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.
Macworld columnist, Chris Breen has written several tips to help you ‘master’ your iPod.
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.
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.”
“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.”
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.
The September issue of T3 magazine (UK) features an iPod AV mock-up created by DesignWorks Windsor.
“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).”
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.
“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?”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.