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CNET: Five reasons not to buy an iPod

“For the past year, the media has been clamoring about iPod killers on the horizon—new MP3 players with more features, longer battery life, and designs nearly as svelte as the iPod’s. However, this oversimplifies the situation; in truth, while the iPod rocks, it’s not now, nor has it ever been, perfect for everyone.

We too have run our fair share of iPod-centric headlines—for a good reason. With about 1.5 million units sold, the iPod is the most popular MP3 player in the world, and it still makes other players look and feel inelegant in comparison. Don’t get me wrong; it’s still our favorite overall MP3 player. Although everyone can think of reasons why they want an iPod, I’ve decided to use this column to list a few reasons why not to buy one.”

Taiwan News: Here Comes the iPod Music Bus

“One of Apple’s latest gimmicks is the iPod Music Bus. Four buses - they come in yellow, purple, blue, and green - are digital music stores on wheels. Each bus represents a consumer’s taste in music - yellow for hip-hop, purple for dance music, green for inspirational and family tunes, and blue for R&B and jazz. Those iPod buses will be plying Taipei’s 3C areas - Hsimenting, Kuanghwa, and Pateh Rd. to name a few - until the end of December. [...]

‘Every iPod bus passenger will also get a raffle coupon from us,’ he said. ‘We will hold the raffle draw in InfoMonth, the biggest consumer electronics show in Taiwan. We will give away tons of products including Mac computers, digital cameras, digital printers, and of course, iPods. So, who says there’s no such thing as a free ride?’”

AppleMatters: What Apple Won

“I feel there is an unspoken comradery between iPod users. But cultural dominance is not enough. Apple is missing a golden opportunity to make the iPod the first cultural icon in handheld music since the Walkman. With a slight twist in it

Sony to launch ‘Walkman of the future’ to rival iPod

“Officials of the world’s largest consumer electronics maker also said Sony would launch a rival to Apple Computer’s iPod digital music player next year for as little as $60.

‘PSP will be the Walkman of the future,’ Ken Kutaragi, Sony’s executive deputy president and head of its gaming business, said in comparing a PSP prototype to Sony’s highly successful earlier generation of music players.

PSP is designed to rival Nintendo’s Game Boy handheld game player, mobile phone maker Nokia’s N-Gage wireless gaming device, and Apple’s iPod and iTunes music download service.”

Editor’s note: ZDNet Japan has published specifications of the upcoming PSP player, Apple-x.net has published a story and specs and 1up.com has an image of the first PSP concept model.

Black Eyed Peas ‘Hey Mama’ Heats Up New iPod Ad Campaign

“By now, everyone in America has seen and heard the new iPod commercial with the dancing silhouettes and the accompanying lyrics: “Hey Mama, it’s the beat that make you groove mama ... ” Everyone is also probably wondering who performs that song. Well, wonder no more. “Hey Mama” is the latest soon-to-be-hit from The Black Eyed Peas. It can be found on their latest CD, Elephunk.”

Guardian Unlimited: The iPod Wars

“How can rival MP3 jukebox manufacturers end music fans’ love affair with Apple’s iPod?

Taking on the Apple iPod is a brave move. The iPod has claimed the moniker of the Walkman of the 21st century for its superb design, compact size, usability and, unusually for Apple, competitive price. Several manufacturers have tried but so far none have succeeded in loosening the all-conquering Apple product’s vice-like grip on the MP3 jukebox market.

However what was once a niche product area is now moving towards the mainstream. Sony is predicting a huge growth in network audio (any personal audio device that plays MP3 files including CD and MiniDisc) in the coming year and several other makers have big plans for product launches in the area.”

Mossberg: Attack of the iPod Clones

“Now, however, a new generation of would-be iPod killers is hitting the market. And, after two years of studying Apple’s work, the makers of these new players are finally giving the iPod a run for its money. These products are nearly as small as the iPod, and have aped its widely admired user interface. Some have more features, and are less expensive. But are they as good as, or better, than the iPod?”

CNN: Rapper’s ‘bling bling’ stolen from Vegas

“Thieves made off with a rapper’s jewels and stole a pop star’s computer, cell phone and iPod, from their hotel rooms in Las Vegas where they were attending the 2003 Radio Music Awards, police and a spokeswoman said Tuesday.”

Computerlove Poster Design Contest: Win an iPod

The folks over at Computerlove are having a poster design contest. First place prize is an iPod for one lucky person. There are also many other great prizes up for grabs. There is a certain theme which must be followed, and more details are available on their website.

Forbes: Gadgets We Love

“The most unpopular gift my wife ever received came from me on Christmas Eve of 2001. She unwrapped the package, cracked open the stylish clamshell box and frowned at the debut model of the iPod, Apple’s magnificent music player. It was the size of a pack of cigarettes, gleaming in white and polished stainless steel and ready to swallow hundreds of songs.

‘This isn’t for me,’ she said, sliding the whole mess over to my end of the coffee table. ‘This is for you.’ She was right. So after a few tepid protestations I took custody of the unloved player and turned it into a high-tech talisman of my inner life. The iPod renewed my love of music and answered a primal need: It made me feel cool.”

Panther Launch Party at Tekserve - iPods raffled off every hour!

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CNET: Apple cracks open the iPod, carefully

“Tim Deal, an analyst with Technology Business Research, said that Apple is trying to strike a balance by opening the iPod to some developers but not making it an open platform.

‘I think by offering a (developer) kit they would expand their opportunity for innovation, and thus multiply their organic development efforts,” Deal said. “However, by being selective, they are maintaining a conservative approach, which will help them avoid becoming entangled in a quagmire of whimsical yet useless ideas.’”

Recommended FireWire and USB 2.0 cards for iPod

Apple has posted a Knowledge Base document listing several FireWire and USB 2.0 cards tested for compatibilty with iPod using Windows XP drivers. Manufacturers listed are Belkin, Orange Micro and Adaptec.

iDJ an iParty with iPods

DJs Andrew Andrew offer up to two iPods at club APT in New York that allows anybody to grab a number, wait their turn, and DJ 7 for minutes.

“DJs pick the tracks for their seven-minute sets from a vast playlist that their hosts change weekly. But you won

Macworld UK: Readers want iPod radio next

“The Macworld Online Poll asked: “What are the missing features” just days before Apple added support for a new Belkin voice-recording and photo-storage accessories to its dockable iPods.

Before the iPod update the most popular requested features were a radio with 36 per cent of the vote, and a voice recorder - selected by 20 per cent of readers. Following the update 37 per cent were still looking for radio, but the percentage of readers looking for a voice recorder (now provided) fell 8 percentage points to 12 per cent.”

Set iPod to ‘Random’ and take a walk

I set my iPod to ‘Random’ and took off on a quick walk around the ‘hood(s). To be really annoying, I wrote down the song title and artist info of every song that I was listening to when I took a photo. The point? No point at all!

Editor’s note: Kenny’s photos and the songs remind me of those times when you hear a song and the lyrics relate to a current situation, place or thing. For example, you’re driving by the ocean and appropriately enough a song about the ocean is playing. Coincidence? I’m sure this has happened to many of you as well.

iPods coming to Strawbridges department stores

iLounger John emailed us with information suggesting that his local Strawbridges department store in New Jersey will soon be selling iPods.

“My girlfriend works at Strawbridges and she told me the boss was looking for someone to ‘man’ the iPod point-of-sale display. She told her boss about me and later I asked what area it would be in and she said the mens section. I was at the store and saw a display counter there and in the case it had a box with an Apple logo on it. I forgot what it said - something to do with Apple display case, but it looks like it will be opening soon.”

Stereophile Reviews the iPod

“Apple’s 30GB iPod is an extremely sexy gadget. As a piece of industrial design, it is remarkable in its beauty and operability. As an extension of Apple’s lifestyle-friendly suite of music-photography-video applications, it is a screaming success. It’s fun to use, and if just seeing one is enough to induce lust, actually holding one is enough to tempt a righteous man to larceny. But is it a serious piece of kit worthy of serious consideration by an audiophile?”

Animated iPod ad

Catch a glimpse of the new animated iPod ad at Apple.com. The QuickTime download page features an animated version of the online/print ads featuring color bursts, iPod and black silhouettes.

iPod chipmaker sued over patent

“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.”

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