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iPod division can be a good thing

  • May 24, 2004
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Dennis Sellers, senior editor for MacMinute.com has published an editorial on the recent news of Apple’s new iPod division on his website Macsimum Perspective. In it he states, “All things considered, the split should be a good thing. The iPod is a tremendous contributor to Apple

New service for loading CD collection into iPod launches

  • May 19, 2004
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LoadPod has launched as a new service that takes an iPod user’s entire CD collection and rips it into their iPod for them…so that they don’t have to. LoadPod currently offers local service in several areas including Miami, Orlando, Tampa, Houston, Indianapolis, South Carolina, and Minneapolis, and is bringing local service to new markets daily.  LoadPod will pick up a customer’s iPod or iPod mini, along with their CD collection, from their home or place of work, and then return it to them within five days, fully ripped and loaded…allowing customers to use their time for more valuable things.

iPod 40GB for $463

  • May 19, 2004
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Dealmac: Amazon.com offers the iPod 40GB MP3 player, with dock and carrying case, for $463.14, as a reader found. With free shipping and no sales tax charged in most locations, that’s the lowest total price we know to be available.

iPod becomes a fashion icon, Fendi debuts $1,500 iPod bag

  • May 12, 2004
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“Forget the $200 iPod bag from Gucci; it’s for cheapskates.

The ultimate iPod accessory is Fendi’s Juke Box, a $1,500 carrying case for transporting multiple iPods.

The bag, unveiled by the Italian fashion house at a catwalk show in Milan, is a rectangular gilded purse about the size of a bread bin. It is lined with multicolored cloth and incorporates a pocket for holding up to a dozen iPods

‘It’s a hot gadget right now, and these designers don’t want to miss the boat,’ said Janet Ozzard, executive editor of Style.com, the online home of Vogue and W.”

Is it time for an iPod IPO?

Apple would profit nicely from spinning out its digital music biz now—before the market gets"commoditized, which it will be for sure. [...]

All of this makes Apple a force to be reckoned with in the music business. In fact, its musical offerings have almost single-handedly driven Apple’s stock within striking distance of $30 (it was trading around $26 as of May 4). [...]

For Apple, the best move right now is to spin out iPod and pocket the cash, because Wall Street’s current euphoria marks the market’s peak. Although Apple would be loath to admit it, digital music players are on the verge of commoditization.”

Can iPod remain top dog?

“Apple has sold more than 3 million of its sleek iPods, taking nearly 50 percent of the market for digital music players, and its iTunes online music store claims 70 percent of all songs bought online. [...]

‘Apple’s pretty far ahead,” said Stephen Baker, an analyst at market research firm NPD Group. “Up until iTunes, the music industry had struggled with what the business model for online music would be.’ [...]

‘How many people need $400 music players?’ Baker said, predicting that Apple will need to look at iPod’s cost relative to competitors before much longer. Since Apple can still sell just about every iPod it makes, it would be ‘ridiculous to cut prices now,’ he said.

‘But I would argue that in the next 12 months, with increased competition, that would change,’ Bajarin said.”

New iPod commercial airs on TV

picApple has begun airing a new iPod+iTunes commercial titled, “Wild Postings” on TV this evening. The ad features a young guy walking out of an apartment building listening to his iPod, then walking past a wall of animated posters featuring the now famous black silhouettes. The song in the new commercial is “Ride” by The Vines. Apple has posted the QuickTime version for online viewing.

Mac: iPod does not appear in iPod Updater or iTunes fix

  • April 30, 2004
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Apple has posted a Knowledge Base document outlining a possible fix for when the iPod does not appear in the iPod Updater (v2.2 2004-04-28) or iTunes. “Under some circumstances, iPod appears in the Finder in Mac OS X, but does not appear in the iTunes Source list or does not appear in the iPod Updater.” Several iLounge forum members have reported having the same problem.

Apple investigates iPod update problems

  • April 29, 2004
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“Apple Computer said Thursday that it is investigating reports that some iPod owners have had trouble updating their devices to take advantage of the company’s latest version of its iTunes jukebox software.

The Mac maker on Wednesday released an iPod software update in conjunction with its enhancement of iTunes. The iPod software is required for iPods to take advantage of the new features of iTunes 4.5 and the iTunes Music Store. However, a number of iPod owners say that when they run the software that is supposed to upgrade their devices, the software cannot detect their iPod.”

Mac/Windows: iPod Update (v2.2) 2004-04-28 released

  • April 28, 2004
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piciPod Update 2004-04-28 supports all models of iPod and iPod mini introduced before April 28, 2004. This update is required to take advantage of new features in iTunes 4.5 and the iTunes Music Store.

Changes for iPod without a Dock connector

  • Compatibility with iTunes 4.5 and the iTunes Music Store

  • Improved playback performance

    Changes for iPod with a Dock connector and iPod mini

  • Compatibility with iTunes 4.5 and the iTunes Music Store

  • Improved playback performance

  • Support for the Apple Lossless Encoder, to enable compressed music encoding at high quality

  • Tony Fadell, Father of the iPod?

    • April 27, 2004
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    “According to the Times, ‘(The iPod) was put together starting in 2001 by hardware designers led by Tony Fadell, a young engineer who had worked at the Apple spinoff General Magic, at Philips Electronics and briefly at RealNetworks, led by Rob Glaser, who has developed the Rhapsody music service.’

    So, Fadell designed the iPod as an independent contractor and shopped it to Apple, which hired him to bring it to market. How he did it was spelled out in Electronics Design Chain Magazine, though the article makes no reference to Fadell.”

    Apple: More than just Macs, developed iPod in 6 months

    • April 26, 2004
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    “STROLL the corridors and the atriums on Apple Computer’s corporate campus these days and you will notice that something is missing. Gone are the posters and graphics accenting the company’s sleek personal computers. In their place, in the main lobby, is a striking, three-story-high billboard celebrating Steven P. Jobs’s brand-new billion-dollar consumer electronics business - the iPod digital MP3 music player. [...]

    Apple says it developed the iPod in just six months, faster than any major product in the company’s history. The hand-held device, which contains more computing power than an early Macintosh, was put together starting in 2001 by hardware designers led by Tony Fadell, a young engineer who had worked at the Apple spinoff General Magic, at Philips Electronics and briefly at RealNetworks, led by Rob Glaser, who has developed the Rhapsody music service.”

    Jobs says open iPod “not worth it”

    • April 22, 2004
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    “Apple Computer CEO Steve Jobs publicly dismissed on Thursday an overture from RealNetworks to open up the iPod, saying such a move does not make business sense.

    Speaking at Apple’s annual shareholder meeting here, Jobs said there would be both an initial and ongoing cost to allowing the iPod to work with other music services.

    ‘To be honest, it’s just not worth it,’ Jobs said, noting that RealNetworks has made a number of overtures to Apple and adding that Real’s music service has been ‘less than successful.’”

    New German iPod site launched

    • April 22, 2004
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    A new German iPod website, iPod-news.de, has been launched. Dirk Ellenbeck, Editor-in-cheif at iPod-news.de said, “Until now there was no German speaking news-service just for iPod users and potential iPod buyers. With the new internet-site iPod-news.de this has come to an end. Finally all German speaking users can inform themselves extensively and up to date about all topics around the popular digital music player from Apple. As a platform-independent news service iPod-news.de includes all systems such as Windows, Mac and Linux also in it

    Karl Lagerfeld owns 40 iPods

    • April 21, 2004
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    Fashion guru, Karl Lagerfeld admitted in the French magazine “Elle” that he owned 40 iPods. The English translation reads: “These sweats are for someone that never jogs [talking about the clothes in the picture] even if the metal grey color is very chic, it is not for me. However, I love iPod, I have fourty of them. I recorded all the music I love on them.” MacBidouille states, “40 iPods, that is a maximum of about 1.5 TB (terabytes) of music, or roughly US$400,000 at the iTunes Music Store. That is, of course if Apple can provide that much music.”

    Therapeutic iPod?

    • April 19, 2004
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    A reader notes that a a blog called GregHard.com has a tip on using your iPod to relieve anxiety, stress, and headaches.

    “One way is to load some nice WAVE files of simulated brainwave frequencies onto your iPod. Some brainwave combos I have are Headache Treatments, Learning Aid (Studying and Subliminal), Self-Hypnosis, Sleep Inductions and Headache Treatments. It may seem silly, however science backs up many of these brainwave techniques as possible useful therapies, granted not for the long haul - if you have headaches a lot you may still need a head CT even if the headache brainwave works. And it won’t eliminate migraines.”

    Smart car integrates iPod

    • April 12, 2004
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    “Smart, the iconic automotive brand, is the first car manufacturer worldwide to offer an integrated iPod play-back and charging station into its limited edition smart fortwo i

    Virgin Mobile giving away iPod minis

    • April 5, 2004
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    “This spring, Virgin Mobile is giving you the chance to win some booty, some Big Booty. Spread the word about Virgin Mobile and get your friends to Live without a plan. If enough of them buy their phones direct from Virgin Mobile, you could win. The top 50 customers who refer the most friends to Virgin Mobile by 5/3/04 will win an Apple iPod mini. The next 100 will win a $50 gift certificate to the Apple iTunes Music Store.”

    Castle in France uses iPods for audio tours

    • April 4, 2004
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    A reader notes that Chenonceau Castle in France has started to use iPods for its audio tours. Visitors may borrow an iPod featuring two tours in varying lengths in eleven languages narrated by one of France’s famous actors, Micha

    The iPod is “hard to use,” creates new CD ripping service

    • April 3, 2004
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    “It’s the epitome of cool, a must-have item rated No 1 with teenagers, oldies and muggers alike.

    Yet the iPod digital music player has confused so many thousands of new owners that the gadget has spawned its own service industry - to help technophobes download their own songs. [...]

    Now companies are springing up to meet the need, including the London-based wePod, which does the hard work of converting disc tracks into electronic files for the iPod, using its own specially developed software. Even though it does not advertise, the new venture claims it has been inundated with inquiries.”

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