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MacMinute: Apple readying ‘iTunes Producer’ for record labels

“Apple is in the process of launching new applications and marketing tools for its iTunes Music Store that aim to make it easier for record labels and artists to sell and promote music on the service. According to Billboard Bulletin (paid subscription required), Apple is preparing an application called iTunes Producer, which will help labels submit content for inclusion in the store. The free software, expected to be released on October 31 in a beta version, allows users to encode their music (enter album, song and artwork information) and send the files directly to Apple.”

iDJ an iParty with iPods

DJs Andrew Andrew offer up to two iPods at club APT in New York that allows anybody to grab a number, wait their turn, and DJ 7 for minutes.

“DJs pick the tracks for their seven-minute sets from a vast playlist that their hosts change weekly. But you won

Mossberg: “Apple’s iTunes is the best…”

Walter S. Mossber of “The Mossberg Solution” has posted a review of the three main legal Internet music stores:

“All three major download services we tested did a decent job, and each has some nice features. Overall, I believe Apple’s iTunes is the best combination of a music store and jukebox program for Windows users. It has an elegant, easy-to-use design, and a large music catalog. It loads and runs crisply on Windows, and is the only Windows downloading service that works with the best, and most popular, portable music player, Apple’s own iPod.”

Apple Store for Education offering free iPod engraving

Apple Store for Education is now offering free engraving on iPods for individuals. “Purchase any iPod w/personalization between October 22, 2003 and November 5, 2003 and get personalization for free.

Waterfield announces iPod Gear Pouch

Waterfield has announced a new case designed for the iPod and it’s accessories:

“No more scrambling around to find all your iPod gear; keep them all together in this slender padded case! Individual pockets for the iPod, docking station, and power supply keep them from bumping into each other, plus there’s extra space for other accessories, like an FM transmitter. To prevent tangling, cables are housed in a separate front pocket. This portable case lies flat when full, and can easily be stowed in a backpack, bag, or briefcase. Made of Ballistic nylon with soft interior lining and self-locking zippers.”

The Pouch comes in red, white, blue or lead colors and costs US$35.

iTunes for Windows 4.1.1 Fixes Bugs

“Apple Computer plans on Wednesday to release an updated version of its iTunes program intended to fix bugs encountered by some Windows users.

The company is in the process of posting to its Web site version 4.1.1 of iTunes, which aims to remedy some initial glitches with the jukebox software that Apple released last week. As previously reported, some Windows users were reporting bugs with the software, including a problem that caused some Windows 2000 Professional machines to freeze after installing iTunes.

“A few customers reported conflicts with specific PC configurations and we quickly updated the iTunes software in response,” Apple said in a statement. “iTunes 4.1.1 addresses an isolated incompatibility with Windows 2000 and older third-party CD burning software, as well as problems caused by corrupt MP3 files on some users’ PCs.”“

Macworld UK: Readers want iPod radio next

“The Macworld Online Poll asked: “What are the missing features” just days before Apple added support for a new Belkin voice-recording and photo-storage accessories to its dockable iPods.

Before the iPod update the most popular requested features were a radio with 36 per cent of the vote, and a voice recorder - selected by 20 per cent of readers. Following the update 37 per cent were still looking for radio, but the percentage of readers looking for a voice recorder (now provided) fell 8 percentage points to 12 per cent.”

BusinessWeek: Everybody Wants A Piece Of The iPod

“The risk is that Apple could end up where it has so often before—with only a high-end niche of a market it pioneered. To keep that from happening again, it’s betting Windows users will be drawn to Apple’s trademark elegance and ease of use. Moreover, the emerging MP3 player business will remain highly fragmented, much like the early days of the PC market, when Apple prospered with an 11% share. In the short term, at least, the launch of the Windows Music Store is expected to galvanize iPod sales.”

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Apple promotes iTunes with Internet ads

Apple, in its continuing campaign to promote iTunes for Mac and PC has released several Internet ads on CNET’s Downloads.com. Featuring the same dancing silhouettes as the television commericials, the Internet ads have been placed on several download pages for Kazaa Media Desktop, Morpheus, Emusic Download Manager and other peer-to-peer/music download applications to lure readers to download iTunes.

Reader Review:  iSkin eXo case

iLounger ‘alpower’ has posted a review of the iSkin eXo case and accessories along with other useful information related to iPod.

“Overall I highly rate this case, having used it both at work, cycling off-road, and generally out and about. While I generally take care of the iPod and tend not to drop it anyway, this does give one a bit more reassurance from knocks, and keeps the iPod very clean and scratch free.”

iTunes Music Store in Canada… sooner than you think?

A reader at MacRumors has posted this quote from David Basskin, the President of the Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency (CMRRA):

“I’m happy to say that the process of negotiating a licensing deal with Apple is now under way. I met last week with representatives of the company, and I’m confident that our discussions will move ahead quickly. Last week, Steve Jobs told me that Apple couldn’t wait to come to Canada, and that it was a very high priority for him. I trust that this enthusiasm will be reflected in a quick and mutually successful negotiation.

Our company represents music publishers (and the songwriters they represent) and we will be licensing Apple in order to authorize them to make and sell reproductions of our clients’ songs. Apple will make separate arrangements with the record labels for the use of their recordings.”

However, the Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA) has still not been contacted by Apple.

iPod Media Reader Review Posted

Andrew DeVigal has posted a review of the new iPod Media Reader for 3G iPods from Belkin.

“So, again it worked well the first time out. It requires four AAA batteries but Belkin included them in the box. I took a few shots and saved it on my Compact Flash. Updated my iPod since it wasn’t up to 2.1. Put the CF into the device and plugged in the iPod. Selected Extras > Photos > Import Photos > Import on the iPod. (The photo menu only shows up when the reader is connected). I ran a few tests and every once in awhile the iPod connection had to be re-established. But it always worked.”

30GB iPod for $404

Dell is offering the 30GB iPod for $404 after an instant savings of $44.90. Three-to-five day shipping is free.

Washington Post: The RIAA and the Music Piracy Debate

“Sen. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.) was online to talk about his efforts to rein in the recording industry’s aggressive legal war against people who illegally trade music online.  Piracy is wrong, Coleman agrees, but so too are some of the industry’s tactics.”

iPod 30GB for $250, 15GB for $200

Dealmac: CompUSA.com has the factory-refurbished Apple 30GB iPod (third-generation with docking cradle) for $249.99, as a reader found. That tops the lowest price we’ve seen elsewhere by well over $100. Add one penny for shipping. Update: CompUSA.com also has the 15GB iPod for $199.99. Both are valid for online orders only and not available in CompUSA retail stores.

Stereophile: Copy protected CDs don’t play nice with iPods

“Whether listeners like it or not, record labels, including major players like BMG and Arista Records, are now making moves to rein in how their CDs are played and used.  Unfettered CDs have been on the shelves for almost two decades, and some industry observers note that changing how they work at this late stage could be a recipe for trouble with consumers. [...]

One major drawback of the restricted disks, however, is non-compatibility with the Apple iPod. Since the new discs are based on SunnComm’s MediaMax, which itself is rooted in Microsoft’s Digital Rights Management (DRM) applications, the brochure leaves it up to iPod owners to read between the lines, explaining only, “It will play on any device that supports Windows Media DRM.”

Over 1 Million Copies of iTunes for Windows Downloaded

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Set iPod to ‘Random’ and take a walk

I set my iPod to ‘Random’ and took off on a quick walk around the ‘hood(s). To be really annoying, I wrote down the song title and artist info of every song that I was listening to when I took a photo. The point? No point at all!

Editor’s note: Kenny’s photos and the songs remind me of those times when you hear a song and the lyrics relate to a current situation, place or thing. For example, you’re driving by the ocean and appropriately enough a song about the ocean is playing. Coincidence? I’m sure this has happened to many of you as well.

Mac: Text Reader 1.2.1 Released

Text Reader saves text files as audio files using Text-To-Speech. Can be used to then copy the audio file to an iPod for later listening.

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