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European consumers not interested in video iPod

  • November 1, 2004
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According to a new survey by Jupiter Research, Europeans are more interested in portable music than portable video. The research firm found that only 13 percent of European consumers want to watch video on a portable gadget, while nearly a third are interested in listening to music on a device such as an iPod. Jupiter said that only 5 percent of those surveyed wanted a player that could play back both music and videos.

Toshiba announces 60GB 1.8-inch hard drive

“Toshiba Storage Device Division (SDD), the industry pioneer in small form factor storage, today announced a new family of 1.8-inch hard disk drives (HDDs) that deliver the industry’s highest capacities in this category with its 30GB “MK3006GAL” and 60GB “MK6006GAH.” These drives also feature improved shock tolerance, power consumption and vibration control for better performance in mobile consumer electronics devices.

To achieve this industry-leading capacity, Toshiba has set a new benchmark for areal density in the 1.8-inch HDD category at 93.5 gigabits per square inch. This has allowed Toshiba to pack 30GB of data onto a single 1.8-inch platter, an increase of 50 percent over current models, delivering drives that are ideally suited for in-demand consumer electronics products such as mobile audio players and mobile notebook PCs.”

This formal announcement confirms Toshiba’s earlier revelation in Taiwan of the new 60GB drive, for which the company said Apple had already placed orders. The new details on size (60GB is the same thickness as current 40GB iPods; 30GB is same size as current 20GB models) and power consumption (lower) suggest that future iPods based on the new drive will be in cases of the same size as today’s models, but should feature even better battery life.

German iPod community changes its name

The first German online iPod community, i-Pod.de has changed its name to iPodFun.de. “We had to do this because it is easier to tell people [about the site] without causing worries about the dash and so on. At the same time we sourced out our support pages into a new wiki based standalone site called iPodHilfe.de (which means iPodhelp),” said Christian Hieber of iPodFun.de.

Win Apple In-Ear Headphones

iCompositions has updated its iPod mini Giveaway to include Apple In-Ear Headphones as a prize bringing the total value of prizes to $290. Simply register for a chance to win the two prizes.

Hi-Fi iPod audio website launches

“With portable music devices becoming so incredibly popular, more and more people are looking to optimize their devices with powered/active speakers or high-end headphones. The iPod studio will help you do just that. With so many folks using cheap buds and tired old computer speakers, the iPod studio gleefully delves deep into the world of portable acoustics and sees what’s really out there.”

Linux on iPod progresses

“A release version of the 2.4.24 kernel is now available for download! This version includes full support for first, second and third generation iPods (no iPod mini support) including audio, firewire and remote.

The other important inclusion with this release is the demo podzilla program. Podzilla is a basic GUI demo similar to the native Apple firmware, it has a very simple mp3 player which can be run by running the file browser and selecting a .mp3 file, during playback the pause/play button will pause and menu will exit back to podzilla.”

Linux: Rhythmbox 0.7.1 released

Rhythmbox is an integrated music management application, originally inspired by Apple’s iTunes.  It is free software, designed to work well under the GNOME Desktop, and based on the powerful GStreamer media framework,  or the Xine framework. Now supports iPod, which is still experimental. See README.iPod for more information.

iPod-Stuff.com now open

iPod-Stuff.com is now open and has loads of good features like galleries, forums, articles, reviews, downloads, links and so much more. So hop along to www.ipod-stuff.com and have a look around.

Korean iPod clone released

  • January 19, 2004
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picNormally we couldn’t care less about iPod clones, but Korean company Nextway has announced the D Cube NHD-150D, a 1.5GB hard drive based audio player looking very similar to the iPod. It’s white, and has an LCD display above a scroll wheel and buttons similar to older iPods. Its features include; OGG Vorbis support, 8 line LCD, FM transmitter, FM radio and FM record, direct encoding, Mac OS support and the list goes on. We could not find a price posted on the website. Apple has been known to sue for such ‘similarities’ in product design, most notably the original iMac.

Toshiba introduces 0.85-inch hard drive

  • January 10, 2004
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“Toshiba Storage Device Division (SDD), the industry pioneer in small form factor storage, today [Jan. 7] announced the development of a 0.85-inch hard disk drive (HDD), the first drive to deliver multi-gigabyte storage in a sub-one-inch form factor. Expected to be available in 2GB and 4GB capacities, Toshiba will start sampling the new drive in summer 2004, with mass production to begin in late 2004.”

MP3Gym.com Launches Audio Personal Trainer CD-ROM

  • December 12, 2003
  • Other,

December 12, 2003—Personalized Workout Systems (PWS) unveils their latest product

Music legend Johnny Cash dead at 71

  • September 12, 2003
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The ‘Man in Black’ Johnny Cash has died at the age of 71 due to complications from diabetes at Baptist Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee.

“Perhaps the most widely recognized voice in country music, Cash recorded more than 1,500 songs. His career spanned more than four decades with trademark hits like ‘A Boy Named Sue,’ ‘Folsom Prison Blues,’ ‘Ring of Fire’ and ‘I Walk the Line.’”

Editor’s note: It was only two weeks ago that I had downloaded several Johnny Cash albums from the iTunes Music Store. Rest in peace Johnny Cash, you’ll be missed.

iPod inspired radio?

Lexon, long time manufacturer of high design museum gift shop merchandise, is selling an iPod inspired radio. With its “scroll” wheel and button controls labeled in a font nearly identical to the iPod’s navigation buttons, this is a sure fire gift for the iPodder in your life.

Oh, and recently while at the local drug store, I spied a product which has somehow remained under Apple’s legal radar, the IPOD Contact Lens Case, in several designer colors.  Neat packaging too.

New Bill Proposed to Restrict Digital Freedom

Not sure if you guys already know about the CBDTPA bill, but it is an important bill for us iPod users and music listeners in general. The “Consumer Broadband and Digital Television Promotion Act” is a plan to restrict our freedom through computers.

“The law would force all new personal computers and digital home entertainment devices sold in the United States to have government-approved “policeware” built-in. This policeware would restrict your use of copyrighted material on these devices—including music files and CD’s, video clips, DVD’s, e-books, and more.”

Sign the petition to tell these senators their bill is out of line and against our rights as citizens of the United States.

Macworld Exhibit Guest Pass Giveaway

Press release: The Think Different Store will be holding a daily giveaway of two Exhibit Guest Passes to the Expo. These passes entitle you and a friend to Free Exhibit Hall admission for all three days of the Expo. That’s a $35 value! To enter the contest visit the Think Different Store.

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