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Windows: SyncITBaby 1.3 released

Whether you are a student, a small business owner, or a traveling executive, it’s difficult to stay current with your latest files and data. E-mail, documents, spread- sheets, databases, and media files tend to get revised many times a day. SyncITBaby provides the ability to keep all of those files synchronized and up to date on your hard drive and a portable device, allowing you to move your data between computers with ease.

Marware updates neoprene cases for 4G iPod

Marware has updated its line of neoprene cases to fit the 4G iPod.
The 4G SportSuit Sleeve ($19.95) features; 3mm neoprene exterior; plush lined interior; straps for use on shoulder strap or belt; opening in flap to plug in earphone; pocket for storing earphones; plastic shell for impact protection; Multidapt interchangeable clip system; Velcro closure on flap; and includes a low-profile spring clip.
The 4G SportSuit Basic ($24.95) features; 2mm neoprene outer construction; plush-lined interior; plastic inserts on the sides and back for impact protection; plastic screen protector; access to hold button, headphone and remote jack; Multidapt interchangeable clip system; Velcro closure on flap; and includes a low-profile spring clip .
The 4G SportSuit Convertible ($39.95) features; 2mm neoprene outer construction; fully lined interior; plastic inserts at sides and back for impact protection; plastic screen protector; removable protective lid; headphone & remote storage pocket on lid; easy access to hold button, headphone jack, and remote ports; and Multidapt interchangeable clip system.

“Hacking iPod + iTunes” book released

Wiley Publishing has released a new book titled “Hacking iPod + iTunes” by Scott Knaster. “Hacking iPod and iTunes teaches readers everything needed to use the most obscure and least documented features of Apple’s software, but that’s just the starting point. For the dedicated, hardcore iPod users who are ready to really unlock the potential of this great hardware device, Hacking iPod and iTunes reveals the secrets of more than 100 hacks, tweaks and mods, unlocking both the musical and non-musical tricks in the iPod’s repertoire.”

Mac/Windows: PodUtil 2.5 released

PodUtil is an easy-to-use utility for viewing the songs on your iPod and copying them in a customisable organised manner to your computer, and will automatically add them to iTunes and rebuild your playlists if you wish.

iPod is a hit in Japan

  • August 19, 2004
  • iPod
“The iPod is proving a colossal hit on the Japanese electronics and entertainment giant’s own turf. The tiny white machine is catching on as a fashion statement and turning into a cultural icon in Japan, much the same way it won a fanatic following in the United States.”

Pyrim Technologies announces iTrack iPod Travel Case for 4G iPod

Pyrim Technologies has released a new updated i-Track iPod Travel Case for 4G iPod. The new i-Trac configuration complements the component packaging of the new 4th generation iPod. The zippered case features foam storage compartments for iPod, dock, power adapter and miscellaneous accessories. The i-Track 4G sells for $59.99.

Update: 42% report 4G iPod audio problems

  • August 18, 2004
  • iPod

picHaving problems with your fourth-generation (4G) iPod? You’re not alone. Three weeks after the release of Apple’s newest iPods, iLounge readers have reported that approximately 42% of their 4G units have manifested an audio defect identified by iLounge, while others have complained of receiving soiled or physically damaged hardware. The problems affect new-in-box 20 Gigabyte and 40 Gigabyte iPod models sold with a Click Wheel control system. Click “Read more” below for additional details.

Pacific Rim Technologies announces 4G Shield hard case

picPacific Rim Technologies has announced the 4G Shield hard case made of aircraft-grade aluminum. The 4G Shield features a swivel belt clip, and a clear, hard plastic screen protection and access to all iPod functions. The 4G Shield is priced at $34.99 and is expected to ship in early September 2004. Some of the comments below refer to the hole in the back of the case. This hole is used to push the iPod out from the case for removal.

DLO announces iBoom boombox for iPod

pic Digital Lifestyle Outfitters announced today that they are producing iBoom, the first and only boombox solution designed specifically for iPod and iPod mini. iBoom is a 20 watts per channel, four-speaker boombox system with built-in digital FM radio. iBoom also features a digital FM radio, built-in handle for ease of portability, auxiliary input jack and can be powered via its included AC adapter or 6 D batteries (not included). While under AC power, iBoom extends the battery life of iPod as it powers and charges iPod. DLO’s iBoom will be available in late September 2004 for $149.99. The product works with all iPods with the 30-pin dock connector, and it
comes complete with a spacer to accommodate the iPod mini. A custom carrying bag with shoulder strap will follow.

Tunewear Icewear case now available for purchase

TUNEWEAR today announced that ICEWEAR for Apple’s iPod mini is now shipping and available for purchase in the U.S. and Canada. ICEWEAR has a suggested retail price of $24.95.

Speck Products announces new 4G iPod cases

picToday Speck Products is announcing two new cases for Apple’s newest 4G iPod. The 4G SkinTight case is a rubberized skin while the 4G iStyle features an all leather construction.

The SkinTight iPod Skin is made out of tear-resistant KRATON plastic and features a flex-away flap, allowing it to work with the iPod dock. Speck SkinTight rubberized skins come in 3 Colors (frosted clear, blue, and pink) and can be purchased individually for $19.95 or as a 3-Pack for $29.95. They will be shipping to consumers in two weeks ( August 31st, 2004).

The 4G iStyle leather iPod case features leather construction and an included plastic shied protects the iPod screen. The 4G iStyle also comes with a high quality removable swivel belt-clip. It comes in black for $34.95.and will be shipping out to consumers on September 23, 2004.

John Mayer iPod cases now available online

Recently we reported that John Mayer and Incase Design teamed up to bring you the first musician inspired iPod cases. The iPod and iPod mini cases were only available for purchase at concert venues, but now you can buy them at the official John Mayer online store for $25. “The John Mayer Limited Edition iPod case comes in four different color schemes. Additionally, each case includes a metallic charm-pick and a drawstring bag, both marked with John’s signature.”

Vaja to release new iVod cases for 4G iPods

picTomorrow, Vaja will release their new iVod leather cases for 4G iPods. Similar to its existing line of i-Volution iVod cases for earlier model iPods, it will feature access to the Click Wheel, dock port, headphone port, and hold switch. The new case will only be available through its Custom Built Option. Price is not yet determined.  iLounge has obtained an exclusive photo of the new iVod for your reference.

Real Network’s online petition backfires

Update: In an effort to thwart negative comments, Real has started a new petition without public comments available. The freedomofchoicemusic.org site now points to a new URL. This new petition currently has 35 signatures.

Yesterday Real Network’s launched the “Freedom of Choice” anti-Apple ad campaign, website and online petition in its efforts to stop Apple from keeping the iPod a “locked” platform. Today, the campaign has backfired with over 500 mostly anti-Real comments appearing on the petition’s website resulting in Real removing the link to freedomofmusicchoice.org on its website.

RealNetworks kicks off “Freedom of Choice” campaign

picMacMinute.com reports “in a move aimed squarely at luring iTunes customers, RealNetworks today announced that it has slashed song pricing to 49 cents and album pricing to $4.99 for a limited time. The price cuts are part of the company’s new “Freedom of Choice” marketing campaign to tout its Harmony technology, which allows songs purchases from the RealNetworks Music Store to be played on Apple’s iPod. The high-profile print, radio, and online advertising campaign kicks off Tuesday with a full-page ad in The New York Times that reads: “Half the price of Apple. Welcome to freedom of choice.” The ads also show an illustration of an iPod made to look like an open padlock. In addition, RealNetworks has launched a very anti-Apple blog. “This community site will provide a forum where consumers can learn about compatibility issues and discuss the issues with other digital music fans,” the company says.”

Kubrick iKub holder for iPod released

picThe Japanese company responsible for making Kubrick figures has turned its attention to the iPod. The iKub is a robot which sits and holds your iPod, an alternative to other desktop stands and docks. You can most likely purchase the iKub soon through online retailers such as kidrobot.com.

Pre-order Etymotic 6i earphones with free shipping

EarphoneSolutions.com is accepting pre-orders for the new Etymotic 6i, to be released end of August, beginning of September. You can take advantage offree shipping and your credit card will not be charged until it’s ready to ship. The Etymotic 6i is the first in-ear earphones to be manufactured exclusively for the iPod, improving response where the iPod needs.

iPod mini giveaway

The Think Different Store is teaming with Pacific Rim Technologies to give away a silver iPod mini worth $250 USD. The purpose of the giveaway is to introduce Pacific Rim’s new line of iPod mini products.

To win the iPod mini just visit www.thinkdifferentstore.com/contest or www.pacrimtechnologies.com/contest where you will automatically be entered into the contest. Contestants receive an additional chance to win simply by purchasing any product from The Think Different Store or Pacific Rim Technologies.

iPod mini Burnout

“I don’t know about you, but I am sick and tired of hearing about the iPod mini. Mind you, I love the thing and I don’t even have one. I think that the mini was the perfect next step in the evolution of the iPod line of products. How brilliant of Jobs and Co to introduce colors! Just like they did for the glorious iMacs of the mid-90’s. Now my plain ol’ white iPod looks bland in comparison. I guess white was last year’s beige. But with all the hooplah, “Hot Gadget of the Year”, “Must-Have of the Summer”, “Savior of the Earbudless Ears”, I am afraid that the mini is getting overexposed…”

iPodResQ & LoadPod announce customer loyalty program

“ResQ Systems, LLC and LoadPod announced today that they have started a new customer loyalty program for iPodResQ and LoadPod customers.

LoadPod is a nationwide service offering iPod owners a fast and reliable method to convert their existing CD libraries to AAC format for use on their iPods. iPodResQ is the only service of its kind offering 24-hour turnaround on iPod repairs and battery replacements and nationwide, overnight pickup & delivery at the user’s location.”

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