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Apple Adds/Updates iPod Knowledgebase Docs

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

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

Apple has released the iPod Software 2.0.1 Update.

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Wired: IPod Muzak Isn’t Same Old Song

Leander Kahney of Wired News has written an article about Activaire, a company offering rented iPods loaded with a customized catalog of music to restaurants, nightspots, clothing boutiques and hair salons. In an earlier report Philadelphia DJ, Adam Porter (DJ Botany 500) offers a similar service and is also mentioned in the Wired News article.

“Wiesenthal has licensed hundreds of songs from nearly 100 independent labels, most specializing in cutting-edge electronica.

From her library of nearly 100 GB of songs, Wiesenthal can tailor about 30 hours of music for each client. She often creates special playlists for different moods—upbeat or mellow—or different times of the day.”

“Old and New iPods, Side-by-Side” Review

Christian Cantrell at Sparkshop has posted a comparison review of his ‘old’ iPod 20GB and his ‘new’ iPod 15GB.

“If you don’t currently own an iPod but are in the market for one, I would advise one of two things: either pick up a new 15GB or 30GB (not the 10GB—remember the accessory equation), or pick up an “old” iPod off of eBay as people upgrade.  I upgraded my iPod because I am genetically predisposed to always buying the latest and greatest (and so that I could provide my readers with a review), but for the more practical-minded, the “old” iPods are very far from obsolete.”

Warning: Don’t buy an European iPod, its volume is too low

The NEW iPods do have the volume cap that was introduced in the iPod firmware back to version 1.2.x already built into them. But Apple seems to have overdone it: the European iPod’s max-volume is so low, that you can’t use your iPod in crowded places like a subway or bus. You simply can’t hear the music at an efficient level! According to user’s tests the volume is about 25-30% lower then with the US version.

But not only the headphone jack is capped, also the line out: That means, that if you connect your iPod to a stereo at home or in the car, you have to turn the volume of that stereo way up what in many cases is causing sound-distortions.

There are plenty of people complaining about that on the net. What is striking is that Apple simply deletes those threads from their discussion board after a day or two.

The iPod is shaking up the world’s music industry

Danielle Demetriou of Independent Digital UK reports:

“The iPod, slickly designed in Apple’s trademark style, heralds a new generation of digital music players and is swiftly becoming the consumer phenomenon of the year. Since January, tens of thousands of Britons have bought MP3 players, which enable owners to download tracks from the internet and store them in their pocket.

The trend confirms industry predictions that the days of the humble CD are numbered and that the future (or for many, the present) lies in the online world of digital music.”

iPod clone spotted, will Apple pursue?

picA reader has spotted another iPod clone at MP3mall.net. The Vonee Digital Jukebox M7 20GB has a similar look to the iPod as well as it being white. We’ve tried to learn more about the company Vonee, but found nothing of revelance on the Internet. Recently we reported that Apple had ‘threatened to sue’ Samsung over its latest Yepp MP3 player (in which they changed the design before releasing it to the public), and this makes us wonder if Apple is seeking other possible lawsuits as well.

DJ Rents Customized iPods to Businesses

Patrick Rapa of the Philadelphia City Paper interviews DJ Botany 500 who is renting iPods with customized catalogs of music to area businesses.

“That’s where technology comes in. Armed with a small fleet of iPods, Porter’s embarking on a one-of-a-kind business venture: filling the little mp3 players with a specially created musical catalog and renting them out to area businesses. “Instead of going in with my vinyl and DJing for four hours, I can DJ for them for the whole month.” As far as he knows, he’s the first to come up with this particular business model.”

Business 2.0: iPod: Digital Music’s Windows Desktop

Jimmy Guterman has written an article suggesting that Apple sell customized, high priced iPods containing music from a recording artist already on it.

“Last year, Apple marketed a “limited-edition Beck version” of its iPod with no actual Beck music on it, just a little engraving of Beck’s name on the back of the device. Imagine how much more successful and buzzworthy (a crucial concept for Apple) it would have been if that iPod came with everything the guy ever recorded (capturing casual fans) and a generous helping of unreleased material (pulling in hard-core fanatics)—which still leaves room for hundreds of CDs’ worth of music.”

The Age: Disruptive delights of iPod

Charles Wright, columnist of The Edge, writes an opinion peice about all things iPod:

“The wildest fan of the diminutive iPod music machine would not suggest that it will have the same impact as inventions like the railway, the telephone and the jet engine, but to some extent, Bleeding Edge is convinced that in its own small way, it, too, constitutes a disruptive technology. “

Samsung backs down from potential lawsuit by Apple, redesigns iPod clone

pic MacMinute via BusinessWeek reports that Apple had ‘threatened to sue’ Samsung over the physical similarity of its Yepp YP-900 MP3 player to the iPod. Samsung has backed down from the threat and will be redesigning the Yepp player before releasing it to the public.

“The Korean company had planned to release its well-reviewed Yepp YP-900 hard-drive digital-music player in May but has delayed it until fall because Apple threatened to sue, claiming the device looked too similar to its hot iPod. Samsung execs say the Yepp will be redesigned.”

Beta Testers Needed For Interactive Fiction Game For iPod

Mind’s Eye Entertainment and Inksword.net are looking for a handful of beta testers for a new interactive fiction game that is in development for use with Apple’s new iPod. The game is a series of notes that are hyperlinked together, giving you the feel of the “Choose Your Own Adventure” books from the 1980’s. Beta testers must have a new iPod (10, 15, or 30GB models using iPod Software 2.0).

MediaChest multi-platform software adds iPod support

MediaChest, an old multimedia Java based multi-platform software adds iPod support. Although iPod support is in beta stage, it’s completely functional. 100% Java implementation (no external MP3 player program required) and open source makes this program valuable for people who don’t want to stay with one platform and are also interested in adding iPod support.

Dissecting iPod after slamming it in a car door

Tom Robinson at Macteens.com has posted a photo tutorial on how to dissect your old iPod after having accidently slammed a car door on his iPod 5GB. He decided to take it apart and auction the parts on eBay, after which he received about $230 not including the damaged hard drive.

“My iPod was dead; there was no doubt about it. The warranty had already expired so I decided to dissect it. I had previously taken the back cover off in order to sand the metallic casing for a brushed metal look, but I had never taken anything apart.”

AnandTech: Apple’s New iPod - Evolutionary, not Revolutionary

AnandTech has posted a long (15 webpages) and comprehensive review of the iPod. MusicMatch, XPlay and iTunes 4 as well as taking the iPod apart are covered in the review.

“With the original iPod, Apple had a clear winner on their hands with a revolutionary   new approach to portable MP3 players. The new iPod, albeit only an evolutionary   improvement over the old unit, continues to extend Apple’s dominance in this   sector.

For current iPod owners, it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to upgrade to   the new iPod, although the small size of the player is definitely tempting.  The functionality of the player remains virtually unchanged, which means you’ll   still probably want to hold on to your expensive investment.”

Boston Globe: New iPod is not necessarily improved

Globe staff writer, Michael Prager doesn’t share Apple’s view that the new iPods are as ‘improved’ as they say they are.

“What I want more of is battery capacity. But in service of sleek, they reduced it from 10 hours’ time to 8! What good is a gizmo that holds even, say, 100,000 songs if it’s always needing more juice to let them out?”

I Lost My iPod

Two nights ago I left my iPod in a cab. I hailed it at 3:00 AM after working an 18 hour day of lifting and moving. I put the iPod down to take my wallet out and forgot to pick it up. I didn’t take notice of the cab company (there are at least 12 companies in Toronto). I called a few of the majors up and left a description, but I am not optimistic.

I just want people to understand that they need to label their iPods. I had looked into various services of pre-made stickers with serial numbers or having it engraved but I never got around to it. Even if someone found it and wanted to return it they couldn’t.

I bought the 10GB model in August 2002 and I can honestly say that I have used it almost every single day. My next paycheque is going to be dedicated to buying a new 10GB model, but I wish it didn’t have to come to that. I can’t afford the 15 or 30GB models, but I eventually plan on buying the dock and remote.

Please people, even if it’s an ugly sticker with your email address on it, please label your iPod.

Apple Store for Education promo features iPod

A new Apple Store for Education ‘Buy a bundle’ promotion is offering a $200 rebate when you buy a qualifying portable and iPod. If you add a Canon printer you’ll get an additional $100 rebate. The promo excludes the iBook with CD-only configuration. Offer good for qualifying products purchased between May 30, 2003 and Sept. 27, 2003. “Products must be purchased by from the Apple Education Store for Individuals or a participating Apple Authorized Campus Reseller”

“The iPod As A Digital Wallet Gateway Drug”

AppleMatters writer, Hadley Stern writes about iPod becoming a digital wallet - not just for music storage, but also photos and video.

“With the new iPod’s connection, the iPod can now connect to either firewire or USB devices. The iPod could become, with the help of some good software and firmware, not only the best mp3 player in the world, but also the world’s favorite digital wallet.”

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