“Griffin Technology Inc, innovator of exciting hardware and software products for the Mac and PC market, today announced the iTrip mini FM Transmitter for Apple’s iPod mini. 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 in July, the iTrip mini is $39.99 with pre-orders being taken now at http://www.griffintechnology.com.
Toshiba today announced that it will offer a 60GB version of its 1.8-inch hard drive in the coming months and that Apple has already placed its order. Cindy Lee, deputy manager of Toshiba’s hard disk drive division, said the drive will enter mass production during July or August. All three iPod models (15GB, 20GB and 40GB) use Toshiba drives, while the iPod mini uses a 4GB 1-inch drive from Hitachi. Lee noted that Toshiba is currently shipping 350,000 of the 1.8-inch drives per month to Apple.
“Sometime last week—Wednesday night, maybe—an anonymous scribbler took a marker to a block-long row of iPod posters, adding a penetrating spin on Apple’s pitch for “10,000 songs in your pocket.” People walking by on Thursday slowed to consider the dozens of new messages stretching down the east side of Lafayette, from Great Jones to Bond: The “i” in iPod “stands for isolation,” the writer had scrawled above one silhouette of that annoying lone figure dancing. “The ‘i’ stands for insecure,” for “irrational,” for “inibriated” and “inebriated.”“
The New York Times’ Education Life section is working on a mini-guide for incoming freshman at various college campuses and has asked iLounge to assist in reaching out to college students with iPods. The New York Times is compiling a list of iPod “must-have” tunes across various college campuses across the country. Based on your experiences, the paper wants to know: “What is the ONE song or group/artist that everyone at your college has on his or her iPod?”
Editor’s note: This is an authentic request for assistance by The New York Times.
MacMinute reports “the USA Network is offering a contest to promote its new “The 4400” series, which premieres on July 11th. ‘One Grand Prize winner will receive 4,400 iTune [sic] song downloads and a 40GB iPod. In addition, five First Prize winners will receive a 20GB iPod and five Second Prize winners will receive a 15GB iPod.’ The contest runs until Monday, July 12th. Further details are available from the Web site.”
“What should Apple do to stay on top? Plenty. For starters, it needs to embrace the new ways consumers want to buy music. While the iTunes store offers 99 cents downloads, Apple has yet to provide a subscription service for folks who want to listen to whatever they want for a monthly fee. To stare down a raft of new music players, Apple needs to broaden its product line. It should consider forming partnerships to add iPod technology to cell phones and other futuristic devices. And it needs to address nagging quality problems, such as scratchy-sounding headphones and disappointing battery life. While most buyers love their iPods, Apple has to hit a higher standard to keep its market share, premium prices, and good buzz it has with buyers.”