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Mix: BBC breakfast, Renaissance, Retail stores, Hewlett-Packard

  • August 3, 2005

The BBC Radio 1 breakfast show hosted by Chris Moyles is the No. 1 podcast in the UK, according to Apple’s iTunes charts.

New Zealand Apple distributor Renaissance more than doubled its profit to $1.93 million in the first half of 2005 and sees further growth as it rides the iPod boom.

Troy Wolverton of TheStreet.com says that Apple’s chain of retail stores has as much or more to do with the company’s recent successes than the iPod.

BusinessWeek’s Peter Burrows has written an article on why it makes sense for Hewlett-Packard to end its iPod partnership with Apple.

Windows: Weather for Me 2.0, Canto Pod 2.0 released

Staylazy has released new versions of two of its popular iPod programs—Weather for Me and Canto Pod.

Weather for Me 2.0 is an updated version of the software that allows you to download a 7 day weather forecast to your iPod. Following legal issues with Weather.com, the program now gets its data from MyForecast.com with over 26,000 US cities and 32,000 International cities supported.

Canto Pod 2.0 is the latest version of the iPod software that lets you easily search for song lyrics and download them to your iPod. This version adds LeosLyrics.com support, the ability to view the song files on your iPod, create a list of those songs, and automatically download those lyrics.

Ultimate Ears intros Super.fi 3 Studio earphones

imageUltimate Ears has introduced its new Super.fi 3 Studio earphones, which feature an in-ear design, pro-style ear loops and a $99.99 price tag.

“Through unique acoustic engineering and construction techniques, Super.fi 3 Studio earpieces are able to combine the deep, feel-it-in-your-gut bass of less expensive single-diaphragm devices with the clear mids of higher-priced single-armature products, then round out the sound with crisp highs that are typically missing from standard earphones,” says Ultimate Ears.

Each pair of the Super.fi 3 earphones come with a leather case, an earphone cleaning tool, and a 10-piece fit kit for different ear shapes.

NewerTech offers high-capacity battery for 1G/2G iPods

Newer Technology has announced a 2200mAh iPod battery replacement kit for first- and second-generation iPods. The company said the new 2200mAh battery offers 78 percent more runtime capacity than the original Apple iPod battery. The $34.95 kit includes installation tools and instructions.

With the introduction of the 2200mAh battery, NewerTech is discontinuing its 1800mAh and 2100mAh iPod battery replacements for the first two iPod generations. Prices on the discontinued batteries have been dropped by $10 and are available while supplies last.

Mix: iPod Trademark, Hewlett-Packard, Creative, Microsoft

  • August 2, 2005

Apple has expanded its trademark for the iPod from “portable and handheld digital electronic devices for recording, organizing, transmitting, manipulating, and reviewing text, data, and audio files” to “portable and handheld digital electronic devices for recording, organizing, transmitting, manipulating, and reviewing text, data, audio, image, and video files.”

American Technology Research analyst Shaw Wu said that Hewlett-Packard will likely stop bundling copies of iTunes on its desktops and laptops by the end of the year.

Needham & Co. analyst Charles Wolf said that while HP’s decision to stop reselling the iPod “should have little, if any, impact on iPod sales, the company missed a golden opportunity to build a material revenue stream at little expense. HP’s departure opens the door for Apple to expand the iPod’s distribution network even more rapidly than it has in the past.”

“Last year I declared war on Apple, but actually I was thinking of something bigger,’’ Creative Technology CEO Sim Wong Hoo recently said. “The war is in the living room. We are going after the living room.’’ Meanwhile, Microsoft said it isn’t looking to buy a stake in the Singapore consumer electronics company despite earlier speculation.

New iTatu designs announced

imageTatuz International has announced new iTatu sticker designs for the iPod shuffle, as well as a new “5-5-5” promotion.

Over the course of the next five weeks, the company said it will release five new iTatu designs, one per week, from graphic designer Andres Conde of Digital Assault. In addition to the new designs, each week for the next five weeks, the company will also be giving away one free iTatu with each online order.

The first new iTatu sticker, entitled “Mask” (shown), is available immediately for $3.49.

TechRestore offers overnight battery upgrade for 4G iPods

TechRestore is now offering an overnight iPod battery upgrade service for fourth-generation (4G) iPods and all color screen iPod models.

The $69 service includes overnight pickup of the iPod, same day installation of a high-capacity iPod battery and return overnight shipping. The replacement 1000mAh battery is said to offer over 50% more charging power than the original 4G iPod battery and 38% more charging power than the original color iPod battery.

A self-service 1000mAh battery upgrade is also available for $29.

Mix: Duke boys, Pittsburgh, Amy Greer, Samsung, iPod love

  • August 1, 2005

The stars of the “Dukes of Hazzard” movie—Johnny Knoxville, Seann William Scott and Jessica Simpson—told Showbiz Tonight that they are obsessed with their iPods.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review has a story on iPod thefts and related crime in Pittsburgh.

The Journal and Courier has an article on Indiana’s Amy Greer, the winner of Apple’s 500 millionth song download contest.

DigiTimes reports that 70% of Samsung’s current NAND flash memory supply has been spoken for by Apple and Sony. [via Macworld UK]

In an article on user attachment to gadgets, Apple’s Greg Joswiak says of the iPod: “It really begs to be caressed. People use it as a mirror..It becomes a reflection of them and their unique taste in music.”

Prada unveils iPod mini case

imageItalian fashion house Prada has introduced a new designer iPod mini case. The case is crafted from Saffiano leather and features a black fabric strap that appears it could be used as a lanyard or shoulder strap. It comes in black, bronze, and orange with gold plated hardware.

The Prada iPod mini case sells for $215, but the premium price tag is apparently not alienating shoppers. Saks notes: “Due to high demand, a customer may order no more than three units of these items every thirty days.”

Apple: No plans for iPod ads

  • August 1, 2005
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While advertisers struggle to reach consumers who have abandoned traditional radio in favor of their iPod, Apple says it has no plans to allow commercials on its device or iTunes.

“We have gone out of our way to not take advantage of advertising opportunities,” said Greg Joswiak, vice president of iPod product marketing. “We don’t think it’s part of the experience we want to give.”

Except for a handful of podcasts, industry experts believe there’s little opportunity to place ads on devices such as the iPod.

“People are using an iPod because they want to choose the music they listen to,” said Craig Davis, chief creative officer of WPP ad agency JWT Worldwide. “To interrupt and intrude on that with advertising would be pretty unwelcome.”

Mac: iPod Battery 1.1 released

iPod Battery 1.1 is a small Mac OS X application to change the iPod’s icon-based battery indicator to a numeric readout.

“You can change to a numeric representation from 0 to 999, giving a better understanding of battery status,” explains the developer. “The digital number indicator gives a more detailed view of battery status. You can change from analog (a small battery picture on iPod) to digital, or vice-versa.”

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