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iPods in exchange for sex, advice or a girlfriend?

  • March 22, 2004
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“Search for the word ‘iPod’ on New York’s craigslist classified ads and you open a fascinating window into the psyche of the city.

Naturally, a revealing search isn’t conducted in the “for sale” section, which simply brings up a pedestrian list of iPods for sale. A truly illuminating search must include the personal ads, which offer some insight into the culture of iPods, but reveal more about the city.

Last week, for example, a boy from Brooklyn wanted advice about his girlfriend, who had dismissed his gift of an expensive handbag: She wanted an iPod mini instead.”

How to replace your iPod’s battery

  • March 19, 2004
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picMacUser UK has posted instructions and illustrations on how to replace your iPod’s battery. Both, old and new iPods are represented. Do not use a screw driver to pry off the back of the iPod’s case as instructed by MacUser. To avoid damage to the case, use several strong peices of thin plastic, like a guitar pick or similar. Please see the “Can I replace iPod’s battery myself?” FAQ for a list of vendors offering replacement batteries and repair services.

It’s all about the iPod?

  • March 18, 2004
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“Digital music player has been touted as a saviour. But are the numbers sustainable? [...]

Mr. Milunovich [analyst at Merrill Lynch & Co.] calculates that iPod and iTunes will contribute about US15 cents a share to Apple’s earnings this fiscal year, rising to US25 cents a share and revenue of $US2-billion by 2006.

But, as in the past, don’t expect it to be all clear sailing for Apple. Critics say the technology firm is going out on a limb by concentrating so much of its future on the iPod and the online music business, which is still in its infancy.

During the fiscal first quarter of 2004, 53% of Apple’s retail segment sales came from iPod, or other branded and third-party peripherals, software and services.”

iPod buzz hiding problems for Apple

  • March 18, 2004
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MacNN reports that “MONEY Magazine’s article titled “Why iPod can’t save Apple” says the buzz on the digital music player and “swank” storefronts are masking an ebbing bottom line, noting reduced CPU sales (resulting a shrinking marketshare), decreased profits (in part due to the lower-margin iPod and little-to-no profit at the iTunes Music Store), failure of the iPod to drive CPU sales, failure of the retail stores to increase marketshare, hidden retail store costs, no operational income, and little value in the stock. [subscription required to view entire article; highlights posted below]”

“Fully immersive iPod-like device” concept

  • March 17, 2004
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KDLAB, a design firm in New York produced an astounding peice of work known as iSPEC or iPod3. Imagine you’re wearing 3D glasses with built-in earphones which immmerses you into a virtual reality environment of your choosing. In this case a reproduction of the Overlook Hotel’s lobby from the movie “The Shining” by Stanley Kubric. As you wear the glasses you manipulate the interface and environments appearing in the glasses by using wireless, finger mounted controls. We had recently placed this concept in our iPod Concepts gallery and have noticed it has appeared on several websites since. We emailed the producer, director and 3D designer/animator of iSPEC, Joseph Kosinski of KDLAB after viewing the concept video.

“The short film you saw, “iSPEC”, was a short film/spec project done for a couple of reasons: 1] to explore the idea of a fully immersive iPod-like device and potentially generate some commercial business 2] to push the limits of 3DS Max 6 and Mental Ray which I was beta testing at the time. The spot was first shown at SIGGRAPH 2003 at discreet Evolve event and has since been shown at the RES magazine screening series in Los Angeles. The video was produced at KDLAB in New York City in June 2003.”

JukePod: Rent an iPod music service

  • March 17, 2004
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“Aimed at retail establishments, bars, salons & cafés, JukePod offers a loaded 15GB iPod (under Apple warranty) with users being able to select from over 3,000 album titles. iPods are updated each month with the subscribers’ picks.

At just $100 per month, the JukePod system provides you with the means to offer a diverse and intelligent music library—$45,000 worth of crystal clear digital music delivered on Apple’s amazingly sleek and intuitive iPod. And the library keeps growing. The JukePod service model is just as impressive. We help you choose your music based on your customer demographics, update your music once a month, provide technical support, even digitize your own CDs and transfer them to the iPod.”

Win an iPod, iPod minis or iTunes gift certificates

  • March 16, 2004
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Yahoo and Doritos have recently announced giveaways to win iPod minis, iPod, and iTunes gift certificates. Yahoo is giving away an iPod mini a day for 30 days. No purchase necessary and give away ends April 8, 2004. See rules for details. Frito-Lay is giving away a 40GB iPod and $150 iTunes gift certificate as the grand prize in its Doritos Soundbites’ Download it Sweepstakes promotion. Two daily winners will get $20 iTunes gift certificates. You can enter the sweepstakes daily to increase your chances. Ends April 1, 2004. See rules for details.

Apple to make less profits on iPods, but will sell more

  • March 16, 2004
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MacMinute reports on a story published at SiliconeValley.com describing Apple’s strategy to sell more iPods while making less profits overall.

“In the coming months, Apple will begin to unfurl its strategy of making a little less profit on the average iPod, but selling a lot more of them. A Hewlett-Packard branded version of the iPod is due in a few weeks, and HP will pocket some of the profit from that version. The new iPod mini will bring Apple less profit per sale than previous iPod models, because its parts make up a larger portion of its $249 price tag.

Success for Apple will mean selling so many of the music players that the slimmer profits don’t matter, and paying lower prices for the iPod’s building blocks. Apple will begin to show success or failure in the spring”

Mac: iPod ad icons released

  • March 16, 2004
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picA reader has informed us that he has created several icons for Mac OS X depicting the silhouetted dancers from the iPod ads. Free download available at MacMonkies.com

The man behind the iPod ad silhouettes

  • March 16, 2004
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picVfxsoup has posted an interesting interview with Alex Brodie, who produced the silhouettes for the iPod ads. The interview also has two before and after photos of the people that became silhouettes in the rock version of the iPod commercials.

“Alex: One of the most challenging projects recently was the Apple iPod silhouette campaign. Each different music genre had a different version, in different lengths and different markets. I think I started seeing disembodied white wires dancing around in my sleep. I’m somewhat of a control freak, and do all my own roto, so I had to move fast. When your job is to be a perfectionist, the biggest challenge is always deadlines! Adrenaline though is a better stimulant than caffeine.”

Update: At the request of Apple, the site has removed all references to the iPod ads since our posting.

PocketPC iPod emulator removed from website

  • March 15, 2004
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Software developers, StartBrite Solutions after being pressured by Apple’s legal department have removed the pPod/pBop iPod emulator software for PocketPC PDAs from its website. “Due to legal pressure from Apple we are no longer able to distribute this application. Sorry for any inconvenience.”

iPod ads attack Toronto subway

  • March 11, 2004
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picMacMinute.com reports that “Apple’s iPod marketing team has transformed the St. George subway station in downtown Toronto into an ‘Apple dreamland,’ local resident Jonathan Ta-Min told MacMinute. He noted that iPod ads adorn nearly every object of the station—posts, walls, stairs, and even newspaper recycle bins. Ta-Min has provided MacMinute with several photos of the scene. ‘It definitely brought a smile to my face,’ he said.”

HP to sell HP branded iPod in China

  • March 10, 2004
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“‘China is the largest and fastest growing consumer market in the world today with more than 1.3 billion consumers,” said Fiorina [HP CEO]. “The use of computers is spreading more rapidly here than any other nation.’ Hewlett-Packard returned to China eight months ago after withdrawing in 2001. The company plans to introduce its full range of consumer products, Fiorina said. This includes the HP-branded iPod music player based on Apple’s best selling music player, as well as projectors, entertainment hubs and displays.”

French group threatens Apple to pay royalties on iPod

  • March 10, 2004
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“A French association representing recorded music rights holders threatened Wednesday to take Apple Computer Inc. to court in a dispute over lost music royalties.

The argument centers on a fee levied in France on sales of blank CDs, tapes, hard disks, and other hardware that can be used to copy music. The proceeds go to musicians and other rights holders who lose money to piracy.

The Society of Music Creators, Composers and Publishers, or Sacem, accuses Apple of consistently refusing to pay the levy on sales of its iPod music player, which contains a hard disk drive.”

The iPod is a “multi-faceted transformative device”

  • March 9, 2004
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“If you thought you liked the iPod because of its looks, think again. It could, according to one academic, be a way of regaining your personal space.

To Dr Michael Bull, portable music players are ‘multi-faceted transformative devices’, a ‘tool whereby users manage space, time and the boundaries around the self.’

Dr. Bull is one of the few academics, possibly the only one, to spend time researching what owners of iPods and other music players do with their gadgets, why they listen to them and what difference they make to their lives.”

Honda Civic Tour features concerts and iPod equipped Civics

  • March 8, 2004
  • iPod

“Gearing up for the fourth annual Civic Tour, American Honda Motor Co., is pleased to announce this year’s tour headliner, Dashboard Confessional. The nationwide tour will launch on May 13 in Portland, ME.

The band chose to have the Civic Coupe (one of Honda’s top selling models) painted and designed with a unique and vibrant look. Included in this year’s customized Civics are state-of-the-art, premium audio components from Alpine Electronics. The system features a 500-watt DVD mobile multimedia system with DVD/CD/MP3/WMA/CDR/CDRW playback and satellite-linked navigation. High-performance Type-S speakers, subwoofers and V12 amps complete the system. Each vehicle will also include an Apple iPOD that can be controlled directly from the in-dash receiver using Alpine’s new interface.

Back this year, by popular demand, is the traveling Civic Tour Non-Stop Music Lounge presented by Alpine Electronics, where the customized Dashboard Confessional Civic will be showcased as well as provide a cool spot for fans to visit before and after the show. The new Civic will be on tour with the band, giving fans an up-close-and-personal look at the highly customized machine autographed by Dashboard Confessional. A total of 10 of these unique Civics will be awarded through national and local media promotions, one of which will be given away through civictour.com.”

Woman kills boyfriend with iPod

  • March 8, 2004
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“A Memphis woman was arrested and charged with first-degree murder after she bludgeoned her boyfriend to death with an iPod. [...]

Brad Pulaski had died of blunt trauma to the head after being repeatedly bludgeoned with an iPod, a popular MP3 player produced by Apple. [...]

According to law officers, Mathers was hysterical when police arrived and told them that she killed her boyfriend only after he accused her of illegally downloading music and erased about 2,000 of her MP3s. Mathers complained that it took 3 months to build her music collection.”

Editor’s note: Satire.

“iPod success paves the way for Mac OS X on X86”

  • March 4, 2004
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“This is all very interesting, but I believe analysts and others are missing the big picture: iPod success paves the way for Mac OS X on X86. People have argued for years for and against the release of Mac OS X on Intel (and AMD) commodity hardware, but Apple derives such a large portion of its revenue from hardware that doing so could potentially damage the company beyond repair. But, what if Apple replaces that lost Mac hardware revenue with iPod revenue?

Steve Jobs would then be free to drop what amounts to a hydrogen bomb on Microsoft. Mac OS X that runs on “regular” off-the-shelf x86 hardware. Or partner with a Sony, for example - to insure quality. Years before “Longhorn” even comes close to shipping. Moo.”

It’s true - there are iPod Zombies in NY

  • March 4, 2004
  • iPod

“As I stepped out the front door of my hotel into Times Square, iPod in-hand, I walked into a sea of white headphones. It was really amazing to see how many people were carrying an iPod—it seemed like every second person I saw had the telltale signs of an iPod under their jacket.

I felt like a member of a special, secret club. As you pass by someone with an iPod, they would give you a slight nod—kind of like people that drive motorcycles do when they pass each other on the road. (Okay, maybe I was being a bit sensitive to the amount of iPods I saw, but I swear people were nodding at me as they walked past).”

XO Play releases “Herbert’s Big Adventure” iPod game

  • March 3, 2004
  • iPod

“XO Play the manufacturers of Herbert’s Big Adventure launched today their second iPod game following the success of ‘The Rise Of The Lost’ last week.

The adventure story game puts you in the role of Herbert, a heart breaker, lady lover - funny guy who has all the right moves. You venture out into the city to seek that one true love to give your heart to. Whether it’ll be at the local bar sipping on a Martini, hanging out at the nightclub, or shopping at the mall. As Herbert, you have to keep a watchful eye for the girl of your dreams.

As you read through the adventure you will be asked to choose your destiny by selecting from a number of options found at the bottom of the page. Similar to the ‘choose-your-own-adventure’ series. The game cost $14.99 and is played via the notes section of your iPod.”

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