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Apple debuts iPod Photo and U2 iPod

  • October 26, 2004
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picThe iPod Photo (40GB, $499 and 60GB, $599) is Apple’s new top-of-class iPod hardware, holding up to 25,000 digital photos and featuring 15 hours of Music Playback or 5 hours of Slideshow playback. The same general physical size as current iPods but slightly thicker, and with a color screen, the iPod Photo now syncs with iTunes 4.7 (released today) for music and pictures, integrating with iPhoto, Adobe photo programs, and Windows’ My Pictures folder. It features a dock with Audio and Video out, a 1.4m AV cable, and a black carrying case. It ships today.

pic The U2 iPod, also called the iPod U2 Special Edition ($349) is a 20GB black and red iPod with the engraved signatures of U2’s band members Bono, Larry Mullen, Adam Clayton and The Edge on the back. Available in three weeks, the new iPod will not include U2 music as widely rumored, but will include a $50 voucher for purchase of a new Apple “Digital Box Set” called “The Complete U2” with over 400 U2 tracks, including all of U2’s albums and a collection of rare and unreleased tracks. The Complete U2 will sell for $149.

Analyst: Photo iPod yes, Video no, Wireless no

  • October 26, 2004
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MacMinute reports: “While Merrill Lynch analyst Steve Milunovich expects a U2-edition iPod, flash-based iPod and photo iPod, he does not think Apple will introduce a video player iPod or add wireless capability in the near future.” Milunovich, who spoke with key Apple executives, walked away with strong evidence that a photo iPod would include A/V output jacks for television viewing, but that video or wireless (Bluetooth/802.11G) functionality was unlikely based on practicality, power consumption and other issues.

iLounge reports live from Apple-U2 event

  • October 26, 2004
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iLounge’s Dennis Lloyd is in attendance at today’s joint Apple/U2 press event at the California Theater in San Jose, California, and will be filing updates as the event takes place. We will be adding to this news story with live information and (as possible) photos from the event, which is widely anticipated to include the introduction of a limited edition U2 iPod and international expansion of the iTunes Music Store. Keep checking back with iLounge for text updates to this piece, and see the photos at the link below.

Update (9:53AM PST): MacMinute reports that the iTunes Music Store now includes the following countries:

Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, the UK, and USA.

Update 2: A number of additional photos have been added, including first photos of iPod Socks ($29) from Apple (colored cases) and the new iPod Photo Dock.

Merrill Lynch expects photo, flash iPods early 2005

  • October 25, 2004
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Merrill Lynch says that Apple Computer will likely introduce two new offshoots of its popular iPod MP3 player by the first half of 2005. “We believe Apple could introduce a flash memory-based iPod in the first quarter of 2005,” it said, adding that a photo display iPod was also likely.

Happy 3rd Birthday iPod

  • October 23, 2004
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Three years ago today, Apple’s CEO Steve Jobs introduced the iPod to the world at a media event on October 23, 2001. Many now call it the best digital music player in the world. The iPod wouldn’t be available for sale until November 10, 2001.

I remember watching the announcement via a live QuickTime broadcast on the Internet. Three years later it would become the number one digital player and a cultural icon. Who knew? That day changed my life forever, literally. I launched iLounge.com only two weeks after its announcement. And now, 3 years later, I sit here in my home office (iLounge HQ) writing to you about its 3rd birthday. Strange how things work out. Happy Birthday iPod.

Analyst says flash-based iPod by Christmas

  • October 21, 2004
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“Thomas Weisel market analyst Jason Pflaum said: ‘I recently spent two weeks in Asia meeting with a number of folks who are in a position to know details of SigmaTel’s supply chain. Based on our industry contacts, we are confident that, one, Apple is planning to launch a flash-based player, and two, SigmaTel is the provider of controller chip for that device.’”

iParties downunder

  • October 21, 2004
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“It’s Friday night in Melbourne, and at a corridor-sized club in the CBD the music is pumping but there are no turntables in sight. Two pint-sized iPods - those ubiquitous MP3 players with dangling white earphones - are running the show instead, churning out songs by Madonna, the Strokes and all musical points in between.

Tonight, at what is believed to be Australia’s only iParty (or iPod dance party), punters are given the opportunity to DJ. Choosing two songs from a selection of nearly 10,000, they wait like shoppers at a deli counter, until their number is beamed onto a laptop screen.”

iPod may be in short supply for Christmas

  • October 21, 2004
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“‘We’ve taken our best guess, and we’re building a lot, but the demand may be even larger,’ said [Steve] Jobs, perched on a stool in trademark jeans and black mock-turtleneck shirt. ‘So if you want to be sure to get an iPod this holiday season, I’d get one soon.’

Jobs is planning for his best Christmas ever. With the possible exception of cave-dwelling arthropods, most everyone is getting into the music download game.”

Apple event to feature a black U2 iPod?

  • October 18, 2004
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“Rock band U2 has cut a deal with Apple Computer to sell custom iPods promoting the band’s forthcoming album.

Sources close to the group say the U2 edition of the popular digital music player will come preloaded with the band’s new album, How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb, along with portions of the Irish supergroup’s 25-year catalogue. The iPods will be black and will be made available the same week as the band’s 11th studio album, which is slated to be released in the U.S. by Universal Music Group’s Interscope Records on November 23.”

UK leads Europe in iPod sales

  • October 18, 2004
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“In Europe, the UK is at the forefront of this [iPod] phenomenon. Pascal Cagni, Appleā€™s European boss, has recently relocated to Britain, which has just overtaken France to become the biggest market in the region.

Cagni said: ‘The UK is our strongest country now, no question. We have been performing superbly with the iPod. The adoption curve is much stronger than in other countries in Europe. The Christmas to come will be immense.’”

Analyst says iPod leads market “because it is superior to competitors”

  • October 15, 2004
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“Rob Enderle, consumer electronics analyst at The Enderle Group, says Apple has dominated the MP3 player market because its product is superior to competitors’, and Apple ‘outspent everyone else on marketing 10 to one.’

Companies such as Dell, Creative Technology, Rio and Virgin have announced new MP3 products aimed at taking business from Apple with lower prices and more storage. Enderle says Apple’s real test ‘is going to be in the next two months. None of the new products are as good as the iPod, but collectively, they could start to eat at Apple’s market share,’ he says.”

iPod Crossword Puzzle released

  • October 13, 2004
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A musical dream come true, the iPod offers huge capacity, letting you easily slip up to 10,000 songs into your pocket. And enjoy it wherever you go. In the car. On the treadmill. At the office. Around the house. October’s Crossword Puzzle highlights some of the features and accessories for the iPod.

HP launches printable tattoos and gallery

  • October 13, 2004
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picStarting today, people can visit www.hp.com/music and go to the tattoo gallery to create their own printable tattoos. People can import their personal digital photos or download exclusive tattoos designed by major music industry recording artists and award-winning designers. Printable tattoos are sold in 10-packs of printable glossy paper that are pre-cut in the shape of the iPod for $14.99. They will be available this month at Amazon.com, Circuit City, CompUSA, Fry’s, hpshopping.com, PC Mall and Radio Shack.

iPod marketshare dominates at 92%

  • October 12, 2004
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MacMinute reports that Apple’s iPod is still king of the digital music world despite increasing competition, according to a new report from the NPD Group. The research company said in a report released today that various versions of the iPod account for 92.1 percent of the market for hard-drive based music players, up from 82.2 percent a year ago. NPD said Creative and Rio were a distant second and third, with 3.7 and 3.2 percent of the market, respectively.

HP launches Digital Entertainment Center compatible with iTunes/iPod

  • October 12, 2004
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“HP today broadened its consumer electronics portfolio with a suite of new digital entertainment products that make-over consumers’ living rooms by tying digital devices together while making the most of Microsoft’s latest Media Center Edition operating system.”

One of the many features listed for the new HP Digital Entertainment Center z500 series computers includes: “Choose, organize and enjoy digital music from 10 feet away with HP Tunes, part of the Digital Entertainment Center’s compatibility with the Apple iPod from HP. HP Tunes works with Apple iTunes(4) to give consumers access to their music collection and play lists via a remote control.”

Poems, speeches, and rants on your iPod

  • October 11, 2004
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“Now you can have the TEXT of great poems, speeches, rants, philosophical doctrines, aphorisms and more on your iPod. It started as a project to memorize a few sundry poems and, well, it’s grown. Never again will you be stranded without something to memorize, recite or brood over.”

Analyst estimates iPod could convert 4% to buy Macs

  • October 11, 2004
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“If 2% of customers who purchase an estimated 7.5 million iPods in fiscal 2005 decide to also purchase a Mac, when otherwise they would not have purchased a Mac, that would add an additional 150,000 Mac units, or 4%, to Piper Jaffray’s estimates for the year.”

iPod gains 82% market share

  • October 11, 2004
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“The iPod had an 82 percent share of the market in U.S. retail stores in the 12 months ended in August, up from 64 percent in the same period a year earlier, and 33 percent two years ago, according to Port Washington, New York-based NPD Group Inc.”

Analyst says iPods very popular with teens

  • October 6, 2004
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MacMinute reports “Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster said today that based on a survey of 600 teenagers, Apple’s iPod is dominating “mindshare and market share.” Munster said in a research note that of all the high school students surveyed, 16 percent currently own an iPod and 24 percent plan to buy an iPod within the next year. Munster also noted that the iPod ranked fourth on the teens’ holiday wish list—behind clothes, money, and a car—even though the iPod was not an answer option and had to be written in as a response.”

London’s Playlist Club rocks iPods

  • October 6, 2004
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“London’s digital music club, Playlist, is ready to deliver more genre-busting entertainment on October 23, at its new home, The Progress Bar. Playlist invites party-goers to come equipped with their favourite 15-minute set of tunes on their iPod or other digital music player, because you are the DJ! Just sign-up to wow the crowd with your selection - you have just 15-minutes to impress the crowd, and the judges. It’s worth borrowing a friend’s music player, as the best DJs will win fantastic prizes from Rip and Burn magazine, who are offering MP3 players to the lucky winners.”

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