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Tunewear announces Tuneshell for iPod nano (with video)

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Tunewear has introduced its Tuneshell case for iPod nano (with video). The Tuneshell is a two-piece snap-on clear polycarbonate case, offering screen protection, access to the nano’s Click Wheel, hold switch, Dock Connector, and headphone jack, and an included quick-release lanyard. The Tunewear Tuneshell for iPod nano (with video) is available now and sells for $20.

Apple, NBC Universal break off iTunes TV show talks

According to a Washington Post report, Apple and NBC Universal have ended negotiations aimed at keeping the studio’s TV programming on the iTunes Store. In August NBC Universal announced that it did not intend to renew its iTunes contract, which led to Apple announcing that it would not carry the studio’s fall schedule. When the current contract expires on Dec. 1, it is expected that all NBC Universal programming will be pulled from iTunes. NBC Universal has confirmed that it sent a letter on Oct. 9 asserting that Apple is in breach of contract, but no legal action is expected. In the same report, a source with knowledge of contract talks between the Warner Music Group and Apple claims that Warner may follow Universal Music Group’s lead and switch to a month-to-month deal to offer its content on iTunes, although the source also admits that no decision has yet been made.

‘08 iLounge Buyers’ Guide Contests end tonight, last chance to win

Our 2008 iLounge Buyers’ Guide Contests end tonight at midnight, so if you haven’t yet submitted an entry, you have until 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time tonight to enter for your chance to win. We’re running two separate contests for our upcoming 2008 Buyer’s Guide — the Holiday iPod Photo Contest, and the iPhone nano Concept Contest. Thanks to the contests’ sponsors, Ultimate Ears and Geneva Lab, we have $3795 worth of goodies ready for the winners. For more details about the contests like how to enter and for official rules, check out the contests’ page. Good luck!

Noreve offers Tradition leather case for iPod touch

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Noreve has introduced its Tradition leather case for iPod touch. The Tradition is made from handcrafted leather, and features openings in the leather for access to the Dock Connector, headphone jack, and power button, a magnetic snap closure, a padded design, interior lining embossed with the Noreve logo, and a removable 360 degree swiveling metal belt clip. The Noreve Tradition leather case for iPod touch is available now in several different colors, and sells for around $62.

Proporta debuts Alu-Leather Sheepskin Case for iPod nano 3G

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Proporta has introduced its Alu-Leather Sheepskin Case for iPod nano (with video). The Alu-Leather Sheepskin Case is hand crafted from a sheet of aircraft grade aluminum to help protect the nano’s screen from crushing and impact. Features include a leather exterior, cut-outs for access to the nano’s hold switch, Dock Connector, headphone jack, and Click Wheel, a magnetic clasp closure, and contrast overstitching. The Proporta Alu-Leather Sheepskin Case for iPod nano (with video) is available now in five colors and sells for $35.

Apple launches iPhone Dev Center

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Apple has launched a new iPhone Dev Center providing resources and tools for developing web apps for the iPhone and iPod touch. In an email sent out to ADC (Apple Developer Connection) members, Apple described the new site: “Complete with technical documentation, sample code, and videos through ADC on iTunes, the iPhone Dev Center is your single source for information on designing, coding and optimizing web applications for iPhone and iPod touch.” In detail, the center offers Web Development Guidelines, iPhone Tech Talk Videos, Sample Code, an iPhone Reference Library, a place to register for future iPhone Tech Talks, links to grab the Safari 3 Public Beta for compatibility testing, and a place to submit your completed web application for inclusion in Apple’s web apps library. It is currently unclear whether this Dev Center will also serve native third-party iPhone developers once the official SDK is released in February. Use of the iPhone Dev Center requires an Apple ADC account; non-ADC members can sign up for a free Online Membership.

XtremeMac rolls out MicroShield cases for iPod touch, classic, nano 3G

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XtremeMac has introduced MicroShield and MicroShield Plus cases for the iPod classic, iPod touch, and iPod nano (with video). MicroShield Plus cases are made from clear impact-resistant plastic, and include a removable belt clip that doubles as a kickstand. The MicroShield Plus for iPod nano comes with two backs—one with a belt clip and one without—and a carabiner that can be easily attached to a belt, purse or backpack. MicroShield cases without belt clips are also available for all three new iPod models; all MicroShield and MicroShield Plus cases include TuffShield protectors for the screen (iPod touch) or Click Wheel (iPod classic, nano). XtremeMac MicroShield and MicroShield Plus cases sell for $20 and $30, respectively, and can be pre-ordered now, with availability expected in the coming weeks.

DLO unveils HipCase line for iPod nano, touch, classic

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Digital Lifestyle Outfitters has announced its new line of HipCase leather folio cases for the iPod classic, iPod touch, and iPod nano (with video), as well as the HipCase nylon holster and HipCase leather sleeve for iPod touch. The HipCase folio features a leather exterior, a padded leather cover that flips open to reveal the front of the device, a pocket on the inside flap, and access to all controls and ports. While the HipCase folio for nano features a clear, play-through window, the folios for iPod classic and iPod touch provide open access to the Click Wheel and touch screen.

imageThe HipCase nylon holster for iPod touch is made from vegan-friendly nylon with a rubber accent on the padded flip-up cover. Openings on the corners of the case allow for antenna and headphone jack access, and features include a Velcro closure, hidden inner pocket, and integrated belt clip. Finally, the HipCase leather sleeve for iPod touch does away with the folio’s padded leather cover, and adds an included screen protector and full-time access to the device’s touch screen. All five new HipCase models are available now and sell for $30 each.

ShadesCases releases Shades cases for iPod classic, nano 3G

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ShadesCases has announced the release of its Shades cases for iPod classic and iPod nano (with video). imageShades are made from 100% Polyurethane, and offer both Click Wheel and screen protection. Features include full access to the iPod’s headphone jack, hold switch, and Dock Connector, a 0.4mm thin profile, and an embossed Click Wheel cover that enables the user to feel the controls. Shades cases for iPod classic and iPod nano (with video) are available now in nine different colors and sell for $17 and $15, respectively.

Analysts expect high iPod sales in Q1

  • October 24, 2007
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Several analysts are expecting staggering iPod sales in Apple’s first fiscal quarter, reports MarketWatch. This follows Apple’s earlier announcement that it sold 10.2 million iPods in the quarter ending September 29, a number that fell slightly short of the consensus estimate of 11 million units. “Typically, the September quarter is a back-to-school quarter driven by Macs, while the December quarter is a consumer quarter driven by iPods,” said Shaw Wu of American Technology Research. Wu estimates that Apple will sell 24 million iPods in the holiday quarter, a forecast that is close to the 25 million average estimate from analysts surveyed by Thompson Financial.

Another analyst, Ingrid Ebeling of JMP Securities, believes that the iPod touch is having a strong impact on iPod sales, and that Apple’s first quarter could account for as much as 45% of all iPod sales in 2007, with sales of 29 million iPods. “Going into the holiday season, the company commented that iPod sales rose dramatically following the release of the new iPods, and they continue to gain share in the MP3 market,” said Ebeling. Apple has said it expects to report first-quarter earnings of $1.42 a share on $9.2 billion in revenue, a forecast that means Apple will need to sell approximately 24 million iPods, says Keith Bachman of BMO Securities. Bachman said that his 24 million forecast “is a very achievable estimate.”

Difusi intros cases for iPod nano (with video)

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Difusi has introduced four new leather cases for the iPod nano (with video): the nanoSleeve, nanoValet, nanoFlip, and nanoProp. All four cases are handcrafted from leather, stainless steel, and shatterproof plastics, and offer full access to the nano’s ports and controls. The nanoValet features a fold-down, button-closure front flap, and interchangeable accessories. It sells for $25. The nanoFlip features a flip-up front flap, interchangeable accessories, and also sells for $25. The nanoProp features a similar design to that of the nanoFlip, but adds a colored racing stripe to the right side of the case, as well as a removable stainless steel case stand. It sells for $40. Finally, the nanoSleeve features a sleeve-style design, interchangeable accessories, and sells for $20. Accessories for the cases include a shatterproof belt clip, removable stainless steel clip holder, ClearGuard screen, full body and wheel protection, a cotton lanyard, and a stand. All four difusi cases for iPod nano (with video) are available for pre-order now; the cases are expected to begin shipping next week.

Deal: Logitech Pure-Fi Elite, $130 shipped

Though we rarely post amazing iPod accessory bargains, we came across an astonishing price on Logitech’s Pure-Fi Elite that we wanted to pass along to iLounge readers. Pure-Fi Elite recently received iLounge’s rare flat A, Highly Recommended rating at a $300 price. Our editors consider it to be a remarkable deal for $130 shipped from Amazon.com.

Best of luck getting this deal, and enjoy listening if you do!

Mix: iTunes, Salesforce, Billboard, Storage

  • October 23, 2007

The iTunes Store is now taking pre-orders for “The Complete Led Zeppelin,” a special $100 digital box set containing the band’s entire discography, is now available for pre-order exclusively through iTunes, as is the band’s upcoming “Mothership” retrospective. Both will be available for download beginning November 13.

In addition, the New York Times has reported that Edward Burns’s latest romantic comedy, “Purple Violets,” will go up for sale on Nov. 20 exclusively on iTunes, marking the first time a feature film has made its commercial debut on the service.

During yesterday’s Q4 financial results conference call, Apple COO Tim Cook confirmed that the company was working with salesforce.com on their initiatives to modify software for the iPhone. Salesforce.com offers software that helps businesses manage sales leads and runs an online marketplace for other business software, all available over the internet.

Music chart provider Billboard and iLike have announced the first social media-based music charts, which will reflect which songs are most popular each week among iLike users on Facebook, as well as leveraging iLike’s desktop software to monitor the top songs that users are adding to their personal iTunes and Windows Media collections.

Both Toshiba and Samsung have announced plans for new flash memory chips made using 30nm technology, which would enable flash-based iPods with much higher storage capacities. Meanwhile, the popularity of Apple’s flash-based models is leading some to say that storage is no longer the main selling factor driving iPod sales.

Happy 6th Birthday, iPod

  • October 23, 2007
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Six years ago today, on October 23, 2001, Apple CEO Steve Jobs introduced the iPod, a $399 hard drive-based MP3 player with a unique Scroll Wheel and bright white LCD interface, an amazingly pocketable size, and high-speed FireWire for synchronization and charging. The first-generation iPod actually shipped in mid-November, eventually selling 125,000 units by the end of 2001.

One hundred and twenty million units later, that iPod has evolved into the sixth iteration, the iPod classic, spawned other iPod models such as the mini, shuffle, nano, and touch, and seen its capacity increase 32 times, even while falling in price. It has also played a major part in Apple’s remarkable growth from a struggling computer company to a major consumer electronics manufacturer, inspiring the iPhone and helping boost sales of iMac and MacBook computers.

In December of 2005, we asked you, our readers, whether ‘05 represented the “Year of the iPod,” or if we were instead in the middle of “The iPod Decade.” Nearly two years later, there is literally no end in sight for sales of the iconic jukebox, and with Apple leveraging the iPod+iTunes ecosystem with new products, we may just be getting started.

From all of us at iLounge to Apple’s iPod teams, past and present, congratulations on your sixth birthday. We will be here to celebrate many, many more.

Digital Camo offers skins for iPods, iPhone

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Digital Camo has introduced a full line of skins for the second-generation iPod shuffle, second- and third-generation iPod nano, iPod classic, iPod touch, and iPhone. All Digital Camo iPhone and iPod skins are made with a sub-surfaced printed 7 mil vinyl. You can also customize the skins by adding text in your choice of font. Digital Camo iPhone and iPod skins are available in more than 20 different designs, in several different color combinations, and sell for around $10 each.

iPhone helps AT&T add 2 million subscribers in Q3

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Reporting its third-quarter financial results, iPhone carrier AT&T revealed that it achieved a net gain of 2 million wireless subscribers, possibly close to one million of those being iPhone users, assuming Apple’s estimate of 250,000 unlocked iPhones is correct. The gain is the highest third-quarter subscriber increase in the company’s history, and represents a 46.8 percent increase over the year-ago quarter. Additionally, the company’s wireless data revenues increased 63.9 percent versus results in the year-earlier quarter, “driven by increases in both consumer and business data usage.”

PDO TopSkin for iPhone now shipping

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PDO has announced the immediate availability of its TopSkin for iPhone silicone case. TopSkin for iPhone features a play-through design that covers the power, volume, and home buttons, while cut-outs allow access to the phone’s camera, vibrate switch, speakers, and microphone. The touch screen can be covered with the included screen protector, and the case covers the Dock Connector and headphone jack as well with flaps that can be opened for access. In addition, the case features a slim-profile, 360 degree rotating belt clip, and micro texture grip on all four sides. The PDO TopSkin for iPhone sells for $20 and is available in black, blue, pink, and ghost white.

Apple estimates 250,000 iPhones sold ‘with intention to unlock’

Speaking during the company’s Q4 Financial Results Conference Call, Apple COO Tim Cook stated that the company “estimates 250,000 iPhones were sold with intention to unlock,” and that “many of those sales happened after the price cut.” The iPhone accounted for $118 million in revenue, which is derived from “handset sales, carrier agreements, and Apple-branded and third-party iPhone accessories.” Apple has previously stated it will use a 24-month subscription accounting model for the iPhone. Asked about the possible success of a 2.5G iPhone in Asia, Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer said there was “nothing to announce today,” while reiterating the company’s intentions to bring the device to Asia in 2008. Finally, $100 iPhone credits are being accounted for as customers redeem them, and the company expects most redemptions to be completed by the end of the year.

Apple sells 10.2 million iPods, 1.1 million iPhones during Q4

Reporting its fourth quarter financial results today, Apple said it sold 10.2 million iPods during the quarter — a 17 percent increase compared to the same quarter last year. It also sold 1.119 million iPhones in the quarter, bringing the total number of units sold up to nearly 1.4 million. The company posted revenue of $6.22 billion and net quarterly profit of $904 million, or $1.01 per diluted share, compared with revenue of $4.84 billion and net quarterly profit of $542 million, or $.62 per diluted share in Q4 2006. Sales of Other Music Related Products + Services were up 33% over the year-ago quarter, but down slightly from Q3 2007, to $601 million total. That category includes iTunes Store sales, iPod services, and revenues from Apple and third-party iPod accessories.

“We are very pleased to have generated over $24 billion in revenue and $3.5 billion in net income in fiscal 2007,” said Apple CEO Steve Jobs. “We’re looking forward to a strong December quarter as we enter the holiday season with Apple’s best products ever.”

“Apple ended the fiscal year with $15.4 billion in cash and no debt,” said Peter Oppenheimer, Apple’s CFO. “Looking ahead to the first quarter of fiscal 2008, we expect revenue of about $9.2 billion and earnings per diluted share of about $1.42.”

Griffin Evolve now available through Best Buy

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Griffin Technology has announced that its Evolve Wireless Sound System is now available exclusively through its launch partner Best Buy, both online at bestbuy.com and at Best Buy retail locations. The Evolve Wireless Sound System features a base/charging station with integrated iPod Dock, wireless speakers with rechargeable lithium-ion batteries and a 150-foot range, line-in RCA jacks for alternate audio sources, and a RF remote control. “Evolve will change the way people listen to music,” said Paul Griffin, President of Griffin Technology. “We did away with the limitations from traditional sound systems—the wires. Evolve gives users the freedom to listen to their music wherever they choose.” The Griffin Evolve Wireless Sound System is available from Best Buy and from Griffin’s website for $300.

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