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iPod Dissection Photos

Update: iPoding has posted serveral new iPod dissection photos, including a comparison of the old vs. new battery.

iPoding has dissected and posted photos of a new iPod 15GB. Notice that the battery is much smaller than in older iPods. Here are photos  of an old iPod 20GB dissection for comparison purposes.

PodShop PodHolder On Sale

PodShop is offering its PodHolder stand for $12.95 during its May Sale. That’s a savings of over 15% from its normal price of $15.95.

“PodHolder - a clear acrylic stand/display for iPod - was introduced last December, and has been a hit with iPod owners looking for something to support their favorite music device,regardless of their location. ‘We are extremely pleased with the success of our first product’, states Christopher Anderson, President and CEO of PodShop. We have customers who have purchased two or three at a time, as they like to have one on their desks at home, and at work. Customers also use PodHolder among their stereo gear to support iPod when they have it hooked into their home audio system. Wherever folks want to simply listen to and/or display their iPod, PodHolder is a great solution to keep the back of it from getting scratched, and to hold it at the perfect angle to allow easy access to it.’”

“Pop” between tracks exists on all iPods?

iPoding has performed listening tests on classic iPods to see if “pops” or “clicks” existed between tracks.

“We tested ScrollWheel and TouchWheel iPods running firmware 1.3 and 1.2.1 respectively and found the same phenomenon on each.  Readers have also suggested that all MP3 players exhibit similar behavior, though we are unable to confirm—we have only iPods… go figure—if that is indeed the case.”

“iPod Envy: Dealing With The idea That You Can’t Have It All”

Gregory Ng of AppleMatters writes about new iPod envy and how he has “pledge[d] sole allegiance to the original, my Old Skool iPod.”

“So, instead of feeling sorry for myself, I am going to embrace my iPod, the one that started it all for me: my Old Skool iPod. Yes, my iPod that stood by me through 7 hard months of commuting will continue to be by my side. Instead of seeing a clunkier, uglier iPod, I will see a powerful handheld that warms my hand with every spin of the hard drive.”

New 10GB iPod for $274, more

Dealmac: JumpSpace offers discounts on the new line of Apple iPods. The 10GB iPod costs $273.93, the 15GB iPod costs $365.57, and the 30GB iPod costs $457.24. Each is the lowest price we’ve seen, although you’ll need a membership at JumpSpace (which costs $9.95 per year) to make a purchase. dealmac readers can browse its site with a username of “dealmac1” and password of “57dealsatjump”. Add around $8 for shipping.

Best Buy stores: iPods from $199

  • May 8, 2003

Dealmac: According to several readers, Best Buy retail stores have begun clearing out stock of the second-generation iPods. An iPod 10GB, for Mac or PC, costs $199, while an iPod 20GB for PC goes for $299. (Several readers reported finding open-box iPods for even less.) These specials may not be available at all locations.

Business 2.0: Panting for an iPod

  • May 8, 2003

Shoshana Berger writes that the iPod 30GB “puts the competition on ice” and confesses that her “aural fixation just got worse.”

“I’ve written about my iPod envy before. What kept me from nabbing one upon launch was the exorbitant price for what seemed like a “Walkman 2.0.” But now, having tested most other players, including e.Digital’s Odyssey 1000 and the Nomad Zen from Creative Labs (which, like clockwork, just released a 60-gigabyte model for $100 less than Apple’s (AAPL) 30GB iPod), I’m convinced that the iPod is worth the extra scratch. Why pay so much more? Because Apple’s version is still the only one that works on both Macs and PCs, the only one that includes a date book and calendar, and the only one so attractive it could be part of the design collection at the Museum of Modern Art.”

Customize the disconnect screen on iPod

  • May 7, 2003

French website, MacBidouille reports that one of its readers, Gregory has successfully replaced the “OK to disconnect” screen on his Pod to one of his own design. He was inspired by information posted at http://members.lycos.co.uk/busonerd/ipod.php, but at the time of this posting the site was down.

Sonnet helps old Macs use iTunes 4, iPod and more

  • May 7, 2003

Sonnet has launched the iEnvy products guide for users with old Macs. Sonnet offers several processor upgrade and FireWire PCI card solutions enabling you to use iTunes, iPod, iMovie or iPhoto on old Macs, even an old Beige G3. Check the website for specific Mac models supported.

ShareiTunes.com is launched

  • May 7, 2003

ShareiTunes.com lists those people sharing their iTunes 4 library on the Internet. Simply sign-up at their website to be included in the 180+ sharers. Categories for each listed user includes; iTunes Share Name, iTunes Share Owner, Genres, Comments, Status and duration. We asked Richard Yaker, the owner of the website what prompted him to start such a website…

iPod 20GB for PC for $279

  • May 7, 2003

Dealmac: “A reader notes that Dell Small Business offers Apple’s iPod 20GB for PC for $349 in its Software and Peripherals store. (Search for “M8741LL/A” to find it.) Add it to your cart and the price falls to $279.20. It’s the best price we’ve seen for the 20GB iPod by $70. Shipping is free, although sales tax is added where applicable. Offer ends today.”

FM radio station uses iPod as backup

  • May 7, 2003

MacCentral reports a story about FM radio station WFMU in the New York/New Jersey area using an iPod as a backup solution when weather knocks out their satellite feed.

“Station manager Ken Freedman installed a 5GB iPod at the transmitter in Mount Hope to cope with the inevitable loss of the satellite feed during the thunderstorm season. By using a phone to dial in to a remote control unit at the transmitter site, station staff can switch to the iPod instead of satellite audio. The Apple device is set on continuous random play from a playlist containing the extensive collection of “Live at WFMU” CDs (live music recorded at the radio station’s studios).”

BusinessWeek: A Talk with iTunes’ Conductor

  • May 7, 2003

BusinessWeek‘s technology editor, Alex Salkever interviews Apple’s senior vice-president for worldwide product marketing, Phil Shiller about the wildly successful iTunes Music Store.

“Q: What will it take to make the iTunes Music Store profitable for Apple?
A: We’re not looking at it in terms of a stand-alone business. It’s part of all the things we’re doing at Apple. And first of all, I hope it can drive more iPod business. That has been very successful for us, and we would like to see that continue to grow”

New iPod owners report “pops” or “clicks” between tracks

  • May 7, 2003

Reader “pudge” at SlashDot reports that “the new iPods released last week seem to have a problem that causes an audible ‘electrostatic pop’ between all tracks played on it. The effect is not imaginary, as it has been witnessed by many users over at the Apple discussion forums. Now, one user has actually published a sound sample recorded the iPod’s playback and the verdict is in: it’s real. I hope this is a firmware issue and that it’s quickly fixed…”

Our own forums are reporting this and other problems encountered with new iPods. If you have experienced the same “pop” or “click” between tracks on your iPod leave your comments here and report any problems on Apple’s iPod Feeback page. Hopefully it will garner immediate attention and Apple will release updated firmware to fix the problem.

KBase Docs: Touch-sensitve buttons and iPod software chart

  • May 7, 2003

Apple has posted new KnowledgeBase Documents on the following subjects:

iPod (with Dock Connector): About the Touch-Sensitive Buttons
iPod: Software Compatibility Chart

iPod 10GB for $199 at Target

  • May 7, 2003

Dealmac: “Several readers report that Target retail stores have lowered the price on Apple’s 10GB iPod for Mac to $199. That’s $50 off our last mention and the best price we’ve seen for a second-generation iPod. Many note that only one or two remain at each location, so supplies are very limited. (This deal may not be available at all Target locations, and is not listed online.)”

New cases by MARWARE

  • May 6, 2003

MARWARE recently posted information and preview photos of new cases for iPod 10, 15 and 30GB models. Visit their website for pricing and information.

“Cases are available for pre-order at 954-927-6031, Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Eastern time. Product will ship the week of May 19, 2003.”

Inside the new iPod dock

  • May 6, 2003

The guys at iPoding are at it again, this time taking apart the new iPod dock. There are two photos pointing out various components on the inside of the dock.

MacDevCenter: Goodbye PDA, Hello iPod?

  • May 6, 2003

Terrie Miller at MacDevCenter writes about her switch from PDA to iPod. She discusses several features including calendars, contacts, text notes, using iPod as a hard disk and the recent recording feature discovered by iPoding. There’s also a tip on creating song links using the Note Reader feature in iPod Software 2.0.

“Song linking can include using filters to create temporary playlists of songs.  An example from the Apple documentation is
<a href=“ipod:music?genre=rock&artist=Brian Eno”>Combo</a>”

Photos and first impressions of the new iPod

  • May 6, 2003

iLounger Sabastian has posted photos and first impressions of the new iPods on his SebiMeyer’s Blog website. He attended the Friday night, ‘Live On Stage’ event at the Apple Store International Plaza Mall in Tampa, Florida.

“While the new layout of the buttons is not as cool as the old, it is easier to understand for users (if such a thing is even possible) and takes remarkable little time to get used to. The fear that the iPod could not be used with one hand only does not seem justified, as the buttons, especially the play button, are even easier to reach than before.”

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