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iTunes 8 causing 5002 app store error, workaround available

A number of iPhone and iPod touch users running iTunes 8, including an iLounge editor, have been hit with an iTunes error 5002 when trying to update applications stored in their iTunes libraries. While the exact cause of the error is not clear, a workaround is available. Those receiving the error should look through their Applications listings in iTunes and remove any app with a generic icon, and then re-download the app if needed. The generic icons represent apps that iTunes 8 cannot find, and for some reason cause the program to display an error 5002 for the entire catalog of updates rather than skipping over certain applications. Following this procedure, all applications should be updated by iTunes properly, then sync to the iPhone or iPod touch without issue.

Atari requests removal of iPhone Breakout clones

Two developers of Breakout-style games for the iPhone and iPod touch have reportedly been asked to remove their games from the App Store. According to separate postings from the developers, Atari Interactive has requested the removal of BreakClassic, BreakTouch 3D, and SuperPong 2 “due to infringements against the pong and breakout copyrights.” In August, iPhone developer Noah Washington faced a similar request from The Tetris Company, which filed a complaint with Apple over his Tris Tetris clone. As of this writing, all three apps remain available on the App Store.

Last chance to enter the iDuo Dock Giveaway

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If you haven’t yet entered our iDuo Dock Giveaway, now’s your last chance. In the contest, iLounge and Atech Flash Technology are giving away 50 iDuo Docks with built-in multi-format memory card readers. To enter, simply fill out and submit the entry form. The contest ends tonight at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time, so get your entry in soon. For official rules and more info, visit the official contest page. Good luck!

NLU Products ships BodyGuardz for iPod nano 4G, touch 2G

NLU Products has announced that it is now shipping its BodyGuardz for the fourth-generation iPod nano and second-generation iPod touch. BodyGuardz are custom-fit clear film protectors that adhere directly to the device without leaving a residue, and offers protection from dents, scratches, and normal wear and tear. Each set of BodyGuardz includes two custom-fit protective skins, application solution, a squeegee card and application instructions. In addition, all BodyGuardz are backed by the BodyGuardz Advantage program and include lifetime replacements. NLU Products’ BodyGuardz for the fourth-generation iPod nano and second-generation iPod touch are available now and sell for $25. For more information on the BodyGuardz for iPod nano 4G and iPod touch 2G, see our First Look article.

Apple discounts new, refurb previous-generation iPods

  • September 18, 2008
  • Deals

Apple has updated the Special Deals section of its online store with discounts on a number of new and refurbished previous-generation iPods. Refurbished third-generation iPod nano models are now available for $79 (4GB) and $99 (8GB), while new first-generation iPod touch models are available for $209 (8GB), $279 (16GB), and $379 (32GB). The same iPod touch models are also available as refurbished units for $179, $219, and $319, respectively. 80GB and 160GB iPod classic units are also available, selling for $199 and $299 new, and $169 and $249 refurbished. Finally, Apple is offering iPod shuffle models in earlier colors for $49 (1GB) and $69 (2GB) new and $39 and $59 refurbished. As with all Apple Special Deals, all products are limited to the amount of stock on hand.

XtremeMac returns with speakers, cases, and chargers for iPhone, iPod

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In its first major announcements since being acquired by Imation, XtremeMac has confirmed November shipping dates and iPod and iPhone compatibility for its Luna X2, Luna Voyager, and Tango X2 speaker systems, and has also introduced a number of new chargers for the iPhone and iPod, along with a bevy of cases for the iPhone 3G and new family of iPods. First mentioned in our coverage of Macworld Expo this January, the Luna Voyager is a travel-sized alarm clock and personal audio system featuring a built-in dock, an adjustable brightness display, automatic time setting, and the option to wake to the docked iPhone or iPod, or to a buzzer. It will sell for $90 when it goes on sale in November.

imageXtremeMac’s new InCharge Duo is a rapid charging dock and syncing cradle for iPod and iPhone, featuring a dual docking well with the ability to charge two iPods or iPhones simultaneously, charging status indicators to let the user know when the devices are fully charged, and an included USB cable for syncing. It will be available in November for $50. The TravelDock is a portable folding dock that offers the ability to charge the iPhone using an included mini USB to USB cable, and also folds out to serve as a stand for watching video. It will be available in October and will sell for $30. The new InCharge FM transmitter and car charger for iPod and iPhone employs PureFM technology from Quintic and XtremeMac’s proprietary audio enhancements to deliver a consistently clean signal to any car stereo. Other features include SmartTune auto channel selection, RDS technology to display song information on compatible radios, and charging capability. It will be available in October for $80. Also available in October will be the new Firewire to USB Adapter that allows for the use of older, Firewire charging accessories with new, USB charging-only iPods and iPhones. It will sell for $50.

imageThe Micropack case for iPhone 3G will provide the equivalent of a fully charged iPhone battery of external power in a slim, form-fitting case that will include a USB to mini USB cable for charging and will be available in October for $100. Other cases for the iPhone 3G include the Microclip holster featuring a padded interior, included Tuffshield protector, and 360-degree rotating belt clip for $25, the Microshield thin clear plastic shell case featuring open access to all ports and controls and two included screen protectors for $20, the Sportwrap neoprene armband featuring a built-in screen protector, integrated cord management tab, and adjustable strap for $30, the Tuffwrap silicone case featuring textured side for added grip, open access to all ports and controls, and an included video stand and screen protector for $25, the Verona Holster horizontal leather case featuring an integrated belt clip, microsuede interior lining, and full access to the headphone jack and buttons for $35, and the Verona Sleeve reinforced leather case featuring an open-faced design, access to all ports and controls, built-in rubber volume buttons, microsuede interior lining, and an included screen protector for $30. XtremeMac will also be offering versions of its Tuffshield, Microshield, Tuffwrap, Microclip, Verona Sleeve, and Sportwrap cases for the second-generation iPod touch and fourth-generation iPod nano; all of these new case are expected to go on sale later this month.

SRS Labs brings iWOW audio enhancement to iPod, PCs

SRS Labs has introduced two new audio solutions, one for the iPod and one for Mac and PC. The SRS iWOW adaptor for iPod is a dock-connecting audio adaptor that attaches to the iPod and utilizes patented SRS audio solutions to provide enhanced depth and clarity. According to the company, the adaptor provides “immersive 3D audio, ultra-clear definition, and deep, rich bass,” and will work with all iPods featuring a 30 pin connector. The iWOW adaptor for iPod will be available in November and will sell for $100.

The successor to one of the top iTunes 3rd party software downloads of 2007 (according to Apple.com), the new version of SRS’ iWOW plug-in for Mac and PC provides full, 3D audio over any headphones, desktop, laptop or monitor speakers, delivering immersive surround sound. In addition, it features an all new user interface, with the ability to personalize acoustic preferences with an array of music and video presets, like rock, classical, jazz, blues, country and more. SRS Labs’ iWOW software package for Mac and PC will be available in October and will sell for $80.

Griffin shows AirCurve, Clarifi for iPhone 3G

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Griffin Technology has announced two new iPhone accessories at Apple Expo Paris. The AirCurve for iPhone and iPhone 3G is a unique clear polycarbonate acoustic amplifier designed to provide more powerful sound from the iPhone’s built-in speaker without the need for added electronics. It uses a coiled waveguide within its base, which can be plainly seen thanks to its clear construction, to amplify the sound, and also offers a pass-though slot to allow for charging and syncing of the iPhone while docked. It will sell for $20. Griffin also introduced the Clarifi for iPhone 3G, a new polycarbonate case featuring a built-in sliding close-up lens that enhances the macro and close-up functionality of the iPhone 3G’s built-in camera, allowing users to shoot crisp images from as little as four inches away from the subject. Other features include open access to all ports and controls, Griffin’s EasyDock slide-off bottom for docking, and a two-tone design. It will sell for $35. Both the Griffin AirCurve and Clarifi will be available in October.

Proporta unveils slew of cases for iPod nano 4G, touch 2G

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Proporta has introduced its new line of cases for the fourth-generation iPod nano and second-generation iPod touch. The Profile Case for iPod touch 2G is an open-faced case made from thin polycarbonate with a patterned leather covering, offering open access to all ports and controls and available in four colors for $25. The Ted Baker Leather Case for touch 2G is a flip-top style case featuring a patterned leather exterior, open access to all ports and controls, button closure, and interior card slots. It sells for $50. The Alu-Leather Edge Case for iPod touch 2G offers a leather exterior with aircraft grade aluminum lining for added protection and a neoprene interior. Other features include a flip-top lid, contrast stitching, open access to all ports and controls, and an included lanyard. It sells for $59.

Proporta’s Leather Style and Aluminum Lined Leather Cases share a flip-top deign with an interior card pocket, magnetic closure, open access to all ports and controls, and a contrast interior, but while the Leather Style case is made form a high-quality leather alternative, the Aluminum Lined case features real leather and a hidden aluminum lining for added stability. The Leather Style case sells for $28, while the Aluminum Lined Leather case sells for $30. The Soft Feel Silicone Case for iPod touch 2G offers dual layers of silicone for added protection, open access to all ports and controls, and sells for $26.

imageFor the fourth-generation iPod nano, The company is offering versions of the Profile Case, Leather Style Protective Case, Aluminum Lined Leather Case, and Soft Feel Silicone Case, all of which are similar to the iPod touch versions mentioned above. In addition, Proporta is offering the Impact Protective Crystal Case, a hard polycarbonate case featuring a clear front, soft-touch coated back, and open access to all ports and controls for $25, the Echo Case, which features a mirrored finish that also hides the device’s display when not in use, open access to all ports and controls, and sells for $26, the Compact Mirror Case, which features a patent leather exterior, a flip-up design with a mirror built into the lid, a magnetic closure system, and interior arms to hold the nano in place for $37, and the Mini Maya Pouch, a simple pocket-style case selling for $13. Proporta is also offering Advanced Screen Protectors for both the iPod nano 4G and iPod touch 2G; they sell for $10 each.

Marware debuts cases for iPod touch 2G

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Marware has introduced its first cases for the second-generation iPod touch. The Flip Vue for touch 2G is a flip-top, form-fitting case with a Nappa leather exterior and microfiber interior. Features include perforated leather design accents with contrast stitching, an interchangeable Multidapt low-profile belt clip, elastic sides for a better fit, open access to all ports and controls, and an included screen protector and cleaning cloth. It will sell for $30. The C.E.O. Premiere for iPod touch 2G is a horizontal holster-style case with a leather exterior and microfiber interior. Features include compatibility with both the first- and second-generation iPod touch, perforated design accents with contrast stitching, a built-in belt clip, bottom opening for easy removal, secure top flap closure, open access to the headphone jack and sleep/wake button, and an included screen protector and cleaning cloth. It will sell for $35.

Marware’s C.E.O. Sleeve for the touch 2G is a vertical sleeve-style case, with a leather exterior and microfiber interior. Features include perforated accents with contrast stitching, an interchangeable Multidapt low-profile belt clip, elastic sides for a better fit, an open top for access to the headphone jack and sleep/wake button, compatibility with both the 1G and 2G iPod touch, and an included screen protector and cleaning cloth. It will sell for $25. Finally, the Glide for iPod touch 2G is a pocket-style leather case, featuring a microfiber interior, a dual-purpose strap for easy removal of the touch and a Velcro closure for a more secure fit, and an included screen protector and cleaning cloth. It too will sell for $25. All four of Marware’s new cases for the second-generation iPod touch are available for pre-order now; release information has not yet been announced.

4GB fourth-generation iPod nanos appear in Europe [updated]

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Following an appearance on Amazon’s German site (Translated link), a number of 4GB fourth-generation iPod nanos have been spotted on store shelves (Translated link) by a Dutch Apple enthusiast website. According to the report, the 4GB model is available in all nine colors and sells for €119 (roughly $169). It is unclear whether the 4GB model is meant as a third option for the European market, or whether Apple is simply trying to get rid of stock produced before the decision to go with only two models (8GB and 16GB) was made. [via Engadget | via iFun.de]

Update: Apple has confirmed the existence of the 4GB fourth-generation iPod nano, with a company spokesperson saying it made a “limited number of 4GB iPod Nanos for some international markets” while declining to reveal which markets would get the devices.

Photo of the Week: iPod in the Dominican Republic

This week’s featured photo is from our iPods Around the World gallery, and shows a first-generation iPod nano along the shores of a beach in the Dominican Republic. To share your photos and to be considered for our Photo of the Week, you simply need to submit your own photo to one of our galleries. So get out there, take some pictures with your iPod or iPhone, and maybe your submission will be our next Photo of the Week!

Apple posts Remote 1.1 for iPhone, iPod touch

Apple has released Remote 1.1, the first update to its iTunes and Apple TV remote control application for iPhone and iPod touch. New in Remote 1.1 is the ability to create Genius playlists and create and edit playlists in iTunes directly from the application. Remote 1.1 is available as a free download from the App Store for all iPhone and iPod touch users running software 2.0 or later.

New high-res iPod color spectrum desktop wallpaper from iLounge

Given the wide array of colors found in Apple’s latest iPod nano and iPod shuffle models, we thought it was time to revisit iPods past for a complete color comparison. The result? Our new iPod + iPhone Color Chart desktop wallpapers. Four different images are available, each in sizes up to 1600x1200, and can be downloaded now from our Flickr page by following the link above.

New iPod poll ends, App Store ban poll begins

With over 3,800 votes from iLounge readers, our latest poll — “What’s your reaction to the new 2008 iPods?” — has ended. Readers were given choices ranging from great to really bad, or could also state that they had no opinion.

Response was overwhelmingly positive, with 80% of readers saying that Apple did at least okay with the new lineup. 24% of readers said they thought the new iPods were great, and were planning to buy one, while another 24% said they thought the new iPod family was good, and were considering purchasing one of the new models. 32% thought the new iPods were okay, but not enough to make them purchase one, while 11% thought the new family was bad, and that Apple needed to do more, and 5% thought the new models were really bad, and that Apple had dropped the ball with the new releases. Only 4% of readers said they didn’t have an opinion about the new iPods. Thanks for your responses!

This week’s poll focuses on Apple’s recent decisions to reject or ban certain applications from the App Store. Do you think Apple is hurting iPhone and iPod touch users with the bans, and should allow any non-malicious software in? Or do you think Apple is doing a good job as-is, or perhaps should even step up its content filtering efforts? This week’s poll, “Is Apple hurting iPhone + iPod users with its App Store banning decisions?” lets you answer that question. As always, the iLounge Poll is on the left hand column of the main iLounge.com home page. Cast your vote today!

Kensington announces USB charger, car mounts for iPod & iPhone

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Kensington has introduced its new 4-Port USB Charger for Mobile Devices, as well as two new car mounts for the iPod and iPhone. The 4-Port USB Charger for Mobile Devices is a black one-piece wall charger offering four USB ports on the bottom for charging multiple devices, including the iPod and iPhone, simultaneously. It sells for $30. The Dash Mount for iPhone and iPod features a jointed arm for positioning, adjustable side clamps to securely hold the iPhone or iPod, even when in a case, adjustable legs for added stability, and a rotating head to allow for vertical or horizontal device orientation. It also sells for $30. Finally, Kensington’s Power Port Mount for iPhone and iPod features a mount that anchors in a vehicle’s power port and provides a pass-through for connecting other accessories, such as a car charger. Other features include adjustable side clamps, a swiveling head, and a flexible arm. It too will sell for $30. All three new products will be available at the end of this month.

Griffin intros cases for iPod nano 4G, touch 2G

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Griffin Technology has introduced its first cases for the fourth-generation iPod nano and second-generation iPod touch. The Aerosport Armband for the iPod touch 2G, iPod nano 4G, and iPod classic features a wide, flexible armband made from moisture-wicking black stretch fabric, a removable cord wrap, a reflective print pattern for added visibility, built-in, touch-friendly screen protection for all three models, and a removable clip on the case that allows the user to use it with the armband, clipped on a belt or strap, or as a pocketable case. The Aerosport Armband will sell for $30. The FlexGrip for iPod touch 2G and iPod nano 4G is a two-tone silicone case featuring a textured surface for added grip, open access to all ports and controls, and an included static-peel screen protector. It will sell in two-packs of black and red for $20.

imageGriffin’s Elan Convertible for iPod nano 4G, iPod touch 2G, and iPod classic is a flip-top leather case featuring a removable flip cover, built-in screen protection, a removable belt clip, microfiber interior lining for scratch protection, and a pebbled top-grain leather exterior. It will sell for $30. The iClear for iPod nano 4G, iPod touch 2G and iPod classic is a clear polycarbonate hard case, offering open access to all ports and controls, a two-piece, snap-together design, and an included static-peel screen protector for the iPod touch. It will sell for $20. Finally, the Nu Form with EasyDock for iPod touch 2G is an impact resistant hard shell case featuring a two-piece design that allows the user to remove the bottom portion of the case for easier docking. Other features include a two-tone black and grey color scheme, open access to all ports and controls, and an included static-peel screen protector. It will sell for $25. Griffin’s new line of cases for the fourth-generation iPod nano and second-generation iPod touch will be available soon.

Logitech rolls out two speaker systems for iPod and iPhone

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Logitech has announced its new Pure-Fi Express Plus omnidirectional speaker and Pure-Fi Anytime alarm clock for iPod and iPhone. The Pure-Fi Express Plus is a new portable speaker system featuring omnidirectional acoustics to transmit sound evenly in all directions. Other features include the ability to operate off of AC or battery power, a built-in Universal Dock, and an included remote control. The Logitech Pure-Fi Express Plus is expected to be available in October and will sell for $100.

imageLogitech’s Pure-Fi Anytime is a new alarm clock radio for iPod and iPhone offering a built-in Universal Dock which is recessed to help prevent the user from accidentally knocking over or damaging the docked device, a digital AM/FM radio, a high-contrast display, dual alarms than can be set to music, radio, or buzzer, a motion-sensing snooze feature, and motion-activated backlit controls. Like the Pure-Fi Express Plus, the Logitech Pure-Fi Anytime is expected to be available in October and will sell for $100.

Apple releases software 1.0.2 for fourth-gen iPod nano

  • September 16, 2008

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Apple has released Software 1.0.2 for the fourth-generation iPod nano. Notable in that Apple has apparently skipped over version 1.0.1, the update offers “support for the 4th generation iPod nano,” according to Apple’s release notes. In our brief checks, we found a small typographical error that has been fixed, but no obvious major changes. Software v.1.0.2 for the fourth-generation iPod nano is available now through the update feature in iTunes.

Gameloft releases CSI:Miami game for Click Wheel iPods

  • September 16, 2008
  • iPod

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Gameloft S.A. has released its CSI:Miami game for the fifth-generation iPod, iPod classic, and third- and fourth-generation iPod nano. In the game, players must solve a murder by teaming up with characters from the show to analyze and collect evidence through seven minigames, interrogate suspects, and move through seven different Miami locations. Players have a number of common CSI tools at their disposal, and the game also features a “Horatio’s Code” minigame which is unlocked by completing the story mode. Gameloft’s CSI:Miami is available now from the iTunes Store and sells for $4.99.

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