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Macworld: Inside the iPod

  • October 6, 2003
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Macworld columnist, Chris Breen has written several tips to help you ‘master’ your iPod.

“When you look at the four buttons, single scroll wheel, and intuitive interface of Apple’s iPod, you might believe that there’s nothing more to it than plug, play, and rock out. Not so. The iPod has hidden depths. To master all an iPod’s its aspects—from power settings to cross-platform operation—you must know more than how to turn it on and scroll through the calendar. These tips—which cover both previous iPods and the newest models—will help.”

Win a 40GB iPod and $1000

  • October 2, 2003
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Wacom Technology is giving away a 40GB iPod and $1000 in two new contests for designers and photographers. The Go Platinum Design contest is requesting the submission of “CD cover-art for the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP) to use for the CD they will be distributed at PhotoshopWorld West 2004.” In the Go Pro contest “contestants may submit a photo of anything that’s suitable for the enjoyment of all ages and to which they hold all rights.” Winners in each contest will receive “a 40GB iPod and $1000 U. S. to either pocket or use to get to San Francisco to be honored on stage at the opening event for PhotoshopWorld 2004.” More details and rules available at Wacom’s website.

Fast Company: The “Pods Unite” ad

  • October 1, 2003
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“Here’s an ad with oomph. A television and print campaign from Volkswagen and Apple promised an Apple iPod with every purchase of a New Beetle sedan through September 30. The ads, which debuted on July 15 with Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game, are winningly stylish. But their appeal also depends on a shrewd mutual understanding of brand and audience: They’re the right pitch to the right market.”

The Poor Mans iPod

  • October 1, 2003
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pic BoingBoing has posted a humorous poke at the expense (or lack thereof) of iPod. “Can’t afford an iPod? Cheap consumer-electronics chic: print, glue onto cardboard, cut out and assemble.”

Cruising the high seas with iPod

  • September 28, 2003
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“To keep such passengers content while on board, Celebrity ships have an attractive combination of amenities. For instance, the line’s four newest ships offer two-deck-tall libraries of both the printed word and more than 1,500 musical compositions, from rap to classical.

The music library, named Notes, also has nine listening stations. Visitors sit at a touch screen, scroll through the offerings by category, artist or title, and create their own playlist, which they can call up on each visit. Or they can take with them an iPod, at $10 a day; the music librarian loads it with their choices.”

Stuff Magazine Personal Audio Supertest

  • September 27, 2003
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In the October 2003 issue of Stuff Magazine the Apple iPod goes head to head with Panasonic’s SV-SD85, Philips Key 004, Sharp MT899H and the Sony D-NE1 in their Personal Digital Audio Supertest. They review the 15GB iPod and it wins the test. Also tested in the same category as the iPod is the Creative Jukebox Zen and the Archos Jukebox AV120. Stuff assemble their “winning team” consisting of the iPod, iMac2, Grado SR60 headphones for indoor use, Sennheiser MX500 for outdoors, and the Acoustic Energy Aego 2 speaker system for hooking up to the iMac/iPod.

Also featured in this issue is an accessories list for the iPod to turn your iPod into a bomb shelter (iPod Armor), a listening post (Boostaroo), a pirate radio station (iTrip), a mini system (NaviPOD remote), and a portable stereo (Creative Travelsound).

Stuff’s website has also posted a Web poll asking, “Gadget of 2003?.” The iPod is winning so far with over 50% of the votes.

T3 magazine features iPod AV concept

  • September 26, 2003
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The September issue of T3 magazine (UK) features an iPod AV mock-up created by DesignWorks Windsor.

“The video iPod will feature a massive 50GB hard disk and a gorgeous 4.6-inch widescreen colour display. You’ll be able to watch full-length movies that you’ve downloaded from the internet or copied from a DVD disc. That lovely screen will be touch-sensitive , keeping the number of buttons on the edge of the device down to a bare minimum. Plus, there’ll be integrated Bluetooth, giving you the ability to share files with other iPod owners .”

Dr. Mac: How The iPod & iTunes Changed My Life

  • September 26, 2003
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“I got my wish. The iPod has brought music back into my life full time, with a vengeance. I listen to great music wherever I am. I have a little workshop out in the garage, where I’ve set up my old Monsoon speakers so I can plug my iPod into them and listen while I paint. [...]

And I have playlists for every occasion. When I visit my dentist, it’s “Music to inhale nitrous oxide by.” I make playlists for plane rides. I have playlists for my kids. I even have playlists to work by (usually heavy on the King Crimson and Dave Brubeck).”

CompactFlash reader for iPod?

  • September 25, 2003
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O’Reilly has posted an interview with Bernard Leach, the first developer to successfully port Linux onto the iPod. In the interview Leach mentions his latest project - trying to get a CompactFlash reader to download digital photos to his iPod.

“Just recently, thanks to the guys at SiK.com, I got the hardware together to test connecting a CompactFlash reader to the iPod. So far, I’ve only had limited success, but it’s getting there. Once I get that working, I plan to write a small application that will let me copy digital images from CompactFlash cards to the iPod.”

ZDNet: Should a Windows user buy an iPod?

  • September 25, 2003
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“The other question I’m asked is whether Windows users should buy an iPod. Unlike Mac, where the iPod really is the only device worth having, Windows users have a variety of choices. [...]

That may not be as simple as comparing disk capacities. For example, iPods automatically sync in the background. What’s that worth? What about a user interface with no moving parts? Small size? The docking station with a line-out jack? And styling that makes you the envy of your friends—what’s all that worth?”

iPod AV Concept

  • September 24, 2003
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A member at dotmac.com has conceptualized an iPod AV device using 3D software. The iPod AV features a brilliant super resolution 4” LCD, up to 30 hours of MP4 video at 320x240, FireWire 800, 400, USB 2.0, S-Video and composite video.

BusinessWeek: A Wireless iPod Can Torpedo the Pirates

  • September 24, 2003
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“Riddle me this: What would you get if you crossed a BlackBerry with an iPod? The answer: The future of the music business. Let me explain. Imagine, if you will, an iPod as a wireless digital ladle. It would dip into a nearly bottomless stream of continual music, scooping up any song you wanted, when you wanted, where you wanted. There would be no need for CDs, hard drives, or any other storage device. And trying to capture such music would be about as easy as trapping mist in a jar. Every song would contain a digital expiration date, so, over time, they would evaporate.”

iPod Advertising Parodies

  • September 22, 2003
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Apple recently launched a new iPod ad campaign featuring black silouhuetted figures holding an iPod on bright colored backgrounds. SomethingAwful.com has posted over 120 parodies of the ad depicting silouhuettes of Mr. T, Bob Marley, James Bond, Mr. Smith and many more. Warning: Some of the parody ads and content appearing on this website may be offensive. View at your own risk.

UK club features iPods and ‘noWax’

  • September 18, 2003
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A UK night club in East London called dreambagsjaguarshoes is featuring a vinyl-free ‘noWax’ club night using iPods. Club goers are encouraged to bring their iPods to join in the mix.

“The concept for noWax is simple: bring down your iPod, take a ticket and wait in line. When an automated projector above the DJ booth flashes your number, it’s time to plug-n-play three songs alternatively against another budding iPod mixmaster. The winner will be decided by the audience response,. If they think you’re really terrible before you’ve finished - you’re off!”

Observations on 40GB iPod

  • September 15, 2003
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Reader David E. Frank at Macintouch.com has submitted some ‘initial observations’ of his new iPod 40GB which replaced his 30GB. Click ‘Read more’ for the list.

Your Mac Life Internet show talks iPods

  • September 10, 2003
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This evening on Your Mac Life with host Shawn King, Macworld columnist and author Chris Breen will be talking about iPods and promoting the third edition of his book, “Secrets of the iPod”. Listen to the live show tonight from 5:30 - 8pm Pacific Time, 8:30-11pm Eastern Time.

Apple Store canceling 15GB orders with new 20GB iPod

  • September 10, 2003
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iLounger ‘philipbe’ in the forums notes that Apple has canceled his order for a 15GB iPod placed on July 9 and upgraded the order to a new 20GB iPod on Sept. 8. MacFixit posted that the same thing happened to one of its readers. “On Sept 3, 2003 I ordered an engraved 15GB iPod for my son’s birthday. Today I received an email from Apple telling me that the original order had been cancelled and replaced with an order for the new 20GB iPod.” If your 15GB or 30GB iPod order has been upgraded, please let us know.

New iPod ad campaign launches

  • September 9, 2003
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Apple recently launched a new ad campaign to promote iPod. The magazine and billboard ads feature a black silouhuetted figure holding an iPod against a bright colored background. Cropped versions of these ads can also be seen being used on the updated Apple iPod web pages.

New 20GB and 40GB iPods released

  • September 8, 2003
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Apple has released new 20 and 40GB iPods and have dropped the 15 and 30GB models from the the iPod line up. Each of the new models include Apple earphones, AC adapter, FireWire cable, PC FireWire adapter, wired remote, carrying case w/ belt clip, iPod dock and one year warranty. The 20GB costs $399 and the 40GB is $499, and joins the existing 10GB for $299.

Macworld UK: iPod Smart car images

  • September 8, 2003
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We recently reported that Smart is manufacturing the limitied-edition i-move car with built-in connectivity for iPod. Macworld UK has posted a photo and more information regarding this new development.

“Macworld sources say the iPod connects to the car stereo, with a dock that’s built-into the car. It shows up on the stereo as an auxiliary device, and can be controlled using the stereo. Just one hundred so-equipped Smart cars will be released in France, though “Smart UK is really interested in doing the same,” said a source.

Unlike the US ‘iPods unite’ promotion of a Volkswagen Beetle with an iPod that connects to the car using a cassette stereo adaptor, Smart have built connectivity into the vehicle.”

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