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CNET: Apple cracks open the iPod, carefully

  • October 23, 2003
  • iPod

“Tim Deal, an analyst with Technology Business Research, said that Apple is trying to strike a balance by opening the iPod to some developers but not making it an open platform.

‘I think by offering a (developer) kit they would expand their opportunity for innovation, and thus multiply their organic development efforts,” Deal said. “However, by being selective, they are maintaining a conservative approach, which will help them avoid becoming entangled in a quagmire of whimsical yet useless ideas.’”

Griffin PowerPod iPod Auto Charger: $19.99 Shipped

Deals On The Web: MacResQ has the new, retail boxed Griffin PowerPod iPod Auto Charger for $19.99.  Use coupon code “SHIP6” to get Free ground shipping.  The device works with all versions of iPods. With Free ground shipping, it’s the best price we’ve seen.  Coupon expires 10/29/03.

Apple 20GB iPod w/iTrip for $380

Dealmac: MegaMacs.com offers the second-generation Apple 20GB iPod with the Griffin iTrip FM Transmitter for $379.99. That’s $15 less than the best price we could find for a third-generation iPod and iTrip purchased separately. Shipping starts around $5.

Recommended FireWire and USB 2.0 cards for iPod

  • October 23, 2003
  • iPod

Apple has posted a Knowledge Base document listing several FireWire and USB 2.0 cards tested for compatibilty with iPod using Windows XP drivers. Manufacturers listed are Belkin, Orange Micro and Adaptec.

Replacement battery for 3G iPods released

LaptopsForLess has released a battery replacement for 3rd generation (docking) iPods. The kit includes battery, installation instructions and a small screw driver. We do not recommend using the metal screw driver, because it can scratch your iPod when trying to open the case. Try using a thin, sturdy peice of plastic instead. The battery kit costs $49 and includes a one year warranty.

iSkinWorld.com UK

Having bought an iPod myself, one of my first observations was how prone the iPod was to scratches. As a frequent follower of the news in iLounge, I found that my fellow ‘loungers advised an iSkin as a good protection choice. Searching the net for a place to get my iSkin (UK) I came across iSkinWorld.com. This site sells new generation iSkin eXos in a variety of colours at a great price, the iSkins come with a belt clip and free iShade screeen protector. Only problem is minimum spending of £20 and only Paypal or Cheques accepted, but at £10.98 each I don’t think there is a better deal.

MacMinute: Apple readying ‘iTunes Producer’ for record labels

“Apple is in the process of launching new applications and marketing tools for its iTunes Music Store that aim to make it easier for record labels and artists to sell and promote music on the service. According to Billboard Bulletin (paid subscription required), Apple is preparing an application called iTunes Producer, which will help labels submit content for inclusion in the store. The free software, expected to be released on October 31 in a beta version, allows users to encode their music (enter album, song and artwork information) and send the files directly to Apple.”

iDJ an iParty with iPods

  • October 22, 2003
  • iPod

DJs Andrew Andrew offer up to two iPods at club APT in New York that allows anybody to grab a number, wait their turn, and DJ 7 for minutes.

“DJs pick the tracks for their seven-minute sets from a vast playlist that their hosts change weekly. But you won’t find Andrew Andrew schlepping cartons of heavy vinyl and bulky analog turntables to and from the club. The duo travel far lighter — in fact, their entire setup consists of a pair of iPods and a mixer.”

Mossberg: “Apple’s iTunes is the best…”

  • October 22, 2003

Walter S. Mossber of “The Mossberg Solution” has posted a review of the three main legal Internet music stores:

“All three major download services we tested did a decent job, and each has some nice features. Overall, I believe Apple’s iTunes is the best combination of a music store and jukebox program for Windows users. It has an elegant, easy-to-use design, and a large music catalog. It loads and runs crisply on Windows, and is the only Windows downloading service that works with the best, and most popular, portable music player, Apple’s own iPod.”

Apple Store for Education offering free iPod engraving

Apple Store for Education is now offering free engraving on iPods for individuals. “Purchase any iPod w/personalization between October 22, 2003 and November 5, 2003 and get personalization for free.

Waterfield announces iPod Gear Pouch

  • October 22, 2003

Waterfield has announced a new case designed for the iPod and it’s accessories:

“No more scrambling around to find all your iPod gear; keep them all together in this slender padded case! Individual pockets for the iPod, docking station, and power supply keep them from bumping into each other, plus there’s extra space for other accessories, like an FM transmitter. To prevent tangling, cables are housed in a separate front pocket. This portable case lies flat when full, and can easily be stowed in a backpack, bag, or briefcase. Made of Ballistic nylon with soft interior lining and self-locking zippers.”

The Pouch comes in red, white, blue or lead colors and costs US$35.

iTunes for Windows 4.1.1 Fixes Bugs

“Apple Computer plans on Wednesday to release an updated version of its iTunes program intended to fix bugs encountered by some Windows users.

The company is in the process of posting to its Web site version 4.1.1 of iTunes, which aims to remedy some initial glitches with the jukebox software that Apple released last week. As previously reported, some Windows users were reporting bugs with the software, including a problem that caused some Windows 2000 Professional machines to freeze after installing iTunes.

“A few customers reported conflicts with specific PC configurations and we quickly updated the iTunes software in response,” Apple said in a statement. “iTunes 4.1.1 addresses an isolated incompatibility with Windows 2000 and older third-party CD burning software, as well as problems caused by corrupt MP3 files on some users’ PCs.”“

Macworld UK: Readers want iPod radio next

  • October 22, 2003
  • iPod

“The Macworld Online Poll asked: “What are the missing features” just days before Apple added support for a new Belkin voice-recording and photo-storage accessories to its dockable iPods.

Before the iPod update the most popular requested features were a radio with 36 per cent of the vote, and a voice recorder - selected by 20 per cent of readers. Following the update 37 per cent were still looking for radio, but the percentage of readers looking for a voice recorder (now provided) fell 8 percentage points to 12 per cent.”

BusinessWeek: Everybody Wants A Piece Of The iPod

“The risk is that Apple could end up where it has so often before—with only a high-end niche of a market it pioneered. To keep that from happening again, it’s betting Windows users will be drawn to Apple’s trademark elegance and ease of use. Moreover, the emerging MP3 player business will remain highly fragmented, much like the early days of the PC market, when Apple prospered with an 11% share. In the short term, at least, the launch of the Windows Music Store is expected to galvanize iPod sales.”

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  • October 21, 2003

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Apple promotes iTunes with Internet ads

Apple, in its continuing campaign to promote iTunes for Mac and PC has released several Internet ads on CNET’s Downloads.com. Featuring the same dancing silhouettes as the television commericials, the Internet ads have been placed on several download pages for Kazaa Media Desktop, Morpheus, Emusic Download Manager and other peer-to-peer/music download applications to lure readers to download iTunes.

Reader Review:  iSkin eXo case

iLounger ‘alpower’ has posted a review of the iSkin eXo case and accessories along with other useful information related to iPod.

“Overall I highly rate this case, having used it both at work, cycling off-road, and generally out and about. While I generally take care of the iPod and tend not to drop it anyway, this does give one a bit more reassurance from knocks, and keeps the iPod very clean and scratch free.”

iTunes Music Store in Canada… sooner than you think?

  • October 21, 2003

A reader at MacRumors has posted this quote from David Basskin, the President of the Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency (CMRRA):

“I’m happy to say that the process of negotiating a licensing deal with Apple is now under way. I met last week with representatives of the company, and I’m confident that our discussions will move ahead quickly. Last week, Steve Jobs told me that Apple couldn’t wait to come to Canada, and that it was a very high priority for him. I trust that this enthusiasm will be reflected in a quick and mutually successful negotiation.

Our company represents music publishers (and the songwriters they represent) and we will be licensing Apple in order to authorize them to make and sell reproductions of our clients’ songs. Apple will make separate arrangements with the record labels for the use of their recordings.”

However, the Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA) has still not been contacted by Apple.

iPod Media Reader Review Posted

Andrew DeVigal has posted a review of the new iPod Media Reader for 3G iPods from Belkin.

“So, again it worked well the first time out. It requires four AAA batteries but Belkin included them in the box. I took a few shots and saved it on my Compact Flash. Updated my iPod since it wasn’t up to 2.1. Put the CF into the device and plugged in the iPod. Selected Extras > Photos > Import Photos > Import on the iPod. (The photo menu only shows up when the reader is connected). I ran a few tests and every once in awhile the iPod connection had to be re-established. But it always worked.”

30GB iPod for $404

Dell is offering the 30GB iPod for $404 after an instant savings of $44.90. Three-to-five day shipping is free.

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