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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.”

Mac: iSight may interfere with iPod

  • April 2, 2004
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MacFixit reader, Bruce Nofrey is reporting “‘Like other users, I have also had problems updating my iPod with the iSight camera connected. The iPod would continue to have the ‘do not disconnect’ sign displayed - then the iPod would freeze ( clock not being updated) and finally my G4 tower would freeze. I have replaced one iPod and have talked to tech support when the second one did the same thing. We could not get the RESTORE function of the iPod Updater to recognize the iPod. Unplugging the iSight firewire cable from the computer will allow the iPod to be updated correctly.” Apple suggests installing iSight Updater 1.0.2 as noted in this Knowledge Base document.

Wall Street Journal seeks iPod party people

  • March 31, 2004
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iLounge recently spoke with Wall Street Journal reporter, Pui-Wing Tam who is researching the concept of using an iPod at parties. Have you ever attended a party where iPod(s) were used as main source of music? “We’re working on a fun story about how iPods are changing parties—do people duel over which music to play now, since so much more music is available on iPods, for example? How do people prevent others from walking away with their iPods at parties?”

 

More iPod muggings in UK

  • March 30, 2004
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Back in Febrary we we reported that the “This is London” website was reporting that iPod owners were being targeted by criminals. Today, “The Register UK” is reporting a person was mugged for their iPod.

“West Midlands police have issued a stark warning to iPod users: ditch the white headphones or pay the price.

Fashion-conscious music lovers are apparently being targeted by muggers. The Times tells the sorry tale of 22-year-old language student Roland Baskerville, who lost his 20GB model on the mean streets of Birmingham: “I was walking down the road near to my home when a man who was walking the other way pointed at my headphones.”

The thief then asked Baskerville if he was listening to an iPod and, receiving an affirmative answer, he “pulled a knife out and started waving it at me, saying:

Negotiate a price for an iPod in India’s grey market

  • March 30, 2004
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“It’s been sometime since we gave you a sneak peek on the grey market scene; hence we decided to pay a little visit to the grey market and catch up on what’s hot and what’s not. With the official prices of gizmos and drool “maal” hitting the roof, the grey market is still the preferred choice for all fellow geeks to feast on the goodies and catch a steal or two. [...]

All the prices are negotiable and you can test your negotiation skills as long as you are serious about buying them.”

iPod retail expands in Australia

  • March 30, 2004
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“Apple Australia has signed deals that will see the retail presence of the iPod expand.

iPods are currently only available from Apple centres and resellers, David Jones and the online Apple Store. From April 1 the popular music player will also be available in Myer, Megamart, Target, and Domayne

Two weeks left to win an iPod on Musicalmystery.com

  • March 29, 2004
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Answer all the quiz questions correctly and work out who the artist is by 16 April to go into the prize drawing. The winner receives a cash prize which is now

iPod, you Pod, everybody iPod

  • March 26, 2004
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“The Apple iPod is just about the size of a pack of cigarettes, and just about as addictive.

‘Oh, it’s so addictive

Apple patents iPod user interface

  • March 26, 2004
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MacObserver has discovered that Apple yesterday filed a patent for a “graphical user interface and methods of use thereof in a multimedia player.” The following is an abstract from the patent application.

“In a portable multimedia device, a method, apparatus, and system for providing user supplied configuration data are described. In one embodiment, a hierarchically ordered graphical user interface are provided. A first order, or home, interface provides a highest order of user selectable items each of which, when selected, results in an automatic transition to a lower order user interface associated with the selected item. In one of the described embodiments, the lower order interface includes other user selectable items associated with the previously selected item from the higher order user interface.”

RealNetworks CEO urges Steve Jobs to open iPod

  • March 23, 2004
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“RealNetworks CEO Rob Glaser has a message for Apple Computer chief Steve Jobs: Open iPod or shrivel. Glaser, the feisty founder of the Internet entertainment network, said during a panel discussion Tuesday at PC Forum here that Apple is creating problems for itself by using a file format that forces consumers to buy music from Apple’s own iTunes site. (CNET Networks, publisher of News.com, last week acquired EDventures, which sponsors PC Forum.)

Because Apple’s iPod music player does not support other proprietary music formats and does not license its own format to rivals, Real’s Rhapsody and other song sites are blocked from easily reaching iPod users.

‘Apple’s (market) share will go down if they continue to do this,’ Glaser said. ‘The only way to presently put songs on an iPod is to (buy) them from iTunes.’

‘There is a good opportunity to say to Steve, ‘You’ve done a good job of promoting this thing, but now one of two bad things will happen,’ Glaser said. ‘One, Apple’s market share will go down to its historical single-digit levels, or two, it will slow down the development of this market.’”

Aer Lingus prohibits iPod usage on flights

  • March 22, 2004
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According to thepost.ie Aer Lingus has prohibited usage of the iPod on all flights.  They also prohibit use of devices that utilize a laser such as portable CD-Players and CD-ROM drives.  I called the customer service line to verify this and it is in fact true.  They claim that it has to do with the frequency with which the iPod operates and the fact that it uses LEDs.

“And if you want to de-stress after a tough working trip by listening to your new digital music player (eg, iPod), sorry: the Irish national airline has banned them. Again, it is out on its own on this one. The news will dismay long-haul passengers as the devices are popular in helping to while away airborne hours.”

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.”

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