downloaded every week, it’s increasingly difficult to imagine others ever catching up with iTunes.’”

More on music disappearing on iPod mini

Last week we reported that a MacFixit reader reported that his music library was inaccessible on an iPod mini. Today, several readers report smiliar problems. “Last week we began covering a problem where the iPod mini loses access to all data stored on its internal hard drive - though the storage space still appears to be occupied.”

“Joe Paolino’s case is typical of the reports we’ve received so far “After charging my mini overnight, I found that the next morning all of my songs and playlists were missing.  I went to the About setting in my iPod and found that the available capacity was the same as it had been the previous day.  After connecting to iTunes, the capacity indicator at the bottom of the screen also showed that something was still on my iPod.  However, iTunes detected no music or playlists either.  Out of curiosity, I loaded one song on the iPod to see if it would show up in iTunes list.  The song loaded fine, but then did not appear in iTunes when I had the iPod selected or when I disconnected it and scrolled through the iPod directly.”

It seems that reseting your iPod mini is the best way to remedy the probelm.

The iPod mini: Visceral, Behavioral, Reflective

AppleMatters as written an editorial focusing on the iPod mini’s looks, feel, functionailty and what it says about the user “iPod mini: The physical clicking is back! It is a joy to feel button feedback. Color! Those anodized colors, which are agonizing to figure out which one you should have. Aluminum! The matte feel of aluminum is superior in every way to clammy, greasy chrome and gloss plastic.”

Comedy Central spoofs iPod ads

picA reader has informed us of a Comedy Central spoof on the iPod ads featuring a silhouetted redneck dancer for its “Redneck Weekend” movie promotion. The video shows the redneck dancing to a banjo soundtrack while holding a bottle of beer instead of an iPod and yelling yeeeehaaaaaaa.

Shure E3 earphones for $148

MicrophoneSolutions.com has just released its lowest price ever on the Shure E3 or E3c earphones. Use coupon code F148E3 and this will bring the price of the Shure E3 from $179 to $148 + shipping. Factory sealed units with a 2 Year Warranty and 30 DAY Money Back.

Music disappears on iPod mini

A reader at MacFixit.com reports a never before heard of problem with his iPod mini. “I turned on my iPod mini this morning and all of my music was missing. I did not check my contacts and appointments. The notes I stored on it were still there. My guess is that the root directory on the thing lost a reference to the music directory, but I really don’t know how things are stored. The memory used when I plugged it into iTunes showed that all of the memory was still used up. Then I copied a song onto the iPod and the memory used showed that all the memory was free.” He goes on to speculate that plugging in his iTrip FM transmitter before turning on the mini may have caused the problem. If you’ve had a similar problem with or without the iTrip, please let us know.

iPod mini to boost Apple profit

The iPod mini has “fueled a 22 percent increase in the company’s [Apple] stock in the past two weeks.” “Shares of Cupertino-based Apple have risen to their highest since September 2000 as investors bet the business card-sized iPod mini, released last month, will boost profit.”

How the iPod Selection playlist makes its choices

On www.macilife.com, Macworld columnist and iLife book author Jim Heid describes the five-step process used by the iPod Selection playlist. This playlist debuted in iTunes 4.2 and is designed to automate the process of copying music to an iPod that doesn’t have enough space to hold your music library. But what criteria does it use to choose music? Heid found out, and he describes his findings on his site.

HP launches iTunes website

HP has launched its own HP Music website to promote iTunes and the iTunes Music Store. “HP and Apple have partnered to bring the award-winning iTunes music jukebox software onto your PC and into your digital world,” reads a section of the new site. “Now you can enjoy the revolutionary digital music experience that’s changing the way the world listens, all in the comfort of a Windows-based environment.” Clicking the “Download iTunes” link takes you to a new Apple.com web page to downoad iTunes for HP and Compaq customers. “Available for Windows XP, and Windows 2000, iTunes 4.2 allows you to sign in and buy music from the iTunes Music Store with your AOL or Apple Account.”

Starbucks & HP to serve up music downloads

“Here’s a deal: Sip on a mocha latte while using headphones to listen to any of 250,000 songs you call up on a computer. Then order the ones you like—burned on your own CD—to go. Who’s the dealer? Starbucks (SBUX ).

BusinessWeek has learned that on Mar. 16, the Seattle coffee giant will unveil an in-store music service allowing customers to do just that, using Hewlett-Packard (HPQ ) tablet computers to make their choices. The first musical Starbucks opens in Santa Monica, Calif., and the service will expand into 2,500 stores over the next two years. “This is not a test,” says Starbucks Chairman Howard Schultz. ‘We’re going for it.’”

Editor’s note: We wonder if the service will be iPod compatible and use AAC instead of WMA. How does the HP branded iPod fit into this service?

iPod ads attack Toronto subway

  • March 11, 2004
  • iPod

picMacMinute.com reports that “Apple’s iPod marketing team has transformed the St. George subway station in downtown Toronto into an ‘Apple dreamland,’ local resident Jonathan Ta-Min told MacMinute. He noted that iPod ads adorn nearly every object of the station—posts, walls, stairs, and even newspaper recycle bins. Ta-Min has provided MacMinute with several photos of the scene. ‘It definitely brought a smile to my face,’ he said.”

iPodResQ iPod Battery Replacement Kit for $45

Dealmac: MacResQ offers its iPodResQ iPod Battery Replacement Kit (for both original and third-generation models) for $44.99 with free shipping via coupon code “POWERIT”. It’s the lowest total price we’ve seen for an iPod battery. Tools to open the iPod and instructions are included. Offer ends March 17.

HP to sell HP branded iPod in China

  • March 10, 2004
  • iPod
“‘China is the largest and fastest growing consumer market in the world today with more than 1.3 billion consumers,” said Fiorina [HP CEO]. “The use of computers is spreading more rapidly here than any other nation.’ Hewlett-Packard returned to China eight months ago after withdrawing in 2001. The company plans to introduce its full range of consumer products, Fiorina said. This includes the HP-branded iPod music player based on Apple’s best selling music player, as well as projectors, entertainment hubs and displays.”

15GB iPod $269.97, 20GB iPod $360 and 40GB iPod $450

Deals On The Web: CompUSA is offering 10% off all Electronics items when you sue coupon code “ELECTRONICS” during checkout. Use the code to drop the price of the 15GB iPod to $269.97, the 20GB iPod to $360 and the 40GB iPod $450. Ground shipping is a penny. Sale ends on 3/13/04 at midnight.

Mac: Toggle iPod Battery Status 1.0 released

This is a tool to switch between the two options (including one hidden option) for iPod Battery Status display. Your two options are the default “Icon” view, showing a picture of the battery with the dark part filled to indicate how much current you have left. The other view is a “Numeric” view. It shows a number between 0 and ~500 to indicate your voltage. This software automatically detects which setting you are currently using and switches to the alternate method.

Refurbished iPod 20GB for $299

Dealmac: A reader notes that The Apple Store offers its factory-refurbished iPod 20GB MP3 player, with dock and carrying case, for $299 in its Special Deals section. That’s the lowest price we’ve seen for a refurbished unit with a one-year Apple warranty. Shipping is free, although sales tax is added where applicable.

Shure E2 earphones for $75

Microphone Solutions has lowered the price of the Shure E2 or E2c earphones to $75.00 Use Coupon Code F75E2. All factory sealed with a 2 Year Warranty.

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