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iPod Designer Awarded ‘Designer of the Year’

Jonathan Ive, Apple’s industrial designer for the iPod and iMac has been awarded ‘Designer of the Year’ as reported by Charles Arthur, Technology Editor for the Independent.

“The prestigious prize from the Design Museum in London is worth

NY Post: Apple, Amazon in Online Music Talks

It seems that Amazon might soon be jumping on the iTunes Music Store band wagon. Tim Arango at the New York Post reports Apple and Amazon are negotiating a deal to make iTMS available on Amazon.com.

“The parties are in advanced talks and a deal is expected, though sources warn that negotiations might still unravel.

[...]

At Amazon’s annual meeting last week in Seattle, Jeff Bezos, the company’s chief executive officer, talked about opening a digital music store, telling reporters, ‘We’ve been looking at it for years.’”

Get your STUFFBAK when you lose it

iLounger Kenneth Armstrong recently reported he had lost his iPod after a cab ride in Toronto, Canada. The story prompted many comments from readers, including iLounger Rob who posted a link to a company named STUFFBAK offering a lost and found service using labels you adhere to your prized possessions.

How does it work? Buy a pack of STUFFBAK labels, stick one on your iPod and activate the label via the toll-free 800 number or fill-out the online form. Each label comes with a unique label ID number. If you lose your iPod, someone can easily return it by reporting it lost on STUFFBAK.com, or call for courier pick up or drop it off at a Mail Boxes Etc. STUFFBAK offers a standard reward of $20 of STUFFBAK ID labels in return. You also have the option of adding your own reward amount within your online STUFFBAK account. Returned items are shipped by STUFFBAK to you for $14.95 plus shipping. STUFFBAK offers individual labels starting at $1.95, specialty packs starting at $7.95 (2 labels) and all-purpose packs up to $69.95 (45 labels).

Apple Store: Refurbished iPod accessories

  • June 1, 2003

Apple has posted several iPod accessories on its “Special Deals” page in the Apple Store. Also listed is iPod 10GB for Windows for $199.

  • Incase Sleeve for iPod $19.95

  • XtremeMac Firewire Car Charger for iPod $19.95

  • Monster iSplitter for iPod $12.95

  • Belkin TuneCast FM Transmitter for iPod $29.95

  • Boston Globe: New iPod is not necessarily improved

    • June 1, 2003
    • iPod,

    Globe staff writer, Michael Prager doesn’t share Apple’s view that the new iPods are as ‘improved’ as they say they are.

    “What I want more of is battery capacity. But in service of sleek, they reduced it from 10 hours’ time to 8! What good is a gizmo that holds even, say, 100,000 songs if it’s always needing more juice to let them out?”

    Enhance your MP3s with DFX

    I just found a way to energize the MP3s on an iPod. I copied all of my iPod songs onto my hard drive and re-encoded the files with the DFX Audio Enhancement plugin at 192kbps. Now I can hear every detail in the music on my iPod. It makes even my MX400 Sennheiser in-ear headphones sound amazing. Tracks without the DFX plugin sound dull and boring. I also tried the Slic Sound add-on earpieces and they make my MX400s have an almost audiophile quality.

    Editor’s Note:  The DFX plugin is not available for iTunes, but supports most popular music management software on Windows like Musicmatch, Media Jukebox, WinAmp and more. DFX 6 is a free download with limited features, and DFX Enhanced is on sale for $19.99.

    PodShop May Sale Ends Today

    Today is the last day of PodShop’s May Sale.  With the price of PodHolder lowered to $12.95 (a savings of nearly 20%!) you will need to act quickly to get yours at this special price.

    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.

    I Lost My iPod

    • May 30, 2003
    • iPod,

    Two nights ago I left my iPod in a cab. I hailed it at 3:00 AM after working an 18 hour day of lifting and moving. I put the iPod down to take my wallet out and forgot to pick it up. I didn’t take notice of the cab company (there are at least 12 companies in Toronto). I called a few of the majors up and left a description, but I am not optimistic.

    I just want people to understand that they need to label their iPods. I had looked into various services of pre-made stickers with serial numbers or having it engraved but I never got around to it. Even if someone found it and wanted to return it they couldn’t.

    I bought the 10GB model in August 2002 and I can honestly say that I have used it almost every single day. My next paycheque is going to be dedicated to buying a new 10GB model, but I wish it didn’t have to come to that. I can’t afford the 15 or 30GB models, but I eventually plan on buying the dock and remote.

    Please people, even if it’s an ugly sticker with your email address on it, please label your iPod.

    Becart Announces New iPod Stand

    A new iPod stand for 1st and 2nd generation iPods has been announced by Becart, a small company specializing in auto accessories and custom designed products. The stand is machined from solid aluminum with polished, rounded edges, and resembles the dock for new iPods. It’s available now for $29.95 plus $5.00 shipping and handling.

    Apple Store for Education promo features iPod

    • May 30, 2003
    • iPod,

    A new Apple Store for Education ‘Buy a bundle’ promotion is offering a $200 rebate when you buy a qualifying portable and iPod. If you add a Canon printer you’ll get an additional $100 rebate. The promo excludes the iBook with CD-only configuration. Offer good for qualifying products purchased between May 30, 2003 and Sept. 27, 2003. “Products must be purchased by from the Apple Education Store for Individuals or a participating Apple Authorized Campus Reseller”

    Infrared Remote for iPod Coming Soon

    German company Ulshofer has emailed an update about the development of their Infrared remote control (receiver) module for iPod. As reported earlier, Ulshofer has developed a prototype infrared remote that plugs into the earphone port on iPod, and can be used with any remote control device; TV remote, CD changer remote, etc.

    “Because of the tremendous feedback on our prototype announcement, we are going to speed-up production time. Pricing for the receiver module will be between EUR 59 ($70) and EUR 69 ($80) (depending on type/model). Availability will be given probably in early August 2003.”

    CNET: Microsoft, again: Apple’s old nemesis

    “In a masterstroke of technological and marketing acumen, Apple Computer appeared to have seized the digital music industry last month by boldly creating its own retail download service.

    The Macintosh maker, diagnosed being near death in the 1990s, seemed to have pulled off another miracle: Its iTunes Music Store sold 2 million songs in its first 16 days, dwarfing rival download services and drawing raves from Silicon Valley to Hollywood. Yet even before the initial euphoria could subside, the company began hearing familiar rumblings from points north—namely, Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, Wash.”

    “How to Upgrade iTunes Without Losing Sharing”

    Author Jim Heid of Avondale Media has posted a great tip on keeping iTunes 4.0 Internet sharing capabilities with the recent release of 4.0.1.

    “Anyone who listens to AAC audio will want to upgrade to iTunes 4.0.1, since it fixes a playback problem that existed in version 4.0.

    But you may have become fond of iTunes 4’s Internet sharing features, which, as I wrote yesterday, are no more.

    The solution? Keep both versions—they’ll coexist on your hard drive.

    Before installing version 4.0.1, simply drag the iTunes application icon out of the Applications folder and into a different folder. Then install the 4.0.1 update.

    When you want Internet sharing, simply launch version 4.0.”

    Note: Jim also has some good info on what’s new in 4.0.1 and how it handles sharing.

    NYT: Apple Finds the Future for Online Music Sales

    ‘The Pop Life’ columnist, Neil Strauss writes about Apple’s success with iTunes Music Store and the recent disabling of iTunes Internet sharing capabilities.

    “In just its first month of operation the service, by the company’s estimate, has sold three million songs online, at 99 cents each. This is an impressive figure considering the limited access that music fans now have to the service.

    [...]

    “We designed it to allow friends and family to easily stream (not copy) their music between computers at home or in a small group setting, and it does this well,” the statement said. “But some people are taking advantage of it to stream music over the Internet to people they do not even know. This was never the intent.” A spokesman for Apple, Chris Bell, said the company made the decision by itself.”

    “A Penny Saved” comic features iPod

    Penny Arcade has released a comic about the iPod in response to the PVP comic.

    “After seeing Scott’s iPod storyline, Gabe had to see one of these things for himself.  He was very impressed with everything but the price, which quite naturally lead to a heated conversation with a person who doesn’t exist in a place that is not real.”

    Refurbished 10GB iPod for $199

    The Apple Store has 2nd generation 10GB iPods for Mac and Windows available for $199. The package contains the following items:

    (1) 10GB iPOD w/rechargeable lithium battery (with new touchpad)
    (1) Headphones (new earbud-style)
    (1) Remote and Carrying Case
    (1) Apple iPod Power Adapter
    (1) Apple FireWire Cable (2m)
    (1) Manual
    (1) CD-ROM Disc w/iTunes and electronic documentation
    (1) One Year Warranty limited

    Three FM Transmitters Reviewed

    Travis Butler for TidBits has posted a review of the iTrip, SoundFeeder and iRock FM transmitters.

    “Is the iTrip perfect? No. I wish the signal was stronger so reception could be clear and consistent across the city. I wish Griffin could have come up with a less cluttered approach to tuning, though I’m not sure what would work better.

    Would I recommend the iTrip to others? Yes. If nothing else, the massive improvement in convenience over the other FM transmitters is worth it. The wide-ranging digital tuning - even given the Rube Goldbergian approach - is also welcome.”

    Mac: NETsettings NowPod 1.2b5 Released

    NowPod is an application that transfers contact information from Now Contact 4.x to an Apple iPod. Your iPod must be upgraded with iPod Software v1.1

    RealNetworks Launches New Music Service

    RealNetworks has launched the RealOne RHAPSODY music service charging subscribers 79

    “The iPod As A Digital Wallet Gateway Drug”

    • May 28, 2003
    • iPod,

    AppleMatters writer, Hadley Stern writes about iPod becoming a digital wallet - not just for music storage, but also photos and video.

    “With the new iPod’s connection, the iPod can now connect to either firewire or USB devices. The iPod could become, with the help of some good software and firmware, not only the best mp3 player in the world, but also the world’s favorite digital wallet.”

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