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New iPod accessory maker needs your input

Lucid Audio Video, Inc. is the newest player in the exciting iPod accessories market. Lucid AV has just released its website and is asking for all iPod users to take part in its brief product survey. The survey focuses on the preferences of the iPod user when purchasing accessories. Lucid AV will use the survey results to create products tailored to the needs of iPod users. In return for completing the survey, participants will receive a 25% off coupon for future Lucid AV products.

Handmade iPod Cozies

pic The iPod has more cases designed for it than any other handheld device, but the iPod Cozy is a whimsical case for those looking for something different. Chuckles Central is offering made to order, hand knit Cozies in several animal motifs including a dog, bear, mouse, rabbit, fox and bunny.  The Cozies come in two sizes to fit iPods (large) and iPod minis (small) at $18 each.

Apple offers upgrade to 15GB iPod due to iPod mini delay

A MacSlash reader is reporting that Apple has notified him that his iPod mini is delayed and will not ship on the estimated date, and is offering an upgrade to a 15GB iPod at no additional charge.

“The demand for the iPod mini has been incredible. We are shipping them as quickly as possible, but we cannot meet the ship date we previously estimated for you. We now expect to ship your iPod mini in three weeks. If we do not hear from you prior to shipment, we will assume the revised date is acceptable, and will ship your order. We apologize for any inconvenience.  Your business is very important. If you would like an iPod sooner, we are offering to replace your iPod mini with a 15GB iPod at no additional charge.  This model usually ships within 24 hours.”

Apple looking into iPod mini audio problem

“Apple Computer said late Monday that it is looking into some users’ complaints of sound problems with the iPod Mini.

Complaints ranging from crackling sound to interrupted play have been making the rounds on Apple enthusiast sites, including iLounge.

“Apple is aware of a few isolated reports online of iPod Mini audio static,” the company said in a statement, adding that the device is covered by the company’s standard one year warranty.”

Dension USA announces new ICE-Link v1.1 auto interconnect kit

picDension USA today announced the release of their new ICE-Link v1.1 auto interconnect kit for iPods. The new version features the 3G cradle, a docking station which supports the 30/40GB iPod and the 10/15/20GB models with the help of a user installable spacer. Charging the iPod while in the car is effortless - just place the iPod into the cradle. For classic iPods the connection option includes a FireWire plug that connects directly into the iPod and supplies 12V DC at all times. The dock connector models now feature a variable output line voltage to match the specifications of the OEM or aftermarket amplifier system - 0.8V-1V-2V-4V. For classic iPods, output is derived from the top connector and power-on volume level may be pre-set by the end user. Mini dock cradle, dock cable, and classic iPod connection options are scheduled to be available in May, 2004, and will connect to the existing ICE-Link v1.1 module. The ICE-Link v1.1 module should be available the week of April 19.

Windows: XPlay 2 released

XPlay 2 provides a variety of new features, including compatibility with Audible files, AAC files, and even automatic WMA-to-MP3 conversion. XPlay 2 is also much faster than the original XPlay, has improved support for international characters, displays album art, supports play counts, and has a greatly-enhanced interface under Windows XP.

Mac/Windows: BiblePod 1.0 released

  • April 12, 2004

BiblePod is a new program that allows you to transfer books and chapters from the Bible to your iPod. BiblePod is free and available for Mac and Windows.

Vaja to release iPod mini Classic case

piciLounge has received the first Vaja Classic case for the iPod mini. Constructed from genuine Argentine leather, the flip-lid case features snap closure, access to all functions and the Ultra-clip swivel belt clip (optional). The mini Classic case will cost about $34.90 and be available in approximately 10 days. The i-Volution case for iPod mini is also coming soon.

New 10GB iPod $249, 30GB iPod $399

Apple has listed new 10GB and 30GB iPods for $249 and $399 respectively in its Special Deals section. The 10GB does not include the dock. Units are covered by Apple’s One-Year Limited Warranty. Supplies are limited, and these products are offered “While Supplies Last”.

Mac: ListSaver 2.0 released – now supports iPod

DeadEnd Software is pleased to announce the update of ListSaver to version 2.0. Version 2.0 adds many new features, including the ability to rebuild manually updated iPods from scratch, including automatically copying the music files from the local library to the iPod. This allows a user to perform a software restore on a manual iPod, and then return it to its previous state, as well as creating multiple iPods with the same set of music.

Apple stops PlayFair, but not for long

The PlayFair project, which removes fair-use restrictions from music purchased through Apple’s [iTunes] online store, has become the latest victim of offshoring. Actually, that’s not quite true: only the hosting provider has moved to India. Not surprisingly, Apple has used the Digital Millenium Copyright Act to ask SourceForge to remove the project. SourceForge declined to use the Safe Harbor provisions of the Act. [...] The new location for PlayFair is at Sarovar, a hosting company for software libre projects based in Trivandrum, India.

Smart car integrates iPod

  • April 12, 2004
  • iPod

“Smart, the iconic automotive brand, is the first car manufacturer worldwide to offer an integrated iPod play-back and charging station into its limited edition smart fortwo i–move.

The white smart fortwo cabrio with a silver tridion safety cell has a matching 20 Gb iPod engraved with the smart logo, as standard, and smart “iPod Car Kit” consisting of a mount with an iPod connection.”

iSkin exo2 for £17.50

The new online retailer of iPod accessories, i-magine, has launched an Easter Special. You can now buy any iSkin eXo2 from www.iskins.co.uk for just £17.50 (including VAT).

Sony EX71SL earphones for $30

Amazon.com has the Sony MDREX71SL earphones (black only) on sale for $29.94 including free shipping.

iSkin.com posts iSkin mini photos

picA reader notes that iSkin.com has posted a gallery of photos of its ‘coming soon’ iSkin mini case. Also note that iSkin.com is reporting a delay in shipping the new case as of March 30. “The release of iSkin ‘mini’ has been faced with a slight delay due to manufacturing. We now expect to begin shipping within the next 7 to 10 days. We apologize for the inconvenience. An announcement will be made once the product is available for order.”

iPod mini sound distortion issue

Many forum members have been reporting that their iPod mini is creating audio distortion when used. One such member claims to have discovered a major ‘design flaw’ in the iPod mini, which results in sound distortion when placing pressure anywhere on its surface or headphone port. The source of the noise may be a weak connection between the headphone port and the main circuit board.

“My iPod mini after two weeks of gentle use started to make horrible static noises; sometimes sound will disappear completely. Then the sound will return to normal, but any pressure as small as thumb pressure anywhere on iPod mini will make sounds to come back. Resetting iPod did not help. Guided by the detailed ‘iPod mini Autopsy’ posted here on iPodLounge, I disassembled by iPod rather easily. To check the reason of these noises, I started to play the iPod and disconnected the wheel, then the hard drive, but iPod was still playing (out of 25 min flash memory) and still making noises. Eventually, I narrowed the problem to a small little part that contains headphone and remote jack and metallic part in the shape of the white plastic top.”

PowerDesign releases new iPod mini BodyMask stickers

picPowerDesign USA has recently released several new iPod mini BodyMasks including; BodyMask Clear ($5.50), BodyMask Color ($7), Self-Design BodyMask ($9.50), and Carbon-Fiber BodyMask ($12). Each BodyMask comes with stickers for all sides (top, bottom, front, back) plus the click wheel. BodyMask for the iPod mini dock is optional. BodyMask Clear comes with an LCD protector.

Lajo releases exoflpmini case

pic#### has released yet another case for the iPod mini. The exoflpmini features a dock friendly design, access to all functions, includes protection over the mini’s click wheel and comes in a variety of colors. The exoflpmini sells for $21.50 (case only) plus $5 shipping to anywhere in the world.

Major labels want to raise the price of online music

“All five of the major music companies are discussing ways to boost the price of single-song downloads on hot releases - to anywhere from $1.25 to as much as $2.49. It isn’t clear how or when such a price hike would take place, and it could still be months away. Sales of such singles - prices have remained at 99 cents - still account for the majority of online music sales.

The industry is also mulling other ways to charge more for online singles. One option under consideration is bundling hit songs with less-desirable tracks. Another possibility is charging more for a single track if it is available online before the broader release of the entire album from which it is taken. There is also talk of lowering the price on some individual tracks from older albums.”

iPodMods offers new iPod modifications

iPodMods is now offering several new iPod modification services including; changing the color of your iPod’s LCD backlight ($75), changing the color of the four touch buttons on a 3rd generation iPod ($65), changing the LEDs on the Belkin Battery Pack ($25) and TuneCast FM Transmitter ($25). All modifications are available exclusively at iPodMods.com.

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