“Despite their legal blitzkrieg to stop online song-swapping, many music labels are benefiting from—and paying for—intelligence on the latest trends in Internet trading. [...]
One company, Beverly Hills-based BigChampagne, began mining such data from popular peer-to-peer networks in 2000 and has built a thriving business selling it to recording labels. [...]
BigChampagne has certainly done well by file-swapping. It formed in July 2000, just as the Internet boom was beginning to bust, and now counts Maverick, DreamWorks, Warner Bros., Disney and Atlantic Records among its clients. All the major labels have worked with BigChampagne ‘in one capacity or another,’ Garland said.”
The new Speck Products iStyle Leather iPod case features a flip-lid design with snap closure, clear plastic screen shield , access for headphone & FireWire/dock ports, fits all new 3G iPods and comes in black and powder blue. The case is available now for $34.95.
The Think Different Store is offering the Griffin iTrip FM Transmitter for 1G and 2G iPods for $29.00. Use coupon code “RESQ” to get the discount.
London-based radio station, Xfm is giving away fifty iPods next week on Christian O
Amazon is offering the 10GB iPod for $284.84, the 20GB iPod for $379.84 and the 40Gb for $474.84, all with free shipping. Place items in your cart to view the low price.
“Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California moved Thursday to protect increasingly beleaguered movie and music producers and artists by proposing a new federal crackdown on pirates, especially those who use the Internet to distribute their goods. [...]
The Feinstein-Cornyn proposal would make illegal recording a federal felony, with a maximum punishment of five years in prison, an unspecified fine, or both. The maximum prison time increases to 10 years for a second offense.”
“Microsoft’s chief technology officer this week eulogised over the Blackberry email device and Apple iPod in front of an audience of IT directors and developers. In addition to owning a Blackberry and loving the iPod, David Vaskevitch said he always carries a digital camera, but he
Apple is now offering a Battery Replacement program that includes iPods over a year old. “Battery Service: $99.00 USD: labor, parts, and a 90-day guarantee on materials and workmanship, plus $6.95 shipping. $105.95 USD total.” This service is not yet available for Europe. Check this FAQ for more information on cheaper battery replacement alternatives.
Apple has launched a special holiday shopping site for iPod featuring several animations of the iPod, and sections include What’s an iPod?, How does it work?, Convince your parents and Where to buy. The Convince your parents section is particulalry humorus as Apple lists several ways for you to ask your parents for an iPod; Ask nicely, Stake your grades on it, Do a good deed and Subliminal advertising.
A new iPod commercial featuring ‘Rock Star’ by N.E.R.D was aired tonight on primetime NBC, and is the third iPod commercial featuring silhouetted people dancing against colored backgrounds. This one also mentions ‘Now for Windows’ and ends with iTunes.com.
If you are a Federal Employee, you can purchase an iPod for personal use (click on ‘How To Buy’). Certain restrictions apply, so read the fine print. The discount is the same amount as the Educational discounts (which is found at www.apple.com/education). The 10GB iPod is $269, 20GB $359 and the 40GB is $449.
Today Speck, Products announces that the iPod Skin and FlipStand cases will be available at CompUSA, Best Buy/Future Shop Canada stores, while CompUSA will also stock the iSport exercise waist pack. In addition, Speck Products has signed a national distribution agreement with Navarre Corporation, a leading distributed of consumer technology products.
Buy.com is offering preorders for the Belkin Media Reader at $86.73. The Media Reader allows 3rd generation iPods to download and store digital photos using CompactFlash I/II, SmartMedia, SecureDigital and Memory Stick media.
Our friends at iPodLaughs.com have posted more disturbings engravings in Disturbing Engravings Part Duex. “Ever since we ran a set of disturbing engravings it seems that more people have been sending in their twisted/humorous engravings for us to catch for the purpose of creating a new set.”
New custom iPod mount installed, no adhesive, no holes drilled into the dash, no unsecure clips! I had it painted to match my car. Enjoy the pics! Thousands of songs no longer just in my pocket, but in my car also! iLove my iPod!
“Now that Apple is offering ITunes software and access to its music store to Windows users, the company has an opportunity to significantly increase its market share in the area of downloadable music. But the company also has to contend with applications like the recently released MyTunes, which allows Windows users to circumvent the intended use of the software by downloading music from an ITunes shared playlist over a network.
Bill Zeller, a 20-year-old Trinity College student, wrote and released MyTunes just ten days after the official release of ITunes for Windows. His Web site claims that the application is intended to enable users ‘to save music from other computers to your hard drive.’”
MacMinute reports that “Apple said Wednesday that the iPod is now available to order through all 165 Virgin Megastore and Virgin Xpress retail locations in the UK. “We’re thrilled to be working with Virgin Retail to bring the iPod to even more customers,” said Mark Rogers, Apple’s sales director and general manager for the UK and Ireland.”
“As if it weren’t hard enough to be cool already, Apple Computer has introduced a new way for people to ruin their social standing.
Thanks to the ability of Apple’s iTunes to share music collections over local networks, it is now possible to judge someone’s taste in music—or lack of it—in a way that previously required a certain level of intimacy.”
iLounger Adam Podnar has done the unthinkable to his iPod… he has taken a household scouring sponge (pad) and rubbed the polished metal of his iPod until it became ‘brushed steel.’ Why did he do this? “So, you don’t like the sweaty hand on the back of an expensive MP3 player look? I don’t either. Brush the back of the iPod to make it look better I hear you say? Indeed.”
Dealmac: Buy.com offers the Belkin iPod Voice Recorder for $34.12, as a reader found. That’s the lowest price we’ve seen by $14. Add around $5 for shipping. The iPod Voice Recorder is a microphone/speaker combo that adds audio recording functionality to the iPod.