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iPod shuffle clone ‘worse than you could believe’

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imageAn iLounge reader in Taiwan recently purchased the Luxpro Super Tangent and provided us with his observations of the iPod shuffle clone as well as a photo gallery of the device and its packaging.

The iLounger said the Super Tangent is “worse than you could believe” and that “every detail is wrong.” He said the player cost about US$115 and that the buttons do not work well, battery life is “terrible,” and the recorder simply did not record. The reader also said that the LEDs do not shine through the casing properly, and that it doesn’t fit well in a USB port. “There is nothing that works even close to right,” he said.

Update: Phillip Torrone of Make magazine let us know that he had a little better luck with the Super Tangent he purchased. He has posted a review and several photos of the device, including comparison shots beside the iPod shuffle.

Mix: Mercedes-Benz, Steve Jobs, Medion, Apple-AOL

  • May 31, 2005

Tony Whitney of Canadian Driver looks at the integrated iPod interface in the 2006 Mercedes-Benz B-Class and says it came out “looking very good indeed.”

Apple CEO Steve Jobs, who topped the Los Angeles Times’ executive pay survey last year, is No. 99 on the new list after his compensation dropped from $74.8 million to $1. However, Jobs still owns 10 million Apple shares worth about $406 million.

Apple is considering to take legal action against Medion AG to prevent the sale of an iPod look-alike MP3 player, Spiegel magazine reported, citing unnamed sources.

AOL and Apple are reportedly in talks to resolve problems with download tracking, which has led to payment issues between the two companies.

Capdase intros case, lanyard set for iPod shuffle

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imageCapdase has introduced the Soft Jacket Value Set for the iPod shuffle. The package includes a silicone case (with “EZ dust Go” treatment), an adjustable neck strap, a custom replacement USB cap, and four earphone clips (hold cable along lanyard for better cord management).

The Capdase Soft Jacket Value Set for the iPod shuffle is available with a silicone case in white, blue, dark blue, green, pink, black, orange, or purple. Pricing and expected release information were not available.

iPodStyles offers back, Click Wheel protectors

imageiPodStyles has announced that it is now carrying two new lines of products to protect the backs and Click Wheels of iPods and iPod minis. The PowerGuard and WheelFilm protectors come in a range of colors and patterns, and are priced at either $6.99 or $7.99.

“Protect your iPod and iPod mini’s back and Click Wheel from scratches, dirt, and grime with iPodStyle’s new range of PowerGuard and WheelFilm protectors,” the store says. “PowerGuard acts as a protective layer for the back of the iPod, maintaining the mirror-like surface in its tip-top condition, while WheelFilm acts as a protective layer for the front Click Wheel of the iPod, keeping it clean.”

Altec Lansing inMotion iM7 revealed

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imageAltec Lansing has revealed its new inMotion iM7 portable audio speaker system for the iPod and iPod mini. While no announcement has been made by the company, an eagle-eyed member of the iLounge forums spotted an ad for the system in the latest issue of Sync magazine. A quick check of Altec Lansing’s website shows an uncompleted page for the product along with specs and pricing details, though no official photos as of this posting.

The inMotion iM7, which features a “bazooka style” design like some recent boomboxes, offers a built-in, adjustable iPod cradle, Neodymium drivers and tweeters, and a built-in subwoofer with XdB technology. The AC or battery powered device also includes a wireless remote control, S-video output for the iPod photo (allows you to play your photo slideshows on TVs while still connected to the speaker system), and an auxiliary input jack (for use with other audio devices). It will retail for $249.95. There’s no word yet on availability.

Forums: Music, Notes, Full iPod, Speculation

To round off this week in the iLounge Discussion Forums, if you’re a fan of Genesis, Pink Floyd or one of the many other bands in their genre, then join the latest Progressive Rock discussion in the Music Forum. We remember them only too well…

Do you have a novel use for the Notes section on your iPod, or want to figure out how to use it better? Read “What do you use your Notes section of your iPod for?” and get some ideas, or submit your own suggestions.

In the General iPod Discussions forum, one member reports that after a year, the 40gb iPod has finally been filled - is your iPod half full or half empty?...

As the next big Apple event approaches, discussion about what features the next iPod will include is going on in the Future iPod forum. It may all be speculation, but who knows - some features may actually be included. What would you like to see in a 5G iPod?

iPodStyles offers new line of iPod charging gear

imageiPodStyles has announced a new line of sync and charge accessories for iPods. The new iPod-matching accessories include: the PowerStick (auxiliary power source that triples the battery life of your iPod when used with four AA batteries - $20.99); Car Charger (12V automobile lighter jack charger); Travel Charger (wall AC outlet charger - $16.99); USB Sync Cable (Dock Connector cable to charge and sync iPod - $16.99); and Retractable USB Sync Cable (retractable Dock Connector cable - $14.99).

Podcast pioneer asks Jobs for iPod recording feature

The Unofficial Apple Weblog reports that Adam Curry, a former MTV VJ and key player in the development of podcasting, recently spoke with Apple CEO Steve Jobs, offering his thoughts on future iPod features.

“The highlight of the day was, without a doubt, about an hour and a half that we had with Steve Jobs, which was really fun,” Curry said on the May 23rd edition of his popular podcast, “The Daily Source Code.” “Just a private conversation, and that was great. Of course I can’t tell you everything that we talked about, but I will say that I was able to provide a lot of input. The number one great piece of input that I was able to feed back was, hey, I want to record on my iPod. And I can guarantee you that’s going to happen some time in the near future.”

Mac: iPodderX 3.0 released

iPodderX 3.0 is the latest version of the podcast client for Mac OS X. The new version turns the application into more than just a podcast catcher and organizer—it’s now a full media aggregator with options for text-based news, images, movies, audio and more. iPodderX 3.0 also offers “SmartSpace,” a new feature that lets users adjust how much disk space they want to devote to downloads, and “NewsCaster,” which converts news articles into audio files. Other new features include: full-screen video, .Mac backup and restore, feed and entry sorting, full-text searching, podcast previews, and individual file downloads. iPodderX sells for $24.95 with a 30 day trial. What is a podcast?

Celebs, designers create iPod cases for charity

imageDesigner Marc Ecko is partnering with celebrities and fashion industry leaders to launch “Style & Sound,

Mix more than music with iBar and iPod

  • May 27, 2005
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iBar is new software that turns your iPod into “the ultimate bartending tool.” It includes 450 drink recipes organized by category, beverage and bar tips and tricks, drink histories and toasts. “Bring your iPod anywhere you will be mixing a drink and impress with your bartending savvy! From mastering essential mixing techniques, to stocking your own bar, to learning the history of alcohols, to mixing over a thousand classic and contemporary drinks. iBar will surely make you the talk of the party or give you the knowledge to mix drinks professionally.” iBar sells for $29.95.

2GB and 4GB iPod shuffles coming?

DigiTimes reports that Apple plans to introduce 2GB and 4GB versions of the iPod shuffle as early as next month. The publication said that Samsung and Toshiba are “aggressively planning to ramp up their output of 8Gbit NAND flash chips, as Apple Computer plans to roll out 2GB and 4GB versions of its iPod Shuffle this June and August, respectively.” Apple currently offers 512MB and 1GB iPod shuffle models.

Add a shopping list to your iPod with iShop

  • May 27, 2005
  • iPod,

Silvanti Development has released iShop, a collection of audio files that when added to your iPod help create an editable shopping list. iShop is basically a series of more than 300 blank mp3s—each with a different name (for example “Snacks: Ice Cream”)—that you add to your iPod as a playlist. After syncing the playlist, you then create an on-the-go “shopping playlist” that you can add these product named files to just like you would when adding tracks to an on-the-go music playlist. iShop is free, but donations are accepted.

foof intros new Kimono Obi foofpods

imageAustralia-based foof has announced its latest range of Japanese Kimono Fabric foofpods. Made of high quality polyester found in the Japanese Kimono Obi (belt), the three new sleeves are available in “extremely limited supply” and fit 3G/4G iPod and iPod photo models. The new handmade foofpods include: Namba (“shines golden color in direct sunlight”), Chocolate (“rich and dark, almost good enough to eat”), and Deadly NightShade Returns (“subtle and elegant”). Each sells for $21.

Mix: iPodderX, Cigarette case, London robberies, AAPL

  • May 26, 2005

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MacMerc let us know that they’ve posted a first look at iPodderX 3.0. The Mac site has screenshots and details on the new “from the ground up” build.

iLounger Tim Smith sent us a photo of a handmade leather cigarette case he purchased while in Chile that turned out to be a perfect fit for his 4G iPod and iPod shuffle. “I quickly grew attached to the shuffle, but I wanted my 20GB around as well,” he says. “I pulled out the leather case, and I discovered the almost perfect case for the two iPods.”

iPods and mobile phones are being blamed for a 26% increase in street robberies in London, according to BBC News.

Apple is one of the “4 Stocks to Retire On” chosen by The Motley Fool’s Rick Aristotle Munarriz.

Apple expected to ship 5.5 million iPods this quarter

  • May 26, 2005
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Piper Jaffray said today that it expects Apple to ship slightly more iPods in its fiscal third quarter than it did last quarter. The research firm said it believes Apple will have iPod unit shipments of 5.5 million for the June quarter, up from 5.3 million in its second quarter.

“The bottom line from our checks is that while we are not expecting significant upside to June [third] quarter numbers, Apple’s business appears to be solid in what is typically a seasonally slower period,” Piper Jaffray said. “We believe iPod sales are increasingly becoming less of a focus for Apple specialists, due to improved iPod supply and availability at mass retailers.”

Shufflesome stickers cover iPod shuffle on all sides

imageShufflesome is offering several Teflon-coated vinyl sticker sets designed by artists to cover the front, back and sides of the iPod shuffle.

“The project is run by a growing number of contributing artists from around the world, who supply the designs,” the site told iLounge. “To my knowledge, Shufflesome is the only shop offering a complete, 10-piece sticker set to cover all areas of the iPod shuffle.”

Shufflesome said that voting by site visitors affects which designs are chosen for future production. All current sticker sets are priced at $9.90.

Mix: Sirius, Audible, Playlist club, Podcast feud

  • May 26, 2005

Sirius Satellite Radio CEO Mel Karmazin told shareholders this week that he is still talking with companies (including Apple) about creating a Sirius-enabled MP3 player.

Standard & Poor’s Equity Research reiterated a “sell” rating on Audible.com stock, noting that “podcasting constitutes a growing threat” to the company, “particularly its Periodicals and Radio and TV categories.”

Three Playlist Club events will take place next month at the London School of Economics on June 1, the Progress Bar on June 18, and in Philadelphia on June 20.

The Boston Globe reports on a spat between podcasting pioneers Dave Winer and Adam Curry over who deserves credit for creating the technology.

Speck intros iGuy for iPod

imageSpeck Products today introduced iGuy, a bendable “friend” for your iPod. The company said that iGuy does more than just play—the posable accessory features rubberized protection, docking capability and a screen protector. iGuy sells for $34.95 and fits all 4G and photo iPods.

“Our new iGuy can be your iPod’s best friend,” says Speck. “iPod owners are incredibly passionate about their iPod and the iGuy enables them to not only customize their iPod, but actually give it a personality. This is the perfect gift for the iPod fanatic in your life.”

iPod, Ive receive D&AD design awards

  • May 26, 2005
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Apple received four design awards at the 43rd D&AD (Design and Art Direction) awards last night in London. The iPod and iPod mini, along with Apple’s Cinema Display won silver awards for product design. Jonathan Ive, Apple’s head of industrial design, was honored with a special president’s award in recognition of outstanding contribution to the industry. The iPod won a gold award in 2002.

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