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Vaja Announces Classic iPod Case for 3G iPod

pic Vaja has announced to iLounge that they will release their new Classic case for 3G iPods tomorrow. The Classic leather case features a flip-lid design, access to all iPod functions, screen protector, snap closure, and comes in two models for 10/15GB and 30GB. Both models retail for $54.90 and can be purchased tomorrow, Thursday, July 24.

Belkin TuneDok Car Holder for iPod

pic Belkin has posted information about a new car holder called the TuneDok. This is the same iPod holder as being sold in the VW iPod connectivity kit for the ‘Pods Unite’ promotion. The TuneDok features ‘AirGrip’ technology (suction cup) for secure placement, a large and small rubber base plus adapter cup for exact fit in a cup holder, cable management system, and comes with a 3 year warranty. The TuneDok fits all iPod models and retails for $29.99, but is not yet available. Update: The TuneDoc is expected to ship September 15.

New iTrip for 3G iPods Delayed

After sending an inquiry, I was met with this tragic news from Griffin Technology tech support.

“Hello, The new iTrip has been pushed back to the end of August.”

NPR: Music Sharing on the Web

In a recent ‘All Things Considered’ radio show, host “Robert Siegel talks to Jason Freeman, a Columbia University doctoral student in music, who has created a software, called N.A.G.,  that makes music montages off music-sharing networks. It relies on the way music files are downloaded—some faster than others—and puts items together that come from a word-search. Freeman likes the random nature of his creation, but not all of the results.”

Creative announces I-Trique L3450 speakers

pic Creative has announced the I-Trique L3450 all-white 2.1 speaker system featuring 2 amplifiers, one each dedicated to the Lateral Firing Transducer driver, and 2 Titanium micro drivers, Audio Control Pod for volume, auxiliary line-in, headphones jack, Power on/off and bass control. The L3450 is priced at $149.99 and is expected to ship next month.

Target 30GB iPod for $449.99

Deals On The Web: Target is offering the new 30GB iPod for $499.99.  Use coupon code “TCAF2SAVETEN” during checkout to save 10% for a final price of $449.99.  It’s the best current price we’ve seen on a new unit.

USATODAY: BuyMusic Not Compatible with iPod

“BuyMusic’s songs are fully portable, but there’s a catch: None can be moved to Apple’s iPod, which has 50% of the digital music player market, though they do work with players from Creative Labs, Rio, Lyra and others.”

USATODAY: Swap songs? You may be on record industry’s hit list

“Online swappers wondering whether their names are on the record industry’s hit list can check online to see if they’re among 871 whose identities were subpoenaed in the first step of unprecedented mass legal action to stem Net piracy. [...]

The U.S. District Court’s Web site (ecf.dcd.uscourts.gov) is searchable, though users must first apply for an account; confirmation comes a week later in the mail, and there are fees for documents. The Electronic Frontier Foundation may offer quicker action: The activist group hopes to soon let the public check the same information through www.eff.org.”

AP: New Music Download Service Launches

“A new Internet music download site for PCs debuting Tuesday boasts the cheapest per-song rates yet but many of the same restrictions on copying that have stymied wider use of other music services.

Although online retailer BuyMusic.com will offer a catalog of more than 300,000 songs from the five major record labels, users of the service will not necessarily have the freedom afforded customers of Apple Inc.‘s iTunes service to transfer the music purchased to multiple computers and portable devices, or to burn it to compact discs. [...]

BuyMusic is charging 70 cents for individual song downloads—9 cents lower than MusicNow, which previously had the lowest per song price. It’s also undercutting competitors’ price for a full album download at $7.95. The iTunes’ service charges $9.99 for most full albums.”

2G iSkin $14.99 and 1G iSkin $10

The Think Different Store has lowered iSkin prices for 2G iPods (5/10/20GB) to $14.99 and $10 for 1G iPods (5/10GB). The iSkin silicone case comes in a multitude of colors including glow-in-the-dark colors (add $5 for 2G iPods).

Creative announces all white I-Trigue speakers

pic Creative has released an all white I-Trigue 2.1 i3350 80 watt speaker system to complement the iPod, iMac and/or iBook. The I-Trigue features; (1) 25 watt RMS subwoofer with 6.5” long-throw driver with a dual flared port tube, (2) satellite speakers with three titanium drivers and a wired remote power/volume/bass control with a headphone jack. The I-Trigue retails for $99.99 [corrected from $149.99].

Reuters: Rivals Ready to Take a Bite of Apple

“Spurred by the runaway success of iTunes, Apple Computer Inc.‘s online music store, competitors are readying their own music download services in a surge of activity that record executives see pulling the music industry out of a three-year slump.  A crowded field is gearing up to offer single songs for sale,  including retailers Amazon.com Inc. and Buy.com, and leading Internet service providers like AOL Time Warner’s America Online.”

Digital Distribution for Indie Musicians

CD Baby, online retailer selling CDs by independent musicians has announced a digital distribution system to help musicians get their music sold on “popular legitimate download services” like iTunes, Listen.com, etc. There is a comprehensive outline describing the distribution system on their website.

“The Deal
You keep all the rights to your music.
You just lend us the right to be your digital distributor: to get your music to legitimate music services like Apple iTunes, Listen.com, and more.”

Fast Company: Digital Squared: Living in an iTunes World

“The success of Apple Computer’s iTunes venture is a harbinger of something big. In the first two weeks, Apple supplied nearly 2 million songs to be downloaded onto personal computers all over the world, at a cost of 99 cents per song. Assume for a moment that Apple continues to sell 1 million digital tracks per week for the next 12 months. By next year, the company will have collected nearly $52 million in revenue to divvy up between the partners in the enterprise. That is the beginning of a real business.”

Stuff Magazine: The Future Of Music

In the August issue of Stuff magazine (UK) is a 6 page feature on how to make the most of the new Napster - the Apple iPod is featured as is the iTunes Music Service and various other options.

“Record sales are down, music piracy is up and the pop charts are at an all time low. When piracy threatened profits, the record industry destroyed Napster but created a void into which Kazaa has stepped with the ultimate weapon of mass distribution: peer-to-peer file-sharing.

Yet music is more important now than it has ever been.

Freed from the living room, it exists on your computer, in your car, in your pocket, at work, on TV, in shops, in bars, in clubs.

It’s everywhere. Music is not dying, it’s just going through the biggest revolution since Woodstock.
Do you have the kit to make the most of it?”

NYT: What Albums Join Together, Everyone Tears Asunder

“The pop album made its way through the 20th century by staying adaptable, transforming itself from analog grooves to digital bits. But can the notion of an album — a collection of songs sold as a single unit, to be heard in a certain sequence — survive the Internet?

That question has been raised more insistently since Apple Computers started its iTunes store, where songs can be downloaded for 99 cents and complete albums for $9.99. Apple recently announced that 6.5 million songs have been downloaded since the store opened on April 28, fewer than half of them as part of albums. Its competition, Buy.com’s buymusic.com, is expected to announce its opening on Tuesday, selling downloads for the much more widely used Windows operating system.”

CNET: RIAA warns individual swappers

“The Recording Industry Association of America said it has sent cease-and-desist letters to five people whom it suspects of illegally offering massive amounts of copyrighted music through peer-to-peer networks. 

The RIAA learned of the swappers’ identities after a protracted legal battle with Verizon Communications, which unsuccessfully fought attempts to unmask its subscribers, citing concerns about privacy and legal liability.”

CNN: Music industry wins approval of 871 subpoenas

“The music industry has won at least 871 federal subpoenas against computer users suspected of illegally sharing music files on the Internet, with roughly 75 new subpoenas being approved each day, U.S. court officials said Friday.

The effort represents early steps in the music industry’s contentious plan to file civil lawsuits aimed at crippling online piracy.”

Wired: Upload a File, Go to Prison

“A new bill was proposed Wednesday that would send a person to jail for five years and fine them for $250,000 for uploading just one file to a peer-to-peer network.

The bill was introduced by representatives John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.) and Howard Berman (D-Calif.).

The bill, called the Author, Consumer and Computer Owner Protection and Security Act of 2003 would allocate more money to the justice department to investigate copyright crimes and would also enable information sharing between countries to help in copyright enforcement abroad.

The bill states that uploading a single file of copyright content qualifies as a felony.”

“PMPE” movie features iPod

Another short film featuring the use of iPod to help set the ‘mood’ of the movie has a private eye searching for a woman’s missing man. Titled “PMPE” (Phillip Merlow, Private Eye),  this movie is another in a string of movies produced for an iMovie contest for interns at Apple. According to a recent comment on the “iPod Love” news item, those within Apple are encouraged to vote for the movies presented by interns to determine the winner(s).

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