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

  • June 11, 2003
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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

  • June 8, 2003
  • 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

  • June 7, 2003
  • iPod,

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

  • June 4, 2003
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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

  • June 3, 2003
  • iPod,

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

  • June 1, 2003
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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

  • May 30, 2003
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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

  • May 30, 2003
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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”

  • May 28, 2003
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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.”

iPADD: Text Input-On-The-Go for iPod

  • May 23, 2003
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Free iPADD for Apple iPod (docking connector iPods only). Want a quick and easy way to input basic text into an iPod? Look no further. iPADD is a set of 78 “blank” mp3’s (they’re each 4k in size). Each mp3 file is labeled with a unique character or word (“Palm-like” information, days of the week, months, spaces for contacts and an alpha-numeric set).

KBase Document: How to Install Dock Cover

  • May 23, 2003
  • iPod,

Apple has posted a KBase document on iPod (with Dock Connector): How to Install Dock Cover M9130G/A:

“If you buy an iPod model that includes a dock, the dock cover is already installed.

If you buy an iPod that does not include a dock, or if you buy an extra dock, you must install the cover that fits your iPod model. The 10 GB and 15 GB models are slightly thinner than the 30 GB model, and they use a dock cover that has a thinner opening. This cover is labeled “10/15GB Dock cover’. The cover for the 30 GB model has a slightly deeper opening. It is labeled ‘30GB Dock cover’.”

Burton AMP Jacket and New iPod Solution

  • May 22, 2003
  • iPod,

iLounger Travis Stratford submitted a news item detailing his frustration about the initial incompatibility of new iPods and the Burton Amp Jacket. For anyone with new iPod and Amp Jacket, there is a solution: the Amp Jacket Interface by Dr Bott.

A few weeks ago, I purchased the Burton AMP jacket from the Apple Store. I knew Apple would soon release new iPods, so I waited a few weeks before buying my iPod that would accompany the jacket. As soon as the new iPods were released, I purchased a 30 GB version at the NYC Apple Store (the first day they went on sale). That same night, I took the iPod home and “installed” it into my jacket. To my astonishment and horror, the new iPod did not work properly in my jacket (the ear-plug cord did not sit firmly in the new iPod and the jacket’s sleeve “controls” did not operate correctly.) ...

Oprah Gives iPod

  • May 22, 2003
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Yesterday on Oprah’s “Favorite Things” episode she gave every audience member a brand new 15GB iPod. Oprah described the iPod to the audience as, “This itty-bitty gadget, no bigger than a deck of cards, holds 3,700 songs!”

Knowledge Base Documents for iPod

  • May 22, 2003
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Apple has posted several Knowledge Base documents on the following iPod related subjects:

iPod (with Dock Connector): About the Dock Connector and Cables
iPod Dock: Specifications
iPod for Windows 2.0: How to Install
iSync 1.0: Cannot Sync To Do List With iPod (with Dock Connector)

 

NY Post: iPod Therefore I Am

  • May 22, 2003
  • iPod,

Mary Huhn and Maxine Shen write about iPod and how it’s changing the face of the New York social scene.

“The power to cram a jukebox worth of tunes into your shirt pocket is revolutionizing the New York social scene.

There are iPod parties, jackets, fan clubs and Web sites galore. People are using the portable MP3 players as alarm clocks, address books and surrogate pets. “

NY Post: It’s A Party In A Pocket

  • May 22, 2003
  • iPod,

Sarah Gilbert writes how iPod is changing the face of DJ’ing. Also mentioned in the article is that Apple may be releasing a professional iPod featuring pitch control to change the speed of tracks.

“While most of us see our iPods as a purely private pleasure, some music innovators and tech-heads are using it as the ultimate portable party.

Andrew & Andrew, a DJ duo who wear horn-rimmed specs and lab coats, host “iParty” at Apt. every Tuesday night. “

Updated: Is the backlight supposed to be blue?

  • May 21, 2003
  • iPod,

A new photo has been submitted by the same reader that started us on the blue backlight journey. This new photo shows a direct comparison of a new 30GB and a 15GB iPod. Click “Read more” for photo.

“Here is a comparison picture of my 30GB that I got about four days after its release, and a 15GB that was just shipped a few days ago. Both have the backlight on. It is very obvious that the backlight is white and dim on the left “older” 30GB iPod, and bright and blue on the right newer one [15GB]. Also the screen is MUCH clearer on the newer new iPod (although not in the picture, I took it with my Palm Zire71!).”

Your Mac Live show talking iPods

  • May 21, 2003
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Tonight on Your Mac Life internet show, host Shawn King interviews Stan Ng, iPod line manager. King and Ng will talk about the new iPods and iTunes Music Store. YML is also giving away a new iPod. You must listen to the show for details on how to win. Show time is 5:30pm to 8pm PT or from 8:30pm to 11pm ET.

iTrip used with iBook

  • May 21, 2003
  • iPod,

A few months ago, I was in a forum where someone realized Apple had put the same headphone jack that is on the old iPod into the 800MHz iBook.  It is not a standard flush jack, but a one with a small outer ring around it. Just out of curiosity, I plugged the iTrip into my 800MHz iBook and noticed the power LED lit up.  I started an iTunes song, turned on the home stereo and was getting sound from my iBook transmitted with the iTrip.  Way cool.

eCoustics.com has huge list of iPod reviews

  • May 20, 2003
  • iPod,

The eCoustics.com MP3 category has links to just about every iPod review published online.  View the iPod search results at this link.

Editor’s Note: There are 39 reviews listed, including 20 consumer reviews.

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