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Alpine iPod interface info posted

Alpine USA has recently posted information describing its new KCA-420i iPod Interface solution. “Introducing the KCA-420i,  the best in-vehicle interface adapter which allows you to cruise to your iTunes! Simply use the KCA-420i to plug in your iPod or iPod mini into a compatible 2004 Alpine Ai-NET head unit, and voil

iPod nightclub coming to London

A new London nighclub called Playlist is claiming to be “London’s First iPod Music Club” (NoWax started back in September 2003) is launching Saturday, August 7 at the Nambucca club on Holloway Road. The press release reads: You are the DJ. Bring your favourite 15-minute playlist on an iPod or other digital music player and play your songs, first come, first served. The best DJs win prizes from Belkin…

“Playlist celebrates digital diversity. It’s all about the music, not the genre. The principle is simple: if you want to share your music, just turn up, sign in and play out. If you want to judge other people’s music, turn up, sign up and speak out. If you simply want to party, just turn up, tune in, dance it out.

3 in 1 FireWire Travel Kit for iPod announced

Micomp Solutions Inc. has announced the availability of a 3 in 1 FireWire Travel Kit for iPod. The FireWire Travel Kit comes with a FireWire Sync & Charge Cable, FireWire Cigarette Lighter Adapter, and a Firewire Travel Charger Adapter. It allows you to use the cable to sync and charge your iPod at the same time. And you can convert the kit into a cigarette lighter charger or a travel charger to charge your iPod through any cigarette lighter socket or AC wall outlet. The 3 in 1 FireWire Travel Kit costs $34.44.

iTunes Countdown app for Mac and Windows released

Jesse Perry informed us of his new iTunes Countdown application featuring an alert when it gets near every 100k mark. “Apple will begin the countdown to 100 million songs by giving away 50 special 20GB iPods

iCountdown beta for Windows released

iCountdown is a program for Windows that sits in your system tray and querys the Apple iTunes site for an updated total of downloads. When you hover your mouse over the icon it shows you the total. “I got the idea for the program from Brian (http://counter.eklektion.org/) who created a Mac program like iCountdown. I wouldn’t have thought of writing my own version had it not been for adamh and todd2fs4u who posted comments asking for a windows version of Brian’s 100MilCounter.”

Nine Figures for Mac released

Wonder Warp Software Group has today announced the release of Nine Figures, a simple application which displays, in the menu bar, a constantly updated figure of the number of tracks sold on Apple’s iTunes Music Store. In addition to this, it displays the top ten most sold tracks on the store. The program, written by Steve Streza, may offer assistance to those set on winning Apple’s much coveted prize awarded to the buyer of the 100-millionth song. “Just promise you’ll let us use that PowerBook too,” jokes the group’s website.

Jim Heid updates The Macintosh iLife book

Author Jim Heid has has released a new edition of “The Macintosh iLife ‘04. “The ground-breaking, best-selling book/DVD dedicated to helping you take control of your iLife is back

Apple: Sony’s misleading you on song capacity

Amplifying concerns raised by iLounge in a feature story last week, Apple Computer has attacked Sony’s claims that its upcoming Network Walkman devices hold more songs than comparably equipped iPods. “We’re disappointed that Sony, which is new to this market, has decided to make their first impression by attempting to mislead the press and customers,” Apple told The Wall Street Journal, explaining that Sony had used unrealistically low bit rate compression to fool readers into thinking that the Network Walkman holds more music than an iPod. In a separate interview with MacCentral, Apple’s Greg Joswiak noted that similar tricks would render the 20GB iPod capable of holding 40,000 songs, but “[t]hat’s something we would never claim because that’s just not something a customer would do.”

100MilCounter for Mac released

“So you want to know the right time to buy that iTunes song. Well, 100MilCounter is a simple menu-bar application that runs in the background (no Dock icon, no main menu). It queries the Apple website (every 150 seconds) for the latest iTunes download count and displays that number up in your menu bar. Why? Because Apple is giving stuff away to people who download a song at the right time - Is that cool or what? (and no, I’m not an Apple employee…)”

iPod mini worldwide July 24, iTunes EU hits 1.5m

With an expected delivery/on-sale date of July 24, 2004, Apple has announced that it is now taking iPod mini pre-orders from customers across the world. Prices for the iPod mini differ by territory, and are as follows (including tax):

Continental Europe: 279 Euros (259-269 in certain countries, inc. Germany and Austria)
United Kingdom: 179 Pounds.
Japan: 28,140 Yen (26,800 Yen pre-tax).
Australia: A$399.
Canada: C$349 including the $15 Blank Media Levy, but excluding VAT.
Singapore: S$458 (excluding rebates).
Hong Kong: HK$1,900.

Of special interest: At current exchange rates, the pre-tax Japanese and non-tax Hong Kong prices for the iPod mini are actually slightly lower than the current American retail price, whereas other territories are receiving the mini at a slight premium. iPod mini ordering options and prices for mainland China, India, Latin America, Mexico and South Korea were not yet available.

Each iPod mini will include headphones, a power adapter, a belt clip, FireWire and USB 2.0 cables, and iTunes 4.6 for Mac and Windows. The same five colors (silver, blue, green, pink, and gold) previously introduced will be available internationally.

In a related story, Apple has announced the combined sale of over 1.5 million songs through its European iTunes Music Stores (U.K., France and Germany) since its launch on June 15, 2004. The rate of sales is slightly lower than the initial launch of the iTMS for United States-based Macintosh customers in April of 2003, following which two million songs had been sold by the 16th day of operations. Canadian, Latin American and Asia-Pacific region launches of the iTunes Music Store have not yet been announced.

AudioOutfitters announces earPod

picAudioOutfitters has announced the earPod storage device for iPod earphones. The earPod features a felt-padded compartment, a spool for wrapping the cable around, a slot for feeding the cable through, a place to clip the iPod Remote Control on either side, and comes with the eClip for clipping to belt, pocket, etc. The earPod will be available at the end of July 2004 for $11.99. You can reserve your earPod without payment at the website.

iPodworld magazine coming soon

MacMinute is reporting that “IDG, the company behind Macworld and more than 300 other publications, will soon launch iPodworld—a magazine dedicated to Apple’s iPod, iTunes and iTunes Music Store. iPodworld will feature iPod and music news, previews of upcoming products, software and hardware reviews, digital lifestyle how-to articles, and reviews of music available from the iTunes Music Store. It is not yet clear whether the magazine, which will be available on newsstands in August, will be a single issue, quarterly or monthly. IDG and Mac Publishing also plan to launch and heavily promote an iPod news Web site to support the new magazine.”

iPod pyramid scam warning

In “This Is London”, Mark Prigg, Evening Standard Technology Correspondent writes: “The Government today issued a warning over internet “pyramid” selling scams as sites such as eBay are being targeted by con artists.

But the offers are usually a scam with extremely small print, which reveals that the buyer will not get an iPod but simply a link to a website where they must pay to join a waiting list.

The buyer will only get an iPod when they reach the top of the list - and they will only move up it by getting other people to join - a scam similar to the pyramid selling schemes popular in the Eighties.

But the chances of getting to the top of the list are very remote - and in some cases non-existent because many of the websites are fakes.”

iPod 15GB with $50 GC for $299 shipped

If you’re looking to shave $50 off the price of a fifteen gigabyte iPod, Amazon.com (USA) is offering one with a $50 gift certificate, free shipping and no sales tax (outside of Washington State) for $299 total. It’s the best deal we’ve seen on Apple’s current entry-level third-generation iPod. No additional purchase is required to qualify for Amazon’s free shipping promotion, and unlike the iPod mini, these 15GB iPods are currently in stock.

Senacases releases Flip Cover case for iPod mini

picSenacases’ new Flip Cover case for the iPod mini features; a magnetic closure, removable flip cover; access to all buttons, headphone and dock port; is compatible with Apple’s iPod mini belt clip, comes in black, blue, yellow, red, and costs $29.99. Additional flip covers are sold separately for $9.99.

How to enter the iTunes contest for free

The iTunes Music Store is celebrating their 70% worldwide market share of legal downloads by having a contest to count down to the 100 millionth song with some great prizes like iPods, Powerbooks, 10,000 free songs, etc. You’re automatically entered when you buy a song from iTunes, but Engadget.com shows how to enter for free in this week’s How-To.

iPod packaging wins award

The Mac Observer reports “for the sixth straight year, Apple Computer has taken home another I.D. Magazine Annual Design Review award, this time for its iPod packaging.

Calling Apple’s iPod packaging ‘flawless,’ ‘inventive,’ and ‘utterly consistent with what we’ve come to expect,’ the judges awarded Apple with a ‘design distinction’ accolade. The judges praised the packaging of the original, white iPod for its ‘egg-carton’ design that slowly reveals the product.”

iPod mini with $50 GC for $250 shipped

In a rare opportunity to save some money on the iPod mini, Amazon.com (USA) is offering a $50 gift certificate, free shipping and no sales tax (outside of Washington State) for pre-orders on the diminutive 4GB iPod. You’ll need to pick a $1+ additional item to bring your total above $250 to qualify for the gift certificate.

Corporations should ban iPod?

“Companies should consider banning portable storage devices such as Apple’s iPod from corporate networks as they can be used to introduce malware or steal corporate data, according to an analyst.

Small portable storage products can bypass perimeter defences like firewalls and antivirus at the mailserver, and introduce malware such as Trojans or viruses onto company networks, claimed analyst Gartner in a report issued this week. Analysts have warned for some time of the dangers of using portable devices, but the report points out these also now include ‘disk-based MP3 players, such as Apple’s iPod, and digital cameras with smart media cards, memory sticks, compact flash and other memory media.’”

German iPod community changes its name

The first German online iPod community, i-Pod.de has changed its name to iPodFun.de. “We had to do this because it is easier to tell people [about the site] without causing worries about the dash and so on. At the same time we sourced out our support pages into a new wiki based standalone site called iPodHilfe.de (which means iPodhelp),” said Christian Hieber of iPodFun.de.

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