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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 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.”

NYT: For Venus and Mars, a Midpoint in Design

“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

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?

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

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”

Jason D. O’Grady of 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

“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

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

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

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.”

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