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‘Pods Unite’ : VW & Apple Team Up in New Beetle

  • July 15, 2003
  • iPod,

It’s exciting to see two companies that fit so well together acknowledging that harmony they enjoy. What interested me most was the mention of a “Volkswagen iPod connectivity kit.” Maybe VW is solving the problem of so many messy wires being needed to connect an iPod with decent sound. Here’s hoping it will be available for current VW/iPod owners.

“Volkswagen’s iPod connectivity kit completes the pairing, with the ability to create and remotely access a road-ready digital music library.  Together, the estimated retail value of the iPod and VW connectivity kit is about $600. [...]

Each New Beetle iPod is custom-engraved with Volkswagen’s “Drivers Wanted” logo and comes with a coupon for $100 off a purchase of $999 or more, from apple.com, Volkswagen’s exclusive Street Mix CD collection, a free e-book from audible.com, a VW Music-zine, and a “Pods Unite” window sticker.”

Editor’s note: We had first heard about a possible partnership in April 2002 in a report from one of our readers. But instead of the Jetta, it is the Beetle which is getting the special iPod connectivity kit.

Fossil Does iPod

  • July 14, 2003
  • iPod,

Apple has updated its Pro section with a story about watchmaker, Fossil and how the in-house design team uses Apple products. In a sidebar story titled ‘iPod Does Booth Duty’, Tim Hale, Fossil’s Senior VP tells how he and his workers use iPod to play music at trade show booths and manage their to-do list.

“‘I use a 10G iPod to run the music,’ explains Hale. ‘We plug it into the house system in the booth and let it play. Because it was on iPod instead of a CD, we get eight hours of music or more. Next year, music trends will change and we can go back and recustomize it. This allows for a large amount of flexibility in an in-house environment where you want to control that experience.’”

Source: MacMinute

Wired: Give the DJs What They Want

  • July 12, 2003
  • iPod,

For all the DJs out there… wouldn’t it be nice to have pitch control on your iPod for mixing live sets? Wired magazine (August 2003) reports that Apple invited world famous DJ, Ritchie Hawtin to perform at the opening of the Soho NY store, but Hawtin’s mixes were ‘choppy’ due to the lack of pitch control on the dualing iPods.

“At Hawtin’s SoHo appearance - and at some sets by other DJs at Apple’s 53 retail outlets - rumors circulated that he might get his wish. Don’t trade in your needles yet, though. ‘We can’t confirm that pitch control will be a feature,’ says an Apple spokesperson. ‘But DJs are a constituency we’re interested in reaching.’”

John Mayer says iPod ‘instrumental’ for song writing

  • July 10, 2003
  • iPod,

Launch Yahoo reports musician John Mayer praises his iPod for helping him write songs for his new, upcoming album.

“He tells LAUNCH Apple’s iPod has been instrumental in his writing. “I have the Apple iPod, it’s great. Because I can burn my demos and put them into the iPod and then listen to them as I’m driving, or as am going to a radio station, and just really just have time to sit in it and think about it,” Mayer said.”

iPod DJ saves the day

  • July 10, 2003
  • iPod,

Below is a copy of my letter printed in MacUser Magazine (UK) dated 11 July 2003:

Last week a friend was having his 40th birthday party. As he was born in 1963, a Sixties theme was decided. You know: Sixties dress, music, food, psychedelic drugs and so on (well maybe not the drugs).

The Sun: 600 albums in ‘cig packet’

  • July 10, 2003
  • iPod,

Dominic Mohan has written a general article about iPod culture.

“The iPod

The Best of the Web for iPod Users

  • July 7, 2003
  • iPod,

Gregory Ng of AppleMatters takes a look at the best of the web for iPod users.

“Have an iPod? Check. Have a Mac with iTunes? Check. Use the iTunes Music Store? Check. Now what do you do? The following is a list of websites that are a must-see and a must-use for every iPod wielding, Apple loving, music fan…”

Editor’s Note: Thanks for mentioning iLounge at the top of your list!

Follow-up Review of the New 15GB iPod

  • July 7, 2003
  • iPod,

About two weeks ago, I posted an article on Sparkshop comparing the new and old iPods.  After two more weeks of practical experience with the new 15GB model, I just posted a follow-up article.  I cover some details that my original post left out, and even revised some of my initial opinions.

iPods: Built Mac Tough

  • July 6, 2003
  • iPod,

Last sunday I found myself on the wrong side of one of those anecdotes that keep CSR’s sane; I did something please-hold-mute-

-umute stupid.

After getting a major project into production on Friday, I swore to myself that I would do absolutely nothing productive for the entire weekend, and until Sunday afternoon I kept that vow. At this point I discovered that I only had two clean pairs of underpants left, and one of those was a rather uncomfortable g-string. I had no choice - I had to do some laundry…

European iPod Buyers Decry Volume Limits

  • July 3, 2003
  • iPod,

There is considerable discussion on Apple’s iPods discussion boards from European owners of new iPods regarding volume limitors that are present in the European models—but not in US models.

Because of EU health regulations, European models are not capable of producing the same volume levels as their US brethern, causing considerable indignation from buyers who were not made aware of these limits.

Apple has not responded to any user feedback or comment on the subject, nor have any fixes been offered by the company or users.

iPod advertising, packaging and user information makes no note of these limits.

iPods missing from Dell’s website

  • July 3, 2003
  • iPod,

A brief check of Dell’s website, www.dell.com, revealed a distinct lack of iPods.  Only 5 mp3 players are listed, and the iPod is not among them.  Whether or not the absence is temporary remains to be seen.

FutureShop Canada now selling iPods

  • July 2, 2003
  • iPod,

Brick and mortar retailer FutureShop (similar to BestBuy) in Canada has added an Apple product section to its online store which includes iMacs, iBooks, eMacs and iPods as well as official Apple accessories.

BusinessWeek: How Apple Spells Future: i-P-O-D

  • July 2, 2003
  • iPod,

Charles Haddad, correspondent for BusinessWeek writes:

“I don’t care how fast the new Power Mac G5 is—or isn’t (if you believe the critics). Apple’s future doesn’t ride on the speed of its Macs. In fact, Apple’s future doesn’t ride with Macs at all anymore. [...]

Apple is making this crossing on the slender back of its little iPod. This portable digital-music player is at the cusp of doing for music what the original Apple did for computing in the late 1970s: setting the standard as the mass market for these players starts taking off.”

“The iPod Nation and the iPod Nod of Approval”

  • June 30, 2003
  • iPod,

Gregory Ng at AppleMatters writes about the one million strong iPod Nation.

“With Apple’s announcement that they have shipped out their 1 millionth iPod last week, there is no doubt that you have had the opportunity. Now for every crowded bus or train the odds are good you will see at least one other iPod user. iPods are now seen being used by celebrities, athletes, even politicians.”

“Hello iPod, Goodbye, MD”

  • June 24, 2003
  • iPod,

Gizmodo reports that Apple has launched an ad campaign in Japan which rejects Sony’s Mini Disc player. The ad slogan reads, “Hello iPod, Goodbye, MD.”

“Sony really dropped the ball by letting Apple get a foothold in the portable audio market, with the Walkman they had practically owned the entire notion of carrying your music around with you for over two decades.”

Source: Macminute

Pioneer Press: Apple iPod does a Palm

  • June 23, 2003
  • iPod,

Julio Ojeda-Zapata of the Pioneer Press writes about using shareware to help you sync and manage contacts and addresses on your iPod for Windows.

“Apple doesn’t provide Windows-based data-synchronization software, only music-syncing features. But add-on programs from other sources are available for syncing an iPod with Outlook, Microsoft’s ubiquitous personal information manager.”

BART Schedule for iPod 1.0 Released

  • June 21, 2003
  • iPod,

For people who live in the San Francisco Bay Area (California) and ride BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit), this is a program that lists all line schedules and stations for the iPod. It requires a Gen2 iPod with the Notes feature.

Apple Adds/Updates iPod Knowledgebase Docs

  • June 20, 2003
  • iPod,

“iPod 2.0.1 Software: A Closer Look at What’s Fixed”

  • June 20, 2003
  • iPod,

The Macintosh iLife” author Jim Heid takes a closer look at iPod Software 2.0.1 and its eight improvements.

iPod Software 2.0.1 Update Released

  • June 19, 2003
  • iPod,

Apple has released the iPod Software 2.0.1 Update.

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