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Windows: Tag&Rename 3.1 released

Tag&Rename is a music organizer that easily handles all popular digital audio formats. It supports mp3 (all ID3 tags), mp4 (m4a, m4p), wma, ogg, mpc, flac, ape, wav pack & optim frog. With Tag&Rename, you can fix tags using freedb database, import album info from allmusic.com, get tags data from files and folders names, organize music files and folders, create play lists, export information to CSV, HTML, XML, text and more.

iTrip Mini now shipping in UK

iPod:Essentials announce UK availability for the Griffin iTrip Mini. The iTrip mini FM transmitter lets you play your iPod minis music wirelessly through any FM radio in your car, on the road, even at home through your stereo.

50% off KOSS Portapro headphones

For a limited time, koss.com is offering 50% off of the retail price (49.99) of the PortaPro headphones. Use http://www.koss.com Coupon code 61804 for 50% off.

Mac: PodUtil 2.5 beta testers wanted

We’re hard at work on a major upgrade to our iPod program PodUtil, and we need your help! We need people who can commit to downloading and testing our program,  then give us detailed feedback on any problems they encounter and interact with us to get it fixed. The Beta test’s central ‘hub’ will be a forum on our web site.  To best work with us, you should be able to check the forums on a daily basis. Should you not be able (or want) to use the forums, we will be able to communicate with you (albeit not as effectively) via email.

Winning the iTunes 100 million song contest

pic Want to enhance your chances of winning something in Apple’s countup to 100 million songs sold through the iTunes Music Store? Thanks to Jon Maddox, now you can buy your songs near a 100,000 marker, based on Apple’s most recently published number of iTMS songs sold. PC users can use a cool web script that displays the current tally, and Mac users can download an even cooler desktop widget for use with the increasingly popular application Konfabulator. (Jon, if you’re reading this, great work, and shoot us a line if you have a moment!)

iPod Armor Mini for 44.99 & iTrip Mini $35.50

iPod Xtras is now offering the iPod Armor mini for $44.99.  Other sale prices include the iTrip Mini for $35.50.

Developing QuickTime Apps for iPod

iPod Hacks reports that Tim Monroe, a member of Apple’s QuickTime engineering team, recently wrote a how-to article titled “Snow Day: Developing QuickTime Applications for the iPod” in the April 2004 issue (vol. 20, no. 4) of MacTech Magazine. “In the article, Tim dispells the widely held belief that the iPod is a closed system and that writing custom applications for the device requires expensive and hard to obtain development tools. As the reader is taken through the process of developing an application from the ground up that will perform QuickTime movie playback on the iPod’s screen, it becomes clear that the iPod is a viable development platform indeed.” Unfortunately, the article turned out to be nothing more than a late-arriving April Fools joke, but an amusing one nonetheless.

Gravis releases new iPod cases

pic Gravis, a division of Burton has released two new leather iPod cases for 3rd generation iPods. The G-POD case features a flip-lid design, elastic sides, and access to earphone and dock ports while closed. The G-POD comes in black/g-camo and retails for $15. The G-POD BB comes in white leather and features a flip-lid design, elastic sides, and access to headphone and dock ports while closed. The G-POD BB retails for $25 and is not available online.

Speck Products announces Skin Tight Armband for iPod mini

picThe Skin Tight Armband for iPod mini is an elastic, adjustable armband featuring a snap-in-snap-out clip to be used with the included Skin case, and also features cable clips to manage the earphone cord. You can pre-order the Skin Tight Armband for $29.95 with shipping expected July 3rd.

iPod mini wedding cake

pic MacMinute reader Grey Mull wrote in to tell us about his brother’s iPod mini themed wedding cake. “Just returned from my brother’s wedding where the Groom’s cake was none other than an iPod mini,” Grey said. Apparently, Grey’s brother, Adam, is not your average iPod fan—he loves the tiny gadget so much that he wanted his wedding cake in the shape of a green iPod mini. Just take a look at the photo he sent us. MacMinute would like to congratulate Adam and Kinsley Mull, who were married on June 26!

iPod ads win Media Lion Award at Cannes

MacMinute reports Apple’s iPod “Silhouette” advertising campaign has won a Media Lion Award at the 51st annual Cannes Lions Festival, which celebrates the best in international advertising, marketing and creativity. The iPod campaign included TV, outdoor, print and in-store advertising and was honored in the “Young Adults (18-34)” category, reports Apple UK.

Retrofit an old Walkman with an iPod

picLonging for those days of the Walkman, but don’t want to give up your iPod? A couple of do-it-yourselfers at retropod.com have come up with an offbeat solution - retrofitting an old Sony Sports Walkman to accomodate an iPod inside the cassette compartment. Think of it as retro iPod armor to conceal your precious during subway rides. Retropod sells the orginal Sony Sports Walkman for $100 and the retrofit kit for $20.

Apple posts new iTunes + iPod video

During Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference Keynote on Monday, Steve Jobs introduced a new promotional video touting the success of iTunes and iPod. The iPod, iPod mini, musicians, music video snippets, Airport Express, Airtunes and the recent BMW iPod integration are featured.

Apple announces countdown to 100 million songs

As the number of songs downloaded from Apple’s iTunes Music Store crosses 95 million tomorrow, Apple will begin the countdown to 100 million songs by giving away 50 special 20GB iPods—one to the purchaser of each 100,000th song downloaded between 95 million and 100 million songs. In addition, the person who downloads the 100 millionth song will receive a 17-inch PowerBook, a 40GB iPod, a gift certificate for 10,000 iTunes songs to create the ultimate music library for their iPod and the opportunity to create their own Celebrity Playlist to be published on the iTunes Music Store. All iTunes Music Store customers in the US, UK, France and Germany are eligible. Songs sold so far as of this posting: 94,540,731.

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