“It is easy to see why it has become scarce. The sleek, pocket-sized iPod, priced from
MacResQ offers the Shure E1c Earphones for $139.99. Apply coupon code “SHIEE” and the price hits $114.99, the best we know to be available. Ground shipping starts around $5. Offer ends December 22, 2003.
Lajo, designer/manufacturer of exo silicone cases has announced that Pepsi has recently purchased 600 indigo exo cases to dress up iPods in their company colors for a major give away to be announced soon. Lajo says that this marks the beginning of companies like Pepsi using exo and exo2 to represent their company colors or to carry their logo in 2004, a year of iPod giveaways. Apple and Pepsi are expected to give away over 100 million free songs from the iTunes Music Store and it’s announcement is scheduled for February 1, 2004.
Dealmac: MegaMacs.com has stock of the second-generation iPod 20GB for Windows for $339.49. It’s the lowest price we know to be available for a new, factory-sealed unit. (Open-box units cost $10 less.) Ground shipping starts around $5.
Vaja has announced it’s iPod Season with a special discount on iVod cases starting at $49.90 for 3G iPods. The iVod features fine Argentine leathers, padding, easy access to functions, available in a multitude of color combinations and comes either with or without a belt clip.
“In a new online consumer survey conducted by New Media Strategies (NMS), 54% of respondents say they will spend more this holiday shopping season than they did last year. [...]
NMS projects that Hollywood should have another stellar year as movie DVDs dominate wish lists for Electronic Gifts at 43%, followed by video games at 29%. Apple’s iPod (6%), stereo equipment (6%) and plasma TVs (5%) round out the Top Five Electronic Gifts on Holiday Wish Lists for consumers.”
Deals On The Web: MacResQ has restocked the Griffin iTrip 2 FM Transmitter for iPods with a dock interface for $34.99. MacResQ also has the original Griffin iTrip for iPods with a FireWire port for $29.99. Both are among the best prices we’ve seen.
Fred Harmon has modified his iPod Remote and integrated it with the audio system on his Honda Gold Wing motorcycle. He’s posted a photo gallery of his step-by-step mod.
“PortalPlayer, the company behind the hardware, software and processor technology that powers Apple’s iPod, will soon launch a upgraded version of its chip/firmware combo that paves the way for a Photo iPod.
PortalPlayer Photo Edition will support synchronising digital photos between portable devices and host PCs, along with on-device playback, according to CEO Gary Johnson,interviewed by EE Times.”
“The European music industry plans to take the fight against Internet piracy right to the doors of file sharers with individually targeted lawsuits, the head of the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) has said.
And the subpoenas could start flying next year.”
“Jobs says he has no plans to lower prices or dramatically change iTunes to address the new threats. “We’re going to continue on our winning strategy,” he said in an interview. [...]
Rivals such as Dell have introduced more flexible portable players for other services. Jobs says Apple “trounced Dell this quarter” in music player sales. Researcher Jupiter predicts the $80 million digital music market will hit $1.6 billion in 2008. The field is quickly getting more crowded.”
MacMinute forwarded us an iPod related news item from reader Edouard Mouy who reports that Australian Apple resellers are giving away official Apple iPod hats and buttons. “There are some new iPod hats and badges being given out at Apple resellers around Melbourne (Australia).
The hat only comes in pink. Also, showroom staff have been given name tags with the silhouettes from the iPod ads.”
Monster Cable Products has released several new iPod products in addition to the recently reported iCarPlay Wireless. The Monster iCase Travel Pack ($70) is a large carry case which comes with a Monster iCarCharger to charge your iPod, a Monster iSplitter to share music with a friend, and room for all your gear. The Monster iSpeaker Portable ($60) is a portable speaker system for iPods and laptops and features eight hours of playtime on a set of four AA batteries and includes a three foot mini to mini stereo cable. The Monster iSportCase ($20) features a white translucent rubber case with an open-face design, belt clip and self-adhesive car mount for use in the car. The iSportCase comes in small (10, 15, 20GB) and large (30, 40GB) size for all iPods with dock connectors. As of this posting, Monster Cable does not yet have any of the new accessories available for purchase, but Apple Store online has the iCase Travel Pack for $69.
“While piracy continues to threaten the music business, Apple Computer’s iTunes Music Store is the digital hit of the year with 20 million 99-cent-a-song download since April.
The thunderous response to iTunes helped push four other music services to market, with several more planned. But their initial success has been much more muted.
The first to take on Apple was BuyMusic.com in July. It expected 1 million daily song downloads. ‘We’re not achieving that at all,” says BuyMusic CEO Scott Blum. “I’ve spoken with my competitors, and we’re nowhere near (Apple’s) numbers.’”
“Apple’s iPod continues to collect column inches here in the UK, with the Times, Observer and others noting the level of demand for the market-leading music player.
In a piece titled: “iPod is favourite stocking thriller as Internet shopping finally booms,’ The Observer notes: “The iPod… has become a cult consumer gift that has achieved a unique festive status over the past few days: it is the fastest-selling item being snapped-up by Internet shoppers.’”