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KBase Document: How to Install Dock Cover

  • May 23, 2003
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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
  • iPod,

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
  • iPod,

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
  • iPod,

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.

Baseball Stats on the iPod

  • May 20, 2003
  • iPod,

For all you baseball junkies out there, I’ve updated my site containing Major League Baseball stats for the iPod: There are now links to the latest standings, player statistics, team rosters, and box scores.  All the links are updated daily.  The links are .vcf files, which you can just save to your iPod for viewing on the go. Hope it’s useful, Peter

iPods.com For Sale

  • May 19, 2003
  • iPod,

Ebay auctioneer, “morning-view” has posted iPods.com for sale. Starting bid is $1,000. Why does Apple not own this domain? The auction’s description is as follows:

“With Apple’s release last month of the new third generation iPods, there has never been more of a buzz surrounding what many call the greatest digital music player in the world. This domain name is at the peak of its value to a business—there is nothing more memorable than iPods.com when you are trying for repeat customers.     

The domain will be transfered to the winning bidder free of charge. Payment will be accepted in the form of certified check or electronic transfer, and is expected within five (5) days of end of auction.”

CNET 30GB iPod Review

  • May 17, 2003
  • iPod,

CNET’s Eliot Van Buskirk reviews the 30GB iPod.

“First, it must be said that the new iPods are undeniably cool, with their smaller profile, feather-touch backlit buttons, and easy operation. These features will drive many people to rush out and buy an iPod, but users with lingering doubts about battery performance and Windows syncing may hesitate. Overall, the picture is rosy, but careful buyers should read this review before opening their wallets.”

Online Petition for Firmware Updates for Classic iPods

  • May 17, 2003
  • iPod,

An online petition requesting that Apple port the 2.0 iPod software to a format supported by Classic iPods is now up.

“Owners of Apple?s iPod have put up with numerous problems with the product in the past:  Poor battery life; an unannounced lack of certain features for the Windows version; very poor software support for the Windows version; and deletion of posts critical of Apple on their website. 
 
The recent release of the new, third generation iPod has brought a new level to this dissatisfaction.  Unlike rivals Creative Labs, Apple have jettisoned owners of the ?old? iPod and refused to update them to a new firmware version, which contains features such as on-the-fly playlists, new games, and customisable menus.  Version 2.0 firmware is for use with the newest iPods only. “

SLCentral: 15GB iPod Review

  • May 14, 2003
  • iPod,

A new review of the 15GB iPod is up at SLCentral.com. I owned a 20GB iPod, so I wrote a review that incorporated the changes between the old and new.

PC Magazine: The Ultimate Listening Experience?

  • May 13, 2003
  • iPod,

PC Magazine praised the new 30GB iPod and iTunes 4 in its latest review. Reviewer, Troy Dreier rated the iPod 4 out 5 and gave iTunes 4 a 3 out of 5 dots.

“We’ll be curious to see where the iPod goes next, as other makers, such as e.Digital, attack its leading position. Apple will offer USB 2.0 support for Windows by June, which will require users to purchase a special cable ($19) and download new software. We’re curious about the hidden record feature, which many techies have discovered and written about on iPod sites. It allows six-second voice recording, but Apple is mum on the subject.”

Apple: iPod (with Dock Connector) Manuals Posted

  • May 13, 2003
  • iPod,

Apple has posted user’s guides available in PDF format and in several languages for new docking iPods. (Adobe Acrobat 3.0 or later required)

Toshiba posts information on new 15 and 30GB drives

  • May 10, 2003
  • iPod,

iLounger sparks9 points out that Toshiba has posted information about the newest hard drives used in new iPods on its website. In addition to the original 5 and 10GB models, there is now an overview, specs and technical documents on the new 15 and 30GB hard drives. Toshiba provides all OEM hard disk drives for Apple iPod.

Small Dog Offers iPod Trade-in Program

iLounger Mark H. informed us about Small Dog Electronics offering a trade-in program for old iPods. Purchase your new iPod online or by phone, request an RMA number for your old iPod and ship it to Small Dog for credit toward your new iPod purchase. Small Dog lists the current trade-in values for the week of May 5 at; 5GB iPods - $100, 10GB iPods - $150 and 20GB iPods - $225. Visit the website for specific details to trade-in your iPod.

iPod Dissection Photos

Update: iPoding has posted serveral new iPod dissection photos, including a comparison of the old vs. new battery.

iPoding has dissected and posted photos of a new iPod 15GB. Notice that the battery is much smaller than in older iPods. Here are photos  of an old iPod 20GB dissection for comparison purposes.

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