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Belkin Announces New Accessories for New iPods

  • April 29, 2003

Yesterday we mentioned that Belkin had new iPod accessories appearing on the Apple website. Today, Belkin has officially announced the new Belkin products for new iPods via a press release.

Belkin Auto Kit for iPod $39.99
“The Belkin Auto Kit connects the new iPod to the car’s power source and speaker system, and includes an exclusive Belkin cable that charges the unit from the car’s cigarette lighter. The Auto Kit also provides an adjustable amplifier and 3.5mm audio-out jack that allows the user to play the iPod through the car stereo or other audio equipment while in the car. The unit is also engineered with a replaceable safety fuse to protect from potentially damaging spikes or short circuits.”

Belkin Backup Battery Pack for iPod $59.99
“The Belkin Backup Battery Pack allows the user to power the new iPod with replaceable batteries—even when the internal battery is drained. It is an ideal solution for long plane fights, hikes or for any other instances where an AC outlet is inaccessible.  The Battery Pack provides 15-20 hours of playing time and incorporates a power-level indicator to signify when the batteries are running low. Additionally, the Battery Pack includes discreet suction cups (plus two spare), four standard ‘AA’ alkaline batteries, a secure power switch and dock connector.”

Belkin Mobile Cassette Adapter $19.99
“The Belkin Mobile Cassette Adapter easily connects the new iPod to a car stereo through the car’s in-dash cassette player. Providing an easy way to transfer quality sound from any portable audio equipment to a car stereo, it is designed for outstanding audio performance and use on the road. The Adapter reduces noise by automatically maintaining the correct tension within the cassette deck while driving. The device includes a 3.5mm connector and works with front- and side-loading cassette players. It also works for portable MP3, CD and cassette player, PCs or laptops.”

RIAA Warns with IMs

  • April 29, 2003

Wired reports that the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) sent IMs to Grokster and Kazaa users warning them about stealing music. The report also says that at least a million messages or more per week will be sent.

“The copyright infringement warnings, which were sent by the Recording Industry Association of America, on behalf of the major record labels, said in part: 

‘It appears that you are offering copyrighted music to others from your computer…. When you break the law, you risk legal penalties. There is a simple way to avoid that risk: DON’T STEAL MUSIC, either by offering it to others to copy or downloading it on a ‘file-sharing’ system like this. When you offer music on these systems, you are not anonymous and you can easily be identified.’”

The Press Reacts: iTunes Music Store

  • April 29, 2003

We’ve compiled a list of press reactions to the announcement of Apple’s new iTunes Music Store. Click the “Read more” link to view the complete list of links to articles.

Doug’s AppleScripts Updated for iTunes 4

Over at Doug’s AppleScripts for iTunes, “power correspondents” are posting updates to AppleScripts for functionality with iTunes 4 and iPod firmware 1.3

The popular iTunes Library Manager has been updated to make it compatible with iTunes 4. The download also contains an Updater utility for users of earlier versions of iTLM which will update your backed-up iTunes 3 Libraries so they can work with iTunes 4.

Import Selected iPod Tracks to iTunes has been updated to make it compatible with iTunes 4. And to allow transfer of m4a (AAC) files from the iPod to iTunes.

Mac:  iTunes-BPM Inspector -  0.9.1

iTunes 4 comes with BPM tagging ability; use iTunes BPM Inspector to determine BPMs. A suggested use for this utility might be to have an aid in making smart playlists based on tempo.

“iTunes-BPM adds a simple floating window to iTunes that allows you to set the beats-per-minute value for the currently playing song by tapping along to the music.”

Forbes: Apple Tunes Up

  • April 29, 2003

Forbes writer Arik Hesseldahl surveys the iTunes Music Store on the day after the “big” announcement by Apple. Hesseldahl sums up the service by saying it “is enormously easy to use and dangerously addictive.” 

“On the whole, Apple’s musical moves look like the right ones. Now that they’re made we have to wonder why no one else had thought to make digital music services so straightforward and easy—and above all, legal.”

“iTunes Pricing Analyzed”

  • April 28, 2003

Peter Kim, Associate Editor for O’Grady’s Powerpage writes an article with comparisons between Apple’s iTunes Music Store pricing vs. singles, subscriptions and file swapping.

“Already, debate has heated up about pricing on the iTunes Music Store, both in and outside the music community. Competing services claim their unlimited monthly fees are a better option to Apple’s pricey .99 per song / $4.95 - $9.95 an album. Some users are already complaining that traditional CDs are a better deal. It all depends on how you look at it.”

Mac: AppleScripts for New iPod 2.0 Released

  • April 28, 2003

Make your life a bit easier with new AppleScripts for iPod. The new note reader on new iPods with iPod Software 2.0 can read and store notes on iPod. These new AppleScripts help automate the process.

Apple Resources for iPod Developers

  • April 28, 2003

Apple has posted several resources for iPod developers on its Apple Developer Connection website.

iPod Note Reader User Guide (PDF)
Interested in taking full advantage of the Notes capability in the new iPod? Want information on the ‘NotesOnly’ mode (also called Museum Mode) which allows you to create custom or restricted user interfaces for special purposes. For all of this information and more download the iPod Note Readers Guide here. [Apr 28 2003]           

Dimensional Drawings for Carrying Case Developers (PDF)         
Are you a case vendor looking to design a case for the new iPod? Here is a PDF document that should give you all of the measurements you need to get started. [Apr 28 2003]

iPod Accessory Developers      
Interesting in developing a accessory for the new iPod and need more information on the connectors and technical specifications? If so please send an email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Meet the New iPods Friday, May 2nd

  • April 28, 2003

Apple stores nationwide will be hosting the “Live On Stage” event introducing new iPods to the public this Friday, May 2 from 6-10 PM.

“Sporting a new design, with enough capacity to hold more than 7500 songs, the new iPod rocks into the Apple Store on Friday, May 2, during a revolutionary event you won’t want to miss.

From 6 to 10 p.m., enjoy a live DJ spinning tunes on his iPod. Receive a free event poster (while supplies last). And get a limited edition T-shirt for $10 -  or for free if you buy an iPod. That’s not all: you can also enter to win a JBL sound system worth $1800.

Special Appearances. Singer-songwriter Liz Phair will appear at the SoHo store and ska band Less Than Jake will appear at The Grove during this special event.

Be the first to get your hands on the incredible new iPod and discover for yourself how the world’s greatest portable music player just got even better.

Find an Apple Retail Store near you.”

Note: iLounge will be at Apple Store Fashion Island in Newport Beach, California on Friday night. Come join us as we get our hands on a new iPod.

Give Apple iPod Feedback

  • April 28, 2003

Are you upset that Apple did not include support for note reader, two new games, On-the-Go playlists, customizable menu and sleep timer in iPod Software 1.3 for older iPods? Send them a peice of your mind as we have on the official iPod Feedback page at Apple.com.

Note: It’s very curious that Apple is listing iPod Software 2.0 in its list of choices in the “What iPod software are you running?” menu. Does this mean that iPod Software 1.3 is the last of the updates for older iPods or is it just an incremental update to immediately support iTunes 4 and AAC. Will iPod Software 2.0 support new features on old iPods?

Watch, See and Experience Music at Apple.com

  • April 28, 2003

Apple has posted a new video about iPods, iTunes and the iTunes Music Store along with new ads about the new music service. There is also a new QuickTimeVR of the new iPod.

iTunes for Windows

  • April 28, 2003

According to an interview with Steve Jobs, Fortune magazine writer Devin Leonard writes that Apple will introduce an iTunes for Windows by end of year.

“Jobs, however, isn’t targeting just Mac users. He plans to roll out a Windows version of iTunes by the end of the year. (Apple already sells a Windows-compatible version of the iPod, which accounts for about half of all units sold.) It is a dramatic departure for Steve, who has deliberately kept the Mac’s best features off the screens of the much larger Microsoft-dominated world.”

The article goes on to talk about the iTunes Music Store and how Jobs is predicting that it will be a huge success.

“He [Steve] adds: ‘Just watch. We’ll have more people using the iTunes Music Store in the first day than Pressplay or MusicNet have even signed up as subscribers—probably in the first hour.’”

Mac: iPod tracks -> Desktop 1.2 Released

  • April 28, 2003

The script “iPod tracks -> Desktop” is installed in iTunes script menu. This script will copy the selected tracks in iTunes (not Playlists) on you Desktop, easily.

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

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