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vunet.com: Police hit in iPod spam attack

  • December 5, 2003
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“Cambridgeshire Police is investigating what it describes as “a deliberate attempt” to affect its services, after being inundated with phone calls when its number was listed in a hoax email.

The email claims to be an invoice for a 40GB iPod music player and tells the recipient that their credit card will be debited £399.95. It then directs customers with questions to call a ‘customer services’ number.

But the number is the general enquiries line for the main police headquarters in Cambridge.”

iPod the Missing Manual 2nd Edition coming soon

  • December 4, 2003
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According to Barnes & Noble booksellers, a second edition of “iPod: the Missing Manual” by David Pogue will be released January 2, 2004. A B&N sales rep stated that its stores should have the new $24.95 volume available for sale two days later.

PodPal: Personal iPod Assistant Service Launched

  • December 3, 2003
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iLounger Rob has launched PodPal, a New York based service to help would be iPod owners buy, configure, accessorize, install and load music onto their new iPods. Think of Rob as your Personal iPod Assistant.

Crutchfield Sells iPods and Accessories

  • December 2, 2003
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Long time electronics retailer, Crutchfield is now sellings iPods through its online iPod Store along with several Apple branded iPod accessories.

iPod Books in Japanese

  • December 2, 2003
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We found several books for our Japanese readers titled, ‘iPod Fan Book,’ ‘New iPod Perfect Mini Guide,’ ‘iPod Perfect Mini Guide’ for older iPods and ‘With iPod iTunes Life’ while at Amazon Japan.

The iPod Book in German

  • December 2, 2003
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Galileo Design has released the first iPod book by MACup magazine authors, Soenke Jahn and Matthias Kremp simply titled “The iPod Book.”

iPod Envy and Subculture

  • December 2, 2003
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Vern Seward for The Mac Observer describes his iPod envy and the subculture that drives it.

“I know, I know… I had intended to buy one when the prices got to around US$200. The price of a new iPod still isn’t there yet, but there have beenlots of decent refurb models around for well under US$200. In fact, I bought my son one for his birthday; a spiffy 10 gigger. I think he likes it, at least, he says he does. Toby lives in Southern CA so we don’t see each other much and I don’t know for sure if he’s really using it or just saying so to be nice to his old man. If he’s not, he’s really missing the boat; there seems to be a California-esque subculture growing around the iPod that he, and I, are missing out on. I’ve had several experiences recently that will illustrate what I mean:”

NYTimes: The Guts of a New Machine

  • November 29, 2003
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Rob Walker for the New York Times Magazine has written an extensive article (6 web pages) on all things iPod - past and present. The article touches on the cult of iPod, the design - inside and out with Apple’s Jonathan Ives, the system, the competition, comments from Steve Jobs and more.

“Two years ago this month, Apple Computer released a small, sleek-looking device it called the iPod. A digital music player, it weighed just 6.5 ounces and held about 1,000 songs. There were small MP3 players around at the time, and there were players that could hold a lot of music. But if the crucial equation is ‘‘largest number of songs’’ divided by ‘‘smallest physical space,’’ the iPod seemed untouchable.”

Update: iPod’s Dirty Secret Secret Revealed

  • November 28, 2003
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Dave Shroeder has emailed us in his own words about the events that took place between the Neistat brothers and himself. Click ‘Read more’ to read the letter.

According to Dave Shroeder, the Neistat brothers (producers of the iPod’s Dirty Secret movie) had no intent on letting people know that there were solutions available for replacing the battery in iPods. Dave had provided the Neistat brothers with a mirror (server space) for their website, ipodsdirtysecret.com, to host their now infamous movie. Dave did this with one condition, that they place a link to Apple’s iPod Battery Service along with the movie. At first the Neistat brothers agreed, but then never posted a link to Apple’s website. Dave has since removed the mirror to the website and has posted a text file containing the email conversations that took place between Dave and Casey Neistat. Dave told us, “Please spread the word on these brothers who’d rather spread lies than the truth.”

Macworld UK: UK Apple chief’s iPod retail push

  • November 27, 2003
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Macworld UK talks with Apple’s UK general manager Mark Rogers on digital media’s future and the iPod’s push into several UK retail stores, including 165 Virgin music shops.

“‘Many interesting things are going to happen in the whole digital media area,’ Apple’s UK general manager, Mark Rogers, told Macworld at MacExpo 2003 last week.

Agreeing that the new industry – which has now almost become synonymous with the iTunes Music Store and iPod – is entering ‘interesting times’, Rogers said: ‘All this stuff will work itself out over the next 12-18 months, or whatever the time-frame will be, and our job is to work things out to ensure we are there at the end.’”

iPod named Stereophile’s Editor’s Choice and Budget Product of the Year

  • November 26, 2003
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In its December 2003 issue, Stereophile magazine has named the iPod as the Editor’s Choice and Budget Product of the Year. Our informant, Bill S. notes that the Editor’s Choice ‘usually goes to $30K CD players and so forth.’ Click ‘Read more’ for an excerpt from Stereophile magazine.

Why you can’t hear Jet on an iPod

  • November 25, 2003
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Unfortunately, iPod’s in Australia are etchnically in breach of copyright if you copy CD’s to them! Plus, iTunes music service is not available in Australia anytime soon.

“It’s a pity Australians cannot legally listen to a Jet song on an iPod, however. Jet’s songs are not sold in digital format in Australia, according to the band’s record label, EMI. In Australia, it is illegal to transfer copyrighted music from a CD to an iPod – and anyway, Jet’s CD, Get Born, is copy-protected. In the US, fans can buy Jet songs – along with thousands of other digital tracks – for US99c ($1.37) each from Apple’s internet music service. But the service is not available in Australia. So what exactly do Aussie iPod owners use their recorders for? Dictation?”

A Healthy Way to Win an iPod (and More!)

  • November 25, 2003
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For all those Aussies and Kiwis that seem to be excluded from any competitions to win an iPod (as they are based in US), we now get a healthy option! Blackmores is offering one of 3 Canon Digital Video Cameras, 5 10GB iPods, and 10 World Music Chill Out CD Packs to winners of a simple and fun quiz. Competition closes 12th Dec 2003. Good Luck!

AppleCare for the iPod at $55

  • November 21, 2003
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Dealmac: Small Dog Electronics has the lowest price we know to be available for the new AppleCare Protection Plan for iPods, which extends the warranty coverage and phone support to two years from the date of purchase. It charges $55, $4 less than Apple.

iRonic iPod T-shirts

  • November 21, 2003
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Kevin Muoio informs us of his line of iPod t-shirts which simply display a line of text which reads ‘ask me about my iPod.’ and another that reads ‘i own an iPod.’ Each design is available on several shirt styles/colors and start at $19.

Apple Launches AppleCare Protection Plan for iPod

  • November 21, 2003
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“Every iPod comes standard with 90 days of phone support and one year of hardware service coverage. The AppleCare Protection Plan ($59) extends your service and support coverage for your iPod, its included accessories, and iTunes software for up to two years from the original purchase date of your iPod. With this plan, you get direct access to Apple experts for answers by phone2 and anytime access to web-based resources.3 If your iPod or the included accessories should need service, Apple-certified technicians will repair it or provide a replacement using genuine Apple parts.”

Key Features:

  • Extends telephone support from 90 days to up to two years

  • Extends hardware coverage from one year to up to two years

  • Provides expert support for both Mac and Windows users

  • Wired News: Feel Free to Jack Into My iPod

    • November 21, 2003
    • iPod

    Leander Kahney for Wired News writes about the ‘jack sharing’ phenomenon reported earlier on iLounge. In his story Kahney talks to Steve Crandall (known as ‘esc’ in the iLounge forums) about his recent experience with ‘jack sharing’ in his hometwon in New Jersey. The story goes on to expose other ‘jack sharing’ locales, including Cambridge, UK.

    “‘She walked right up to me and got within my comfort field,’ Crandall stammered. ‘I was taken aback. She pulled out the earbuds on her iPod and indicated the jack with her eyes.’

    Warily unplugging his own earbuds, Crandall gingerly plugged them into the woman’s iPod, and was greeted by a rush of techno.

    ‘We listened for about 30 seconds,’ Crandall said. “No words were exchanged. We nodded and walked off.’”

    iPod named ‘best of class’ at MacUser Awards 2003

    • November 20, 2003
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    “Apple again was the star at the UK’s most prestigious Mac awards, picking up six Maxines, one more than it garnered last year.

    The 20in Cinema Display, 40GB iPod, Final Cut Pro and Soundtrack all claimed the ‘best in their class’ gong while the Power Mac G5 was given the Readers’ Award for Hardware of the Year and the Special Award for Product of the Year.”

    Seattle Weekly: iPod As iGod

    • November 20, 2003
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    “‘God is a DJ,’ goes a popular dance-music catchphrase. That line was written long enough ago that it fails to account for a few new facts—namely, the fact that God is smaller than a pack of cigarettes and retails between $299 and $499. The iPod—which comes in 10GB, 15GB, 20GB, 30GB, and 40GB models—is fast changing the way people listen to music, not least your faithful correspondent, who has been packing even more listening time than usual into a schedule that already demands plenty.”

    Why the iPod Should Play Windows Media Audio

    • November 20, 2003
    • iPod

    Like the age-old battle between the Beta format and the VHS format we are at the very beginnings of a digital media battle…. The solution? Apple should avoid the potential of becoming the Beta by having the iPod able to play WMA files.

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