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iPod 20GB for $269 shipped after rebate

Dealmac: ClubMac offers the iPod 20GB for Mac or PC for $269. That’s $30 off our last mention and the lowest price we know to be available. Plus, a mail-in rebate yields free shipping. Rebate ends June 30, 2003.

AAC at 128kbps public listening test

Roberto Amorim of Rarewares.com is conducting a public test to find out which encoder is best at encoding AAC at 128Kbps CBR. Everyone is welcomed to particpate.

“In the last few months/weeks, AAC has been receiving some media coverage thanks to the efforts of companies like Apple and AOL to push the format forward. Since there are several available AAC encoders, both free and commercial ones, interest for a comparision was raised by concerned users. Then this test was created. The test is scheduled to end on June 15. This date may be extended if proven to be necessary.”

iPod Spotted: Homestar Runner flash animation

There is a weekly flash animation produced by the folks at HomestarRunner.com about a character named Strong Bad and the emails he receives. In this weeks episode, his brother Strong Sad enters the room at one point listening to what can only be an iPod!

Beta Testers Needed For Interactive Fiction Game For iPod

  • June 8, 2003
  • iPod,

Mind’s Eye Entertainment and Inksword.net are looking for a handful of beta testers for a new interactive fiction game that is in development for use with Apple’s new iPod. The game is a series of notes that are hyperlinked together, giving you the feel of the “Choose Your Own Adventure” books from the 1980’s. Beta testers must have a new iPod (10, 15, or 30GB models using iPod Software 2.0).

BBC: Confidential Apple music details leaked

The BBC has posted a story about website CDBaby.com posting a transcript from a recent meeting between Apple and top independent record label executives.  The story includes information about the success of iTunes Music Store.  It also mentions that a Windows version of iTunes is planned for “later this year,” and that the iTunes Music Store will become available outside the U.S. in the future.

Editor’s note: In our earlier report, CD Baby had posted points made in the Apple meeting, but the report has since been removed due to Apple’s confidentiality agreement.

MediaChest multi-platform software adds iPod support

  • June 7, 2003
  • iPod,

MediaChest, an old multimedia Java based multi-platform software adds iPod support. Although iPod support is in beta stage, it’s completely functional. 100% Java implementation (no external MP3 player program required) and open source makes this program valuable for people who don’t want to stay with one platform and are also interested in adding iPod support.

Workaround to share your music with iTunes 4.0.1

Recently I wrote this tutorial on how to enable the feature of sharing your music collection in iTunes 4.0.1 again… which Apple disabled with the latest update. The funny part is it can use freeware made by Apple itself! The tutorial shows you how to set up a proxy for the iTunes server and makes iTunes think the stream is coming from a local area network.

Have fun, but don’t steal music!

Wired: iTunes Music Swap Just Won’t Die

Leander Kahney has a report about Apple axing iTunes’ Internet sharing feature and how developers are answering back by programming new solutions to keep the sharing feature alive and well. Two software solutions and a tip are presented in the report, including iCommune 401(ok), Andromeda and author Jim Heid’s simple solution to use both iTunes 4.0 and 4.0.1 on one Mac.

Apple woos independent labels

Yesterday Apple gathered independent record labels for a meeting to explain how they could participate in the iTunes Music Store. Derek Siver, President of CD Baby was at the meeting and has posted key points from the presentation by Steve Jobs. A few points from the meeting:

  • Everyone is going to get the exact same deal. It’s not negotiable. It’s take it or leave it.”
  • This is a reseller agreement: Apple buys at a wholesale price. Apple resells them to users. “No complicated or messy licenses.”
  • Apple only deals with the partner/label. It’s up to the label to pay the artists, writers, publishing, etc.
  • Rights are a 3 year term. For iTunes only, of course. This is totally non-exclusive.

iPod 5GB for Mac or Windows $149

Apple Store has factory refurbished, original iPod 5GB for Mac or Windows at $149. Shipping is free and comes with a one-year warranty.

New MARWARE SportSuit Convertible available for pre-order

pic MARWARE is now accepting online pre-orders for the new redesigned SportSuit Convertible for new iPod. MARWARE has also posted several photos of what the new case will look like. The new Sportsuit fits all new iPod models and sells for $39.95

Features include:

  • Can sync iPod while in the case

  • 2mm neoprene outer construction

  • Fully lined interior

  • Plastic inserts at sides and back for impact protection

  • Plastic screen protector

  • Removable protective lid

  • Headphone & remote storage pocket on lid

  • Easy access to hold button, headphone jack, and remote ports

  • Multidapt

  • Zip your iPod, new case announced

    • June 5, 2003

    pic Lajo Cymbalski, the designer of iSkin and Maclear products has announced the Zip case for iPod. Zip fits new iPod 10/15/30GB models.

    “Zip by Maclear will change the way you view and use your new iPod. It is made from the top quality ultra clear PTU material, Zip protects the entire iPod body including the screen and touchwheel. Although covered the touchwheel is fully functional. Zip comes with a removable chrome belt clip stub, so now it’s zip it, protect it, use it, wear it and show it off. When the belt clip stub is removed Zip offers excellent protection when iPod is being slid into and pulled out of leather and plastic cases. You won’t want to handle your precious new iPod without it. It only costs $12.50 with the belt clip. Zip up, it’s a rough world out there.”

    Cymbalski also mentioned to look out for new features on the iSkin iPod case and more new case designs in the near future. Zip is available now for pre-order at ThinkDifferentStore.com at a special introductory price of $10.

    “MP3.com backs Apple’s new iPod”

    Internet Magazine reports MP3.com Europe will be promoting its service to registered iPod owners by offering exclusive tracks.

    “‘With the launch of iTunes Music Store in the US and now the new iPod, Apple is leading the industry in the delivery of pay-per-track online music,’ said Leanne Sharman, VP of sales & marketing, MP3.com Europe. ‘This represents a resounding vote of confidence in our European marketing and distribution mechanism that they’ve chosen to market this exciting new product on our sites on the back of the successful campaign we ran for the company at the end of last year.’”

    Belkin Auto Kit for new iPod may not fit some cars

    pic MacFixit reports that Belkin’s soon to be released Auto Kit w/ Dock Connector for new iPod is too long for some car’s cigarette lighter power adapters.

    “Some Volkswagen models, and perhaps cars from other manufacturers, have too shallow a recession in the cigarette lighter to accommodate the Belkin adapter. Unfortunately, the Belkin is one of the only solutions available that includes a connector for the new proprietary FireWire/Power port on the new iPods. “

    KBase Documents updated for iPod

    Apple has posted updates to the following KnowledgeBase Documents for iPod.

    iPod: How to Find Software Version
    iPod for Windows: Delay While MusicMatch Connects to iPod
    iPod for Windows: How to Update MUSICMATCH Jukebox
    iPod for Windows: How to Install MUSICMATCH Jukebox Software

    PDASmart iPod battery replacement review

    iPodHacks has a review of PDASmart’s iPod battery replacement kit.

    “Using the plastic tools provided, I was able to pop open the iPod in about a minute, without any marring to the iPod itself. Once open, it was a matter of removing the old battery and simply replacing it with the new. Much more straightforward than I had pictured. Once in place, the iPod came alive (the battery happened to have a bit of charge to it as shipped), I popped the metal shell back in place, and plugged it in for a full charge. So far I’ve used it for most of a work-day in the office and it’s still at 4-ticks on the battery meter. Good as new. Wow - what a difference!”

    Dissecting iPod after slamming it in a car door

    • June 4, 2003
    • iPod,

    Tom Robinson at Macteens.com has posted a photo tutorial on how to dissect your old iPod after having accidently slammed a car door on his iPod 5GB. He decided to take it apart and auction the parts on eBay, after which he received about $230 not including the damaged hard drive.

    “My iPod was dead; there was no doubt about it. The warranty had already expired so I decided to dissect it. I had previously taken the back cover off in order to sand the metallic casing for a brushed metal look, but I had never taken anything apart.”

    JR Hill Introduces The Wrap for new iPods

    The Wrap for the new Apple 10, 15 & 30GB iPods is a simple, inexpensive, clear vinyl wrap to protect your new iPods finish from srcatches and fingerprints. Made specifically for those who don’t want a full size case and want some protection when keeping their iPod in their pocket, backpack, purse, fanny pack, etc. With simple static cling, The Wrap clings to the iPods front, back, sides and bottom. Since the new iPods have touch sensitive scroll wheel and buttons, the iPod is fully usable through the clear vinyl. The top is exposed for easy access to the headphone/remote jacks and hold switch. By simply peeling back the back piece, you have access to the bottom data/charging port. The Wrap for Apple iPod is available now for $7.99 with a special shipping price of only $2.00.

    PowerDesign releases BodyMasks for new iPods

    pic PowerDesign has released new iPod BodyMasks for new iPods. New designs include BodyMasks for the iPod remote and docking station. BodyMasks are stickers die-cut to fit the iPod, remote, power adapter and docking station. BodyMasks come in BodyMask Clear ($5.50), BodyMask Color ($5.50) with 10 different colors to choose from and SelfDesign BodyMask ($9.50) for printing your own design. Pre-printed BodyMasks are also available. You can read our review of the SelfDesign BodyMask for an iPod 5GB.

    DLO Action Jacket now shipping

    • June 3, 2003

    DLO (EverythingiPod.com) is now shipping the Action Jacket neoprene case for new iPods. The case is available in Licorice, Indigo, Apple Red and Graphite colors,  and retails for $29.99 plus shipping.

    “At 2.5mm of thick neoprene, the Action Jacket has a custom play-through design, allowing access to iPod’s jog wheel, four new buttons and display. Independent velcro tab at top provides access to iPod’s Hold Button. Grippy, textured neoprene sides and ribbed piping along seams provide extra support.”

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