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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

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
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“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
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“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

  • March 3, 2004
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“XO Play the manufacturers of Herbert

iPod poll asks if size matters

  • March 3, 2004
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“Macworld readers are split over the need for huge iPod capacity, with 17 per cent convinced that the 4GB offered by the iPod mini is “fine”, yet 16 per cent saying 80GB is needed to fulfill their requirements.

Another 15 per cent say the 15GB model meets their needs, 10GB is enough for 12 per cent, 30GB is the choice of 12 per cent, and 40GB for the remaining 10 per cent.

Some readers indicate that they now require more than one iPod (2 per cent), 13 per cent say they don’t need an iPod, and 2 per cent have opted for another player.”

iPod & iTunes: The Missing Manual 2nd Edition released

  • March 3, 2004
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Pogue Press/O’Reilly have released iPod & iTunes: The Missing Manual 2nd Edition. “In this freshly updated edition, New York Times tech columnist J. D. Biersdorfer blows open the secret doors of this gleaming, chrome-and-white beauty. With humor and authority, she lays bare an astonishing collection of useful tips, tricks, and shortcuts, and covers all iPod models for both Mac and Windows, including the iPod Mini. iPod & iTunes: The Missing Manual is also the ultimate guide to the iTunes software, MusicMatch Jukebox, and the new iTunes Music Store for both Mac and Windows.” Available at Amazon.com for $17.47.

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  • February 27, 2004
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iPod ads “focus on a very narrow market”

  • February 25, 2004
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“However, the world’s leading expert on the social impact of personal-stereo devices

Professor Bull studies the iPod

  • February 25, 2004
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“Lecturer Dr. Michael Bull is “the world’s leading—perhaps only—expert on the social impact of personal stereo devices,” according to The New York Times. [...]

Now Bull has turned his attention to Apple’s iPod.

Bull is currently interviewing iPod owners about how, when, where and why they use the iPod, and how it integrates into their everyday lives.”

MP3 Gym announces free demo download

  • February 23, 2004
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MP3 Gym, the world

Thieves target iPod

  • February 23, 2004
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“Apple’s iPod music player is not only popular with shoppers - it is also becoming increasingly popular with criminals.

A series of muggings of people for their iPods has been reported, and experts warn the distinctive white headphones could be the secret of its appeal to criminals.”

MacFixIt: iPod losing charge if connected to a sleeping Mac

  • February 19, 2004
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“A MacFixIt reader recently sent us a very thorough report on an issue that has occurred across several different iPods and a number of long conversations with AppleCare support representatives. The overall conclusion is that leaving an iPod in its dock (or, presumably, connected directly to a Mac via the dock/FireWire cable) while the Mac is asleep can drain the iPod’s battery. Below are a few key excerpts from this reader report:”

Film company requests iPod people for interviews

  • February 19, 2004
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A Seattle production company is filming iPod owners as they talk about the product and their appreciation of music.  We are looking for people to do an interview, or ‘testimonial’, as to their love for music, and how much they enjoy owning an iPod

iPod TV ad debuts in UK

  • February 17, 2004
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MacMinute reports that “Apple’s UK Hot News page notes that the company’s new iPod TV ad campaign kicks off in the United Kingdom this week and runs until mid-March. “Catch the new 30-second spot right here on the Apple site courtesy of our award-winning QuickTime multimedia software architecture,” notes the brief.”

iPod people attack New York!

  • February 14, 2004
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“Idea for a sci-fi horror flick: New York is invaded by zombielike robots. They ghost along the sidewalks, oblivious of pedestrians, and have frequent near misses with taxis and cyclists, causing chaos. They carry a secret weapon

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