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Hacker cracks Apple’s wireless music streaming technology

“The Norwegian hacker famed for developing DVD encryption-cracking software has apparently struck again—this time breaking the locks on Apple Computer Inc.‘s wireless music streaming technology.

Jon Lech Johansen released on his Web site—defiantly named “So Sue Me”—a software key that helps to unlock the encryption Apple uses for its AirPort Express, a device that lets users broadcast digital music from Apple’s online iTunes Music Store on a stereo that’s not plugged into a computer.

Some security consultants say that with the key and another program he released, Johansen, also known as DVD Jon, has helped pave the way for other software applications other than Apple iTunes to work with AirPort Express.”

Mac/Windows: iPod Updater 2004-08-06 released

  • August 12, 2004
  • iPod

iPod Updater 2004-08-06 supports all models of iPod and iPod mini. This update includes the latest available software for each model of iPod or iPod mini.

Download and install the iPod Updater 2004-08-06 then connect your iPod or iPod mini to yor computer. The iPod Updater will automatically determine if an update is required.

Griffin announces RoadTrip 3-in-1 Transmitter, Charger and Cradle for docking iPods

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“Griffin Technology Inc, innovator of exciting accessories for the Apple iPod, today announced the Griffin RoadTrip, an all in one iPod charger, FM transmitter, and cradle in one compact unit. The Griffin RoadTrip allows you to play your iPod or iPod mini’s music through your car’s FM stereo, while simultaneously charging and positioning the unit for easy access. The RoadTrip also features a detachable Transmitter Module and cable that can broadcast users’ Mac or PC music to any FM stereo. The new Griffin RoadTrip retails for $79.99 and will begin shipping September 1. Customers can preorder a RoadTrip at http://www.griffintechnology.com now and soon at the Apple Store.”

Power Support launches U.S. site

Having previously developed noteworthy iPod accessories exclusively for Japanese consumers, Shibuya, Japan-based Power Support has officially opened a California-based store with an English-language product web site at Power Support USA. Additional details on Power Support’s offerings, including several impressive metal iPod stands and unique case designs, can be found at iLounge Backstage.

Meet the iPod’s Intel

  • August 11, 2004
  • iPod

“It isn’t a major surprise that the recent initial public offering filing of semiconductor company PortalPlayer got lost in the shuffle. [...]

But PortalPlayer, which filed for its IPO on Aug. 4, bears watching over the next few months. Here’s why.

PortalPlayer gets most of its business from a Taiwanese company called Inventec. And Inventec is the company that makes this little device that you may have heard—it’s called the iPod.”

iTrip mini for $32.99

iPod Xtras is currently offering several deals on selected iPod accessories. There are exo3 silicone cases for iPod at $6.50 and exoFLP’s at $15.00. The iTalk and iTrip mini are priced at $32.99.

Altec Lansing releases inMotion iMmini

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“Altec Lansing Technologies, Inc., the leader in the design and manufacture of Powered Audio products, today announced the debut of a portable audio system designed specifically for users of the iPod mini—the new iMmini. Featuring digital amplification, high quality neodymium micro drivers, and MaxxBass technology, iMmini—41% smaller than Altec Lansing’s flagship product, inMotion—is a complete speaker system. Altec Lansing’s inMotion iMmini portable audio system for the Apple iPod mini is priced at $129.95 (MSRP) and will be available in late summer at all Apple store locations as well as the Apple online store.”

Shure E2c earphones for $69.00

EarphoneSolutions.com is offering the Shure E2c earphones for $69 + shipping (around $6) in a Back to School promotion. Enter coupon code IPLOUNGE88 during checkout. Offer expires August 22nd. EarphoneSolutions.com coupon is an exclusive and private offer for iLounge. EarphoneSolutions.com is an Authorized Shure dealer and the earphones come with a full 2 Year Warranty replacement/repair by Shure and a 30 day money back guarantee.

Macromedia community news on your iPod

  • August 10, 2004
  • iPod
“Take-Away lets you read and listen to the latest Macromedia news on your iPod or other MP3 player. Simply download the MP3 files you are interested in, install them on your iPod or other MP3 player, and take the latest Macromedia community news with you wherever you go. Based on the Macromedia XML News Aggregator (MXNA), Take-Away allows you to keep up with the latest community news from virtually anywhere.”

Apple: iTunes Music Store at 1 million songs

“Apple today announced that the iTunes Music Store now has over one million songs available for download in the US, becoming the first and only online digital music service to offer consumers a million song catalog. The iTunes Music Store features music from all five major record labels and over 600 leading independent labels from around the world. With more than 100 million songs downloaded and more than 70 percent market share of legal downloads for singles and albums, the iTunes Music Store is the world’s number one online music service.

‘The iTunes Music Store offers the world’s most extensive collection of downloadable music with over one million tracks available,? said Eddy Cue, Apple’s vice president of Applications. “With more than one million songs, over 600 independent labels and dozens of innovative features, iTunes is the ultimate destination for discovering and downloading music.’ “

iPod mini sells out in Taiwan

“Music lovers and high-tech geeks yesterday sweated in the scorching sun to snap up their long-awaited iPod minis as Apple Computer Inc offered the first of the tiny music players available in this country—all 100 of them.

“All 100 units sold out in half an hour,” an Apple Taiwan public relations official said yesterday. “We are planning to ship more to Tai-wan, hopefully as soon as possible.”“

iTunes Music Store coming to Denmark

“When Apple unveils the Danish version of its successful online music shop, iTunes, this October, the company will already be bracing for stiff competition from IT giant Microsoft. Just a few days before the grand opening of iTunes, Microsoft will debut its own music download site, MSN Music.

Music industry insiders have long been aware that Microsoft was planning a rival online service, but Microsoft has kept the specifics tightly under wraps.”

Foofpods: A different kind of iPod case

picAustralian based company, Foofbags has released several handmade “Foofpod” iPod cases made from faux fur, tweed and colorful designs in Polar Fleece. Currently they only make Foofpods for 3rd generation iPods. Foofpods sell for $12 and includes shipping. There is limited stock available.

Future Sonics Ears model EM3 for $99

Future Sonics has announced the Live Listening, Listening Live Summer pricing promotion and is offering its Future Sonics model EM3 earphones for $99, regularly $159. No special coupons or order codes, prices are effective when ordering. Offer expires September 30, 2004.

Mac/Windows: iPod Bible 1.0 released

This is simply a free collection of specially formatted text files of the King James Version of the Holy Bible for viewing on the iPod.

Apple details iPod sales info in SEC filing

  • August 5, 2004
  • iPod

In its quarterly report (SEC form 10-Q) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission today, Apple summarized several iPod and iTunes related details.

iPod sales increased $138 million or 124% during the third quarter of 2004 compared to the same period in 2003. Sales of iPods rose $545 million or 243% in the first nine months of fiscal 2004. iPod unit sales of 860,000 for the quarter show a year-over-year increase of 183%.

“This growth was driven by continued strength in demand for the iPod, introduction of the iPod mini, increased expansion of [our] iPod distribution network, and continued success of the iTunes Music Store,” Apple said.

Net sales of Apple’s other music products (iTMS and iPod related services and accessories) increased 508% in the third quarter thanks to an increase in overall iPod unit sales and the introduction of the iTMS in Europe.

Apple also noted that it has sold approximately 3.7 million iPods since the device debuted in 2001.

Mossberg: “BMW iPod adapter works, but in a pretty crude way”

  • August 5, 2004
  • iPod

“I’ve been testing the system in a $54,000 BMW 330Ci convertible, lent to me for a few days by BMW. I have tried several different iPods in the car, including a brand-new, fourth-generation model. My conclusion: The BMW iPod adapter works, but in a pretty crude way that will likely leave the iPod cult hungering for more. It’s a decent first step, but that’s all. [...]

A couple of times, in several days of tests, I’d start the car and the system would freeze up. I had to switch to a different playlist to jolt the iPod into action. And once, when I increased the volume, it suddenly skipped a song.”

Apple pays for iTunes Music Store patent

“Apple has agreed to pay undisclosed royalties to a company that challenged the core concept behind the iTunes Music Store.

E-Date Corp. owns European and US patents that describe a “system and method of distributing [commercial] digital content over electronic and wireless networks”. The company claimed that ITMS was just such a system, and as such required Apple to license its intellectual property.”

The real reason Apple’s mad about Harmony hack

John C. Dvorak for CBS MarketWatch explains that RealNetwork’s recent iPod song compatibility hack for its Harmony jukebox software is screwing up Apple’s plan to put iPod technology into Motorola cell phones.

“This grand scheme only works if the platform is secure. You can’t sell an iPod phone and lock in all this easy money if people can buy from just anyone or just use bootleg music, can you? So along comes the RealNetworks hack, which screws up this scheme. Suddenly the iPod looks a lot like any other MP3 player except for its good looks, and those go away when it’s in the phone.

This explains why Steve Jobs and Apple wouldn’t let RealNetworks license any of its technology when asked last April. You can be certain that the Apple-Motorola scheme hatched before that and probably right after Ed Zander, Jobs’ friend, took over Motorola in January. With this scheme they had to keep the iPod locked down and that meant no licenses for interlopers and potential competitors.”

iPod professor on iPod clubs

  • August 5, 2004
  • iPod

“Sony lost the plot”, said professor Dr. Michael Bull, the world’s leading expert on personal stereos, speaking to new London iPod club, Playlist. “The iPods’ mixture of function and pure technological beauty in an age in which we still get fed-up with impossibly complex technologies makes it iconic,” he said. “Events like Playlist show how impossible it is to categorize people’s listening habits,” he explained.

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