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  • December 13, 2003
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“GERMAN philosopher Friedrich Nietzsc once grumbled, “Only sick music makes money today.” But in the 103 years since his death, the most beautiful music-playing moneyspinner to inspire the sin of envy is unquestionably the Apple IPod.

At a time when computer laptops are viewed by grave-faced airline security staff as possible bombs, Apple have breathed fun, possibility and beauty back into technology.

Anyone who wakes on Christmas morning, pushes their hand down into a stocking and clutches an IPod will break into the type of smile Adam and Eve might have brandished when eating their first pineapple.”

iPods hot in the UK

  • December 12, 2003
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“Online shoppers are hungry for iPods this year. The trendy digital music player looks set to be the top-selling item over the internet this Christmas, writes Susanna Voyle.

According to Kelkoo, one of Europe’s leading shopping internet search engines, the Apple iPod was the most frequently searched-for item in the first week of December - heading a top 10 list heavily skewed in favour of electrical products.”

Canada levies iPods - 10GB $15, 15GB - 40GB $25

  • December 12, 2003
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“Each recorder with a memory capacity of 1 GB up to 10 GB will be levied at $15, and each recorder with memory capacity of more than 10 GB will carry a $25 levy.

The music industry had requested much higher levies. Under the industry’s original proposal, an MP3 player with a 20GB minidisk hard drive would have been subject to a levy that would have boosted the price by about $125. Manufacturers filed objections to the Copyright Board over that plan, arguing that the levies would price their products out of the market.”

Macworld UK: iPod in ‘huge demand’ - Apple

  • December 12, 2003
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“Apple’s digital music initiatives continue to gather momentum and iPod sales are very strong, the company has confirmed.

Its UK general manager Mark Rogers told Macworld last night: “We have been extremely pleased with iPod sales,” adding, “It is definitely on everyone’s Christmas wish list, given the huge demand we have seen.”“

Audible.com and Tweeter Announce Retail Promotion for Apple iPod and AudibleListener Memberships

  • December 12, 2003
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“Audible, Inc. (OTC BB: ADBL) and Tweeter Home Entertainment Group today announced a retail promotion for the holiday shopping season and beyond. Tweeter customers who purchase the industry-leading Apple iPod portable digital audio player will be offered a membership at Audible.com, the leading provider of digitally delivered spoken word audio, featuring downloads of best-selling audiobooks, newspapers, magazines, radio programs, and original shows.

Tweeter’s sales force will market to iPod customers the benefits of expanding the use of their iPod with an AudibleListener(R) membership. Those who sign up for Audible as part of their iPod purchase will receive a free wireless radio transmitter designed expressly to allow the iPod to work with virtually any car audio system.”

Canada to raise iPod prices?

  • December 11, 2003
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According to the Toronto Star, the Canadian Copyright Board may approve a 20% levy on electronic media tomorrow, including MP3 players and hard drives. With the Canadian Dollar rising and this on the horizon, maybe now is the right time to get that iPod.

“That 20-gigabyte MP3 player going under the Christmas tree this season could soon cost 20 per cent more if the Copyright Board approves a proposed levy tomorrow on the sale of digital music devices.

It could also mean new levies on recordable DVDs, removable flash memory and micro hard drives, as well as increased tariff rates on blank cassettes and recordable CDs, assuming a music-industry group called the Canadian Private Copying Collective, or CPCC, gets its way.”

BusinessWeek: ‘I applaud the actions of the Neistat brothers’

  • December 11, 2003
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BusineesWeek’s Alex Salkever has written an article about the recent ‘iPod Dirty Secret’ video by the Neistat brothers, and applauds their actions in the hopes to teach Apple a lesson.

“This situation is hardly unique to Apple. Most computer owners I know say the support they receive, Wintel or Mac, is spotty at best. And to be fair, my experience with support from other PC companies has been on par with my experiences with Apple. Most computer users just seem to shrug and live with it. That’s not a good thing, in my view. Which is why I applaud the actions of the Neistat brothers, Casey and Van, and hope they are taken as a lesson at One Infinite Loop. Here’s a summary of their tale of digital disobedience.”

Macworld UK: iPod makes the headlines

  • December 11, 2003
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“Apple’s iPod continues to attract global media attention as the company maintains its marketing push to get the product into people’s pockets.

The Times yesterday declared Apple’s market-leading music player “iconic”, writing: “Not since Sony launched its Walkman in 1979 has a portable music player become such a cult consumer object.”

The report explains: “Fashion houses are designing accessories for it, directors are including it in plot lines, and word of mouth is making it the coolest Christmas gadget.”“

Macworld UK: Poll: Santa facing iPod hell

  • December 10, 2003
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“A quarter of Macworld readers have asked Santa for an iPod, with a further quarter hoping for a PowerBook, the latest Macworld Online poll shows.”

TroyBoyDesign releases PodKin icons, desktops and more

  • December 9, 2003
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picTroyBoyDesign has released several new iPod icons, a new desktop and t-shirt based on its new PodKin character.

The Register: iPod Phone Scam Man Arrested

  • December 8, 2003
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“A 21-year-old man from St Neots has been arrested after the main switchboard at Cambridgeshire police HQ was jammed by thousands of calls on Friday.

Concerned callers rang the Huntingdon-based HQ after receiving an email informing them that

iPod wins What Hi-Fi? Digital Jukebox Group Test

  • December 7, 2003
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In the December issue of What Hi-Fi? magazine (UK), Apple’s 20GB iPod wins the group test against the likes of the Archos AV320, Creative Jukebox 3, Creative Zen NX, iRiver iHP-100 and Thomson’s Lyra. The test found the iPods pros were -“Controlled, detailed sound; easy to use; slim and incredibly stylish; better value than ever.” Cons were - “Bass could be beefer; supplied headphones look great but are best replaced” Verdict - “More memory for the money and ever-more options mean our Award winning portable just got even better.”

Washington Post: MP3 Players to Rival Pricier iPod

  • December 7, 2003
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Washingtonpost.com’s Technews reviews four new iPod competitors.  Looks like iPod still gets the best marks, but the Dell product seems almost comparable.

“Apple’s iPod has stolen the hearts of many digital-music fans with its stylish, svelte contours and delightfully simple controls. But it’s an expensive date, from $299 for a 10-gigabyte model to $499 for a 40-gig unit, and the latest design’s arrangement of buttons lacks some of the first iPod’s intuitive clarity.

Meanwhile, competing manufacturers have shipped a series of MP3 players with iPod-esque capacities and sizes but lower prices: Creative’s Nomad Jukebox Zen Xtra, Dell’s Digital Jukebox, Rio’s Karma and Samsung’s YP-910GS Napster.”

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

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:”

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