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iPod chipmaker sued over patent

  • October 10, 2003
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“US chip developer Cirrus Logic confirmed it had filed a patent infringement lawsuit against the company [Wolfson Electronics], which designs and supplies integrated circuits for use in a variety of hi-tech devices such as DVD players, games consoles and digital cameras. [...]

The lawsuit also seeks damages and asks the court to bar Wolfson from making, selling or importing the products into the US.”

NYT: For Venus and Mars, a Midpoint in Design

  • October 9, 2003
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“Apple’s iPod, a sleek white digital audio player, is also cited as an example of elegance that bridges male and female tastes. “The iPod is a great example of gender-neutral,” said Brenda Laurel, chairwoman of the media design program at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Calif., and a designer of video games for girls. “If you are a man, you don’t feel like a wuss carrying it around. That’s the bottom line.”

Apple posts new iPod commercial

  • October 9, 2003
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Apple has posted a QuickTime movie of the new iPod television commercial on its website. The spot features several black silhouettes dancing and grooving to “Hey Mama” by the Black Eyed Peas.

‘Home on iPod’ feature removed from Mac OS X Panther?

  • October 8, 2003
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A reader at MacRumors reports that Apple had posted information about a new ‘Home on iPod’ feature in its not-yet-released Mac OS X Panther upgrade. Apple’s Mac OS X Mobility page described the ‘Home for iPod’ feature as:

Home away from home
Ever thought you could carry your home in the palm of your hands or in your pocket? You can. Panther’s Home on iPod feature lets you store your home directory

New iPod commerical airs

  • October 8, 2003
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MacMinute is reporting that Apple has started to air new iPod television commericals. The spot features animated versions of the current print promotions featuring black silhouettes against colored backgrounds.

“The ad features black silhouettes with iPods dancing in front of vibrant colors to ‘Hey Mama’ by the Black Eyed Peas. It concludes with: ‘iPod’ then ‘Mac or PC.’ It was spotted during NBC’s ‘The West Wing.’”

Powerpage: Phish Phinds the iPod “Irreplaceable”

  • October 8, 2003
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Jason D. O’Grady of Powerpage.org got a chance to interview Brad Sands, Phish’s Road Manager about “the huge impact that the iPod has had on the band.”

Q. So how did you start using the iPod?
A. The band hadn’t played in two years (before coming out of a hiatus to play NYE at the Garden in 2002) and I discussed it with Phish archivist Jason Colton. I thought that it would be cool to get an iPod and load all of the band’s originals live, cover songs and original artists. That way they could just say “We should play this tune…” and pull it up on the iPod.

Fred Durst Woos Halle Berry with iPod

  • October 6, 2003
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“According to a recent interview in GQ magazine, Durst had a crush on the Academy Award-winner before he even met her. In an effort to get her attention, Durst loaded love songs onto an Apple iPod as a gift, such as Cyndi Lauper’s “True Colors” and Al B. Sure’s “Night and Day” to “impress” her.”

TechTV: The latest in digital players

  • October 6, 2003
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James Kim of TechTV has reviewed the latest crop of digital audio players and mentions that the iPod is still “the de facto player on the market.” Kim also compiled a dollar-per-megabyte chart and the $500 iPod 40GB comes in at $.012 per megabyte.

4G iPod and watch remote concepts

  • October 6, 2003
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picOne can only imagine what the next generation iPod design will be. An iLounger in the forums has imagined the 4th generation iPod and another has illustrated an iPod watch remote concept.

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 26, 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 26, 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.

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