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Griffin Announces iTrip Station Finder Software

Griffin Technology has released a free OS X application for finding clear FM stations within the U.S. for use with the iTrip FM transmitter.

“This small free application assists iTrip owners in finding clear frequencies in over 200 cities and towns in the United States. [...] The new iTrip Station Finder application makes this process much easier and faster by suggesting the frequencies that have the least interference near them. [...]

The iTrip Station Finder’s city-based frequency list has been compiled by analyzing extensive data about a given metropolitan area and its current radio station offerings. Frequencies were then selected that were not only empty, but also contained adjacent clear channels. For example in Dallas, TX 102.5 is suggested for use with the iTrip. That means that not only 102.5 is clear, but 102.3 and 102.7 are clear as well.”

Windows: iPod Software 1.3 Update Released

The iPod Software 1.3 Update provides iTunes 4 support, including playback of AAC encoded audio files (Mac-only). For Windows users, iPod Software 1.3 adds support for Audible.com content. Additional enhancements include audio playback and user interface improvements, increased playback time on scroll-wheel iPods, and longer stand-by time for all iPods.

iPod Software Update 1.3 is only compatible with touch-wheel and scroll-wheel iPods without a dock connector. The recently introduced iPods (April 28, 2003) do not need this update.

Dr. Bott naviPod for Original iPod Ships

I received an email today that the naviPod wireless remote is shipping, though the website remains “Preorder, shipping July.”

Vaja Releases New Classic Case for 3G iPod

picVaja has officially released information on its new leather Classic cases for 3G iPods. Featuring snap closure, screen protector, interior storage slot (for credit cards, license, etc.), and an all access design, the flip-top cases are available in two different exterior styles. Models 669 and 667 fit 30GB iPods while the 668 and 665 models fit 10/15GB iPods. Visit the website for information on custom built orders and complete pricing.

Target 15GB iPods in Stock at $359.99

Deals On The Web: Target has restocked the new 15GB iPod at $399.99. Use coupon code “TCAF2SAVETEN” during checkout to save 10% and drop the price to $359.99. It’s the best current price we’ve seen. Search for “IPOD” to find the deal.

Vaja Announces Classic iPod Case for 3G iPod

pic Vaja has announced to iLounge that they will release their new Classic case for 3G iPods tomorrow. The Classic leather case features a flip-lid design, access to all iPod functions, screen protector, snap closure, and comes in two models for 10/15GB and 30GB. Both models retail for $54.90 and can be purchased tomorrow, Thursday, July 24.

Belkin TuneDok Car Holder for iPod

pic Belkin has posted information about a new car holder called the TuneDok. This is the same iPod holder as being sold in the VW iPod connectivity kit for the ‘Pods Unite’ promotion. The TuneDok features ‘AirGrip’ technology (suction cup) for secure placement, a large and small rubber base plus adapter cup for exact fit in a cup holder, cable management system, and comes with a 3 year warranty. The TuneDok fits all iPod models and retails for $29.99, but is not yet available. Update: The TuneDoc is expected to ship September 15.

New iTrip for 3G iPods Delayed

After sending an inquiry, I was met with this tragic news from Griffin Technology tech support.

“Hello, The new iTrip has been pushed back to the end of August.”

NPR: Music Sharing on the Web

In a recent ‘All Things Considered’ radio show, host “Robert Siegel talks to Jason Freeman, a Columbia University doctoral student in music, who has created a software, called N.A.G.,  that makes music montages off music-sharing networks. It relies on the way music files are downloaded—some faster than others—and puts items together that come from a word-search. Freeman likes the random nature of his creation, but not all of the results.”

Creative announces I-Trique L3450 speakers

pic Creative has announced the I-Trique L3450 all-white 2.1 speaker system featuring 2 amplifiers, one each dedicated to the Lateral Firing Transducer driver, and 2 Titanium micro drivers, Audio Control Pod for volume, auxiliary line-in, headphones jack, Power on/off and bass control. The L3450 is priced at $149.99 and is expected to ship next month.

Target 30GB iPod for $449.99

Deals On The Web: Target is offering the new 30GB iPod for $499.99.  Use coupon code “TCAF2SAVETEN” during checkout to save 10% for a final price of $449.99.  It’s the best current price we’ve seen on a new unit.

USATODAY: BuyMusic Not Compatible with iPod

“BuyMusic’s songs are fully portable, but there’s a catch: None can be moved to Apple’s iPod, which has 50% of the digital music player market, though they do work with players from Creative Labs, Rio, Lyra and others.”

USATODAY: Swap songs? You may be on record industry’s hit list

“Online swappers wondering whether their names are on the record industry’s hit list can check online to see if they’re among 871 whose identities were subpoenaed in the first step of unprecedented mass legal action to stem Net piracy. [...]

The U.S. District Court’s Web site (ecf.dcd.uscourts.gov) is searchable, though users must first apply for an account; confirmation comes a week later in the mail, and there are fees for documents. The Electronic Frontier Foundation may offer quicker action: The activist group hopes to soon let the public check the same information through www.eff.org.”

AP: New Music Download Service Launches

“A new Internet music download site for PCs debuting Tuesday boasts the cheapest per-song rates yet but many of the same restrictions on copying that have stymied wider use of other music services.

Although online retailer BuyMusic.com will offer a catalog of more than 300,000 songs from the five major record labels, users of the service will not necessarily have the freedom afforded customers of Apple Inc.‘s iTunes service to transfer the music purchased to multiple computers and portable devices, or to burn it to compact discs. [...]

BuyMusic is charging 70 cents for individual song downloads—9 cents lower than MusicNow, which previously had the lowest per song price. It’s also undercutting competitors’ price for a full album download at $7.95. The iTunes’ service charges $9.99 for most full albums.”

2G iSkin $14.99 and 1G iSkin $10

The Think Different Store has lowered iSkin prices for 2G iPods (5/10/20GB) to $14.99 and $10 for 1G iPods (5/10GB). The iSkin silicone case comes in a multitude of colors including glow-in-the-dark colors (add $5 for 2G iPods).

Creative announces all white I-Trigue speakers

pic Creative has released an all white I-Trigue 2.1 i3350 80 watt speaker system to complement the iPod, iMac and/or iBook. The I-Trigue features; (1) 25 watt RMS subwoofer with 6.5” long-throw driver with a dual flared port tube, (2) satellite speakers with three titanium drivers and a wired remote power/volume/bass control with a headphone jack. The I-Trigue retails for $99.99 [corrected from $149.99].

Reuters: Rivals Ready to Take a Bite of Apple

“Spurred by the runaway success of iTunes, Apple Computer Inc.‘s online music store, competitors are readying their own music download services in a surge of activity that record executives see pulling the music industry out of a three-year slump.  A crowded field is gearing up to offer single songs for sale,  including retailers Amazon.com Inc. and Buy.com, and leading Internet service providers like AOL Time Warner’s America Online.”

Digital Distribution for Indie Musicians

CD Baby, online retailer selling CDs by independent musicians has announced a digital distribution system to help musicians get their music sold on “popular legitimate download services” like iTunes, Listen.com, etc. There is a comprehensive outline describing the distribution system on their website.

“The Deal
You keep all the rights to your music.
You just lend us the right to be your digital distributor: to get your music to legitimate music services like Apple iTunes, Listen.com, and more.”

Fast Company: Digital Squared: Living in an iTunes World

“The success of Apple Computer’s iTunes venture is a harbinger of something big. In the first two weeks, Apple supplied nearly 2 million songs to be downloaded onto personal computers all over the world, at a cost of 99 cents per song. Assume for a moment that Apple continues to sell 1 million digital tracks per week for the next 12 months. By next year, the company will have collected nearly $52 million in revenue to divvy up between the partners in the enterprise. That is the beginning of a real business.”

Stuff Magazine: The Future Of Music

In the August issue of Stuff magazine (UK) is a 6 page feature on how to make the most of the new Napster - the Apple iPod is featured as is the iTunes Music Service and various other options.

“Record sales are down, music piracy is up and the pop charts are at an all time low. When piracy threatened profits, the record industry destroyed Napster but created a void into which Kazaa has stepped with the ultimate weapon of mass distribution: peer-to-peer file-sharing.

Yet music is more important now than it has ever been.

Freed from the living room, it exists on your computer, in your car, in your pocket, at work, on TV, in shops, in bars, in clubs.

It’s everywhere. Music is not dying, it’s just going through the biggest revolution since Woodstock.
Do you have the kit to make the most of it?”

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