Apple, in its continuing campaign to promote iTunes for Mac and PC has released several Internet ads on CNET’s Downloads.com. Featuring the same dancing silhouettes as the television commericials, the Internet ads have been placed on several download pages for Kazaa Media Desktop, Morpheus, Emusic Download Manager and other peer-to-peer/music download applications to lure readers to download iTunes.
iLounger ‘alpower’ has posted a review of the iSkin eXo case and accessories along with other useful information related to iPod.
A reader at MacRumors has posted this quote from David Basskin, the President of the Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency (CMRRA):
“I’m happy to say that the process of negotiating a licensing deal with Apple is now under way. I met last week with representatives of the company, and I’m confident that our discussions will move ahead quickly. Last week, Steve Jobs told me that Apple couldn’t wait to come to Canada, and that it was a very high priority for him. I trust that this enthusiasm will be reflected in a quick and mutually successful negotiation.
Our company represents music publishers (and the songwriters they represent) and we will be licensing Apple in order to authorize them to make and sell reproductions of our clients’ songs. Apple will make separate arrangements with the record labels for the use of their recordings.”
However, the Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA) has still not been contacted by Apple.
Andrew DeVigal has posted a review of the new iPod Media Reader for 3G iPods from Belkin.
Dell is offering the 30GB iPod for $404 after an instant savings of $44.90. Three-to-five day shipping is free.
Dealmac: CompUSA.com has the factory-refurbished Apple 30GB iPod (third-generation with docking cradle) for $249.99, as a reader found. That tops the lowest price we’ve seen elsewhere by well over $100. Add one penny for shipping. Update: CompUSA.com also has the 15GB iPod for $199.99. Both are valid for online orders only and not available in CompUSA retail stores.
“Whether listeners like it or not, record labels, including major players like BMG and Arista Records, are now making moves to rein in how their CDs are played and used. Unfettered CDs have been on the shelves for almost two decades, and some industry observers note that changing how they work at this late stage could be a recipe for trouble with consumers. [...]
One major drawback of the restricted disks, however, is non-compatibility with the Apple iPod. Since the new discs are based on SunnComm’s MediaMax, which itself is rooted in Microsoft’s Digital Rights Management (DRM) applications, the brochure leaves it up to iPod owners to read between the lines, explaining only, “It will play on any device that supports Windows Media DRM.”
I set my iPod to ‘Random’ and took off on a quick walk around the ‘hood(s). To be really annoying, I wrote down the song title and artist info of every song that I was listening to when I took a photo. The point? No point at all!
Editor’s note: Kenny’s photos and the songs remind me of those times when you hear a song and the lyrics relate to a current situation, place or thing. For example, you’re driving by the ocean and appropriately enough a song about the ocean is playing. Coincidence? I’m sure this has happened to many of you as well.
Text Reader saves text files as audio files using Text-To-Speech. Can be used to then copy the audio file to an iPod for later listening.
Apple has created an iTunes for Windows Support and iTunes for Mac OS X Support web page featuring links to Top Support Articles, iTunes Tip of the Week and New iTunes 4 Tutorials. We encourage all iTunes users to browse these resources.
Belkin has posted several knowledge base/FAQ documents for the iPod Media Reader. There is also a manual available for download. These resources may help readers to better understand the features and functions of the new device.
- What are the requirements for use of the Media Reader?
- What memory types does it support?
- Can the Media Reader be used with xD memory?
- Can the Media Reader be used with Memory Stick Pro?
- Can the Media Reader be used with IBM Microdrives?
- How can I retrieve photos from the iPod?
- Does it record media?
- Does it transfer raw image files of type .NEF and/or .CRW?
- Will the media reader affect the battery life of my iPod?
- What media formats are compatible with the iPods photo storage capabilities?
- Does the media reader transfer files other than digital photos?
- How are my photos stored on the iPod?
- Can I view my images on the iPod?
Belkin has posted several knowledge base/FAQ documents for the iPod Voice Recorder. There is also a manual available for download. These resources may help readers to better understand the features and functions of the new device.
- What is the Voice Recorder designed to do?
- Does the Voice Recorder offer a “line in” or microphone jack?
- Can I listen to MP3s through the Voice Recorder speaker?
- What is the frequency response of the microphone?
- What are the recording specifications of the iPod?
- Is the voice recorder suitable for recording music?
- Is the voice recorder suitable for use in large lecture halls?
“Apple’s successful music download service iTunes faces a new threat of misuse now that it has been extended to include users of Microsoft’s Windows operating system, say experts.
The threat comes from the combination of the relatively light copy protection iTunes uses and the big increase of potential hackers that comes with opening up to the world’s most common operating system.
The paid-for download service was the first to lure music fans away from free file-sharing music networks. Since launching in April 2003, Apple says more than 13 million songs have been downloaded.”
“Hell may have frozen over, as Apple’s Web site says, but the battle for supremacy in the digital music distribution market is just heating up. With the release of iTunes Music Store for Windows, Apple is confident that they have the solution to beat the competition. With the help of the iPod digital music player, analysts agree that Apple has an edge.
Windows users have been able to buy an iPod for some time now, but using the iPod with a Windows-based personal computer wasn’t as easy as it is on a Macintosh. Apple partnered with MusicMatch for a while, making it the standard for Windows users, but it still didn’t match the Mac experience. With the release of iTunes for Windows, users of both platforms can have the exact same experience, but more importantly, both now have access to the iTunes Music Store.”
O’Grady’s PowerPage has posted an excellent review of the new iTrip.
“A number of FM modulators have been released since the introduction of the iPod but most have suffered from limited band selection and poor sound quality. Neither appears to be the case with the US$35 iTrip from Griffin Technology.
An FM modulator essentially turns the iPod into a low power radio station, taking the iPod signal and re-broadcasting it to an FM station of your choosing. The idea is to find an FM radio station that isn’t being used, digital tuners work best, then broadcast your iPod to it.”