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NY Times: Girls? Check. Cristal? Check. iPod? Check.

“For the first 30 seconds of his recent video “Pimp,” the rapper 50 Cent lovingly caresses an iPod portable digital music player as three scantily clad women lovingly caress him. The rapper and the women are dressed all in white, a perfect match for the sleek white design of the iPod, which has exactly as many close-ups as 50 Cent does in the video’s opening scenes.”

iPod Shortage?

In the October issue of MacWorld UK the upcoming Apple Expo Paris 2003 is expected to reveal the introduction of aluminium 15” PowerBooks. Shortages of Apple products is also mentioned which includes the iPod.

MacGeneration: Smart i-move with iPod

The latest MacGeneration website reports that Smart will introduce the i-move car onto the European auto market. Using the same concept as Volkswagens’ “Pods Unite” campaign, Smart will present the new i-move during the Apple Expo in Paris. The i-move and the new Smart Roadster will feature built-in connectivity for iPod.

Wired News: iPod is a ‘must have’ for back-to-school

“During the summer, Apple became one of the coolest companies in America. At least that’s what youth marketing experts who follow the tastes of teenagers say.

Thanks to the iPod, the iTunes Music Store and the PowerMac G5, Apple is one of the hottest companies in youth culture, say so-called “cool hunters,” researchers who track buying trends among young people. [...]

This fall, the iPod is the No. 2 ‘must have’ item for the back-to-school season, right after new shoes, according to Look-Look’s August youth culture newsletter. A new computer or laptop comes third on the list, specifically an iMac or PowerMac G5.”

Behind-the-scenes look at ‘iPods Unite’ commercial

Creative Planet Communites has posted a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the ‘iPods Unite’ commercial promoting the new VW Beetle and the Apple iPod.

“‘Pods Unite’ plays on the innovative design and similar sleek style the two brands share to peak interest in a special offer: ‘Buy a New Beetle. Get a new iPod.’ The spot’s creative treatment, which sees a woman taking the two products on the road, culminates in a final shot that pulls all the way from the iPod display face out of the vehicle’s open sunroof and beyond.”

Macworld UK: iPod is best Internet Audio Device

“Apple’s iPod has received the accolade of best Internet Audio Device in European Imaging and Sound Association’s (EISA) annual awards.

EISA credit the iPod as: ‘A standard-bearer for the future of Internet music.’

The iPod received the award based on the success of Apple’s iTunes Music Store, described as: ‘The first successful paid-for Internet music service’. The Advanced Audio Coding (AAC) codec, employed by the store and the iPod, is also highlighted. AAC is described as: ‘Superior” and “Giving better sound quality for a given data rate.’”

RollingStone.com: Chris Rock spoofs Apple iPod commercials

Chris Rock, host of this year’s twentieth MTV Video Music Awards will be spoofing the Apple iPod commercials while singing an a capella version of Justin Timerblake’s ‘Cry Me a River’ in front of a white background as part of several promo ads for the VMA. The RollingStones interview asked Chris Rock if he owns an iPod and he replied, “I got a music iPod and a comedy iPod. One is all comedy and spoken word, every speech, Kennedy, Martin Luther King, whatever.” The VMA commercials are currently airing on MTV, and the show premieres live on August 28 at 8 p.m. ET.

MacCentral: Win a 10 GB iPod

Today we at MacCentral are proud to announce a new addition to our site: a free weekly newsletter, which will be sent out each Friday featuring news, analysis, information on updates and more. To encourage people to sign up for this newsletter, we’re offering a special prize for newsletter subscribers: three free iPods.

Everyone who subscribes to the newsletter will be entered in a drawing for a chance to win a 10GB iPod. One winner will be drawn each month beginning October 1, 2003. You only need to subscribe to the newsletter once—winners will be chosen from the entire subscriber base, so once you’re entered, your name will remain in the draw for future months.

MUSICMATCH Jukebox Stuck At “Preparing to Synchronize”

Apple has posted/updated an AppleCare Knowledge Base Document: The MUSICMATCH Jukebox can incorrectly report that the iPod is still in the process of synchronizing, even when the iPod has completely synchronized.

CNET: Low-tech tools rule in unplugged city

“Others walked into dark buildings near Grand Central, blindly, looking for pay phones rather than stand in lines out on the street. People stumbled through darkened hallways using the screens of their iPod digital music players and Treo computer phones as flashlights.”

Macworld UK: ‘Two-month wait’ for UK iPods

“All iPod configurations remain available on the UK Apple Store, although there is a two to three week waiting time.

An Apple spokesman said: “There is heavy demand for iPods, and the company is doing everything it can to keep up with this”.”

Philadelphia Inquirer: Industry could embrace, not fight, technology

“That’s only a beginning. Below are a few ideas that move in the same direction. Born in a rash moment of gadget dreaming, some are wildly impractical, and others might be reality already.[...]

iPod groovebox. Your basic drum machine is a box with pads on it that trigger different sounds: You push pad A and get a booming kick drum, pad B gives you a cymbal, and so on. The iPod MP3 player comes with a rabbit’s-foot-size remote control device that has four buttons on it, controlling Play, Stop, Fast Forward and Rewind. What would happen if those four buttons triggered sounds instead of transport controls?”

iCreate magazine issues a complete guide to iPod

In Issue 2 of iCreate Magazine, Paul Newman investigates how Apple’s iPod has turned the heads of music fans across the globe, but there’s far more to this digital music player than meets the eye.

iLounge also gets picked as the number 2 web resource after Apple iPod Support - “Without doubt the most stylish iPod site on the Net, iLounge is brimming over with news, views, information on outrageous accessories and tips for better iPod usage. Make sure you register with the site and log on to the forums for the full experience.”

iCreate included a mock photo of an iPodDV device. Imagine a 3G iPod on its side, touch wheel on the right, buttons across the top of touchwheel and a large LCD display on the left, and an iSight camera attached to the left. “Record video, photographs music - 120 gb of your life, in your pocket. Say cheese” The magazine also includes a CD with an iPod Toolkit with such utilities as iPod Access 1.3, iPodViewer 2.0.1 and RIP2POD 1.0.

iPod Software 2.0.2 installed on some iPods

Apple has posted a KnowledgeBase Document with information about iPod Software 2.0.2 installed on some iPods:

“Some iPod (with Dock Connector) models include iPod software 2.0.2, which is an update used in manufacturing and has no functional changes.

Certain iPod (with Dock Connector) models include iPod software 2.0.2. The 2.0.2 version of the iPod software is an update used in manufacturing and contains no functional changes.

It is not required, and is not available as a download.”

Attention all business owners: Buy iPods for your employees

The Apple Store for Business is now offering an iPod Volume Discount Program. The program states, “iPods custom engraved with your company logo or message. Only available through the Apple Store for Business.” You can call Apple for details and pricing.

Using a USB 1.1 Connection with 3G iPod

AppleCare KnowledgeBase Document:

“Some Windows-compatible computers may be able to connect to iPod (with Dock Connector) using a USB 1.1 connection, but this is not a recommended configuration. [...]

You may be able to connect an iPod (with Dock Connector) model to a Windows-compatible computer using a USB 1.1 connection, but this is not recommended because the connection is too slow to synchronize music. For best performance, connect iPod to your computer using USB 2.0 or FireWire. You may need to purchase and install a USB 2.0 or FireWire card to do this.”

New 50Cent video features new iPod

The new 50Cent video P.I.M.P. features the new 3G iPod. Looks like the iPod is the new pimp accessory. Bling Bling. Let’s start Pimpin’ now ...where is ma furry hat and ma Gin????

Creative CEO says Zen NX “better looking” than iPod

At a press briefing, Creative’s CEO, Sim Wong Hoo said the Nomad Zen NX is “better looking” than the iPod. Am I the only one here who thinks that they copied the iPod’s design?

“Unveiling the company’s new strategy yesterday at a briefing on its financial results, Mr Sim said it has successfully made inroads into the PDE market with its Nomad line of MP3 players.

Holding up one of its latest models - the Nomad Jukebox Zen - he proudly declared the slim, silver aluminium pocket-sized device was ‘better looking’ than rival Apple Computer’s pert but pricier iPod.”

Shortage of iPods in Australia

PC World Australia reports:

“Shoppers wanting to get their hands on the new iPod are turning to internet auction sites like ebay as Apple

Toronto Star: Muzak to our ears

“Activaire, a New York-based company that provides mostly underground electronic music to high-end boutiques and galleries is at the forefront of what could be a muzak renaissance.

Companies like Activaire are using muzak

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