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Mac: iPod Battery 1.1 released

iPod Battery 1.1 is a small Mac OS X application to change the iPod’s icon-based battery indicator to a numeric readout.

“You can change to a numeric representation from 0 to 999, giving a better understanding of battery status,” explains the developer. “The digital number indicator gives a more detailed view of battery status. You can change from analog (a small battery picture on iPod) to digital, or vice-versa.”

Clickwheel puts digital comics on iPod photo

Clickwheel is a new Mac OS X application for downloading digital comics to the iPod photo. The $24.99 program uses a special RSS feed to acquire and manage the comics, which are added to the iPod photo as slideshows. Users then navigate through them normally, though some make clever use of the push across transition, with one of Demian Vogler’s comics using the first six frames to form a continuous image.

“Because comics on the iPod is a completely new field, we’ve commissioned a number of leading artists to create work for us,” the developer explained. “They’ve each been asked to produce a running series for the feed, so their work will be appearing over the coming year, with new episodes following on a regular basis. Our hope that others will get drawing, too, and before long, we’ll have a thriving community of artists, authors and podcasters creating work for the iPod photo.”

The developer said a Windows version is under development and “will be available shortly.”

Griffin debuts iFill Internet Radio recorder

Griffin Technology iFill

Griffin Technology iFill

Griffin Technology iFill

Griffin Technology iFill

imageAs first reported by German web site iPodfun.de, Griffin Technology has used MacExpo in Germany to publicly debut iFill ($19.99), new software that records Internet Radio broadcasts to an iPod - a concept described by Griffin as timeshifting of Internet Radio. “iFill is the perfect way to fill your 60 GB iPod with an incredible array of of music from thousands of Internet Radio stations around the world,” explained Paul Griffin, President, Griffin Technology. “iPod users have needed a way to sample a wide variety of music and programming. iFill ‘fills’ this need and also makes it a snap to purchase the music they like.”

Under development for some time, iFill is capable of recording multiple radio stations at once, automatically splitting each broadcast into tagged MP3 or AAC format songs. As its name suggests, it will continue to record until your iPod is filled with as much new music as you desire. iFill includes an easy-to-use interface that is independent from iTunes, yet incorporates all of its key features - including one surprise.

Concerned about the potential for music piracy, Griffin has incorporated music industry-friendly safeguards. iFill will not operate without an iPod attached to your computer, and will save songs only to the iPod, not your computer. Additionally, after automatically identifying a song’s artist and title, iFill’s “Songs on iPod” list will include a direct iTunes Music Store link (“little round arrows in the list view”) so that you can easily purchase a full, clean version to replace the imperfect one recorded from radio.

Currently available as a one-week demo for Mac OSX 10.3 and 10.4 users only, iFill will be released for Macs in July. A version is also under development for Windows PCs, and is planned for release in August.

Mac: Pod Genius 1.0 released

Prosoft Engineering has announced the release of Pod Genius ($59), new Mac OS X software that helps you maintain, manage, and optimize Your iPod, according to the developer.

“Pod Genius is the only comprehensive software utility geared specifically toward iPod users. Recover lost or damaged music, repair corrupted data structures, backup your iPod to an exact copy, permanently delete unwanted files, or optimize the file layout of your music. You’ve invested a lot into your iPod and music, with Pod Genius, you can be sure your iPod will faithfully perform and your investment is well-protected.”

Mac: iPod Access 3.4 released

iPod Access 3.4 from Findley Designs is the latest version of the Mac OS X utility that enables you to copy songs from your iPod back to your Mac. Version 3.4 offers Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger support, improved iTunes integration, an updated Esellerate Library, and a fix for Playlist cloning. iPod Access is available for $12.99.

Roxio to launch iPod/iTunes software suite

imageRoxio this week will announce the Boom Box, a software bundle comprised of five Mac OS X applications designed to “reveal the iPod’s full power and potential.” The $49.95 suite includes Roxio’s CD Spin Doctor and the latest versions of four third-party software titles—MusicMagic Mixer, iPodderX, Audio Hijack and iSpeak It—to help users rediscover their music collection and to go beyond it with podcasts and Internet radio broadcasts.

CD Spin Doctor, which is available as part of Roxio’s Toast CD burning software, helps users digitize their LPs and tapes. It includes options for automatically detecting tracks, removing unwanted noise and enhancing sound quality.

MusicMagic Mixer from Predixis is an innovative application that creates “perfect playlists” by analyzing acoustic elements of each song in a user’s music library. The software is said to be able to match your mood with complementary playlists.

Roge Amoeba’s Audio Hijack is a powerful tool that lets users capture and save audio from nearly any application in real-time. Audio Hijack also offers scheduling options to record Internet radio shows and other broadcasts.

iPodderX from Thunderstone Media is the most popular podcast client for Mac OS X. The software lets users easily subscribe to podcasts and have them automatically downloaded to iTunes and synced to an iPod. The latest version, iPodderX 3.0, offers new media aggregation features.

ZappTek’s iSpeak It enables users to convert text-based documents such as web pages into spoken word audio files (MP3 or AAC) using the built-in text-to-speech capabilities of Mac OS X.

The Boom Box will be available from Roxio’s online store on Thursday and will be in retail stores on June 22. The package will come with a $10 rebate for iPod owners as well as coupons and offers from Wiley Books, Audible.com and Belkin.

Mac: iPodderX 3.0 released

iPodderX 3.0 is the latest version of the podcast client for Mac OS X. The new version turns the application into more than just a podcast catcher and organizer—it’s now a full media aggregator with options for text-based news, images, movies, audio and more. iPodderX 3.0 also offers “SmartSpace,” a new feature that lets users adjust how much disk space they want to devote to downloads, and “NewsCaster,” which converts news articles into audio files. Other new features include: full-screen video, .Mac backup and restore, feed and entry sorting, full-text searching, podcast previews, and individual file downloads. iPodderX sells for $24.95 with a 30 day trial. What is a podcast?

MightyPods announces birdPod Maker

MightyPods has announced the release of birdPod Maker for Mac OS X, new software that helps turn your iPod into a portable field guide to bird songs.

“Unlike a typical bird song CD set, birdPod’s bird songs are organized to enable quick identification of bird songs in the field. We think birdPod is the best tool yet for learning bird songs… At it’s core, birdPod is an extremely well organized series of bird song playlists. Generated from a large collection of excellent recordings (the Stokes Field Guide to Bird Songs, Eastern Region), these playlists group birds by habitat or family group — which makes the playlists very useful for both learning bird songs and the identification of birds.”

birdPod is priced at $98.95. MightyPods also offers iPods pre-loaded with the software for about a $50 premium over retail. The company says a Windows version of birdPod Maker will be released next month.

Mac: Spodlight 1.0 released

Kainjow, developer of the popular Pod2Go software, has announced the release of Spodlight 1.0, a new utility for Mac OS X v10.4 “Tiger” that allows you to use Apple’s new Spotlight feature to search for music on your iPod. Spotlight does not search through invisible files and folders by default, but Spodlight forces it to index every file on your iPod. “Simply run the app, index your iPod, and then you can use Spotlight normally to find music on your iPod,” explains the developer.

Mac: iTunes Library Manager 4.1 released

Doug’s AppleScripts for iTunes

has released an update to iTunes Library Manager, a $5 AppleScript application that makes backup copies of the iTunes Library and iTunes Preferences, allowing users to “easily save multiple iTunes Library and Preferences configurations that can be retrieved and loaded at any time.” iTunes Library Manager 4.1 adds compatibility for Mac OS X v10.4 Tiger.

Mac: iPod.iTunes 2.8 released

iPod.iTunes 2.8 from CrispSofties is the latest update to the iPod utility that synchronizes songs and playlists from any iPod to any Mac, including track info like Rating, Last Played and Play Count. Version 2.8 adds compatibility for Mac OS X v10.4 Tiger, which will be released today at 6:00 p.m.

Mac: Synergy 1.8 released

Synergy 1.8 from Wincet Software is an update to the popular iTunes add-on that puts buttons to control the application in your Mac OS X menu bar. Synergy also features system-wide hot keys, automatic cover art downloads, and a semi-transparent “floater” that lets you know what’s playing. Version 1.8 includes a number of bug fixes, updates and features to get Synergy ready for the upcoming release of Mac OS X v10.4 Tiger, according to the developer.

Mac|Windows: iPodder 2.0 released

iPodder 2.0 is the latest release of the free cross-platform Podcast application. The software enables users to easily subscribe to, download, and listen to Podcasts. Version 2.0 features a redesigned user interface, a streamlined subscription process, a new cleanup section, history of downloads and click-to-play abilities, proxy support, and OPML import and export options.

Mac: Synergy 1.7 released

Synergy 1.7 from Wincent Software is the latest version of the popular iTunes add-on that puts buttons to control the application in your Mac OS X menu bar. This update provides Growl support, the ability to autolaunch scripts on track/status changes, internal enhancements, and 32 more free Button Sets. Synergy costs $10.

Mac: PlayPod 1.0b podcast client released

IGG Software today released the first public beta of PlayPod 1.0, a new RSS podcast client and news aggregator. The application features an integrated podcast directory, iTunes and .Mac support, feed groups, podcast previewing, and scheduled downloads. PlayPod is priced at $16.99.

Mac: AccessTunes 1.0 released

AccessTunes from Bains Software is a new Mac OS X program that provides always-on music sharing via iTunes and the Web. “AccessTunes starts sharing your iTunes Music Library as soon as you turn on your computer, making it available as a shared iTunes library on the local network, and accessible from anywhere in the world via the Web,” explains the developer. “With accessTunes, you can listen to your roommate’s music even if he doesn’t have iTunes open, or listen to music from your home computer at work, even if you’re on a PC.” AccessTunes is $15 shareware, allows you to share your entire iTunes Music Library or certain playlists, and supports password protection.

Mac: Airfoil streams audio from any app to AirPort Express

Rogue Amoeba Software has announced the immediate availability of Airfoil (originally announced as Slipstream), its new Mac software that enables users to send audio from any application (instead of just iTunes) directly to an AirPort Express base station. “Everyone who owns one of Apple’s popular AirPort Express devices will be thrilled to be able to send audio from applications like RealPlayer, Windows Media Player, QuickTime, and Safari right to their remote speakers,” says the developer. “In just seconds, Airfoil can send audio from almost any application on OS X directly to the AirPort Express.” Airfoil is available at an introductory price of $20.

Mac: MPFreaker 1.0 released

LairWare Software has released MPFreaker 1.0, the final version of its easy-to-use Mac OS X music library improvement software. MPFreaker automatically finds and inserts album artwork, album name, genre, year, and track number. The $20 software allows you to process any number of songs automatically and supports MP3 and AAC audio files.

Mac: iPodBackup 1.4 released

iPodBackup 1.4 is the latest version of the Mac OS X utility that backs up your home folder to your iPod using the open source backup utility called rsync. Version 1.4 brings drag-and-drop editing of exceptions, Swedish localization, and support for second, third, etc. system language preferences, and a number of bug fixes.

Mac: iPresent It 1.1 released

iPresent It 1.1 from ZappTek is the latest version of the software that allows you to convert PowerPoint, PDF and Keynote presentations into slideshows that are synced with your iPod photo. This updates adds Keynote 2 compatibility, build support when using Keynote 2, support for high resolution presentations, and tracking of presentations to indicate which presentations need to be updated.

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