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New Belkin Accessories for New iPod

  • April 28, 2003

You might have noticed Belkin has new iPod accessories available on the iPod’s “Cool Accessories” page. There is a new Belkin Battery Pack and Auto Charger w/Audio for new iPods. The Battery pack retails for $59, provides 12-15 hours of battry life, suction cups to adhere to the back of iPod, charge-level indicator and includes 4 “AA” batteries. The Auto Charger w/Audio retails for $39.95 and features; 3.5mm audio output that plays your iPod through car stereo, controls iPod device’s volume with adjustable amplifier, charges iPod though cigarette lighter adapter and has a replaceable safety fuse.

Note: The photo across the top of the accessory page… reminds you of the iPods Around the World Photo Gallery, doesn’t it?

Creative Announces Three New Speaker Systems for iPod

  • April 28, 2003

Creative Labs, Inc, introduces two new white speaker systems for iPod. The portable TravelSound I300 speakers and the higher-powered desktop Creative I-Trigue speaker system both match the look and design of iPods. The TravelSound features a one-piece, powered, digitally amplified speaker system, foldable design, 30 hours of playback time with 4 AAA batteries, and comes with universal power adapter and travel case. The TravelSound I300 retails for $99 and will be available for shipping next month.

The I-Trigue is a desktop satellite speaker system featuring a two slim speakers, a wood subwoofer, 80 total watts of power, wired remote with power, volume, and bass controls, and a built in headphone jack.

A new third speaker system that matches the iPod’s design will be available in three months. Creative will release another announcement when the time comes.

Apple iPod Updater 1.3 Released

  • April 28, 2003

The update command downloads new software to an iPod. The update command may be disabled if the iPod does not need to be updated because it already has up-to-date software. The restore command returns an iPod to ‘factory fresh’ condition. It erases and reformats the iPod before downloading new software. WARNING: The restore command erases all of the music and other data currently on the iPod.

Note: iPod Software for Windows will be available in early May.

iTunes Music Store Launched

  • April 28, 2003

Along with new iPod and iTunes, Steve Jobs announced the new iTunes Music Store at a press conference in San Francisco today. Integrated into iTunes 4, the service offers Mac users a convenient method to search or browse for songs and purchase via 1-Click ordering at .99 cents each. Apple has provided an online users guide to help navigate the new service.

“The revolutionary iTunes Music Store puts 200,000 songs at your fingertips. It?s built right into iTunes 4 and lets you search or browse genres, new releases, exclusives and more. Preview any song for free, when you find a song you want, buy it for just 99˘.”

Features:

  • 1-Click ordering

  • Songs have 30 second preview

  • Music service works on all iPods and up to 3 Macs.

  • Works on Macs only and Windows support expected end of year

  • All songs encoded in 128bit AAC  

  • Cover art included with each song

  • Over 200,000 tracks available with unlimited CD burning

  • Organized and easy to find music                            

  • Apple Announces New iPods: 10, 15 and 30GB

    • April 28, 2003

    Apple today announced three new iPod models in 10GB, 15GB and 30GB capacities. Life is good. The new models feature an all new case design and updated iPod software. The following is a list of features available on all new models or noted otherwise.

    Features:

  • Thinner and lighter

  • 10GB and 15GB is 5.6 ounces, 30GB is 6.2 ounces and thicker than 10GB and 15GB

  • Blue backlit screen

  • 4 touch buttons (reverse, “Menu”, play/pause and forward) across top of touch wheel

  • Remote connector

  • Headphone port

  • “Hold” switch

  • Dock connector on bottom

  • Docking station with line-out

  • FireWire (Mac)

  • USB 2.0 (Windows - requires USB 2.0 + FireWire Cable and software update. Available in June)

  • Customizable menu

  • Includes two new games; solitaire and parachute

  • Create On-The-Go playlists

  • Calendaer

  • Contacts

  • Notes reader

  • Sleep timer and Alarm clock

  • AAC (Advanced Audio Codec) supported

    iPod 15GB and 30GB models (Mac and Windows) include Earbud headphones, AC adapter, dock connector to FireWire cable, 4-pin-to-6-pin FireWire adapter. The 30GB model includes the Dock, remote, carrying case, earbud headphones, AC adapter, dock connector to FireWire cable and 4-pin-to-6-pin FireWire adapter. The new iPods retail for (10GB) $299, (15GB) $399 and (30GB) $499, and is now available for order at Apple store online. Expected shipping is 2-5 days for UPS Ground.

  • Buzz of the day is an Apple Event

    • April 28, 2003

    Today marks the day Apple could change the face of downloading music. The news agencies are buzzing with new articles published about the rumored new Apple service. Here’s a handy list of links to articles:

  • “Apple to Unveil Music Service: Online offering faces a greater marketing task due to court decision in favor of free networks” Los Angeles Times (free registration required)

  • “Apple to take byte out of piracy: New online music service touted to reduce music piracy” Vancouver Sun

  • “Taking it online: After years of digital piracy by consumers, the music industry is teaming up with Internet firms to get its share on downloads” Boston Globe

  • “Can Apple Get Music Lovers To Pay?” CBS News

  • “Apple Said to Be Entering E-Music Fray With Pay Service” New York Times

  • “Apple plans foray into contentious online music sector” International Herald Tribune

  • “Apple’s Making Serious Music” Silicon Valley

  • “Milestone day in life for Apple Computer: Online music offering may be industry lifeline” The Herald UK

  • “Apple to start musical service” San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Apple music service to go live” FT.com

  • “Apple music download ‘walkman of age’” Macworld UK

  • “Everyone agrees, Apple will announce music service today” MacUser

  • “Apple Said to Be Entering E-Music Fray With Pay Service”

    • April 27, 2003

    Matt Richtel of The New York Times wrote about Apple’s rumored music download service.

    “But Philip Leigh, a digital media analyst with Raymond James & Associates, an investment banking firm in St. Petersburg, Fla., said the presence of Apple in the market could give a lift to digital music services beyond the confines of Apple’s limited user base. The reason, he said, is that if Apple starts advertising the sale of music, “they’ll be advertising to the whole world.”“

    Also note in the article that Hillary B. Rosen, the CEO of the RIAA (Recording Industry Assoc. of America) gave a favorable nod to the new Apple service.

    “Hilary B. Rosen, the chief executive of the Recording Industry Association of America, said she believed Apple had struck an industry-friendly balance. Apple’s music service “has compatibility with a hardware product that is elegant and easy to use,” said Ms. Rosen, who said she planned to attend Apple’s news conference. “The Apple system has the potential to do for music sales what the Walkman did for the cassette,” she added.”

    iRemote Concept for iPod

    • April 27, 2003

    Mark Degg of OSXP.net has emailed iLounge with information about his webpage outlining the concept for a wireless remote control for iPod. Inspired by the Burton/Apple Amp Jacket and Griffin’s iTrip FM transmitter, Mark’s webpage has 3D images and details about its function in hopes to influence manufacturers to get involved. If you’re a manufacturer looking for a new idea to bring to market contact Mark at his webpage.

    Apple Music Service features

    • April 25, 2003

    The buzz of the day seems to be Apple’s rumored new music service. There have been several reports of the new service from various news agencies in the past weeks. We have compiled a list of features said to be available with the new service:

    • Available only for Apple computers (may change)
    • No subscription required
    • Each song costs about .99 cents to download
    • Albums cost about $10 to download
    • Purchase and download songs via updated iTunes using 1-click ordering
    • Songs available in AAC (Advanced Audio Codec) format
    • Sync songs to iPod or burn to CD
    • Exclusive downloads from Artists
    • Use with up to 3 Macs

    “WSJ: Apple signs exclusive artists for music service”

    • April 25, 2003

    MacMinute has a report about a report that appeared in today’s Wall Street Journal (paid subscription required) giving more details about the rumored new Apple music service expected to be announced this Monday, April 28.

    “In addition to the Eagles, the Apple CEO has signed up the pop band No Doubt, and several other artists who haven’t yet allowed their songs to be offered by other online ventures. The new service is expected to have an “exclusives” area for music not available elsewhere.”

    Griffin ships iTrip FM Transmitter for iPod

    • April 25, 2003

    Griffin has announced it is now shipping the iTrip FM transmitter for iPod. With iTrip you can broadcast the music on iPod through your car’s FM receiver, home stereo or any FM receiver. The iTrip attaches to the top of iPod via the headphone port, draws power from the iPod and utilizes the iPod’s controls to select FM frequencies. iTrip retails for $35 and is now shipping.

    “Apple readies music service”

    • April 24, 2003

    News about Apple’s expected new music service announcement on Monday, April 28 is still alive and well. USA Today writes an article about how the American public might be ready to pay for music downloads.

    “Though Apple declined to comment before the announcement, those who have used the new service say it’s as easy as buying a book on Amazon.com. Recommendations based on listeners’ preferences are plentiful; the system seamlessly interplays with Apple’s free iTunes jukebox software and with the iPod.”

    Relocation of a non-standard iTunes library structure

    • April 23, 2003

    David Bonde provides a hint on how to manage iTunes Libraries that aren’t organized in the Artist:Album:song.mp3 file structure. (via Doug’s AppleScripts for iTunes.)

    View or Subscribe to RSS News feeds on your iPod

    • April 23, 2003

    Codent technologies, makers of iPod+, have released RSS2iCal, a new web script (based on Noel Jackson‘s RSSiCal). It enables iCal users to view RSS/RDF news feeds in iCal. With iSync, it’s an “iSynch” to port those vCals over to the iPod for news feeds on the go. (It will also, of course, sync to Palm devices and any other device iSync handles).

    There are no special applications to install or new user interfaces to learn; the content is fully managed in iCal. The site provides some standard feeds, but any RSS/RDF url (such as iLounge’s news feed) can be subscribed to or viewed. Users can either subscribe to a feed or view it one time. Subscriptions require at least OS 10.2, iCal, iSync and a compatible device.

    Griffin Debuts iFM - FM Radio for iPod

    • April 22, 2003

    Griffin Technology has announced iFM for iPod. It will enable iPod to tune into FM radio stations, and it uses the iPod remote (required) for its controls! It costs $35 and is available for pre-order. Shipping is expected mid-summer 2003. Also note, the Griffin iTrip FM transmitter for iPod will begin shipping Friday, April 25, 2003.

    “The only thing missing from the near perfect iPod was a radio. The iFM adds this in a design that’s so unique it has to be seen to be believed.” said Paul Griffin, CEO Griffin Technology. “True, I have all the music I want in my iPod but if want to hear NPR or need a weather report its great to now have that option with my iPod and iFM.”

    Apple’s website debuts new store design

    • April 22, 2003

    It looks snappy! What’s more, in the midst of much speculation about whether or not Apple has discontinued the 5GB iPod, the newly-designed store’s iPod page still includes the 5GB model. Mayhaps reports of its demise are greatly exaggerated…

    “Apple tunes up for music pitch”

    • April 21, 2003

    News.com has also written about the April 28th Apple sponsored press event. News.com mentions in the article that “Apple’s online store has been listing a wait time of seven to 10 days for all iPod models, pushing their delivery date until after the scheduled April 28 event.”

    “Apples Readies New Online Music Service”

    • April 21, 2003

    Reuters editor, Sue Zeidler writes about details of the rumored new Apple music service.

    “If Apple can do for the downloadable music sector what the iPod did for portable music, it will be a significant step for the industry,” a second music industry executive said.”

    TiBook and iPod as Wedding DJ

    • April 21, 2003

    Derrick Story, managing editor of O’Reilly Network has written about a wedding he recently photographed where he saw the DJ using an Apple Titanium PowerBook and iPod to play music.

    “They had the TiBook plugged into a soundboard and were using iTunes to serve up the music. As I looked closer, I saw an iPod there too. Apparently when they wanted to crossfade from one song to the next, they would use the soundboard and the iPod for the incoming track.”

    Forums: iPod Phone Survey by Apple

    • April 21, 2003

    Seems that some iLoungers in our forums have received a phone call from an Apple contracted company surveying iPod owners. iLounger “IDSmoke” said, “The poll was about what you would expect [regarding new iPods]... rate, on a scale from 1 to 5, how important the iPod’s size was in making your purchase decision… etc.  Didn’t even provide the opportunity to make suggestions for improvements.”

    Another iLounger, “Caterinka” received a call from a company representing Apple and said, “Her [survey representative] conclusion of platform satisfaction appeared to center around iTunes vs. whatever Windows users are interfacing with, which is pretty consistent with what we see here [in the foums].  Not necessarily a better platform, just a program that works very smoothly with the iPod.  

    Did you receive a call from a survey company asking you about iPod? Email us or tell us about your phone conversation in the comments area.

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