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Teski releases clear cover for roadie case

“Top on our customers wish list was clear protection for the front of the iPod. We listened to our customers and have responded.” The teski roadie case now boasts a clear protective cover over the front of the iPod that allows for full unrestricted operation of the unit. Previous owners of the roadie can contact teski at teski.com for a free cover for a nominal shipping charge. The clear removable cover now ships with every roadie at no extra charge.

Make your own Pirate Radio Station with an iPod

  • June 15, 2004
  • iPod
“After playing around with the new iTrip mini, the FM broadcasting accessory for the iPod, our little minds got working on some ideas. We thought we might be able to make the range of Griffin’s iTrip mini a little better if we took it apart and exposed the antenna, turns out we could. And then we thought, hey- we could use a couple iPods to broadcast something we wanted to get out there, perhaps not ?‘should’? that is, but could.”

AOL announces iTunes Europe alliance

“AOL announced today it has teamed up with Apple to integrate the popular iTunes Music Store throughout AOL Music channels in the UK, France and Germany, providing AOL Members with instant, one-click registration to the popular online music store in each of the three countries. The iTunes Music Store, which launched in the UK, France and Germany today, offers users the ability to preview, purchase and download music from a catalogue of more than 700,000 songs.”

Apple: iPod has 50% market share, new accessories soon

  • June 15, 2004
  • iPod

Speaking at today’s iTunes Music Store launch in London, England, Apple CEO Steve Jobs stated that Apple’s sale of 3,000,000 iPods as of March 2004 represents a fifty percent market share for the iPod and iPod mini formats. “We can’t make some of them fast enough,” Jobs added.

Jobs also touted the strength of the iPod’s accessory base, noting that “there’s a huge iPod economy, with 250 products out there.” Announcements regarding new iPod “in-car listening” accessories are coming “later this year,” said Jobs, and German site Macnews.de reported that a BMW was clearly visible in a projected slide.

iTunes UK, France, Germany: 79 pence, 99 cents per song

In London, England this morning, Apple has announced the immediate availability of the iTunes Music Store for Europe, starting with three territories - the United Kingdom, France, and Germany. With the launch of these new European iTunes stores, Apple now claims to be serving sixty percent of the world’s market for music.

As in the United States, a single per-song rate will apply to downloads. Songs will be available for 79 pence (U.K.) or 99 cents (France and Germany), with most albums at 7.99 pounds (U.K.) or 9.99 euros (France and Germany). Local content will be available in each of the European territories, and a full European Union version of the iTunes Music Store will launch in October.

Shure E3 Earphones for $135

Shure E3 iLounge Promotion extended until June 30. Shure E3 for $135.00 + shipping (around $5) at MicrophoneSolutions.com with 2 Year replacement/repair by Shure and 30 day Money Back Guarantee. Use same Coupon Code F135E3200.

Apple announcements tomorrow 6:00EST/3:00PST

“Apple, the US computer maker, is expected to launch its popular internet music store in Europe tomorrow, in an attempt to build on the company’s considerable success in the US online music market. [...]

One person in the industry said Steve Jobs, Apple’s chief executive, was expected to be on hand to announce Apple’s music store would immediately be available to consumers in the UK, Germany and France. Mr Jobs was also expected to announce plans to eventually roll out the service to other European countries.”

Apple’s press event will take place at approximately 11:00AM local time in London, England (6:00AM Eastern Standard Time and 3:00AM Pacific Standard Time, United States). Additional announcements regarding new iTunes and iPod pricing, availability, and accessories may be included in the presentation. Join iLounge tomorrow morning for full coverage of the event.

Indie labels a no-show for iTunes Europe launch?

“A source from within the UK’s Association of Independent Musicians (AIM) explained: “Talks have been ongoing over the weekend, but I’m hearing they broke down today.” It appears Apple has presented terms to Europe’s independents that are unacceptable to them, and the computer company is not prepared to shift its position.

If this report proves true this will mean Apple will launch its store at present anticipated to open for business tomorrow in the UK, France and Germany without key musicians that define the UK market.”

Jobs hopes to lower iPod prices, iTunes to sell 5% of US music in 2 years

The Wall Street Journal’s Walter Mossberg interviewed Steve Jobs at the D: All Things Digital conference in Carlsbad, California. Mossberg talked with Jobs about the success of iTunes, Mac’s future, and movie piracy, during which Jobs casually mentioned he would like to the lower the price on iPods. “I mean, we’re not happy with iPods costing $300 and $400 and we want to keep driving the prices down on them so we’re working very hard on that.”

Walt Mossberg: You’ve been the leader in legal music downloading. Where does it stand today?

Steve Jobs: We have about 70% market share of the legal downloads, which is great. But if you look at everybody together—100% of the legal download market—we’ve gone from pretty much zero a year ago to about 2% of the legally sold music in the U.S. That’s not a giant number, but if you look at it and say it’s been accomplished in a year and you look at the trajectory, it’s not inconceivable to see it breaking through 5% in the next 24 months as an example, maybe sooner.”

UK store launches Summer Sale on iPod accessories

i-magine, the official on-line reseller of iSkin products, has launched a Summer Sale on many of their products until the end of June. There are reductions of over 30% on some items including iSkin eVo for 18.00 (was 20.00), FM Xtra for 10.00 (was 15.00) and the Griffin iTalk for 30.00 (was 32.00).

CD ripping service comes to Los Angeles and Chicago

LoadPod, the service that rips your CD collection into your iPod so that you don’t have to, has added local service in several new areas, including: Los Angeles-Pasadena, California, Atlanta-Marietta, Georgia, Chicago, Illinois, Pensacola-Panama City, Florida and Northern Virginia. The LoadPod network now includes twenty-five States, including major metropolitan areas such as New York City, San Francisco, Boston, Miami, Phoenix, Nashville, St. Louis, Baltimore, Orlando, Salt Lake City, and San Diego, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Minneapolis, and Washington, DC.

PodShop offers 20% discount to MUG members

PodShop is currently offering all Macintosh User Group (MUG) members a discounted price on the company’s clear acrylic stand/display product, PodHolder. MUG members can get PodHolder for $7.95 - a savings of 20% - by using the special MUG link at http://podshop.com/mug.htm and by providing the MUG group affiliation during the checkout process. There is no expiration on the discount.

New iPod parody posters appear in LA

  • June 11, 2004
  • iPod

piciPod parody posters dubbed “iRaq” have gone bi-coastal since their recent debut in New York City. Several photos of the latest parody posters to hit the streets of Los Angeles include silhouetted figures holding various military weapons with the famous white cable attached; including a Russian AK-47 assault rifle, hand grenade and RPG grenade launcher. All posters are marked “10,000 Iraqis killed. 773 US soldiers dead.”

Mac: iTunes Library Manager 4.0 released

Doug’s AppleScripts for iTunes has released iTunes Library Manager, an AppleScript application that makes backup copies of the iTunes Library and Preferences, allowing users to easily save multiple iTunes Library and Preferences configurations that can be retrieved and loaded at any time.

Griffin ships iTrip mini FM Transmitter

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“Just in time for summer vacation, Griffin today announced the iTrip mini FM Transmitter for Apple’s iPod mini has begun shipping - one month earlier than originally announced. The new iTrip mini joins the iTrip line as one of the hottest iPod accessories in the world. The iTrip has received critical acclaim for its exclusive iPod-only features such as unlimited station frequencies tuned directly from the iPod and battery-free iPod mating design. The iTrip mini brings the entire list of award winning iTrip features to the iPod mini in a new, beautifully form-fitting mini design. Shipping now, the iTrip mini is $39.99 and available directly from Griffin Technology and at the Apple Store.”

iPod ad campaign awarded top honors

  • June 10, 2004
  • iPod

“The Magazine Publishers of America awarded TBWAChiatDay the $100,000 Grand Prize Kelly Award for its Apple iPod “Silhouette” campaign that shows people dancing with iPods against brightly colored backgrounds.

‘It demonstrated to people that you don’t have to spend a lot of time talking about features to get people to make a human connection with your product,’ said Mike Hughes, president of The Martin Agency in Richmond, Va., and a Kelly judge. ‘Also, one of the core values for Apple is design. To reinforce that without ever talking about it, just by art direction, is an incredibly smart and effective device.’”

The iPod-iTunes Phenomenon

  • June 10, 2004
  • iPod

“One word describes Apple’s sudden success with iPod and the iTunes Music Store: “Phenomenon.”

Apple’s early music success transcends technology features and is as much about basic human characteristics often overlooked by companies developing new products. The popularity of iPod and the iTunes Music Store offers interesting cultural lessons for Apple and its competitors. What is the measure of success? People.”

The U.S. Constitution on your iPod

“Carrying a paper copy of the U.S. Constitution is so 18th-, 19th-, and 20th-century. Now you can tote a hyperlinked copy everywhere on your iPod. The free download, dubbed iCon, comes courtesy of the American Constitution Society, a national organization made up of moderate and progressive law students, lawyers, judges, academics, policymakers and advocates.”

MTV Movie Awards includes iPod mini gift bag

The MTV Movie Awards will be offering up the iPod mini and accessories by Digital Lifestyle Outfitters (DLO) to presenters and performers attending the event. Stars like host Lindsay Lohan, Halle Berry, Tom Cruise, Snoop Dogg, the Beastie Boys, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Christina Aguilera, Vin Diesel, Kirsten Dunst and more all receive a luxurious gift package arranged by LA based Branded Entertainment. The basket includes, in addition to the iPod mini and DLO iPod mini accessories, an XM Satellite Radio, Microsoft Xbox, Logitech Webcam, Electronic Arts games and more. DLO’s gift basket includes the TransPodFM All-in-one Car Solution for iPod and iPod mini, the Jam Jacket Pro mini workout case with armband and the Podfolio mini leather case. The show airs Thursday, June 10 at 9p.m. ET.

Mac/Windows: iTunes 4.6 released

You can use iTunes to create your own personal digital music library and easily organize and listen to your collection of digital music files. You can also create your own custom audio CDs and transfer your music to an Apple iPod portable digital music player. If you are installing iTunes for use with an iPod, after installing iTunes, use the cable that came with your iPod to connect your iPod to your computer.

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